The first week of April is National Public Health week! National Public Health Week is a week long initiative by the American Public Health Association to engage all communities and all sectors of health in a conversation about the role each of us can play to put good health within everyone’s reach. Each day of NPHW 2018 will focus on a different public health topic that is critical to creating the healthiest nation by 2030.
When it comes to a workout routine, music can make or break your experience. If you listen to music, then you know how important it can be to find the right tune when you go to the gym. Sweating to the oldies may be your favorite music. Likewise, rap can also be the music that helps you become the most motivated at the gym. What is the best music for a workout? It turns out, sports psychologists may have an answer for you.
What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?
One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning your risk.
Smiling is one of the easiest things we do. We learn to do it as newborns and continue to smile throughout our lives. Despite being something that is easy and comes naturally, we often can find ourselves needing a reason to smile or even refusing to smile. Whether it is due to anger or sadness, or just not being happy with a certain someone, we can often catch ourselves not smiling.
Tech companies are always looking for new ways to improve how we monitor our health. There’s a new gadget that was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration that can help diabetes better monitor their blood glucose levels. The device, the Freestyle Libre Flash Monitoring System, uses a sensor to detect blood glucose levels without the need for a diabetic person to prick their finger several times a day to measure their glucose levels. For the 30 million Americans who currently have diabetes, this can dramatically change how people test their blood sugar and their routines.
There was a moment where I just stopped what I was doing and said, “This is ridiculous”. It was a Sunday like any other. I spent my “day off” taking a kid to practice, going to the grocery store, washing 10 loads of laundry, cooking dinner, and somehow getting a few extra hours in on a small project. Yes, that was all accomplished in one day. By the end of the day, my hands were shaking, I was dizzy, I had a headache, and I felt myself losing a grip on this “reality” I created for myself. It was an insane reality of unrealistic expectations that I had allowed myself to accept. Though none of these tasks were necessarily assigned to me, I knew that they needed to be done. And my body responded like any overworked machine- it was beginning to shut down. How did I get here?
Juicing is a really popular health trend that has become increasingly accessible with the availability of juicing machines or juicers. A juicer is a popular health tool that is available in more health stores, big box stores, and online. Juicing is often seen as a way to detox the body while giving it the necessary nutrients it needs. We’ll cover the basics you’ll need to remember if you plan on incorporating vegetable juice into your diet.
There are many different types of smartwatches available on the market. Whether its brands like Apple, Samsung, or Fitbit, there are plenty of options to choose from with a variety of functions and forms. More often than not though, smart watches tend to look like gadgets. If you’ve been to the gym lately and looked at someone’s wrist, most likely their smart watch looked more sci-fi and less like a product for a fashionista or someone design-conscious. Fortunately, there are brands who are creating fitness-friendly smartwatches and digital trackers that emphasize looking like a typical wristwatch first. These are watches that can not only help you count your steps and calories burned, but also can be worn well with a suit or a nice dress for a night on the town.
Need some motivation to maintain your fitness? Have you tried betting against your motivation? If money is a major motivator for you, then the app Lazy Jar might be up your alley. The premise is simple: set a goal and if you fail at meeting it, the app deducts money from your bank account.
Lazy Jar is a third-party app that can read your goals via a Fitbit. The app won’t work unless you have one, so this app really only makes sense if you already own a Fitbit or are planning to get one. By tapping into your set goals on Fitbit, the app then measures your progress. If you skip workouts or don’t meet your goals, it charges you cash.
Do you eat enough vegetables? It’s possible you’re not getting the daily recommended serving of vegetables. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control, only one in ten Americans eat enough vegetables. The study was part of the CDC’s 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems, which looks at how Americans eat and behave. Using landlines and cell phones, researchers, asked how often people eat beans, dark greens, orange vegetables, “other” vegetables, whole fruit and fruit juice. The results did not look good. Only 12% of Americans eat the minimum daily fruit recommendation of one and a half to two cups per day. Meanwhile, only 9% eat the minimal daily vegetable recommendation of two to three cups a day.