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Creating a Culture of Health and Fitness

People who live in California spend on average almost 90 minutes per week on running, swimming, bicycling, lifting weights and other measures to stay healthy and fit, which is close to the minimal amount of time recommended by the U.S. government, and more than the residents of all other states seem able to manage. While personal wellness depends on multiple factors that can be hard to calculate, it is clear that besides geographic diversity, culture also plays a role.

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Independent Living Considered a Top Priority Among Seniors

One of the most dramatic consequences of age-related deterioration is loss of independence, and it is more feared by seniors than almost any other outcome. For many, even an untimely death seems preferable to becoming beholden to others. Not only do most older adults not want to become a burden to their loved ones, they also plan to live out their days in their own homes instead of entering a retirement facility.

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Summer Travel and Gas Station Nutrition

Are you about to hit the road this coming summer for fun, sports events, or other outdoor activities? If so, chances are your food budget is limited, your encounters with unhealthy snacks and fast food are relentless, and your hankerings for convenience and comfort overpowers your usual nutritional preferences. In other words, even if you know what you should (and shouldn’t) eat, you may still struggle with your available choices.

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Facing the Facts of Childhood Obesity

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise worldwide, we are now approaching the level of a major public health crisis. While that is common knowledge among experts, the alarming news doesn’t seem to reach millions upon millions of parents who keep overfeeding their offspring with unhealthy meals and fattening treats. In fact, many of those whose children have been diagnosed as overweight or obese insist that there is nothing wrong with a little chubbiness at a young age.

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Seasonal Detox That Is Right for You

Spring is an ideal time to detox. When I say “detox,” I am not referring to fasting, juicing, or mixing a concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne that has you running to the bathroom. I am referring to eating in a way that supports your body’s ability to detoxify effectively and eliminate consistently, so it can function optimally.

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Lessons in Positive Thinking

For most of my career as a dietitian and health counselor I have paid much attention to the deficiencies in my clients’ diet and lifestyle choices and how these could be changed for the better. Over the years, however, I began focusing more on what went right in their lives and how their strengths could be utilized in order to overcome their weaknesses. You may say I applied (unknowingly) what is now known as “positive psychology.”

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What Happens When Stress Gets the Better of You

While much research has been done on the health effects of stress, surprisingly little is known about what happens when people are no longer able to cope with the challenges life throws at them. Yet, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a phenomenon commonly known as ‘burnout’ affects ever-growing parts of the population.

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