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Healthy conversations lead to better relationships and a more happier life – PhillyVoice.com

If you are man looking to start living healthy your thoughts have probably centered on finding the right diet or exercise regimen. Maybe you have consulted your doctor, ordered some running shoes or purchased fitness equipment.

Chances are you havent considered your conversational skills or contemplated any connection between your health and the value of a good conversation.

While largely unnoticed, there is a connection, one that can have a significant impact on sustaining your health and well-being. A deeper dive into the social dimensions of health reveals the important role of this overlooked tool.

The connection starts with the understanding that relationships play a major role in a mans ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Those familiar with my motivation-based advocacy for 50-plus mens health know that the Harvard Study for Adult Development, one of the worlds longest studies of mens health, is a frequent reference of mine. It concluded that a mans close relationships protect him from lifes discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ or even genes.

The Mayo Clinic reinforces the Harvard study, suggesting that adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index. Mayo references the important role that friends have in promoting overall health, specifically advising individuals to listen-up and open-up, and noting that maintaining healthy friendships involves give-and-take.

A look into the gearbox of relationships reveals the key role of conversations: two-way exchanges that differ from talk, a one-way proposition.

According to Alison Wood Brooks of the Harvard Business School, conversations form the bedrock of our relationships, a profound part of the human experience. To share our ideas, thoughts and feelings with each other, we converse face to face and remotely via phone, email, text message, online comment boards and in contracts. Unfortunately, Brooks finds that most people make conversational mistakes.

Among other factors, the fear of making mistakes can create anxiety about engaging in conversation and a persons capability to converse. Research by Erica Boothby, ofCornell University, shows that given 20 everyday activities, people consistently rank their ability to have a conversation at the bottom of the list. The same people also rank others as being better than them at casual conversation.

Fortunately, Brooks says this anxiety can be managedby reframing itas excitement and using pre-performance rituals to improve performance. The bottom line is that conversations are at the core of relationships, and relationships have a material influence on our health and well-being. While the ability to converse comfortably remains a challenge for many, the benefits are huge.

Despite a history of dominating communication in the business world, which is thankfully changing, men are notorious for their inability to match women when it comes to personal expressions sharing feelings, discussing emotions and generally devoting time to conversation.

Notwithstanding the scientific case for the health benefits of conversation-boosted relationships, there are additional, more granular outcomes that can help convince men to take up the banner for verbal exchange. For functional-thinking, efficiency-oriented men, these observations will appeal to their practical instincts with applications for their personal lives as well as business settings.

Conversation is a chance to learn new things and gain new perspectives. A process for growth and a feeling of satisfaction from convening a benefit to the other party. Done properly, a personal conversation can advance your agenda and add to your well-being. Sound good?

Think of conversations as a source of social intelligence. A process that can provide insight to advance a relationship, or allow you assess its quality should that be in question. Whether just getting to know someone, or evaluating a long-term relationship, think of conversations as a means to confirm these foundational dimensions.

Do we share the same values and interests?

Are we motivated by the same factors?

Are our aspirations for the future aligned?

Is our approach to life and business compatible?

To reap the social and, ultimately, health returns of an investment in your conversation portfolio, here is my framework for maximizing the use of conversations:

1. Create a culture of conversation

Make conversation your go-to mechanism to advance your social relationships and deal with lifes ups and downs. You dont need to guess what someone else is thinking or theorize why they may be acting a certain way. Remember, its a two-way street and ideally a win-win proposition. Moreover, continuous improvement in your conversational skills can become a passion that enhances many aspects of your life.

2. Stay committed

Nothing is easy in life and there will be many times when your instinct will be to shut down and run from conversation. Dont do it. Hang in there and literally talk it through with your friends and loved ones. Crucial conversations are not meant to be easy, but they are critical in confronting the problems we face and the relationships we want to keep.

3. How you say it is important

Particularly in personal relationships, its not just what you say but how you say it. The best intended conversation can go astray because of language, form and the attitude you convey. This is no small thing.

4. Nothing Is Off the Table

A core value of conversations is the ability and willingness of both parties to address any and all subjects. Openness to the most sensitive topics is a must.

Sustaining a healthy lifestyle requires continuous motivation that can grow over time as our lives evolve and men need increasing amounts of inspiration. Conversations empower our relationships, keeping them current. They produce a social currency which buys meaning and purpose, and ultimately a sustaining level of motivation.

That said, in Americas current social context, where unrest has prompted a call for larger, community-based conversations, the ability to develop your conversational skills could prove to be particularly handy. Think of it as an added dividend for an investment in yourself and the many conversations that lie ahead.

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Pocket Outdoor Media Acquires Three Divisions from Active Interest Media and Completes Its Series A Financing – Club Industry

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Series A funding allows Pocket Outdoor Media to expand its active lifestyle business to over 20 new media businesses including Yoga Journal, SKI, Climbing, BACKPACKER and Warren Miller Entertainment

Boulder, Colorado, USA June 30, 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media (POM), the leading endurance sports media platform, today announced the acquisition of the Healthy Living,Fitness, and Outdoor divisions of Active Interest Media (AIM), one of the worlds largestenthusiast media companies. The acquisition by POM coincides with the closing of their SeriesAinvestment from JAZZ Venture Partners, a global investment firm based in San Francisco, with participation from NEXT VENTRES , and Zone 5 Ventures.

Included in the AIM acquisition are: Yoga Journal, SKI, Climbing, BACKPACKER, Warren MillerEntertainment , Oxygen , IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Clean Eating, Vegetarian Times,Better Nutrition, NatuRx, Muscle & Performance , Nastar, Fly Fishing Film Tour, National Park Trips, and SNEWS.

The AIM brands will join POMs existing stable of endurance sports brands: VeloNews,Womens Running, Triathlete , PodiumRunner, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News , VeloPress,VeloSwap, and Roll Massif, a recently acquired event production company that produces aseries of eight iconic Colorado cycling events.

The acquisition brings together best-in-class brands, diversifying POMs media platform andallowing them to better serve active lifestyle enthusiasts and their media partners. Theexpanded business will continue to focus on putting the needs of its readers first, deliveringcontent and experiences across the wide range of activities they are passionate about.

The strength of these collective brands positions us to build the premier active lifestyle mediadestination to meet the needs and interest of our readers on a daily basis, whether theyrebeginners or expertslooking for a training plan, healthy recipe, event coverage, nutritionadvice, injury prevention and more, said Robin Thurston, CEO of Pocket Outdoor Media. Ourmission is to inspire people to do the activities they loveyoga, ride, cook, ski, run, swim, hike, climbwith greater enjoyment and knowledge.

In an evolving media landscape, POM will become the hub for active lifestyle enthusiasts looking to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The first phase of their Active Pass membershipprogram was recently launched with perks that include a wide range of premium content,VeloPress books, magazine subscriptions, Roll Massif event access, and training plans througha strategic partnership with Todays Plan.

The synergies of these iconic brands, some of which have been around for over 50 years,uniquely enables Pocket Outdoor Media to deliver an integrated experience never seen before, said John Spinale, managing partner at JAZZ Venture Partners. They have already developed a personalized newsfeed and membership experience that allows readers to access content across the POM brands, and it will only be bolstered as they add the AIM businesses to the experience.

After getting to know Robin and the Pocket Outdoor Media team, it was clear that we share agreat commitment to the communities we serve in Outdoor, Fitness, and Wellness. Ouralignment around our shared values, strategy, and Boulder location made this a natural fit forour people and brands. Pockets new technology platform unifies, personalizes, and syndicatesthe best content around the customer journey. Combining their personalization platform with their membership strategy felt like a home run for the brands and team members of AIMsOutdoor, Fitness, and Active Lifestyle divisions, said Andy Clurman, CEO of Active InterestMedia.

About Pocket Outdoor Media

Pocket Outdoor Media (POM) is the world's leading creator of active lifestyle content. Acrossweb, print, podcast, social and video, our brands engage with over 15 million of the most activeand influential consumers in the world every month. Our brands include: Yoga Journal, SKI,BACKPACKER, VeloNews, Climbing, Womens Running , Triathlete , Better Nutrition, BicycleRetailer & Industry News, Clean Eating , Fly Fishing Film Tour, IDEA Health and FitnessAssociation, Muscle & Performance , Nastar, National Park Trips, NatuRx, Oxygen,PodiumRunner, Roll Massif, SNEWS, Vegetarian Times , VeloPress, VeloSwap, and WarrenMiller Entertainment. Pocket Outdoor Media is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with officesin San Diego, CA and Toronto, Canada. Learn more at pocketoutdoormedia.com

About Active Interest Media, Inc.

Active Interest Media (aimmedia.com) produces leading consumer and trade events, websites, magazines, podcasts, films, and TV shows that reach 40+ million readers, fans, and attendeesin 85 countries. AIM produces the World Series of Team Roping, the second-richest equestriancompetition in the world. Our brands include Yoga Journal, BACKPACKER, SKI, VegetarianTimes , IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Anglers Journal, Yachts International, Sail, Power& Motoryacht, EQUUS Journal, Horse & Rider Journal, Team Roping Journal, Oxygen, Clean Eating, Log Home Living, Old House Journal, Woodsmith, Garden Gate, Writers Digest,Popular Woodworking, Numismatics , and more. The companys five divisionsthe EquineNetwork, Home Group, Healthy Living Group, Marine Group, and Outdoor Groupalso operatethriving B2B platforms, online universities, and retail events. Core competencies include lead generation (through our Qualified Buyer Program), marketing services (through our in-house agency, Catapult Creative Labs), and video production; Warren Miller Entertainment is the mostsuccessful adventure-film company in history, and AIM Studios is a bustling division dedicatedto digital video. Active Interest Medias customers are smart, engaged, and loyal, and they lookto our brands for trustworthy information and services that will inspire and enable them to enjoy their passions. Learn more at aimmedia.com

About JAZZ Venture Partners

JAZZ Venture Partners invests in companies that extend the boundaries of human performance improving how we live, learn, work, play, and experience the world. We seek breakthroughsat the intersection of digital technology and neuroscience that are influencing the humanexperience, such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, immersive gaming, andclosed-loop human-computer systems. Our portfolio companies are unlocking human potential in health, mind-body wellness, accelerated learning and training, sports, entertainment, and the enterprise. Learn more at jazzvp.com.

About NEXT VENTRES

NEXT VENTRES is a new venture capital firm designed to maximize growth opportunities inthe exploding sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness markets. With established expertise anddeep connections in these markets as well as proven financial track records, the NEXTVENTRES team is well positioned to create significant value for their investors and theirportfolio companies. Learn more at nextventures.com

About Zone 5 Ventures

Zone 5 Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on helping innovative technology companies at the intersection of sports, media, technology and health and wellness. Leveraging itsextensive network and collective experience in sports, entrepreneurship, technology andoperations, Zone 5 Ventures invests its capital, resources and expertise to help entrepreneursaccelerate growth and innovation. Zone 5 Ventures, along with its partner companies, offers aone-of-a-kind platform to enable its portfolio companies to redefine how the inner athlete in all of us harnesses technology to achieve goals and ultimately improve lives. To learn more about Zone 5 Ventures visit zone5ventures.com

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Eating healthy with Yanaya – The Herald

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Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Lifestyle Writer

Early this week, Government announced that restaurants could now safely resume with limited operations, allowing them to serve sitting customers.

This is an exciting development, especially for many outgoing young people, the single in particular who are lazy to cook after a long hard day at work.

To them, eating out is one way of escaping the cooking and dish-washing routine.

Yet, when some people choose to eat out, they go for fast foods (junk foods) which are unhealthy and may result in non-communicable lifestyle diseases such as cancer, blood pressure, strokes and diabetes among others.

Many choose to ignore the fact that eating a balanced diet is fundamental to good health and well-being.

According to a 2017 report by Malabo Montpellier Panel, a group of international agriculture experts, Africa as a continent now has the fastest growing middle class in the world with current trajectories showing they will grow to 1,1 billion by 2060.

The agriculture experts point out that over the last few years, big fast food brands like Nandos, Burger King, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Subway all set shop on the continent with the hope of taking advantage of the expanding middle class, who have disposable income and a palate for processed food.

Given that, an obesity epidemic is now unravelling in countries like Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria.

In the report, the Malabo Montpellier Panel further says: Surprisingly malnutrition and obesity also co-exist in the same households sometimes, with stunted children living alongside overweight adults, who themselves manifest multiple micro-nutrient deficiencies.

Yet, eating healthy has many benefits especially this time when the world is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 has also changed the eating habits of many Zimbabweans.

In an effort to ensure those who prefer eating out maintain a balanced diet, 28 yearold Nyaradzo Dhliwayo, an acclaimed restaurateur has created a company dubbed Yanaya a healthy lifestyle food bar situated at Joina City in Harares central business district.

But how did she come up with such an idea when some women her age are busy with fast life such as chasing trendiest fashion, hairstyles even busy with TikTok (a popular social media application that has made youths go wild)?

Who is she and why did she choose that profession?

The Herald on Saturday Lifestyle, traced the bubbly young entrepreneur and caught up with her at the prestigious food bar Yanaya.

Upon entering, organic fresh designs leave customers thinking the restaurant is an exotic garden. Inside, one can easily buy everything the fresh aroma of ingredients and fruits which she uses to prepare is tempting.

Dhliwayo said her creative work and photography has caught the attention of local and international exhibitions.

Oh well, she is a professional photographer who holds an honours degree in design and photography from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

I have been a vegan for almost two years and vegetarian for three years. I struggled whenever I went out because there were no places that offered good vegetarian meals. I realised getting healthy, nutritious natural tasting food was a struggle not only for myself but many people in Zimbabwe, she says.

That alone inspired her to create space for people who are health conscious to enjoy a meal out.

I have also been to the gym of late and we are given the eating plans. Some did not know where to start from, so it was an opportunity for me to penetrate the market, she explained.

Her goal was simple to redefine what it means to eat well and promote a healthier happy lifestyle.

Ingredients she uses for her meals are 100 percent local produce.

I am passionate about feeding people with nourishing meals made from whole ingredients that have a positive impact on their overall mind, body and health. I am a firm believer in supporting local producers and improving value chains, she added.

According to Dhliwayo, the biggest hurdle for Zimbabwean farmers pertains to post harvest losses, and as such a lot of perishable agricultural produce goes to waste.

This is because our farmers do not have many ready off takers like us who are willing to apply fair conditions when transacting with farmers. We make gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads, detox smoothies, wraps and juices among others, explained Dhliwayo.

And because of the lockdown, Dhliwayos Yanaya has been delivering orders to those who cannot access the facilities.

An application where customers can buy online and the food is delivered at their doorstep is also available with the creation of a website in progress.

With a menu that is highly nutritional as well as detox benefits, her hope is to see young people change their eating habits.

We serve a niche space for healthy food as part of our mandate to promote healthy living. Though we have tried to narrow down our primary market to healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and those with varying health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, we have discovered there is a growing population that is aware of what they eat and how they live, she said.

Surprisingly their smoothies are a hit with local celebrities who are endorsing the product line. The photographer-cum- restaurateur draws inspiration from her Christian values.

I look up to Christ first for inspiration and guidance, said Dhliwayo.

The talented businesswoman said she loves to eat bun-less burgers, a burger with no bun but a patty with spread sauce over the top added with some onions, lettuce wedge and favourite sauce. She concluded that people should eat healthy every day, especially now in the era of non-communicable diseases.

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Top Reasons Why Spinach Is One Of The Healthiest Leafy Greens – NDTV Doctor

Spinach can offer you a wide range of health benefits. It can be used as a ingredient in a variety of recipes. Here are some reasons why you should consume spinach.

Spinach is beneficial for your skin and hair

Your mother might have stressed on consuming a healthy diet since childhood. A well-balanced diet offers all necessary elements that you need for proper functioning as well as for optimum growth of the human body. Green leafy vegetables are power-packed with nutrients. It is advised to add leafy greens to your diet for optimum health. Spinach is one of the healthiest leaf greens that is loaded with essential nutrients offering you amazing health benefits. Yes, Popeye was doing it all right! Spinach provides you a variety of nutrients that your body needs. Here are some notable benefits of adding spinach to your diet.

91% of spinach is water. It is loaded with protein and iron too. Spinach contains iron that supports red blood cells. It is also a non-dairy source of calcium. This leafy green also contains vitamin A, C and K1. You may also receive magnesium, potassium and folate with spinach consumption.

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Spinach can also help in healthy weight loss. One cup of boiled spinach is loaded with fibre and water content. It can keep you full for longer and make you consume fewer calories.

Also read:Spinach For Weight Loss: A Cup Of Spinach A Day Can Make You Lose Weight Quickly, Know How And Other Health Benefits

Potassium in spinach can help in controlling high blood pressure. A healthy diet can help in controlling hypertension. Fibre-rich foods can also help in regulating blood pressure.

Also read:Try These 7 Foods That Have More Potassium Than A Banana To Control High Blood Pressure

Diabetics can also safely add spinach to your diet. This leafy vegetable contains antioxidants that can prevent oxidative stress and stress-related changes in people with diabetes.

You would be surprised to know that spinach is beneficial for your skin and hair too. Vitamin A and iron in spinach can help in boosting skin and hair health.

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Ill-Effects Of Sitting All Day: Reasons Why You Should Move More Every Day – NDTV Doctor

Sitting all day is linked with a higher risk of several chronic conditions. To counter the side effects you must ensure optimum levels of physical activities throughout the day.

Sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of heart disease

Sitting all day can affect your health negatively. From job requirements to a sedentary lifestyle, there are several reasons behind prolonged sitting. When you sit all day, you do not burn enough calories throughout the day. It also leaves a negative effect on different body organs. It is also linked with a higher risk of chronic diseases. Studies have also highlighted that sitting for long periods is associated with a number of health concerns. In this article, you will learn about what happens to your body when you sit for long periods.

When you sit for long periods you burn very few calories. Consuming more calories than you burn leads to weight gain. Unhealthy weight is a common risk factor for several diseases. It may also increase the risk of obesity.

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Prolonged sitting can affect your legs too. Lack of activity is harmful for the leg muscles. In some cases, a person may experience spider veins too.

Lack of physical activity is bad for your mental health too. It can increase the risk of depression and anxiety. Regular exercise can also help control the symptoms.

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Sitting for too long majorly affects your back, neck and shoulder. You are more likely to experience pain in back, neck and shoulder due to the continuous work these perform. Poor posture can worsen the condition.

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If you have a sitting job, try taking small walking breaks that can ensure some movement throughout the day.

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Flaxseed Oil Health Benefits: 5 Reasons Why You Should Try This Oil – NDTV Doctor

Flaxssed oil can offer you some amazing health benefits. It is beneficial for your skin, heart, body weight and more. Here are some notable health benefits of flaxseed oil.

Flaxseed oil can offer you some amazing health benefits

Flaxseeds are extremely healthy. Vegetarians are advised to add flaxseeds to their diet as these can offer them those nutrients that are usually absent in a vegetarian diet. These seeds can also help in weight loss. Flaxseeds are loaded with fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Just like seeds flaxseed oil too can offer you some amazing health benefits. It is jam packed with nutrients that can be used in various ways. Here are some reasons why you should try flaxseed oil. Also know different ways to use.

Most foods loaded with omega-3 fatty acids are animal-based sources. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids that vegetarians can enjoy.

Flaxseed oil is one of the rare heart-friendly oils. This oil boosts artery health and also helps control blood pressure. These factors contribute to a healthy heart. Omega-3 fatty acids also contribute to a healthy heart.

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Many oils have gained popularity in the past year for their amazing skin benefits. Flaxseed oil can also help promote skin health. It can moisturise your skin well and help you achieve a smooth texture. Use of flaxseed oil can also help reduce skin irritation.

Also read:Skincare Tips: Try These Essential Oils For Acne-Free Skin

Flaxseeds oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation, if left uncontrolled can be harmful to your health. Several studies have also highlighted that flaxseeds oil offer properties that help reduce inflammation.

Also read:Know What To Eat And Avoid To Fight Inflammation Effectively

Flaxseed oil can help in weight loss too. This oil helps in detoxification that can support weight loss. According to a study published in the journal Appetite, flaxseed oil can help reduce appetite that can make you consume fewer calories resulting in weight loss.

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Retirement age is increasing but our new study reveals most only work ten years in good health after 50 – The Conversation UK

In 1800, the global average life expectancy was only 29 years. Today, life expectancy continues to rise, with babies born in the UK in 2018 expected to live to 87.6 years for men and 90.2 years for women on average. But as life expectancy rises, so does retirement age.

Since retirement is expensive, and state pensions are paid for by workers who pay tax, many governments are now concerned there arent enough working adults to fund the growing number of people in retirement. As such, many countries have decided to increase retirement age. In the UK, state pension age is increasing from 65 to 66 this year and will reach 67 in 2028.

Though were living longer, this doesnt necessarily mean our health will allow us to work for additional years. Healthy working life expectancy tells us the average number of years people in a population are likely to be healthy and in paid work from the age of 50. Healthy working life expectancy focuses on working life after age 50, which is when health problems (such as common age-related diseases, including pain or mobility issues) can make it difficult for people to continue working or find a job that fits their needs.

Our study of healthy working life expectancy found that on average, people in England can expect to be healthy and in work for almost nine and a half years after age 50. However, these years are not necessarily lived consecutively as people may temporarily leave work or experience health problems. These findings came from data on 15,284 people aged over 50 in England who were interviewed several times from 2002 to 2013.

Compared to the national average, healthy working life expectancy is higher for men (10.94 years) and lower for women (8.25 years). We also found that healthy working life expectancy is higher for people in non-manual or self-employed occupations (such as office workers) than those in manual occupations (such as electricians or care workers). It also increased alongside education level.

People also tend to have longer healthy working lives in the south compared to the north of England. This reflects the worse health and economic conditions typically seen in the north. The amount and type of jobs available regionally also influence differences in healthy working life expectancy, as people who cannot find a job that suits them wont be able to continue working.

We also split the population into five equal-sized groups based on deprivation. We found that the people living in the least deprived areas tended to stay healthy and in work for almost four years longer (10.53 years) than those living in the most deprived areas (6.80 years).

Many factors contribute to the different average lengths of healthy working life between groups. The higher healthy working life expectancy in men compared to women can at least partly explained by women having been able to access their state pensions earlier before 2018.

A regions healthcare quality, prevalence of health problems, access to job opportunities, and whether a workplace can accommodate a persons needs are all factors that explain the differences in healthy working life expectancy. These factors may also be barriers that can prevent groups with lower healthy working life expectancy from remaining in employment. For example, those in manual occupations (and their employers) may be less able to accommodate health problems later in life.

Given that people with higher education or those living in less deprived areas are estimated to have a longer healthy working life expectancy suggests a link with socioeconomic status. Lower socioeconomic status is associated with poorer physical and mental health, and low-paid work or unemployment. Possible explanations for this link include lower quality job opportunities, money worries, and insufficient income to afford a healthy lifestyle.

Increases in retirement age has been a response to higher life expectancy nationally. However, some regions have seen bigger improvement compared with others, while some have seen declines. But international research indicates that living longer does not necessarily mean more time spent in good health and our findings also suggest that many people will find it challenging to work until the new retirement age.

A key reason for increasing retirement age is to ensure the financial sustainability of the state pension programme. But if a large proportion of the population arent healthy enough to work for longer, there may be an increased need for government financial support due to unemployment or disability. Those with health problems who cant afford to leave work may find that, without adaptations, their health interferes with their productivity, their daily tasks, or that their working hours may make them less able to effectively look after their health.

In the UK, health gaps are widening. Without interventions to improve health and access to good work opportunities, its possible that some groups could see healthy working life expectancy stay the same or even decrease. For these sub-populations, waiting longer to receive state pension income could be particularly difficult.

Though the upward trend in life expectancy stalled in 2014-2015 in many high-income countries, retirement age is still set to increase in numerous countries, including the US, the UK and Australia. Monitoring healthy working life expectancy may be important in the future for knowing whether people will be able to stay in work alongside changes to the retirement age.

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It’s Jamun Time! Here Are Reasons To Make The Most Of This Fruit This Summer – NDTV Doctor

From diabetics to high blood pressure patients, jamuns are beneficial for one and all!

Jamuns are rich in fibre and can help in getting relief from constipation

Come summer and one cannot wait for the gorgeous jamuns! Their deep purple hue and tangy taste makes for a perfect accompaniment for fun and easy-going evening chats with family. Jamun or black plum is incredibly rich in antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and damage caused by free radicals. The contain properties that can help in regulating blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. From heart patients to diabetics, jamuns are meant for one and all! Keep reading to know more about the benefits of including jamuns in your diet.

In one of her recent posts on Instagram, nutritionist Nmami Agarwal talks about the health benefits of jamuns. She lists the following reasons to include jamuns in your diet:

1. Jamuns are loaded with Vitamin C and iron. If you are deficient in iron, then jamun serves the dual purpose of providing both Vitamin C and iron. Vitamin C-rich foods are required for absorption of iron in the body. Daily intake of jamuns can help in increasing levels of haemoglobin.

Also read:Top 7 Iron-Rich Foods For Vegetarians: Add These To Your Diet

2. Improved levels of haemoglobin can further act as blood purifying agent, mentions Agarwal in the post. This can be helpful for your skin health.

3. Jamuns have a low glycemic index, which can help in keeping blood sugar levels normal. This means that a fruit like jamuns are safe for consumption for people with diabetes. However, every person responds differently to certain foods. If you have diabetes, do check with your doctor before including jamuns or any other fruit in your diet.

Also read:Is It Safe For Diabetics To Eat Mangoes? What Rujuta Diwekar Has To Say

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Also read:High Blood Pressure May Affect Kids Too: Know Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention Tips And More

To include jamuns in your diet, you can eat them as is. You can eat the fruit as part of a fruit salad and can also create a jamun smoothie with other fruits like banana and berries. You can juice them with water as well.

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Healthy Living: Bust belly fat caused by stress – Q13 News Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash., We are all undergoing an unprecedented amount of stress these days with the pandemic and the unrest across the world. Stress causes increased belly fat because stress causes our cortisol levels to spike. Nutritionist and Health Coach, Deborah Enos says your body then stores fat because it thinks it is doing you a favor by adding more fat to your internal organs. Deborah helps us with ways to combat stubborn belly fat.

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Fat around you middle is easy for your body to grab and convert to energy during a crisis.

Fat around your internal organs will protect you in times of stress or trauma (falling down). I know, Im not too happy about it either.

Guess what starts this process? Yep, chronic levels of stress. So pretty much daily life right now. Your body releases stress hormones (cortisol) and these hormones go to work releasing sugar and also creating a craving in you to EAT EVEN MORE.

While it may feel like you cant fight this process, Im here to tell you that you can dial it down by trying some quick & easy stress management tips. .

Here are my three favorite cortisol turn down tips:

1. Get outside. Research is showing that even 5 minutes outside can help to drop your cortisol levels-bonus points if you actually walk around for a few minutes.

2. Move a little bit. Adding some mindfulness movement (yoga or tai chi) for a few seconds can help to reduce the levels & production of cortisol.

3. Breathe deep! Get your stomach to expand on the inhale and flatten on the exhale. Studies show that it doesnt have to be anything fancy, just focus on consciously breathing for 2-3 cycles of breath and you can start to lower your stress hormones and help put a stop to adding any additional belly fat to your body

Foods to Fight Belly Fat

Eat more fiber. Research has shown that people who increase their fiber content eventually end up reducing their belly fat stores. Fiber helps to keep you fuller, longer and that can keep you away from stress eating or eating out of boredom.

Alcohol: SORRY! Theres a reason why its called a beer belly. Alcohol (high levels) has been shown to increase belly fat stores.

Stress: High levels of stress equal high levels of cortisol. Cortisol can drive your appetite and lay down more fat stores into the belly area. Also, when you drink you usually end up eating about 30% more calories than you would normally consume.

Eat fatty fish 2-3 times a week. I love using canned salmon instead of canned tuna. Salmon has a higher fat content and usually less mercury.

Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride and has been shown in research to be burned instead of stored.

Here's Deb's 'Belly fat-busting chocolate brownie (in-a-mug)' recipe:

"This brownie may not bust apart your belly fat. But, because of the coconut oil, it may not add ANY belly fat and thats good enough for me!"

INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk [if using canned, give it a good stir] tsp vanilla extract tbsps gluten-free flour [I@namastefoodsllcblend from@costco) 1 tbsp sugar (Imonk fruit sweetener from@lakanto no calories!) 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Pinch of salt 2 tsp mini chocolate or butterscotch chips. [If you want to keep it no or low-cal, feel free to skip! But, its a YUMMY addition!]

DIRECTIONS: Add coconut oil to a microwave safe@pyrexhomeor coffee mug and cook on high until melted [about 30-40 seconds]. Let it cool for about a minute and then add in the coconut milk & vanilla. Stir. Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir. Pour mixture into a ramekin or coffee mug and microwave for about 40 seconds [until the brownie is firm to the touch].

Let it rest for a few minutes and then DIG IN!

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Beach Cities Health District to cut Healthy Living Campus revamp nearly in half – Beach Reporter

Beach Cities Health District officials have once again scaled back plans for an ambitious redevelopment of its Healthy Living Campus this time by about $160 million.

The local health agency will publicly unveil its new, less-expansive plans for the 11-acre property at a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, board meeting.

Changes include reducing assisted-living units for older adults to 220 from 420, cutting down construction time and scrapping residential units planned for the east side of campus, near Torrance.

The revamp will cost an estimated $370 million, down from the $530 million the project was estimated to cost last year, said Tom Bakaly, the health districts CEO.

The Beach Cities Health District is a preventative health agency for Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. The agency, founded in 1955, is a special district that relies on property tax revenue for about a quarter of its income. The rest comes from a mix of rent from leases at its main campus, 514 N. Prospect Ave., in Redondo Beach; program fees; and various partnerships.

In 2017, the district which has more than 40 preventative health programs pitched an idea for a redevelopment of its main property, dubbed the Healthy Living Campus. Initially, construction was slated to begin this year.

But some Redondo Beach and Torrance residentsopposed the original plans, because of concerns over traffic, neighborhood impact, and the length and size of construction.

Responses from the community and consultants urged a more complete financial understanding of the project. That caused district officials todelay construction to 2021. And then, last year, adownsized plan arose.

That smaller plan still didnt satisfy concerns, so the district scaled back the project again to the $370 million plan officials will unveil Wednesday.

For the past three years, Bakaly said in a news release, weve collected more than 1,300 public comments during more than 70 meetings and worked with financial, construction and environmental experts to minimize impacts on local neighborhoods.

After considering the feedback, staff drafted a plan that makes more sense financially, and would create the revenue to maintain BCHDs programs, Bakaly said.

We think its more consistent with what we were hearing, Bakaly said. We are a public agency, so we do want to be listening.

Public revenue, after all, funds BCHDs operations, he added.

Construction will take four-to-five years, broken into two, shorter phases, Bakaly said, rather than thethree phases over 15 years the district had planned in 2019. The existing 260,400 square-foot campus will expand to 484,900, down from the 592,700 square-foot master plan presented last year.

Phase 1 will tear down the more than 60-year-old hospital building, which will be replaced in phase 2, if funding for a new facility comes in via a fundraising campaign or other means. Initially, the district planned to rebuild the hospital in phase 1, Bakaly said, but that wasnt financially viable.

The district, in its2019-20 fiscal year budget, projected about $15 million in revenues but nearly $14 million in expenses.

BCHD will keep part of an existing medical office, Bakaly said, instead of converting it into more units for residential senior care, slashing originally planned living spaces nearly in half.

The second phase would rebuild the old hospital as Community Wellness Pavilion, double the size of the existing gym, with public meeting spaces, a demonstration kitchen, 2.5 acres of green space and a 24,000 square-foot pool.

Plans also include closing Tower Street at Flagler Lane, allowing only service vehicles to enter that road, as well as a proposition to build a bike path along it.

Were hopeful that will address traffic issues the neighborhood already has, Bakaly said, including people coming and going from the neighboring Redondo Union High School.

The environmental study required by state law should be drafted by this fall, said Kerianne Lawson, chief programs officer for BCHD; the district would finalize plans with Redondo Beach by 2021 and break ground in summer 2022. Phase 1 would take until summer 2024, Lawson said.

Elderly residential care facilities will also now include a Program for All Inclusive Care, known as PACE, which will provide comprehensive medical and social services to older adults, Lawson said. The senior clinic will address wraparound needs like medical care, nutrition service, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Information on participating in the virtual board meeting:bchd.org/board-directors-meetings.

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