Happy Family Health & Fitness Day

Today, September 29th, is National Family Health and Fitness Day, designed to encourage families to be more active together. Our children will model our behavior, part of family fitness is making the effort to be disciplined as parents. Eat well, Exercise, and encourage your kids to do the same. “The best exercise is the one that you’ll do!” It’s no secret, exercise is essential to your health! When mixed with the right nutrition, exercise is your best heart medicine. Exercise doesn’t have to mean a full-blown session in the gym, or training for a triathlon. When it comes to heart medicine, “exercise” is really any movement that gets your heart pumping, like walking, dancing or swimming and

Simple Healthy Tips

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn Starting a new healthy habit can seem daunting. Where do you start? What should you focus your efforts on? Start with these ten tips for healthy habits: Read food labels. Don’t get bogged down trying to understand every single ingredient. Instead, focus on avoiding high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial colors. If any of these are on the label, look for a healthier option. For some people it is important to learn to recognize (and avoid) MSG. Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a flavor enhancer used in packaged foods. MSG is listed on food labels under a variety of names including “modified food star

How's Your Gut Health?

Lisa Wright Burbach As you age (Prime Time), you need to trust your gut. Really. There’s a difference between good gut feelings and painful ones, such as heart burn, indigestion and constipation. During the Prime Time time of life, your body’s need for certain nutrients goes up…but, perhaps you’ve noticed, your tolerance for certain foods goes down. The keys to eating are two words: smaller and slower. But before we can truly understand why we need to eat differently, it helps to know a little bit more about why your gut behaves differently as we age. 1. The stomach shrinks. As we age, there is a decrease in what is called “gastrointestinal reserve.” In other words, our stomach muscle is les

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