HUNTINGTON -- A number of health-conscious classes, programs and screenings are scheduled in the Tri-State this week. Some of the activities offered in the area:
When Humble Pie sang "I Don't Need No Doctor," they were extolling the healing power of love -- one of the essentials for a long, healthy life. (And little did they know, they were advocating something that could reduce future avoidable health care problems.)
Turn fresh fall apples into delicious maple-and-cinnamon-spiked homemade applesauce with this easy recipe.
Acupuncture is the most ancient and least understood Chinese therapy (they stick needles all over you!) which has snuck into mainstream medical practice, in very specific areas, and now, reliable studies have convincingly demonstrated its benefits.
There is nothing like the thrill and challenge of climbing a mountain. And although incline training on a treadmill may not be quite the same experience as hiking up a mountain trail, you can still get great results (sans the mountain air). Use these tips from Life Fitness to add variety and intensity to your workout with incline training.
A 400-pound mama bear can gain 150 pounds of brown fat as she heads for a six-month semihibernation (during those months she gives birth, nurses and eats the cubs' droppings to recycle into milk and protein, but that's probably more than you wanted to know). The brown fat is higher than white fat in healthy DHA omega-3 fatty acid, and it's full of little cellular power centers called mitochondria. In bears (and people), it provides calories, generates heat and helps regulate insulin use and glucose uptake. And burning brown fat reduces insulin resistance -- a hallmark of type 2 diabetes -- and helps you lose weight!
"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one," said endocrinologist Hans Seyle, who in the late 1930s was one of the first scientists to explore the effect of chronic stress on the body. Turns out chronic stress leads to an impaired immune system, higher blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, kidney disease, allergic reactions, obesity, acne -- and a less-than-ho-hum love life. A new study also confirms that attitude has physical consequences. If you think your level of stress is hard on your heart, you're twice as likely to die from heart disease or have a non-fatal heart attack as folks who don't believe stress negatively affects their health.
This recipe from the American Diabetes Association will remind you of a crisp fall evening.
When grocery shopping, we focus on creating meals that are tasty and nutritional. To help accomplish this goal, the Nutrition Facts Label provides shoppers with valuable information about each packaged food product. Located on almost every product that we can purchase from our grocery store, this label provides consumers with the amount of calories and nutrients found in the product as well as a comparison to the Percent Daily Value.
Debrett's "A-Z of Modern Manners" claims to be the authority on "all matters of etiquette, social occasions ... and fine style." And it would be rude to disagree, or so they imply. About good posture, they say: It makes you appear taller and slimmer, and you will seem more confident and positive. (They've almost got it right.)