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Live long and die healthy: How a group of Winnipeggers are working to live to 116 with a focus on fun, fitness –

Nestor Mudryswears he will not relinquishthe presidency of the 116 Club as long as he lives.

And if he hits his goal, that will be at least another 18 years.

On this day, the 98-year-old's throneis a recumbent cross-trainer think astationary bike and elliptical machinerolled into one at the Reh-Fit Centre, a Winnipeg gym and wellness centre.

But he doesn't rule his subjects with an iron fist. He's quitecomfortable with his workout pals, cracking jokes at his own expense.

"You've never given me any good reasons to why you've lived till 98," says fellow gym-goer Dean Doerr, quizzingMudry on the buzz around his club atthe Reh-Fit Centre.

"It's because I'm stubborn," Mudryquips.

The 116 Club believes in seniority. Mudry is the president sincehe'sthe oldest, and he expects to hold the mantle for awhile.

The 116 Club is a group of spry fitness enthusiasts, mostly seniors, with the arguably lofty goal of living until116 years old the age of the oldest living persontoday, Japan's Kane Tanaka.

While the executive saysthat's the goal, most members aren't really gunning for such longevity.

Hitting 116 is "probably beyond the reach of most of us, but hey, if you're going to do something worthwhile, you strive for things that are beyond your grasp," said Allan Appel, who handles the club's public relations. "That's what we're doing."

The members say they would settle for living a good, independent lifeas long as possible.

"Die healthy" is the group's slogan.

"It's a little strange, but it makes you think,"Appel, a retired teacher, says of theirtwo-word mantra.

"It'sall part of the tongue-in-cheek effort that this group has to keep the spirits up."

Appel describes the club as a goodwill group of peoplepromoting their own health. Aside from membership at the Reh-Fit Centre, there's no cost orcommitment beyond apledge to live, eat and sleep well.

"If you are going to join, you'll partakein the humour and theirony of it all,"Appelexplains.

Another perk of membership iscake, he says.

Meet some of the members of the 116 Club:

Every three months, members celebrate the birthdays of anyone who is oneyear closer to 116.

Those eventslook more likethe kind of celebration you might expect to see for the club members' grandchildren.

During one such party, a "Happy Birthday" banner is strung up in the lobby of the Reh-Fit. Thereare seniors wearing matchingwhite shirts with the number "116" in blue lettering. On top of a balloon-printed tablecloth isa large slab cake, with the names of 17 celebrantsandcandles for each of them.

It's all in good fun, Appel says.

"What's the point of being healthy if you aren't treating yourself every once in a while?"

The genesisfor this club was with executive directorAbuMasood, 72. His grandfather died at 106, and Masooddecided he wanted to live 10 years longer than him.

His personal goal became a collective one at the Reh-Fit Centre, after he founded the116 Clublast summer.

"That's my motive of life. I want to make people healthy eat good, sleep good, make your life good," Masood said."If your health is good, youhave everything."

Not everybody can join. He looks for thepeopleworking out regularly at the gym, like him.

"Before I take membership, I keep an eye.Who iscoming regularly?ThenI approachthem," Masood said.

"Do they love keeping healthy?Thoseare the people. Not the 'once in awhile, once a month I show up.'"

He pays for the 116shirts and the birthday cake out of his own pocket.

He envisions his club, which now has 76 members and counting, as analternativeto the health-care system alone dealing with an aging population.

Masood knows exercise cannot prevent every medical ailment, but he says ithelps. One clubmember, he says, took the"die healthy" mantra to heart after their mother-in-law became ill and needed constant supervision.

"He says, 'Abu, now I got what you mean by die healthy. If my mother-in-law was healthy, we would have been free from a lot of things,'" Masood said.

He hopes the concept for the club can be expanded elsewhere, and wantsto apply for grants to help cover thegroup's expenses.

The 116 Club's members say it's made a difference in their lives.

Reisa Adelmanhas been going to the gym for years, but says she now feels a sense of belonging thanks to thegroup.

"He includes all these people who were just on their own," she says of Masood, while going through herdumbbell exercises.

"People like Abu make it even better."

On a nearby resistance machine, Appelis fidgeting with how much weight hecan lift.

"I set the dials to a much higher level so the people after me are impressed," he jokes, beforeshiftingto a back extension machine.

It's obvious helikes the camaraderieamong members of the 116 Club.

"Do I look good, taking a break?" he asks another gym-goer wearing a 116 shirt.

"Everybody looks good taking a break," Jim Wallace replies, without missing a beat. At 87, walking around the track is his workout of choice.

People don't like talking about death, club presidentMudry hasnoticed. He appreciates that the 116 Club doesn't shy away from the subject.

"We thought we'd face the whole issue head-on and say, 'We think that death is inevitable, so let's do all we can to make it as pleasant an experience as we can.'"

He says that for him,living until 116 is an "eventuality." Mudry is so confident, in fact, that he'sbeen asking the club what happens after that.

Their reply?

"Well, if you get to be 116 and to 117, we will then change the name to the 117 Club."

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Upfield Convenes High-Level Group of Experts to Improve Consumer Education and Healthy Choices within the Food Industry – PRNewswire

Notable participants included Prof Antonis Zampelas (Agricultural University of Athens, University College London), Prof Ingeborg Brouwer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Dr Elke Trautwein (Kiel University). Through this energetic panel discussion, notable points of consensus were:

"Consumers are confused by multiple studies making conflicting health claims about saturated fats. These are often meta-analyses conducted without paying attention to the nutritional context of the studies, and can vastly misinterpret the data and the quality of research,"said Prof Ingeborg Brouwer, Professor of Nutrition for Healthy Living, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. "To ensure consumers are not confused by conflicting messages, we must ensure our claims are based on the totality of evidence as judged by experts in the field of nutrition and health."

The session was broadcast via live webinar where a recorded version remains online, and participants hope it will be instructive in helping the food industry to use valuable insights from public health experts to inform product development and communication with consumers.

The symposium was an active example of the food industry learning from academics in the public health field, and paves the way for clear, accurate consumer education in future. Paul Whitehouse, Upfield's Global Director of Scientific Affairs, called for further collaboration between the private and public sectors, and with academia, in order to support consumers in making healthy choices and decreasing the risk of diet-related chronic disease.

ABOUT UPFIELD At Upfield, we make people healthier and happier with great tasting, plant-based nutrition products that are better for the planet. As a global plant-based company, Upfield is the #1 producer of plant-based spreads with more than 60 brands, including iconic brands Flora, Rama, Blue Band, ProActiv, Becel, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Country Crock. With headquarters in Amsterdam, we sell our products in over 95 countries and have 17 manufacturing sites throughout the world. The company employs over 3100 associates. Since 1871, we have been the authority in the spreads category which gives us unmatched experience, know-how and inspiration. We are focused on leading in this new era focused on delivering healthier products that are great tasting and have superior quality and helps us deliver on our mission to create "Better Plant-based Future." For more information, please visit our website at

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Montgomery Co. leaders sound the alarm over school nursing shortage – WTOP

Two Montgomery County Council committees are recommending the creation of six new school nurse positions in hopes of alleviating an ongoing shortage in the county.

Two Montgomery County Council committees are recommending the creation of six new school nurse positions in hopes of alleviating an ongoing shortage in Marylands largest school system.

The Education and Culture Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee met for a joint session Monday, months after they had both asked County Executive Marc Elrich to allocate enough money in next years budget to hire 12 new school nurses.

The countys budget for 2020 did not end up including the money for those nurses, but council members say Mondays recommendation carries an additional sense of urgency.

Council Member Craig Rice said the newest recommendation is a sign the nursing shortage has reached emergency status.

We understand how it presents a challenge to the executive branch from a budgeting perspective, Rice said. If we did not feel if this was of the emergency nature that it is, we wouldnt do this. We dont do this lightly.

Montgomery County has a nurse-to-student ratio of 1 to 1,600 far higher than neighboring counties, including Prince Georges County, which has the second-highest enrollment of all Maryland public school systems but a nurse-to-student ratio of 1 to 693.

During Mondays session, council members raised concerns that the nursing shortage is leading to students not getting the care they deserve.

We hear about the challenges of things falling through the cracks because nurses cant be in three places at once, Rice said. These are the kinds of continuous challenges that really provide some great concern for us.

Dr. Travis Gayles, the countys health officer, told the committees that school nurses are paramount in teaching students about health care, and said nurses can model healthy living habits.

If younger people have a positive experience within the health care realm, theyre more likely to utilize that space as they get theyre older and trust that experience to be able to come in and take advantage of those resources, Gayles said.

Gayles speculated that if the county does add the six proposed new nursing positions, at least four of them would end up in high schools. Between the more than 200 schools in Montgomery County, there are fewer than 100 nurses.

There is no catching up, Rice said. At this point, were trying to tread water.

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Healthy Living Catalog | AmeriMark | AmeriMark

Take Control of Your Health and Wellness TodayNobody knows your own body better than you do. That's why it's so important to understand your personal needs and limitations and to take charge when something doesn't feel right. Don't let small aches and pains become bigger issues. With proper treatment and preventative care, you can make your health and wellness the number one priority in your life.Adaptability and Mobility SolutionsYour home is somewhere you should feel safe and confident. But if you're recovering from an injury or are living with a mobility impairment, even the smallest tasks can feel monumental. Adaptability aids for the home are easy to put together and install and will make a big difference in your quality of life.Basic grab bars are some of the most common adaptability aids available. These sturdy supports are especially useful in places like the bathroom or near the bed. Having something to hold onto as you raise and lower yourself not only reduces stress on your joints but it also significantly reduces the risk of slips and falls. Having support bars also allows people with mobility impairments to retain their independence in day to day life.

Mobility aids, like walkers and wheelchairs, can be used both in and out of the home. Special cushions are available to make the seat of the wheelchair more comfortable for extended use. If you do not require a wheelchair, but still need a little support while walking, a walking cane is a great option. Look for canes with a gripped handle and base to avoid slippage.

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Healthy Living: How to host the holidays in a world of food restrictions – Q13 News Seattle

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SEATTLE -- The seemingly rapid rise of allergies and food intolerance is making it hard to cater for a party, because there are so many restrictions to cater to. If you're not prepared, the major allergens can wreak havoc on your holiday meal.

So what is appropriate for hosts to do these days? Are they supposed to ask for a list of things to avoid? Can he or she ask people to bring their own food if they have restrictions? Are there simple swaps that can keep somebody from having a reaction?

Nutritionist Deborah Enos explains how restrictions don't have to restrict your holiday party.


Add all the ingredients to a blender (you will get a creamier dip if you blend it) and blend for 30-45 seconds.

Add in your seasoning:

Blend for another 30 secondsperfection!

Add a shake of EBTB on top and some chopped parsley.

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Health briefs 11-18-19 | Healthy Living – Uniontown Herald Standard


n Medicares annual open enrollment period runs now through Dec. 7. The APPRISE Program can help answer questions. Those interested in having a free, confidential plan comparison done can contact a local Area Agency On Agings APPRISE Program to meet with a certified Medicare counselor to discuss needs. For a list of enrollment centers and their dates and times open for enrollment or contact information about local Area Agency on Aging offices, call Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. at 724-489-8080.

n Adagio Health has moved to a new location at Uniontown Professional Plaza, 205 Easy Street, near Uniontown Hospital. Health care services include family planning and reproductive care for women and men, breast and cervical cancer screening, and adult care basics such as immunizations and screening. The majority of patients receiving healthcare services are women who are uninsured, underinsured or need access to confidential family planning services. Adagio Health also serves thousands of children and families through education and nutrition programs including WIC and Power Up (SNAP-Ed), along with offering tobacco cessation programs aimed at teens and adults. All services are provided through funding from foundations, the State and Federal government and in partnership with a variety of local organizations and other funders.


n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED course 4-8 p.m. Nov. 26 in the education conference center. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. Registration: 724-258-1333 or

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED 9-11 a.m. Nov. 26 in the Simulation Center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card. Registration: 724-258-1333 or

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the program Managing your Diabetes from 9-11 a.m. 19 and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 20 in the education conference center. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, What is diabetes? Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483.

n As part of their Innovations in Medicine series, Monongahela Valley Hospital will offer a free talk on Irritable Bowel Syndrome at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Dr. Jungmin L. Lee, a physician with the Pittsburgh Gastroenterology Associates, will host the free talk titled The ABCs of IBS. Lee will discuss irritable bowel syndrome and various treatment options for the conditions. The session will include light refreshments and free parking. Registration: or call 724-258-1333.

Support groups

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Men. This small group meeting for men is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in Gods Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. They are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-542-7243.

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Women. This small group meeting for women is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in Gods Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-244-5261 or 412-969-8520.

n Caregiver support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new physical therapy department. Light refreshments are provided. Open for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration: or 877-771-1234.

n Uniontown Hospital will host a stroke support group at 6 p.m. Nov. 19, in Community Room 1 located in the Main Lobby of the hospital. Monthly meetings will include a guest speaker, blood pressure readings, medication review and any other information requested. This months meeting will focus on nutrition and light refreshments will be provided. Information: Andrea Lint, stroke programming coordinator, 724-430-5716 or

n Mon Valley Hospital will host a suicide bereavement support group 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in the education conference center. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month and is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Required registration: 724-678-3601.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a weight control and wellness support group at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in the education conference center. The bariatric support group activities are designed to reinforce key principles of success and help participants learn concepts that are sometimes difficult to grasp after bariatric surgery. Professionals such as dietitians, psychologists and fitness instructors may be invited to speak. Other presenters may discuss topics such as grooming, dating and cooking. The sessions are designed to educate, inform and provide a well-rounded foundation of knowledge for long-term success. Registration: 724-258-1333.

n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m. first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.

n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Trinity Church parlor, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown. Please enter at the handicapped ramp entrance. A second is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone elses drinking. Information: or

n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information:, or

n Missing Piece of My Heart support group, 6-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Crime Victims Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.

n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.

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Senior Life: 5 Simple Ways to Maintain Your Heart Health and Prevent Heart Disease – The Delaware County Daily Times

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Our hearts work hard to keep our bodies going. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they beat over 2.5 billion times throughout an average lifespan, and pump blood, oxygen, and essential cells to each part of our bodies. As this vital organ plays an essential role in keeping us alive and well, it becomes incredibly important to maintain our hearts health.

At The Becoming Center, inspiring healthy choices that empower wellness and vitality, give our members the opportunity to become their best selves. Practice these heart-healthy habits in your everyday life and discover the joy of living well.

What happens when we dont take care of our hearts? Facts about heart disease and heart-related health issues

Heart disease, which causes an average of 610,000 deaths on an annual basis, or about 1 out of every 4 deaths, is the leading cause of mortality in the United States.

While there are multiple aspects that contribute to heart health, including blood pressure, congenital heart defects and more, coronary heart disease (CHD) is what most people think of when they think of heart-related health issues.

As with all aspects of our health, the lifestyle choices we make have a significant correlation with the chances for being diagnosed with CHD. Top risk factors for developing heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Fortunately, there are a variety of things we can do to control these frustrating risk factors and benefit our heart health.

To reduce your risk for CHD practice the following healthy habits.

The Becoming Center takes pride in empowering our members to make healthy choices and live well. With exercise physiologists, certified nutritionists, and a variety of exercise programs and classes each day, The Becoming Center gives you the tools you need to live a healthy lifestyle and inspires the motivation to help you achieve it. Discover your best self and visit The Becoming Center at Artmans campus in Ambler today.

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Oakland University awarded $400,000 for Pontiac health programs | Local News – The Oakland Press

The Michigan Health Endowment has awarded a two-year, $400,000 grant to the OU/Pontiac Initiative to expand collaborative efforts to promote healthy living in the city, according to the university.

The grant will support services that connect community members to non-clinical services relating to healthy eating and active living. The program, entitled Prescription for a Healthy Pontiac, will be directed by two Oakland University professors.

A special focus will be given to working with families and seniors, hosting integrated health education sessions on topics like cooking on a budget, healthy eating as a lifestyle, stress management and relaxation techniques.

Three clinic sites, Gary Bernstein Community Health Clinic, Honor Community Health and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's Mercy Place Clinic, will join with the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition and the Oakland County Health Division to support the program.


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6 health benefits of eating wild game – TribLIVE

The alarm goes off in the pre-dawn dark and, rolling over, you touch the shoulder of your significant other.

An affectionate yet sly smile crosses your lips.

Shh, you say. Shh. Its OK. Im just letting you know Im leaving.

Huh? What? Where? he or she asks.

Hunting, you answer. I know I promised to stay home and rake leaves, clean the gutters, fold that pile of laundry in the corner.

But I love you too much, love the kids too much, for that. Im going to spend the day in a tree stand instead, or walk behind the bird dog, or look for a turkey under a stand of blazing fall, acorn-heavy oaks.

Not for me, but for you. I want to put good, healthy, eco-friendly meals on the table.

Ever tried justifying a day in the woods like that? Successfully?

Yeah, me neither.

But maybe we should get a little more credit. Wild game is, after all, incredibly healthful food.

If you doubt that, consider these six health benefits of eating wild protein.

Fat is not all bad.

According to the American Heart Association, fat is a nutrient needed for healthy living. In the proper amounts and varieties, fats help keep us warm, provide energy, support cell growth and more.

But, as is the case with so many things, too much is a bad thing. And domestic meats tend to be fatty.

Wild animals are leaner because of their lifestyle. They simply get more exercise and eat better.

Penn State University says a 3.5-ounce cut of beef, for example, has 2.7 grams of fat. An identical cut of venison from a white-tailed deer has 1.4.

For that same reason, a cut of beef contains more calories than a similar-sized piece of venison.

Harvard Medical School says a proper diet will include both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. In the right proportions, they promote heart health, among other things.

The problem is that modern diets typically contain too much of the former and too little of the latter.

According to research done by Purdue University, steers fed grains have a 5-to-1, or even sometimes 13-to-1, ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 acids.

By comparison, the ratio of so-called caveman fat is a far healthier 2-to-1 in deer and elk.

Eating that kind of meat, the research says, lessens obesity, lowers cholesterol and decreases the chances of things like strokes.

Iron is an essential mineral to a healthy diet, as it helps transfer oxygen from the lungs to tissues.

Yet iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Some estimates are that it impacts 25% of the people on the planet.

Likewise, zinc is critical to good health, as it promotes immune systems, slows age-related muscle degeneration and helps wounds heal.

Wild game offers good amounts of both. More, in fact, than many domestic meats.

Farm-raised livestock and especially whats been called factory farm livestock is invariably subjected to antibiotics and growth hormones.

Thats meant to limit disease and promote growth. The idea is to grow as many fat, relatively healthy animals as possible.

But even with all that, commercially-produced food can be tainted. A 12-year study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest says common ground beef and chicken are among the riskiest foods to have in your kitchen.

And thats to say nothing of concerns that all those veterinary drugs might pose human health concerns.

Free-ranging, wild game from deer to squirrels contains none of those drugs. Its as natural as natural gets.

It takes a lot of livestock to feed the growing number of people on this planet. And increasingly, factory farms are producing it.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says large-scale livestock production think industrial facilities is now the norm. There are implications to that.

Scientists say industrial farming at least potentially impacts everything from global warming and biodiversity to land and water resources and human health.

Its no wonder the Environmental Protection Agency regulates such facilities much like they would, say, a mill.

In contrast, hunting for wild game or trapping or fishing for it is eco-friendly. It involves no pollution. And youve got to track it down, which is good exercise in itself.

Plus, hunting is the tool that wildlife managers use to sustain game populations.

Many people who eat wild game for the first time refer to its gaminess.

What theyre tasting is, well, flavor.

Wild animals exercise more than their domestic counterparts, which boosts blood circulation. They also eat more varied diets and often live longer. Add it all up and game meat higher in protein and richer in vitamins just generally tastes more intense.

Thats not a bad thing. Far from it.

That people might think so is just reflective of a world where blander foods are the norm.

Sure, preparing wild game requires different techniques sometimes. Some cuts of wild game though not all require longer, slower cooking methods to make them tender.

But far from tasting bad, wild game tastes as good as it is healthy.

So the next time you head afield, do it with a smile. Youre not just having fun, but in your labors youre taking one for the team by providing healthy options for the table.

You can make the argument anyway.

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Bradford’s health data below UK average – but healthy lifestyle is cheaper – Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A RECENTLY published report reveals Bradford has life expectancy, obesity and alcohol-related harm hospital admissions among its statistics that are worse than the national average.

The Local Authority Health Profile published by Public Health England (PHE) reveals a picture of peoples health in the city.

The news comes as Bradford was named as one of the best cities in the UK for affordability if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.

According to Compare My Mobile, a series of cost indicators from gym membership to fresh fruit and vegetables show the city is a good place to live if you want to save on healthy options.

But the PHE report says life expectancy is 9.1 years lower for men and 7.8 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Bradford than in the least deprived areas.

And in Year 6, 24.3% (1,705) of children are classified as obese, worse than the average for England.

Also worse than the national average are figures for:

Areas where the city is better than the national average are for the rates of new sexually transmitted infections, killed and seriously injured on roads and the rate of statutory homelessness.

The report is designed to act as a conversation starter, to help local government and health services understand their communitys needs, so that they can work together to improve peoples health and reduce health inequalities.

Bradford is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and 23.2% (29,390) of children live in low income families.

The healthy affordability data by Compare My Mobile reveals the cost of living for a variety of products and services for the top 100 UK cities.

Bradford is almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city for fitness, Royal Leamington Spa. The average monthly gym fee in Bradford is 19.77, the second lowest in the country to Barnsley, while it costs 56.25 in Royal Leamington Spa.

Tennis court rental for an hour at the weekend is 6.20 in Bradford compared to 8.93 in Leeds.

According to Compare My Mobile's new Cost of Living Comparison Tool, other healthy options like fresh fruit and vegetables are also cheaper to buy in the city compared to neighbouring Leeds.

The tool allows you to find out the average price of goods and services in your city and compare this to a city of choice revealing where you may be spending more or making savings.

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