Now Playing
K99.1FM
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
K99.1FM

health

200 items
Results 31 - 40 of 200 < previous next >

Finding Time for Healthy Living

You've made the decision to get in shape, lose weight or just live a healthier lifestyle. But you're worried about how you'll manage to find the time to get to the gym, shop and cook healthy foods, or even how you'll keep your goals in mind with so many other things already on it. Your concerns are certainly valid. As a matter of fact, one of the most common statements I hear from colleagues and friends is, "When things calm down, I really need to start taking better care of myself." Here's the thing: If you are living a full and happy life, it is more often busy than not. And when you have so much to do, doesn't it make sense to take care of yourself and feel well? There's no debating that you will need to dedicate some time to self-care, but it shouldn't mean you will have to drop your friends, ignore your family or neglect your business. Here are some suggestions of how to create more time for healthy living. Eating well for good health and/or weight loss requires you to have nutritious foods available and make wise choices when eating out. Here are some ways to make the most of your meals when you're short on time. Take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to think through your upcoming schedule. How many days will you be home for dinner, and what will you prepare? Do Monday morning meetings always last through lunch? If so, it makes sense to bring a brown bag lunch that day. Will you head to the gym straight from the office and need to bring a healthy snack to fuel you through your workout and hold you over until dinner? Once you have a picture of your week, create your grocery list and plan when you'll head to the store. This extra step will save you tons of time by avoiding multiple trips to the market, or standing in line at the take-out eateries on your way home. At the market, consider purchasing healthy convenience foods. There are so many to choose from these days. Fresh vegetables, salad greens and fruit are available pre-cleaned and cut. Old-fashioned frozen dinners have been recreated to be low-cal, low- sodium, even vegetarian or gluten-free. Check the labels and know which ones to keep in your freezer for nights when you don't have the time to cook. Although you may think these options cost more, they are less expensive than eating in restaurants, buying take-out, or high blood pressure and high cholesterol medicines that often are required after years of unhealthy choices. If you prefer to avoid the expense of pre-cut fruits and vegetables, invest in crisper storage containers. Spend a little bit of time washing and cutting produce on the weekends, in order to save loads of prep time during the week. Call your local supermarket in advance of your visit and give the deli, meat and fish counter your order over the phone. They'll have everything ready and packaged for you, saving you time from waiting in line. If you really don't have the time to shop, many supermarkets now have online ordering and delivery options. Not only will they save your weekly shopping list so you can go back to check off your frequently purchased options, they'll let you know which of your favorites are on sale. Check out online food co-ops, produce and dairy markets. Many have memberships that will deliver fresh and/or organic goods on a scheduled basis. Equip your kitchen with time-saving devices. A slow cooker allows you to quickly throw together ingredients the night before. Plug it in to cook in the morning and a hot prepared dinner is ready when you return home. A microwave will reheat leftovers or frozen healthy choices. An immersion blender quickly makes soups from frozen veggies or smoothies out of frozen fruit. When you do cook, double the recipes. Keep old take out containers or purchase freezer-to-oven pans and create your own TV dinners or a second meal for the following week. On days when you have a meal out, keep in mind that the average restaurant serves two to three times the appropriate portion size. Ask for a take-out container and pack away half for lunch or dinner at another time. Now you've kept to a healthy portion size and you don't need to take time out to prepare another meal the next day. Fitting in movement and exercise requires the same proactive thinking as eating healthy. If you are going to join a gym, make sure it is conveniently located near your home or office. No matter how fabulous the gym in the next town is, if it takes too long to get to, you won't go when you're pressed for time. Home exercise equipment is the best investment for the truly time pressed or those who simply dislike the gym atmosphere. You won't waste time traveling back and forth, and could pair your daily sessions with another activity you enjoy. Addicted to the evening sitcoms or news? Do your exercise while watching. You know you would take the time to get that one episode in anyway, what a great way to multitask! Need to catch up on trade journals? All cardio equipment today is equipped with a reading stand. When squeezing in a formalized exercise session still seems impossible to do, know that several short bursts of activity has been shown to add up to great benefit. Whenever possible, take the stairs rather than the elevator, walk to your co-worker's office to deliver messages rather than emailing. Use the restrooms on another floor. Purchase and wear a pedometer. Measuring the number of steps you take each day can be highly motivating. Without even thinking about "taking the time out to exercise" you might just reach the 10,000 steps a day to achieve health benefits. Suggest business meetings at the local walking track rather than the boardroom. Your colleagues may be delighted to squeeze in their activity as well, plus fresh air and being in nature has been proven to improve mood and creativity. Combine exercise with family time. Rather than an outing to the movies, consider the roller or ice skating rink, miniature golf course, park or town pool. You and the kids will both get your exercise and quality time together. You don't have to sacrifice time with your friends to get in a workout. Suggest an active happy hour after work rather than heading to the local bar. Go bowling, or join a baseball, basketball or soccer team. For the really ambitious, train together for an upcoming race. Let go of your "all or nothing" exercise attitude. If you think a 10 or 15 minute workout is "pointless" when you don't have time for a full hour, think again. Every minute counts toward improving your fitness level, reducing stress and strengthening your heart and muscles. Plus a minute spent exercising always beats a minute spent sedentary. Stress reduction and sleep are important to self-care and a healthy lifestyle, but too often neglected when life is frantic. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to ease stress and takes a mere 30 seconds. Begin to notice the physical signs you experience when stress is mounting. Neck tension, back pain, and queasy stomach are common. Stop what ever you are doing and take a few deep, cleansing breaths. A mantra such as "breathe" or "stay calm" may help. Stress leads to inefficiency and mistakes that then take more time to redo and correct. Chronic stress can weaken the immune system, exacerbate illness and injuries and lead to lots of time spent at the doctor's office or home in bed. Take time regularly to manage your stress to avoid massive loss of time later. Experiment with what works best for you. Ten minutes of daily meditation, a weekly massage or just an evening out each week with your honey can go a long way to keeping you healthy. When you find yourself thinking "I don't have time for this" remind yourself how time consumed being sick or depressed is! Many people believe they can gain more time by skimping on sleep. I hope you are not one of them! Just as too much stress will lead to more mistakes, inefficiency, depressed immune system and increased injury and illness, so will lack of sleep. Although an occasional night of reduced sleep won't have long lasting effects, a constant diet of sleep deprivation will. Trying to function on too little sleep will end up causing you to waste time rather than save it. Chronic stress and sleep deprivation have also been proven to hinder weight loss. So if you are in hurry to see the pounds melt away, get your sleep and take time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. With some proactive thinking and creativity, creating time for healthy living should not be an insurmountable problem. Self-care can compliment and fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. Sources: American Heart Association. Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York. "Fitting in Fitness: Hundreds of Simple Ways to Put More Physical Activity into Your Life." IL: Human Kinetics. Tribole E. "Eating on the Run—Third Edition." Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Siobhan Banks, Ph.D. and David F. Dinges, Ph.D. Banks S, Dinges DF. "Behavioral and Physiological Consequences of Sleep Restriction," Accessed August 2011. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.Article Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1664

Cancer patient sent to 'debtors' prison' for bounced checks

Lee Robertson is one of many people suffering the consequences of ailing health and legal woes.

The 44-year-old began chemotherapy in 2009 to combat pancreatic cancer.

He couldn't work, wrote checks to pay for goods and services, and before long, he was in debt for owing a few stores about $200, The Huffington Post reported.

Over the course of six years, Robertson was arrested seven times, and was ultimately sentenced to 90 days in jail for owing the Sherwood District Court in Arkansas $3,054.51.

>> Read more trending stories  

This week, Sherwood District Court Judge Milas "Butch" Hale is the subject of a lawsuit claiming the judge has been running a "modern-day debtors' prison." The class action federal civil rights lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Robertson is one of the plaintiffs.

"This is a broken court system that disregards due process rights at every turn. People are doomed for failure when they appear before the court, and most significantly trapped in this never-ending cycle of expanding debt," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "With the resurgence of debtors' prisons, we will continue to see people cycle in and out of jails and prisons across our country merely because of their inability to pay fines and fees tied to low-level, nonviolent offenses."

The suit lawsuit describes a "lucrative" system in Sherwood that "only barely resembles an actual court or independent judicial process," The Post reported.

The suit alleges that defendants, including Robertson and three other plaintiffs, unknowingly forfeit their right to an attorney by signing a "waiver of counsel" that is required to be let into the courtroom and that the court bars defendants' family and friends from witnessing the proceedings. 

The suit also claims that the Sherwood Police Department acts as an "extension" of the court's "collections scheme," arresting hundreds of people on "failure to pay" or "failure to appear" charges.

"A single bounced check written 10 years ago for $15 can be leveraged into a debt of thousands and thousands of dollars in fines and fees for inability to pay the original check and then inability to pay the payments that were set up," state ACLU executive director Rita Sklar told KATV-TV.

"Each overdrawn check, no matter how small, can bring in $400 in fines and fees, plus restitution for the amount of the check," The Post reported, adding that the city's budget benefits from paid fines and fees.

"We do not run a so called 'debtor's prison' in Sherwood," Halle told KATV. "If a defendant pleads guilty, or is found guilty, of writing a hot check we set up a payment plan. It is only after the third or fourth time that they fail to comply with a court order that we incarcerate."

Read more at The Huffington Post.

Must read article on our new debtors' prison lawsuit in Sherwood, Arkansas by Ryan J. Reilly at The Huffington Post.Posted by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Thursday, August 25, 2016

11 Travel-Friendly Recipes So No One Gets Hangry on Vacation

Whether you're planning a weekend road trip or booking a flight for later this year, one thing is for sure: You're going to need something to snack on at some point in your journey. Stop the traffic jam hangries, the layover crankiness, and the we-got-lost-on-the-metro stomach-grumbles with one of these 11 easily stored snacks. Plus, you can eat all of these treats with one hand, leaving the other one free for Google maps. 1. Rosemary, Walnut, and Dried Fig Granola This earthy yet sweet granola is the best way to deal with a snack attack while traveling without filling up on sugar. A blend of oats, walnuts, and dried figs are complemented by fresh, woody rosemary, black pepper, olive oil, and honey. Sprinkle this over a plain yogurt cup if your hotel’s complimentary breakfast looks a little sad. 2. Za’atar-Spiced Chickpea Flour Crackers Why bother with wimpy packaged crackers when you can crunch on a homemade za’atar-studded version? Sprinkle store-bought seasoning (or any herbs and spices you have lying around) over a nutty chickpea flour dough and bake until crisp. 3. Superfood Chocolate and Quinoa Bark You'll have plenty of time to mull over whether this quinoa bark is a healthier chocolate bar or a super-chocolaty granola bar. Either way, this 50-50 split of nuts and seeds under dark chocolate will keep you going all day long. Feel free to skip the addition of instant coffee to the seed mixture, but you might want it if you’re about to drive for six hours. 4. Loaded Breakfast Bars You have to promise to try these cookies even after hearing the secret ingredient, OK? It’s white beans (*insert scream emoji*). Sometimes a cookie is all that can get you through the last hour of a long trip, but save room for the real dessert at your destination by snacking on fruit-sweetened treats during the journey. 5. Tea-Roasted Nuts Leave the honey-roasted peanuts at the gas station and upgrade your nut game on your next road trip. Scatter Orange Pekoe tea leaves, maple syrup, and chile powder over raw almonds and cashews. Pop them in the oven and get ready to chow down. 6. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies Crumbly, buttery cookies for breakfast? We’ll take five. This cross between a peanut butter cookie and a Rice Krispy treat satisfies a sweet tooth without ruining your trip with a sugar rush. Store in your bag to whip out after getting lost on a strange city’s public transportation. 7. Yogurt-Covered Cranberries DIY yogurt-covered cranberries (or other dried fruit like raisins or dried cherries) are way easier to make than you think. Plus, you control the amount of sugar that goes into the yogurt mixture—way better than the mysterious coating you might find in a bag of packaged trail mix. 8. Better-for-You Puppy Chow It’s like the stuff Mom packed on family trips when you were a kid, but filled with natural peanut butter (or whichever nut butter you like), coconut oil, oats, and dark chocolate. This is the nostalgic snack that will make it totally OK that your flight is delayed and you have to wait five hours in the airport lounge. 9. Oven-Dried Beef Jerky For the jerky lover on the trip (there’s always at least one), skip the shrink-wrapped mystery-meat stick and bring a homemade version. Marinate lean beef strips in a sweet and spicy sauce, then let it dry out in the oven for several hours. It takes a while to bake, but let’s be real—you already needed to stay in to finish packing. 10. No-Bake Pumpkin and Sunflower Bites Pop a few of these pumpkin bites when you realize you haven’t eaten fruit or vegetables in the past 48 hours. The sunflower butter’s mild nuttiness lets the pumpkin shine through. Stash them in your hotel mini fridge or a cooler in the car. 11. Baked Apple Chips Pull out a handful of apple chips when you need to do a little stress-eating (you’re with your family, and everyone wants to do something different; we’ve all been there). The crisp rounds—perhaps paired with one of those $5 vacation lattes—will give you the boost of energy you need to get through two different museums, a vintage shop, and a three-mile walk to your sister’s choice of restaurant.

2 Orlando hospitals won't bill Pulse nightclub shooting survivors

Orlando Health and Florida Hospital won’t be charging victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting for their medical care, the hospitals said in statements Wednesday.

The hospitals have not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to patients and do not intend to make patients pay for what insurance won’t cover.

>> Read more trending stories

The hospital said in a statement, "Orlando Health has not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to Pulse patients and we don’t intend to pursue reimbursement of medical costs from them. We are exploring numerous options to help the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy address immediate and ongoing medical costs. These include state and federal funds, private insurance, victim funds like the One Orlando fund, disability insurance, Florida’s crime victim compensation program, funding sources established for individual victims, means-tested programs like Medicaid, as well as charity care provided by Orlando Health. Even with these multiple funding sources, Orlando Health’s total unreimbursed costs could exceed $5 million."

Florida Health followed suit, saying it will not be billing for services.

"It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting. We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando,” said the hospital’s CEO, Daryl Tol, in a statement.

Orlando Health treated 44 patients of the June 12 terror attack.

Forty-nine people were killed when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the nightclub.  

Mom posts heartbreaking video of baby with whooping cough to stress importance of vaccines

An Australian mom's heartbreaking video of her 5-week-old daughter – along with a plea for parents to vaccinate their children – has gone viral.

This video may distress some people but I'm sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated. This is my 5 week old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing.  Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates. Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don't cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren't in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7 the outcome would be fatal. Please don't ignore the warning signs- our baby girl only had a slight cough to start. Please share this to educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.Posted by Sandra Tee on Sunday, August 21, 2016

>> Watch the video here

In an Aug. 22 Facebook post, Sandra Tee of Sydney shared the video of her baby girl, Heidi, wearing an oxygen mask in the hospital.

"This video may distress some people, but I'm sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated," Tee wrote. "This is my 5-week-old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing. Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe, and unfortunately, we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates."

She added, "Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don't cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren't in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7, the outcome would be fatal."

>> Read more trending stories

Tee told Inside Edition that Heidi caught the disease after her 3-year-old brother contracted it at day care. 

"Heidi is too young to be vaccinated and relies on others not to spread this disease," Tee told Inside Edition. "If everyone, at any age, is vaccinated, we may eradicate certain illnesses altogether."

Read more here.

Boy thrives one year after double hand transplant

A 9-year-old boy is thriving one year after becoming the world’s first double hand transplant recipient.

<iframe src="http://www.nbcnews.com/widget/video-embed/749463619659" width="390" height="219" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

>> Click here to watch the news report

When Zion Harvey was just 2 years old, he lost both his hands and legs to a deadly infection.

In July 2015, doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia successfully transplanted two new hands to Zion.

>> Child who had double hand transplant throws out MLB first pitch

After a year of grueling physical therapy, he’s now throwing baseballs, writing and playing Jenga.

“I’m very excited because now I can do more than I imagined, like throw a football, play baseball or, I don’t know, do a handstand,” Zion told NBC News. “So when I got my hands, it’s like, here’s the piece of my life that was missing. Now it’s here. Now my life is complete.”

>> Read more trending stories

The recovery process is long, but Zion has regained sensation in his hands, and his brain is re-learning how to use them. He says he couldn’t be more happy with the results.

“Before you quit and say, ‘I give up,’ try everything first,” Zion said.

10 Signs You're Watching Too Much Television

Many people claim that they don't have time to work out or cook healthy meals, yet they do find the time to park themselves in front of the TV. In fact, the average American watches 31.5 hours of TV per week, according to a 2010 Nielsen report. That's almost as many hours as most of us spend working! That's a lot of hours that could be spent shopping for and preparing nutritious meals, hitting the gym or even taking up a new hobby. If you think your loyalty to your favorite TV shows could be interfering with your life—or your pursuit of health—then read on. 10 Signs You're Watching Too Much TV 1. You've turned into a hermit. If you can't commit to a night out with your friends because you don't want to miss the latest episode of your favorite show—or even one of your top 10 favorite shows—you may have an addiction to TV. Hanging out with friends can combat loneliness and put you in a better mood. Plus, time with buddies may even help you live longer, according to the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. So don't banish your buddies just because you love that show about people who fish with their bare hands. Set the DVR—or if you're old-fashioned, program the VCR—and head out with your friends. Even better: Go for a walk with your pals to get your heart pumping. 2. There's a dent in your couch where your butt usually goes. If your couch is looking increasingly lopsided, it might be a sign that you're spending too much time parked on its cushions. Don't just flip them over or switch your position to fix the problem—get off the couch! There are numerous exercises that can be done with little or no equipment while you watch TV—think jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and lunges—or you can crank up your treadmill while you catch up on the latest episode of Real Housewives. Choose an hourlong show to get moving to, or if you'll be camped out for a while watching a marathon, get moving during commercial breaks instead of heading to the kitchen for that snack. 3. Your dog jumps onto the couch and looks at you with sad puppy dog eyes when you don't join her. If even your dog has gotten used to your nightly routine of snuggling on the couch while watching Animal Planet, it may be time to break away from the boob tube. Take your faithful furry friend for a long walk—you'll both benefit from the exercise and the change of scenery! 4. You find yourself ordering out so you have more time to veg. If you're calling for pizza delivery or stopping to get takeout on the way home so that you won't have to bother with groceries or cooking, it might be a red flag. Skip a show or two so you'll have time to make that healthy meal before getting comfortable for an evening in. Healthy cooking can even be quick and easy! 5. Your TV tray has a permanent spot in your living room. If you eat all of your meals in front of the television, it might mean you're a little too addicted to cable. Not only does TV make it easier to zone out and overeat, but you're not interacting with the family or friends during meals (invite them over if you're living the single life). 6. You lift up the couch cushions, and popcorn and crumbs have multiplied. This is another sign that you're vegging out too much—and eating mindlessly while you do. When you don't even realize that a bucket of popcorn has fallen onto the couch, how can you keep track of how much you're actually consuming? 7. You get up from the TV after hours and have no idea what you've been watching. We're all guilty of this sometimes. You flip around mindlessly, channel surfing until something catches your attention. You stop there until a commercial sends you on your merry way and you repeat this process for hours on end. If you find yourself doing this and you're the type that doesn't feel like they have time to eat right or exercise, you need to prioritize. Be honest with yourself and pick your top three can't-miss television shows and schedule workouts with the importance previously given to your show schedule. Or set a daily limit for yourself—two hours of TV and then it's on to something new. Set a timer if you have to! 8. Commercials have become your culinary inspiration. If you're craving fast food because you saw that Burger King commercial, it might be a sign that you're saturating your brain with advertisements! When you don't watch TV, you'll see far fewer fast food ads. Although most people claim that advertising "doesn't work" on them, marketers know better. You'll think about fries, seasonal shakes, and new must-try gut-busting burgers far less if you aren't exposed to their TV ads. 9. You find yourself thinking that you could star in your own reality TV show. News flash: There are about a million reality shows flooding the market already, and I've yet to see one starring someone who camps out in front of the TV all day! If you want to be a show worth making, go on a get-healthy streak à la The Biggest Loser or plan big, like running a marathon or trying a vegetable for every letter of the alphabet. Hey, I'd watch. 10. You don't have time to exercise, but you do make time to sit on the couch. That stat mentioned above about the 31.5 hours of TV per week is staggering. That's like another full-time job! If you have time to watch even 30 minutes of TV per night, then you have time to exercise—it's just that you are prioritizing the TV viewing higher on your list. Put down the remote and try to go TV-free for a couple of weeks, and use that time to get active and healthy. You'll feel so much better that we doubt you'll trade working out for couch surfing ever again! If you recognize yourself in this list—whether it's one or all 10—it may be time to admit you have a problem. Luckily, the TV habit can be broken and your life will get a lot healthier. TV definitely has its place in the modern world, but so do healthy habits! Sources: Nielsen. "2010 Media Industry Fact Sheet," Accessed September 2011. www.blog.nielsen.com. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Giles LC, Glonek GF, Luszcz MA, Andrews GR. "Effect of social networks on 10 year survival in very old Australians: the Australian longitudinal study of aging," Accessed September 2011. www.jech.bmj.com.Article Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1666

200 items
Results 31 - 40 of 200 < previous next >