About Len Saunders

Len Saunders is an award winning / best-selling author, motivational speaker in the fight against childhood obesity, and nationally recognized for his innovative wellness events. Recently, you may have seen Len on such media giants as CNN, Good Morning America, CNBC, The Today Show, ESPN, Nickelodeon, MSNBC, The Fox Channel, as well as the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

Flex Belt

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Review coming soon about the Flex Belt! I have been asked to give this device a try to review it….so keep posted for further updates.

Flex BeltThe Flex Belt Ab Belt Workout – FDA Cleared to Tone, Firm and Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles.

How Does the Flex Belt Work?

Here’s how it works: The unique construction of the Flex Belt features three pre-positioned, medical-grade GelPads, covering the central abdominal muscles and external obliques.

Signals from the ab belt reach out to nerves where they are most concentrated.

These nerves branch out to reach all the abdominal muscles (not just those under the pads) causing them to relax and contract naturally, working all the muscles at the same time.

To learn more about the Flex Belt, please click here.

Kale: The Powerful Superfood That Can Protect Your Sight

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By Nicola Haley

We all know that living a balanced lifestyle is the key to good health. That means getting plenty of exercise, eating well and keeping our minds and bodies active. But in recent years, the use of digital devices has continued to rise. In moderation, time spent shopping online, reading a book on your tablet or catching up on the latest news on your smartphone does not pose a problem. However, exposure to digital devices for a prolonged period of time can damage your health, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s your eyesight that’s most likely to pay the price.

The damage caused by blue light

Many people are aware that light can be dangerous, but usually, it’s the light we cannot see that causes us the most harm. For instance, the sun produces UV light, which we all know can be extremely harmful, but it also produces blue light, which is part of the visible light spectrum. Blue light has a very short wavelength. This causes it to scatter when it comes into contact with air molecules and this is the reason the sky looks blue.

However, the sun is not the only source of blue light. It is also produced by digital devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets, and it is this that can damage our eyes. The trouble is that unlike weaker wavelengths of visible light, blue light flickers at a shorter wavelength and it is this action that, over the longer term, can cause retinal damage to the eyes.

The role of lutein and zeaxanthin

The macula in the eye has a yellow pigment which filters out the harmful blue light to protect the eye. However, over-exposure to blue light can damage the macula and lead to a condition called age-related macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin, which we get from our diet, play a significant part in protecting the macula from this type of damage. In fact, a Harvard study found that people who eat plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin are 40% less likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration.

How does kale help?

Kale that has been cooked contains the highest amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, with 18.3mg per 100g, of any food type. There are also plenty of other foods that contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, such as eggs, broccoli and garden peas.

Of course, protecting your peepers is not the only part kale can play in your physical health. It’s low in calories, high in fibre and has zero fat. It also has high levels of iron, which aids cell growth and promotes the formation of haemoglobin and enzymes. Then there are the high levels of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C, which are excellent for the immune system, vision and bone health.

How else can you protect against age-related macular degeneration?

Other ways you can help to protect against the risk of age-related macular degeneration include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and wearing sunglasses and a hat when you’re out in the sun.

What steps do you take to protect your eye health? Please leave your tips in the comments section below.

5 Healthy Habits To Protect Your Eyes

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By Aaron Barriga

eyeEyes are one of the most sensitive organs of the human body. If you do not take care of them, you can invite a host of eye related problems and diseases, some which may even affect your vision permanently. Let us look at a few habits which will help you avoid various eye related problems and make sure your eyes stay healthy for a long time.

1. Diet Matters

You must have a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy veggies like kale, spinach and collard greens. The essential omega-3 fatty acids can be gained from eating fish like salmon, tuna and halibut. Healthy diet will also prevent obesity, which is directly linked to diabetes. This in turn contributes to eye problems like glaucoma — a disease that damages the optic nerve.

2. Cleanliness Equals Healthy Eyes

Always wash your hands before touching the eyes, especially when you put or remove your contact lenses. Clean hands and fingers will prevent you from exposing your eyes to germs, and hence avoid risking infections or serious eye diseases that can lead to vision problems. You have to exercise caution when it comes to using make-up. Eyeliners, mascara and eye make-up are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Dispose the make-up after every three months and buy only good quality products.

3. Protecting the Eyes

You have to use protective eyewear whenever you play a sport like ice hockey, football or swimming or carry out certain home or DIY activities like gardening, sawing wood or cleaning the chimney. Safety glasses, eye guards and safety shields are designed to provide the correct protection to eyes during the activities mentioned above. The lenses of protective eye wear are made up of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. You can get protective eyewear at any eye care providers as well as some sporting goods stores.

Apart from the protective eye gear, you must use sunglasses every time you step out in the sun to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Buy only those glasses which can block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

4. Give Them a Break

familywalkWe spend most of the day staring at the screens of laptops, computers or smartphones for work or entertainment. This puts a strain on our eyes, which is why you must take regular breaks in between to relax them. Generally, we blink about 15 to 20 times in a minute but this drops by half when we are looking at a digital screen. By not blinking enough, the cornea can dry out and irritate your eyes. Try out the 20/20/20 rule when staring at a screen – Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This allows you to blink naturally and give your eyes some time to relax.

5. Visit the Eye Doctor Regularly

Regular eye checkups help in identifying vision related problems at an early stage, and in maintaining the health of the eyes. Regular eye exams can also detect diseases like glaucoma, which has no symptoms. Early detection makes it easier to cure.

It is equally important to know about your family history and inform about the same to your doctor. This knowledge will help your doctor in predicting whether or not you will suffer from any hereditary eye condition. If you experience any kind of eye problems such as redness or blurry vision, visit the eye doctor immediately.

These are just some basic habits which you can follow in your everyday life. Remember that if you take good care of your eyes, you can protect your vision for a long time.

Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care especially LASIK. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.

How To Get Your Kids To Ditch The iPad And Play Sports

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By Maria Myraine Yap

boyvideogameResearch shows that children with access to electronic devices are more likely to be overweight. A survey by REAL Kids Alberta showed that Grade 5 students with access to one electronic device were 1.47 times more likely to be overweight compared to kids with no devices in the bedroom. The number jumped to 2.57 times for kids with three devices.

If your kids aren’t exactly the athletic type, there is still hope. Love for sports can be taught given the proper encouragement and reinforcement. Sometimes, all it takes is a visit to the park or a cool outfit. For example, you can get your kids excited with custom socks from Strideline or a ticket to watch their favorite team. If they don’t have a favorite team? Take them to see your favorite team, mom & dad! Getting your kids to ditch the iPad for sports isn’t at all that difficult.

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to get your kids away from the computer and into sports.

1. Find A Sport They Enjoy

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that a sport needs to be enjoyable for kids to commit to it. If your child isn’t into the same sports as you are, don’t force it. Find your child an activity he/she truly enjoys. Chances are, they’ll be more excited for it.

2. Get Them Excited With Cool Gear

Every child wants to be the cool kid on the block. What better way to show up than with awesome gear? Great gear isn’t only cool, it boosts performance and reduces risk of injury as well. That’s a win-win in any book! Check out https://www.strideline.com/ for custom socks that will help them stand out from the competition.

3. Help Them Nurture Friendships With Active Kids

twokidsunParents often underestimate the power of peer influence and peer pressure. According to Judith Rich Harris, a leading American psychologist, external influences from friends, pop-culture, and society have a profound effect on a child’s growth and development.

That said, it is absolutely vital to surround your kids with good influences. Take them to little league and encourage them to join the school varsity team so that they can bond and cultivate friendships with other active children.

4. Lead By Example

Children tend to copy what they see. So if you spend your days in front of the TV or computer, expect your kids to do the same. Studies show that active parents make for active kids. Kids whose parents hit the gym at least twice a week grew up to be more active than those whose parents never exercised.

Committing to your child’s health and wellness means cultivating an environment conducive to exercise and recreation. Sometimes, that requires getting of the couch and breaking a sweat. Whether you like it or not, parenthood comes with certain responsibilities, one of which is being a positive role model to your children.

In this day and age of electronics and digital media, encouraging your children to play sports can be difficult. However, with the right environment and an active upbringing, sports can be an integral part of their everyday lives.

5 Ways Regular Exercise Benefits College Students

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By Tess Pajaron

teensThere is an array of ways that exercise is beneficial, and this is especially true when it comes to college students. And while it can be difficult to find time for exercise between classes and homework, it is well-worth the effort. Here are 5 ways regular exercise benefits college students.

Improves Memory

Research has shown that memory begins to decrease in people as young as twenty years old, and this progresses as we age. However, it is well-known that exercise can help improve memory and even prevent memory loss. It is for this reason that college students should fit exercise into their schedule. After all, when you are trying to learn new disciplines you will need to make sure that your memory is functioning at the highest level possible.

Increases Focus

Maintaining focus during class is vital to the learning process and without the proper level of attention grades can slip. Fortunately for college students, exercising regularly will help the brain to stay more focused. In fact, studies have shown that even light exercise, such as a twenty-minute bike ride, can actually help relieve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and similar learning disabilities. This goes a long way in showing how powerful exercise can be in staying focused.

Improves Mood

When you are in college, having the proper mindset is crucial to success and exercising can actually improve one’s mood. There are certain chemicals that are produced by the brain that affect our mood, such as dopamine and serotonin, and exercising helps to promote the release of these chemicals, which leads to an improved mood. And while maintaining high grades is important in college, so is meeting new friends, and there is a greater chance of being sociable when your mood is right.

Relieves Stress

It is no secret that stress can cause us to lose focus on the things that are most important to us, and for college students stress can be especially problematic. Similar to improving mood, exercise will reduce the amount of stress that the brain perceives by releasing natural stress fighting chemicals, which can help ease the mind. If you are attending a university and feel that you are becoming stressed for any reason, consider going for a short jog or a bicycle ride, and you will certainly feel stress levels begin to subside.

Promotes Brain Development

There is perhaps no greater benefit of exercise for college students than its ability to promote brain cell development. Exercise is noted for increasing the number of neurons, or braincells, and this bodes well for those in an environment where higher learning is taking place. Not only does exercise help in brain development, but it also increases the flexibility at which our brains access information. In laboratory tests on mice, this flexibility has been shown to improve the ability of mice in solving mazes and other cognitive tests.

College is often regarded as one of the most important steps in a person’s life, and therefore it is necessary that students are able to function at the highest level possible. To increase the potential of students while in college it is recommended that they exercise regularly. Exercising will help to increase the level of focus within the brain, while at the same time, drastically improving one’s mood. In addition, staying active will lower the amount of stress that the brain perceives and this is vital in limiting external distractions. Furthermore, exercise promotes brain development by allowing for added flexibility and thus improving cognitive processes. If you are a student in college, keep in mind these 5 ways that regular exercise will be beneficial.

– With a background in business administration and management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.

Project ACES

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exerciseProject ACES was a huge success on May 3rd 2017. Millions of children exercised around the globe for a short period of time to promote healthy lifestyle in children. After the event, so many great posts occurred on social media regarding the day. Check it out:

#ProjectACES
#ACESday
#ProjectACESday
#theworldslargestexerciseclass
#theYFC

Thanks to all the schools and organizations who supported Project ACES worldwide. Mark next year’s date on your calendar, May 2, 2018.

And please do not forget, PACES Day is tomorrow. Signup your family to exercise with thousands of other families around the globe.

Video Games, Fruits And Vegetables

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your thoughts below…..

fruitswhiteIn a study of 400 fourth and fifth grade children who were asked to create implementations (action or coping plans) while playing a video game promoting fruit and vegetable intake, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found that children increased meal-specific fruit and vegetable intake. Their report appears today in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

“Few children eat enough servings of fruit and vegetables each day,” said Dr. Karen Cullen, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and the CNRC and first author of the paper. “These foods are part of a healthy diet, and may reduce the risk of some chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. So interventions to help children choose and eat more fruit and vegetables are important.”

The ten-episode video game, Squire’s Quest II: Saving the Kingdom of Fivealot, was designed to both entertain and promote behavior change. The children were divided into four groups based on the type of implementation intention, specific plans, created during goal setting. The four groups were: no implementation intention, action plan (identifying fruit and veggie intake specifics of what, when, where), coping plan (identify common barriers to eating fruits and vegetables and ways to overcome them) and both action and coping plans. Children completed three 24-hour dietary recalls at baseline and after six months.

Parents received a weekly newsletter and a link to a website where they could access information on their child’s weekly goals, suggestions for supporting achievement of goals and ways to overcome common barriers to help their family make healthy food choices.

Researchers found that those children in the action and coping groups reported higher vegetable intake at dinner, and all groups had significant increases in fruit intake at breakfast, lunch and snack time.

“The results suggest that including implementation intentions in the goal-setting process of interventions may help children achieve their goals. Future research should continue to investigate the use of implementation intentions within interventions to improve health behaviors,” said Cullen.

Others who took part in the study include Dr. Debbe I. Thompson, a USDA scientist, and Yan Liu, both with Baylor.

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Pulmonary Embolism

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By Rebecca Kennedy

seniormanRight around the same time as you retire, your chances in getting pulmonary embolism, or PE, increase dramatically. PE occurs when an artery is blocked in the lungs. The most common cause of blockage happens when blood clots in one of the deep veins in the legs and slowly travels up to the lungs where it is blocked by a smaller artery. There are, however, other less common ways to contract the disease such as cancerous tumors and excess fat being released into the bloodstream. Yet, before it gets to the point where PE surgery is required, there are several steps that one can take to inform themselves to combat and prevent this disease entirely.

Symptoms of PE

It is important to be cognizant of the symptoms some PE patients show, although picking up on these take some practice due to their subtleness. Unfortunately, it is possible that someone who has PE shows no signs of the disease. Here are some of the most common:

● Lightheadedness or dizziness
● Sharp chest pain worsening by deep breathing or coughing
● Increased heart rate
● Coughing up blood or a red/pink, foamy mucus
● Clammy or discolored skin
● Swelling of one leg

The Wells Score

The Wells Score is a concept created to determine the likeliness of having PE or not. Although there are several different models of the Wells Score, all of them are going to include these criteria in one way or another:

● Signs and/or symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
● Increased heart rate
● Hemoptysis
● Immobilization for at least three days or a surgery causing bedrest
● PE is the only diagnosis or is one of the most likely
● Previously diagnosed with either PE or DVT

Other questions may include whether or not a patient has had a cancerous tumor or air bubbles caused by a traumatic event or surgery.

The questions are valued on a scale that can be anywhere from -2 points to 3 points. Questions such as an increased heart rate can be 1.5 whereas previously having either PE or DVT can be 3 points. Generally, the outcomes are determined in a three tier model with having less than 2 points means that one is at low risk, 2-6 points one is at moderate risk, and finally more than 6 points meaning that one is at a high risk.

Testing

Depending on the results of the Wells Score come in one should look towards getting further testing done in order to figure a definitive result. Some tests that can be done to determine whether or not one has PE are x-rays, electrocardiogram, and a Venous Doppler study.

Fitness Is In The Joints

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seniorjoggerJust so we’re all clear on the function, purpose, and importance of joints, joints are the points at which your bones meet and hinge much like each axis between the door and its frame, and since ‘joints’ rhymes with ‘points,’ you’ll find that easy to remember. Their purpose is to maintain the connections of all segments of the body while allowing various forms of flexible movement. Most importantly, you need joints in order to run, jump, limbo, twerk, and what-have-you. Much of what you do, therefore, to stay fit or even to capitalize on your fitness requires healthy joints. Many people exercise by jogging, swimming, doing aerobics, doing pushups, or all of the above. No matter what means you choose to exercise and stay fit, bad joints can make it impossible.

One might say that your fitness hinges on the wellness of your joints (see what we did there?). Harvard Health Publications reports that arthritis affects 20% of the American populace, which is quite a sizable chunk—1 in 5. The significance of arthritis, though, isn’t just in how many people are affected but, rather, in how joint pain is as immobilizing as joint stiffness if not more so. You’ll find yourself unable to be active either way, and there are loads of conditions that include joint pain in their myriads of symptoms. Anyone who has experienced these things can tell you that you don’t realize how important your joints are until something hinders your use, and you’ll find that staying active can become next to impossible due to discomfort or stiffness in joints that you’ve never once considered, which is why joint wellness is one of the most critical facets of fitness.

In order to make fitness easier on yourself in the future, it is incumbent upon you that you keep good control of your weight. Being overweight and especially being obese has an incredibly detrimental effect on so-called weight-bearing joints. These are the hips, the back, and especially the knees. Some people need chiropractic attention because of problems they caused by not taking measures to keep their weight within a healthy range. When you lose weight, you decrease the amount of regular pressure on those joints, which preserves their buoyancy and fitness for several more years so that you can keep exercising as you get older.

girljogExercise, of course, will help you regulate your weight, but there are certain types of exercise that physicians believe reduce joint swelling. Aerobics, for example, are low-impact exercises that increase your heart rate without pounding your joints. This is the benefit of cycling and swimming because you give your body a great workout and raise your heart rate plenty without having to pound your knees, hips, or lower back. If you sit in an office for much of the day, this might be especially pertinent to your lifestyle whether you’re overweight or not because prolonged stillness day-in and day-out causes stiffness in your joints, which can manifest as joint pain or lead to swelling.

The idea is most definitely to take care of your joints. Joint problems tend to be the first hindrance to fitness as people get older because they belabor the exercise process. They often do so before one even considers himself or herself old. At Green Oaks Spine & Sport we often address fitness from a chiropractic perspective, which is why we can’t help on point out how imperative it is that you take care of your joints in your fitness endeavors.

– Submitted by Mersad from gospineandsport.com.