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A Month of Laughter

April 2, 2018

April is National Humor Month . National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. Steve Wilson, Psychologist, Joyologist, Cheerman of the Bored and Founder of World Laughter Tour, is the Director of National Humor Month. Fun and Happy designated days in April are International Fun-At-Work Day on April 5 th and Pursuit of Happiness Day on April 13 th . (April 13 th is Thomas Jefferson's birthday. He is author of the famous 'pursuit of happiness' phrase in our Declaration of Independence.) To bring joy into your...Continue Reading

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Why Domestic Violence is a Heart Health Risk for Women

March 27, 2018

There is no disagreement that domestic violence is harmful, but not many people recognize the detrimental effects that it can have on heart health. Yes, domestic violence can damage someone psychologically and lead to a host of other problems, including the risk of death by homicide. However, research continues in linking domestic violence to heart health. While there isn't concrete evidence linking the two, there are some red flags that are indicative of a closely related relationship. Abused Women May Not Get Regular Medical Care An abused woman may not be able to go for regular medical...Continue Reading

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A Revealing Look at the Hidden World of Eating Disorders

February 23, 2018

Eating Disorders Awareness Week will take place from February 26 th through March 4 th this year. The international awareness week focuses on tackling the myths and stereotypes that surround eating disorders, and aims to raise awareness and action by talking about the topics that matter to those that suffer from such disorders. Even though an estimated 10 million Americans have some form of eating-related disorder, there is still a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. In a culture where diet and body image are heavily discussed and scrutinized, this can lead to a negative stigma...Continue Reading

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The Effects of Stress on Heart Health

February 20, 2018

Whether it's an unexpected bill, a flat tire, or an argument with your spouse, stress is a regular part of the human experience. Do you pop your top or stay super chill when you're confronted with stressful issues? Are you someone who strives to take everything in stride or do the veins in your forehead start to pulse at the mere hint of an obstacle in your path? How you deal with stress can affect your quality of life and shorten your lifespan. Everyone experiences and reacts to stress in different ways. Of course, sustained levels of stress and how you deal with it can adversely affect your...Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Brighten the Winter Blues

January 23, 2018

As the popular winter song says, "Oh the weather outside is frightful!" For many people the short days, overcast skies, and cold temperatures not only mean more time indoors but a significant change in their mood as well. In fact, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a widely accepted name for a form of depression that's related to the change of seasons. The National Institute of Health estimates that nearly 6% of people will experience SAD, while 14% of people experience a milder form of SAD, often called the "winter blues." In addition to medical care, there are several healthy ways to ward...Continue Reading

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Inflammation: Why It's a Red Flag for Your Health

December 12, 2017

Remember the last time you cut your finger or stubbed your toe? More than likely you noticed signs of inflammation as your body was healing. The redness, swelling, warmth, and stiffness you experience after an injury is your body's way of repairing the damage and warding off dangerous bacteria or viruses. Inflammation is a natural process that occurs when your white blood cells kick into high gear and produce substances to protect and heal the body. A Closer Look at Chronic Inflammation In some instances, the body can trigger inflammation incorrectly, resulting in damage to normal tissue...Continue Reading

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Cope with Stress and Depression During the Holidays

December 1, 2017

The holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving through New Years, can be a time of joy, celebration, gatherings with family and friends and reflection of blessings. This is not the case for all, as many people reflect on their current situation, be it financial, relational, spiritual or other. They look at the past with disappointment and to the future with uncertainty. Holiday Depression and SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder are two distinct mental health conditions that are real during this time of year. According to Mental Health America, many factors can cause the "holiday blues":...Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,...Continue Reading

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5 Reasons Owning a Pet Helps You Stay Healthier

June 6, 2017

While an apple a day might or might not keep the doctor away, your pet can also help keep you healthy. In fact, when it comes to owning a pet, there are several proven benefits to your health. For instance, you can decrease your risk of having a heart attack by owning a pet. Pet ownership has also helped people improve their emotional and mental health. Yes, being a pet guardian can even help lower your blood pressure. So, if you're looking for a reason to take the plunge into pet ownership, here are five reasons why making a new furry friend might be just what the doctor ordered. Lovable Fur...Continue Reading

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How Depression and Stress Raise Heart Attack Risks

May 23, 2017

Have you ever drowned your sorrows or your anxiety in a big bowl of chocolate ice cream? When you're feeling anxious or depressed, it's easy to open the fridge and reach for a heaping helping of comfort food. The trouble is that thinking about your heart health is vital, even when you're not feeling your best. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but it's a life and death matter because of heart disease the number one killer in America. People who are depressed or anxious don't always make healthy choices because these feelings can be overwhelming. Your mental health exerts an...Continue Reading

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