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Napping do’s and don’ts — tips from a power napper

Sleep is something a lot of people don’t get enough of. When we’re tired, junk food becomes more tempting. Our ability to react quickly to changing situations slows and we’re more prone to making bad decisions. The obvious solution is to get more sleep, but that’s not always possible in[…]

You can make a difference

Riding my trike to the gym, I pulled off to the side and picked up a super-sized Styrofoam drink cup from the promenade along North Roosevelt. I’ll admit I’d passed it by at least four times in previous days. I saw it. I knew it wasn’t going to magically disappear.[…]

Some benefits to eating dark chocolate … at a minimum

For more than 25 years, news articles have been talking about the health benefits of dark chocolate. In fact, after going through some of the available research, I wrote an article in 2008 about the benefits of cocoa. There are several compelling studies showing that small amounts of the flavonoids[…]

Here are some simple ways to manage holiday stress

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Rather than being a happy announcement, many people view the holiday season with dread. The cost, time and effort required to make everything “just right” can create incredible amounts of stress. This year, try some of these ideas to get through the[…]

Boost respiratory-ailment recovery with healing foods

‘Tis the season of the flu, common cold, bronchitis, sinus infection and other uninvited respiratory ailments. The good news is that besides following your doctor’s orders, a simple multiprong strategy can help you suffer less and heal faster. Several so-called folk remedies, used around the world for thousands of years,[…]

When happiness fails: The dangers of toxic positivity

Having an upbeat or positive opinion about life can be a healthy way to live. Almost everyone I know has that friend who always looks on the bright side of any situation. (Hint, if you don’t have a friend like that, it might be you.) Relentless optimism has a place.[…]

Things your personal trainer might not tell you

Getting in shape takes time, it’s confusing and there’s a lot of misleading information floating around. That’s where people like me come in. As a personal trainer, it’s my job to find out what my clients want, build programs and help them achieve their goals. But just writing a check[…]

What you don’t eat may hurt you as much as what you do

What you eat can help you, or kill you. The problem isn’t just the bad choices many of us make, but the lack of nutrition from the good choices we avoid. In a landmark study released by The Lancet in April of 2019, researchers found that a poor diet is[…]

Here are 8 tips to keep retail workers healthier

Retail workers often have a difficult time staying healthy. Jobs are typically structured so you have limited breaks and you’re often on your feet all day. The work can be exhausting and when you’re finished with a shift, you would rather lay down and collapse on a couch than exercise.[…]

Here’s the question: Is a daily drink a good thing for you?

In 1991, something huge happened for people who like to drink wine. The television show “60 Minutes” aired a report where Morley Safer talked about the “French Paradox.” It was a theory that the French may have lower rates of heart attacks because of their love of red wine. Within[…]