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Take your brain out for a spin now and then ... it will thank you

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It weighs only three pounds yet it is the control center of our body, the human brain. Studies have suggested that like physical fitness, brain fitness can help improve creativity, relaxation and boost your memory. So how can we exercise our brain?
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (71)/Comments (-)/
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An experiment in laughter

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“There is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure—happiness is for all who strive to be happy—and those who laugh are happy." The quote is from Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, from his book Laugh and Live.Though published in 1917, the sentiments expressed in the book are timeless. Laughter is good for you!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (97)/Comments (-)/
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Food safety is no joke

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It was a long-standing joke in my family that when you took something out of the fridge you checked the expiration date. Many items went in the trashcan and my mother would be upset that food was wasted. Joking aside, food-borne illnesses are a serious public health threat that affects millions of Americans each year. Here's what you can do to help avoid them.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (179)/Comments (-)/
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Getting healthy by giving back

The perfect volunteer opportunity is out there for you!

I don’t need research to tell me that volunteering improves the health of adults ages 50 and older; I see it every day at OASIS. Older adults who volunteer are more likely to maintain strength and functional ability, or the ability to perform every day activities, which is key to maintaining independence.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014/Author: Sarah Lovegreen/Number of views (216)/Comments (-)/
Categories: HealthVolunteering

How to stop and enjoy the world around you? Try birdwatching

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“Alert! Alert!” several of them chirped as others gathered in groups to discuss the intruder. The bird cacophony was directed at the uninvited guest that sat perched on the telephone pole. In this fast paced world, take time to stop and experience nature. Bird or butterfly watching is a simple and relaxing hobby.
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (227)/Comments (-)/

How to help reduce your risk of falling

Simple tips to keep you upright!

Balance is defined as “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady." It sounds simple in theory but everything from quick movements to health issues can impair our ability to remain upright. How can you help prevent falls?
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Monday, July 28, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (257)/Comments (-)/
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Silly Putty...the retro toy has other uses, too

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What pink substance is a toy, a stress reliever and can be used to clean a computer keyboard? Silly Putty of course, an icon of American pop culture. It is the classic toy with only “one moving part” that comes in a plastic egg. While kids love its fun attributes like stretching without breaking, Silly Putty is used by adults in more practical applications.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (278)/Comments (-)/
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Five things I’ve learned while bike riding this summer

Discover your community on two wheels!

Like most kids, when I was growing up I rode my bike almost daily. Then my teenage years happened, and the bicycle lost all its luster and charm to the freedom of my first car. But all of that changed last summer when I bought a used bike at a garage sale for next to nothing. I’ve been off peddling and exploring, learning more about my neighborhood every day.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: Jamesey Thomas/Number of views (441)/Comments (-)/
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Eating healthy and delicious

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Gram always said, “If you have your health, you have everything.” Good health is the cornerstone on which to build your life’s goals and dreams. Whether your goals include a new career or a trip to an exotic locale, you will need the energy and focus that healthy eating provides, like this summer favorite, Spicy Fruit Salsa.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (375)/Comments (-)/
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Gluten-free shopping

Cutting costs on a gluten-free diet

Even if you or someone you know does not suffer from a gluten allergy, if you have paid attention to the media lately or visited your local grocery store, there is a very good chance you have heard the expression “gluten-free.” Living with Celiac's disease, I have been gluten-free since long before it became a diet fad.
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Friday, July 11, 2014/Author: Niki Newcomb/Number of views (456)/Comments (-)/
Categories: HealthSavvy Living

Understanding your body's metabolism to lose weight

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“I only eat once a day. Why can’t I lose weight?” A common myth involving weight loss is that starving your body will force it to lose weight. This idea is based on wishful thinking rather than a basic understanding of how your body functions.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (426)/Comments (-)/
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Thank you, OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits volunteers!

Without you, CATCH wouldn't be possible

To our CATCH Healthy Habits volunteers ... we can’t thank you enough for all you do to make your communities healthier for generations to come. In addition to teaching youth about healthy habits, you are also passing along knowledge and motivation to your peers and perhaps inspiring yourself too.
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Monday, July 07, 2014/Author: Shelby Schroeder/Number of views (421)/Comments (-)/
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A good reason to get RIPPED

… into shape, that is!

Michael Colabufo has strugged to keep his heart healthy for years after a heart attack at age 38. When he retired, he was overweight with high cholesterol and knew he had to do something about it. He found the answer through the fitness programs at OASIS in Syracuse.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014/Author: Janice Branham/Number of views (894)/Comments (-)/
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Stress may be inevitable, but it's manageable

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We deserve to feel good about ourselves emotionally, mentally and physically. Turning to food in times of stress is a bad habit many people have, so making the decision to develop a positive one to replace it is a start. Beginning with baby steps and developing stress reduction techniques can help you achieve a more peaceful perspective on life.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (451)/Comments (-)/
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Volunteering is helping Joan Valdes stay healthy

Joan Valdes is staying pretty busy in retirement. A former social worker, she spends her days taking classes at OASIS, doing volunteer social service work, exercising and helping children develop healthier habits for a lifetime through the CATCH Healthy Habits program in Escondido, CA.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Danni Eickenhorst/Number of views (783)/Comments (-)/
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