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Mikki Reilly: In Fight Against COVID-19, Dont Ignore Exercise, Diet and a Healthy Lifestyle – Noozhawk

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Gov. Gavin Newsoms first stay-at-home order to try to thwart the coronavirus as it took hold in California.

As I look back over the past year I realize that, while there has been a strong focus on mask wearing, social distancing and getting vaccinated, we have not received any information or health education on how to stay healthy and fit.

Perhaps this would be understandable at the beginning of the pandemic, since we did not know how lifestyle-based approaches would affect outcomes for this pathogen. However, now there is plenty of research to support the premise that exercise, real food and a healthy lifestyle are critically important in reducing our susceptibility.

Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study that found almost 80 percent of those who died from COVID-19 were overweight or obese. And according to the latest statistics, 42 percent of the U.S. population is considered obese!

For decades, health-care professionals have cautioned people about the dangers of obesity. But those warnings have been largely ignored.

There could not be a better time than right now for public health to step up and educate the masses on what a healthy lifestyle looks like. COVID-19 is a much needed wakeup call for an overweight and out-of-shape America!

Everyone knows that exercise promotes good health. Countless studies have shown that people who work out are less likely than sedentary people to develop numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes and hypertension, the most prevalent comorbiditiesassociated with COVID-19.

One of the greatest benefits of exercise is how it affects metabolism. Metabolism is the set of cellular mechanisms that generate energy from the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe in order to power every cell in the body, including the immune system. When these energy-producing pathways are running smoothly we have optimal metabolic health.

Beyond exercise, the Paleo diet has been shown to be effective in providing long-term weight loss, reductions in blood pressure and even reversal of type-2 diabetes.

The Paleo diet is primarily anti-inflammatory; it is naturally low in carbohydrates, high in omega-3s and low in omega-6s, which makes it very effective for reducing inflammation. This diet consists of a variety of nutrient dense foods such as grass-fed meats, wild seafood and shellfish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds.

Others may benefit from the low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. With a keto diet, you drastically reduce your carbohydrate intake and replace it with healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and the fats from fish, eggs and grass-fed meat.

Reducing your carbohydrates puts your body into ketosis, a metabolic state where your energy comes from ketone bodies instead of glucose.

The ketogenic diet is a natural way to recalibrate your bodys metabolism and dramatically improve its overall ability to function. In following the diet, your body will reward you by feeling and performing better, while dropping unnecessary body fat fast.

Time-restricted eating is another dietary approach that aims to help you lose weight and boost metabolic health. Time-restricted eating is a form of intermittent fasting in which you compress your food intake into a certain number of hours each day. People who practice time-restricted eating typically eat during an 8-12-hour window and fast the remaining 12-16 hours.

From an evolutionary perspective, time-restricted eating makes sense because early humans did not have access to food all day long as we do today in our modern world. Thus, eating without periods of fasting, which occurred naturally when food was scarce, may lead to disruption of the circadian rhythm and contribute to obesity and metabolic disease, over time.

Santa Barbara fitness professional Mikki Reilly is the owner of Fitness Transform and the author of Your Primal Body: The Paleo Way to Living, Lean, Fit and Healthy at Any Age. She can be contacted at [emailprotected]. The opinions expressed are her own.

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Solid Rock Community School Hosts First Ever Community Veg Fest and Healthy Living Expo – PRNewswire

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Solid Rock Community School in Tarpon Springs was the place to be this past weekend for those interested in celebrating healthy living through a plant-based lifestyle, or in learning more about it. The free first-time festival was attended by approximately 1000 people and had something for everyone. Events during the day included guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, complimentary food samples, food vendors, shopping, yoga, meditation, and a kids' zone. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Klaper (seen in the documentaries Cowspiracy and What the Health) spoke about the health of the planet, and other speakers covered relevant topics such as personal health, bodybuilding, and eating vegan on a budget.

Vegan health coach Naomi Green demonstrated how to prepare Pad Thai Zoodles & Noodles with Ginger Goddess Peanut Sauce. One festival attendee said, "I love watching the food demos. I'm always afraid to try something new until I see how easy it is." School parentShawn Coryell, who attended Veg Fest as a school volunteer said,"As a non-vegan, I tried a lot of the different food.I truly was amazed at how good the food was."

As the world becomes more and more aware of the effects that a plant-based lifestyle can have on personal health and on the health of the planet, the organizers of Veg Fest were inspired to bring information and fellowship to those who want to be a part of this growing movement. "As a school that has a focus on plant-based health, fitness, environmentalism, and sustainability, we are happy to use our school grounds for activities in our community that can raise awareness of the benefits of plant-based living," said Michele Fasnacht, founder of Solid Rock Community School.

Veg Fest will be an annual event. Solid Rock Community School will be holding several community events throughout the year to encourage healthy, plant-based living.

Festival attendee Geralyn Hucker said, "This was my first Veg Fest and I enjoyed everything.The event was awesome, from the keynote speakers to the shopping to the great food. The school is extremely impressive."

Solid Rock Community School, founded in 2004, is a K-12 private school located in Tarpon Springs, FL. Solid Rock is making the world a greener place, starting in its own school community.With a seed-to-table garden and lunch program, daily fitness classes, and a focus on environmental stewardship, they are teaching their students to become healthy, involved citizens who can contribute to the greater good of society and be good stewards of the world in which they live.

Media Contact:Michele Fasnacht727-656-2920[emailprotected]

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Healthy Living: Stop pain early with physical therapy – KEZI TV

EUGENE, Ore.-- As counties in Oregon lift pandemic restrictions, some may notice new aches and pains as they return to a more active lifestyle, and experts say addressing that pain head-on with physical therapy can save you a lot of trouble.

According to Oregon Medical Group physical therapist Ryan Embly, it's not just athletes who need physical therapy. If pain is getting in the way of any of your daily activities from going to bed, to workplace responsibilities and even workouts, then making an appointment can help.The process of overcoming pain and can be a rewarding one.

"It's a huge sense of accomplishment. And it's not just athletes. I can't even tell you how good it feels to just help someone accomplish whatever goal it is. Just being able to get dressed in the morning to get to work," said Embley.

When you walk in the door to your appointment, a physical therapist can help you identify where the pain is coming from and what other muscles and body parts may be contributing to pain.

According to Embly, physical therapists try to begin the healing process by reducing inflammation, increasing range of motion and improving posture, among other actions. While a patient's instinct may be to take it easy when they experience pain, recovery lays in the balance of activity and rest.

"Oftentimes we think of this as, 'I don't want to do too much. I don't want to aggravate my pain.' Sometimes actually doing too little can be just as detrimental," said Embly.

From diagnosis to recovery, Embly said that engaging patients with manual therapy and a hands-on approach can help them reach their goals.

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Foundation Advocates Healthy Living as World Health Day Holds – THISDAY Newspapers

Mary Nnah

In a bid to increase the knowledge of healthy living among Nigerians, Founder and Project Director, Regalo Hope Foundation, Chinenye Onuorah is planning a health talk in commemoration of the World Health billed to take place on April 7.

Onuorah who said the event will be held at Abaranje Ikotun, Lagos, noted that many people do not know that there is a direct relationship between what they eat and how they live. She also noted that people need to know the importance of regular monitoring of blood pressure and sugar level.

Addressing the press in Lagos, she said that the health talk will afford Nigerians the opportunity to know more about what the need to do to improve their health and general wellbeing.

The health talk is also put in place to educate participants about negative habits that endanger sound health and longevity.

With the youths forming about 45 percent of our population we need to work harder to educate our people especially the youths and aged, she said.

The NGO will also give out gifts like mosquito nets, clothes, food and free haircut. There will also be, on the same day and same venue, free glucose check, blood pressure test and free weight check, all of which will be carried out by registered nurses who are members of the NGO.

About 500 persons have been invited to come and enjoy the free medical tests which will cost about 2.5 million naira to be paid by the NGO and its sponsors at home and abroad.

Last year, the NGO held free health talk and free medical in three local government areas in Lagos State. About 1,500 people participated and it cost the NGO about 4.5 mill naira.

Regalo plans to use this years World Health Day to outline its future plans and call on potential sponsors to support its laudable objectives. Side attractions of the day include drama, music presentation and indoor games.

Regalo Hope Foundation was registered in 2017 and since inception, it has carried out over 250 projects in 327 communities in Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Cross River, Imo and Anambra States.

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Guest opinion: Celebrating the doctors that keep us healthy, living longer – News-Press

Dr. Chris Mulvey, Special to The News-Press Published 3:46 p.m. ET March 29, 2021 | Updated 3:10 p.m. ET April 1, 2021

Dr. Chris Mulvey(Photo: Special to The News-Press)

National Doctors Day is Tuesday, March 30. Its traditionally a time when those within the health care community will recognize the physicians on their team. However, the holiday isnt largely celebrated outside of hospitals, clinics and medical offices.

After the past year, though, the entire nation the world, for that matter should honor those who keep us healthy and living longer.

Doctors sacrifice a large part of their 20s for college, medical school and their residencies. They often go deep into debt to pay for their training. They work long hours and weekends, understanding there is no such thing as being off duty. The field of medicine is constantly evolving, so doctors must continuously study new research, innovations and trends.

Throughout the pandemic, its been encouraging to see the community praise all health care workers. Doctors and nurses certainly deserve credit, along with physician assistants, paramedics, nursing assistants, radiology techs, billing clerks and others. The medical community works together to ensure our entire community is healthy and safe.

All doctors appreciate a simple thank you from patients, but praise isnt the goal. They want their patients to be healthy. In honor of National Doctors Day, I would love to see everyone make these three commitments going forward:

Follow-up: Many individuals see a doctor if theyre in pain or sick. Patients may need to undergo surgery, take prescription medication or see a physical therapist. When theyre done with the required treatment, though, few patients reconnect with their doctors. We assume youre OK, but never know for sure. Its important to know that your condition has improved, but we also use that information to help guide our recommendations for future patients.

Keep annual visits: Health insurance companies cover annual visits to primary care physicians and dentists because early detection and prevention are keys to good health. Its also important to visit an OBGYN or urologist, dermatologist, optometrist, otolaryngologist and physical therapist at least once a year. Just because you feel fine doesnt mean you have a clean bill of health. Our bodies are like vehicles we run through potholes, over speedbumps and constantly speed up and slow down. After a while, it begins to take a toll. A good mechanic, or doctor, can diagnose issues under the hood.

Treat yourself right: Continuing with the vehicle analogy, its hard to drive a million miles without getting some dents and scratches. We also cant expect to go through life without getting a few dings on our bodies. Its important to prioritize physical fitness, which includes strength and endurance exercises. Its equally important to eat healthy foods like vegetables, lean meats and fruits, and avoid junk food and saturated fats. A third component is a healthy lifestyle, which includes getting ample sleep, not smoking and managing stress levels.

Dr. Chris Mulvey, PT, is president for company clinics at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, which has more than 400 locations in 45 states. For more information, please visit

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YMCA of Montclair Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Launch Senior Health and Wellness Program –

The YMCA of Montclair recently received a $7,500 grant from Investors Foundation at its Park Street Branch on March 17, 2021. The grant will help further the Ys mission of healthy living by serving seniors and vulnerable populations.

The YMCA of Montclairs Senior Hour program will exclusively serve up to 500 seniors and medically vulnerable populations at the Park Street YMCA.

The Y will offer seniors and those in chronic disease programs for diabetes and high blood pressure, exclusive access to exercise equipment, group-ex classes such as chair yoga, and the swimming pool.

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"Our Y continues to maximize safety and minimizes risk so our senior members and chronic disease program participants can improve their physical health by exercising, but also their mental health by reducing feelings of isolation and anxiety," said Buddy Evans, President and CEO of the YMCA of Montclair.


About the YMCA of MontclairThe YMCA of Montclair welcomes all. We are a nonprofit that strengthens individuals, families, and community by developing spirit, mind, and body. We focus on healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. Serving Bloomfield, Bloomingdale, Clifton, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Haskell, Montclair, Verona, and West Milford. For more information, please visit

About Investors BankInvestors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Banks services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors FoundationInvestors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its neighbors and communities across the banks footprint.For more information, please visit

Pictured left to right: Samantha Selody, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager; Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair President and CEO; Alicia Robinson, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager; Anneke Demarest, YMCA of Montclair Chief Development Officer; Jos Lastra, YMCA of Montclair Chief Financial Officer

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Building Bridges to Better Health –

Tuolumne County Public Health

Sonora, CA Tuolumne County health leaders are celebrating this years National Public Health Week by highlighting local programs.

To kick off the week, public health department officials will head to Tuesdays (April 6) Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors meeting to request it adopt a resolution proclaiming April 5-11, as Public Health Week in the county.

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) recognizes the contributions of public health initiatives, agencies and workers, and spotlights issues that are important to improving the nations health. This years theme, Building Bridges to Better Health, emphasizes the importance of coming together, even if only virtually in this time of COVID-19, to help make communities healthy and safe.

All next week APHA online celebrations will take place and the lineup of free talks and activities can be viewed by click here and then the Events Page.

Back at the local level, the week will be celebrated by public health sharing activities and messages that support healthy living and spotlight the departments program, which the department provided below:

activity. Contestants who submit photos of themselves exercising will be entered into a drawing for healthy prizes.

such as physical activity; fruit, vegetable, and water consumption; social engagement; and relaxation/mindfulness.

Written by Tracey Petersen.

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Current Activities Centered on Healthy Living and Recommendations for the Future: A Position Statement from the HL-PIVOT Network – DocWire News

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Curr Probl Cardiol. 2021 Feb 27;46(6):100823. doi: 10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2021.100823. Online ahead of print.


We continue to increase our cognizance and recognition of the importance of healthy living (HL) behaviors and HL medicine (HLM) to prevent and treat chronic disease. The continually unfolding events precipitated by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have further highlighted the importance of HL behaviors, as indicated by the characteristics of those who have been hospitalized and died from this viral infection. There has already been recognition that leading a healthy lifestyle, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, may have a substantial protective effect in those who become infected with the virus. Now more than ever, HL behaviors and HLM are essential and must be promoted with a renewed vigor across the globe. In response to the rapidly evolving world since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the clear need to change lifestyle behaviors to promote human resilience and quality of life, the HL for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-PIVOT) network was established. The 4 major areas of focus for the network are: (1) knowledge discovery and dissemination; (2) education; (3) policy; (4) implementation. This HL-PIVOT network position statement provides a current synopsis of the major focus areas of the network, including leading research in the field of HL behaviors and HLM, examples of best practices in education, policy, and implementation, and recommendations for the future.

PMID:33789171 | DOI:10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2021.100823

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Raritan Valley YMCAs events keep people healthy and active during tough times –

The Raritan Valley YMCA Spin-a-Thon from 2018; spin bikesPHOTO COURTESY OF RARITAN VALLEY YMCA

The Raritan Valley YMCA Spin-a-Thon from 2018; spin bikesPHOTO COURTESY OF RARITAN VALLEY YMCA

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in our daily routines. In order to keep ourselves and our community safe, we attend virtual classes, and sit in front of a screen for hours on end. Our social and physical activities have decreased, which can have an effect on our physical and mental health.

As a result of the pandemic, communities that used to be stronger than glue have slowly begun to lose that bond.

Despite the challenges we have faced, the Raritan Valley YMCA in East Brunswick is working harder than ever to keep the health of the community flourishing, healthy and happy.

This spring, the YMCA looks forward to the return of some of its signature in-person events, such as the Spin-a-thon on April 10 and Healthy Kids Day on April 24, both at the YMCA facility on Tices Lane in East Brunswick.

Our work has never changed, said Executive Director Gina Stravic. We are for healthy living, social responsibility and youth development in our community. Weve brought back our programs safely or connected with people virtually. Weve distributed food to those who need it. Weve had to do things differently, but we are looking forward to getting back to what weve done best in the past.

For example, the 8th annual Spin-A-Thon will be taking place on April 10. An outdoor event for COVID safety, participants can ride in spin class or take Zumba class to support the YMCAs summer camp scholarships, drowning prevention efforts, food pantry and more, all while supporting the health of the participants.

All are welcome to sign up, or donate to support the event, on the YMCAs website at

The Raritan Valley YMCA will also be hosting Healthy Kids Day on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also outdoors, the event will encourage kids to be healthy and as active while playing as their favorite superheroes.

There will be various activities throughout the day, including an obstacle course, sports classes, water safety and lessons, summer camp activities, and more.

A summer camp open house and tours of the facility will be available to parents.

We have stuck together and supported each other throughout a tough year, Stravic said. As things start to get better, I believe our community will still come out to support us.

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Adopt healthy living to maintain stable mental health – Public urged – GhanaWeb

Avoiding alcohol, drug abuse can prevent bipolar disorders. File photo

Some nurses at the Psychiatric Department of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital have urged the public to consider making lifestyle changes that could prevent bipolar disorders.

They said avoiding alcohol, drug abuse, and thirty minutes of daily exercise amidst healthy eating were key to minimize the risk factors for the condition.

The nurses told the Ghana News Agency, that scientists were yet to know the exact cause of the condition as the world marked World Bipolar Day under the theme "Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow".

Usually, people with the condition have mood swings and may also suffer depression.

Ms Nelly Mensah, one of the nurses said the condition could disrupt a persons life significantly, as it hampers day-to-day activities, adding that, not just the one who suffers the illness, but bipolar condition could also affect mentally those who take care of people with the disorder.

Because stress and loss of loved ones can be triggers for bipolar disorder, dealing with the serious issues in your life can decrease your chances of immediate onset. A counsellor can help you gain perspective and insight, learn coping skills, and practice healthier patterns of thought and behavior, she said.

Mr. Yusif Mustapha another nurse, stressed the need to raise awareness among the people about what bipolar condition constitute and preventive measures.

He explained that World Bipolar Day is marked each year to make people understand the implications of this mental health issue and raise awareness about proper guidance and treatment.

For her part, Madam Gertrude Nkrumah mentioned depression as a major form of bipolar disorders and described it as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfered with a persons everyday activity.

She indicated that a family history of depression or any mood disorder, early childhood trauma and certain medical conditions may put one at a higher risk.

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