If You Want to Feel Happier, Just Spend 20 Minutes in a Park

The best part is that you don’t have to hit up a national park or even go too far out of your way. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found that spending 20 minutes in an urban park can make you happier, regardless of whether you use that time to exercise or not.”Overall, we found park visitors reported an improvement in emotional well-being after the park visit,” the study’s lead author and the University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Hon K. Yuen said in a statement. “However, we did not find levels of physical activity are related to improved emotional well-being. Instead, we found time spent in the park is related to improved emotional well-being.”

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Fitness Supplements

Milan Krstovic,  Media Relations Associate, dataforstories.com, shared that the business of vitamins and supplements is booming. Recent research suggests that most Americans take at least one such product from the more than 90,000 options on the market. But within this massive industry – worth $37 billion by some estimates – consumer enthusiasm is dampened by uncertainty.
In the absence of strict regulation, many manufacturers peddle wares with few real benefits. Worse still, dangerous outcomes are increasingly common. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports a troubling rise in incidents resulting from supplement consumption.
So, which vitamins and supplements are really worth taking, and which might not give you much support as you work toward your fitness goals?

singlecare has put together a great resource that can be found at https://www.singlecare.com/blog/fitness-supplements

Check it out!

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Hepatitis A Vaccine Protects You and Your Baby

The Center for Disease control shared that the best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting the hepatitis A vaccine. Babies infected with hepatitis A may not show any symptoms and can pass the virus on to unvaccinated adults who can get very sick.

What is Hepatitis A, and How Does It Spread?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. When symptoms are apparent, it can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can even cause death in some people. Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool (poop) of a person who has the virus. It can spread when:

  • Infected persons do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom and then touch objects or food
  • Caregivers do not properly wash their hands after changing diapers or cleaning up the stool of an infected person

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Make an appointment to work out at work!

Go For Life shared that being active is one of the most important things you can do each day to stay healthy. But it can be hard to find time to exercise during the day. The good news is that there are ways that you can fit physical activity into your schedule, even when you’re at work. You can:

  • Park a little farther away from your office and walk to the entrance.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Take a walk with a co-worker during your lunch break.
  • Schedule 10-minute workout breaks to do strength and flexibility exercises.

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Study Finds Too Much Screen Time Causes Nearsightedness in Children

The children & nature network reports that A study out of Waterloo has found too much screen time and not enough outdoor time is causing irreversible damage to children’s eyes.

Even an hour more outside every week will go along way in preventing myopia, or nearsightedness, which affects almost 90% of high school students in Asia.

The numbers aren’t nearly as high here in Canada, but according to a recent study by three groups including the Centre for Ocular Research & Education in Waterloo, they’re still troubling.

“We’re finding children are starting to have higher nearsightedness at a younger age and that means as an adult their prescription is higher, increases the risk of retinal degeneration, retinal detachments.”

Dr. Mike Yang is the study’s lead investigator. He says 6% of children aged 6-8 in the study were nearsighted, that number jumped to nearly 30% in kids 11-13 years old.

In 2015 a world health organization report projected that in 2050, half of the world population would be nearsighted and technology is a big reason.

“When they’re spending so much time on the screen, they’re spending less time outdoors, therefore an increased chance of becoming nearsighted.” Dr. Yang. Read more

Get Up Get Moving

7 Weird Ways To Help Combat ‘Hermit’ Habits As A Remote Worker

Leah Ryder onbeen working remotely now for nearly five years. For her, part of adapting to this incredibly rewarding lifestyle was about learning to take more accountability for major life habits, like keeping active, having a balanced diet, and nurturing rewarding relationships with a distributed team. These are the pillars of a long and rewarding remote work career.

Highlights of the 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol

Healthy Lombard’s Vice President for Health Dr. Elizabeth Moxley shared with us that the recently published, “2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol” is an update to the 2013 guideline on diagnosing, treating, and monitoring high cholesterol.

According to the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association 2013 guidelines, fifty-six million (48.6%) US adults older than 40 years are eligible for statin therapy.

Risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) include a high level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C).

What is LDL-C?

LDL-C contributes to fatty buildups and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), it’s often called the “bad” cholesterol, and in fact, high LDL-C at any age can cumulatively increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.

There is no ideal target blood level for LDL-C. The recent 2018 Guideline suggest, “lower is better” and studies have found an optimal total cholesterol level of ~ 150 mg/dL with LDL-C at or below 100 mg/dL since adults at this level have a lower incidence of heart disease and stroke.

Adults who have an extremely high LDL-C, i.e., 190 mg/dL or greater, typically have an increased ASCVD risk; similarly, those who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease should consider a drug called a statin to manage their cholesterol.

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This Could Save Your Life

College of DuPage Nursing Student Megan DalSanto asks, “Would you believe me if I said running or walking 3.1 miles could change your life?”

As a finisher of many 5K run/walks, I can confidently say that participating in one of these events will bring you satisfaction, motivation, new friends, and physical benefits for your body.  Often, these events take place in beautiful parks, nature preserves, or peaceful neighborhoods. This provides the chance to spend time outside in green space.

In the 21st century, especially we have adopted an indoor, sedentary lifestyle working desk jobs, watching television, and not getting enough exercise. Outdoor green spaces are linked to positive human health and well-being, including mental health. As mentioned earlier, one way to experience outdoor green space is to do so by participating in a local run or walk this upcoming Spring or Summer. Not only will you reap the cardiovascular benefits from exercise, but you will be rejuvenated by engaging in the outdoors; nature (whether you realize it or not), sunshine and fresh air! After a long winter, it’s vital to spend time outside to replenish Vitamin D which is absorbed by our skin through sunlight. Read more

Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids: 30 Great Ideas!

Forkly shared that Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the ones you love and let them know how much you care. What better way to celebrate than showering your kids with cool (and healthy) treats to eat!

Your kids will remember the special little things you do for them and they’ll appreciate the thought and time you put into making their day truly unique and fun. If you’re looking for healthy Valentine’s Day treats for kids, check out the 30 great ideas below:

1. Mini Heart Shaped Pizzas

When you want to enjoy Valentine’s Day with a healthier twist, making a homemade pizza is a great way to have control over what goes into your food.

Top your pizza off with piles of veggies for added nutritional value and make sure your dough is whole wheat!

2. Chocolate Covered Clementines

Sugar may be something we want to avoid the majority of the time, but we often forget that nature has so many options for natural sugar sources that can serve as a replacement for dessert.

That’s why pairing the uber sweet clementines with some tart dark melted chocolate is a delicious combination for you and your family on Valentine’s Day.

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