Start Planning Now for Long-Term Care

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seniorcoupleexercisesmallIt’s important to plan now for long-term care that may be needed later in life. Types of long-term care include private-duty care at home, adult day care centers, assisted living, and nursing homes.

Most people in the United States will need at least three years of long-term nursing or other care after age 65. But less than half of people in their 40s and beyond are saving for it or even talking about it, reports the May 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

By not planning, people risk two problems. One is losing control over the care they’ll receive. “Many people push it off to their families,” says Dr. David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “But family members may make decisions that are very different from the ones the individual would make.”

The other problem is that people may not have money to pay for long-term care if they don’t plan for it. That lack of funding often forces loved ones to provide care. Families are actually the biggest providers of long-term care in the country. But when a person’s need for care exceeds what a family can provide, care often falls to an institutional setting. “If the finances aren’t in place to pay for that, the risk is ending up in a low-quality setting,” says Dr. Grabowski.

Several types of long-term care are available. Some allow people to live at home, being cared for by a family member or by certified aides. There’s also adult day care. Options outside the home include assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Paying for long-term care is limited to a few options, including private pay (full price from one’s own pocket), long-term care insurance, Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits. Obtaining some of these benefits can be complicated and time-consuming.

Read the full-length article: “The dollars and sense of long-term care”

Also in the May 2015 Harvard Health Letter:

* Pill-free ways to lower blood pressure

* Simple tips to sit less and move more

* The latest concerns about diet sodas

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Aging And Chronic Pain: How To Start Fighting Back Early

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By Dr. Joseph Christiano

seniorexerciseFor most people, just the thought of aging can cause them to cringe. But throw in the topic of ‘chronic pain’ with ‘aging’ and you have an instant nightmare. So, why does aging and chronic pain cause us to cringe? You may say, isn’t it obvious?

Perhaps when we see our parents and/or grandparents walking bent over, using canes or walkers and making ‘old people’ sounds, we get glimpses of the obvious. But are we all doomed from the get-go or is there hope for a positive pain-free life ahead of you and me?

Curses and Blessings

In all reality the truth is, there is an epidemic of people living or better yet, suffering from chronic pain. When we understand that there are over 116,000,000 people in America alone who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis it can easily cause a doom and gloom mental attitude regarding aging. Ask any person born between 1946 and 1964 about aging and chronic pain and you will hear many similar responses.

Chronic pain can start from an inherited genetic disorder or from a physical trauma i.e. an auto accident, sports injury or an acute painful condition from our childhood that never went away. There is no denying these painful realities but we can make decisions today that can transcend a painful life into a healthy and pain-free life for tomorrow.

Once the decision is made to be open-minded and willing to incorporate new and efficacious daily practices into our lives, we can begin to minimize and even reverse our current level of pain or chronic pain. By elevating our overall physiology through various simple steps, we can change the direction our bodies are heading so to minimize or eliminate chronic pain.

Simple Steps

From my book, “Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain,” I outline eight steps for a healthier and pain-free life. Keep in mind, much of my information comes from my own personal journey struggling with chronic pain for over 30 years. And when combined with the research and discoveries that most people are unaware of, it is not all that difficult to put an end to chronic pain.

When one develops a strong and resilient body, he or she can prevent the possible conditions that a weakened body experiences i.e. slow recovery from a trauma, a fall, sickness or disease, a weakened immune system that induces autoimmune conditions like Rheumatic Arthritis, etc.

HealthIf one would alter the foods they ingest daily and start making food selections based on their blood type, they would immediately lose excess body fat, go through a natural detox, and build a powerful pH balance in their cells. Making food selections for one’s blood type enhances energy levels, lowers cholesterol level, detoxifies the body to improve pH level or homeostasis, reach their ideal weight for life, etc.

By doing a colon detox, the body is able to rid itself of parasites and impact fecal matter that is cause numerous poor health issues. Many times, arthritic-like pain or joint pain comes from a colon that is constipated and putrefied. To complete nutritional demands, I strongly recommend that one supplements their diet with nutritional supplementations. Through advanced nutrition, we now have the ability to target specific areas i.e. glands and organs of the body with adult stem cell activators. So, one can reverse the damaged and or malfunctioning organ like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal, heart, pituitary, and more.

Aside from physical changes, when someone in pain switches their negative attitude to a positive one, they’re able to accomplish more from a neuromuscular perspective. Having a good mental attitude and being willing to change what is done on a daily basis, will help make great long-term, healthy changes.

The bottom line to dealing with chronic pain and aging is to start making healthy lifestyle changes, now. Moving you will have developed a healthy baseline that will support your life and help sustain a strong healthy and resilient body for whatever the future has to throw at you.

– Dr. Joseph Christiano ND, CNC, doctor of naturopathy and certified nutritional counselor, has spent more than 40 years leading an accomplished career in the field of health and wellness. He is president of Body Redesigning, has trained Miss America, Miss USA and Mrs. America pageant winners, and is a former Mr. Florida winner and an award-winner in the Mr. America bodybuilding championships. As the author of several books, including the best seller Bloodtypes, Body Types, and You, and his newest book, Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain Christiano has been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Women’s Health and Fitness, Central Florida, Iron Man, Pageantry, New Man and more, promoting the importance of living a healthy and pain-free life.

How To Start A Healthy, Happy Restaurant In Your Neighborhood

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By Sarah Smith

saladsStarting a restaurant can be quite exciting. Not only does it give you the opportunity to make a very nice living, but it can be very rewarding. While you are purchasing restaurant equipment, you may want to think about ways you can use your restaurant to give back to the community. There are a number of ways that restaurateurs can promote a healthy neighborhood. Below are some tips that will help:

Give Out Free Samples Of Healthy Food

A nutritious, well-balanced diet is one of the cornerstones of a healthy life. One of the ways you can promote healthy habits in your community is by offering delicious food choices to your customers. People these days are busy, and they often do not have the time to prepare meals at home. Nutritious meals that are already prepared makes it a lot easier for busy people to stay healthy.

People love free samples. If you give out free samples of healthy food, then you will be able to attract many customers. This will not only help improve the health of people in your community, but it will also help you grow your business.

Encourage Physical Activity

Physical activity is another thing that is essential for living a healthy life. Most people are well-aware of the benefits of regular exercise, but the majority of the population does not get enough exercise. In fact, researchers estimate that eight out of 10 adults do not get enough exercise. Only 24 percent of boys and 11 percent of girls get the physical activity you need.

There are several ways you can encourage physical activity in your community. For example, you can encourage people in your community to form walking clubs. You can also donate some of the profits from your restaurant to organizations that build parks. Additionally, you can hand out pamphlets at your restaurant that discuss the importance of physical activity and simple ways people can get more activity into their day.

Discourage Smoking

Smoking is one of the most damaging health habits people can have. It is also one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. That is why you should have a no-smoking policy in your restaurant. You should also discourage people from smoking.

Host A Health Fair

You may want to host a health fair. People can get screened for common illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, at a health fair. They can also get free samples of health products.

Because your restaurant is a part of the community, you can do a lot to help keep the community healthy. Giving out free samples of healthy foods, encouraging exercise and discouraging smoking are some of the ways you can keep the community healthy. You may also want to host a health fair.

To learn more about healthy hospitality businesses, check out Silver Chef, a business that helps people to launch their hospitality businesses.

Start The New Year Off With Your Next Bold Move – Part 2

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By Wendy Capland

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

womanpushupPrepare for the Game

Preparing for the game is the 4th step in making your next bold move. Preparing for the game means taking great care of your body, mind and spirit. Like an Olympic athlete, preparing yourself to play the game physically, emotionally and spiritually are critical to the results you will create. A body overstressed and overworked won’t be likely to create anything except for burnout and chaos! Physically, it is important to honor your body and provide it with the fuel to keep you moving. Preparing your mind for the game consists of learning and growth with regards to your passion. Knowledge is power and provides confidence for your journey. Preparing your spirit involves anything that brings you peace: meditation, a good book, a walk in the woods, etc.

Get Clear About What You Want

Next, you need to get clear about what you want. Learning to listen deeply and trust your inner guidance is paramount in getting crystal clear about what your true desires are. Bringing those desires to fruition is made possible by harnessing a balanced approach to masculine and feminine energy. Ask your analytical mind if it likes the idea (masculine) and then ask your heart if it feels right (feminine).

Surround Yourself with Extreme Support

Step 6 is to surround yourself with those people you want close to you through this process. Make a list of your biggest personal and professional supporters and designate someone who might be a good coach/mentor for you to move you through your next bold move. Women are often better at supporting others than allowing others to support us. Get used to asking for support and surrounding yourself with cheerleaders versus with all the people that need care and tending for a change.

Gather in Purposeful Community

Along with extreme supporters, you will also need to gather a purposeful community- collecting a group of like-minded people who will be there to encourage you and share with you the same focus, passion or vision. These people could be essential to moving you forward and supporting you in a way that personal supporters cannot.

Generate some S.T.E.A.M.

Now comes the fun part; it’s time to generate some STEAM! STEAM is an acronym for an active process that will propel you forward and turn your vision into a reality- Step into action, Tweak what’s not working, Execute and experiment, Act again, and Measure your results each step along the way.

Dance and Weave

The final step to achieving your next bold move is to dance through the steps easily and weave your masculine and feminine energy together so that your journey is fun and fulfilling.

The most important concept I want you walk away with is that you can achieve absolutely ANY goal you set for yourself. You simply need to acknowledge your power, get clear about what your intuition wants you to accomplish, and make it happen! There is nothing else standing in your way, and you have nothing to lose. It’s okay to be afraid and unsure of how it will all play out. If your heart is calling for it and your head thinks it’s a pretty good idea too, then you really have no choice but to take action. And, if your goal changes somewhere along the way, that’s okay too! Simply starting out on this journey could lead you to opportunities that were beyond your wildest dreams. So ladies, start the New Year off with Your Next Bold Move and watch your life fall magnificently into place!

Wendy Capland is an award winning executive and one of the top women leaders in the field of transformational leadership development. For more than 20 years, Wendy Capland has helped organizations and individuals, Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs alike, build leadership skills through Executive Coaching, Leadership Training, and Team Facilitation. She is the author of Your Next Bold Move for Women: 9 Proven Steps to Everything You Ever Wanted.

Start The New Year Off With Your Next Bold Move – Part 1

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By Wendy Capland

mansmileYou feel it, don’t you? The yearning to achieve something that seems so much bigger than you are. The desire to answer your soul’s call for purpose and fulfillment. Can you feel it coming? It’s the bold move that will undoubtedly change your life in the best ways possible. We’ve all experienced the sensation of standing at the edge of something big….VERY BIG! The first step is recognizing that you are enough and that because you are enough, you have all the power you need to manifest and express your full potential.

But how do you figure out what it is you truly want? My journey began when I woke up one day feeling dissatisfied and unsure of what I wanted and what my life was supposed to be. On the outside, I had it all; a supportive husband, loving children, and a successful business under my belt. Everything was fine, but suddenly fine wasn’t good enough anymore, and I couldn’t figure out why. All I knew is that something inside shifted, and I was craving more. And so my search began, in quiet reflection, in talking with my coach, and in long talks with my girlfriends over a cup of tea. I started to really listen to the things coming out of my mouth. I would hear myself say something and think “Hmmm…this is actually really important to me” or “Wow, why is my self talk so negative?” These slow-trickling realizations helped me realize that the woman I wanted to be, the things I wanted to accomplish, and the life I wanted to live have been here all along waiting for me to wake up and do something about it. The real changes began happening when I started using my gifts and talents in new ways, loving myself and believing that I was good enough. Suddenly, the path I was walking was much brighter and I couldn’t help but feel like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Had I found the secret to true, fulfilling and purposeful success? What I discovered is that the key to this success, was letting my heart and soul guide me instead of using the “logical-ness “of my mind and learning how to become a better version of myself instead of trying to be more like everyone else. I created nine straight forward steps to encourage and guide women, like you and I, to step confidently into our next bold move, whether it be on a professional or personal playing field.

Check Your Inner State

First and foremost, check your inner state. You need to be able to recognize what is calling you forward before you can listen to it and determine the appropriate action. Ask your heart to finish the following sentences:

“I feel _____ about my life right now.” (Happy, satisfied, out of sorts, confused, etc.)

“The area of my life that I want to be different is______.”

Try journaling about the experience that is causing your dissatisfaction. Awaken the voice inside you that is trying to get out. The more attention you give to trying to hear this voice, the louder it will speak to you.

Give Yourself a Time-Out

Next, give yourself a time-out! It is critically important to allow your heart and your mind a quiet opportunity to speak to each other. One of the greatest gifts you can offer yourself is a few moments of guilt-free peace. Our brains sort through our greatest life challenges when we are at rest or play, so give your mind a vacation; it will serve you up tremendous information and inspiration to take action on.

Listen UP to Your Intuition

Once your inner voice is awake and you have allowed yourself a quiet moment to hear her, it’s time to listen. What idea keeps floating around in your mind? Is there something that you feel in your gut over and over again? This is your intuition trying to tell you something. Recognizing the interference of your intuition takes practice. Test and evaluate the results of your intuition without fear of right and wrong. Just listen and see what happens. After awhile, you will start to trust what your voice is telling you.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Wendy Capland is an award winning executive and one of the top women leaders in the field of transformational leadership development. For more than 20 years, Wendy Capland has helped organizations and individuals, Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs alike, build leadership skills through Executive Coaching, Leadership Training, and Team Facilitation. She is the author of Your Next Bold Move for Women: 9 Proven Steps to Everything You Ever Wanted.

10% Of Children Are Already Obese By The Time They Start Primary School

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boycookieFrom Your Health Journal…..What an interesting article in the Daily Mail written by Anna Hodgekiss entitled 10% of children are already obese by the time they start primary school. This web site is always discussing the topic of childhood obesity, ways to combat it, facts/figures, and expert quotes. Now, it the UK, a report is stating one in 10 children are obese when they start school, and in 2011/12, 9.5 per cent of children in reception class – aged just four and five – were classed as clinically obese. Not only has obesity increased with children in the UK over the last 10 years, but 65 percent of men and 58 percent of women are overweight or obese. These are some alarming stats and change is needed. So many of us fall into the ‘technology’ trap of the modern day lifestyle. People love their technology, but it is also causing us to become sedentary – which is a major contributor to obesity. Obesity related illness like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and weak joint are all on the rise – in adults and children. Please take the time to visit the Daily Mail web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was very interesting and well written.”

From the article…..

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying figures suggest.

In 2011/12, 9.5 per cent of children in reception class – aged just four and five – were classed as clinically obese, according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

And a fifth of pupils in their final year of primary school – aged 10 and 11 – were excessively overweight.

The figures show that Britain’s obesity epidemic has got progressively worse over the last two decades – and it’s even worse when it comes to adults.

Some 65 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women are overweight or obese.

The figures show there has been a ‘marked increase’ in the proportion of adults who are classed as obese.

In 1993, only 13 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women fell into this category. By 2011, this has soared to 24 and 26 per cent respectively.

There has also been a stark rise in obesity-related hospital admissions, the figures suggest.

In 2011/12, 11,740 people were admitted to hospitals in England with a primary diagnosis of obesity – triple the number recorded five years earlier.

Women were three times more likely to be admitted than men, with the highest overall admission rate in the north of England.

The number of people having weight loss surgery has also soared. In 2011/12, 8,790 people underwent a procedure to help them lose weight – such as stomach stapling or a gastric bypass – more than four times the number recorded in 2006/07.

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Alarmingly, over one in 10 children are now classed as obese when they start school.

‘We know that obese children are more likely to become obese adults, but education is the way to break this cycle.

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When Does Heart Disease Begin?

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healthyheartFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting article recently in the Morinville News written by Gladys Kublik who discusses when does heart disease begin? Heart disease starts when the blood vessel walls begin to show streaks of fat. These accumulate over time narrowing the arteries with plaques until blood flow to the heart is restricted. Studies show that these days that is occurring at a younger age than ever before. And, with childhood obesity on the rise, so many children show risk factors for heart disease. It is so important for young children and adults to eat a healthy diet, which includes fruits and vegetables, as well as participating in some form of physical activity each day. Some of the nutrients essential in maintaining a healthy heart are B vitamins such as Niacin or B3 which lowers cholesterol, folic acid and B6 and B12, which help keep your nerves and red blood cells healthy and strong. Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods are also a great contributor to heart health. Please visit and support Ms. Kublik’s article by visiting the Morinville News web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is very informative and could help explain some important health news to you.”

From the article…..

We are familiar with the vocabulary of heart disease –the words heart attack, angina, triple or quadruple bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stents are heard more and more frequently when discussing the health of family, friends, neighbours or co-workers. We are all advised to keep our blood pressure down and our cholesterol under control, to choose heart healthy meals in the restaurant and limit our salt intake. In spite of all this, according to Statistics Canada, heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada.

Chest pains, shortness of breath, nausea or discomfort in the upper body, neck, jaw, or arms are signs of heart attack and for many the first indication that they have heart disease. These signs are in fact the end product of many previous years of heart disease, which has gone undetected or ignored. So when does heart disease begin?

Heart disease begins when the blood vessel walls begin to show streaks of fat. These accumulate steadily over time narrowing the arteries with plaques until blood flow to the heart is restricted. Studies show that these days that is occurring at a younger age than ever before.

So how can we protect our hearts? By minimizing the risk factors of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes we reduce stress on our circulatory system. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and adequate exercise play a major role in prevention of heart disease and maintenance of general good health.

According to Becky Hand, Registered Licensed Dietician, some of the nutrients essential in the maintenance of a healthy heart are B vitamins such as Niacin or Vitamin B3 which lowers cholesterol, folic acid and Vitamin B6 and B12 which help keep your nerves and red blood cells healthy and strong. They are also involved in the metabolism (and reduction) of homocysteine, an amino acid that, when elevated, is linked to heart disease, blood clots, heart attack and strokes.

Calcium helps to reduce the systolic blood pressure in people with hypertension and also lowers LDL cholesterol by 4.4% and raise HDL levels by 4.1%. A heart-healthy goal for calcium intake is to consume at least 1,000-1,200 milligrams daily.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oil can improve heart health due to their anti-inflammatory action. Research indicates that fish oil can: reduce triglycerides by up to 20-50%; modestly lower blood pressure by expanding blood vessels. A dose of 1 to 4 grams daily (with 240 milligrams of DHA and 360 milligrams of EPA per gram) is fairly typical.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Fitness And Nutrition Business

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From Your Health Journal…..”Business To Community is a great web site to read some informative articles. Please visit their site. Today’s article review is called 5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Fitness And Nutrition Business, by Josh Weiss-Roessler. The article starts by discussing how the recession is slowly improving, but many people are out of jobs, and the author suggests that the possibility of opening a health club may not be a bad idea for a new business, as the obesity crisis is an epidemic, and many people may be looking for a place to begin a new, healthier lifestyle. Need to know how terrible the obesity epidemic in the US has gotten? Since 1970, obesity rates have more than doubled for adults and children. A study done just this year shows that two-thirds of American adults are overweight, and over a third are clinically obese. But that’s not even the worst of it. Many experts are predicting that by the year 2030, the obesity rate in the U.S. will be over 50 percent. Please visit the B2C web site to read this interesting article.”

From the article…..

The Great Recession seems to finally be turning around – albeit slowly – but many people are still having trouble finding jobs, and other have realized that the security they once thought working for a corporation brought them is an illusion. Because of this, more and more people are looking to start their own businesses and build something for themselves. But what if you’re just not sure what kind of business you’d be qualified for, or which ones have the best chance at succeeding?

One industry that a lot of people don’t give a lot of thought to is fitness and nutrition – but they should, because success stories happen all the time in this industry. Since its birth in the mid-90s, Zumba has spread to 110 countries and 90,000 locations. The Fresh Diet, a healthy meal delivery service created in 2006, has quickly grown to become the “largest U.S. food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category,” according to their website. Why? Read on and see.

We’re fat, and getting fatter. Want to know how bad the obesity epidemic in America has gotten? Since 1970, obesity rates have more than doubled for not just adults, but children, too. A study done just this year shows that two-thirds of American adults are overweight, and over a third are clinically obese. But that’s not even the worst of it. Many experts are predicting that by the year 2030, the obesity rate in the U.S. will be over 50 percent. That’s a lot of people out there that you can really help make a difference within their lifestyle by helping them lose weight and get in shape so that they refer you to friends and get you even more customers.

It’s a big tent. Fitness and nutrition encompasses a lot of different possible businesses and career choices, many of which require completely different skills. You can be…

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