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Healthy living tips from a centenarian |

SOUTH JORDAN — One in 26 baby boomers are now expected to live into their 100s, but will that life be a happy and healthy one?

From his Sagewood at Daybreak home, Claudio dos Santos said, “Sometimes I think this is a blessing or a curse,” referring to his long life of 102 years.

The native Brazilian said one of his secrets is exercise. “Right now I do exercise before I get out of bed for the legs,” Santos said.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003, he said he got tired going to the doctor every month and took matters into his own hands. He said he beat the disease by educating himself, seeking out information and adding nuts, berries and seeds to his diet.

“I think if you take good care of yourself you will get somewhere,” said Santos.

Santos uses his cellphone daily to make calls and text.

He taught himself how to use a computer, and he’s even on Facebook.

“Technology is the same as walking. If you stop you are not walking, somebody is coming right behind you so you need to keep abreast with what’s going on in the world,” said Santos.

Exercise, eating, studying and technology help a 102-year-old South Jordan man live a happy, healthy life. (Photo: KSL TV)

He Skypes with his cousin in Sao Paulo, Brazil, every night, watching programs and going on Google map adventures.

“The computer is something that can make you young because you have the world in your hands,” said Santos.

And to keep his mind sharp, his friend recently taught him how to play chess.

“It’s good for the brain,” said Santos, and boosting that brain power is good for the body.

While his wife was alive he made his own breakfast, one banana and one orange. He said he also stays away from junk food.



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Football superstar David Beckham in Singapore: On healthy living and more

As part of the AIA Healthy Living Tour, AIA global ambassador David Beckham was in Singapore today during the AIA Vitality Healthy Cookout Showdown to share his passion for wellness and healthy living.

A former professional footballer known for his work with Manchester United, the England national team, LA Galaxy, and more, Beckham is a strong and avid believer in the value of health and wellness, and that everyone has a role to play in taking charge of their health.

In a media interaction session with Human Resources, find out what he has to say about maintaining a healthy lifestyle – working out, eating well, and balancing work commitments with family time.

David Beckham’s in town for AIA event


I’m obviously very excited to be back here in Singapore – I love spending time here, so I never need an excuse to come back. Being an ambassador to AIA allows me to be able to spend more time here, so I’m very happy about that.

With AIA, what we are doing is helping to change people’s lives for the better – to help people to live healthier, better lives, be active, do the small things because they are the things that really count at times. I think it is the important part of healthy living.


I think that’s the difficult part. When we all have jobs and we all have busy lives and some people have children, your main focus has to be your job and your children. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find time to workout, to keep fit, to eat healthy – because especially when you travel, you have to really work hard at finding a way to eat healthy and eat well.

I think the small things are the things that really make a difference. Such as, instead of driving to work, walk to work; instead of driving to lunch, walk to lunch. It’s sometimes the small things that really make a difference.

Even with the kids – walking them to school or when we spend time over the weekends, we’re riding bikes. Sometimes, it’s really those small things that matter.


I have four children and I’m very lucky to be able to spend most of my time at home. One of the main things that I am able to do is to take my kids to school most mornings whereas most parents might not have the opportunity – at times, I don’t too, because I travel for work.

My day when I’m at home is to wake up at a quarter to seven, wake the children up, make them breakfast, get them ready for school, and take them to school. Then I workout and grab some breakfast – at times that is anything that the kids have left over. I’ll then go to the office, do some work, and I’m ready to pick my children up again.

Most of my day is centred around the children, because when I do travel, it’s very difficult to be away from them, so when I am at home, I’m there with them.


There isn’t really one. When you’re a professional athlete, you’re so regimented in what you do, how you workout and what you eat. When you finish, it’s a different thing. You have to find something that you love doing, something that keeps your mind interested.

I love to cycle – I do a lot of indoor cycling; I do boxing from time to time – I don’t like to get hit of course so I try to avoid that. But I like to box, I like to cycle, and from time to time I like to run.


There’s nothing I really dislike about working out. I’ve never really done a lot of weights, it’s something that is good from time to time, but for myself, it doesn’t suit my body type. It’s something I’ve never done even when I was playing.

But I don’t dislike it. I like to workout in general so there’s nothing I really dislike.


I think they are both just as important. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming like going to the gym and things like that. It can just be going for a walk or going for a bike ride. Diet is also important.

It’s important to eat healthy in the morning, afternoon, evening, and even during snack time – it’s always important to eat the right things.

We don’t always eat the right things, and that’s ok. It’s actually ok to have those moments where you eat those things you shouldn’t. But healthy eating is something that is very important in, especially when you get older and live your lives.


Not that much really. It has changed slightly because when I was playing, every time we travel somewhere, we had to eat the same thing. We couldn’t have a glass of wine from time to time, because that kind of thing was frowned upon.

Since I’ve stopped playing, I’m able to have a glass of wine on a Friday night or Saturday, when I’ve never done that before. Things have changed slightly, but I’ve always tried to eat the right things and drink the right things.

That’s the way I’ve always lived my life so nothing has really changed in that sense.


The kids do love to eat salad – believe it or not, that’s true. Even Harper who is 7 loves salad. Cruz in particular, loves iceberg lettuce with balsamic vinegar – of course, healthy balsamic vinegar. It’s something that the kids love and we’re very lucky with.

The one thing that I would say isn’t too healthy is pasta. They love spaghetti bolognese – it’s something they love every time I make it.


I’m definitely looking forward to the cookout. I’m looking forward to find different ways of making traditional delicacies in a healthier way.

We found out in Hong Kong with the mooncakes, we found out about the healthy meatballs in Korea yesterday and now we’re going to find out about how to make traditional Singaporean dishes healthily (think Chili Crab, Roti Jala, Nasi Lemak, Laksa, and Hokkien Noodles).

To all my fans in Singapore, I just want to say thank you for all your support. It’s amazing to still visit the places I’ve been to when I played with the teams that I have been with and still get the same welcome. It’s why I keep coming back and it’s why I keep coming back to places in Asia. Singapore is one of my favourites so I’m glad that I keep coming back.

Earlier this month, AIA Group Limited, formally launched its partnership with David Beckham through a major new campaign in the Asia-Pacific region, “What’s Your Why?”, that reflects the commitment of both parties to helping people live longer, healthier, better lives.

As part of the launch, David Beckham will be undertaking the AIA Healthy Living Tour during the week of 18 September, visiting Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.

In March 2017, AIA entered a multi-year agreement for David Beckham to become the Company’s Global Ambassador. In this newly created role Beckham will be present at a number of AIA’s most important community and business activities to personify and demonstrate the benefits and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This article was first published in HumanResources

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10 Tips to Start Living Your Best Life

So often we put off being happy until we have everything we want: money, a great job, a loving relationship, etc. But here’s the rub: mood follows action.

When we start doing the things that make us feel better, happiness arrives without us even thinking about it. It won’t always be easy (obviously), but it’ll totally be worth it.

Plus—and this is the really cool part—the things we thought were hard and didn’t enjoy that much to begin with, become the habits we enjoy the most.

It’s all about making the connection between the new habit you’ve adopted and the ‘feeling great’ feelings that result from it. When happiness is no longer conditional, magic happens.

Where to Start?

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If you try to implement all 10 of these tips into your life right away, you’ll be back on the couch binging on Netflix and Oreos before the day is out.

Whichever analogy you prefer, eating an elephant and walking a thousand miles both use the same premise: start small and focus on the now. One step at a time, one mouthful at a time, one new habit at a time.

Pick just one of the tips below—they’re in no particular order, so just choose one that appeals to you—and map out a game plan for how you’ll approach it.

Figure out your ‘why.’ Knowing your ‘why‘ will help you stay the course even when you’re having a rough day or week.

When will you begin? Deciding on a start date gives your mind time to come to grips with the challenge that lies ahead.

By when will you achieve your goal? Not all of the tips require a finish date, but for the ones that do it’s important to know what that is. It’s how you’ll hold yourself accountable and stay on track.

1. Declutter Your Home and Office

When your home and office environments are cluttered, it can be really difficult to get anything done. Decluttering reduces stress and makes you more productive. By creating space in your physical world, you’re also clearing a bunch of mental cache for the things that really matter: relationships, art, service or whatever.

Blogs like Becoming Minimalist, Real Simple and The Spruce have plenty of helpful tips on how to get started. Remember though, once you’ve decluttered it’s just as important to stay on top of things and not revert back to your old ways.

“Any half-awake materialist well knows—that which you hold holds you.” —Tom Robbins

2. Declutter Your Habits

Decluttering doesn’t just extend to your physical stuff, you can downsize any area of your life that needs it. Take a moment to assess your habits. What are you doing that isn’ serving you? Are you watching too much TV, spending too much time on social media?

Adopting new habits and letting go of old ones does take work, but the payoff is huge. Take the time to figure out what your fundamentals are, and then make a point of incorporating them into your daily life.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” —Annie Dillard

3. Become an Essentialist

Greg Mckeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, says we spend too much time on busy work and not nearly enough time on the things that matter. Stop saying “yes” for the wrong reasons and learn to say “no“ for the right ones.

“Sometimes, we need to say no so that we have more time to say yes.” —Suzette Hinton

4. Create a Budget

When last did you take a long, hard look at your spending habits? A lot of times we think we’re doing a good job of managing our money, but it’s only when we begin paying close attention that we realize how much room there is for fiscal improvement.

Whether your goal is to get out of debt, retire early or simply save for a rainy day, a budget is a non-negotiable part of the plan. It needn’t be a prison sentence however, you can live richly on a budget.

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” —Dave Ramsey

5. Follow the Blue Zones Diet

Eat like the world’s longest-lived people and you’ll not only feel much better, you’ll save money, too. Their philosophy is simple: eat a variety of mainly plant-based foods. While diets vary from region to region, people living in the Blue Zones share a common approach to eating.

These folks eat almost no meat, avoid sugar and consume dairy in small quantities. They focus on whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains and steer clear of processed foods and take-out.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” —Albert Einstein

6. Move Your Body

There are many benefits to exercise, but you don’t have to go to gym to enjoy them. The key is simply to move your body. Our longevity experts in the Blue Zones favor gardening, but you could find your own ways to keep active, such as yoga, dancing, stretching or focusing on functional fitness. It’s really up to you, just make sure you break a sweat.

“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.” —Rakul Preet Singh

7. Walk More, Drive Less

We’ve become so habituated to driving that it often doesn’t even occur to us that we could walk somewhere. Plus, we’re lazy. It’s easier to drive, so why wouldn’t we hop in the car to go to the store?

The problem is, the more you drive, the harder walking becomes. Suddenly even a mile seems too far to contemplate. Walking is better for your health (obvs), but it’s also better for the environment and your bank account.

Heading out on foot is less stressful too, because you don’t have to deal with traffic and it gives you the an opportunity to meet people. If your car is your go-to form of transport, why not challenge yourself to walk more?

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” —Thomas Jefferson

8. Hang out with People Who Make You Feel Good

We’ve all been around people who leave us feeling drained, uninspired or less than. On the flip side, we’ve all known someone whose positive nature leaves us feeling similarly upbeat about life.

Happiness is an inside job, but it’s also true that surrounding yourself with happy people will make you happy too. This is yet another aspect of life that the the world’s longest-lived people have mastered. They make a point of spending time with their ‘tribe’ on a regular basis. These strong social networks have had a positive impact on their health behaviors.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” —Jim Rohn

9. Stop Watching the News

Given the rate at which bad news is replayed, it’s little wonder that watching an event on TV can be even more stressful than witnessing it firsthand. If you’re stressed or suffer from poor sleep, then a news fast is the best thing you’ll do all year.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that we need to watch the news, but that’s not true. News of important events will reach you regardless of whether you watch TV or read the newspaper. Quit the news and you’ll notice that you feel better almost immediately.

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.” —Colin Powell

10. Meditate

Most people use meditation as a way to calm the mind, but it’s a powerful tool for self-healing as well. Learning how to meditate isn’t nearly as difficult as you might imagine and the benefits far outweigh the perceived effort.

The science behind meditation is solid: it reduces stress, increases your sense of wellbeing, improves focus and memory and makes you more creative. Spend time each morning focusing on your breath and these are just some of the benefits you can expect.

“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger, and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

There are, of course, many other things you could do to live your best life, such as journalling, practicing gratitude and being of service. Ultimately, it boils down to this: either you make life happen or it happens to you.

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Healthy Living: Metastatic Breast Cancer, dying for a cure | Q13 FOX …

Each year, it’s estimated 40,000 people in the U.S. die from metastatic breast cancer. That’s when cancer spreads from the breast to other parts of the body. There is no cure and the median survival rate for a person diagnosed with metastatic disease is just two to three years.
In 2001, Lynda Weatherby was diagnosed with breast cancer. In good health and with no family history of the disease, the wife and mother of two was shocked, but thought since she caught it early she was in the clear. Twelve years later, Lynda learned the cancer had returned, and this time it had spread to her brain.

Marni Hughes sat down with Lynda to talk about metastatic disease and the key to giving time and hope to the thousands of people like her who are dying for a cure.

Seattle is host to the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference, happening Sept. 22-23rd.  This years theme is “Living Well.  Living Longer.  Driving Change”.

Sessions on Friday are open to all breast cancer patients and will cover all kinds of information on how to heal from and possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back.  Saturday sessions are for the Metastatic/Stage IV patient and will cover the latest treatment advances, research trials, and national issues affecting Metastatic Breast Cancer patients.

Lynda says breast cancer and MBC can be very isolating for the patient and this is a great way to connect with others who understand what you are going through.

The conference will be live-streaming both days if you would like to watch from home.



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Healthy Living: Making Imaging Safer

For people who have multiple health conditions, fixing one can sometimes lead to problems with the other.

Now there is a new technology called Dyevert, which precisely controls and measures the amount of dye used in heart catheterizations and other procedures requiring imaging.

In Healthy Living we learn how, for some patients, the dye itself can be toxic if the kidneys can’t flush it out of the system.

Dyevert PLUSs, made by Osprey Medical, received FDA clearance earlier this year.

The system is now being used at hospitals across the country.



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Brennan students kick off healthy living initiative

ATTLEBORO — Water is the wave of the future at Brennan Middle School where students are taking on a challenge to drink more of it and less of sugary drinks, such as soda.

The “Choose H2O” initiative encourages young people to reduce their intake of empty calories by drinking water instead of unhealthy beverages as often as possible to reduce the rate of obesity and diabetes.

Sponsored by the school department and the Attleboro Area Healthy Living Consortium, the initiative is in response to a survey that found 32 percent of middle school students in Attleboro are overweight or obese.

The program will soon expand to Wamsutta and Coelho middle schools in Attleboro and Norton Middle School. Through fundraising, the consortium was able to purchase water bottles for all the students and will install fill-up stations that fill the bottles with water in seven seconds. The drive was started Tuesday with assemblies of students throughout the day at Brennan.

The students heard from former New England Patriots lineman Ed Ellis.

He told the students that when his family doctor told him his son was on a path toward diabetes, he decided his family had to start eating and drinking healthy.

Sweet, icy drinks sold at convenience stores and other sugary beverages were immediately removed from the diet. Ellis, who was a substitute teacher in Attleboro after his playing career ended in 1999, said that to be a good example to his son, he reduced his own weight from 345 pounds to 285. The students also saw a video about healthy foods and drinks and how sugar affects the body and produces fat.

One of the members of the consortium, Michael Fournier, told the students it is important to start eating and drinking healthy as well as exercising at an early age.

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Stress: An obstacle to healthy living

Fast food, fast cars, fast everything….we live life on a very fast lane; stress being a by-product of burning so much energy.

We excessively have a need for speed but a high propensity to crash. In our never-ending foray for survival, a lot of us place more priority on making money than leading a healthy life.

Stress is a major debacle to enjoying the NIGERIAN DREAM!

Stress can be a motivator. It can be essential to survival. The “fight-or-flight” mechanism can tell us when and how to respond to danger.

However, if this mechanism is triggered too easily, or when there are too many stressors at one time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful.

A wide range of studies have shown that the stress caused by things like: untreated depression, social isolation, long-term unemployment, anxiety attacks… can speed-up the aging process by shortening the length of each DNA strand.

When it comes to aging, we’ve all heard that worrying will give you wrinkles, but is the science there to back up the idea that stress accelerates aging?

Although more research is still needed on the exact mechanisms by which psychological stress contributes to biological aging, what we do know is that stress can be a contributor to premature aging.

According to Dr. Vivian Diller, PhD, “It’s very possible that if you have a life filled with constant stress, little by little the body will begin to breakdown”.

When we are going through stress, it creates that fight-or-flight reaction in an unrelenting way, and as a result, stress chemicals are released into the body. What we know so far is that the release of those stress chemicals creates biological changes.

One thing people do not know is that stress doesn’t immediately makes you old just like the speed of lightening, instead, it begins to weaken vital body organs like the heart, liver, kidney and so on, causing series of diseases to affect the vital organ which begins to affect the physical structure of one’s body.

In this part of the world where making ends meet is the essence of living, a lot of people engage themselves in strenuous business activities which in turn damages their body system and leaving them at the mercies of the doctors to either rescue them or contain the ailment or sickness.

A 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE, found that work-related exhaustion can have a harmful effect on critical DNA in the cells.

Researchers measured the length of DNA sections called telomeres, and found that individuals with the most job stress had the shortest telomeres — and when telomeres become too short, the cells can die or become damaged.

Those who did not experience work exhaustion had longer telomeres. Telomere shortening has been linked to Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, the study notes.

“We know that the telomeres [wear down] over time, but possibly anxiety and stress may expedite that, says Diller. “That is the closest we’ve gotten to understanding the relationship between stress and how our body may age faster.”

There are a lot of symptoms that can help one to know when he or she has been stressed, the symptoms include: Headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset, sleep problems, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, feeling overwhelmed, irritability or anger, sadness and so much more.

We all want to live life to its fullest, why go overboard? It is advised that in order to live a productive and fulfilling life, there is a need to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Every organization has a “leave” policy; here, workers take time off to relax and attend to sundry domestic affairs.

The essence of taking a leave is to relax and recuperate. However, a lot of people would collect the leave allowance rather than embark on the leave period.

So why endanger yourself when there is more to life than the challenges you face. To live healthy and stay fit, try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, attend functions – birthdays, love feast, comedy shows etc.

Finally, as the truism goes – “health is wealth”. Therefore, our true worth does not lie in the amount of mazuma we have in the four corners of a bank, but in how healthy we are.

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Healthy Living: September 19, 2017

In April, it was announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lucentis® for the monthly treatment of all forms of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. The most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 and affects nearly 7.7 million people in the US. With this approval, Lucentis becomes the first and only FDA-approved medicine to treat diabetic retinopathy in people who have been diagnosed either with or without diabetic macular edema (DME), a complication of diabetic retinopathy that causes swelling in the back of the eye.
Diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the US. The longer a person has diabetes, especially if it is poorly controlled, the higher the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the retina become damaged. This can cause vision loss or distortion when the abnormal vessels leak blood or fluid into the eye.
About Lucentis
Lucentis is a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor designed to bind to and inhibit VEGF-A, a protein that is believed to play a critical role in the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and the hyperpermeability (leakiness) of the vessels.
Lucentis is FDA-approved for the treatment of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular edema after retinal vein occlusion (RVO), diabetic macular edema (DME), diabetic retinopathy and myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV).
Outside the US, Lucentis is approved in more than 110 countries to treat patients with wet AMD, for the treatment of DME, and due to macular edema secondary to both branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and visual impairment due to choroidal neovascularization (CNV).

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Lucentis Important Safety Information
Patients should not use Lucentis if they have an infection in or around the eye or are allergic to Lucentis or any of its ingredients. Lucentis is a prescription medication given by injection into the eye and it has side effects. Some Lucentis patients have had detached retinas and serious infections inside the eye. If the eye becomes red, sensitive to light, or painful, or if there is a change in vision, patients should call or visit an eye doctor right away.
Some patients have had increased eye pressure before and within one hour of an injection.
Serious side effects include inflammation inside the eye and, rarely, problems related to the injection procedure such as cataracts. These side effects can make vision worse.

The most common eye-related side effects are increased redness in the white of the eye, eye pain, small specks in vision and increased eye pressure. The most common non-eye-related side effects are nose and throat infections, headache, lung/airway infections, and nausea.

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Sewall Healthy Living Center – Coronado Eagle & Journal

Thena Smith, a member who works out at the Healthy Living Center twice a week with personal trainer Cynthia Mendolia.



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