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Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide


Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

by Amy Lignor


Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a revolution. Mobile devices are being used and will remain at the top of “must have” lists for all ages technology, cellphone, health, Mobile devices, stress, teens, bacteria, eye strain, posture, car accidents, nomophobiafor the rest of time. By giving the world immediate access to help, navigation systems for their cars, the ‘best’ lists when it comes to everything from where to dine out to where to shop for the latest dog dish, the cellphone has become all powerful. Heck, there is literally an app for just about everything you can think of on this planet now. Add in the music and entertainment industries and the cellphone hits on all cylinders. However, even though we are in a world where we all know the cellphone will never go the way of the dinosaurs, there is still a great many arguments when it comes to how and when the cellphone should be used.

Good health is on peoples’ minds. And since the most popular cellphone out there is referred to as a “smartphone,” it seems appropriate to talk about the “smartest” reasons in the world why you have to stop looking at that phone of yours 24/7, in order to gain good health. Reasons, by the way, that have been proven.


If and when the act of using your phone becomes way too frequent, you put yourself at risk for numerous health issues. Although the teens in America probably don’t care about this, it is a fact that you will care as the years pass on by.


First, we address stress. Cellphone use has shown negative effects on stress levels because of the constant ringing, reminders, beeping, alerts, etc. Just as it was with the regular home phone, where you got on a list and salespeople called every night after you got home from a busy day of work just to bother you, cellphones have the exact same effect. Yet that effect is increased ten-fold by the constant texts as well as emails that are being received.


More and more sicknesses are occurring because of the touching and spreading of bacteria that comes with constant phone use. No matter how many times you wash your hands, germs are always being placed on that phone of yours.


One of the biggest problems you will have to deal with later in life is the constant eye strain from your cellphone. The blue light (HEV) emitted through smartphones has been shown to damage eyes and may even harm them permanently. And not only are the eyes being harmed, but the cellphone also makes your memory fade. These smartphones we use are the process by which we now remember important dates and events, as well as using it as an alarm clock and to store phone numbers, addresses, names, birthdays and so on…leaving our own memory to go lax.


When it comes to the body, cellphones are most definitely destroying posture. We text, read, check emails and more, and when we do, we find ourselves in a “hunched over” position. This is most definitely not good for the spine or neck later in life. Not only that, but your hands suffer when you overuse that smartphone of yours. Texting seems to be the leading cause of arthritic conditions as life moves forward, and that can hurt a person severely in their later years.


Everyone already knows that car accidents have increased because of the cellphone. For the first time, alcoholism dropped to the number two reason for car accidents in this nation since alcohol was created because of the usage of cellphones while behind the wheel. But there is even a new disease called nomophobia. There are those out there who have become truly scared of being without their smartphone; so scared, in fact, that they are developing this disorder that causes extreme anxiety and nervousness. (A study done by Psychology Today of 2,163 people found that 58% of men and 47% of women already suffer from this phobia.)


Loss of sleep occurs because of the constant need to be on the smartphone, as well as the loss of social and communication skills. In this world – even though we are talking about a technology revolution – face-to-face communication skills are necessary. You must be able to apply for a job in person. You must be able to hold an educated conversation with someone. Yet the more people turn to their texting abilities, the farther they move away from being comfortable with talking in person.


The list of reasons to put that cellphone down in order to gain better health will grow longer. So think first: Be smarter and get healthier now by putting that smartphone down.


Source:  Baret News

Live Longer & Better? U.S.A. Does Not Make the List


Live Longer & Better? U.S.A. Does Not Make the List

by Amy Lignor


We are talking about wellbeing, here. Yes, ours is the country where “streets were paved with gold” and “anyone who has a dream, can make it here.” We have the open rules and laws and kindness to one another, compassion, great workplaces…oh, wait, this list is going on a bit too far now.


U.S., Health, American burnout, stress, civil rights, life priorities, YOLO, wellbeingThe U.S. takes hits for highest heart attacks and strokes. Seizures, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety that comes from not knowing or being able to care for the baby when it arrives without taking a pay cut, forfeiting pay for twelve weeks, or even being outright replaced if requesting longer. But there are other countries where family, wellbeing, and the state of both body and mind is a priority for the governments and people who dwell there.


Let’s begin with France. In their policy, which is aptly named, “right to disconnect,” the French government has banned companies that are a certain size (50 or more employees) from sending emails out on the weekends or holidays. In other words, the employees are granted that right to take the time off and shut those computers down so that families can be visited and not said ‘hi’ to on the computer. France states that this is their peoples’ definite civil right.


When it comes to America, stepping away from a computer monitor seems almost impossible. Burning out at work and causing stress – incurring both mental and physical effects – is a daily issue. Science actually shows that if people got away from the inbox they would reduce stress levels substantially, but employers are more interested in the work than staying healthy.


In the country of Sweden, not only new parents but also just “daily” parents are allowed parental days off. Swedes are given 480 days of paid parental leave to spend with their kids over the year, whereas the U.S. gives a mom and a dad a big goose-egg. Yup. Absolutely no days are offered where parents can receive pay and spend time with their child. The law is you will not lose your job if you take up to twelve weeks unpaid time off for a new baby. Once they’re born, of course, all bets are off.


You are what you eat? Well, Japan is known for having some of the healthiest diets, restaurants, and more in the world. And their people have diets that are not exactly what you would call restrictive. They are encouraged by the country to live on a nutritional high-grain, high-carb, low-fat diet, eating fish and soybean products. The foods available are many, varied and good. When you add on the fact that Japan’s people own the second-highest life expectancy rate of any other country in the world, enough said. When it comes to an American diet, the “Golden Arches” is still, after all the research, science, study and deaths incurred from high blood pressure, among one of the most popular “restaurants” favored by American citizens.


Moving forward to the Great Outdoors and having the ability to breathe in fresh air and work out in true majesty, New Zealand is the place to be. Even dubbed “the adventure capital of the world,” New Zealand and its many cities and locations are terrific for mental health and heaving off that indoor-behind-the-desk life from someone’s shoulders. When it comes to America, although outdoor enthusiasts are not rare, video games, television sets, and cell phones are the main choices of activity that all together do not help a person’s wellbeing like the Great Outdoors.


Along those same lines, South Korea – which is home to one of the most technologically savvy groups of people in the world – has found that technology has caused negative effects on hardworking people. Which is why the government made the smart move to sponsor many counseling centers with programs to help people with an internet addiction. The treatment is working and working well.


Losing sleep is normal in America. All types of stresses take that much-needed, and prescribed by doctors, eight hours of sleep out of almost everyone’s lives. But people in Spain know the power of the nap and the reality that sleep is definitely necessary to keep a brain and body healthy. Although there is no longer a government mandated “nap time,” the people of Spain don’t need one mandated. The time-honored tradition of an afternoon siesta will remain because, especially for employers, the short sleep actually boosts their workers creativity and productivity a hundred-fold. In America? That’s easy. Without our dependence on coffee, most of us wouldn’t make it through the afternoon.


In other words, countries out there know exactly the small twists and turns, rules and regulations and civil rights that should be allowed to their citizens that will make them happier and a whole lot healthier. America could most definitely take some pointers. Prioritizing happiness is something one and all should do. After all…you never know how long you have left.

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Source:  Baret News

Holiday Health: Keeping Treats & Sweets While Dieting


Holiday Health: Keeping Treats & Sweets While Dieting

By Amy Lignor


Can you have yourself a “merry little Christmas” while watching ones who eat mounds of fudge, drink down egg nog, and sit down at a family Christmas dinner and load a platter up so high that it actually looks like they are feeding ALL of Santa’s reindeer parked on top of the roof? Many will cry just thinking about it. They are rare, but those people who eat everything and never gain an ounce always seem to have the ability to show up at a holiday party or event right in front of us…the ones who eat a Hershey’s kiss and somehow gain far more than the 22 calories it supposedly has in it.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten-Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies


Now, it is important to note that, yes, there is a ‘Dessert Lover’s Diet’ where you could lose up to five pounds in a month. There are others that claim even more. But what’s really the case is that when we are trying to watch our weight, our cranium automatically tells us that sweets and treats are forbidden. In fact, you can almost see a line of CAUTION tape stretched over the platters when you walk close to them. In truth (and, yes, this is true), doctors say that forbidding everything that is good, every little dessert that offers a happy smile, is actually a bad thing for the human body as well as for losing weight. Why? Because the brain feels deprived. The point is not having a dessert; the point is not consuming four of them.


If your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the “good side of the Force” when it comes to fats, then choosing to have a dessert each and every day is just fine. Big enough to satisfy the craving and small enough where the calorie intake doesn’t skyrocket.


Desserts can be rich in “bad” fats, like the ever-present butter. Which means that having meals that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids – like fish – can offset the issue. Denying the body sweets is not the best plan when wanting to stay on track with a diet. And there are a variety of okay treats to choose from that actually allow less than 100 calories.

“Tis the Season” season brings on that ultimate fear of doing things wrong. Not fair, considering it is a time to be with family and enjoy oneself, not glare across the table at the one with the platter overflowing with food. One of the biggest things to avoid are actually drinks. The holiday-themed coffees run extremely high in fat and cholesterol, not to mention calories. But just by sticking to your own coffee and simply adding a drizzle of vanilla or peppermint extract to it, you save hundreds of calories. If your mind needs to believe that Starbucks is at work, buy one of those mugs and pour the less-calorie coffee into it.

When it comes to holiday baking, there are those temptations that you want to “test” so that the people you plan to serve

Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies
Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies

really like it Just remember, testing too much of that cookie dough will have you spending way more dough on the gym once you make (or re-make for the hundredth time) that New Year’s resolution.


You can cut the fat and calories without sacrificing taste during the holidays. If you use half the sugar amount the recipe calls for in, say, a fruit pie, you will save almost 750 calories for every cup of sugar you do not apply.


When it comes to cookies, use a mixture of half whole-wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour. (Guests won’t notice

the difference.) In your cheesecake that everyone is coming to the party for, substitute part-skim ricotta cheese for cream cheese and cut the fat by close to 60 grams for each cup you use. Brownies? Of course you can have them, just use pureed pumpkin instead of oil and for every half-cup of oil you eliminate, you’ll save more than 900 calories and 100 grams of fat.


See? There are ways to make sure that this holiday season is enjoyable, while also making sure the scale stays the same – or even lowers. Again, it is the New Year where you need to speak your resolution, but if you’ve already learned the ins-and-outs of cutting calories and still enjoying treats, then this January 1st won’t be so difficult.

Images:  http://www.brit.co/healthy-christmas-cookie-recipes/

Source:  Baret News




Walgreens Pays $9.4 Billion for Rival Rite Aid


Walgreens Pays $9.4 Billion for Rival Rite Aid

By Burt Carey

Walgreens reached a deal Tuesday to buy rival pharmacy Rite Aid for $9.4 billion, combining the second and third largest companies in the
retail industry.

Walgreens, Rite Aid, pharmaceuticals, health, beauty, retail, strategy, healthcareBy agreeing to take on Rite Aid’s debt, the total deal is worth about $17.2 billion and gives Walgreens an industry-leading 17,700 stores around the world that garners more than 41 percent of the pharmacy retail market. CVS Health, the No. 1 pharmaceutical chain, controls about 58 percent of the world’s market.

The acquisition comes as pharmacies shore up market share and compete with growing sales by online pharmacies, mail-order prescription dispensaries, health clinics and wholesale retailers such as Costco and Sam’s Club. By combining the companies, Walgreens hopes to negotiate better deals with drug manufacturers.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., will pay $9 per share for Rite Aid Corp., a 48 percent premium over Monday’s closing price of $6.08 per share. Rite Aid shares increased to $8.67 overnight, a 43 percent bump, after the Wall Street Journal reported news of the deal. By Tuesday Walgreens stock rose 6.4 percent, to $95.16 per share.

Walgreens said Rite Aid stores will continue operating under its own brand for now. It expects to save more than $1 billion from cost cuts and combined purchasing power.

“Working together, decisions will be made over time regarding the integration of the two companies, ultimately creating a fully harmonized portfolio of stores and infrastructure,” Walgreens said in a statement.

Walgreens bought European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots less than a year ago, and also owns Duane Reade stores in the United States. Walgreens is based in Deerfield, Ill. Rite Aid’s headquarters are in Camp Hill, Pa.

Anti-trust regulators are likely to give the deal close scrutiny. Walgreens has about 8,200 U.S. stores and 13,100 stores worldwide, while Rite Aid boasts of some 4,600 stores.

Industry analysts say some $427 billion has been spent on mergers in the healthcare industry in 2015, as hospitals, health insurers and drug manufacturers react to marketplace changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Consolidated companies help insulate against drug price inflation.

At the end of fiscal year 2014 in August, Walgreens reported revenues of $76.4 billion, while Rite Aid sold $26.5 billion in goods and services in the fiscal year that ended in February. CVS, which has more than 7,800 stores, had revenues of $139.4 billion in 2014. The drug-store industry has $263 billion in annual sales and collects about $10.3 billion in profit.

Walgreens was founded in 1901 by pharmacist Charles R. Walgreen Sr., when he bought the Chicago drugstore where he worked. It’s one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks. Earlier this year Rite Aid bought Envision Pharmaceutical Services, also known as EnvisionRx, for $2 billion. It’s a pharmacy-benefit management company that processes prescriptions for insurance companies and large corporations that negotiate deals with drug makers.

Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina previously served as the executive chairman of Alliance Boots before its merger with Walgreens. He assumed his new position in July.

“Today’s announcement is another step in Walgreens Boots Alliance’s global development and continues our profitable growth strategy,” Pessina said in a statement. “In both mature and newer markets across the world, our approach is to advance and broaden the delivery of retail health, well-being and beauty products and services.”

Walgreens executives are expected to discuss the deal with investors when the company’s fourth-quarter earnings are announced Wednesday morning.


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Fast-food, fast death… Oh my!


Fast-food, fast death… Oh my!
Witt of Will ~ The Daily Scream


I’m Will Roberts, and this is the daily scream, ahhh, here we go!


I was reading the newspaper today and apparently the fast food companies have figured out a new marketing gimmick, angle, scheme, idea to make their food more healthy.
Now, I’m not sure if their doing this because Americans have figured out that getting 20 burgers, 10 fries, and a gallon of Coke for 99 cents is too good to be true. OR, it’s because were the largest country in the world via body mass, but they’re changing.
Kraft mac and cheese said no more yellow and orange food coloring, gee; I’m gonna miss that one. Micky D’s said they are simplifying their chicken recipe by taking out something called Maltodextrin. Look, if you have something in your food that sounds like something you’d take if you were poised by that food, it shouldn’t be in the food.
Fast food folks have taken on the Pimp my ride philosophy. Add more and more, super size it, anything to make you feel like you are living the high life and a low price. But putting $5000 of accessories on a $500 car, only makes it look like a deal until you drive it.
Fast-food companies, if you want to increase your profits over time, keep your customers alive longer.


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Will Roberts


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

The Health Craze Continues for Aroniaberries

The Health Craze Continues for Aroniaberries

Superberries’ Provide an Easy, Delicious Way to Incorporate Nature’s Healer into Everyday Life.


Omaha, Neb. – Aroniaberries are poised to become the new “Superfood” with the introduction of the Superberries’® aroniaberry 100% concentrate, gummy chews and frozen berries that offer health and wellness benefits that far surpass that of other widely recognized high antioxidant fruits.

Case in point, according to a recent MSN report aroniaberries are one of the “Superfoods you’ve (probably) never heard of.” In comparison to other berries, “Aronias contain three times as many disease-fighting antioxidants as blueberries.” What’s more, “raspberries and goji berries can’t compete when it comes to the aronia’s ability to prevent oxidative stress and cell damage.”

Entrepreneur magazine also recently singled out berries like the aroniaberry as one of the “7 Superfoods to Boost Energy Levels Now.” The medical expert cited in the article added, “They also contain other health-promoting phytonutrients, including anthocyanins, a compound that may help to lower blood pressure.” And according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, “Total anthocyanin content in chokeberries (another name for aroniaberries) is 1480 mg per 100 g of fresh berries,” placing it “among the highest measured in plants to date.”

The Superberries product line harnesses the power of the aroniaberry in their food products that are not only good for consumers but also taste great. The Superberries lineup consists of 100% Pure Aroniaberry Concentrate ($29.95) that contains a full seven pounds of aroniaberries in every bottle. Aroniaberry Gummy Chews (19.95) in handy 100 calorie packs for a great-tasting antioxidant snack—one that’s made from the same 100% pure aroniaberry concentrate—that kids, in particular, will love. Finally, for those who prefer their food in its natural state, Superberries offers Freshly Frozen Aroniaberries ($24.95) that are grown and harvested in the heartland of America and can easily be incorporated into any recipe calling for berries. Aroniaberries over yogurt or mixed in oatmeal are a great way to get each morning off to a healthy start!

Claire, a current Superberries customer, states, “I’ve been eating a couple of dozen aroniaberries a day for about a year, and my heart health is better.” Others have experienced improvement with heart, eye, and joint issues.  All of these results combined with the great taste, quality, value and unparalleled nutritional value of Superberries make it a very compelling addition to the daily diet. And Superberries is such a firm believer in the power of its aroniaberry product line that it backs up each purchase with a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Superberries products are available nationwide at health food and grocery stores and online at www.Superberries.com.

About Superberries®

Superberries,® is a brand of health and wellness products featuring Nature’s Healer and Protector – the Aroniaberry (Chokeberry). Inspired by the paralleled health and wellness benefits of the aroniaberry, Superberries® began in a small store in Omaha, Nebraska. Spurred by word-of-mouth marketing from consumers who became “Berry Believers,” the business quickly took off from there. To keep up with the ever-increasing consumer demand, a partnership was formed with Westin Foods and Mae’s Health and Wellness, LLC. For additional information on the company, please visit www.Superberries.com.


Bonnie Holmes-Gen: On Pollution and Air Quality in America

Bonnie Holmes-Gen: On Pollution and Air Quality in America

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.29.05 AMBonnie Holmes-Gen is the Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy at the American Lung Association in California (ALAC). At the ALA, Ms. Holmes-Gen is responsible for advocating the public policy concerns of ALAC before the California Legislature and state agencies such as the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission. She specializes in air quality and environmental health issues including: global warming and 
AB 32 implementation; heavy-duty diesel pollution; alternative fuel and zero emission vehicle programs; electricity generation and air pollution; indoor air pollution; and statewide and local air pollution control programs.

Q: What did the 2014 State of the Air report find about current state of air quality in California and the U.S.?

A: Too many people are breathing unhealthy air in Los Angeles, and throughout the country. While real and steady progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to do. Los Angeles continues to top the list of cities that have the worst ozone pollution. The bad news is that we continue to get failing grades in the L.A. region, but the good news is there’s been a tremendous amount of work to reduce pollution. The investment and control measures that have been implemented have made a big difference. Over a third of the ozone pollution has been erased because of our state, federal and local control measures.

What is the difference between Ozone pollution and Particle pollution?

Ozone is an irritating gas – it actually causes burns on lung tissues like a bad sunburn. It’s a corrosive gas and can cause health problems the day you breathe it in and long after. Ozone pollution contributes to worsening of respiratory illnesses, triggers asthma attacks, and has even been linked to heart attacks, strokes and can cause premature death.

We considered particle pollution one of the most dangerous pollutants. These tiny particles are a mix of ash, soot, metals and chemicals, and are a fraction of the size of a human hair. These tiny pollutants are breathed deep into the lungs they pass through into the bloodstream and affect the heart and other organs. Tiny particles have been linked to heart attacks and strokes, they’ve been linked to cancer including lung cancer, they cause asthma attacks, and these tiny particles have also been linked to delayed lung growth in children.

What laws and regulations will make the difference in the future?

We’re moving in the right direction, and seeing some steady reduction in pollution in Los Angeles and across the state. But we do need to take Bonnie Holmes-Gensome important steps because transportation sources are the majority of our pollution problems. We really need to focus on how we can ratchet down dramatically on transportation pollution if we’re going to achieve our standards. That means we need to transition to zero emission and near zero emission technologies and fuels. In the passenger car sector, we need to move to battery electric, fuel cell, other zero emission cars as quickly as we can. In terms of the heavy duty sector – trucks, buses, and the ports – we also need to move to zero emission and adopt the cleanest sources we have available.

We’re actually supporting some legislation by Senator [Kevin] de leon (D-Los Angeles), SB 1275, and also by Senator [Ricardo] Lara (D-Long Beach), SB 1204. This package of bills is geared towards putting a million electric vehicles and near zero emission trucks and buses on California roads, and to do all of that in the next decade, and to ensure that all income levels benefit from clean transportation technologies. We need to do more of what we have been doing, [like] with California’s strict emissions standards on cars and fuels, and we need to make this transition to zero emission.

What can the individual do?

We need to grow healthier in terms of our community planning, and pay attention to what individuals can do in terms of changing individual patterns of getting around. Everybody can make a difference in their community by driving less and embracing cleaner, zero emission transportation options that are out there. If someone is buying a new vehicle, consider a battery electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel cell vehicle, or even just a cleaner conventional vehicle. Everybody needs to be focused on reducing emissions from the cars they drive and finding other ways to get around.

We can conserve in our home and reduce energy usage. This helps to reduce emissions from the power sector. Reducing wood burning is important because wood smoke contributes to winter time peaks in particle pollution, so people should consider investing in cleaner natural gas or electric fireplaces that don’t emit particles and don’t harm health. Supporting community efforts to plan for smarter growth, more transit focused growth, is another action people can take.

Kareem Maddox – Kareem holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University, and loves narrative of all kinds. He splits time between a tech firm and a National Public Radio affiliate station in Los Angeles.



Xist Fitness Talks About Nutrition

Xist Fitness Talks About Nutrition

~ Carmen Schwartz

We, as a society, talk about working out and getting fit every day. Xist Fitness is becoming more and more popular in this area and has people buzzing about their services all over the internet. People are discovering the fact that optimal health comes

Life Fitness-Xistfrom the best equipment, the excellent staff and the caring atmosphere Xist Fitness provides. But what must also be heard loud and clear is that starting to be healthy at a very young age will make it far easier when heading into adulthood. Then, you can become a member of Xist Fitness and maintain that overall health you’ve been working to establish.


The subject hitting headlines nationwide is, childhood obesity. The news is not only about the bullying aspects that have come to pass, which are harming children on a psychological level – but it’s also about the fact that good nutrition seems to have all but disappeared.


Obesity as a child brings about both immediate and long-term effects on physical health and well-being. It is a fact that obese youth have much higher risks of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. And as they age, and still eat poorly, these factors are causing crises to occur while they’re still only in their thirties and forties. 70% of obese youth have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but the risks don’t just end there. Pre-diabetes is far more likely to occur in obese adolescents causing the risk for diabetes later in life to grow higher. Bone, joints, muscle problems – all of these can lead to even more areas of illness, such as sleep apnea. And, yes, the psychological repercussions are enormous. Poor self-esteem is running rampant, making it far more difficult for a teenager to thrive in 2013.


The long-term health effects are even more frightening to behold. Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults, which will put them at risk for heart disease, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. But there is a solution that could turn these so-called statistics from fact into fiction. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, immediately lowers the risk of becoming obese and developing these diseases.


When it comes to youth, physical activity is being influenced by this day and age, considering the food and beverage industry is mostly ‘fast-food’ for the quick and easy method of grabbing dinner. Not to mention the technology age that has children and teens eating that fast food while sitting in front of the computer, the Xbox, etc., and not moving an inch.


From schools to home, everyone plays a critical role in stopping childhood obesity by establishing a safe and supportive environment that only supports healthy behaviors. These healthy behaviors stick, believe it or not. Everything a child knows is learned from the people around them, which means if they are brought up learning that certain foods are negative and others are positive – as well as the fact that walking and getting into the great outdoors for some healthy activity is a good thing – then this problem can be fixed.


Many books are being released on health and nutrition, especially for the working family that simply doesn’t have the time to sit and make a four-course nutritious meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner anymore. For example: Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health literally lays out an easy plan to improve eating habits with education and creative recipes that actually taste good (as opposed to some of those diet mixes that simply don’t work.)


And now a brand new series has begun that has been sparking the nutritious energy all over Rhode Island – soon to be taken nationally – in regards to children having fun while they learn about healthy eating. “Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?” is a book that allows the child to have fun and thrive. The writer, Joy H. Feldman, knows about nutrition. She knows children are especially vulnerable to poor eating habits at the age where they have tremendous internal demands.


Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. But there are solutions. Xist Fitness is already on the map, thankfully, to allow you to achieve and maintain optimal health. But by starting young and gaining knowledge, we can say goodbye to childhood obesity once and for all!



Wake Up By Going to Sleep

Wake Up By Going to Sleep

~Carmen Schwartz

Stumbling through your daily life, with your family and career both being in a fog because of the fact that sleep is just not coming to you, is a horrific thing for the mind and body. The brain will slow from fatigue; it will become half it’s worth and make your anxiety rise right along with the depression that will set in from your body aching because you are beyond tired.

98Energy and motivation are gone when you become fatigued. And, unfortunately, it isn’t just a ‘tired’ issue you have to deal with; the more fatigued you become, the more likely that thyroid problems, anemia, or even depression will grow to be far bigger problems in your life that will have you heading to the doctor for help.

What many do not understand, choosing to blame their exhaustion on work, family, or life in general – is the fact that fatigue is all about a person’s habits. It is your fault that you are fatigued, because of the daily habits you have set in place for yourself that the body and mind simply can not deal with. You need to allow both to be able to operate and operate well.

To do this, everything from fitness (Xist Fitness) to healthcare in the form of relaxation (MassageLuXe), to the keeping up of your body’s outer layer that must be protected (FaceLuXe), all of these issues need to be addressed. You need to get back on the road to good health, and that starts by going to sleep.

Everyone remembers high school – even if we definitely do not want to. Back then, when we were young, the alarm clock went off or, more likely, the parent came in and announced that we better get out of bed, and we groaned. Rolling over, we covered our heads with the blanket and tried to pretend that it was Saturday and the rest of the world was simply wrong. As adults, we do still want that ten minutes more of sleep, and we do want it to be Saturday instead of Monday. But as adults, we not only want that – we need it. Hence, that is one thing about humans that never changes no matter what the age. BUT, when you have grown up and are living the adult life, if it actually hurts to get out of bed in the morning (aches, pains, headaches, etc.), then personal daily habits need to be changed ASAP.

The statement to eat right annoys most, because it is said constantly. But…think about that. If something is said constantly, perhaps it’s really true. Foods that are loaded with iron or magnesium will most definitely aid the body in taking away that fatigue and allowing you to sleep. When you are low on energy, these two minerals hit the blood full-force. They help maintain blood pressure, and they ensure that your aches and pains are minimized, because your body is finally getting the source of energy it needs. YES, eat your vegetables!

Light is another thing to take under consideration. The sun’s Vitamin D is powerful and really needed by the mind and body. However, having an overabundance of light in a bedroom when one is trying to sleep is a no-no. Yes, in big cities there is a great deal of light at night; however, that is what shades and curtains were made for.

Melatonin, is the magic ‘ingredient’ that sends us into dreamland and lets our bodies and minds get much-needed rest. But that melatonin is extremely light sensitive (think vampire walking the Mohave Desert at 9:00 AM). The darker the world is around us, the more melatonin we get, and the easier it is to fall into sleep and get that much-needed rest. And before you ask: a dark room is not dark when a television set is on. A television screen shoots out the fluorescent rays making sleep far more impossible. Besides…there is NOTHING on TV you’re missing.

There are other minerals to have on hand, but the reality of the situation is that fatigue must be cured in order for your health to improve. Take away the aches, pains, and dumb-down that constant anxiety by getting some much-needed zzz’s.

This is your life…live it well!


Getting in Shape or Winning Competitions: Weight Training is #1

Getting in Shape or Winning Competitions: Weight Training is #1

~ZZ Troutski

In this age of health and physical fitness, the need for weight training has grown substantially. Gyms are overloaded, with more and more franchises having to open across the country just to handle the overflow of people who wish to change their lives and get in shape.


250px-TwoDumbbellsWeight training has become quite common for both women and men; it is no longer seen as something that only Arnold Schwarzenegger types do for sport. Weight training is now the chosen exercise for the development of strength and size of a person’s muscles. Using gravity, weight training with weighted bars, dumbbells, or weight stacks, helps build muscle by opposing the force of gravity using specialized equipment that targets the specific muscle groups you want to get in shape.


Weight training is also needed by athletes in all disciplines. Bodybuilding, weightlifting, power-lifting, and strongman are the disciplines that are part of the weight-training universe. But everything from football to rowing, must utilize weight training in order to build strength.


Weight training is also, most likely, the oldest form of strength training that has ever been seen on this planet. Go to the very first day of recorded history and you will find writings and pictures that show men gathering strength and increasing their muscles to compete in various sports.


When it comes to the Olympics, Ancient Greece, is the bearer of it all. It is the place where the first legend began of weight training began – when the wrestler, Milo of Croton, actually trained and gathered strength by transporting a newborn calf on his back every day. Until it grew up, of course.


Staying with the famous Greeks, there was also Galen, the physician, who wrote about strength training exercises using what he called the ‘halteres’ (what we in the 21st century refer to as the dumbbell). The dumbbell came first, the barbell second. And although the barbells of today are technologically different, the first were filled with sand or lead shot, that could be seen through the hollow globes at each end of the pole.


And even though men were the ones who turned to weight training in order to better themselves at sports, as well as create physiques that would be among the ‘pictures of perfection’ that the Greeks honored way back when, females were not to be left behind. What began as a small contingent grew larger over time, and now, in 2014, at least one out of every five women in the United States have added weight training to their daily physical regimen.


The style of weight training is up to the individual who is choosing it. Some use repetition exercises, others use tempo and music styles to build their regimen around; whatever is best for them in order to reach the level of endurance they wish to achieve.


The score of equipment never ends. Not only are the ‘older’ or ‘original’ pieces of equipment still around, but the new and different types create help with resistance training. All different types of machines are utilized by weight and strength trainers, and mentors make sure that all men and women  practicing the discipline learn ‘good form’, which means reaching the best and healthiest ways of weight training that will strengthen the correct muscle groups, but not cause injury to the human body.


It will always remain that when it come to weight training, having an instructor who knows what they’re doing is extremely necessary. No body can survive overload and, if done wrong, weight training can cause definite damage.


So…whether you wish to follow in the Greek path, or simply turn to weight training in order to feel better and healthier, make sure you do it the right way!