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How to be vegan – Real Homes

If you're considering going vegan in 2020, you're in good company. Theres growing interest in going vegan: the number of people following a vegan diet in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2019, according to Ipsos Mori surveys commissioned by The Vegan Society, and The Food & You surveys by the Food Standards Agency and the National Centre for Social Science Research. Nearly half of UK vegans (42%) had made the change in the past 12 months, a 2018 study by GlobalData revealed.

But whether your motivation is animal welfare, environmental, health driven, dietary, or a combination of these and other factors, what do you need to know to become vegan, and whats the easiest way to go about it? We have the answers.

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A vegan diet is plant based. So, thats yes to eating beans, pulses, nuts, grains, seeds, vegetables and fruit. Out are meat, fish, shellfish, insects (no, us neither, but they have been proposed as a way to satisfy the needs of a growing world population).

Other foodstuffs on the list to avoid for vegans are dairy products like milk and cheese, eggs, and also honey.

You can swap to a vegan diet between one day and another if you get your kitchen organised. However, it can be easier to make the change more gradually, giving you time to try out ingredients and recipes and find new favourites.

Many of the foods we eat every day arent plant based, and unless you are going to radically alter your diet so you dont add anything to tea, put a spread on your bread and so on, youll need to plan in swaps for these.

There are vegan alternatives for milk, butter, and cheese with plant milks, non-dairy spreads and vegan cheese now widely available. It may take a bit of experimentation to find out which soya or nut milks are your preference. Likewise, finding cheese substitutes that please your palate, and work for sandwiches, as a garnish, and for cooking could involve some trial and error.

Eggs might seem challenging to replace. For recipes, aquafaba the water in which legumes like chickpeas have been cooked can replace egg whites so you can whip up a meringue or mousse. For baking, some supermarkets plus Amazon offer Orgran No Egg or Free & Easy Egg Replacer. Meanwhile, if the idea of giving up scrambled eggs and omelettes is getting you down, you can check out Follow Your Heart VeganEgg from Amazon and other stores. It can be used in baking, too.

If you still like the idea of the flavour and texture of meat, there are plenty of substitutes in high street supermarkets that seek to taste like the real thing. Want an authentic appearance? The Beyond Burger at Tesco even bleeds although its actually beetroot juice that creates the effect.

One of the biggest concerns for many people contemplating going vegan is whether their new diet will contain enough protein. Sources of plant-based protein include beans, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, tofu, and nuts and seeds. A serving of protein in most meals is suggested.

A non-dairy diet doesnt include calcium from this source, although you can still obtain it from dark, leafy greens, of course. Look out, though, for calcium-fortified vegan products such as soya milk, orange juice, and tofu to meet daily requirements.

You can find detailed nutritional advice from dieticians plus books via The Vegan Society.

Being vegan used to mean scrutinising food labels for animal-based ingredients even when a product appeared to be free of them, but times have changed. Prompted by the growth of interest in veganism as well as the demand for plant-based meals from non-vegans who want to reduce meat consumption, the supermarkets have launched plentiful plant-based ranges including both individual products like vegan pies, sausages, burgers, mince and so on, as well as ready meals.

The ranges offer an amazing choice and make life easy when youre busy, but do be aware that prepared vegan food could still result in the consumption of more salt, sugar and fat than is healthy. The lesson? You do need to check the labels to be health aware.

If you want to cook from scratch some or all of the time, there are plenty of great resources online including our recipe pages. These are our favourites:

There are over 50 pages of vegan recipe books from the UK alone on Amazon.

If you dont already have a slow cooker, think about investing in one of these as an easy way to produce tasty vegan meals.

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Although diet is a major part of veganism, embracing it fully also means avoiding materials derived from animals leather, for example products tested on animals, and also places that use animals for entertainment, think horse racing, or zoos, for example.

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Vegans ‘reduce diabetes and heart risks’ – The Ecologist

A vegan diet could help cut the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a new study has shown.

Medichecks, which supplies at-home medical test kits, said analysis of its data on more than 21,000 UK residents had identified several benefits for those who had become vegans.

Among the Nottingham-based company's findings were lower average blood glucose levels, increased levels of HDL cholesterol, known as "good cholesterol", and lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol.


These factors, taken together, could help lessen the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to researchers.

After comparing bio-markers from 943 vegans with 20,607 non-vegans, from data collected over the past 12 months, the company's medical experts said vegans could "legitimately claim to be healthier".

The study comes during Veganuary, with more than 300,000 people pledging to eliminate animal products from their diet this month.

Overnight, there were 20-minute queues outside Greggs, in Newcastle, as the bakery's branch hosted the launch of the eatery's new vegan steak bake.

KFC and Subway are also among firms releasing snacks free from meat and animal products.


Responding to the study, GP and head of clinical excellence at Medichecks Dr Natasha Fernando, said the evidence showed the risk of developing diabetes was lower in vegans, adding that she had seen firsthand how it could benefit those already diagnosed with the disease.

Dr Fernando said: "I met a patient in November 2018 at my GP clinic when she described feeling unusually tired and low in energy.

"Blood tests revealed a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes which was incredibly disheartening for her.

"She feared she would end up like her diabetic uncle, who was on over 10 different medications and also unfortunate enough to develop further complications from this condition such a heart attack in his early fifties and nerve damage to his limbs.

"Being keen to avoid medication, I pointed her in the direction of a few studies which showed successful treatment of diabetes from diet and lifestyle changes.


"This led her to implement a wholefood, plant-based vegan diet.

"Within two months she lost over 5kg and progressed from having an overweight BMI to a normal BMI, and after three months of this wholefood plant-based diet, she was even more ecstatic to find her follow-up blood test was normal.

"Her diabetes had been reversed."

Dr Fernando said the popularity of veganism could no longer be passed off as a fad.

"Vegans have almost 14 percentlower non-HDL cholesterol," she said.


"This is a measure of all the unhealthy forms of cholesterol within the blood such as LDL and VLDL cholesterol which are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease.

"Vegans were also found to have five percenthigher levels of HDL cholesterol, which is a good cholesterol that removes other forms of cholesterol from the blood stream."

She added that by cutting back on certain food groups, vegans did need to watch their vitamin B12 levels and particularly make sure they were getting enough iron.

Dr Fernando said: "While there's no need to start taking iron supplements unless there is a proven deficiency, vegans should ensure that they have very good iron intake.

"This includes eating lots of dark green vegetables, lentils and beans, tofu, nuts and seeds."

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Veganuary: Will going vegan really save the planet? – The Independent

You mightnt happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, manys the long night Ive dreamed of cheese toasted, mostly.Marooned for three years on Treasure Island, Ben Gunn may be desperate in his yearning for cheese, but plenty of people will sympathise as they reluctantly try veganism this January.The organisers of Veganuary estimate that 350,000 people will be switching to a plant-based diet this month. Many, including myself, will have been panicked into action by the threat of irreversible climate change, or shamed into it by brilliantly single-minded young people.

In fact, ever since Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and millions of school children took to the streets to demand climate action, I have been attempting to change my diet. Every time I switch out dairy or meat, however, I question whether the alternatives really are better for the environment.

Dr Adrian Williams, who specialises in environmental systems at Cranfield University, says: That all sounds very noble and almost impossible to answer. The hint of mockery is fair. My question undoubtedly stems from a love of cheese, and dislike of tea made with milk alternatives.

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What are the Upcoming Trends of Nanotechnology in Medicine? – Medical Tech Outlook

Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding area of research with massive potential in many sectors ranging from healthcare to construction, and electronics.

FREMONT, CA: In the field of medicine, nanotechnology has revolutionized drug delivery, gene therapy, diagnostics, and various other areas of research, development and clinical application. Nanotechnology is a leading technology in medicine, bettering the potential of nanotechnology to target specific cells or tissues is a popular area of interest for the companies producing nanomedicines. Numerous registered clinical trials are in progress and involve nanotechnology; many of these studies are related to oncology and other therapy areas such as autoimmune diseases, anti-fungal agents and rare diseases. Playing a significant role in the transformation of medicine, identifying the trends in nanotechnology industry is essential.

Target Specification

The area of medicinal research involves attaching nanoparticles into drugs or liposomes to enhance specific localization. Different cell types have remarkable properties, and nanotechnology can be used to recognize cells of interest. This method enables associated drugs and therapeutics to reach diseased tissue while bypassing healthy cells.

Controlled Drug Release

The capability to control the discharge of a drug or therapeutic compound from its associated nanotechnology is benefitting a lot of interest from the industry. This triggered release can be gained from inside the body or from outside the body. The internal system consists of changes in the ecosystem of tumours in comparison with the surrounding tissues, while external stimuli comprise temperature change, ultrasound, or light. At present, the research efforts are dedicated to trying to understand how to release diagnostic molecules and drugs from liposomes with heat, and microbubbles using ultrasound.

Understanding Varied Patient Populations

Generally, there is a need for a better understanding of what makes patients distinctive from each other in terms of lack of ubiquitous drug efficacy. This raises a question, why nanotechnologies are not always able to improve the therapeutic output of drugs for an individual patient. Understanding the behaviour of nanomedicines when encountering different physiological characteristics of the patients and their disease states is significant.

Production of Nanomedicine

When compared to standard drug compounds, synthesizing and producing nanomedicine is primarily believed to be more complicated. In a few cases, this can limit the potential of drug manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies to deliver large quantities of nanomedicines. Not addressing the issues related to production may make the companies less interested in investing resources in this industry.

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A Chelate-Free Nano-Platform for Incorporation of Diagnostic and Thera | IJN – Dove Medical Press

Yaser H Gholami, 1 4 Lee Josephson, 3 Eman A Akam, 5 Peter Caravan, 5 Moses Q Wilks, 3 Xiang-Zuo Pan, 3, 6 Richard Maschmeyer, 1 Aleksandra Kolnick, 3, 7 Georges El Fakhri, 3 Marc D Normandin, 3 Zdenka Kuncic, 1, 4, 8Hushan Yuan 3

1The University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, School of Physics, Sydney, NSW, Australia; 2Bill Walsh Translational Cancer Research Laboratory, The Kolling Institute, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia; 3Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States; 4Sydney Vital Translational Cancer Research Centre, St Leonards, NSW, Australia; 5The Institute for Innovation in Imaging and the A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA, United States; 6Bouve College of Health Sciences, CaNCURE Program, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA; 7Internal Medicine Residency Program, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA, USA; 8The University of Sydney Nano Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Correspondence: Hushan YuanGordon Center for Medical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 149 13 th Street, Charlestown, MA 02129, USATel +1 617-643-1963Email

Purpose: Using our chelate-free, heat-induced radiolabeling (HIR) method, we show that a wide range of metals, including those with radioactive isotopologues used for diagnostic imaging and radionuclide therapy, bind to the Feraheme (FH) nanoparticle (NP), a drug approved for the treatment of iron anemia.Material and methods: FH NPs were heated (120C) with nonradioactive metals, the resulting metal-FH NPs were characterized by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and r 1 and r 2 relaxivities obtained by nuclear magnetic relaxation spectrometry (NMRS). In addition, the HIR method was performed with [ 90Y]Y 3+, [ 177Lu]Lu 3+, and [ 64Cu]Cu 2+, the latter with an HIR technique optimized for this isotope. Optimization included modifying reaction time, temperature, and vortex technique. Radiochemical yield (RCY) and purity (RCP) were measured using size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and thin-layer chromatography (TLC).Results: With ICP-MS, metals incorporated into FH at high efficiency were bismuth, indium, yttrium, lutetium, samarium, terbium and europium (> 75% @ 120 oC). Incorporation occurred with a small (less than 20%) but statistically significant increases in size and the r 2 relaxivity. An improved HIR technique (faster heating rate and improved vortexing) was developed specifically for copper and used with the HIR technique and [ 64Cu]Cu 2+. Using SEC and TLC analyses with [ 90Y]Y 3+, [ 177Lu]Lu 3+ and [ 64Cu]Cu 2+, RCYs were greater than 85% and RCPs were greater than 95% in all cases.Conclusion: The chelate-free HIR technique for binding metals to FH NPs has been extended to a range of metals with radioisotopes used in therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Cations with f-orbital electrons, more empty d-orbitals, larger radii, and higher positive charges achieved higher values of RCY and RCP in the HIR reaction. The ability to use a simple heating step to bind a wide range of metals to the FH NP, a widely available approved drug, may allow this NP to become a platform for obtaining radiolabeled nanoparticles in many settings.

Keywords: nanomedicine, radiolabeling, radionuclide therapy, HIR, Feraheme

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Understanding the Health Triangle, Social, Physical and Mental Health in Human Life – Thrive Global

One commonality virtually everyone in the world has iswanting to be healthy and in shape. We do this by dreaming about our dreambodies, fantasizing about what we want to look like in our clothes, and othersimilar ways. Whats interesting is that most of us know the steps we need totake to create that life.

Whether its cutting junk food out of our diet or increasing the number of daily activities we do, the problem is that most of us are stuck with simply starting the journey. However, this process doesnt have to be complicated.

Simply starting the steps you know you need to takeputs you much closer than you think to achieve your goals. In saying that, youalso dont want to jump into what you think is a healthy lifestyle completelyblind. Here is a problem that many people make. Doing the wrong routines orplans to get in shape has the potential to do more damage to your body than notdoing anything at all.

For the most part, simple research about your body typeand conditions should give you a good idea of how to go about starting yourhealthy lifestyle. Worth noting, this journey is going to take more than simplyworking out regularly and eating nutritional foods.

Creating this life has proven to be more of a mentalstrain than anything else. In other words, it will require you to push yourselfto your physical and mental limits to see how far you can go. Once you knowyour limits, you give yourself more room to try new things to increase yourchances of succeeding in your goal to be a healthy person. With this in mind,lets go over seven tips you must follow to stay in shape and be healthy.

1: Hydrate

Hydrating is one of the most overlooked tips yet one ofthe most effective in helping you stay in shape. If you drink at least a gallonof water a day, your energy and performance output will stay consistentthroughout the day.

2: Avoid Starvation Diets

Despite popular belief, you dont need to starveyourself to stay in shape. All in all, stick to diets that keep you energizedas opposed to ones that starve you to lose weight.

3: Find An Exercise YoullEnjoy

As we all know, exercising will need to be a part of your life whetheryou like it or not. However, there are ways to make it fun and exciting. Bymixing exercising with a sport or activity you like doing, you can trickyourself into thinking youre not working out at all.

4: Eat Foods Youll Enjoy

One thing that avoiding starvation diets will allow youto do is eat foods you enjoy eating. This should be the main priority of yourdiet over anything else. Just keep in mind that you know what foods are morehealthy for you than others. 63 per cent of Australian adults were overweightor obese while 35.7%among American young adults were obese due to unhealthy eating habits.

5: Have Regular Physical Check-Ups & Insurance

Your body can be looked at as the vehicle you drive tocreate a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, it needs to be maintained andchecked for any irregularities. You can do this by having regular check-upswith your doctor. Also worth noting, this is where having health insurance comes into play. This will protect youagainst any uncertainties that prevent you from making any progress. TheAustralian healthcare system is broadly funded by the government & byprivate health insurance as well. The healthcare is borne by NGOs, with asignificant cost being borne by individual patients. Thereby, you must alwayscheck the facilities & benefits provided to you by your countryshealthcare system or private firms with better facilities & affordableoptions & choose the one that stands perfect as per your needs.

6: Surround Yourself WithHealthy People

They say that you end up taking the characteristics andlikeness of the people you surround yourself with the most. If this is true,surround yourself with people that already have the lifestyle that you want tolive.

7: Be Consistent!

Arguably the most important quality to have whencreating a healthy lifestyle is consistency. You need to remind yourself thatthe most in-shape people today didnt get there overnight. Taking smallincrements over time will get you to where you want to be physically andmentally.

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Ask the Expert: Will an Ayurvedic Diet Cure My Winter Blues? –


We chatted with the lead Ayurvedic Counselor at Boston's Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline to get the low-down on this ancient Indian practice.

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If youre starting the new year with some winter doldrums and struggling to meet unrealistic fitness goals, maybe what you need isnt a laundry list of resolutions but a fresh perspective on health. Insert: Ayurveda.

Everything that goes on in the universe, and in our lives, is a transfer of energy. We put food into our bodies to create energy. We interact with one another and either pass on energy or take energy. And as the seasons change, we experience a monumental shift in energy. Think back to the summer: You probably had a lot more energy during the dog days of August than you do now. This is what the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda is all about: Balancing energy systems with the cycles of nature.

It can be a hard thing to conceptualize since city living has become so far removed from nature. Plus, Boston is teeming with technology. Even the wellness industry is filled with new and innovative ways to help us become healthier, stronger, and betterfaster. And theres nothing inherently wrong with the push for more, but at what point do we sacrifice intuition for innovation and the betterment of the collective for solitary prestige?

We chatted with Claire Este McDonald, nurse and lead Ayurvedic Counselor at Bostons Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline, to get a better understanding of Ayurveda and how to apply it to everyday lifeespecially, and most importantly, while living amidst the hustle and bustle of a city.

Ask the Expert: Will an Ayurvedic diet cure my winter blues?

The answer: Maybe. But remember, diets dont work. Its about consistent and healthy lifestyle habits, which is what the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda is all about.

To understand Ayurveda, you have to understand the five elements of naturespace, air, fire, water, and earththat, combined, make up the three doshas, or energies, that all Ayurveda principles rely on. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We all have some aspects of each dosha, but for the most part, lean heavily towards one. There are multiple online questionnaires to help you find out which doshas youre made ofbut like any personality test, take it with a grain of salt.

McDonald explains that Vata energy embodies the elements of space and air and is the energy of movement. Pitta reflects the qualities of fire and water and resembles transformation, while Kapha embodies water and earth and personifies structure.

She points out that none of us are the same, as in all things. By understanding which energies we are made up of, we can better maintain our nutrition and exercise to instill balance throughout the seasons, because as we move throughout the different seasons, these energies are higher during different times.

In the fall we begin to have more roughness and coldness in the air, or Vata energy, McDonald says. It becomes very mobile, light, and dry, and those who have higher Vata qualities might notice dryer skin, stiffer joints, a harder time getting going in the morning, and your energy might become more erratic.

Conversely, in the summer, Pitta energy is higher and we crave lighter foods, our moods are boosted, and our overall morale is a little livelier. Which seems rudimentary, but there are lessons to be garnered through Ayurveda. And as McDonald tells me, it all comes down to how well were digesting our food.

In the winter, we need nourishing foods that are grounding, she says. Its why our bodies crave heavier and denser foods like soups and stews. She recommends incorporating spices like ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin to your meals as well as fennel. And she says when you sit down to eat, dont hold backeat, and eat a lot.

Grounding exercise in the winter is also a good idea. But overexercise is not good, she adds. Do things you are drawn to and exercise to the point where your upper lip becomes sweaty. It cleans the skin and the channels of the body to improve circulation, and at the end of the day, its basically a way to get your bowels moving. Because, as stated earlier, its all about how well youre digesting your food.

In the summer, all the opposites are true. You might not be as hungry, McDonald says, so you want to consume foods that stimulate digestive firewhat she calls our ability to digest food in an appropriate manner. Foods that fit the bill include parsley, coriander, and cilantro, and she suggests also taking advantage of the bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables during this time of year.

The basics of Ayurveda are simple: Eat with the seasons and listen to your body. But theres a whole system of practices and diagnostics beyond nutrition and exercise to explore that an Ayurvedic practitioner can help you with. And as with all things related to a healthy lifestyle, its about creating a routine you, and only you, can maintain.

Sometimes we act as if were the only people that exist in the universe, McDonald says. The universe has an impact on everyone and energy is constantly flowingit cannot be created nor destroyed. Its simply transferred. How is it flowing through you and what can you do to optimize it? We have more control over our health than we realize.

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New year, new healthy you – Norwalk Reflector

Whether it is sticking to a new diet, increasing physical activity,or quitting tobacco, Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is here to help and encourages residents tostick to it.

General goals such as I want to be healthier in 2020, have good intentions, but oftentimes are hardto define and become unsustainable. However, taking those good intentions and breaking themdown into a few small goals can help keep you on track of reaching that new healthy lifestyle.

HCPH recommends the following steps for a healthier new year:

Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular exams and tests canhelp find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when yourchances for treatment and cure are better.

Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness.

Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains,and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs,and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Startsmall and reduce your consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like pop and juice anddrink more water instead.

Get active. Start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further from yourdestination. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy. Adults should get at least 2 1/2 hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.

Be smokefree. If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569 for Spanish speakers) for free resources, including free quitcoaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources whereyou live.

Get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases andconditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adultsneed seven or more hours per night.

Manage stress a good diet, sufficient sleep (at least 7 1/2 hours per night), daily exercise andwellness activities, like yoga and meditation, are key ingredients to maintaining and improving your mental health, but dont hesitate to ask for help from a mental healthprofessional when you need it.

HCPH programs and resources are available online at To schedule a flushot appointment with HCPH, call 419-668-1652 ext. 241.

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Live Well San Diego kicks off 10th anniversary celebration – CBS News 8

SAN DIEGO Live Well San Diego kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration this weekend with a pair of fun activities. San Diego Countys vision for a region that is healthy, safe and thriving was celebrated at a San Diego Gulls ice hockey game and during the grand opening of the new Sweetwater Bike Park.

During their game against the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday night, the San Diego Gulls became the newestLive Well San Diego partner, bringing the total number of recognized partner organizations to 479. The Gulls were presented with a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors recognizing the organizations commitment to advancing the Live Well San Diego vision.

We were proud to welcome the San Diego Gulls as a Live Well San Diego partner during Saturdays game. It was great so many County of San Diego employees were in attendance, said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. Athletes and sports teams understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and set a great example for all of us. The hard work and dedication the Gulls make daily to Live Well San Diego should be an inspiration to us all. Its great to have them on the Live Well team.

Launched in 2010, the Live Well San Diego vision was created by San Diego County in response to statistics that found that throughout the nation and locally three behaviors (poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and tobacco use) were contributing to four diseases (heart disease/stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and respiratory conditions) that resulted in more than 50% of deaths in the county.

To address these issues, the county partnered with schools, government agencies, businesses, neighborhood-based organizations and other entities to leverage existing resources to improve the health and well-being of all County residents.

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In the past decade, organizations and individuals have shared their knowledge, resources and ideas to address a broad spectrum of community concerns, from access to health care to crime prevention to improving the natural environment.

The 10th anniversary kickoff events over the weekend were the first of many planned for the coming months. The next event will be Love Your Heart on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14. For more information on all upcoming Live Well San Diego events, visit the Live Well San Diego 10thanniversary website.

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It takes two The secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle – Express

As a result of getting fit and healthy with a friend, 62 percent agree they are more likely to stick with a new plan. And one in four believes they burn off more calories when working out with a friend than they do alone. A third of those polled in the study, commissioned by WW Weight Watchers even admitted they would give up sooner without the help of another person to keep them going. Half put the success with a friend down to feeling more motivated, 44 percent enjoy planning meals together and a quarter prefers having someone to exercise with.

But the average adult admitted to falling out of a gym routine after 10 weeks and slipping up around eight weeks into a diet.

Zoe Griffiths, the global director of nutrition at WW: It's interesting to see how much of a positive influence a partner can have on Brits sticking to diet plans and fitness routines.

"Whether it's giving up something together such as chocolate, or hitting milestones together like five or 10k runs, it always helps having someone else going through the same emotions.

"You're more likely to stick to a wellness commitment or diet when you do it with someone else you can lean on for support and motivation.

"It helps you to be more open and honest about your diet, makes activities like working out more enjoyable and softens the fear of failure."

The study also found two thirds are planning on getting healthy with their other half, while a fifth is taking the plunge with a friend.

An eighth are even attempting to make a lifestyle change with their colleague.

A third of those polled admitted they usually need to be motivated when sticking to a health plan, with their friend considered to be the best at giving them a boost when they need it.

More than a fifth (22 percent) also said it's easier to be active if it means spending time with a relative or buddy.

And one in four finds following a plan with a fitness partner both confidence boosting and fun.

A further 22 percent said if they're following an exercise regime with a companion they wouldn't quit even if they wanted to because they wouldn't want to be the one to let the team down.

Similarly, three in 10 admitted to cancelling on a gym buddy in the past, which left 48 percent feeling guilty and more than a quarter feeling lazy.

When it comes to eating, one in four prefer meal-planning with someone else rather than going it alone and 15 percent admitted it is most difficult to stick to a healthy diet when eating out with friends.

A fifth of those polled struggle with their food plans when on holiday.

Zoe Griffiths added: "With the pressure of new year, new you ever prevalent, we want people to feel as though they are set-up for the best possible chance of success when it comes to achieving their wellness goals.

"A unique WW insight has shown than members who join together are likely to lose up to 14 per cent more weight than those who join alone, so the results from this study make total sense."

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