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Six ways to reduce stress

Written by Kayla Tollison on 7/23/2014 6:00:00 AM

Relieving stress can be easy if you know how

As a society constantly on-the-go, multitasking has been normalized. Many of us are attached to work through our phones even when we're at home or on vacation. With the pressure of work and constant rush many Americans live in a state of stress.

Sadly, for some, business paired with stress have become a point of pride. “Oh you have to work 40 hours this week? I have to work 40 hours at both of my jobs this week,” is an example of this behavior.

So, how do we overcome the stress that is seemingly becoming a bragging right for some? Here are a few ways you can reduce your stress levels:
  1. Make time for yourself. Put your phone down and spend quality time with your family, relaxing, or doing something you enjoy to do when you are away from work. continue reading ...

Food highlight: Eggplant

Written by Jennifer Moehling on 7/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

Eggplants contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are good for your healthEggplant contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Research on eggplant has focused on a certain nutrient found in eggplant skin called nasunin. 

Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in the brain cell membranes. The antioxidants in eggplant protect blood cholesterol, prevent cellular damage that can promote cancer; and lessen free radical damage in joints, which is a primary factor in rheumatoid arthritis. 

So, eat up!

Tags: antioxidants , eggplant , nasunin | Posted in: Nutrition

6 ways to stay active as a family

Written by Jennifer Moehling on 7/18/2014 7:00:00 AM

A game of backyard baseball is a great way to get active in the summer

Now that summer is full effect, many people are making the transition to outdoor activities. A lot of people find it much easier to stay active throughout the summer, so here are some ideas on how to have fun as a family:

Bike rides.
This is a fun way to get the whole family outside, even if you have a younger one on a bike attachment. Strap on your helmets and head out on a ride around the neighborhood.

Game night.
Instead of the traditional board game night, mix it up and play tag outside. You can also play a variety of sports like baseball or football to get the whole family involved.

Family competitions.
If your family is anything like mine, we are all very competitive. By having a competition like who can get the most steps in a day, it will keep the family active while adding in a little extra motivation.

Hiking or walking.
If you live in an area where there is someplace good to hike or walk, take a relaxing walk with your family. It allows everyone to unwind, while getting added health benefits. A great place to start off would be your local park, or even just around your neighborhood!

Growing up, the pool was a must for me throughout the summer. Kids usually stay active enough at the pool to not even realize they are exercising, and mom and dad can swim some laps of their own!

Participating in a race.
There are so many fun themed races now, that it would be a blast to participate in one with your family, no matter the distance. Training for the race will be a great way to keep your family active and working towards a common goal.

Of course there are many other ways that you can keep your family active together this summer, but these ideas can get you started!

Garden your way to good health

Written by Kayla Tollison on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

Picking strawberries can burn calories

Have you ever had a garden before?

Gardening is a great way to release stress, promote fresh foods, and even get in some exercise!

By planting fresh fruits and vegetables, you are more inclined to find ways to use them. Studies show that people who plant gardens eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. And you’ll save money on produce by growing them yourself!

Your garden can be as big or small as you want, and for some, it may easy to garden with a friend and share what you grow. If you have kids, this would also be a great way to get them active by helping you and for you to begin teaching them how valuable fresh foods are.

If gardening isn’t in the cards for you, try supporting your local farmers market and purchase fresh produce while also supporting your community.

Binford Farmers Market
Community Health Network is a proud sponsor of Binford Farmers Market which provides a connection to over 100 vendors. The market is open every Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Lawrence North High School.

Summer safety preparedness

Written by Kayla Tollison on 7/14/2014 6:30:00 AM

Practice proper water safety in the summer to avoid unwanted injury

Summer is in full swing, and with more time outside comes a greater injury risk. More broken bones, sunburns, tick bites, scrapes, and bruises tend to occur during the summer months.

Staying safe is an important part of health, so follow these simple rules to increase your family’s safety this summer: continue reading ...

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