8 tips that help you avoid gaining the “freshman 15”

You’ve graduated high school and you’re off to college! Believe me when I say from the bottom of my heart, congratulations. You’ve worked hard for it. And it’s one of the most exciting times of your life. You have the college experience to look forward to, and the rest of your life in front of you.

But for many, that also means being on your own and making your decisions solely for yourself for the first time, and adapting to a complete change in lifestyle. Between the stress and the new academic workload schedule, so many college freshman gain excess weight their first year. To help balance out your new-found freedoms and increased obligations, here are a few tips to keep yourself healthy and happy through the college years (and beyond!):

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5 minutes of this a day can keep the doctor away

Meditation improves
mental and physical health

Breathing can help prolong your life. Well, especially when you combine it with meditation.

In an age where we are constantly multi-tasking, plugged in, inundated with images, facts and emails and enduring constant over-stimulation, it’s no wonder we’re exhausted and a little frayed at the edges each day.

And when you have added stress, it can affect your body in many ways both physically and mentally. So whether you are going through a difficult time in your life or are struggling with an ongoing mental health issue, adopting mindfulness could be just what the doctor ordered.

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Discover your hidden passions in life with this simple exercise

I am in the throes of creating a new vision board for myself.

While the first one I ever built two years ago still holds merit, I have grown as a person. I have new and/or revised goals and directions, and I want my new vision board to reflect that. I am a very visual person, so I am eager to get started in finding images that illustrate my morphing worldview.

But all I had were vague concepts in my mind. And I wasn’t sure how I wanted to encapsulate those concepts in a few simple images. More importantly, I realized that I didn’t want just images, but images that would create strong emotions and feelings. Images that would invoke those passions in me and excite me into action each day, to work toward making them a reality.

So, I started to brainstorm.

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7 ways your garden can save your life

 

Gardening is not just for flower lovers, and is moving out of people’s window boxes and into their backyards. In the past few years, food gardening has increasingly become an activity done to facilitate better physical fitness, healthier eating and well-being.

And science backs this up. Gardening helps you:

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How better sleep can help you lose weight

If you are one of those people who fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to getting enough sleep every night, you could be heading toward a world of hurt sooner rather than later.

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Mercury Rising! Keep your cool during dog days of summer

high-temperature-98824_640Summertime in the desert can be brutal if you aren’t prepared for it. The hot sun and relentless heat can sneak up on you, and cause harmful effects – even fatal ones.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, though, the population most at-risk for emergency room visits and fatalities are the elderly population. Between 2000-2012, one out of every two Arizona residents who either died or showed up in emergency rooms for heat illnesses were older than 54 years.

But children are also very vulnerable to heat illness, especially when car travel is involved. According to the Safe Kids Worldwide Organization, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children under the age of four. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle, or about 40 children a year.

Here are some good rules of thumb to follow to keep you and your family safe from the sun this season.

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Nickel and dime your way to health: ChooseMyPlate launches new grocery budgeting resource

In an economy which is struggling to balance itself, we all would like to get more bang for our buck – especially when we’re at the grocery store. And on the surface, eating and buying healthy can appear much more expensive.

on a budgetWell, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ChooseMyPlate.gov) this week announced a new tool in its resource chest to help people make their nutrition nickles count. Piggybacking on its Ten Tips to save at the grocery store, ChooseMyPlate has created “Healthy Eating on a Budget.”

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