Rhonda Zonoozi Exercise Physiologist and Certified Health and Wellness Coach “Knowing what can lead to falls and how to avoid them is key in preventing them.” Simple steps can help prevent serious falls It’s happened to all of us.  A slip, a stumble, a misstep that causes your legs to buckle from underneath, and suddenly you find yourself on the floor. …
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The holiday season just wouldn’t be quite as delightful without some special, baked goodies using recipes that have often been handed-down from mom, grandma and even great-grandma. But with just a few tasty tweaks, these yummy treats can become healthier.  Here’s how: Instead of butter, use equal parts cinnamon-flavored no-sugar-added applesauce. Instead of sugar, use a lower-calorie sugar substitute or half the sugar.…
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Understanding factors that can affect your weight is critical to your overall health We asked our Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing expert – Rhonda Zonoozi, exercise physiologist and certified health coach – to offer advice for successful weight-loss or weight maintenance in 2016.  Here’s what she had to say: Besides the obvious – eating more calories than you burn – what are some other factors that can cause weight gain?…
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With age comes bone loss. More specifically, with age comes an increased risk of osteoporosis. A musculoskeletal disease marked by a decrease in bone mineral density, osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men face the risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime.…
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Is There More to Meditation Than Just Relaxation? Meditation has long been praised for its beneficial effects on brain and body health. It is a wonderful way to not only relax our mind and body but also to calm fears, reduce stress and sharpen focus. A study published this year in Biological Psychiatry provides some of the strongest evidence yet that meditation can positively change our brains, while also boosting our health.…
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  Fall prevention tips: what can I do to protect myself? If you took physics in high school or college you may remember Galileo’s law of fall. It states that bodies fall on the surface of the earth at a constant acceleration and that the force of gravity, which causes all bodies to move downward, is a constant, unrelenting force.…
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  The choices we make about diet, exercise, and other habits impact our overall health. Here are 10 keys to improving and maintaining your health as you age. 1. Lower blood pressure – Monitor your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure is a main culprit for heart attack and stroke, congestive heart failure, age-related dementia and kidney failure.…
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What are the health benefits of kale? It’s is a dark-green leafy vegetable chock full of vitamins and minerals. Considered a “super food” by many nutrition experts – kale contains folate, which improves brain health; calcium, which strengthens bones; and fiber, which helps manage blood pressure and digestion. Kale also is also high in iron and antioxidants.…
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