Wellness Matters by jlhd32


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									                                                                                                     Wheatland Memorial Healthcare
  Volume 4, Issue 1                                                                                       Wellness Commitee
  July 2009

                 Wellness Matters                                                                                                             Don’t forget to check out the well-
                                                                                                                                              ness committee minutes that Adrie
                                                                                                                                              emails to everyone. There is a quiz
                                                                                                                                              question in the minutes. If you
                                                                                                                                              submit the correct answer to Adrie
                                                                                                                                              you are in the drawing for a prize!
           Simple Tips to Slimmer Summer Waists
We all know that eating                         Post a list of small                        Bite into a pickle or
right and exercising are                        projects on your re-                        lemon. Neither has
the keys to weight con-                         frigerator. Then,                                  many calories and
trol. But here are some                         whenever you are                                   the sour taste
tips to make your ef-                           tempted to snack,                                  may curb your                            Rest is not idleness, and to lie
forts pay off even                              tackle an item on your                             appetite. Brush-                         sometimes on the grass under
faster.                                         list instead. The dis-                      ing your teeth can also                         trees on a summer's day, lis-
                                                traction will help you                      help.                                           tening to the murmur of the
                                                ride out your craving.                                                                      water, or watching the clouds
          Eat breakfast.                                                                    Take time to enjoy
                                                                                                                                            float across the sky, is by no
          Regular meals                         Serve yourself half the                     your food. It takes                             means a waste of time.
          prevent the                           amount. Most people                         about 20 minutes for
                                                                                                                                            ~ John Lubbock
          “famine-then-                         tend to eat everything                      your brain to receive the
feast” syndrome. Start                          that is put in front of                     signal that you’re full.
your day with an energiz-                       them. Make less food                        Slow down your meal by
ing high-fiber cereal,                          look like more by using                     putting your fork down
whole-grain bread and                           smaller plates.                             between bites, chewing
fruit.                                                                                      slowly and savoring each
                                                                                            flavor and texture.

           Harlo Pool Hours:
                                                               Swimming-Good Exercise
   • Mon-Fri Open Swim 1-5pm

   • Sat Open Swim Noon-5pm
                                                               - Swimming is a good exercise.                            swimming im-
          Students $1 Adults $1.50                             Swimming involves the use of al-                          proves the
   • Mon-Fri Adult Lap Swim 5-6pm $1                           most all the muscles required for                         body’s use of
                                                               movement, without the weight of                           oxygen and increases lung function.
   • Mon-Thur Night Swim 7-9pm $1
                                                               your body pounding you with each
           Pool closed on Sundays                                                                                        - Swimming stimulates circulation.
                                                               move like when you are walking or
                                                               running.                                                  - Swimming promotes proper breathing.

                                                               - Water resistance is greater than                        - Swimming helps to combat the aging
                                                               air resistance, so that the muscles                       process.
                                                               have to work harder.                                      - Swimming burns calories at about 3
                                                               - Regular swimming will build your                        calories a mile per pound of bodyweight
                                                               muscle strength, endurance, and                           and improves one’s ability to control and
                                                               cardio-vascular fitness. The longer                       maintain a healthy weight.
                                                               you swim, the more your endurance                         - Swimming is fantastic for toning the
                                                               and speed will improve.                                   upper arms, shoulders and legs. The best
                                                               - Without overworking the heart,                          strokes for whole body toning are the
                                                                                                                         freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke.

Wellness Matters is provided to employees for information and motivation needed to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. The content herein is in no way intended as medical advice on
individual health problems. Such should be obtained directly from a physician. Before partaking in any additional physical activity seek advise from your physician.
   Volume 4, Issue 1                                                                                                                  Page 2

   What’s your “Real Age”

   According to the famous Dr. Oz –          your habits, your relationships, your       the quiz in 90 days after you have im-
   you’ve all heard of him from Oprah—he     diet, and your fitness level. This test     plemented some of the
   has a quiz that can predict your real     isn’t just about not smoking and work-      suggested changes to
   age based on how you are currently        ing out. It examines the nutritional        see what your age is
   treating yourself. Would you like to      balance of your diet in detail and          then. Give it a try!
   know if you are biologically                        makes recommendations of          This might be your next
   younger, older, or the same as                      which foods would help you        step to a healthier and
   your calendar age? If you take                      up your intake of essential       longer life.
   the free Real Age test on line, you                 nutrients.
   will get a personalized plan to im-
                                                       You can Google the site or
   prove your real age along with a
                                                       simply type in RealAge.com
   multi-page list and explanations of                                                           Murphy’s Laws of Computing
                                             and follow the easy instructions. You
   what is making you younger and what is                                                1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though
                                             will need to enter your email address,                     you meant it to happen.
   making you older. This test will ask
                                             and after the test results are sent to
   you questions about your health such                                                   2. When you get to the point where you really under-
                                             you, you will also receive weekly health         stand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
   as your blood pressure and your cho-
                                             information. (If you don’t like this fea-
   lesterol level so look those up before                                                3. The first place to look for information is in the sec-
                                             ture you can unsubscribe at any time.)      tion of the manual where you’d least expect to find it.
   you go on line. It will also ask about
                                             The site recommends that you re-take
                                                                                                 4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.

                                                                                         5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite mal-

                                                                                           6. To err is human...to blame your computer for your
        Laughter as Medicine                                                               mistakes is even more human, its downright natural.

                                                                                              7. He who laughs last, probably has a back-up.
   Laughter or humor as medicine is not      ‘Anatomy of an illness’. In this book,
   new. Proverbs 17:22: ’A merry heart       Cousin describes, how he laughed his           8. The number one cause of computer problems is
                                                                                                         “computer solutions”.
   doeth good like a medicine, but a bro-    way out of an incurable disease. Re-
   ken spirit drieth the bones’.             search by Dr .Lee S. Berk that showed        9. A complex system that doesn’t work has invariably
                                             the effects of laughter on the immune        evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
   Longfellow wrote: ’Joy, temperance
                                             system made Kataria decide to start a
   and repose, slam the door on the doc-                                                 10. A computer program will always do what you tell it to
                                             Laughter Club to see for himself.
   tors nose.’                                                                                    do, but rarely what you want it to do.
                                             Out of this sprang the Laughter Yoga.
   In Great Britain so called ‘Laughter
                                             ‘Laughter, whether faked (artificially
   Clinics’ have opened their doors, where
                                             induced) or genuine gets your brain to      effects last.
   the main medicine prescribed is laugh-
                                             produce ‘happy chemistry’.
   ter.                                                                                  Some doctors call the ‘intensive’ muscle
Adrie Min hosts       There is a world-                                                  workout from laughter ‘internal aero-
“Laughter Yoga” again                                                                    bics’.
                      wide movement of       This happy chemistry consists of an
starting in September at
the elementary school.Laughter Yoga; a       increase in the release of endorphins       Laughter is associated with ‘enjoying’
                      ‘simple’ technique     (natural painkillers), seroton-             life. People with pain usually do not
   based on the philosophy of ‘acting hap-   ins (natural anti depressants) and it       enjoy life. Artificially invoked laughter
   piness’.                                  works many muscles, especially the          gets people out of the dumps.
                                             abdominal muscles and the diaphragm
   The founder of this movement, Dr.
                                             (main breathing muscle). The more                                So, Let’s laugh!
   Madan Kataria was particularly im-
                                             laughter is going on, the longer the
   pressed with Norman Cousins’ book:

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