The Well

Monthly information and suggestions to promote a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of wellbeing.

Spring

05-01-2017The Well

Spring is here so let's get outside! Time spent in nature reduces stress, improves our health and fosters our spirits. When we take the time to sit in nature, we connect with a high power-our God!

People do not spend time alone, on purpose, any longer. Perhaps we never did, because we’re social animals by nature, meant to be in community. And yet, as nearly every religious tradition knows and teaches, there is much to be gained from intentional solitude, with no other agenda than to spend time alone with God and oneself, searching with heart for both. Type A personalities often feel that spending twenty-four hours alone doing “nothing” is a waste of time, but if we think about it, we are really wasting time with God.  If Christ went off by himself to pray.

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Is your family prepared for an emergency?

04-01-2017The Well

Tornado. Flood. Acts of Violence. Fire.  It seems like we are being affected by disasters of some kind more than ever before.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges citizens to follow key steps to prepare for future emergencies.

  1. Get a kit. Start building your own disaster supply kit.  Include basic items such as food and water, medications, first aid supplies, pet food, and important papers.  Keep your kit in a safe location in your home and update it every now and then.
  2. Make a plan. Families and workplaces should get involved in efforts to prepare a plan of action in the case of different emergencies.  Where will you take shelter?  How will you make sure everyone who needs to be there is out of harm’s way?  How will you contact each other?
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Eating Meals as a Family: Fun and Good For You!

03-01-2017The Well

Sitting down for family meals seems harder to do these days when everyone is running in different directions. But a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found young adults who ate just one or two family meals a week as kids were 45 perfect less likely to be overweight as compared to those who had never eaten with their families.

Some of the thinking behind this is that when we eat as a family we eat more slowly and intentionally. Parents may be more careful about the kinds of foods they serve. Portion sizes or how much we actually consume tends to be less. But eating together can also promote connection and a sense of love and belonging which helps reduce the impact of stress on the body. We know that stress can stimulate the production of hormones that can affect our metabolism, or our ability to burn fat. Caring, supportive interaction with other people is one of the most powerful ways to help our bodies release.

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Top 7 ways to improve your heart health in the New Year

02-01-2017The Well

February has been titled “Heart Month” by the American Heart Association. The recent deaths of Florence Henderson and George Michael from (suspected) heart failure, Alan Thicke of an aortic rupture and Carrie Fisher from a heart attack, are reminders of how important our heart health is. While our hearts are not meant to last forever, and some heart conditions are out of our control, there are steps you can take to help your heart last longer, so you can live longer.

Here are 7 ways to improve your heart health:

  1. Build more activity into your daily life. You don’t have to go to the gym to get exercise; instead, change your habits to incorporate activity throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, ride your bicycle or walk to the store, mow your yard or shovel your driveway and play with your children or grandchildren. You may find using a pedometer or a Fitbit will keep you on track towards the goal of 10,000 steps daily. In addition, include some weight bearing exercises, like push-ups and squats, to maintain or build muscle, which decreases with age.
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When to Use a Walk-In Clinic

01-01-2017The Well

It's cold and flu season! Sniffles all around. Coughs galore!

It's rare, in this modern, fast-paced world, to have the kind of time it takes to get to a Dr.'s office. Many of us are shuttling kids to their after school activities. Even our weekends are filled with activities, from sports events to family get-togethers, work and school events.

Yet, when our little ones have a sore throat or cough, or you feel a bladder infection coming on, you figure out how to get medical treatment.

When you need a work physical or your kid needs a physical for sports, you take care of it.

But it's still hard to make the time – unless you're squeezing in a visit at a local Walk-In Clinic. When all you have is a lunch hour or a stop-off on your evening commute, Walk-In Clinics are an easy choice.

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