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Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

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-- It's difficult to keep exercising day after day if you're bored with the same routine. But you can mix it up so you look forward to your workout each day. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Figure out what's boring you. Maybe switch up your cardio workout with something new, such as a kickboxing class. Or skip the treadmill and run a trail. Try an entirely new activity, such as a team sport. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Set a goal to challenge yourself, such as running a 10K. Or use a gadget such as a fitness tracker. If you feel burned out, take a short break from exercise. Read more

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Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

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FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Tidying up that vacant lot in your community may help curb crime in the area, researchers say. In a new study, Michigan State University researchers compared crime statistics from 2005 through 2014 in Flint, Mich., with data from a greening program – called the Clean and Green program – in which thousands of abandoned lots were regularly mowed and maintained. "Generally speaking, I found that greening was more prevalent where violent crime, property crime and victimless crime were going down," study author Richard Sadler said in a university news release. Sadler is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine's division of public health. The Clean and Green program for vacant lots, a project of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, was launched 13 years ago. Christina Kelly is the land bank's planning and neighborhood revitalization director. She ... Read more

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Stop and Smell the Roses at Work

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FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Colds and the flu aren't the only things you can catch at work. Research shows that rudeness can be just as contagious, quickly infecting and eroding your work atmosphere. Being overworked and rushed can leave people feeling as if they have little time for pleasantries. But even one perceived act of rudeness can set off a chain reaction of negative behavior. Being the victim of rudeness apparently flips a switch in your mind that activates your own feelings of hostility. What's more, even people who aren't directly touched by an act of rudeness can also be affected if they witness it. Everyone loses, including the company itself. Employee performance suffers because it's hard to be motivated to excel in an unhappy workplace. Rudeness can slowly eat away at a positive company culture. Managers set the tone. That means: Be aware of your behavior and how others ... Read more

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Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment

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THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – Worldwide investments in teen health could yield significant economic returns, a new study contends. "Investing in young people is in everyone's interest," said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. "A small investment in empowering and protecting the world's over a billion adolescents can bring a 10-fold return, or sometimes even more." Improving the physical, mental and sexual health of kids aged 10 to 19 – at a cost equivalent to US$4.60 per person per year – could result in a 10-fold economic return by preventing 12 million deaths and more than 30 million unwanted pregnancies, the study authors reported. Investing in teen education at a cost of $22.60 per person each year would generate a 12-fold economic return, and lead to an additional 12 million formal jobs for young adults, the researchers said. Investing ... Read more

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Early School Start Times Tough on Teens

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TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASSM) now recommends that middle and high schools should start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m., so that teens get enough sleep during the week. Delaying the school day would help reduce tardiness, improve attendance and boost driving safety. A later start time would also ensure that teens are more alert and ready to learn throughout the day, the AASM explained. "Early school start times make it difficult for adolescents to get sufficient sleep on school nights, and chronic sleep loss among teens is associated with a host of problems, including poor school performance, increased depressive symptoms, and motor vehicle accidents," guideline author and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Minimizing Violence During Screen Time

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-- Kids see violence everywhere, especially from TV, movies and video games. So how can parents "minimize" what their kids see? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Don't allow children under age 6 to see any violence. Play the video game with your child, or watch the show or movie together. This helps you understand what the child watches and offers a chance to talk about the values you share as a family. If you are not comfortable with what your child sees, do not be afraid to impose restrictions. Read more

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Marriage Could Bring Health Bonus to Older Same-Sex Couples

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TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – The health benefits of tying the knot may extend to couples of all sexual orientations. A new study shows that older same-sex couples who have married are healthier and happier than their single counterparts. More than 1,800 LGBT adults, aged 50 and older, were surveyed in 2014 in U.S. states where gay marriage was already legal. It became legal nationwide nearly two years ago. "In the nearly 50 years since Stonewall, same-sex marriage went from being a pipe dream to a legal quagmire to reality – and it may be one of the most profound changes to social policy in recent history," said study author Jayn Goldsen. She's a research study supervisor in the University of Washington School of Social Work. About one-fourth of the respondents were married, another quarter were in a committed relationship, and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average ... Read more

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Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

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MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults – about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said. "Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse," said lead researcher Judith Weissman. She's a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This increase is likely a lasting after-effect of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 – a stress-filled time that caused long-term emotional ... Read more

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Stress Buster: Building Resilience

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MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Resilience is often defined as how quickly you recover from adversity. But resilient people have lots of other important qualities, too. They are flexible, proactive, problem solvers, good communicators, and skilled at coping with life's challenges. Here are six tips for building resilience that, simply by doing them, will help you acquire traits of resilience: Try being genuinely nice to someone who has not been very nice to you. Try agreeing to do what another person wants instead of doing what you want. Try forgiving someone and showing it without having to say it. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Try not to second-guess any choice you make for the next 24 hours. Once you make it, support it wholeheartedly. Try not to complain for 24 hours. – James Porter, president of Read more

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'I'm Just Too Busy' -- Is Being Overworked the New Status Symbol?

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THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 – Workaholism, it seems, is the new black. People who complain endlessly about being overworked and overwhelmed may be sending others a less-than-subtle message: "I'm more important than you." So finds new research suggesting that some Americans are eschewing old tipoffs to status – weekday rounds of golf and months-long vacations. Instead, higher status is now transmitted by at least claiming to be oh so busy. "In the past, living a leisurely life and not working was the most powerful way to signal one's status," explained study lead author Silvia Bellezza. "Fast-forward to America today, and complaining about being busy and working all the time – rather than being on holiday – has become increasingly common," said Bellezza. She's an assistant professor of marketing at Columbia University in New York City. Bellezza's team conducted a series of experiments ... Read more

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Health Tip: Teaching Your Child Table Manners

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-- Regular family meals offer a chance to eat healthy foods and practice good table manners. When should your child learn table etiquette? Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: At age 4, teach your child to hold utensils properly, including supervised use of a table knife. Teach your child not to talk with a mouth full of food. Have your child use a napkin. Don't allow your child to reach across someone else's plate. Set a good example by modeling good table manners. Read more

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Nurse! What's Taking So Long?

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TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – When a bedside alarm goes off in a child's hospital room, anxious parents expect nurses to respond pronto. That rarely happens, however, and a new study helps explain why. Researchers found that nurses are usually quick to react when alarms are urgent. But, they're slower to respond at the end of the workday or when they suffer from "chronic alarm fatigue." Also, having parents present doubled the response time on average, the study found. But, delayed response time didn't threaten any of the 100 patients evaluated in the study, the researchers said. And just half of 1 percent of more than 11,000 alarms analyzed were deemed "actionable," or crucial. "The nurses were overall doing a great job predicting which alarms were going to be important," said study lead author Dr. Christopher Bonafide, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Children's Hospital of ... Read more

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These 5 Life Skills Can Boost Your Odds of Well-Being

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MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life. That's the finding from a new study of more than 8,000 people, aged 52 and older, in the United Kingdom. Researchers found a link between those five life skills and better health, fewer chronic diseases, less depression, less social isolation, and greater financial stability. "No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills," study co-leader Andrew Steptoe, a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, said in a university news release. "There is research on individual factors – such as conscientiousness and optimism in adults – but the combination of these life skills has not been studied very much ... Read more

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Stress Buster

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-- Do you come home from a stressful day at work and reach for a bag of chips, a pint of ice cream or a handful of cookies? If that's the case, you may be "eating emotionally." This is often referred to by psychologists as counter-productive coping. It helps you manage stress in the short run, but in the long run it can lead to weight gain and possible health problems. Consider these five tips to avoid eating emotionally: 1.) Eat your meals sitting down. Don't ever eat standing up. 2.) Don't skip meals. That only adds to your stress and makes you more likely to overeat later or grab junk food. 3.) Drink lots of water. Water fills you up but it's calorie- and caffeine-free. 4.) Keep a food/mood journal. Write down everything you put in your mouth for two weeks and the moods you were in before and after eating. 5.) Exercise every day. Exercise not only lowers stress, it trims your ... Read more

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Music May Soothe the 'Savage Beast' of Post-Op Pain

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FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Patients recovering from back surgery often struggle with pain and anxiety, but new research shows that music therapy may help ease their discomfort. Medication is commonly used to manage pain for people who've had surgery to treat a spinal problem. For the new study, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City provided 30 patients who'd had spinal fusion surgery with a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of their operation. The therapy included singing, rhythmic drumming and live music. It helped patients relax and eased their tension, the researchers said, adding that the therapy was used in combination with standard care. Another group of 30 spine surgery patients received only standard care after their procedure and didn't receive music therapy. All of the patients in the study were between 40 and 55 years old. "This study is unique in ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Back Pain, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Sciatica, Performance Anxiety, Spinal Cord Trauma

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