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Healthy aging starts with healthy living

A healthy lifestyle is something every age group should use.

But according to Heather Freemont, regional director of operations at Maplewood, which has locations throughout Ohio; Dr. Reuben Goebezie, founder of Regen Orthopedics; and Kari White, clinical director at Menorah Park’s home health department in Beachwood, aging adults see great benefits from healthy living.

The three professionals noted various lifestyle changes can work wonders on a boomer’s health.

“Diet and exercise in an aging adult’s overall health are huge,” White said. “The saying goes you are what you eat and that doesn’t change as you age. In fact, it becomes more important as we get older. Exercise not only keeps us active, but it improves one’s mood, helps maintain a healthy weight and keeps the heart strong.”

During Goebezie’s career as an orthopedic surgeon, he’s noticed a pattern in his patients. Those who keep moving and eat well, do the best, he said.

“Whenever I look at someone going through the decades of life, whatever we can do to keep that person moving, that’s great,” he explained. “Diet, how you sleep and how you move are important. Those three categories form the foundation of how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and good health as you age.”

Freemont added, “Recent studies are now finding that exercise is the greatest action you can take to help with the aging of the mind. We have known for years and through many studies that it is proven that exercise helps ward off physical diseases and conditions as well.”

Adults also should track sodium, calorie and sugar intake due to the risk of heart conditions.

“Studies have shown that maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases such as heart disease and diabetes,” Freemont noted. “The healthier the diet, the better fuel the body has to keep the immune system working at full force.”

White added, “So, as you get older, you develop a weakened heart muscle because you’re not doing the exercise to keep it strong or eating the right foods. That could put you into a situation where you can develop a chronic condition like congestive heart failure.”

White also noted many aging adults don’t understand the amount of salt that comes from their favorite foods.

One’s chances of being healthy decreases with age. Goebezie noted many times health problems are unavoidable.

“One of the biggest factors that none of us can do anything about is genetics,” he said. “It’s an important part of your health and your age but you can’t do anything about it. Some of my patients who are the most diligent, they’re still not healthy because their genetics are bad. Sometimes it is out of your control.”

When it comes to getting back in shape, Goebezie said the journey starts with sleep.

“The key is figuring out your body’s natural challenges to sleep and how you’re going to figure out a way to rest,” he explained. “There are different techniques to use for that. But, whatever it is, you need to make sure you’re also actively involved in giving your body rest.”

But the professionals had advice for aging adults struggling with their health.

“The number one thing that can make the most difference is establishing a good relationship with your primary care physician and seeing them regularly,” White suggested. “As you get older, you should be following up with your PCP every six months. Also, take recommendations from your doctor seriously.”

Freemont said, “Make an effort to exercise daily. Utilize your mind daily. Simple things that you enjoy (are) the best way to guarantee you are consistent.”

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Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the latest research Kendra Lund, Program Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association will present 4 areas of lifestyle habits associated with healthy aging, Wednesday, November 29, 10:30 a.m. at Bethany On The Lake Chapel, 1020 Lark Street. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: · Cognitive activity · Physical health and exercise · Diet and nutrition · Social engagement This program is free and open to the public as part of Bethany On The Lake’s Senior Lifestyle Academy. For questions call 320-763-2192.

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Healthy Living: November 6, 2018

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Healthy Living – November 6, 2018

Losing weight before bouts is common practice for many high school wrestlers.

More of them admit to using unhealthy ways to do that.

Weight Management in Wrestling

J.P. Stowe, ATC, CSCS, Program Manager, Certified Athletic Trainer, Northern Light Sports Health

Wrestling is known to be one of the toughest and most physically demanding sports that high school athletes are able to participate in. Weight management is a concern for all athletes, but in particular, wrestlers are categorized into weight classes and must be closely monitored. Losing weight prior to meets and tournaments has become part of the culture, and about 85%-93% of wrestlers admit to using unhealthy methods to lose weight. The thought is that if you weigh less you will wrestle lighter opponents; which is very true, but this mentality is pushing high school aged athletes to malnourish and dehydrate themselves during the most crucial physical development stage of their lives. Wrestlers are athletes, and it is scientifically proven that athletes perform better when they are adequately nourished and well hydrated.
Dangers of cutting weight associated with the sport of wrestling include decreased muscle strength and endurance, decreased cardiovascular function, reduced energy utilization, heat illness, decreased kidney function, electrolyte dysfunction, and mood swings.
To combat this, the Maine Principals Association (MPA) adopted a wrestling committee in 2004 to help wrestlers, coaches, parents, Athletic Trainers and Athletic Administrators understand the importance of weight management and to ensure that healthy weight loss practices are being conducted. The MPA has created a weight management program that helps recognize the minimum weight class that is safe for individual wrestlers.
Wrestlers complete an alpha weigh-in at the beginning of the season to set a benchmark of safe weight loss throughout the season. For alpha weigh-ins, wrestlers must first pass a hydration test (urine specific gravity) and then they get weighed and body calipered to calculate body fat. If an athlete fails the urine specific gravity test, the alpha weigh-in does not continue and must be reattempted after 48 hours. Most medical professions recognize the minimum healthy body fat percentage for the average person to be at 7% for males and 12% for females. Understanding these numbers allows medical professionals to estimate the amount of maximum allowable body fat an athlete may lose per week until the 7% or 12% mark has been reached.
The minimum body weight mark is in place for wrestlers who are striving to wrestle at lower weight classes. This does not mean that wrestlers are encouraged to attain the 7% or 12% body fat. Wrestlers should attempt to compete at a weight class that allows them to adequately nourish themselves and as a result perform at an optimal level.
With the wrestling season on the rise we must all be prepared and be aware of wrestlers who may be dropping weight in unhealthy ways. Teammates, coaches, parents, Athletic Trainers, Athletic Administrators and referees should be looking for signs and symptoms of dehydration, malnourishment, hyperthermia and eating disorders.
Some methods of weight loss wrestlers will use include:
• Increase cardiovascular exertion (Often with multiple layers, heavy and or plastic clothing)
• Spending extended periods of time in saunas or steam rooms
• Purging (using methods such as: laxatives, spitting and vomiting)
• Limiting fluid and calorie intake
• Appetite suppression (thermogenic weight loss pills)
• Nicotine
Weight loss in the sport of wrestling can and should be done in a healthful way. Wrestlers who are attempting to lose weight should let their coaches and Athletic Trainer know what their plan is. Wrestlers should be planning their diet and exercise well ahead of the season. The health and safety of the athlete is the main priority, and alpha weigh-ins should be completed before the season in a healthy ultra-hydrated state. If you are suspicious of a wrestler or any other athlete attempting to lose weight in an unhealthy manor, advise the athlete to seek help.

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Healthy Living: True meaning realized of ‘in sickness and in health’

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Healthy Living by Carl Hendrickson

Christmas 1964.

I was a senior in law school at St. Louis University. She was teaching in the Lindbergh School District.

Over the Christmas holiday, on Dec. 30, we took each other “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.” We were young, in our 20s, and healthy.

The years passed.

I practiced corporate law for 30 years.

Later I served four terms in the Missouri House.

My wife switched careers from teaching to nursing.

We have celebrated our golden anniversary, surrounded by our three sons, our daughters-in-law and six grandchildren, four girls and two boys. But the passage of time has aged both of us. And my health has declined.

Over Labor Day, I developed pneumonia and was hospitalized. I am home now and regaining my health and strength.

My wife, Saralou, has been my caregiver during the period of my illness. She was at the hospital each day during my week’s stay. Now that I am home, she sees to my care.

There is some irony in this. Every fall, our parish has a special anointing for the sick and offers a blessing for caregivers. I have worked with the pastor and the liturgical committee in past years on this anointing service and in preparing the prayer for caregivers. This year, I am anointed, and prayers are offered for my wife, my caregiver.

This is a common occurrence as we age. I know many who are serving as a caregiver. Spouses, like my wife, who do so serve as great role models for young married couples.

These spouse caregivers demonstrate daily what it means to love someone unconditionally, in good times when both are healthy, and also in times of illness.

For those men and women in the Call readership area who offer care to the sick and infirm, I trust that you always have energy and courage, a generous spirit, a warm smile, patience, and a loving sense of humor.

Saralou has all of that, for which I am most grateful.

Editor’s note: Everyone at the Call wishes former Rep. Hendrickson the best in his recovery. See you soon, Carl!

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Healthy Living: Resetting the Brain

We’ve all felt it: life gets out of control, and we get stuck in a cycle of stress, and all the negative symptoms come with it.

Cereset is helping people ‘reset’ their brain’s balance, using only sound feedback.

In Healthy Living, we learn how it’s quick, non-invasive and patients don’t have to rely on medication. 

The Cereset system, including the home headband, costs about $2,000, depending on your location.

Cereset does not need to be FDA approved because it is a relaxation and wellness system.



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England’s public health body hopes app will encourage healthy living


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Rillito Park to host Healthy Living Expo

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Ohio State medical students connect with youth to promote healthy living

Ohio State’s medical college has a program focused on teaching students to address not only individual but community health as well. Students work in neighborhoods to improve the health of a specific, underserved population.

Abdallah Robleh has been trying to exercise more, playing soccer and basketball, and he’s eating fewer Doritos and drinking less soda. 

But getting regular sleep is a bigger challenge: He does great during the week, but he slips on the weekends when he stays up to play video games.

Robleh, 13, is making the changes partly based on what the eighth-grader has learned in the middle-school health-education class taught by Ohio State University medical students as part of a partnership with the Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus.

The program is part of an initiative started at Ohio State’s College of Medicine about five years ago to teach future doctors the value of community-based work.

The Community Health Education project, which is required in the College of Medicine’s curriculum, pairs small groups of OSU students with various agencies, where they work with staff members to define needs, develop and implement programs to address those needs, and then evaluate the programs’ success. It’s all designed to help them learn the value of addressing health disparities by taking on the responsibilities of caring for not just individuals but also communities.

“We are using this as a service-learning approach toward community engagement,” said Dr. Mark Troyer, who directs the program. “We feel that this is a skill set that the medical students need to use later on in their lives to be effective doctors, not just with individuals but with individuals within a population.”

For example, students have created projects to address hepatitis B among the Asian population, evaluate methods used to reach HIV/AIDS patients, reduce smoking in pregnant women and help senior citizens navigate the health-care system.

At Focus Academy, medical students have formed SHINE — Somali Health Initiative for Nutrition Education. They teach lessons each Friday, and the middle schoolers eventually visit the College of Medicine. That trip helps give the youngsters hope that they can go to college, said second-year medical student Mubarik Mohamed of Columbus. (And, he said, on a recent trip, the youngsters saw a heart dissection.)

Nearly all of the roughly 500 students at the K-8 charter school in the Northland area are of Somali descent. Some have parents who can’t read and write in their own language, or speak English, so higher education might seem out of their reach, said Principal Travis Budd.

The medical students, he said, serve as powerful role models.

Seventh-grader Sukeyna Jama remembers lessons on the five senses and bacteria and viruses. The 12-year-old said students once were asked to design a healthy dinner plate on a budget, and another time they played a game with a hula hoop. She also learned a song that she sang to her parents.

Madonna Enwe, a second-year OSU student form Maryland, said SHINE has helped her learn how to make complicated medical topics understandable, and she said it has helped cement her desire to work with young people.

“Being able to teach them and seeing them light up when we teach them a new concept — they’re actually learning something they’re going to apply in their lives,” she said. “This really affirms what I want to do with my life.”

Rana Elgazzar, a second-year OSU student from Tennessee, said medical students know that patient education and preventive medicine are important, but getting to practice those things makes a difference.

“It really allows us to see the value in putting in the time, making sure that we dedicate the time in our future practice to give back to the community,” she said.

The medical school admits about 200 students each year, and Community Health Education can lead to them collectively making a significant difference during their careers, said Dr. K. Craig Kent, dean of the medical school.

“We’ve taught every one of our 200 students each year that they have an obligation in their communities,” he said. “We’ve taught them how to think about the community, and then hopefully, over the next 30-plus years of their careers, they’ll go out and contribute in that way.”

Dr. Daniel Clinchot, the medical college’s vice dean for education, said that he was taught in medical school in the 1980s that patients in certain situations needed to be referred to services, so they might have received a handout or a visit from a social worker. Today’s students, knowing the challenges that patients might face in getting those extra services, are learning to engage with patients in a different way.

Troyer said community-based programming had long been seen as the domain of public health, and bringing it into a medical-school curriculum — integrating lectures on population health with community-service requirements — is unusual.

“This is a skill set,” Troyer added. “We’re not trying to make doctors who are epidemiologists; we’re not trying to make doctors who are social workers. But we’re trying to make better doctors. And better doctors are ones who understand the spectrum of how patients interrelate with their populations and how to help them navigate.”


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Healthy Living House Call: Diabetes

Dr. Richard Pratley, a medical director of the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute, answered all your questions about diabetes.

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HEALTHY LIVING: Local trails in Meriden, Wallingford have plenty to offer – Meriden Record

With decorations at the forefront of many stores and troves of eager shoppers starting to flood local retail establishments, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the impending holiday season.

Getting outside to one of central Connecticut’s many natural wonders for some outdoor fun makes for a great way to ease the mind, and the body, during this busy time of year.

One of my personal favorite spots is Giuffrida Park in Meriden. As a child I would frequently hike the scenic reservoir with my sisters and my father. This past Saturday was no different.

As my dad and I made our way around the park, we took note of the burnt orange foliage and the many geological changes the park has undergone since we first started hiking it in the early 2000s.

The water was high, and steadily spilling over the dam. With wind speeds around 20 mph, the ripples in the cyan-colored reservoir painted a picturesque version of the quintessential New England landscape as the golden leafed trees swayed atop the Chauncey Peak trail.

Giuffrida offers hikers many different trails with varying difficulty levels – the peak trail, the park loop, and the Bradley Hubbard Reservoir loop. Nearby Higby Mountain in Middlefield offers a more challenging selection of trails for novice and seasoned hikers alike. It’s about four miles to the mountain’s peak with breathtaking aerial views of central Connecticut. At 828 feet above sea-level, and visibility spanning all the way to Long Island Sound, it’s no wonder why this clearly marked blue-blazed hiking trail is an area favorite.

Giuffrida Park and Higby Mountain are integral parts of the overarching Mattabesset trail. They are also both a part of the Blue Trail System, which is maintained by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. The CFPA offers an interactive map of all the state’s blue-blazed trails that allows you to plan your hike remotely. There are 825 miles worth of these trails open year-round, with plenty of options to choose from, ranging from short footpaths, perfect for young children, to challenging rocky running trails.

The Quinnipiac Linear Trail in Wallingford is a great option for walking, biking, and rollerblading. This paved path begins at Community Lake and was recently expanded to downtown Yalesville. The trail is home to one of Connecticut’s oldest Red Oak trees and is frequently enjoyed by Wallingford residents.

Trails that extend through Meriden and Cheshire are also local havens for runners, rollerbladers, and bikers alike.

I’m always equipped with a pair of rollerblades in my trunk for when the holiday overwhelm sets in and I need to ground myself in the giant trees and soothing streams along the Quinnipiac trail. Expect to have some close encounters with nature as you make your way along these scenic routes, as they are home to deer, salamanders, wild turkey and geese. 

Kristen Dearborn is a Wallingford resident,  NASM certified personal trainer and author of the blog dearfitkris –

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