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Good News Story: Trevor’s Peace

Trevor was just a regular kid enjoying summer. He was ready to be a teenager and play on the football team with his friends.  That’s when he found out he had brain cancer.  At the height of his pain and suffering, he found peace.  With that peace, hope grew until he and his mom were able to start an organization for kids fighting cancer and even get a law enacted that helps give cancer kids a voice!  Read Trevor’s story!

Take A Walk

Here’s a simple thing you can do to reduce your risk of stroke.

A new study done in Spain has found that taking daily walks may reduce the risk of stroke in women.

The study included 13,000 men and 19,000 women, who were all between the ages of 29 and 69.

The researchers found that walking for at least 3-1/2 hours a week was associated with a lower risk of stroke for women compared with those who didn’t report regularly walking.

Interestingly, no link was found between men’s stroke risk and walking.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is the director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital.  She told CBS News “What women can take away from this is there is something that you can do that is very simple, very easy and not too time consuming to protect your cardiovascular health status, and that is walking.”

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults are recommended to do at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate exercise each week. That could include brisk walking, and muscle strengthening exercises.

By the way, an earlier study found that the pace at which you walk also makes a difference. Those findings, by Harvard researchers, showed that walking at a pace of three miles an hour for at least two hours a week was linked with a lower stroke risk for women.

If you’d like to read more about the study, visit Health Watch and enter “walking and stroke” in the search engine.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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12 Smart Ideas for Breakfast on the Go

Set yourself up for healthy-breakfast success by stocking your shelves with items you can grab and go. Here are 12 ideas.

Does Your Family Get The Flu Shot?

Hey, it’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons!  The flu season is starting earlier and hitting harder than most years. I don’t typically don’t get the flu shot, but this year all of my family did get the flu mist, since we have a newborn in the house….and my wife is a nurse and gets exposed to pretty much everything.  What about you….do you get the flu shot each year? If so….do you get the shot or mist?

Fit Generation: 9 Fun Ways to Sneak Fitness Into Your Day

Fun, everyday ways to sneak fitness in with your kid. Plus, get healthy eating tips, exercise ideas, and more ways to shape up with Parenting’s Fit Generation!

By Shaun Dreisbach
1. Hit the playground!“It’s honestly better — and far more fun — than any gym,” says Stefko. The monkey bars and mini-rock wall build upper-body muscle. Jumping off the climbing structures boosts bone density and leg strength. Heck, even the swings can be a good core workout. It’s like an outside circuit course.
2. Play a game. Kick-ball, tag, jumping rope, wheelbarrow races — they’re classics that absolutely count toward your child’s daily activity requirement. For younger kids, try Move Like an Animal (it’s a huge hit with the children Stefko works with). Call out the name of a critter and challenge your child to mimic the way it moves: hop like a frog, balance on one leg like a flamingo, stretch like a cat, and so on.
3. Speed wash the car. Kill two birds with one sponge: Get that heart rate up and make the family car spotless. See how fast you can get it soaped, scrubbed, and hosed down—and try to best it next time.
4. Check out a class. Take your child to an open gym at the local gymnastics center and let her try out the equipment, or head to the indoor climbing wall or skate park for a lesson. One-offs like this are good because they let your kid try out a bunch of different activities to see what she likes best — without the time and money commitment of full-on, three-days-a-week lessons (which your child may end up hating).
5. Use people power. Ditch the car and walk or bike when you can. Pedal to the pool, playground, or pizza shop, and trek the mile to school on foot.
6. Inspire her. “Bring your kid to a sporting event — a Major League Baseball game or a high school volleyball match — so she can see and be motivated by the athletes,” suggests Stefko. Before or after the game, kick around a ball together, shoot baskets, or play a little backyard volleyball.
7. Wobble hobble. Have your child place a water balloon between his knees and race to the finish line without dropping it. In just 15 minutes, he’ll burn nearly 70 calories. Perfect for summer playdates. Benefits: cardio, coordination, balance, mood booster.
8. Backyard bowling. This is the sneaky-fitness version of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Grab empty plastic bottles from the recycling bin and set them up like bowling pins. Take turns trying to knock them down with a soccer ball or kickball. Benefits: cardio, flexibility, balance, coordination
9. Garden party. Help your child choose some fruits and veggies to grow, plot out the garden, and tend the plants. (Hint: Opt for lower-maintenance items like tomatoes, zucchini, and carrots—kids have been known to forget a watering or two!) This idea is a better-health tri-fecta: Digging and planting is serious activity, it’s something fun the whole fam can get involved in, and you get super-fresh, organic food out of the deal. Don’t have room? Volunteer at a local community garden. Benefits: strength, cardio, flexibility, mood booster.

Is Slightly Overweight Healthier?

Can being slightly overweight lead to a longer life?  A new study on that has created quite a stir among obesity experts.

The research was reported last week, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It suggested that slightly overweight people were less likely to die prematurely than people with a “healthy” weight.

Being underweight or severely obese did cut life expectancy.

According to the BBC, one doctor has called the findings a “pile of rubbish” while another said it was a “horrific message” to put out.

Responding to the report, Professor John Wass at the Royal College of Physicians in Great Britain says “Have you ever seen a 100-year-old human being who is overweight? The answer is you probably haven’t.”

Wass points out that the largest people in society will die prematurely, suffer a variety of health problems and have higher levels of Type 2 diabetes.

He says “Huge pieces of evidence go against this, countless other studies point in the other direction.”

Possible explanations for the study’s results included overweight people being more likely to receive medical treatment, such as medication to control blood pressure, or the extra weight helped them survive being severely ill in hospital.

Also, criticizing the study was Walter Willett, from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He says “This is an even greater pile of rubbish” than a study conducted by the same group in 2005.  So tell us what you REALLY think!

To read the American Heart Association’s recommendations on body weight and diet, just go to heart.org and click “Getting Healthy.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM

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Why A.M. Exercise is Awesome

By Alice OglethorpeSELF magazine

According to researchers at the University College London, it only takes 18 days to make a habit stick. Get #UpNOut for an A.M. sweat session with these five tips.

1. It’s the Fit Girl’s #1 Secret: The enviably in-shape women we polled–athletes, trainers, everyday superwomen with flat abs–break a sweat first thing. No wonder: In the morning, you have max willpower, but as the day wears on, making healthy decisions becomes tougher, says Roy Baumeister, Ph.D., social psychology professor at Florida State University and coauthor of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Resisting online shopping splurges, ignoring an ex’s text–these feats sap resolve, and you may not have much left to drag yourself to the gym at night. 

2.Treats Won’t Be As Tempting: A workout can make you less I-need-that at the sight of food (like those office cupcakes that show up at your weakest moments), say Brigham Young University researchers. And that crap about exercise making you famished? Nothing to it; you won’t eat more after you sweat, their research indicates.

3. You Could be Little Miss Sunshine All Day: The mood high from exercise lasts up to 12 hours, a study from The University of Vermont found. That’s a lot of smiling.

4. BTW, You Might Nab a Promotion: After a sweatfeast, people are better at managing their time at work (aka you’re more likely to switch your Gchat notification to Busy), a study from the University of Bristol in England reports.

5. No More Tossing and Turning: Morning exercisers have less trouble falling asleep than do evening gymgoers, a study published in Sleep shows, and the more A.M. minutes you log, the easier it is to nod off. Better still: Your night’s wide open!

Good News Story: Bionic Ears

What a cool Good News Story today!  A deaf girl fitted with Bionic Ear speaks her first word!  Find out what it was here!

Five Ways to Beat Flu Season

The flu is no fun (as if you needed us to tell you that!). Symptoms range from sniffles and chills to a high fever that keeps you home from work all week, or worse-flu lands 200,000 people in the hospital each year and kills more than 30 thousand in this country alone. Here are 5 ways to beat the flu this season.

Kids Need Recess

Recess is going the way of the dinosaur at many schools, and America’s pediatricians are worried.

According to a story on Time.com, doctors say recess can be as important as class time for helping students perform their best.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy statement on recess, saying it can be a critical time for development and social interaction.

Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician and professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University who is a co-author of the statement. He says “Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges.”

“They tend to be less able to process information the longer they are held to a task. It’s not enough to just switch from math to English. You actually have to take a break.”

The AAP committee that developed the statement discovered that the benefits of recess extend beyond the physical. They found that it affects social, emotional and cognitive development, helps kids practice conflict resolution, and lets them come back to class more ready to learn and less fidgety.

The Time article points out that new policy could be a lifeline for the diminishing role recess plays in the school day. Many districts have trimmed budgets and hours of instruction, squeezing more academic subjects into existing or even fewer school days. Recess often gets sacrificed in the process.

Last year a national survey found that just six states adhere to standards from the National Association for Sports and Physical Education. That group recommends that schoolchildren participate in 150 minutes a week of physical education.

To learn more about the pediatricians’ new recommendations on recess, visit the Academy’s website at aap.org.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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