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Archive for July, 2013

Senior Women’s Basketball Team Shares Secrets to Healthy Aging

July 31, 2013

“Be active. Eat well. Love.”

That is the sound advice that Arlene Mayer, 82, of the New Mexico senior women’s basketball team, gives for aging gracefully. The feisty ladies of the New Mexico Cruisin’ Big Dogs came to Cleveland, OH this week to compete in the 2013 National Senior Games. We caught up with them to learn how they stay active and healthy and also why preventive health screenings are important to them.

The New Mexico Cruisin’ Big Dogs are Katherine Dolce, 89, Claire Hanson, 81, Barbara Loveless, 80, Arlene Mayer, 82, Ina Stewart, 81, and Mickey Sutton, 80. They share a competitive spirit and a love for basketball. Together, they’ve played basketball competitively for 15 years.

Meet the women of the New Mexico Cruising’ Big Dogs, who are all over 80 years old!

 

Stay Active to Stay Healthy

We initially thought they had found the fountain of youth in New Mexico, but there was a common, more realistic theme among the Big Dogs’ thoughts on their impressive physical shape: keep moving and eat healthy. Arlene and Ina stressed that the best way to stay active is to stay connected with other people and to do things with them that you find fun. Mickey added that walking is a great way to maintain your strength as you get older.

Watch the video below to get the secrets to aging straight from the Big Dogs:

 

Life Line Screening’s Preventive Health Screenings Help

Four of the six ladies have been screened by Life Line Screening. Katherine, who goes by “Kay,” has been screened three times since her first health screening, which showed some blockage in her carotid artery. Kay shares her results with her doctor and gets screened every year to find out if the blockage has worsened or not.

“I was glad I was able to catch it in time to do something about it,” Kay explained.

“We read about [Life Line Screening] and thought, well, we haven’t had those things checked. They don’t check those things at the doctor’s office, so we decided to get them all checked,” Mickey pointed out. “We were both as healthy as we thought we were. But you don’t always know,” she added. Her teammates agreed.

Their observations align with a problematic gap in our healthcare system regarding prevention in healthcare. If you are asymptomatic, meaning you are not sick yet and feel well, but have risk factors (such as age and family history), tests are often not covered by insurance and can be very costly. The ladies are happy to have tests from Life Line Screening available to them so they can take a proactive approach to their health.

In the video below, the Cruisin’ Big Dogs discuss the importance of health screenings:

The New Mexico Cruisin’ Big Dogs wrapped up the 2013 National Senior Games with 4 wins and 1 loss, earning them a silver medal in the games. While they don’t keep track of their overall record, they are confident they’ve had more wins than losses. But, most importantly, the ladies are making memories and having fun with great friends while staying active – a major win for their overall health.

For more photos of the Cruisin’ Big Dogs please visit our Facebook page.




Do You Make These Weekend Health Mistakes?

July 30, 2013

Ah, the weekend: two days filled with far more enjoyable activities than the workweek. While most of us look forward to the weekend when we can relax, take some time for ourselves, and get more sleep, we may not be using it in the smartest, healthiest way.

Having a healthy lifestyle means turning changes into habits, and that means continuing them on the weekends. If you’re making these weekend health mistakes, you could be doing your body and mind more harm than good.


Sleeping In Too Late

It’s good to catch up on some much-needed sleep if you didn’t get enough during the week, but make sure you don’t sway too far from your typical sleep schedule. Sleeping in late on the weekends can make it harder to fall asleep come Sunday night. It can also be harder to wake up early on Monday morning. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule as much as possible.


Overeating

It’s not uncommon for weekends to be filled with eating out, having family get-togethers, and treating yourself to some of your favorite foods. This is completely fine – in moderation. Avoid overeating on the weekends when you know it will be easier to indulge. Maintain moderate portion sizes and don’t make excuses.


Running Errands and Doing Chores

Having a long list of to-do’s on the weekend won’t leave you feeling rested and charged for the next workweek. Instead, it’ll leave you feeling drained and stressed. Split up your errands and chores throughout the week so you can free up some of your weekend. That way your days off can be spent doing more enjoyable, relaxing activities that can help you feel refreshed.


Stressing Out on Sunday

Are you guilty of feeling anxiety or dread on Sunday evenings when you realize another long workweek is almost here? Many of us are. Having the “Sunday Blues” can make it especially difficult to fully enjoy your weekend – after all, Sunday is half of it. Instead of sitting around dreading the end of the weekend, stay active and surround yourself with family and friends to distract from these anxiety-inducing thoughts.

Your health is made up of physical, mental and emotional aspects. You can’t live a healthy lifestyle if the activities you do on the weekend diminish any of these areas. Make sure you’re not committing the above mistakes so you can have the best health possible all week long.


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Your Weekly Inspiration: Chance Vs. Change

July 29, 2013

Your life is in your control. You, above all people, have the power to keep yourself healthy. If the state of your health isn’t what you wish it would be, sitting back and waiting for it to change is the wrong move. Taking charge and making an effort to improve your health, however, can produce results you want to see.

At the end of the day, your health doesn’t rely on chance. It relies on the smart changes you make. While change is often difficult, it’s also often worth it. Here are a few small changes you can make to improve your health and your life:

  1. Eat more produce.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast.
  3. Cut down the sodium.
  4. Eat more fish.
  5. Get outside.
  6. Volunteer.
  7. Switch from regular-crust pizza to thin-crust pizza.
  8. Reduce your caffeine consumption.
  9. Exercise when you’re feeling stressed.
  10. Get more sleep.

life gets better by change not chance




How to Never Get Sunburn Again

July 26, 2013

It’s the heart of summer, which also means it’s the time of year when the sun’s rays are the most intense. According to the UV Index developed by the National Weather Service, July is the month with the highest monthly average UV radiation intensity across the United States. Now more than ever, your skin is at risk for dangerous sunburn. (Note: after five or more sunburns, a person’s risk of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – doubles).

If you want to make sure your risk of melanoma doesn’t increase and you never have to deal with red, painful, peeling, or even blistering skin ever again, follow the below tips:

1. Avoid the strongest rays.

The strength of the sun’s rays reaches its daily peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you can, stay out of the sun between these times. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you lather up with plenty of sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses or stay under an umbrella.

2. Don’t settle for the minimum.

Just because you’re wearing sunscreen doesn’t mean you’re protected. To ensure your skin is safe, make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 or higher. Also, be sure to choose a water resistant sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum coverage. This means it will shield against both UVA and UVB rays. Lastly, apply at least one ounce of sunscreen to your full body and a tablespoon to your face.

3. Don’t wait to apply sunscreen.

To fully protect your skin and get the most out of your sunscreen, apply it before you go out in the sun. Prevention Magazine says that it takes about 15 minutes for your skin to fully absorb the sunscreen.

4. Reapply often.

Think you can apply sunscreen once and be covered for the rest of the day? Not necessarily. The minute your skin is exposed to the sun, the UVA-blocking ingredients in the sunscreen start to break down. It’s recommended that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours you while in the sun.

5. Eat more tomatoes.

Tomatoes are packed full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin against sun damage. Put more tomatoes into your diet to give your skin that extra protection it deserves.

6. Stay hydrated.

The sun’s strong rays can not only make you sweat, they can dry up your skin. Drink lots of water or other fluids to keep your body hydrated. Even better – try fruits loaded with water, like watermelon. This juicy fruit contains 9 ounces of water in one large wedge!

You have the power to protect your skin from going through yet another painful sunburn this summer. Those of us at Life Line Screening urge you to take action this year so your risk of melanoma (and other skin cancers) doesn’t increase.




Heart-Healthy Recipe: Tomato-Watermelon Salad

July 23, 2013

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has many health benefits, including protecting the heart and blood vessels. Higher levels of lycopene have been shown to protect against heart attack as well as general cardiovascular disease development.

This recipe for Tomato-Watermelon Salad is packed full of lycopene, because both tomatoes and watermelons contain the antioxidant. In fact, watermelon contains the highest concentration of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable.

Watermelon is also loaded with vitamin A, which maintains eye health, vitamin C, which strengthens the body’s immune system, heals wounds, prevents cell damage and promotes healthy teeth and gums, and vitamin B6, which helps with brain function and converting protein into energy. Other healthy nutrients in watermelon include amino acids and arginine, which both help maintain the arteries, blood flow and cardiovascular function.

Tomatoes not only contain high amounts of lycopene, they’re also packed full of vitamins and nutrients that help ward off cancer, prevent DNA damage, lower inflammation and protect against thrombosis. High levels of vitamin C, A, B6, niacin, folate, and fiber help to promote these health benefits.

Another bonus? There are just 22 calories in one medium tomato, and 44 calories in one cup of watermelon. What’s not to love? Check out this delicious recipe for tomato-watermelon salad from My Recipes – it’s not only heart-healthy, it’s perfect for summertime.

 

Ingredients

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings

  • 5 cups (3/4-inch) seeded watermelon cubes
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Romaine lettuce leaves (optional)
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

 

Preparation

1. Combine watermelon and tomatoes in a large bowl; sprinkle with sugar and salt, tossing to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.

2. Stir in onion, vinegar, and oil. Cover and chill 2 hours. Serve chilled with lettuce leaves, if desired. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper to taste.




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