If You Want Better Sleep…

A new study concludes that people who get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week sleep significantly better and feel more alert throughout the day.   Read the full article here   Source: The National Sleep Foundation

Recap: Food Preservation Workshops

This year we got to hold two Food Preservation workshops at our office. The first workshop focused on pressure canning while the second focused on water-bath canning.   First Workshop: Pressure Canning Our first workshop was taught by Dr. Connie Shepard from Comal County. The workshop started off with a power point presentation over canning basics and how to can food safely.     Our family and Consumer Sciences agent, Sonia Coyle helped participants cook up the canning liquid that gets placed in the jars to preserve the carrots. After the… Read More →

Staying Away from Fad Diets

With all the focus on weight in our society, it isn’t surprising that millions of people fall prey to fad diets and bogus weight-loss products. Conflicting claims, testimonials and hype by so-called “experts” can confuse even the most informed consumers. The bottom line is simple: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. No super foods will alter your genetic code. No products will miraculously melt fat while you watch TV or… Read More →

Can Exercise Help Joint Pain?

“Joint pain can rob you of life’s simple pleasures — you may no longer look forward to walking your dog, gardening, or chasing a tennis ball across the court. Even the basics of getting through your day, like getting into the car or carrying laundry to the basement, can become sharp reminders of your limitations. But the right exercises performed properly can be a long-lasting way to subdue ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain. Although it might seem that exercise would aggravate aching joints, this is simply not… Read More →

Three Keys to Healthy Grocery Shopping

“With the New Year a few months behind us now, hectic schedules and daily distractions have gotten in the way of our most well intended resolutions. If you are still looking to work on being healthier this year, eating healthier is a good option that may be easier than it seems. As Hippocrates (the “father” of modern medicine) once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food.” We are realizing more and more how much our daily behaviors and our food choices impact our health… Read More →

Mediterranean Diet May Ease Chronic Pain of Obesity

New research suggests that people who struggle with obesity may find relief from a Mediterranean diet. A Mediterranean diet consists of fish, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Read the full article here: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_164033.html

24 Tips for Healthy Aging

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We all want to age well. Who hasn’t read about people in their 90s who are still vibrant and healthy? You may think they we’re just blessed with great genes, and yes, genes are important—as is luck. But so are many lifestyle factors. How you eat, exercise, and safeguard your physical and emotional health are keys to longevity. Clink the link below to discover 24 tips to help increase your chances of living a long, healthy life.   View Full Article: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/lists/24-tips-for-healthy-aging/slideid_3336

3 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Cinnamon

By: Amanda Schroeder Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices in the world. For thousands of years, it has been a staple, not only in our diets, but also in traditional medicine. Did you know that the Egyptians used cinnamon in their embalming process? And the Romans regularly used it as a digestive aid and a remedy to respiratory issues. It was so popular, in fact, that Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gama actually began their famous explorations, in part, to find and cultivate more cinnamon!1 So, what… Read More →

Healthy Eating During Winter Gatherings for People with Diabetes

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Winter is a season of holiday celebrations, football playoffs, and other occasions when family and friends get together over meals and snacks. For people with type 2 diabetes, it can be a challenge to stick to a meal plan. Mouth-watering options such as honey-baked ham, buttery mashed potatoes, and sweetened yams are popular for festive dinners, while chicken wings, cheesy nachos, and chips are among the favorites at football play-offs and other gatherings. However, you don’t have to… Read More →

New Guidelines Urge Diabetics to Move More: They should do light physical activity every 30 minutes, not every 90 minutes

Source:  U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus People with diabetes need to move more often than previously advised, new guidelines say. To improve blood sugar management, people with diabetes should do three or more minutes of light activity every 30 minutes during prolonged periods of sitting, such as working on a computer or watching TV. This is especially true for those with type 2 diabetes, according to the latest recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). These light activities include: overhead arm stretches, walking in place, leg lifts… Read More →