Meditation for Better Health

College of DuPage Nursing student Joan Jones shared that according to Richard Miller, PhD in “Let Joy In”, the ways in finding joy can be as simple as accepting and welcoming feelings in. It can’t always be as easy as it sounds, but through this article, meditation and yoga can be a vital tool in allowing joy in regardless of a negative or stressful life event.

Meditation Versus Yoga – People may look at yoga and meditation as a form of a religion or maybe a work-out program that just doesn’t quite entice you. Some of us may be confused as far was what yoga is, or maybe how meditation is incorporated with yoga. Then, another part of us may bring up the financial aspect in how much money it costs to attend a yoga class, or join a gym that gives free yoga classes, or maybe even a gym membership that requires more money in attending their yoga classes. Although this may be true, yoga and meditation can sometimes be separate all together and meditation is the start or the only thing you need to fully understand how joy can be found. But for now, let’s just say that yoga can be the advancement of practicing the art of meditation.

Meditation – Meditation can be identified as the simple act of taking a few moments throughout your day, preferably before we sleep, to take some deep breaths and allow the mind to quiet down and think about happy thoughts. Happy thoughts can be a simple as a walk in the park on a spring day, the voice of the person you love telling you that everything is going to be alright, or maybe just the sweetest sound of your child’s laughter. Taking deep breaths and allowing someone to remind you of these events can be found through guided meditation, which can be found anywhere. Looking up, “guided meditation” on google or downloading an app on, “guided meditation” can be found on YouTube and in any app stores on your smart phone, and can be a useful tool in guiding us to help us stop the mind from over thinking the negatives, and thinking purely on the positives of life. This simple form of meditating can allow our bodies to stop from over thinking about the problems that arose in our day, like the people that may have hurt us and allowed any form of negative stress and doubt into our lives. Linking the joy of simply breathing and slowing down our instinct to stress by focusing on the happy events in life, can allow the mind to accept and turn that stressful feeling into acceptance and simply, letting go.

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Exercise – More Is Not Better
but Something Is Better Than Nothing

Elizabeth Moxley, PhD, RN, BS​​​, and Assistant Professor at the College of Dupage School of Nursing, shared the following great insight about exercise.

The Pandemic of Inactivity – Physical inactivity is a pandemic. It is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality and an estimated 40-80% of all people are currently sedentary. The benefits of physical activity have been known since the early 1950s, but the promotion of activity lags with respect to the evidence. Inactivity has become a chronic disease resulting in chronic complications.

The Benefits of Exercise – Exercise has been dubbed ‘the closest thing there is to a magic bullet’. The Nurse’s Health Study revealed the benefits from exercise are lasting; exercise performed during midlife yielded benefits at age 70. Few medications work that well!

The most important question not to ask-therefore, in this day and age is; what do I need to do to for good health, rather; why doesn’t our society exercise enough? Several obvious reasons exist, such as; a lack of time, sedentary lifestyles, diminished resources for which to engage in exercise, not realizing the extent of health benefits, and simply, not knowing where to begin. A ‘too much exercise hypothesis’ has even emerged regarding safe doses of vigorous-intensity and/or high quantities of exercise. The determination of the perfect dose of exercise is not only not clear – it has nearly become a perfect muddle! However, the evidence clearly demonstrates, any exercise is more beneficial than none at all, and some believe more is better.

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Six ways to keep your kids healthy during winter

It’s Children’s Dental Health Month

Bernie Glossy,  president and CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois shared in the Daily Herald that dental health is one of the most critical, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children today.

Good oral health care is imperative for children, but many caregivers don’t realize how important it is to establish an oral health routine at an early age.

I’ve seen firsthand how poor oral health can negatively affect children, and Children’s Dental Health Month in February is a good time to stress the seriousness of the issue.

While it’s nearly preventable, in a special report on the state of oral health in America, the U.S. Surgeon General identified tooth decay as the most common chronic childhood disease and called it “America’s silent epidemic.”

Untreated tooth decay is not only painful, but also may affect a child’s ability to eat and speak, and may lead to future oral and overall health problems. Poor oral health is also detrimental to a child’s learning and success in school, contributing to school absences and lower grades.

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Help Protect Illinois’ Daily P.E. Requirement!

The Illinois Alliance to prevent Obesity shared that as the new Illinois legislative session gets underway, we have already seen legislation put forth that threatens the daily physical education requirement. As you know, high-quality physical education (P.E.) is not only a core way of helping kids meet the National Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day, but is critical for teaching students the skills, content and knowledge they need for a lifetime of fitness and health.

Contact your legislators today and tell them to protect daily P.E. in Illinois

With one in three children in Illinois overweight and obese and at risk for diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, P.E. plays a critical role in keeping kids healthy. With several advancements in the quality of P.E. programming in Illinois over the last several years, we can’t afford to roll back requirements for schools. Every student deserves a chance to learn the skills and content necessary to be active and healthy throughout their life.

Contact your legislators today and tell them to protect daily P.E. in Illinois

We know active students learn better. Help improve health, academic achievement and in-class behavior by protecting daily P.E. in Illinois.

New blood pressure treatment guidelines raise concerns

The Daily Herald posted recently that a new guideline published last week recommends less-aggressive blood pressure treatment for many people.

The guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that people 60 and over who have no history of cardiovascular disease shouldn’t be treated for hypertension unless their blood pressure is persistently at or above 150/90.

The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all consider treating blood pressure at 140/90 to be a major way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, especially stroke. So, the new guidelines raised concern among these groups.

AHA President Dr. Steven Houser warned that relaxing blood pressure targets without sufficient evidence could create a false sense of security for some people who need to understand that high blood pressure is dangerous but can be controlled.

“We just can’t afford to back off on our efforts to control this major risk factor,” Houser said.

Make 2017 Your Healthiest Year Yet

Research shows that when it comes to the New Year, everyone’s top priority is their HEALTH. Yet, 92% of people will FAIL or give up on their resolutions. That only leaves a mere 8% who actually succeed. Take a moment and think about which percentile you’ve fallen in since the year began…Are you still going strong or have you fallen off the ladder? Do not fear. We are here to help you succeed!! We’ve learned that all it takes is a little bit of accountability and action to be able to maintain your 2017 goals.

Bring a friend or 2 and join us Sat. 1/28 for an exciting seminar, which covers the secrets you need to:

  • Lose a few pounds
  • Improve your diet
  • Boost your energy
  • Jumpstart your health

Our key speakers include Dr. Timothy Weselak, DC, CCWP & Julianne Schager, ACE Personal Trainer. Both are incredibly talented professionals and have extensive health-related backgrounds in order to share with you the most up to date knowledge on the topics of nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.

As a free bonus for you, Glen Prairie (well-known for their local natural and organic ingredients) is providing a healthy brunch to enjoy during the seminar!! Yumm.

Parkinson’s Therapy Gets Fresh Look From Device Makers

St. Jude Medical is offering a new deep brain stimulation system in the U.S., joining Medtronic in what the device makers view as an underdeveloped market. The image above includes an IPad Mini that serves as a physician’s programmer and an iPod Touch that patients use to control their therapy. At the bottom is a wire lead. PHOTO:ST. JUDE MEDICAL.

St. Jude Medical Inc. recently introduced a new DBS system in the U.S., and Boston Scientific Corp. is planning its own entry late next year. Both already sell the implantable devices for DBS in Europe.

The shake-up in the U.S. reflects the promise that St. Jude—which recently combined with Abbott Laboratories—and Boston Scientific see in a market that for years has been served by just one company: Medtronic PLC. Read more

A Strong Start To Your Day

Schar shared this great insight in their recent newsletter.  They posted that making the right choice to fuel your day ahead. An enjoyable start to your morning . Everyone knows how it is to oversleep, then leap out of bed, rush into the shower, grab a cup of coffee on the run and plunge straight into the day’s activities.You don’t have to be health-conscious to know that that can’t be good for you.

A burst of energy which lasts the whole day. In the morning, after about eight hours of sleep, the body really needs to replenish its energy and nutrient supplies so that it can regain its momentum. It is necessary to make the right choice. But what is the right choice?

Morning grouches. Not everyone has the appetite for a hearty breakfast at the crack of dawn, as delicious as it may be. However, just a few nibbles can stimulate the circulation. Therefore, a lighter menu is introduced. Whether it is a simple slice of toasted Classic White Bread with a little butter and jam or a creamy yogurt, and perhaps even a selection of seasonal fruits. Anything goes – the fantasy knows no limits.

For large appetites. Anyone who wakes up hungry needs a proper meal. In this case, the portions should also be larger. It is important to have a balanced combination of cereal and dairy products. Fresh fruit and sufficient liquid should also be available. This will ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs for, among other things, a quick boost of energy. It also guarantees strong nerves and the smooth performance of numerous bodily functions.

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What Smartphones Do to Children’s Eyes

When the children gave up their phones for a month, the dry-eye symptoms significantly improved.

Pediatric dry-eye disease can negatively affect vision and school performance and is believed by many specialists to be underdiagnosed, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Staring at smartphones, computers and other screens has been linked to reduced blinking, which can lead to faster evaporation of the tear film and increase the risk of dry-eye disease. Smartphones also have a short watching distance due to their small screens that can tire the eyes, the researchers said. Read more