Maintaining those New Year's resolutions

One month almost down and eleven more to go. Is keeping that New Year’s resolution harder than you thought? If your resolution entailed improving your general health by exercising and you already feel you are on the downhill stretch, follow these easy uplifting tips.

Seven strategies for staying strong and healthy in 2017

The past year went by fast. It was a year filled with much activity as a nation and for all of us as individuals. Heartland Rehabilitation Services has been writing an article monthly in Healthy Living News for over 10 years. Again, where has the time gone? The articles focus on therapy-, wellness-, and health-related topics. All of us at Heartland Rehabilitation Services, Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy thank you for the opportunity to share valued information.

Four ways to improve brain health

Aging is a part of life. As we grow older, often our mind slows down, we can become forgetful, and it can be harder to multi-task. This natural part of aging has been referred to as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is a condition in which people have more memory or other thinking problems than is normal for their age, but their symptoms do not interfere with their daily lives. MCI has been described as a transition period between normal aging and dementia. Some older people with MCI can be at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease but not all are.

Eating Well | Going nuts for coconut oil

In my early days as a dietitian, it was one of my “duties” to teach a Heart Healthy Eating class to patients who had undergone open heart surgery. The class contained info based on the current science of the day (the late 80s), which recommended low-fat, low-cholesterol foods. Saturated fat was especially frowned upon, so we essentially made peanuts, tropical palm oil, and coconut oil into four-letter words. Trans-fat was not even part of the conversation back then.

Sleep Is essential

Getting enough sleep is just as important as getting enough exercise, eating the right foods, and drinking enough water. Sleep affects how children feel and act. By ensuring that your child gets the recommended amount of sleep, you can improve his or her health, emotional well-being, and safety. Sleep is our body’s way of recharging.

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