Diet & Exercise…There’s an App for That! #REPOST

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Submitted for: Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs, dean, UCF College of Medicine

Subject: Weekly Health Tip From The UCF College of Medicine

Diet & Exercise…There’s an App for That!

Smartphones have given us the ability to control much of our lives from a single device. So why not manage our health there, too?

According to Google, health and fitness has been the year’s fastest growing app category, with top download categories including “healthy eating,” “fitness/training” and “calorie counters.”

Certainly thousands of health and fitness apps exist, but it raises the big question: Do these apps really benefit the user? Answer: It depends.

A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts found that most apps are useful for planning and calculating nutrition, but they don’t help you change your behavior because they lack strategies for ways to help you “stick with” your healthy habits.

When you’re evaluating potential health apps, consider the following questions:

*       Can I personalize my app? If you cannot input data like height, weight, age, sex and exercise intensity level, then its recommendations will likely be off-target.

*     Does it utilize my phone’s features? The best apps tend to rely heavily on the phone’s built-in functions and features. For example, an exercise app might use your GPS and accelerometer to track your workout.

*       Is it connected to other apps? Since fitness isn’t about a single variable, the app shouldn’t be either. Consider apps that tie into others focused on diet, exercise, sleep, etc.

*       What are users saying? Read online user reviews and look for trends. If you discover that several people are saying the same things-good or bad-the likelihood that your experience will be similar is high.

*       Is it social? Many people find the ability to report progress on social networks like Facebook to be a great source of encouragement. You any even discover new support systems among your online friends.

Ultimately, to change your behavior you need to use apps-and all technology for that matter-in the right way. If you’re spending hours focused on your data, you’re probably not moving. You’re stuck behind a computer. Instead, use technology to help you keep accurate track of what you’re eating or how many miles you walk. Then use that data to set new, healthier goals.

UCF Health Medical Director, Dr. Maria Cannarozzi, often recommends My Fitness Pal to her patients. She likes it because it shows how many calories you’re putting in your mouth every day so you can make better food choices-and it’s free.

Like anything, it’s easy to get addicted to new toys like apps. Mary E. Pritchard, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology at Boise State University, says you are in dangerous mental health waters if you find that not using your app gives you anxiety or withdrawal; you are spending more time using your app than you want to or intended; or you choose working with technology over other social activities.

The bottom line is to know your body and yourself. If a fitness app helps keep your exercise program on track, then go for it. However, remember that an app cannot improve your health and wellness until you make basic behavioral modifications like eating more nutritional foods and getting a recommended amount of exercise. Use technology to help you do what you can’t do on your own, like accurately count carbs or calories, to improve your overall health.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health (formerly UCF Pegasus Health), the College of Medicine’s physician practice. UCF Health includes primary care doctors and specialists who treat patients age 16 and up from across the community and accept most major insurance plans. If you or someone you know needs medical care, call (407) 266-DOCS or visit UCFHealth.com for more information. Coming in March – UCF Health will open a second location in Lake Nona’s Medical City. Stay tuned for more details.

Back to Basics for Good Nutrition and Health #Repost

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Submitted for: Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs, dean, UCF College of Medicine

Subject: Weekly Health Tip From The UCF College of Medicine

Back to Basics for Good Nutrition and Health

Medical evidence suggests that 50 to 75 percent of suffering can be eliminated with a healthy diet. In fact, good nutrition can help those suffering with diseases like arthritis, boost your overall mood and outlook on life, and even improve your quality of sleep. However, there’s so much conflicting information about food that it’s hard to know what to eat these days.

When it comes to nutrition, it’s important to get back to basics:

*       Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. This is essential for proper metabolism and optimal body function.

*       Include at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber in your diet daily.

*       Include about 46 to 56 grams of protein in your diet daily; more if you’re very active.

*       Incorporate resistant starches (healthy carbohydrates) like beans, brown rice and garbanzo beans, which serve to boost metabolism and burn fat.

While “superfoods” have been in the media lately, there is no medical definition. However, it has come to represent a category of foods that possess superior nutritional properties-from antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to cancer inhibitors and blood sugar regulators. Some of the “tried and true” superfoods to incorporate into your diet include:

*       Leafy greens and crucifers (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, spinach, kale and collards)

*       Nuts (walnuts, almonds and pistachios)

*       Legumes (peanuts, lentils, black beans and garbanzo beans)

*       Whole grains (oats, brown rice and whole barley)

*       Super starches (sweet potatoes)

*       Fatty, cold-water fish (salmon, herring and sardines)

*       Fruits (berries, avocados, tomatoes, pears, grapefruit and bananas)

*       Tea (green and black varieties)

*       Dairy (Greek yogurt and eggs)

*       Other (pumpkin, beets, dark chocolate, cinnamon and soy)

There are several “trendy” superfoods getting lots of attention like nutrient-rich quinoa, which is packed with iron and is a nice balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Quinoa is almost like a balanced meal in itself. And since most American diets are deficit in protein, chia seeds and hemp seeds provide simple solutions. They can easily be added to soups, salads and cereals for an instant boost.

Regardless of your diet, nothing can replace healthy living… Eliminate all tobacco products; only consume alcohol in moderation; participate in 30 minutes of physical activity at least five times a week; get the appropriate amounts of sleep for your age; take time out for mindfulness, meditation and deep breathing; enjoy leisure and relaxation activities on a regular basis; and remain social.

Interested in learning more about how nutrition affects your heart health? UCF Health cardiologist Dr. Bernard Gros is offering a free seminar February 23 at 6:30 p.m. called “Your Healthy Heart: From Diet to Statins.” The seminar will be held at UCF Health, 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando, FL 32817. Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.ucfhealth.com

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health (formerly UCF Pegasus Health), the College of Medicine’s physician practice. UCF Health includes primary care doctors and specialists who treat patients age 16 and up from across the community and accept most major insurance plans. If you or someone you know needs medical care, call (407) 266-DOCS or visit UCFHealth.com for more information. Coming in March – UCF Health will open a second location in Lake Nona’s Medical City. Stay tuned for more details.

Chemicals and Cancer

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I Will Survive, Inc:

Thank you for sharing. #Repost

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Breast Cancer & The EnvironmentBy: Julia Brody, PhD, is the executive director of Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Massachusetts.

The statistics on worldwide increases in breast cancer risk are grim. Rapidly increasing risk in the developing world, where mammography is still rare, tells us we are seeing more disease, not just more diagnosis. The increase cannot be due to inherited genes either, because inherited genes can’t change over just a couple of generations.

Studies that show increased risk for women who move from low-incidence regions to high-incidence countries, like the United States, point to something about the way we live in industrial societies. Thus far, scientists have been able to explain less than half of breast cancer risk with all the identified risk factors. That means that additional, unknown causes must be at work. If we can find out why incidence is increasing, we can learn to prevent future disease.

Where should we look…

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The Community is Invited!

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I Will Survive, Inc.
PO Box 81364
Atlanta, GA 30366
Phone (404) 483-8503

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 A.M. EDT, FEBRUARY 01, 2015

I WILL SURVIVE, INC. CONTINUES TO GROW
ATLANTA, GA, FEBRUARY 01, 2015: Today is a miraculous day of hard work and perseverance coming to light. It all began when the founder of I Will Survive, Inc., lost a phenomenal woman to the fight against breast cancer at age five. That phenomenal woman was the mother of Anisa Palmer. Her purpose was found later in life, revealed by God through the continuous survival of tours in Iraq, serving in the United States Armed Forces. She founded I Will Survive, Inc. to “support the fighters” of breast cancer and a little over four years, moves into their first facility for I Will Survive, Inc. to run efficiently and effectively as a non-profit entity.

Over the years, I Will Survive, Inc. has been able to provide free mammograms and thermography breast exams to those in need, pay for travel expenses to health care facilities for individuals surviving breast cancer, pay for medical bills, pay rent and utility bills, provide health food through the partnership of I Care Atlanta, provide cleansing treatments and care packages, provide massages to relieve stress, and more.

Come on out to be inspired, to eat, and enjoy the family festivities for the ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place in honor of her mother’s birthday, the 18th of April. This day will be a day of celebration and remembrance. I Will Survive, Inc. will celebrate survivors and encourage all survivors to come out with your families. I Will Survive, Inc. will celebrate the board members, the dedicated volunteers, and constant donors who make I Will Survive, Inc. work week after week. I Will Survive, Inc. will celebrate life, community, and sustainability. I Will Survive, Inc. will also honor those who lost the fight to breast cancer.

For more information on how you can grow with the Team Survive family, please visit us at http://www.IWillSurviveInc.org

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday April 18, 2015
11:00am – 3:00pm
I Will Survive, Inc.
5879-D New Peachtree Rd.
Doraville GA, 30340

Yoga Push Ups For Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Yoga Push-up Yoga Model: Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

Author: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By:Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Easy To Do
A modified Sphinx Push Up pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles is the closest thing there is to a perfect exercise. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere and it doesn’t require any equipment.

Breast Cancer Flowing Yoga Pose
This flowing yoga pose benefits women recovering from breast cancer because they can tone the pectoral muscles which lie underneath the breasts. Strong pectoral muscles provide a strong surface for breast tissue to sit on. This exercises also work the triceps, the muscles at the backs of the arms, which is an area a lot of women struggle with.

Benefits:

  • Builds arms and chest muscle strength
  • Increases axially lymphatic drainage
  • Stretches abdomen and chest
  • Gain strength in triceps with arms…

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Tribute To Diana Ross

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By: Dawn Bradford-Lange, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

After a long six-month battle with lung cancer, Diana Ross passed peacefully in her home with family by her side. Diana was a co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga and well-known, accomplished yoga teacher who taught for more than 20 years. Bringing more than just knowledge, Diana reached an audience that embraced her spirituality. Having been to India, twice, she fully immersed herself in her teachings. In her last months, family and friends surrounded her with a vast amount of love. We will mourn her presence for a long time to come. Soak in the light she brought into our lives, and take with us her knowledge and spirituality.

I’m Still Here
Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here though you don’t see
I’m right by your side each night and day
And within your heart I long to stay
My…

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Survivorship Gains Attention in the Medical World

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Improving Cancer Standards for Breast Cancer PatientsDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer and a licensed psychologist.

For those of you who have been treated traditionally by oncology and radiation therapy you may identify with the awkwardness felt when that day of discharge from the oncologist finally came. Now, that “discharge” is being re-examined and explored positive by the Commission on Cancer.

This morning I was listening to Dr. Andrew L. Sainer talk about cancer survivorship treatment. Dr. Sainer is the director of Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center in Hartford Connecticut. In his short eight- minute audio he covered some very important facts and spoke of the Commission on Cancer. The Commission on Cancer is an important and clearly missing piece of this post treatment puzzle. There are current 14 million Americans living after a cancer diagnosis. 2/3 of that number will survive five…

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