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A Week in My Life: A Week in my Life: Stuart Jackson, Chief Executive at ICE Creates – Prolific North

ICE Creates is a UK leader and specialist in behaviour change with services includingdesign and creative, organisational development and behavioural marketing to name a few.

Launched in 1999, the Birkenhead-based organisation has evolved across a variety of fields. The CEO, Stuart Jackson, takes us through a week in his working life.

My week starts with an early morning drive down the M6 with ICE Co-founder, Mandy and our office well-being dog Georgie. We head straight for the office from our home in Croglin where we spend weekends. The Monday morning drive is an opportunity to put our business brains into gear and discuss the week ahead.

I try to ringfence Mondays for team time catch-ups, exploring ideas and setting my weekly goals. We have a flat structure at ICE, so we are all hands-on-deck regardless of position. Its a great environment to be creative in.

This evening I am heading to the East Midlands to meet a client for dinner ahead of delivering a series of coaching sessions for the clients team tomorrow. I use the time on the train to go through the proposal and the brief.

My part of the ICE mission is to help leaders and organisations embrace change and prosper. We deliver Organisational Development sessions across the country based on developing leadership skills to support organisations to engage their people, unlock potential and experience business growth.

Todays session was designed specifically for our client to engage their team in the co-creation of their values and behaviours. Travelling around the country forms a large part of my working week, and I enjoy meeting partners and being hands on across the business, but I try to use my travel time wisely. This evenings journey home meant time for meditation and reflection on the days learning experience.

As much as I love being on the road, family time is precious, and I spend the evening with my girls cooking and relaxing.

Today Im heading to Birmingham with my Creative Director and co-founder to deliver a facilitation session on Leadership. Whilst I facilitate, Ian Jackson is on the boards, visually capturing the content from the discussions by visually mapping the narrative.

Our scribing service is extremely popular as the end product holds many more images at one time than the brain can, leaving a tangible take away from the session long after the event has finished.

Today I am at home on the farm in Croglin, delivering our Natural Leaders programme to support a newly formed team build and develop their leadership style. Working alongside our world-class behavioural experts, highly trained working dogs and Herdwick sheep we design new approaches to increase the effectiveness of leaders and teams.

We realised that the relationship created between a shepherd, their dog and the sheep has a very close resemblance to that of human relationships; its amazing how clearly delegates translate the experience back to the workplace, and even at home or in leisure time - when its least expected!

My main focus on a Friday is following up with clients, building and maintaining relationships, and designing and developing ideas. I always try to work from home on Fridays if time and commitments allow.

Last year ICE celebrated 20 years in business having launched as a design and comms agency in 1999. Over time, our aspiration nudged us towards work that could make a bigger impact to our society and ICE as we know it today provides an increasingly diverse portfolio that covers everything from delivering healthy lifestyle coaching for the NHS to social marketing, behaviour change and organisational and leadership development.

No two days are the same, and its this variety that has maintained our passion to make better happen for the past 20 years. We have put a lot of effort into cultivating the culture at ICE, its a great environment full of passionate and talented individuals with a common goal to make a difference. I earmark time on Fridays to send team high fives to celebrate a job well done, express thanks and generally provide recognition.

As I log off from ICE at the end of the week, its time to turn attention to the farm, working with the sheep and developing our smallholding. I wouldnt have it any other way!

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Dear Annie: Recovering alcoholic upset by parents response to him – oregonlive.com

Dear Annie: I am an alcoholic, in recovery for five months now. Recently, I asked my parents to help me because I have limited desire to do anything. I do not know why. I know that I should have more motivation. This blew up into a heated argument (again), and I now despise my parents. I have put them through a lot, I am the first to admit it, but when is it enough already? I never wanted to be this way, but I dont feel that I need to be reminded of my shortcomings every day. Maybe it would be easier if I just died. They have other sons to make them proud. -- Misunderstood Son

Dear Misunderstood: You are enough -- full stop. Keep reaching out to your parents seeking approval and youll come up empty-hearted. Take some space from them, especially as youre still in the early stages of recovery. If youve been struggling with this disease for years, it may take a while before your family is able to trust you again. That doesnt mean they dont love you.

Its phenomenal that you have five months of sobriety under your belt. That is a huge achievement. Consider incorporating therapy into your recovery. (There are even some counselors who specialize in sobriety.) Keep taking it one day at a time, and trust that the rest will fall into place as it should.

If you think you may harm yourself, I implore you to call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Dear Annie: This is in response to Kathy with a K, who wrote to you about not being able to find anyone quite her type to date. You told her it was one thing to have a type and another to have tunnel vision.

When I was in graduate school and too busy to be looking for a relationship, I met a guy one day, talked with him for a while, and thought, Hes OK, I guess, but hes definitely not my type.

This year we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, and he is the love of my life. We share many interests, but each of us also enjoys activities in which the other is not involved. Is he perfect? No. But neither am I, and it takes a lot of tolerance and forgiveness and laughter from each of us to maintain a healthy marriage.

By the way, he is younger than I -- something I never considered a possibility for my ideal mate. I am glad I didnt let preconceived ideas rob me of a wonderful husband. -- Grateful Georgia Girl

Dear Grateful: Happy anniversary! Here's to going against type and winning.

Dear Annie: I have only one quarrel with the writer about National Heart Month. The general public -- including medical doctors -- is woefully uneducated about the benefits plant-based foods can have on heart health and general well-being. As Dr. Kim Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology, points out, There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans, and ones who havent read the data. I highly recommend your readers watch Forks Over Knives (featuring Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn) and James Camerons The Game Changers to get the real scoop on a healthy lifestyle. -- Heart-Healthy 30-Plus Years

Dear Heart Healthy: Both documentaries present very strong cases for plant-based diets' positive impacts on health, especially heart health.

Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice From Dear Annie is out now! Annie Lanes debut book -- featuring favorite columns on love, friendship, family and etiquette -- is available as a paperback and e-book. Visit http://www.creatorspublishing.com for more information. Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators.com.

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Women in agriculture invited to home gardening and healthy lifestyle workshop – huntingdondailynews.com

Incorporating gardening, home preservation, and a healthy diet is not always easy, especially for women involved in agriculture with demands coming from every direction. The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is offering women a chance to relax, learn and network, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Bistro at the Village Green, 403 Village Way, Martinsburg.

Part of the continuing Women Rooted in Agriculture series, the meeting is free with lunch provided. Registration is required by March 25. This workshop will bring in Extension team expertise from dairy, nutrition and master gardener educators. Topics include garden planting, blueprints, pest management, canning techniques, home food preservation, healthy meals and more.

Many farm women are stressed with running a business, raising a family and school activities, most find it hard to plan healthy meals with limited time to prepare them. This event is about utilizing time to have healthy foods available to your family and reduce stress around mealtime, said Amber Yutzy, Penn State Extension dairy educator based in Huntingdon County.

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Make neighbourhoods green for heart health? The idea is taking root – Health24

Neighbourhoods filled with trees, grass and other flora not only improve the air and clear the mind they also can reduce heart disease risk, recent studies suggest.

Researchers say this may be more vital in low-income areas, whether that's an inner-city neighbourhood swallowed up by concrete and metal or a suburb surrounded by driveways and blacktop playgrounds.

Green spaces often provide room for physical activity, an essential element for a heart-healthy lifestyle. But just living in a neighbourhood dense with trees, bushes and other vegetation may reduce people's risk of having a heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular events, according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Those residents had lower stress levels and healthier blood vessel health both reducing the risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

The connection between stress and cardiovascular health isn't as well understood as the connection between exercise and cardiovascular health, said Dr John Balmes, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. "But there's pretty good (research) showing that stress is not good for your cardiovascular system," he said.

Stress contributes to poor health habits, but it also is believed to trigger inflammation that may increase blood pressure and hormones that encourage fatty build-up along artery walls.

Green spaces also help ease the impact of climate change, said Balmes, a professor of environmental health at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Vegetation, and especially trees, are carbon sinks, so they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. They also help deal with urban heat island effect, when it's actually hotter in one place than an adjacent park area with the same temperature because there's no shade," he said.

Green spaces soak up heat. In high-density urban areas, that can help reduce heat-related illnesses that place a strain on people with heart conditions, especially those who are elderly or can't afford air conditioning, Balmes said.

There's a racial and socioeconomic disparity when it comes to accessing green spaces, one that mirrors the discrepancies found among people with cardiovascular disease, said Rachel Banner, director of park access for the National Recreation and Park Association. Access to parks often is more difficult for low-income neighbourhoods and communities of colour.

"Or, they may have a park nearby, but the park may be an unsafe place or it may not be connected physically to that community there may be fences blocking the entrances," she said.

Banner's organisation is part of the "10-Minute Walk" campaign to ensure everyone has safe access to a quality park or green space close to home by 2050. That problem is not just an urban one, she said. Many suburban and rural communities across the country also lack green spaces.

Banner recounted visiting a small North Carolina town where kids at a summer camp were sent outside to play and quickly returned.

"There was not a tree in sight. It was just a big blacktop. It was really hot and the kids overheated," she said.

Researchers continue to study the link between green space and heart health, and often the connection with an area's socioeconomic level.

A 2016 study looking at low-income neighbourhoods in Florida's Miami-Dade County suggests poor neighbourhoods may gain the biggest cardiovascular health benefits from green spaces, said Scott Brown, the study's lead investigator and a research associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.

In a related study published early this year, Brown and his colleagues found Medicare beneficiaries who lived in the greenest parts of Miami-Dade County were 25% less likely than those living in the least green neighbourhoods to have had a heart attack over a two-year span.

In other ongoing research, Brown is evaluating tree-planting's impacts on cardiovascular health among low-income residents.

He said while evidence shows cardiovascular benefits from greenery seem to be especially greater for low-income residents, "the common thread here is that for everyone we've identified, green space is associated with better health outcomes."

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Everyday is a holiday: Celebrating National Nutrition Month – College Heights Herald

March is deemed National Nutrition Month each year in hopes of encouraging healthier lifestyle choices. Making informed food choices and staying active are both key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The theme for this years nutrition month is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. In celebration of the theme this month, here are three tips to keep in mind the next time you go grocery shopping.

Fiber does wonders for your body. A high-fiber diet lowers cholesterol levels, controls blood sugar levels, promotes weight loss and reduces your risk of deadly diseases. The best way to get your fiber is by eating more whole foods.

One way to achieve this is to eat more whole grains. A few easy ways to do this is to buy whole-wheat bread instead of white bread, whole-wheat pasta, or whole-grain cereals. Just look at the label on the box and try to find an item with five or more grams of fiber per serving.

Other foods that will work well in a students diet and are high in fiber include oatmeal, popcorn, beans, nuts, fruit and vegetables. These foods are not only tasty, but they improve how your body functions, which will help you feel better as a whole.

Just like your doctor says, eating your daily dose of fruits and veggies really is that important. Harvards School of Public Health explains that when you add more fruits and vegetables into your diet it can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk for heart disease, prevent certain cancers, improve your digestion, and improve your blood sugar levels.

Why do these things matter? Well, aside from the fact that it helps you live a longer and healthier life, it also lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and it helps you lose weight, as well as improving your vision.

There are lots of ways to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. If you dont like raw vegetables, you can coat them in olive oil and seasoning and bake them in the oven to add flavor and make them easier to eat. If you need something to spice up your daily fruit intake, add a nut butter for extra flavor and also for extra fiber.

The Department for Health and Human Services recommends limiting your daily dose of added sugars to 10% of your total diet or less each day. Added sugars are sugars that do not occur naturally. This type of sugar is found mostly in sugary drinks, dairy desserts, candy or pretty much any store bought dessert.

Sugar is a carbohydrate, which when consumed in excess leads to high blood sugar levels which affects your health negatively. Elevated blood sugar levels have been shown to increase your risk for weight gain, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more. Added sugars add calories to your diet without any nutrients.

One way to start cutting back on added sugars is to substitute added sugars with natural sugars like honey, coconut sugar or maple syrup. Instead of asking for sugar-packed syrups in your latte, opt for a honey latte. Coconut sugar has a very similar taste to white sugar but it occurs naturally and has nutritional value. Maple syrup is a great substitute for sugar in baking recipes and is packed with magnesium and calcium.

Features reporter Maggie Thornton can be reached at 270-745-6291 and margaret.thornton882@topper.wku.edu. Follow Maggie on social media @maggie_thornton.

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Innovative Womens HealthCare serves clients in several counties – Grand Island Independent

HASTINGS Innovative Womens HealthCare is the newest clinic in Hastings, focusing on womens (and sometimes mens) health care to help people live the best life.

Owned and operated by Elizabeth and Jim Hardy, the clinic is located at 223 E 14th St, Suite 50.

Elizabeth Hardy earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1989 and a Master of Science degree as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in womens health in 1998. Both degrees are from University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She has additional training with the International Society for the Study of Womens Sexual Health, is certified in bio-identical hormone pellet therapy, and is a certified sexual assault nurse examiner.

While Hardy has had many years of experience in hospitals, professional education, public heath and administration, she said her main passion has always been the care of women in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive health clinics.

She is a member of Nebraska Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners in Womens Health.

Im excited to work with adults at Innovative Womens HealthCare, Hardy said.

The Hardys have five children and she says she enjoys family time, boating and Tri-City Storm hockey.

Hardy said Innovative Womens HealthCare provides wellness and preventive care including annual exams, education, testing, and identification of treatment options.

Services offered include menopause symptom support, hormone therapy and care for women with bladder leakage and/or symptoms associated with sexual activity. Additional services are available for men including hormone level evaluation and testing for sexually transmitted infections.

Hardy said coming to a clinic can be uncomfortable for many people.

Its hard to disclose to clinic staff your specific needs and to ask for services that might feel personal or delicate, she said.

Hardy said Innovative Womens Health is unique as its environment is designed to be inviting and to minimize discomforts.

Our staff will put you at ease and offer professional health care, Hardy said. Ultimately, individuals can expect expert guidance in achieving optimum health with traditional and unique therapies.

She said the vision of Innovative Womens HealthCare is to provide a variety of health-oriented therapies addressing mind-body-spirit needs of the individuals we serve.

Our goal is to provide individualized quality health care to women and men regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, family structure, sexual orientation or income while maintaining confidentiality and dignity of those served, Hardy said.

The clinics mission, she said, is to support women in every stage of life and level of wellness. Using patient goals, internal and external resources, and individualized health strategies harmonious with individual values, adults will be assisted in reaching maximum wellness.

Our services include womens wellness evaluation, preventive measures, symptom management, and treatment of selected conditions, she said.

Annual exams. Wellness physical exams include assessment and screening tests for early identification of health problems that can be treated and prevented.

Testing. Tests include vaginal pap exams, mammograms, blood chemistry, metabolic tests, bone density, exams related to weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, incontinence, problems of a sexual nature, and tests for sexually transmitted infections.

Education. Based on individual needs, education is designed to empower adults to actively participate in their health care. The clinic provides verbal, written, blogs, and websites for nutrition, physical activity, healthy lifestyle and weight loss.

Identification of treatment options. When a problem or diagnosis is identified, the clinic will discuss options available for treatment, including pros and cons and possible referrals so patients can make the most informed decision to move forward with a plan.

Menopause and perimenopause. The years leading up to the end of reproductive cycles often include symptoms that are undesirable and uncomfortable. The clinic offers options available that can help prevent, minimize or eliminate these symptoms.

Hormone therapy. Hormones direct how body systems function. For many people, hormones are not at optimal levels which leads to low energy, sleep issues, over eating, mood changes, weight changes, low bone density, hair loss, and low sex drive. Hormones are evaluated and options are explored in order to reach optimal levels for reproductive and thyroid hormones.

Sexual issues. There are many reasons adults experience low libido or pain with sexual experiences. It may be a new symptom or a long-term issue. The clinic can identify treatable causes and discuss options to improve or eliminate symptoms.

Incontinence. Many women experience urgency or leaking of urine with coughing, sneezing or laughing. Clinic staff can help identify what is causing incontinence and offer solutions to help.

The clinic also offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy; Votiva skin treatment with microneedling radio frequency technology for wrinkles, scarring, stretch marks and sweating; Votiva FormaV radio frequency technology for female intimacy problems and incontinence; and Arterosil.

Hardy said people should visit her clinic because it provides personalized setting different from all-to-common rushed, stressful hubbub of many health care settings.

We also offer new alternatives from the traditional treatments often not requiring prescription or surgery, she said.

They accept many insurance companies, Every Woman Matters and cash pay. Some services are cash only.

We take the preventative approach to healing problems by identifying risks and symptoms in peoples lives to plan a course of action to decrease complications, often using natural solutions to avoid medication, Hardy said. Prescription are provided only when needed. Our philosophy is to support and promote total health prevention of diseases.

She said male and female hormone testing with blood work drawn in the clinic is very popular.

We offer many options like pellet insertion to optimize hormone levels and extend treatment intervals to improve quality of life and overall health, Hardy said. The clinic setup is designed to be cozy and comfortable with chandeliers in every room. People relax and are able to share difficult stories.

The clinic sees patients from a wide area including Custer, Valley, Nuckolls, Furnas and York counties.

When it comes to their future plans, Hardy said their desire is to maintain a personal, intimate setting, yet to expand to offer services in other communities.

We have had the most outstanding patients since our opening a year ago and want to thank them for their confidence, Hardy said. We have a portal on our website (www.womenshealthnebraska.com) for sharing, messaging and making appointments.

The clinics phone number is (402) 834-3973 and it has a Facebook page.

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The 5 best and worst states for retirement: Where to spend (or not spend) your golden years – cleveland.com

Do you plan to "retire in place" and stay in your current area, or are you interested in retiring in a different state? In either case, you may want to consult an annual study by WalletHub if retirement is imminent.

The study ranked all 50 states using 41 statistical metrics that were weighted and grouped into three major categories important to retirees: affordability, quality of life, and healthcare. You may be surprised at some of the states in both the best and worst categories. Let's start with the top five.

1. Florida You knew it had to be high on the list, didn't you? In terms of affordability, Florida came second, dropping from last year's first place and replaced by Alabama as the most affordable state. Florida also placed fifth in terms of quality of life, overcoming its 26th-ranked healthcare rating.

2. Colorado Rising from last year's third place overall, Colorado ranked fourth in healthcare while its quality of life came in fourth place, Affordability in the Centennial State jumped from 26thplace last year to seventeenth in 2020.

3. New Hampshire Not typically thought of as a retirement destination, New Hampshire has decent rankings across the board (sixth in healthcare, fourth in quality of life and 27thin affordability).

4. Utah Leaping into the top five retirement destinations from its sixth-place spot in 2019, Utah is the fifteenth most affordable state. It also placed seventeenth for healthcare, and eighteenth for quality of life.

5. Wyoming Another new entry in the five best states to retire, Wyoming wins its spot by ranking well for affordability (eleventh). Its quality of life and healthcare are also above average (twelfth and 33rd, respectively).

The next five desirable retirement states are, in order, Delaware, Virginia (losing its fifth-place ranking from 2019), Wisconsin, Idaho, and Iowa. Minnesota missed the top ten despite having number one rankings in both quality of life and healthcare, due to a dismal affordability ranking (46th), coming in sixteenth place overall. Let the freeRetirement Planner by MoneyTipshelp you calculate when you can retire without jeopardizing your lifestyle.

What about the five states with the worst rankings? In descending order, they are:

46. West Virginia While the Mountain State ranks above average in affordability (nineteenth), its overall score is pulled down by poor quality of life (fortieth) and the worst healthcare in the country (fiftieth).

47. New Jersey The Garden State is 23rdin healthcare and ranks below average in both quality of life and affordability at 31stand 48th, respectively.

48. Rhode Island Healthcare dropped seven places to 25thfrom last year's ranking, while quality of life and affordability remain poor at 38thand 47thplace, respectively.

49. New Mexico The Land of Enchantment has low scores in every category, coming in 37thfor affordability, 38thfor healthcare, and 45thfor quality of life.

50. Kentucky Kentucky ranks 48thin healthcare, 46thin quality of life and only 32ndin affordability, earning the Bluegrass State WalletHub's least desirable retirement state ranking for the third year in a row.

Was your state not mentioned? Check the fullstudy resultsfor further details on your state's rankings and a breakdown of all the statistical metrics and weightings.

Of course, each state has areas that don't fit the rest of the state profile.Individual citieswere ranked in a 2019 WalletHub study, with the inclusion of an "Activities" ranking and, while the results are similar, some differences emerge at the local level. For example, Louisiana fares poorly in the state rankings, but New Orleans ranks high in the city rankings (probably because, as you might expect, New Orleans ranks high for activities).

While the study is a useful baseline, it doesn't mean everyone should converge on Florida or flee Kentucky in his or her retirement years. Find an area that makes you happy and gives you a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle just know where the strong and weak points are in your chosen retirement state.

Remember that your credit score also influences how attractive a place may be to live.Some statesare more tolerable than others for consumers with bad credit. You can check your credit score and read your credit report for free within minutes byjoining MoneyTips.

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Nutrition for the immune system – New Straits Times

Eat right to support the function of your immune system writes Susan Bowerman

WHEN you stop to think about how hard your immune system works for you, its nothing short of amazing.

Its an incredibly complex system that works nonstop to protect and defend your body from infection-- and its also a system that depends on good nutrition in order to

function properly.

As Malaysia does not experience the four seasons, residents are fortunate that they dont have to deal with sickness that tends to come with cold weather.

However, Malaysias weather can also be tricky; it can be hot and dry or wet and rainy. Studies have shown that

heat waves can reduce the bodys immune response to the flu, or affect vaccines and nutrition. This is why strengthening your immune system is so important. Your immune system is made up of your own personal army of soldiers.

They protect your body by identifying anything foreign, from a virus to a bacteria to a parasite, and then seeking it out and destroying it.

Our bodies depend on proper nutrients and a healthy lifestyle to keep our defenses strong.

Eat healthy to ensure your immune system works at its best.

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Here are three nutrition tips to help you keep your immune system in tip-top shape:

Good Nutrition

1. Protein

Your immune system has some special forces in the form of white blood cells. These cells produce specialised proteins called antibodies that seek out and destroy invading viruses and bacteria. Since antibodies are proteins, you need adequate protein in the diet to ensure

youll be able to manufacture the antibodies your body needs.

Healthy protein foods, like fish, poultry, lean meats, soy foods and low-fat dairy products provide the building blocks that your body needs to make these specialised proteins.

2. Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are key players in immune system health because theyre great sources of vitamins A and C, as well as phytonutrients. Vitamin C encourages your body to produce antibodies, and vitamin A supports the health of your skin and tissues of your digestive tract and respiratory system. All of these act as first lines of prevention against foreign invaders.

Many of the phytonutrients found in fruits and veggies act as antioxidants, which can help reduce oxidative stress on the body that may weaken your bodys ability to

fight of illness.

3. Good Bacteria

Keeping your digestive system healthy is also important in supporting immune function. Your digestive tract is home to trillions of bacteria that have numerous functions in promoting health. Some strains of bacteria help you break down the fibre in your food, others consume intestinal gas, while others produce vitamins like vitamin K and vitamin B12.

When your system is populated with these good bacteria, they also serve to crowd out the potentially harmful bacteria that might enter your digestive tract. Some of the best sources of these friendly bacteria are cultured dairy products, like yogurt and kefir.

As you know, whenever youre trying something new, make sure to check with your doctor or other professional about the amount thats right for you. Some people suffer medical conditions that affect the operation of their immune systems. Diet alone wont improve the function of a compromised immune system.

But for healthy people, eating well can keep your immune system healthy and strong.

To help your body in the fight against foreign invaders, your internal army needs the best nutrition possible. So call in the troops!

Consume balanced meals.

*The writer is senior director, worldwide nutrition, education and training for Herbalife Nutrition.

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Whitewater, Red Mountain Ski Resorts adjust in response to COVID-19 – The Nelson Daily

Whitewater Ski Resort is not following drastic measures of closing operations to combat COVID-19 outbreak that some companies in BC are choosing.

Instead the local ski hill is implementing new policies and procedures staff believe will curb the spread of the novel coronavirus while allowing customers to continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle on the mountain.

We released the information linkFriday the changes and adjustments were making at the resort, said Peter Lonergan, Sales and Marketing Director at Whitewater Ski Resort.

We will continue to be in talks with the Canada West Ski Areas Association(CWSAA) as well as of course closely monitoring the situation here in Canada but no official plans to change anything else at this time.

Changes at Whitewater, which include increased cleaning, reduced lodge capacity, no longer offering a public shuttle the kids shuttle for spring break camps will continue to operate and avoiding accepting cash transactions came prior to some ski hills in BC deciding to close down operations.

Vail Resorts, owner/operator of Whistler/Blackcomb, will cease operations from Sunday, March 15 to Sunday, March 22.

Two other ski resorts, SilverStar Mountain Resort near Vernon will close March 15-22 while Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver will close at 4 p.m. Sunday until further notice.

We urge everyone in the Whitewater community to be vigilant of their own health and conscientious of others, the release on the Whitewater website said.

If you are experiencing any symptoms concurrent with COVID-19, please do not put others at risk by entering public areas. If you are at-risk individual of contracting the virus, please carefully consider whether you visit Whitewater for the rest of the season.

Whitewater Ski Resort is a resort nestled in the Selkirk Mountainssituated in Ymir bowl, beneath the 2,400-metre-high Ymir Mountain,located a 25-minute drive from Nelson in southern British Columbia.

"We appreciate your support in limiting the spread of this virus, and we hope that by taking these steps, we are able to reduce its impacts on our community, while also enabling everyone to stay active and enjoy the mountain," the Whitewater website release said.

Red Mountain in Rossland, other than cancelling some larger events to conform with Public Health recommendations, will also continue operations during the upcoming spring break holiday.

"The good news is that we are open and continue to operate as usual, while taking all the additional precautions recommended by the health authorities including increased cleaning and sanitization of all public areas, signage, and hygiene procedures around handwashing, the release on the Red Mountain Resort website said.

"While we are disappointed to cancel these events, the safety and health of our guests and employees are very important to us. We will continue to monitor this changing situation on a daily basis and will update as required."

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State and local officials urge good, basic health practices as they track COVID-19 – Morgan Messenger

by Kate Evans & Trish Rudder

As the number of cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 grows in the United States, local and state officials are reviewing their plans for dealing with a possible outbreak of the virus.

Dr. Terence Reidy, Health Officer for the Berkeley-Morgan Health Department, said local public health officials are looking to the Bureau for Public Health and the CDC for guidelines about the virus.

While the biology of the infection is similar in different communities, the resources and behaviors are not the same, Dr. Reidy said.

He emphasized the importance of people relying on accurate sources of information about COVID-19.

Gossip and rumor control are major problems that can lead to misunderstanding and dangerous reactions to situations, he said. The West Virginia State hotline will be another resource people can use to check the accuracy of information they hear or read about the COVID-19 infection.

The hotline number is 1-800-887-4304.

Morgan County Schools

Morgan County Schools Superintendent Kristen Tuttle said last Friday that the school system is monitoring the status of the coronavirus and is following the guidance of local and state health authorities. The school safety team met last Wednesday. The school district has a pandemic plan in place, which they reviewed. Everyday theyre getting more information, which is similar to a flu prevention approach.

Tuttle said they just put a message out to remind staff and students to wash hands with soap and water, not to share food and drink and to cover coughs and sneezes. Theyre still encouraging hand-washing often, proper hygiene and coughing into elbows and shoulders.

Exercise, a good diet and a healthy lifestyle are also recommended. Custodians are being encouraged to disinfect high-traffic areas with special care.

While Berkeley Springs High School and Paw Paw Schools grades 9-12 have Chromebooks, some students at other schools have issues with spotty, inconsistent, slow or no internet access at home for online classroom lessons if schools would have to close long-term with an outbreak, Tuttle said.

State School Superintendent Clayton Burch said the Department of Education is in ongoing contact with all 55 counties preparing for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

Districts are reviewing their infectious disease outbreak and emergency communications plans. Administrators are reminded to be diligent in cleaning facilities and to advise families to keep sick children home, as they have throughout the seasonal flu period.

A state Department of Education webpage about the coronavirus has been established for families at wvde.us/covid19.

War Memorial Hospital

Dr. Gerald Bechamps, Vice-President of Medical Affairs for War Memorial Hospital and Hampshire Memorial Hospital, said there are no visitor limitations at this time at War Memorial Hospital.

Protocols are in place for care of patients with suspected coronavirus or other infectious disease at their hospitals and outpatient clinics. An infectious disease nurse practitioner monitors both West Virginia hospitals.

Isolation rooms are available for infectious disease patients at the hospitals. The rooms have negative air pressure that wont let air into the rest of the hospital ventilation system, Bechamps noted.

In West Virginia, members of the public with general questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus can call a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-887-4304.

Cases worldwide, in U.S.

As of noon Monday, March 9 there were 105,586 confirmed cases of the coronavirus globally with 80,859 of the cases and 3,100 deaths in China, according to the World Health Organization.

Outside of China the virus has spread to 101 countries, territories and areas with 24,727 laboratory-confirmed cases and 484 deaths.

John Hopkins website had 62,392 people as being recovered from the coronavirus worldwide.

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) listed 423 cases and 19 deaths with 35 states including the District of Columbia reporting cases of the virus as of Monday afternoon.

Case numbers change by the hour and lag behind on some official sites.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on Friday, March 6 after announcing three confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Montgomery County. Two more cases have emerged since. Pennsylvania has six reported cases.

Currently West Virginia has no cases of the virus. As of March 9, five people in the state have been tested for coronavirus. Two of them have tested negative. Virginia has one to five confirmed cases.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced a state of preparedness on Thursday, March 5 after meeting with key members of his administration and state medical experts.

Justice said proper hand-washing and good hygiene was critical and key to limiting the spread of any virus or disease.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Director Bill Crouch said their agency is closely monitoring this outbreak and working with federal, state and local public health partners to inform, prepare and respond to localized COVID-19 outbreaks. DHHR set up the website http://www.coronavirus.wv.gov.

The DHHR announced it is now able to test for the virus in the state.

The West Virginia National Guard is prepared to assist across the state with medical isolation, decontamination and supply deliveries to medical facilities and communities.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus infection include respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever along with shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, said World Health Organization (WHO) officials.

WHO noted that 80% of the cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been mild with cold-like or flu-like symptoms.

Some more vulnerable

Older people and those with pre-existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes seem to be more vulnerable to developing severe illness from the virus. People with the COVID-19 disease may become ill anywhere from two days to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Because the virus, like many illnesses, sickens older people more severely, local agencies that work with the elderly or infirm are paying attention to virus prevention.

Officials with Stonerise Healthcare, which owns Berkeley Springs nursing home facility, said the 120-bed skilled nursing center are following CDC guidelines as the virus moves across communities.

Our staff are well trained in managing a variety of infections and most of the procedures we use within Stonerise facilities are included in the recommendations from the CDC to best manage the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) concern.

We are taking every step possible to keep our staff and residents safe including monitoring staff and visitors for following hand washing procedures and asking visitors who are sick to visit their loved ones on a different day. We are staying in close contact with our local and state health departments and following ongoing guidance from the CDC, said Kristin Anderson, spokeswoman for Stonerise.

Using guidelines from the Bureau of Senior Services, the Senior Life Services of Morgan County is very proactive in alerting its clients about staying well in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Executive director Tammy Kees said handouts and flyers at the Senior Center from the West Virginia Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health tell clients dont shake hands, and instead bump knuckles or nod to each other, are the safe ways to greet each other.

The Center also provides liquid sanitizer on each table along with napkins and a box of tissues.

The seniors know if they need to cough or sneeze, they should now grab a napkin or tissues and cough or sneeze in it and immediately through it away. Sneezing or coughing in the front of your elbow is no longer recommended since germs can last days, it was determined by health officials.

Were their family, Kees said of many seniors who use the facility. Seniors have been instructed to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms or a fever.

Kees said seniors are more respectful and knowledgeable than younger folks. They watch the news on television instead of social media and are informed about the virus.

Kees said she and Starting Points executive director Audrey Morris have compared handouts and were both on the same page on how to alert their clients with the best ways to stay well and safe from contracting this or any virus.

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