Good News for Friday!

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 34 – 3/20/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday:

Don’t know about you, but Bea gets tired of seeing bad news on television or on the Internet.  She has a tendency to yell at politicians when she sees them on the tv screen, causing her blood pressure to rise dangerously. She gets angry when she sees people being victimized by thugs and scammers.  She cries when she sees children getting killed by bullets being shot into their homes. 

So this week, in honor of spring springing, she decided to look for some good news – and guess what?  She found it.  

From the AARP Bulletin (March 2015) – Great news relating to Bea’s previous post about protecting your vision

  • New technologies, such as telescopic implants, for macular degeneration.  Contact lenses containing eye medication for glaucoma sufferers.  Injection therapy to help those of us with the wet form of macular degeneration.  

From the Good News Network:

Inspiration from the Philly.com website:

  • Centenarian Frieda Lefeber has her first solo art exhibition at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.  She started taking art courses there in her 70s, and published her autobiography at age 88!  Read more about Ms. Lefeber and her philosophy about life in this article

And hey, the official start to spring is simply great news!  Life is good today.  

©Bea Boomers Wellness 2009-2015

 

How to Avoid the “Sitting Disease”

Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 11– 1/28/15

Ever hear about the sitting disease? Sitting to long on our “assets” is dangerous for our health. Researchers have found that those of us who sit for 6 hours or longer each day have a much higher risk of obesity, heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.

The remedy for this sitting epidemic? Get up off of that couch, click off the television, and take a walk, a run, or sign up for an fun fitness class; pick up some weights and build up those muscles. Get your kids and hubby off the couch, too. The options for family fitness are endless: fun runs/walks in your community, playing an outdoor game with your kids, roller blading at a local park, going for a swim in your local community center, ice skating, and so much more. . .

Family sitting on bikes on path smiling This family can’t wait until spring!

You can read more about how to cure the sitting diseases in this article.

Other cool family exercise ideas:

Exercise before Eating keeps families fit for the holidays

Promoting Active Families

 

 

Happy Haunting!

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Get ready all you wanna-be witches, zombies, and vampires out there – All Hallow’s Eve will soon be here!

I have some fond memories of Halloween. 

When I was a kid, I was either a “bum” or a “gypsy,” (probably not today’s politically correct terms) depending on what kind of old clothes I could scrounge up from the basement.  My mom and dad would never think of wasting money by taking me to K-Mart to buy a neat-o costume with a mask (you remember, the ones with five holes in them, two for your eyes, one for each nostril, and one for the mouth). Mom’s objection: “You can barely breathe in those things, and that rubber band will hurt your head!” Dad’s objection: “I said NO!”

Technicalities, my friends.  I still wanted a store-bought costume.  Never happened. 

So, after making that all-important costume decision, my brother and I would go to the linen closet and find that other crucial Halloween necessity:  The biggest pillowcases we could find. No wimpy plastic or paper bags for us. Pillowcases were generally strong enough to carry all the candy we would gather, by traveling miles through the neighborhood (though one time my pillowcase did break, within yards of our front porch; that was a heckuva year for Halloween loot).

We never gave one thought to safety issues back in the sixties.  Hey, we knew all our neighbors – the ones who gave us apples (“Walk right by that door, sis,” my brother would say) and the ones who gave out the BIG Hershey bars (by the way, when I was a kid, candy bars were a nickel, yep, five cents each; those were the good old days for dentists). And seriously, parents were not allowed to walk around with us on Halloween night – no way!

Times have changed.  I don’t know if this is because there really is more to fear, or that we’re just more fearful because the media tells us to be.  I guess it doesn’t matter.  We all want our kids to be safe.  And on that note, I found some ideas to do just that. 

How To Stay Safe On Halloween
The FDA Offers Its Safety Ideas For Halloween

Do you simply love Halloween?  Check out the Halloween Magazine for costume and decoration ideas, halloween recipes, and more. 

For more Halloween fun:
Spooky and Delicious Halloween Dishes

Family Fun Magazines 15 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Snacks

Have a ghoulish halloween, everyone! 
When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
’tis near halloween.
(author unknown)

Help Kids Today!

Yikes! Back-to-school time is just around the corner! Want to help out the kids at your local school? Check out Create the Good “Equipped to learn” program.

Want to help out a needy family feed their kids so they’re ready to face those daily school tasks and challenges? You can Help Feed America!

Do you know a family who needs the help of a local food bank? Help them find one here.

Want to help a kid reach their potential in life?

Become a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Our country is still facing a crisis – poor and middle class families are suffering on a daily basis.  We can let this recession overwhelm us.  Or we can each take a small step to making a difference.  All it takes is that first step.  Kids need a future. Our country needs a future. Let’s help them get it. 

Do you have any other ideas about how to help kids and families? I’d love to hear about them.

Cures for the Dreaded Sitting Disease

Are you ready to get off that couch and take a stand? Or a walk? Or a bike ride?

If you have kids, you may want to try USA Today’s Family Fitness Challenge.

Or simply try some of the activities from Detroit Public Television’s Get Up/Get Out website.  With its 101 ideas, your family is sure to find at least a few great ideas! 

You can even create some adventure in your own backyard!

Got teens? Drag their butts off that couch, too, and help protect them from heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions as they age.

The Family Education website has some steps you can take to get your teenager moving.  And the Kids Exercise site, based in the UK, has some suggestions for active teenage party games. (Some kids may look at you like you’re crazy, but hey, it’s worth a try)

And guess what, seniors?  You’re not off the hook!  Older people need to get off the couch, too, to reduce bone loss, ward off age-related conditions, and just have some fun!
After all, physical fitness is one of the keys to a longer, healthier life. 

One way to get away from your television and socialize, as well as stay fit and healthy is to check out your local Senior Center!

In the city where I live and work, the Senior Center offers an indoor walking track, and even a walking club. It has a gymnasium and hosts pickleball, badminton, and table tennis. Seniors can also join fitness and dance classes for a minimal cost.

 If you go to the National Institute on Aging website, you’ll find the Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging in PDF format.  It’s a great resource for older adults that will help you improve your health and wellness.

Our nation’s sitting epidemic can, and dare I say, must be eradicated!  Let’s go for it!

7 Women’s Health Resources For All Amazing Women Out There!

Bea’s mother-in-law getting ready to impart some wisdom (She’s been shaking up heaven for awhile now)

1. At Healthy Women, you can learn about:
  • Simple ways to improve your bone health
  • Protecting your eyes from the sun
  • 12 age-defying foods
  • Life changes after menopause

2. Protect yourself from that number one killer, heart disease, at Women Heart. You can take charge of your heart health by getting the “Heart Health Action Kit.”

3. Are you menopausing?  Check our Power Surge, your support group as you transition from perimenopause to menopause with tons of articles, “Ask the Expert,” resources, message boards, and more.

4. Women’s Health is a federal government source with links to today’s health news, publications, health tools, a special site for girls, and fact sheets on over 100 women’s health topics.
5. A site just for teen girls – Topics include:
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Sexuality and health
  • Emotional Health and others
6. Health for Women – The Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health – with links to healthy lifestyles, emotional well-being, physical activity, nutrition, and more.

7. Harvard Health Publications for women’s health. This site offers the latest women’s health research from Harvard Medical School, health newsletters, health reports, health books.

Awesome trio of BFF’s
  Bea’s mom – what a sweetheart! (Up there with the Big Guy as of August, 2001)

 Who’s your favorite amazing woman?  Got any healthy resources that you want to share? 

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Let’s Make Our Kids’ Health and Wellness a Priority!

I grew up in the sixties. It was a great decade to be a kid. And I think I can safely say we were healthier kids.
In the sixties, we played kickball, tetherball, tag, hide and seek. We played outside until the street lights came on. We rode our bikes everywhere, and they only had one speed. (In the seventies, I moved up to a ten-speed; God knows why I needed to go so fast – were the cops after me? But I digress . . . )
We’d walk, yes, walk to our friends’ houses, stand at their front door and yell, “Juudee, Billee!” If you’re over a certain age, you know what I’m talking about. And we walked (or rode our bikes) to school, since many of us were one-car families.
We only sat in front of the television when it was raining outside, or when we were sick. (Our family TV was black and white and had an antenna on top of it called, strangely enough, “rabbit ears”).

No computer games, video games, play stations, cell phones, Ipods, or DVD players. Hard to imagine such a low-tech world, isn’t it?

Well, here we are in 2010. Our lifestyles have definitely changed. We are now two- or even three-car families. Many of us have more than one television and computer. We have fast food restaurants on every corner, and our portions are super-sized. Our kids hang out in front of the TV or computer, playing video games or “socializing” on MySpace or Facebook.

How often do you see kids playing outside?  Heck, we don’t even have any street lights!  It’s as if subdivision planners figured we don’t need them anymore – the kids are in their houses, sitting in front of one screen or another. How many kids walk or ride their bikes to school? 

It’s weird. I know there are kids in my neighborhood, but I never see them! Maybe aliens have transported them to another planet.

Healthwise, we have some worriesome things going on in today’s high-tech world. Take a look at some sobering health information relating to kids:
  • The Kids Health website points out that Type 2 diabetes, which usually strikes adults, has become more prevalent in children and teenagers, especially those who are overweight. 
  • According to the Let’s Move website, “obesity rates tripled in the last 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents.” (Scary, isn’t it?)
Childhood obesity can lead to other common adult ailments such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as self-esteem issues.
The Let’s Move site empowers parents by showing them how to be good role models and help their kids make healthy food and fitness choices.
The American Heart Association and the NFL have teamed up and started the NFL Play 60 Challenge to encourage kids to get active. 
At Nourish Interactive, you can find a list of 25 healthy snacks for kids.

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