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Agency offers program on healthy living with diabetes – The Cambridge News

More than 100 million adults in the U.S. are living with diabetesor prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

People with diabetes or prediabetes can improve their health by joining a Healthy Living with Diabetes workshop sponsored by Area Agency on Aging of Dane County.

In six weekly sessions, Healthy Living with Diabetes gives participants strategies for managing diabetes, including techniques to deal with symptoms and information about healthy eating, appropriate use of medication, exercise and working effectively with health care providers. Participants learn to make realistic, achievable action plans, share their experiences and help each other solve problems.

Healthy Living with Diabetes will be held on Mondays from March 2 to April 6 at Bridge-Lakepoint-Waunona Community Center, 1917 Lake Point Drive, Madison. The workshop fee is $20.

For questions or to register for the program, call Amy Stoddard at 441-9661.

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Healthy Living: The Farm Show and your health – ABC27

In this weeks Healthy Living, the Farm Show can be a great place to explore the health benefits of local produce, but it can also be a crowded place right in the middle of the cold and flu season.

Lets start with the healthy options at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. New last year, a market where you can purchase local produce. You can buy local honey, apples, cheese, vegetables and more. Right now apples, mushrooms, and potatoes are in season, meaning theyre at peak ripeness and nutritious.

In the food court and throughout the show there are a ton of food vendors. Theyve undergone close inspection to make sure the food you eat isnt at risk.

They are all food providers and we make sure they are held to the highest standard any restaurant would be. So we make sure they have safe food, theyre following safe following, handling practices, and providing safe temperatures so there is no bacteria going to be found on them. Ultimately all of that food is provided to the consumer is safe and healthy hands, Stefanie Smith, Chief, Food Safety Policy & Program Division, said.

Now when youre at the Farm Show youre one of many, and crowds in the middle of cold and flu season can put your health at risk. This season Pennsylvania has seen over 17,000 reported cases of the flu, and across the country, the flu has claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

If you havent gotten a flu shot, you can get one here. The department of health is offering free flu shots each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their booth.

Also, remember to wash your hands frequently and visit one of the many hand sanitizer stations or bring your own.

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Want to Live to 100? Living in One of These 8 U.S. Cities Will Help Healthy Cities – Parade

Hope to blow out 100 birthday candles? I would argue that the biggest impact on how long you live is where you live, says National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, who has studied the worlds longest-living people in longevity hotspots he calls Blue Zones. Among them: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

So where in the U.S. can you live to a really ripe old age? You might be surprised.

People in the Blue Zones dont have better discipline or a greater sense of responsibility, says Buettner. They simply live in environments that make healthy lifestyle choices easier, or unavoidable.

Enter your ZIP code into the free Robert Wood Johnson Foundation lifespan calculatorand see.

Some places are better than others at supporting the habits that stretch lifespans. When you can walk to do your errands, youre more likely to be active than if you have to drive to the gym. Living in a community with plenty of neighborhood groups provides a buffer against loneliness, which can shave years off your life. Youre more apt to eat clean and green when farmers markets are nearer than junk-food joints.

What else helps: smart city design (think safe bike lanes, affordable housing), good health care, social opportunities and an economy that sees older workers, entrepreneurs and retirees as an asset, not a drain, says Caroline Servat, co-author of a new Milken Institute report on age-forward communities.

Weve identified eight spots that will help you live long and prosper.

Sure, Cali-beach life is a wellness clich. But theyre not resting on their bikini bottoms here: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach saw a 17 percent drop in smoking after smoke-free policies began shortly after 2010. Thats the year they joined the Blue Zones Project, which helps cities in California make healthy choices easier for residents. Walking is a big thing: One in four kids walks to school, double the national average, thanks to a new walking school bus program (groups footing it together on safe routes), and older citizens take regular group walks as part of the Blue Zones program.

Check Out:5 Ways to Add Health Wherever You Liveto meet some walkers!

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Its the largest area (population approximately 124,000) to earn Blue Zones Community certification, a mark of healthy-living progress. (Visit the Blue Zones Project to find out how to become a Blue Zones Community.)

Longevity boost

A few years after 100-plus local restaurants and five groceries in the area pledged healthier offerings, the number of overweight residents dropped 15 percent. Thats 1,900 fewer obese people, Buettner says.

Like fellow Colorado mountain townsAspen, Crested Butte and Vailand Jackson Hole, Wyoming, longevity is sky-high in this historic haven near the Copper Mountain and Keystone resort areas. Ski towns draw people who can afford the best health care and prize mental and physical fitness, experts say. But whatever your income, mountain living is code for outdoor motion, whether youre involved in snow sports, fishing, climbing, hiking or shoveling snow.

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Breckenridge (population approximately 5,000) is the seat of Summit County, which has the U.S.s longest life expectancy (86.8 years, compared to the national median of 79). And Colorado is the state with the fewest obese people.

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The 10 million Americans who make their homes above 4,900 feet live one to three years longer than those near sea level. Some experts think lower oxygen levels help heart function. In Breckenridge, at 9,600 feet elevation, youre nearly two miles up.

Big-city benefits (like great health care) without big-city hassles (like bad traffic or bad air) contribute to one of the countrys fittest urban lifestyles. Almost one-fifth of Minneapolis is park land, so theres always a nearby spot for biking, running, walking and mental R&Ror ice skating, fishing and festivals during the cold season. Plant-based eating is made easier with nearly 30 farmers marketsthe most per person in the U.S. outside of Washington, D.C.

Related:Experts Say These Are the 60 Healthiest Cities in America

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Last year alone, Minneapolis (population approximately 432,000) made short lists for healthiest, fittest, bike-friendliest, least-stressed and best access to mental health. Only Hawaii and California have longer life expectancies than the state of Minnesota.

Longevity boost

Local Finnish roots mean lots of saunas, which are linked to better heart health and longevity.

Whats not to love about Naples? The small town (population approximately 22,000) features high-quality health care and loads of leisure pursuits and good-for-you foodall set in a chill backdrop of Gulf of Mexico watersports, golf and sun.

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The Naples-ImmokaleeMarco Island area hit No. 1 in Gallups National Health and Well-Being Index for the past four years. Naples also often tops healthiest eaters lists; who needs sugar when you have white sugar sand beaches to stroll on?

Longevity boost

An unusually high number of Paradise Coast residents say in surveys that theyre low in stress and rich in supportive, loving relationships. Having strong social tiesthere are multiple retirement communities and recreation centers herecan extend lifespan as much as quitting smoking, one research review found.

Maines largest city has just 67,000 people centered on a compact peninsula. Yet its packed with top-notch health care, farm-to-table restaurants and an amenity-rich waterfront downtown made for walking.

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Life expectancy for city dwellers is an impressive 88.7 for women and 86.8 for men.

Longevity boost

Continuing to learn throughout your life seems to build brain reserve, which helps keep old minds younger. In 2001, the University of Southern Maines Osher Lifelong Learning Institute became the first of 124 such programs across the country offering low-cost, non-credit classes of all kinds to 50-plussers.

All the ingredients of a healthy life are here year-round, on land and water, from an above-average number of teams, sports clubs and gyms to fresh, healthy food galore. (Just go easy on the barbecue and grits.)

Related: The Cheaters Guide to Living to 100

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Called one of Americas most walkable cities (population approximately 130,000)especially the scenic downtownits also No. 1 for plant-based eating, with one vegetarian business for every 2,100 people.

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Almost seven in 10 households here have a dog (or many dogs!)which boosts heart health because they lower stress, decrease sitting time and give residents a reason to get up in the morning. Charlestonians walk em in parks, trails and on seven dog-friendly beaches.

Health care is Steel Citys new economic driver, says Nora Super of the Milken Institutes Center for the Future of Aging. Add culture and top-notch education at all ages, downtown parks and trailsand an Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh Action Plan focusing on tech, transportation and creative ideas for volunteering.

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Urban areas support longevity because you can access so much, so easilyand Pittsburgh (population approximately 302,000) is the third most livable city in the U.S. (after Honolulu and Atlanta) and 34th worldwide, according to a global research group.

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When the University of California, Irvine studied habits of those over age 90, talking to neighbors ranked high. Community engagement is rich in this citys distinct and tight-knit neighborhoods, more than 90 of them. In the Squirrel Hill area, average life expectancy is a long 86.

College towns tend to be age-friendly magnets, Super saysand this ones a classic. Extra credit for its walkability, first-rate health care (through the University of Iowa Hospitals system), cultural and sports outings, inter-generational activities and a low cost of living.

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Iowa City (population approximately 76,000) has been called Americas least-stressed city, thanks in part to brief commutes (averaging 16 minutes) and shorter-than-average workweeks.

Longevity boost

A low-stress lifestyle means more time for sleep. The sweet spot: seven to eight hours per night; less, or more, is linked to shorter lifespan.

Want to live longer? Try these recipes from Buettners The Blue Zones Kitchen.

Asian-Influenced Heavenly Grain Bowls

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Longevity-Boosting One-Pot Lasagna Soup

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Prevention: Healthy living as easy as 5-2-1-0 – The Register-Guard

Those readers who have unpacked new gadgets as part of their winter holiday celebrations are usually grateful to find a quick-start guide telling them how to enjoy their new toy (I mean, essential household appliance) right away without reading a complicated instruction manual. Why cant there be a similar quick-start guide for getting healthy in the new year?

Good news, there is! The simple formula for healthy living is 5-2-1-0. This memorable set of numbers was first used to promote healthy living for children. But adults can learn from reviewing it as well.

Before explaining 5-2-1-0, it is vital to understand how healthy living compares in importance to other factors that influence our health.

While much media attention is focused on the U.S. health care system, that care really only accounts for about 10% of how healthy we are over the course of our lives. The traits our parents passed to us account for about 20% of our health. Roughly 19% is determined by where we live.

That leaves a whopping 51% of our health to be determined by a variety of lifestyle choices such as what we eat, what we drink, how much we exercise and the amount of daily stress that we endure. This category also includes choices that I hope you wont consider, such as smoking or drug use. However, 5-2-1-0 addresses the first, more immediately malleable set of choices that make a huge impact on every persons health.

Here is your quick-start guide to healthy living.

5: Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables leaves less room for empty calories that give rise to obesity and other health problems. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients and fiber. Consuming fruits and vegetable with different colors supplies the body with a variety of essential micronutrients; I like to say, Eat a rainbow every day. Sadly, the average American diet is rich in calories, fat, sugar and salt, but poor in nutrition.

Are you hungry? That is an indication your body is starving for nutrients, and you should think about it that way. Reach for an apple or a carrot, and only indulge in the fatty, salty or sweet calories when you want a treat or a dessert not when you are hungry! Start your day with a full tank by eating healthy fats and proteins (low-fat yogurt, avocado toast or old-fashioned oatmeal with low-fat milk) to kick start your metabolism and get the energy to launch your day. It feels as if our taste buds have devolved to only appreciate salt, sugar and fats. Explore a variety of flavors and spices instead, and choose cooking methods that preserve nutrients in the food (e.g. roasting instead of deep frying).

2: Limit recreational screen time, including computers, video games, TV and mobile devices, to two hours or less. Think of what else you could do with that "extra time," such as taking up a new hobby (or an old one), exercising, spending time with friends or catching up on sleep. Spend more time doing rather than watching. Avoid having devices at the table and in bedrooms. For your children, consider a screen contract that enforces the two-hour limit in exchange for the privilege of having a phone or other device.

1: Get at least one hour of physical activity every day. Activity that makes you breathe harder and your heart pump faster makes you stronger and helps you feel better, think more clearly and sleep more soundly.

The "1" also reminds us to keep our spine in good alignment to avoid chronic neck and back pain, along with improving our mood. Ideally, physical activity will be done outside to connect with nature because that also is shown to reduce stress and improve mental and physical well-being.

0: Zero added sugar and artificial sweeteners in the things you drink. Sugary drinks such as soda and sports drinks, fruit punch and other fruit-flavored drinks have no health benefit. Sweetened beverages add empty calories and are terrible for your teeth. Diet sodas may increase your appetite, leading you to eat more and impacting your metabolism. These beverages also may negatively impact the beneficial gut flora that help us absorb nutrients, keep our gut healthy and may even play a role in our mood.

Alcohol also has many calories, and some drinks (think sweet, milky coffee concoctions) also have significant fat. Consider limiting your consumption of these as well.

The "0" is an unbroken circle also reminds me of the network of support of family and friends. It serves as a shield against bullying and violence. It can keep us going in the face of healthcare challenges.

The total of 5+2+1+0 is 8, reminding us to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is vital to keep our immune systems strong and give our brains critical clean-up time to stay sharp.

Consider taking a personal 5-2-1-0 inventory to see how your current choices match up. How are you doing? Remember, 51% of your health is up to you!

Mary Loeb, M.D., M.P.H, practices family medicine at Kaiser Permanentes Downtown Eugene Medical Office. More information is at kp.org/lane.

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Start new decade off right with an Action Plan – Great Bend Tribune

Wow, can you believe it is 2020? I am still getting used to writing it on my correspondence. With a new decade ahead of us it seems like the perfect time to remind you about an Action Plan. Hopefully you have some goals or expectations written down so that the year ahead can be fulfilling and satisfying. Still, there may be times that challenges get in the way of meeting these goals.

An Action Plan can help get the New Year off to a great start. A few years ago I wrote a fact sheet titled, Action Plan for Healthy Living. The fact sheet focuses on 15 lifestyle choices that can bring about a healthier life. Several of the lifestyle choices revolve around a healthier plate while others target the importance of physical activity. And finally, I added some other considerations like stress management, simplifying your life, sleeping well, and surrounding yourself with positive people. Helping individuals create an action plan that they can become engaged in was my goal in sharing this information.

So what exactly is an Action Plan? The first step in developing an action plan is to find something you want to do. Think about lifestyle changes that could impact your health in a positive way. Choose something that is reasonable; something you could expect to accomplish in a week or two. A true action plan is behavior specific. Losing weight is not a behavior, but drinking three sugary drinks every day is. So your action plan might read like this. I will drink a glass of water instead of a sugary drink twice each day in the week ahead. As you can see the action plan answered these questions: What? How much? When? How often?

The final piece of a successful action plan is to assess the confidence level that you will fulfill the contract. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 represents little confidence and 10 represents total confidence, your plan should rank at least a 7.

Many serious health problems are directly related to personal habits or behavior. The risk factors that can lead to these problems are of little concern to many people. They may have the attitude, I feel fine why worry about a healthier lifestyle? The medical system was built around caring for the sick instead of keeping people well. Achieving a healthy lifestyle takes knowledge, effort, and determination. No one can do it for you. Now is the time to build healthy habits into your daily life. Soon they will come naturally.

Feel free to join me for the educational program, Action Plan for Healthy Living, at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 24th, at the Great Bend Senior Center. If you are unable to participate you can find my fact sheet on the KSRE web site. The publication number is: MF 3053. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension Cottonwood District. Contact her at 620-793-1910 or dkrug@ksu.edu.

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Alzheimer’s Association to offer program on health living – Wyoming Tribune

CHEYENNE At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age, and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

To help people age well, the Wyoming chapter of the Alzheimers Association is offering the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity; physical health and exercise; diet and nutrition; and social engagement.

In each area, discussion will focus on what is known, drawing on current research, as well as what can be done steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area.

The workshop will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. The program is free and appropriate for the general public.

For more information, contact the Alzheimers Association-Wyoming Chapter at 307-287-6569.

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Balancing act: You don’t need a perfect lifestyle to be healthy – Irish Examiner

Sinking under the weight of your new year resolutions? You dont need to have a perfect lifestyle to be healthy, says Marjorie Brennan.

We live in an era of information overload, where there is no shortage of advice on how to be a better human being everywhere you look there are influencers telling you what to eat, what to wear, what exercise to do, even the best way to breathe.

Graham Lawton may have written a book with the bold title of This Book Could Save Your Life: The Science of Living Longer Better but he definitely would not count himself in the ranks of such lifestyle gurus, instead of confessing to being an overweight, lazy slob.

However, with a background in biochemistry and as an award-winning writer of 20 years standing with the highly respected New Scientist magazine, he is well-placed to evaluate the scientific basis of the constant claims about nutrition, exercise, dietary supplements and more. Or as he succinctly puts it in the book:

I can spot a sensational headline a mile off, sniff out a fad, and separate fact from fiction.

According to Lawton, his is not just another book about personal health. It is about the very latest science on this stuff of which there is a lot and presenting it to people in a way that they can actually use it in their daily lives. I guess it is quite a bold claim, to say this book could save your life. Ultimately, it is all about how to slow down the ageing process that inevitable decline that happens as you get older.

London-based Lawton says he loves beer, fast food, and the odd crafty fag outside the pub. But he also cycles and runs regularly, eats his five portions of fruit and veg daily, stays hydrated, watches his salt intake, and doesnt eat meat. His approach would appear to be paying off, as he tells me that although he is aged 50, he has recently had his biological age measured at 37. As such, he says he is living proof that you dont have to be fanatical about diet and exercise to be reasonably healthy and fit.

I think of [staying healthy] as like a balance sheet. Im not ultra-disciplined about diet and exercise and I also really want to enjoy my life. What Im interested in is sustainable, healthful behaviour. So things that you can do over decades rather than over a few months. And I think the only way to do that is to allow people to have some sins. So, like a balance sheet, the bad stuff is on one side and the good stuff on the other side. My goal has always been to make sure the good stuff is outweighing the bad stuff.

The appeal behind Lawtons approach is the suggestion that you dont need to transform your life to live longer a modicum of effort can pay big dividends. From his research for the book, Lawton concludes that if there is one thing people can do to enjoy a longer, healthier life, it is to exercise.

You can diet all you like, sleep well, go to the gym, do yoga, whatever, but if youre not doing aerobic exercise, youre wasting your time. The science keeps on getting better and better on this but what people who work in this space will tell you is that if the benefits of exercise were available as a pill, every doctor would prescribe it to every single patient. And its not that hard to get the benefits. One of the recent discoveries in exercise physiology is that literally every step you take counts, and every tiny bit that you raise your metabolic rate above its baseline counts.

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When it comes to diet, Lawton says the constantly shifting advice regarding what we should and shouldnt be eating can be confusing and counter-productive. And, with a recent Department of Health survey showing that in Ireland, only 37% of adults are at a normal weight, with 60% classed as overweight or obese, its clear that knowledge isnt always power.

A lot of people despair because the advice, particularly regarding nutrition, seems to just flip-flop all the time. The classic one is red wine is it good or bad for you this week? Nutrition science is one of the hardest sciences to do properly. Its incredibly difficult to do meaningful science on human beings living their lives in the real world.

"So the results are always marginal and provisional, and theyre always going to find conflicting things. Nutritionists will talk about the totality of the evidence and, unfortunately for people who want quick fixes, the totality of the evidence is the stuff our mothers taught us 50 years ago vegetables are good for you, fat isnt, sugar, you dont need it.

"All the sort of common sense straightforward, nutritional things that have broadly stood up over the years.

However, there is one dietary intervention that Lawton has found beneficial and he says the science backs it up.

I was at a conference on intervention in ageing last year, and when I wanted to talk to the scientists about their work, I would suggest we meet at breakfast. But the majority of them said, I cant, Im fasting, so I thought what is this all about? I discovered that a lot of people who work in the ageing field do intermittent fasting. And the reason is because its a proven anti-ageing strategy.

"You would be amazed how many top scientists do it. So I do the 16:8 quite frequently, which is just 16 hours of no nutrients at all, followed by a glorious eight-hour period of eating whatever you like, and then do it again the next day. And there is lots of research to back it up.

Preventative medicine has also become a buzz term regarding healthy ageing. However, Lawton says there are limits to its benefits, and sometimes it can actually result in worse health outcomes.

You would imagine that preventative medicine could only be good but it can be a double-edged sword. For example, screening can be counter-productive because it discovers things that are benign and would never have caused you any trouble. Then you end up going for treatment and all the worry that entails.

With CSO figures showing diseases of the heart and arteries as the leading cause of death for those aged 75 and older in Ireland, preventing cardiovascular disease through medication is also an issue which Lawton has concerns about.

There has been a huge debate in Britain about statins. The idea is you discover people have got high cholesterol, and you give them pills to lower the cholesterol. And again, it seems like a great idea, till you consider the fact that these are being given to people in their 50s and you are expected to take them for 20 years we have no idea what the long-term effects are and for some people, the cholesterol-lowering effect is not at all clear. Its not even clear that cholesterol is that bad anyway.

Dont get me wrong, these are really well-meaning interventions designed by clever people who have the best intentions. But they can have unexpected side effects and unseen consequences.

Lawton knows we will inevitably fall at the first hurdle when it comes to making improvements the key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle, thus living longer and better, is to accept this and move on.

Weve all tried to better ourselves and discovered that doing so is inconvenient or too difficult. I would say dont give up, there are ways of inculcating good habits. For example, if you make it a habit that you go out for a quick run on a Sunday morning, leave your trainers by the front door, so they act as a visual cue. And it just becomes part of your lifestyle.

People talk about willpower as being a depletable resource you use it up during the day, and then you get to the evening and your willpower is gone. I think if you understand that, then there are ways you can manage your own willpower. It comes down to the question of maintaining your motivation if you make it work around the things that you do anyway, you will be much more likely to keep it up.

This Book Could Save Your Life: The Science of Living Longer Better (New Scientist), by Graham Lawton, published by John Murray, is out now

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Retired Nurse Advocates On Healthy Living Lifestyle – Fiji Sun Online

Even at the age of 59 where many retirees choose to relax, she instead works in her cassava plantation, backyard gardening, cattle farm and piggery farm.

Retired Nurse Merenaisi Maopa Nainima. Photo: Shratika Naidu.

Once a nurse, you are forever a nurse, says Merenaisi Maopa Nainima.

Ms Nainima, a retired nurse spends her time advocating a healthy living and eating lifestyle to the people at Naseakula Village in Labasa.

Even at the age of 59 where many retirees choose to relax, she instead works in her cassava plantation, backyard gardening, cattle farm and piggery farm.

The mother-of-four with one grandson said people easily learnt from observing each others lifestyle than listening to long lectures and speeches.

When I was working for 33 years I worked as a midwife, operating theatre nurse, public health, general nurse and psychiatric nurse, Ms Nainima said.

I retired in 2015. Then in 2017 I went to Tuvalu Island to work as a midwife for two years at Princess Margaret Hospital.

After my working experience at Tuvalu I have learnt that Fiji is very much advanced in terms of nursing education, experience, theory and clinical services.

Ms Nainima is the fourth eldest of eight siblings originally from Naqumu Village in the Macuata Province.

My advice to the retired nurses is to continue with the life of a nurse because we have nursing at heart.

They can look after the community where they are in and continue with the awareness.

I am a born again Christian and my lifestyle is different, the granddaughter of the late Tui Labasa Ratu Kinijoji Drauna said.

I look after myself well.

I pray more, do fasting and implement things around the house like I make sure we eat healthy food and keep the house clean.

I have cared for my family members who suffered from non-communicable diseases and I know how hard it can be.

Many died early and I dont want my present family members to suffer.

So while my actions are credible, I believe it will speak louder.

She accredits all her success to God who has never failed her.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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Winterfest 2020 blasts off for its ninth year Friday – Columbia Daily Herald

After a couple weeks of low-key activity around Columbia, not to mention this wonderful weather weve been having, Im ready for the citys next big event, which is happening Friday.

This one requires a strong liver and that you wear a necklace made of pretzels. I also hear there will be 25 pounds of gummy bears at this thing, bears that have been soaking in 4 liters of coconut rum.

Winterfest Beer Blast returns Jan. 17 for its ninth year. This is always a great and well-attended event, at least according to the photo evidence that helps fill in the blurry gaps and foggy memories. Its also a lot more than an evening spent roaming around Westbury House just off the square tasting all kinds of craft beers, ciders and more from dozens of breweries around the Southeast region.

To those who dont drink, are in recovery or arent 21 yet, there are many other reasons this event is important to the Maury County, to say the least.

Winterfest Beer Blast is first and foremost a fundraiser for Columbia CARES, each year raising more than $5,000 in ticket sales alone (the nonprofit also receives private donations and sponsorships). Columbia CARES is the areas only HIV/AIDS advocacy group, which for almost 30 years has fought to break the stigma of the disease, while also helping patients get the medicine and treatments they need to live healthy, normal lives. Its incredible work that Columbia CARES does, and worth your time in getting to know the organizations story.

It certainly opened my eyes to a few new things when I wrote a story about Columbia CARES for The Daily Heralds monthly Healthy Living tabloid insert in December 2018. December is AIDS Awareness month, with Dec. 1 recognized as World AIDS Day.

Columbia CARES Director Tim Jones, who was diagnosed with HIV in the 1990s, has a great story himself, and is someone Id want in my corner if I were ever given the news, Im sorry to tell you, but your results came back positive. The most interesting takeaway from our interview was just how much the world of AIDS and HIV has changed in the last 25-30 years, and that it isnt exactly considered the death sentence it once was.

You still dont want to get it, thats for sure, but its more manageable these days, and can be handled with the right tools. It takes education, an understanding of your personal case and figuring out the right cocktail of meds to keep it under control. Organizations like Columbia CARES are there to help make that transition as stress-free as possible, to connect patients with the right doctor or offer financial support when available. They even have a 20-minute test onsite for those who think they might have symptoms of HIV, or to rule out any possibility that might be the case.

The point is, organizations like Columbia CARES are there for people in need, with the message to anyone reaching out for help that, we are here, and you are not alone in this. It was also surprising to hear just how many people use Columbia CARES, and that they come from all over the Mid-State, because there really isnt another place like it.

To put it simply, Columbia CARES needs all the help they can get because its work goes beyond Maury County, which can be a lot to take on. It should also raise awareness that more places like it are needed. If giving a few bucks means helping someone in need, while getting fun night downtown in return, who wouldnt want to be part of that?

Beer Blast is also a great way to meet the masterminds behind some of Columbias local brewhouses and other businesses, such as Asgard and Bad Idea Breweries, Briarworks pipe factory and Battleground South Cigar Lounge. There are usually a few local independent brewing connoisseurs serving up samples as well.

My favorite part is when Jones shows up with about a dozen pizzas halfway in, always arriving at just the right time.

If this years Beer Blast is anything like years past, there will be a photo booth, lots of heavy snacks and social interaction. Sometimes the best part is simply stepping back and watching the night progress as everyones walk gets a little wobblier, and their laughs a little louder.

Beer Blasts main event will run from 7-10 p.m. this Friday, but those with $50 VIP tickets will have early access starting at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $25 and tickets may be purchased at http://www.winterfestbeerblast.simpletix.com.

Jay Powell is a reporter for The Daily Herald. Contact him at jpowell@c-dh.net or follow him on Twitter @JayPowellCDH.

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A senior community in Loma Linda, California is thriving when it comes to health. These are their secrets – KSBY San Luis Obispo News

LOMA LINDA, Calif. Six mornings a week, youll find Heinz Lindsor in the gym.

I do aerobics. I exercise with a ball, he says.

Whats more impressive than his workout routine is his age.

I am 80 plus, he says.

And hes not the only octogenarian in this gym located inside Loma Linda Universitys Drayson Center.

My diet is an all plant-based diet, Dr. Benjamin Lau says.

Benjamin Lau and his wife Esther walk a mile to the gym every day for their half-hour workout. They are both in their 80s.

I put a lot of emphasis on food, Esther Lau says. That's probably the most crucial, what we eat and also how active we are.

In Loma Linda, California, being able to do a one-hour aerobics class later in life isn't uncommon. Much of the fuel to stay active and healthy for the people in this city is religion.

Started to work out I got really excited, oh this is great because I feel really vibrant, I feel 40 again. Is this possible, God? Marijke Sawyer says.

Loma Linda is home to one of the largest concentrations of Seventh-day Adventists. The Christian denomination puts an emphasis on a healthy diet and exercise.

Most Adventists, like 72-year old Sawyer, dont smoke or drink alcohol.

"My body is actually the temple of God, she says. So, therefore, whatever I put in I want to keep it whole. Clearer minds, better body, better performing in my life.

Many also follow a vegetarian diet.

Lots of fruits and lots of vegetables, and we grow a lot of our vegetables, so mostly unprocessed, Esther Lau says. "I cook very simply. Basically, I dont use any oil to cook but I do eat food that's naturally high in oils, like avocados, nuts and seeds.

Jackie Tucker, 71, is a lifelong vegetarian.

My grandfather died at 60 of a heart attack, Tucker says. My father died at 73 with blood-related heart disease so I know that the exercise and a diet have made a difference.

National Geographics Dan Buettner named this community one of his five original Blue Zones," places across the globe where people are living longer and healthier lives.

Loma Linda was the only Blue Zone listed in North America.

"It becomes normal, it becomes a way of life, Sawyer says. For me not to come out and not exercise, I would be frazzled because I just feel so much better. And my age I dont feel like Im 72. I love it.

But in Loma Linda, there is no fountain of youth or magic spell to be able to work out like Lindsor later in life.

A person who is motivated, he says, he or she can do a lot of good things to maintain a good level of health.

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