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Let’s Retain Pandemic-induced Healthy Lifestyle Changes, For They Will Help Build A Better World – Outlook India

On May 9 this year, Kerala government released a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), declaring a total shutdown to be observed on Sundays until further orders. The first paragraph of the SOP read: With a view to prevent the spread of COVID-19, improve the quality of life, reduce the carbon emissions, protect the environment and greenery of the State, the protocol would be observed on Sundays across the State

It wont be wrong to say the SOP underlines state governments forward-thinking. The efficiency of the Kerala government in containing the spread of the coronavirus has been widely lauded. The May notification is yet another example of the states strong social fabric and robust response to the pandemic. While preventing the rise of COVID-19 cases is their primary goal, they have not lost sight of new learnings this unprecedented time has led to.

Nature is healing. This is no secret or a lie. Various incidents from across the country have revealed the adverse impact human activity has had on the environment. During this period of minimised movement of people, nature has got a well-deserved breathing space. A NASA study said that air pollution levels in India were at its lowest in over 20 years. The record number of flamingoes painting the city of Mumbai pink, the view of the Himalaya ranges from Jalandhar in Punjab, the crisp blue skies of Delhi, cleaner rivers and the drastically improved air quality are all examples of a much-needed wakeup call pointing towards the disastrous present state of the environment. It is also saddening that this respite afforded to nature is temporary and once the world returns to normalcy, we will revert to polluted waters and unclean breathing air.

This is already the case in China. Air pollution in China is estimated to cost around $38 billion and around 1.1 million deaths per year. The pandemic had brought the country to a grinding halt and strict lockdowns ensued dramatic fall in air pollution. In March, the European Space Agency released a video showing the air pollution over China disappearing during the lockdown period and returning as China began to resume businesses. Reportedly, in April, as China returned to normalcy, smog did too, erasing any positive changes seen during the lockdown.

Dealing with COVID-19 pandemic is a three-step process: respond to the health crisis and the threats thereof, recover from the impact of the same and finally,thrive from the lessons garnered. While countries have pulled all stops to respond effectively to the pandemic and to recover from the economic slowdown it is projected to create, the last step is perhaps more crucial and easier to overlook.

In a video talk recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said we needed to learn the art of living with Corona. The way forward must also be to learn the art of living after Corona. And this cannot be without some changes to our lifestyle.

The lockdown has taken us back to rudimentary ways of living to ensure safety: staying home, venturing out for only essentials and resorting to non-motorized means of movement for small travel. Keralas SOP restricts movement of motorized traffic on Sundays (barring for the needs of essential services and health emergencies), permitting only non-motorized traffic such as walking and cycling. The SOPs intention can be viewed to be two pronged: (a) continue efforts to curb COVID-19, (b)ensure the positive effects of the pandemic are not lost.

With other states taking steps such as suspending labour laws to ensure more production, this move by the Kerala government is novel and unique. And most definitely a necessity.

A 2018 Special Report on Global Warming called for rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in every facet of the society in order to avert the dangers of climate change. Such warnings are not few, yet we are to see these recommendations being effectively implemented. And then came COVID. The pandemic transformed our perception of nature. Stay at home orders, closure of nature parks and forest areas has made us more respectful of these nature oases, particularly for those living in cities. There is an increased need for more greenery and our connection to mother earth has gotten more profound.

And the time to harness the power behind these feelings is now. Now is the time to keep the momentum on and take prudent actions.

There is an urgent need to bring modifications to our lifestyle and our priorities - both at the government level and people level. Asking industries to shut down or cut down on their functioning is unreasonable, however it is not so to expect ourselves to adopt cleaner ways of living, moderate our carbon footprint or as in the case of the Kerala Sunday lockdown, possibly reduce our activities once a week to give nature the time to rejuvenate. Governments are in a prime position to ensure such compliance - it would improve both government image and public reception.

A study by the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department noted that people in areas with higher forest covers seemed to have better immunity. The nexus between cleaner environment and improved life quality is undeniable. Our urban environment is fragile and the way to protect its ecosystem is to nurture healthy habits. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown to us humans the immense scope for improvement and how even small lifestyle changes can bring about dramatic transformation in our environment. It has also shown that when the situation mandated, we were able to collectively harness resources and capabilities to fight the crisis. It is hence not unreasonable to ask for change in how we function. If we continue to refuse to accept the lessons the lockdown has taught us, nature will strike again and strike worse.

(The author is a risk analysis intern at India Bound. She is currently pursuing a Masters in International Studies and has a degree in Law. Views expressed are personal.)

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Announces Third Wave of Funding to Address Coronavirus Impact – The Laconia Daily Sun

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced $170,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations, part of the $1 million it committed to support community efforts addressing coronavirus in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In total, 49 organizations on the front lines of the pandemic have received funding.

"The resilience of our communities is inspiring," said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. "Nonprofits are grappling with a shifting landscape and uncertain timelines, yet they continue to respond to community needs and deliver vital services. We are proud to support such dedicated organizations."

This funding goes to organizations working to improve access to food and respond to inequities in housing and services. It bolsters collaborative regional responses, particularly in communities reporting the highest rates of COVID-19 infection.

Massachusetts

$70,000

- Attleboro YMCA, Greater Attleboro Stronger Together Fund

$10,000

- Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts,

SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund

$20,000

- HomeStart

$10,000

- United Way of Mass Bay/Merrimack Valley, One Chelsea Fund

$30,000

Rhode Island

$30,000

- Federal Hill House

$20,000

- Progreso Latino

$10,000

New Hampshire

$10,000

- New Hampshire Public Health Association

$10,000

Connecticut

$60,000

- Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

$20,000

- Foodshare, Inc.

$30,000

- Person-to-Person

$10,000

"This coronavirus pandemic continues to expose the stark health disparities in communities of color," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. "Additional support ensures communities have sorely needed resources to respond to current needs and prepare for long-term recovery."

The Foundation continues to offer a two-for-one match to Tufts Health Plan employees and board members who donate to organizations during the pandemic. To date, an additional $195,000 has been contributed to community organizations through this program.

About Tufts Health Plan FoundationEstablished in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $39 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people and will give more than $5 million to community organizations this year. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit http://www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Tufts Health PlanTufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.14 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.* Our commercial HMO/POS and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 the highest rating possible by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).** Our Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of a possible 5.***

To learn more about how we're redefining what a health plan can do, visit http://www.tuftshealthplan.com/whatwedo. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeand LinkedIn.

*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to http://www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.**NCQA's Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 20192020***NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020.

CONTACTAlrie McNiff Daniels617-301-2715Alrie_Daniels@tufts-health.com

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Weight Loss Diet: Have You Tried Chia Seeds For Weight Loss? Here Are Different Ways To Use These – Doctor NDTV

Weight loss tips: Chia seeds can keep you full for longer and help in weight loss. You can add chia seeds to different foods and drinks. These can also be added to your breakfast. Here are different ways to use chia seeds for weight loss.

Weight loss: Chia seeds can hep you lose weight effectively

For effective weight loss, you need to combine regular exercise with a healthy and balanced diet. Several foods and drinks have gained popularity for their weight loss properties. Similarly, chia seeds are one of the effective weight loss boosters. Chia seeds have been identified as a superfood that is loaded with nutrients. These seeds are a good source of protein which also promotes weight loss. Adding chia seeds to diet can help vegetarians receive protein. Read on to know how chia seeds can help in weight loss and different ways to use these seeds.

Nutritionist Soumita Biswas explains, "In recent days Chia seeds have gained popularity not only because of high protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acid content but also because of its acceptability by the vegan or gluten-sensitive population. Both soluble and insoluble fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids present in chia seeds give satiety. These seeds can ensure a feeling of fullness for a longer period. These seeds help in weight loss by reducing the appetite and also by reducing the absorption of calories from food."

Also read:These 10 Seeds Have Tremendous Nutritional Value

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Chia seeds can be added to both foods and drinks. You can some chia seeds overnight and drink this mixture in the morning. You can add some lemon and honey for taste. Soaked chia seeds can also be added to detox water.

Also read:Chia Seed Water For Weight Loss: Have It In The Morning For Maximum Benefits

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These seeds can be added to smoothies, shakes or fruit juice. Chia pudding is also commonly consumed by many. Bollywood star Alia Bhatt also shared the recipe of chia pudding and mentioned that is an essential part of her diet. Chia seeds can also be added to quinoa or oatmeal for breakfast.

Also read:Chia Seeds: 8 Surprising Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

(Soumita Biswas, Chief Nutritionist, Aster RV Hospital)

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The Refinery Medspa and Wellness – SpaceCoast Living

We believe everyone who wants to make themselves look better, and feel better, should have the opportunity for it, said Karin Stoldt, a registered nurse, former Air Force medic, and treatment coordinator at the spa. Jarrod divides his time between medical device sales and administrative, marketing and finance duties.

The Refinery MedSpa is a licensed health care clinic through AHCA, the Agency for Health Care Administration, and has Michael L. Grainger MD as medical director for oversight. Jarrod Stoldt said the couple decided to seek this accreditation so the MedSpa could offer an extremely wide range of medical aesthetic and wellness treatments using FDA-approved equipment and consumables.

The Refinery Medspa is now offering an individualized 15-week weight loss program with maintenance options that will provide a mentor to help clients reach their goals. The Refinery Medspa will also be partnering with local gyms to enroll these clients into exercise programs that encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyle changes.

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This Fruit Can Help You Prevent Digestive Issues: Here’s How – NDTV Doctor

Apples can offer you multiple health benefits. It can also help you boost digestion. Eating apples can boost digestion and help you prevent digestive issues. Read here to know how apples are good for your digestive health.

Apple may help you boost digestion and fight the risk of diabetes

An apple a day keeps the doctor away- you might have heard this a thousand times. Apple offers multiple health benefits. It is a healthy snack that can help beat hunger pangs and provide you with essential nutrients at the same time. Apples can also help in weight loss and boost your heart health. This fruit is rich in fibre, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate, beta carotene, vitamin K and more. From sauces to pies, an apple can be used to prepare several recipes. Digestive issues are quite common. Apples are an effective remedy for digestives issues.

Poor eating habits and lifestyle are causes contributing to digestive issues. Digestive issues are quite common which can affect your day to day life. Your digestive system affects your overall health in some way or the other. Eating apple may help in digestion as it is rich in fibre. Foods high in fibre supports bowel movements can help prevent constipation.

Apples can also promote good bacteria which play an important role in digestion. It can help you keep your gut healthy.

Also read:Improve Your Digestion At Home With These Kitchen Ingredients

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Apple is a simple portable snack that you can enjoy anytime. It is often consumed with nut butter to increase overall protein intake. During the summer season, you can slice an apple with other vegetables and enjoy refreshing fruits every day.

Also read:10 Health Benefits Of Eating Apples You Never Knew

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Also read:How To Best Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss

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Know Impressive Health Benefits Of Saffron Tea; Learn Method To Prepare This – NDTV Doctor

Saffron is a spice that can provide you with several health benefits. It is used to add flavour and colour to your food. Saffron tea is a herbal drink which you must try. Here are the impressive benefits of this tea and also learn method to prepare it.

Drinking saffron tea may help boost memory, says study

Drinking herbal teas can offer you multiple health benefits. Several spices and herbs can be used to prepare different teas with certain properties beneficial for your health. If you are a tea lover, you must try saffron tea. Saffron is a spice that is commonly used to add colour and flavour to your food and drinks. Not just a strong flavour, this spice can offer you some impressive health benefits. It can also be used to prepare tea with some simple methods. Keep reading to know why you should try this tea. Also, know methods to prepare it.

Saffron has mood-boosting properties. Several studies have also highlighted that saffron can help reduce moderate depression symptoms. Drinking saffron tea may help boost mood and overall mental health.

Also read:Thyme Tea: From Controlled Blood Pressure To Better Immunity, Know Impressive Health Benefits Of Drinking This Tea

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It is advised to drink a hot cup of tea during your menstrual cycle to fight discomforts associated with it. Saffron tea can also help you fight menstrual discomfort effectively. This tea is also good for controlling premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms as well.

Also read:Saffron Oil: Benefits Of Saffron Oil For Hair, Skin And Health

Saffron contains a variety of plant components. Saffron is a powerhouse of antioxidants that can help you fight inflammations and reduce oxidative stress.

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You can prepare saffron tea at home with a few simple steps. In two cups of water boil some saffron leaves. You can also add some mint leaves and fresh ginger to it. Boil the mixture properly and strain the mixture. Later you can add lemon or honey according to your choice.

Also read:Use Saffron For Perfect Glowing Skin In Summer

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Healthy Living: Help stop the stigma about mental health conditions – Norwich Bulletin

By Katie Ramos, For The Bulletin

MondayMay18,2020at6:19PM

The month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month, with the goal to raise awareness, to stop the stigma, to advocate, educate and support individuals and their families living with mental illness.

There are many individuals living with mental health conditions worldwide, yet a large number of individuals with a known diagnosis never seek treatment. For some of these individuals, the barrier to seeking treatment is the stigma associated with mental illness and the fear of how theyll be perceived by friends, family, co-workers or those living in their communities.

By stopping the stigma and raising awareness about mental health, we support those individuals that may be experiencing self-doubt and shame. What can you do to help stop the stigma? Talk about it, having open conversation surrounding mental illness normalizes the topic. Choose your words carefully; an individual is not defined by their diagnosis. Offer encouragement, praise someone for reaching out and communicating. Educate, by offering education its an opportunity to raise awareness and support to those that may be apprehensive about seeking treatment.

By getting treatment one can identify ways to cope, manage and reduce symptoms that may be interfering with their everyday activities, ultimately improving their quality of life.

We as a community can offer support by being encouraging, understanding, empathic and mindful that our mental health can be affected regardless of a diagnosis. Its important to recognize that everyone encounters challenges or situations during their lifetime that can impact their mental health, such as environmental factors, chronic illness, physical health and situations that cannot be anticipated, such as the current pandemic. In these times of uncertainty its important to remember that there is help available and if you or someone you know is struggling reach out to a healthcare professional to explore your options.

Katie Ramos is behavioral Health Services Practice manager at UCFS Healthcare.

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Nursing homes get creative to connect residents with families – Wooster Daily Record

West View Healthy Living delivered plenty of smiles to its residents earlier this month when it hosted the first drive-up visits for families to see their loved ones since the state banned visitors from long-term care facilities.

Drive-up visits, the idea of West Views Life Enrichment Director Debbie Williams, allows families to see their loved ones in person. Residents sit outside the main door and their families drive up for 15-minute visits while practicing social distancing.

Nursing homes across the area are finding new and creative ways to keep their residents connected to family during the coronavirus pandemic. Other facilities are offering window visits, connecting residents through Facetime and Zoom calls, and providing regular updates on their Facebook pages.

"Its been hard. Residents are isolated from families. Isolated from their friends. Theyve been hit twice," said Mindy Scurlock, director of housing at Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

COVID-19 also has hit long-term care facilities especially hard. The number of cases in these facilities makes up at least 21% of the states cases, and deaths from the facilities account for at least 41% of the states total.

As of May 13, the Ohio Department of Health was reporting 35 of Wayne Countys 48 total deaths were from COVID-19 cases in the countys long-term care facilities. Holmes County had its only reported death from a nursing home. Ashland County had no reported deaths.

In Wayne County, 84 total cases of COVID-19 were reported inlong-term care facilities since April 15. All of the cases are at Smithville Western Care Center 60 cases among residents, and 24 cases among the staff.Since the state began counting cases in March, Wayne has tallied 202 cases overall.

Ashland and Holmes have reported no cases in nursing homes since April 15. On Monday, the state reported 15 cumulative cases in Ashland and 13 cases in Holmes.

Rhonda Geer of Ashland was used to regular visits with her parents Ron and Beverly Bolton at Belmont Towers, the assisted living facility at Brethren Care. She would chat with them in their room, enjoy lunch together, and give them lots of hugs. The family must now speak through a window, Geer on one side, her parents on the other no hugs allowed.

"I have a very close relationship with my parents so its been difficult," Geer said.

She credited the staff at Brethren Care for making it a little easier during the lockdown. They have helped complete tasks she would usually handle such as her parents laundry, sorting their medication, and taking them to doctors appointments.

"All the things I would do, theyre doing," Geer said. "They go the extra mile to help our families then go home to help their own families."

Thinking outside the box

Steve Miller of Wooster also appreciates the assistance provided by the staff at the Wayne County Care Center, which helps to facilitate Facetime calls with his father William "Bill" Miller. His father previously suffered hallucinations revolving around windows, a side effect of his Parkinsons disease, and Steve Miller felt it best to avoid window-side visits.

The county care center recently applied for a grant through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to purchase more iPads and Bluetooth devices so more residents can communicate with their families throughout the day. The federal agency is making funds available to provide communication technology to nursing home facilities and not requiring repayment.

Another way nursing homes are keeping families updated is on Facebook, sharing photos and videos of their loved ones enjoying activities still occurring inside the facility.

Altercare Majora Lane in Millersburg recently hosted Mohawk Valley Farm, which brought "fun and funny" alpacas to visit each resident at the window, according to Kayla Maurer, a spokeswoman for Altercare Integrated Health Services. The nursing home also had drive-up visits for families to celebrate Mothers Day.

"Our teams continue to think outside of the box for resident activities to keep them engaged and entertained. We understand how challenging these times can be and for that our team is taking special care and thought into making sure opportunities for engagement are creative and plentiful," Maurer said.

The Good Shepherd Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Ashland, operated by Lutheran Social Services, asked the community for cards and letters to lift the spirits of its residents. Each resident has received at least three letters, coloring pages, or cards from strangers, and the facility tries to respond to as many as it can.

"I can see pen pals in the future," said Terry McQuillen, director of life enrichment and volunteer coordinator at LSS The Good Shepherd.

The Good Shepherd, West View, and Brethren Care have faith services and other entertainment streaming directly to televisions in residents rooms. The Wayne County Care Center keeps its residents entertained with themed days, providing special meals and treats, and the staff dresses to correspond with the theme.

Reporter Emily Morgan can be reached at 330-287-1632 or emorgan@the-daily-record.com.

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SFA puts focus on five ways to stay fit and healthy at home during Ramadan – Arab News

During this time of stress, when access to gyms and opportunities to take part in outdoor activities with family and friends or participate in team sports are restricted, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health and stay active.

Our daily routines have completely changed; there are new pressures with homeschooling and working from home. All of these factors play a role your physical health, but also in your emotional and mental wellbeing. So many things are out of our control and the future is far from certain - however, help is at hand! The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) is leading the campaign to encourage us to keep fit, stay active and have a positive outlook while closely following the Ministry of Health guidelines to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Under their recently launched Baytak Nadeek initiative (Your Home, Your Gym), the SFA has put together a series of inspiring articles on their Healthy Living portal which includes a host of tips and advice on things we can do to combat inactivity and demotivation during these long days at home.

The SFA has also developed a fitness-from-home program with access to five official Baytak Nadeek recommended sports experts, all ready to get you moving, fit, and healthy! The Baytak Nadeek trainers offer a choice of CrossFit, interval training, resistance training, aerobics, yoga, and more. All of the recommended activities are fun, can easily be done at home, and need little to no equipment. Click here to view the easy-to-do videos on the SFA website. The SFA has also compiled five top tips to stay fit and healthy at home.

Getting Started

Just 20 minutes of exercise a day can pay huge dividends for your health! To get started, identify your motivation, set achievable goals, start small, and gradually increase. It is best to develop a flexible structure. Dont be too hard on yourself, listen to your body and keep it positive. Remember, even a little is 100% more than nothing, and it all helps!

Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for all life. The human body is made up of 60% water and drinking enough water is vital to keep everything in working order. Water energizes muscles, protects joints, improves digestion, helps with brainpower, prevents headaches, and keeps skin looking healthy so what are you waiting for? Have another glass!

Apps for Fitness

Fitness apps are a great way to help keep you motivated and track your progress. There are a huge range available, but our favorites include: Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer, Nike Run Club, Seven-Minute Workout and Daily Yoga. They are all available for both Android and Apple smartphones and you can download them from wherever you usually get your apps so grab your phone and download one today!

Sleep Quality

Sleep is incredibly important for your health. Sleeping 7-8 hours a night improves concentration, productivity and sporting performance. It also restores the body. In order get a good nights sleep it is important to get active, ease up on caffeine, create a sleep sanctuary, keep digital devices including phones out of the bedroom, and introduce a soothing pre-sleep routine.

Superfoods

Superfoods are vital to boost well-being. They provide essential nutrients to power a healthy body and a healthy mind. They help fuel daily workouts and act as a are preventative health measure. Superfoods include beans, nuts and seeds as well as plenty of fruits and vegetables - so make sure youre including them as part of your daily diet!

By incorporating the top five tips into your daily routine you will be on your way to establishing healthy habits which will benefit you and your family during the current lockdown situation and far into the future. So its time to get moving, get active, look after your physical and mental wellbeing, and have some fun!

The Baytak Nadeek Your Home, Your Gym digital campaign is part of Saudi Arabias Vision 2030 Quality of Life Program. It has already reached nearly four million people with thousands of user-generated social media images and videos of home workouts being posted from across the Kingdom and the wider GCC.

The SFA also introduced a Move to Donate campaign to coincide with the month of Ramadan. It encourages people to continue exercising during the holy month. Participants are invited to visit the SFA website, pledge a workout and share videos or pictures of themselves taking part on social media using the hashtags #_ (Move to Donate) and #_ (Your Home, Your Gym). The posts are then translated into food baskets for those in need, in partnership with the Saudi Food Bank.

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Six Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer | SBM – Society of Behavioral Medicine

Claire Conley, PhD;Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterAmy Otto, PhD;Moffitt Cancer Center

Hearing the news that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer can come as a shock. You might want to help in some way or you might feel confused about what to do. If youre at a loss, here are some tips on how you can support someone with cancer.

It can be difficult to know how to talk with someone who is going through a serious medical problem. But do not be afraid to talk with your friend. It is better to say, I dont know what to say, than to stop calling or visiting out of fear. Allow for sadness, worry, anger, or guilt; it is normal to feel these emotions. While they might be uncomfortable, just letting yourself feel them is helpful. Do not ignore uncomfortable topics or feelings.

Remeber that everyone experiences illness differently and your friend may or may not want to discuss their diagnosis. Follow your friends cues. Its okay to just ask, Do you want to talk about it?" If so, be supportive and validating; if they have worries or concerns, try not to dismiss them by forcing optimism or cheerfulness. If not, talking about topics other than cancer like your friends interests and hobbies can be a nice break. Be present and listen attentively.

You can communicate with someone in many ways. A phone call, text message, or video call can show that you care. Let your friend know its okay if they do not reply.

Your help with daily tasks and chores is often valuable. Have a conversation, assess their needs, and offer to play a specific role. Be creative with the help you offer. Remember that your friends needs may change, so be flexible in shifting your plans as needed. Let them know that you are available if an unexpected need comes up.

Many people find it hard to ask for help. If your friend declines an offer, do not take it personally. If receiving practical help is difficult for your friend, you can gently remind them that you do not expect them to return the favor and you do it because you care. While not being pushy, try to suggest specific tasks. Instead of asking, How can I help?, ask specifically to avoid overwhelming your friend.

Here are some suggestions:

Instead of trying to do it all, try rallying a support team to help a friend living with cancer. With their permission, you can use online tools (from websites like CaringBridge) to coordinate tasks among friends and caregivers. You can also make a paper calendar to hand write various activities and commitments. Make sure your friend has access to the calendar, so they know what to expect and when.

Often, people are so focused on the patients and how theyre doing that they forget to ask caregivers how theyre doing. However, research tells us that cancer caregivers are vulnerable to stress and burnout. Theyre trying to juggle their existing roles and take over new responsibilities that the patient used to do. Try to give the caregiver a breakfor example, offer to help with specific tasksor some quality time with their loved one. And above all, be a friend to the caregiver.

Patients need support throughout the entire cancer experience, not just at the beginning. Offers of help often flood in when patients are diagnosed, but then reduce to a trickle. Its important to remember that help is not just needed when theyre first diagnosed or in the hospital. Remember that friends also need encouragement and support after cancer treatment has finished. After treatment, your friend may be trying to find his or her "new normal." Friendships are an important part of that. With these practical suggestions in mind, your friendship can make a lasting difference to a person living with cancer.

Its important to remember that there are no set rules and every friendship is different. Think about your unique dynamic and let that guide you as you try to support your friend. Keep it simple and remember that the little things can often mean the most.

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Six Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer | SBM - Society of Behavioral Medicine

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