Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why Mental Health Is Losing Its Soul

Over the course of our work together, Roger made profound strides. Understanding the roots and current impact of his delusions helped him gradually develop a fragile faith in the validity of his own experience. As his self-trust deepened, the voices that assaulted him lessened. He began feeling more real and alive. He moved into his own apartment, bought a car that he used to get to work and to our tri-weekly sessions, learned several computer languages, got a job working in a college admissions office, and slowly developed several relationships of value and substance.
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Time to address mental health

Esther Fidler, a Lewisville resident and head of the Denton County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness which provides support to people with mental illness and their families said the dearth of resources is costly not only for individuals and their families but also the community. People need quality care, reliable access to medication and cognitive behavioral treatment to keep their mental illness in check, but the rationing of mental health care makes that impossible, she said. Poor quality of care also means that many people with mental illness are robbed of their most productive years, keeping them from meaningful work and paying taxes themselves, she said. In some cases, people who need mental health services end up in the criminal justice system, Fidler said, even though providing the mental health services they need would cost much less. Initial reaction to the United Ways report has community leaders asking whats next, Henderson told us. Advocacy with elected officials and policymakers will be in the mix, and some campaign funds could be directed toward a community impact grant or money for a current provider that has infrastructure and a well-regarded staff, he added. However, the gap between mental health needs and resources available is so large that the United Way may need to help the community create and develop additional programs, he said.
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USA Pro Challenge nutrition expert Allen Lim: Athletes need real food

“The first pitfall with trying to fuel and hydrate is that people start to overanalyze all the details,” Lim says. “Really listen to your body. Find a way to eat if you’re hungry, get yourself something to drink if you’re thirsty, ride within your limits.” Follow your gut, literally, in terms of food preferences. Start with what you like to eat, and go from there.
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Nutrition is on the menu for district meeting

“The [former guidelines] decreased entree sizes and made it difficult for kids [particularly older ones] to get enough calories and food to fill them and get them through the school day,” registered dietitian Megan Hartshorne, who is contracted with the district, wrote in an email. The USDA placed a maximum ounce limit on meals in hopes of combating childhood obesity, but main dishes were too small for some children, Hartshorne said. “We had a hard time fitting a sandwich on the menu because a slice of bread would put us over the limit,” Hartshorne said. “There was so much backlash nationwide from nutrition departments and especially students that the USDA released the maximum caps by December.” The district’s nutrition department is also working on how to limit hoarding when outside vendors bring food onto campus, particularly at Laguna Beach High School, as parents reported at a board meeting earlier this year. Parents were concerned that the first few students in line take a majority of the food, leaving little for those remaining in line. Last year Mandarin King brought food, including orange chicken, to the high school twice, said Shannon Soto, the district’s fiscal services director.
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Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success

Y afterschool programs, for example, promote healthy eating, a love for learning, and social and emotional development while complementing lessons learned during the school day. According to Thurnau, the Y is offering an Afterschool Meal Program in partnership with the Walmart Foundation throughout the 2013-14 school year to serve 3.5 million meals and snacks. At 1,400 sites nationwide, school-age children enrolled in the program will receivenutritious food along with learning enrichment activities to be healthy and succeed in school. In addition, Y Afterschool Programs are implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards in early learning and afterschool programs. Some of these standards include serving fruits and vegetables at every meal, setting limits on screen time and devoting time for physical activity. The Y also offers five tips for busy parents and caregivers to provide their kids with brain-boosting healthy snacks and fun physical activity after the school day is over: 1: Offer a variety of foods Its important for parents to encourage children to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods that support physical and mental wellness. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables should be at the heart of snack times. Save time by cutting veggies for snacking every Sunday and putting portions into resealable bags or containers; kids can just grab, snack and go whenever theyd like. 2: Be creative when introducing new foods While some kids are adventurous eaters, many are resistant to trying new things.
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Vitamin supplements can help benefit your teeth

Megadoses of vitamins may be bad for your health, doctors say

They have no calories themselves, and with a few exceptions, they’re not manufactured inside your body. Some vitamins help in biochemical transformations, such as absorbing oxygen in the lungs. Others act as “antioxidants,” protecting tissues from disease-causing damage and premature aging. Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic elements your body needs to function. Minerals allow the body to build some structures and help trigger some bodily reactions.
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Continue reading In his new book, “Do You Believe in Magic?,” Dr. Paul Offit says that megadoses of certain vitamins can increase a person’s risk for heart disease and cancer. Offit describes these “megadoses” as vitamins that provide anywhere from 5 to 20 times more than the recommended daily intake of certain nutrients. “By challenging mother nature in taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat, you’ve got to be careful,” Offit says. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the group that lobbies on behalf of the supplement industry, says that there’s plenty of research that highlight the benefits of multivitamins. However, in a statement, they told CNN that consumers should “always use caution” when considering large doses of any supplements. Offit has a simpler solution.
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Fitness center to raise money for St. Jude’s

Registration begins at 9 a.m. that day, and the run/walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. A $10 donation to St. Jude is required at registration. The Push for St. Jude Contest will be held next, where participants will have one minute to do push-ups and sit-ups.
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Reno Fitness Center set to open Aug. 19

Your animal can get diabetes . If you truly love your pet, you’ll do your best to take care of him. And you’ll take care of yourself, so you can be in the best possible shape to take good care of him. [Other important safety tips for your pet: Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh drinking water during and after a workout.
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‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Dolvett Quince on pet fitness

Full Coverage: Five Questions

The center will be available to members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, via secured key-card access. The hours and location will accommodate shift-workers who pass by the facility daily as well as busy individuals who cannot commit to a limited schedule. Tenured fitness specialists will staff the center, led by local certified personal trainer, Debbie Piatt. Article Photos Photo Provided Fitness machines at the Reno Fitness Center are shown. The trainers will work at the facility various hours weekly and by appointment for personal training sessions.
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How to have a healthy digestive system

Digestion Foods: The Best And Worst Foods For Your Digestive System

Foods that are high in fat, fried and very sweet are the worst. There is a lot going on about gluten free, how much of an impact does gluten have on our bodies? Many people find gluten hard to digest, although they don’t have Coeliac diseases (the immunological condition) where there is an allergic reaction to gluten. The issue for non coeliacs seems to be more that they don’t feel great eating gluten, with bloating and gut discomfort being common.
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When was the last time you worked out?

High-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains also help you feel full, which can help lower your chance of overeating throughout the day. Keeping a running tab on the fiber you consume can help give you more energy. 3 Hydrate Water is one of those essential elements for a healthy digestive system. Adequate hydration gives your digestive system the moisture it needs to properly function. Also, sometimes our bodies mistake hunger for thirst, so stay hydrated to prevent unnecessary overeating. Try keeping water with lemon slices around to help boost your intake.
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Digestive health: 10 Tips for getting your digestive system back on track

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Bechtold adds that the fiber in produce has an added benefit of regulating bowel movements. BEST: Whole Grains Whole grain foods, including brown rice and wheat, also contain lots of fiber, making them another top food group good for digestion, King says. (Obviously this advice may not apply for people with chronic conditions like celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities, since wheat contains gluten.) BEST: Bananas While all fruits and vegetables are generally good for digestion, bananas in particular are great because they don’t irritate the stomach. That’s why they’re part of the “BRAT Diet” for vomiting or diarrhea — that is, the bananas, rice, applesauce and dry toast diet. “Those are the four things that tend to be the easiest tolerated amongst people and they tend to be bland, so they won’t irritate the stomach like other foods,” King says.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt Works Out With an Exercise Ball While Pregnant

Pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt exercises in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 2013

“I’ve been working out, which I feel happy about. That’s been a good thing — not something that I thought I’d be able to do because you just feel like you have to be careful with yourself, so that’s been great.” Pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt exercises in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 2013 Credit: Deano/Splash News Us Weekly broke the news of Hewitt’s pregnancy and engagement in June. Since then, the bubbly brunette has been relaxing at home in California. “Life is good — it’s busy! Lots of big changes and things going on,” she said. “It’s a really happy, positive time, which I’m grateful for.” PHOTOS: Jennifer Love Hewitt’s body through the years Hewitt has already begun asking her fellow mommy friends for parenting advice. Their best tip?
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Exercise Could Slow Memory Loss Among People At Risk For Alzheimer’s

“No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise.” The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease , included 17 people with mild cognitive impairment and 18 people who still had normal cognitive functioning, all with an average age of 78. Researchers had all the study participants undergo 12 weeks of of a trainer-guided exercise program, that involved regular walks on a treadmill. By the end of the 12 weeks, both those with mild cognitive impairment and those with healthy brain functioning had improved cardiovascular fitness by 10 percent. Plus, both groups had improved performance on memory tests, as well as improved neural efficiency, after the program. This is hardly the first time research has highlighted the brain-boosting effects of exercise. A study from the University of California, Irvine, showed that short bursts of exercise improved memory consolidation among older people both with and without memory deficits.
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Daily Exercise Helps Prevent Flare-ups of Low Back Pain, from the August 2013 Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Jeffrey N. Katz, professor of orthopedic surgery and medicine at Harvard Medical School and editor of Low Back Pain : Healing your aching back, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. “It is a good time to make a commitment to exercise when you are starting to feel a bit bettertypically in a few weeks.” Exercise is a good choice for low back pain due to muscle strain or muscle spasm. Daily gentle exercises will stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the lower spine.
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Exercise not only changes your look, it changes your physiology

This is the whole theory behind aerobic exercise exercise at a level that you can breathe deeply and burn fat preferentially. New research completed in Sweden has found that even deeper within the cell, way down at the gene level, is also impacted by aerobic exercise and diet. Genes are those part of your genetic make-up that express various proteins that fire a range of physiological actions. Many people are aware that genes are made up of DNA and are the working subunits of DNA that code proteins. One of the most powerful methods of affecting gene activity is a process called methylation. Methylation can either make genes more or less responsive to bodily reactions, and therefore can change the way the gene acts or expresses proteins.
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