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VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS | TO TAKE OR NOT TO TAKE

By : Living Well Contributor on 1/15/2014

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vitamins and supplementsRemember when coffee was bad for you?  We do too.  Now scientists have uncovered enough proof that coffee actually makes a more positive contribution to your health than negative, so once again we’ve been given the green light to go ahead and have that morning “cup of Joe.”  Now, it seems that vitamins and supplements have taken center stage. 

Living Well | Mental Exercise Using Games for the Brain.

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/20/2013

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games for the brainUsing games for the brain isn’t a new concept but one that is gaining momentum in the world of science as an effective way to improve your brain health.  Let’s take a look at a couple mental exercises that are simple and fun ways to reduce your risk of cognitive impairment:

3 Sleep Solutions for Children

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/19/2013

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sleep solutions living wellApproximately 20-30 percent of children over the age of six months old suffer from sleep problems.  The best part, however, is that most of them have “learned” their bedtime behaviors and there things we can do to fix them.  Here are a few sleep solutions that might help your child go to sleep and stay asleep through the night.  

Living Well | 2 Healthy Pasta Recipes for Vegetarians

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/18/2013

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healthy pasta recipes living wellPasta is an easy go-to for any time of the year.  These dishes are light and healthy, but gourmet enough to be served at a dinner party.  

Living Well | 2 Sleep Solutions that Work

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/17/2013

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sleep solutions living wellMillions of Americans suffer from sleep problems.  Whether you feel wide awake at night or simply can’t turn off your brain, it’s affecting your health in a negative way.  Unfortunately, sometimes our own bad habits are the cause of the problem.  Here are two sleep solutions that can improve your chances of getting a good night’s rest. 

Stress Relief Games That Help Your Team Manage Stress

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/16/2013

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stress relief games living wellStress relief games are a great way to build team morale and promote employee wellness.  The next time you’re having a team meeting, try this activity.  

4 Workout Plans for the Right Body Type

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/13/2013

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workout plans for the right bodyAlthough no two people are exactly alike, our bodies typically fit into one of four categories. Those categories are:

2 Memory Games to Play on the go

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/12/2013

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memory gamesSo you know playing memory games are an easy way to improve your brain health.  Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to make time in your busy schedule.  Here are a couple memory games to play in the car, in a waiting room or even while you’re cooking dinner

2 Herbs That Help you Sleep

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/11/2013

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herbs that help you sleepMost people are familiar with the calming effects of Lavender.  In fact, you can even buy lavender-filled pillows to help you sleep at night.  Lavender soaps, oils, pillow sprays and teas are widely available to help insomniacs everywhere achieve a good night’s rest.  But lavender is not the only natural plant that can help you sleep at night.  Here are a couple options you might not know about.  

Weeknight Healthy Recipes on a Budget

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/10/2013

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healthy recipes living well with montelIf you’re like most people, finding time to fit a healthy dinner into a busy schedule can be a challenge at the very least.  Adding to the challenge is finding weeknight healthy recipes that please the entire family.  The Living Well team found just the right recipe that combines delicious and healthy with budget-friendly to make a warm meal suitable for weeknight cooking and that would also be suitable for guests

Stress Busters: Break the Tension

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/09/2013

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stress busters living well with montelTry these stress busters when you can feel the tension building in your body.  They will help to decrease stress and promote relaxation.  

3 Fun Exercise Routines That Stick

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/06/2013

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exercise routines living well with montelExercise routines have to be consistent in order to be beneficial.  For those of us who aren’t addicted to fitness, this can prove to be a challenge as we often feel bored with the redundancy of walking or running every day.  The answer is to get creative.  Here are a few ideas that might help.

Living Well | 3 Surprising Dietary Sleep Solutions

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/05/2013

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sleep solutions living well with montelWhen our diet affects virtually everything in our body, why is it we are surprised to find out that it also affects the way we sleep?  But it’s true.  There are foods that we eat on a regular basis that directly contribute to whether or not we get a good night’s rest.  If you struggle from sleep problems here are some surprising dietary sleep solutions you should know about:

What is Brain Training?

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/04/2013

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brain training living well with montelAs our senior population increases, so does the concern over memory loss.  Because of this increased awareness, you’ve probably heard terms like brain health, brain fitness and even “brain training.”  So what is brain training anyway?  

Living Well | Exercise Routines for Beginners

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/03/2013

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exercise routines living well with montelNo matter what age, sex or ethnicity you are, regular exercise routines are important to your health.  Research has shown that it is good for your heart, good for your brain, reduces stress, fights cancer, makes you sleep better in addition to hundreds of other benefits.  Basically, no one on this planet would benefit from not exercising.  Because of this, there’s no better time than the present to get started.  For unseasoned exercisers, the challenge might be in finding what’s right for you.  Here are some ideas that include aerobic and strength-training exercise routines:

Stress Busters: Get Rid of Stress the "Write" Way

By : Living Well Contributor on 12/02/2013

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stress living well with montelStress busters are simple, daily activities that you can use to reduce stress and increase energy.  If you keep a journal, you know that writing can be a huge stress reliever.  But if you’re not a journal keeper, that’s ok, you can still benefit from stress busters that involve writing.

Memory Games: 4 Reasons to be a Gamer for Life

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/26/2013

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memory games living well with montelLet’s face it, not all of us enjoy playing video games, board games, memory games or any type of game for that matter.  You might even think it’s a waste of time and keeps us from doing more “valuable” things.  However, research shows that gaming is not only worth your time, but can also help improve your brain health.  Here’s four reasons you might want to consider becoming a gamer:

Does Your Diet Affect Your Brain?

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/25/2013

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your brain living well with montelAs the body of research regarding mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) grows, so does the evidence that your diet may contribute to the rate of brain atrophy and cognitive decline.  Because the brain is very active, it uses a large portion of our total nutrient and energy intake.  Therefore, what we eat or do not eat may be crucial to our cognitive ability and mental performance.  Specifically, our diet can be used to optimize initial neurodevelopment when we are children and prevent degeneration during aging.

5 Healthy Foods With Easy Recipes to Cook Them

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/22/2013

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easy recipes living well with montelFor decades now the benefit of a healthy diet has been researched.  More and more evidence that we are what we eat has been uncovered.  Unfortunately, all of this new “awareness” didn’t come with the natural ability to get creative with these healthy foods.  It’s easy to get in a rut by using the same old vegetables at dinner; either steaming or roasting them because we don’t know what else to do.  In addition, we know certain things are good for us but do we really know why or how much we need?  Below are five foods that might not be part of your everyday diet, why they are good for you, and an easy recipe to give your menu the boost it might need.

Does Brain Training Really Work?

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/21/2013

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brain training living well with montelBecause our senior population is expected to triple in the next 25 years, a lot of attention has been focused on how to slow down or prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  One common topic has revolved around brain training and whether or not brain training helps stave off memory loss.  November is national Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month so we did our research and found what scientists are saying on the subject.

Sleep Study: Improving Your Health While You Sleep

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/20/2013

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sleep study living well with montelMost articles that discuss improving your health focus mainly on what you can do during your waking hours to better your life.  Eating better, exercising and other tactics that improve your overall health have been researched and explained thousands of different ways.  What has not been reviewed extensively is whether you can actually improve your health while you sleep.  A 2013 sleep study by The Society of Behavioral Medicine took a closer look on how sleep (good or bad) can affect our daily lives.(1)   

Brain Health | Lose Weight or Risk Losing Your Memory

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/19/2013

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losing memory living well with montelWe’ve known for years that obesity is associated with a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.(1)  Many studies have taken a stab at finding the connection between body fat and losing your memory.(2-3) Today, some scientists think they may have finally figured it out.(4)

Brain Health | 4 Bad Habits Increasing Your Risk for Dementia

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/18/2013

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dementia living well with montelAs we live longer, our risk of developing dementia increases.  Though researchers continue to study the causes and treatments for this disease, its prevalence continues to grow as does the concern of those who may develop it.  While no pharmacological answer has been discovered, scientists have uncovered evidence relating to some of the risk factors.  Surprisingly, some of them are completely avoidable.  Unfortunately, not all of them are under our control.

Living Well | 5 Effects of Sleep Deprivation

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/15/2013

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sleep deprivation living well with montelAmericans are not getting enough sleep.  Over 35% of us report getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night.  In addition, surveys show that 60% of adults report having trouble sleeping at least a few times a week.  How is this affecting our health?  Below is some of the latest research regarding sleep deprivation and the effect it is having on your body.

Living Well | The Benefits of Increasing Family Time

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/14/2013

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family time living well with montelFamily time is a precious commodity these days.  With work schedules, extra curricular activities, and homework, it’s difficult to find time to connect in meaningful ways. 

Living Well | Balanced Diets Don’t Have to Be Difficult

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/13/2013

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balanced diet living well with montelThese days food can be downright confusing.  It seems as if every expert has a different opinion of what constitutes healthy food.  Low fat, low carb, low sugar, or low calorie, the suggested ways to get and stay healthy are endless.  

Living Well | Family Time Strengthens Relationships

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/12/2013

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family time living well with montelIn today’s fast paced society, it seems like family time is on the endangered species list.  So when you get a chance to chill with your clan, make sure that you make the most of those precious moments.  

LIving Well | Why Fad Diets Can Harm Your Body

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/11/2013

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fad diets living well with montelOne thing that’s true about fad diets is that they’re not a fad.  They’ve been around forever and seem to be everywhere.  Promises of quick weight loss, shrinking waistlines, and dropping pant sizes call out to people from television, radio, and internet banner ads.  

Living Well | Why Brain Fitness is Important

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/08/2013

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brain fitness living well with montelIf you’re approaching the senior age you’re not alone.  In fact, a large portion of our population is.  The baby boomers have reached their golden years and are facing issues like medical costs, providing for their retirement years and staying healthy.  With regards to fitness, it appears we’re not just worried about the size of our waistline or strength of our muscles.  Research shows that our top health concern isn’t cancer or heart disease.  Rather, the aging population is most concerned about their memory and avoiding diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  The fact that brain fitness is important to us is why scientists everywhere are looking for a cure.

Sleep Study: Frequently Asked Questions about Sleep

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/07/2013

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sleep study living well with montelIt is estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation or sleep problems.  In our sleep study research, we came across frequently asked questions that you might not have the answers for.  

3 Easy and Fun Brain Games

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/06/2013

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brain games living well with montelResearch shows that as people age they are more afraid of losing their mental capacity than their physical capacity.  Therefore, brain fitness is important.  Accordingly, more and more studies are being published that conclude regular brain training in the form of playing brain games can improve cognitive functioning and enhance our working memory.  Below are three different brain games you can play no matter where you are to help fight the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, enhance your memory and take charge of your health.

5 Tips for Reducing Stress and Improving Life

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/05/2013

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reducing stress living well with montelReducing stress is a constant battle for many of us.  Financial pressures, family issues, and work-related stress are just a few of the things that add to our increasingly high stress levels.  Throw in terrorism, economic instability and national unemployment rates, and it’s easy to understand why many of us are walking around stressed out and overwhelmed.

Brain Health: 5 Holiday Foods You Need

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/04/2013

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brain health living well with montelThe holidays are upon us and some of you are quaking in your boots about the dreaded five pounds that may come with all the parties, family dinners and sweet treats that are passed.  As a matter of fact, some of that yummy goodness you might fear is, indeed, good for you!  When it comes to your brain health, holiday food may provide a boost you should consider keeping around all year long.  Here are a few foods you don’t want to avoid.

Healthy Meals | Easy Recipes Using Chicken

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/01/2013

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healthy meals easy recipes living well with montelIf you’re looking to prepare healthy meals, you’d be smart to have a stash of recipes for chicken tucked away in your kitchen.  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are both easy to prepare and a good way to promote healthy eating.  Filled with lots of protein and little fat, chicken is a versatile dish that pleases most palettes.  

Dangerous Diet Pills and Diet Tricks You Should Avoid

By : Living Well Contributor on 11/01/2013

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diet pills diet tricks living well with montelGaining weight is easy.  In fact, it’s so easy most of us don’t realize how much we’regaining until it’s too late.  Then we’re tasked with making hard lifestyle changes and following strict diet plans to lose the weight we never realized we were putting on.  In turn, we want it to leave as quickly as it came.  Unfortunately, losing weight is a lot harder to do than gaining it.  It’s more difficult to walk a few extra miles per day than it is to eat half a bag of potato chips while watching television.  Because of this, we sometimes turn to drastic measures in order to lose a lot of weight in a little amount of time.

Diet Plans | 2 Steps to Stop Emotional Eating

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/31/2013

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diet plans living well with montelEmotions make you eat.  Old news, right?  There have been numerous studies regarding the subject with findings that suggest during feelings of boredom, depression and fatigue we eat more and, conversely, during emotions like fear, tension and pain we eat less.  The real question is, "How do we stop?"

Understanding Stress and its Effect on Your Health

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/30/2013

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understanding stress living well with montelMany people understand that stress is a part of life.  We all will encounter a stressful moment at one time or another.  Depending on the person, stress can show itself in a variety of different packages.  For instance, to a 5 year old child, the first day of school can be a stressful event.  To a 40 year old man, asking the boss for a raise can be a stressful event.  The level of stress we endure for various events in our lives is also quite subjective.  Not every five year old student has trouble sleeping the night before school starts and not every 40 year old man is filled with the same sense of dread before talking to the boss.  In our quest to start living well, we look at understanding stress and its effect on us.  

Motivational or Inspirational Quotes | What Gets You Going?

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/29/2013

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inspirational quotes living well with montelInspiration and Motivation are often thought to be the same thing.  Especially when used in reference to receiving that “extra push” needed to accomplish a goal.  But what are the differences and how do they apply to you?  According to Merriam-Webster, the following definitions apply:

Healthy Living: Help for Your Top 10 Health Concerns

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/28/2013

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top health concerns living well with montelIn this day of advanced technology, the way we find answers to our health concerns has changed.  In fact, more people turn to search engines for answers to their medical questions than they do their healthcare providers.  Sometimes it’s due to embarrassment and sometimes it’s due to lack of time or money.  Regardless of the reason, here are some of the top searches on Google and Yahoo with regards to health concerns and related articles that can help you find the answers you are looking for.  

Domestic Abuse: Why Victims Stay

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/25/2013

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domestic abuse living well with montelWhen it comes to domestic violence, one of the most commonly asked questions is:  Why do they stay?  Before we get to that, here are some shocking domestic violence statistics you should be aware of:

Parents Can Help Children Learn to Cope With Stress

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/24/2013

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learn to cope with stress living well with montelEveryone has, at some point in their life, had to learn to deal with a stressful situation.  In fact, most humans encounter stress even before we are born.  The types of stress we have, how much we endure and how we are able to cope with it are important factors starting at a very young age.  There are three types of stress that we can encounter as children.

Domestic Abuse: Why You Didn't Know

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/23/2013

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domestic abuse living well with MontelEvery year 1.3 million women are victims of domestic abuse by an intimate partner.  In fact, domestic violence statistics show that it is responsible for over 100,000 days of hospitalization and 40,000 emergency room visits annually.  Unfortunately, it is also one of the most hidden crimes in America.  Only about 25% of all domestic abuse situations are ever reported to the police.  In addition, it takes an average of 35 incidents of domestic abuse to occur before a woman will seek treatment.  With these domestic violence statistics, it’s more important than ever before to raise awareness and continue the discussion.  If Americans, as a whole, become more aware of the indications and how to approach someone who may be experiencing domestic abuse then the chances of being able to make a difference will increase dramatically.  

Bullying Facts: Fighting Back the Right Way

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/22/2013

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bullying facts living well with montelDuring the month of October, a month set aside for raising awareness about bullying, we want to share information about bullying statistics and bullying facts that will help you and your families deal with the situation should it ever arise.  Over the years certain behaviors have been identified as effective measures for handling bullies and diffusing potentially harmful conditions.  

Public Health | Avoiding the Flu

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/22/2013

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public health avoiding the flu living well with montelThe flu isn’t a common cold or simple virus that passes in a few days.  It is a serious disease that causes almost 24,000 people to die in the United States every year.  October is a month set aside for public health education and we thought it was a good idea to share tips on how to avoid getting this sobering illness.

10 Jaw Dropping Domestic Violence Statistics

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/21/2013

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domestic violence statistics living well with montelWhile most people have some grasp as to what Domestic Violence actually means, very few of us understand this epidemic fully.  October is a month set aside to raise awareness about domestic abuse and we thought sharing a few domestic violence statistics might help increase understanding.  In all honesty, the numbers are shocking.  Not only pertaining to the sheer amount of victims but also with regards to the economic impact.

Bullying Facts: Would Your Child Tell You?

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/18/2013

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bullying facts living well with montelOctober has become the month for raising awareness about bullying.  In 2012, bullying statistics showed that approximately 30% of children reported being bullied at school.  In addition, about 10% of students reported being cyber bullied.  Thanks to increased discussions and raised awareness, more kids are talking about bullying than ever before.  However, what about those who are still not talking?  How can you make sure your child feels comfortable enough to talk to you or another authority figure in their life?  Bullying facts show that some of the reasons kids may avoid discussing an incident are:

7 Bullying Statistics That Will Shock You

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/17/2013

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bullying statistics living well with montelOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month and we want to join the community to raise awareness.  Some disquieting bullying statistics were recently published that might be motivating enough to have that discussion you’ve been putting off with your child.  We think there are a few bullying facts that will, quite frankly, shock you.

Domestic Abuse: Educating Yourself and Those Around You

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/16/2013

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domestic abuse living well with MontelIn order to end the epidemic of domestic violence it is important that those who are in the surrounding space become the voice of awareness.  During the month of October we are encouraging our community to join us in raising awareness and sharing domestic violence statistics and facts to help educate others.  

Comforting Fall Chili Recipe That Doesn't Wreck Your Diet

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/15/2013

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Chili Recipe Living Well With MontelThe biggest obstacle of following a healthy diet during the fall can be the holiday season that begins with Halloween and doesn’t end until January 1 when most of us are renewing our New Year’s resolution to eat better and lose weight.  However, this year you can have your cake and eat it too.  Here is a healthy chili recipe that falls under comfort food and healthy food all at the same time.

Bullying Facts: Characteristics of an Adult Bully

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/10/2013

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Bullying Facts, Adult Bully, Living WellMost of us tend to associate bullying with school-age children.  We hope that as we pass into adulthood a certain maturity is also reached and bullies grow up to be responsible, caring adults.  Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.  Bullying statistics show that this epidemic is just as prevalent in adults as it is in children.  In fact, it might even be worse.  

Public Health Quiz: What Myths Do You Believe?

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/01/2013

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living well with montel health quizOctober 21-25, 2013 will be National Health Education Week.  In support of this effort to increase public health awareness we will try to put an end to some of the most monumental myths and provide some health education you can actually believe in.  Take this quick quiz to see which myths had you fooled and discover the real facts. 

3 Public Health Misconceptions Clarified

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/01/2013

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Regardless of the fact that over 76% of people claim to know what public health is, very few are able to define it.  According to a Harris Poll that asked 1000 adults to define public health, only about 1% of them correctly identified the term relating to health education, healthy lifestyles, preventing infectious disease or immunization programs.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How To Reduce Your Risk

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/01/2013

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living well with montel breast cancer awarenessOctober is breast cancer awareness month and we want to do our part by helping you identify ways that you can reduce your risk.  The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013.   In addition, about 64,640 cases of carcinoma in situ, which is the earliest form of breast cancer and is not invasive, will be diagnosed.  Finally, about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer this year alone.  However, there are currently 2.9 million survivors in the United States.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Inspiring Generosity

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/01/2013

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Oftentimes we hear about those stricken with breast cancer – and rightfully so.  Having your life turned upside down and staring death right in the face is scarier than most things, if not everything.  However, most breast cancer survivors know that the battle is not their own, but rather the battle of many.  This struggle for survival involves family members, friends, co-workers and healthcare providers.  Sometimes it involves people you don’t know who do incredible things to help raise money or breast cancer awareness.  In an effort to help support breast cancer awareness month in October, we wanted to share a particular story that is an inspiring example of how the co-survivors of breast cancer make it possible for the survivors to fight for their life – and win.

Breast Cancer Awareness: 2 Unique Fundraising Ideas

By : Living Well Contributor on 10/01/2013

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Living Well with Montel Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In recent years an unfavorable light has been shed on some of the prominent fundraising organizations for breast cancer.  Many people were left feeling uncertain whether their hard work and money were actually being used to further the cause or used to pay exorbitant salaries of administrators.  We want to assure you that there are still many credible organizations that not only need your money for further research, but will make sure it is used as you intended it.

Foods Your Body Can Easily Digest

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/05/2013

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digest-foods.jpgIt’s always important to monitor the nutrition information of the foods you’re eating, but when you’re having trouble keeping foods digested, it’s especially important to know what you’re consuming.  Whether you’re under the weather with a stomach virus or suffering from a chronic issue, it’s good to know which foods to eat so that you don’t further aggravate the condition.

Is “Optimum Nutrition” A Hoax To Sell Health Products?

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/05/2013

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hoax.jpgAs children we were all told that it is important to eat our vegetables because they have the vitamins we need.  Even cartoon characters have been used to make certain foods more appealing to kids, like Popeye eating spinach to get strong.  Then the ‘80’s arrived and brought with it an enormous boom to the fitness industry.  Suddenly it was cool to walk around in workout clothes and Olivia Newton John released Physical, which became one of the best-selling singles of the entire decade.

The Growing Concern About Cognitive Impairment

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/05/2013

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The origin of cognition can be traced back over twenty-three centuries ago to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and his interest in the inner workings of the mind.  The definition of cognition is “the mental act or process by which knowledge is acquired, including perception, intuition and reasoning.”(1)  These processes are referred to as cognitive functions.

27 Motivational Quotes That Will Keep You Focused On Your Health And Heart

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/05/2013

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When it comes to staying motivated enough to exercise on a regular basis, some of us need all the help we can get.  Keep these quotes close by to reenergize your mind when you’re struggling.

4 Symptoms Of A Heart Attack And What You Should Do

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/05/2013

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According to a report from the American Heart Association, every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.  Of those heart attacks, 525,000 are first-time events and 190,000 happen in people who have previously had a heart attack. (1)  Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States 108.9 billion each year.(2)  

4 Health Benefits of Selenium

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/05/2013

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selenium living well with montelSelenium is a mineral found in our bodies that acts like an antioxidant.  Antioxidants help fight against free radicals, which can damage cell membranes and DNA.  Free radicals contribute to conditions like aging, cancer, heart disease and more.  Antioxidants fight free radicals, much like water fights fire.  They can reduce our risk of developing these diseases or prevent a disease from causing as much damage to our body.

6 Quick Tips For Improving Brain Health

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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einstein.jpgQuite possibly, the most common wish around the world by the aging adult is to be young again.  To have another chance at decisions you made or the way you took care of yourself is a pretty standard desire.  Songs and poems have been written on the subject and many famous quotes offered up. 
“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”  - Leon Eldred

8 Exercise Workouts for Fun Fitness Training

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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exercise-fun.jpgNot all of us are fitness gurus or look forward to hitting the gym on a daily basis. Let’s face it, not all of us even want to hit the gym twice a week.  For those who don’t think being drenched with sweat is the most amazing thing in the world, it’s important to add some fun into your fitness training so you stay committed.  Exercise workouts don’t have to be boring, monotonous or overwhelming.  Mix it up a little by adding some of these fun tips to your routine.

8 Simple Ways To Avoid Memory Loss

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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memory-loss.jpgThe senior population is continuing to grow.  As baby boomers reach their golden years, they bring with them an increasing concern for age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  More research is available than ever before regarding your brain health and how to fight memory loss.  Below are 8 simple ways that have been proven to help preserve your memory.

8 Vegetables That Can Increase Risk Of Heart Attacks When Used Wrong

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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easy recipes living well with montelMost of us have general knowledge of right and wrong when it comes to our diets based on what we learned in school.  Knowing what foods are not good for you is just as important as knowing which ones are good for you.  We categorize things like fruits and vegetables and know we should eat more.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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sleep-apena.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.  In fact, between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems that hinder daily activity and adversely affect their health.  Approximately 10% of the American population is diagnosed with chronic insomnia.

5 Healthy Foods That Can Be Dangerous To Eat

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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dangerous-foods.jpgThe last time you read an article or heard a story on the evening news about food contamination, they most likely included foods in the meat or dairy categories.  While the meat industry is responsible for the largest portion of outbreaks, surprisingly, eggs are not next on the list.  In fact, you might be shocked to see some of the foods that made the top 10 list of a study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

No Rest For The Weary: Help Me Sleep!

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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no-rest.jpgFrom the beginning of time there have been people that have struggled with sleep.  Whatever the cause may be, it’s a fact that some of us sleep better than others.  Over the centuries, many natural aides have been used to help the sleepless find rest.

The Exercise Effect: 10 Surprising Health Benefits

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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exercise-effect.jpgIt is most common to exercise for the benefits to your body.  We exercise for health reasons, for strength, for leaner bodies and stress relief but there is a growing body of research that shows exercise can benefit much more than we think.  Here are 10 of the reasons you should begin or continue exercising:

Memory Loss: 7 Types of Memory Problems

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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7-memory-problems.jpgThere is understandably an increased interest around the world for studying memory loss, due to our aging population.  But before we, as laypeople, can understand what memory loss is and how to reduce our risk we must first understand a little bit about the brain itself.

5 Simple Steps To Colon Health

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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colon health living well with montelThe primary purpose of your colon is to dehydrate liquid waste material for evacuation.  Not taking care of it the right way can lead to a variety of uncomfortable problems such as an increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome with chronic constipation or diarrhea, increased risk of hemorrhoids, large amounts of gas production, less efficient absorption of water and minerals and feelings of overall discomfort, bloating and illness.

5 Foods That Improve Digestion

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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5-foods-digestion.jpgThe cliché “You are what you eat” is around for a reason.  It’s a simple concept, really.  The food we consume directly affects our health.  If we eat healthy, our bodies will be healthy.  Likewise, if we eat poorly, we will begin to see the signs.  With regards to specific areas of our body, like our digestive system, this cliché remains true.  Unfortunately, we don’t always have enough information about the food we are eating to make the right decisions.

5 Essential Vitamins and Nutrients for Healthy Weight Control

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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5-vitamins.jpgObesity rates in the United States have skyrocketed.  According to the CDC, even the rates of obesity amongst pre-school children have reached an alarming 14.9%.  Thankfully, it seems that Americans as a whole are starting to take notice.  A growing body of evidence is surfacing as to the causes and effective preventions that can be put in place.

4 Theories Of Multiple Sclerosis

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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If you are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or are awaiting confirmation of a diagnosis, you probably have many questions about what the disease actually is. Lack of knowledge can actually be a source of fear.  Learning all you can about MS will help you better understand your treatment options and how to manage your symptoms.

4 Stress Releif Tips That Help Improve Digestive Health

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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4-stress-relief.jpgMost often when we think of digestion problems the first question asked is, “What did you have to eat?”  It’s true that digestion problems can arise from the food we eat.  However, the stress level in our life also plays a very big role in our digestive health and should be considered when something goes awry.  Many people who suffer from high stress can develop illnesses such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers.  Reducing our stress level plays an important role in our ability to improve digestive health.

3 Urgent Reasons To Focus On Cognitive Health

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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Between the years 2005 and 2007, a group of nine universities supported by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) conducted studies across the United States regarding cognitive Health.  The study was conducted using 55 focus groups with over 450 participants in all nine states.  Early on, results showed that most participants described cognitive health as “staying sharp” or “being right in the mind.”  This living well article will discuss the urgency behind our focus on cognitive health.

3 Natural Digestive Remedies That Work

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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natural digestive living well with montelSince the beginning of time, herbal remedies have been used to treat different ailments.  Leaves, seeds, oils and more have been found to achieve healing of everything from rashes to upset stomachs.  With the advancement of technology and the arrival of Big Pharma, many of us use what are considered to be more traditional medicines that our doctors prescribe for various illnesses.

3 Memory Games That Keep You Young

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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While the need for physical exercise to keep our bodies healthy has long since been understood and accepted, the need to exercise our brain is just starting to get the attention it deserves.  In fact, as our population grows older, more and more researchers are devoting time to the preservation of our minds in addition to the body.

Sleeping to Better Health: 5 Forgotten Rituals

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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Lack of sleep has been linked to stroke, obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and the country's No. 1 killers: heart disease and cancer. According to the CDC, 50 – 70 million American Adults suffer from sleep disorders or the ability to sleep. For this reason, finding new ways to maximize your downtime and get the sleep you need is extremely important.

Listening to your Gut

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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living well with montelFrom bad breath to sepsis and even cancer, an unhealthy colon can be the source of many diseases. In fact, our colon is often over-­‐ looked as the culprit for simple illnesses we encounter regularly. Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t pay attention to their colon until discomfort appears. So what’s your gut telling you? Are you sluggish? Do you get sick often? The answer to better overall health may simply reside in the old cliché “Listen to your gut.”

Cognitive Health: Focusing on a Healthy Mind

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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Between the years 2005 and 2007, a group of nine universities supported by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) conducted studies across the United States regarding cognitive health. The study was conducted using 55 focus groups with over 450 participants in all nine states. Early on, results showed that most participants described cognitive health as “staying sharp” or “being right in the mind.” So what exactly is cognitive health?

What is Heart Disease Outside of Heart Attacks?

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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When someone mentions heart disease, it is common to think of heart attacks. However, there are many types of heart disease that don’t involve heart attacks at all. Below we’ll take a deeper look at different types of cardiovascular disease, their treatment and what you can do to avoid them.

Refuse to Age Gracefully: Fight Memory Loss

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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For years many of us have refused to “grow old gracefully.” We buy face creams that fight wrinkles, exercise to stay fit, eat healthy diets to stay trim, avoid the sun to avoid spots, etc. What about your brain? Often overlooked, the brain is one of our most prized possessions and deserves to be included in our fight against age. There are many ways to fight memory loss and improve our brain health. Most importantly, regardless of your age it’s never too early or late to get started!

6 Signs You Might be at Risk for Colon Cancer

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/04/2013

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improve digestion living well with montelThere are 6 major factors to consider when you are evaluating your risk for developing colon cancer.

3 Unexpected Reasons Exercise is Important

By : Living Well Contributor on 9/03/2013

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exercise living well with montelMillions of people around the world diligently participate in various forms of fitness activity every day to achieve better health and leaner bodies. Aside from the most obvious and commonly known benefits of exercise, there are a few factors that may influence your decision to implement a good program into your daily routine.

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