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Jumping for Heart Health

To Mary Amsbury, a physical education teacher with Comstock Public Schools, February means one thing: time to jump rope. Jumping rope is a staple of the Kids Heart Challenge, a nationwide effort by the American Heart Association to teach children about the importance of their heart health and to raise money for children with special hearts. The week-long event looks different at every… 

Cook a Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Instead of flowers and chocolates, why not make a heart-healthy meal for your significant other or family? The following recipes should give you some inspiration. This three-course meal is tasty, easy to make and is good for you too. Here are some details about each course and you can find the recipes below! First Course:… 

Using a Plant-Based Diet to Improve Heart Health

There are many reasons to consider shifting to a plant-based diet. A big one is heart health. Even people who have eaten poorly much of their life can dramatically reduce heart disease risks by shifting to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Even without becoming a vegetarian or vegan, shifting eating habits to include more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and other plant… 

Fitness Trends for 2021

When the pandemic hit, gyms closed and — just like toilet paper — fitness equipment became scarce online and in stores. As COVID-19 disrupted people’s fitness routines of working out at gyms or in groups, there has been more of a focus on home-based exercise equipment. There are many options for interactive home workout equipment. Many companies put out their… 

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, become an advocate to help protect the women you love

Every year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is almost always preventable and when diagnosed early, it is nearly 100 percent curable. January is the perfect time to talk to the women in your life about getting screened, but the conversation shouldn’t end there. Learn more about cervical cancer awareness and become an advocate because protecting the… 

Resolutions for a New Year Amid COVID-19

One side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupted routines. As offices emptied, schools closed and gyms were shuttered to slow the spread of the virus, work-life balance fell to the wayside and levels of anxiety and stress climbed. Research shows a link between work-life balance and health, reporting high job demands can increase the risk of illness by 35%.… 

Managing Holiday Stress with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and being present in all our actions. Like meditation, mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety, while increasing feelings of calm and relaxation. This wellness technique can make a difference during the holidays when dealing with stressful situations heightened by COVID-19, financial worries, grief, loneliness and unrealistic expectations. Taking a mindful approach…