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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Remember: World Book Night April 23

As I wrote in the blog post below (dated March 5, 2014), April 23 is World Book Night when avid readers hand new books to those who may not have ever had the pleasure of reading a book.

There is time to become part of this organization next year if you are intersted. To learn more, visit World Book Night.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Geocaching a Fun Way to Move

Seems to me that a lot of experts on fitness are promoting simple ways to move more during the day, any way you can. It doesn't have to be a marathon; just move more and more each day. This will contribute to your health in more ways than you can imagine.

Discussing this recently, I began telling a few people about Geocaching, a modern day treasure hunt that has you walking and hiking to find caches which include trinkets and other goodies. You log in your finds on the Geocaching website and can view your progress. It's a hobby you can do at home or when away, pretty much anywhere in the world.

We were avid geocachers for a while and still try to find some caches when we travel to different states. But I think it may be time to incorporate geocaching back into our lives in a bigger way.

To learn more, visit the Geocaching website. It really is fun and you do find yourself forgetting that you are exercising because your brain thinks you are on a treasure hunt. Much cooler by far.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Favorite Books Part of World Book Night

In the middle of a drab, cold February, my book club met at a local restaurant and decided that instead of talking about one book selection we would allow each member to talk about her favorite book.

It was a lovely evening, a bright spot in a dark month for sure, and the highlight was hearing each person talk with such passion about a particular book, but more about her love of reading.

The reading bug had hit most of us early in life, and continues to this day into our senior years.

To encourage this love of reading in others who may not have had the opportunity to pour through books as a child, World Book Night was created. The program allows volunteers (avid readers I am sure) to place a particular book in the hands of light or non-readers on April 23, 2014.

The program continues through the year, and new volunteers will be solicited for the 2015 event.

To learn more about this exceptional program visit  World Book Night

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Yaktrax to the Rescue

This winter across the entire country has been a huge advertisement for Yaktrax, The product is a system of stretchy metal coils you attach to your shoes or boots so you can stay upright on snow and ice.

I have had a pair for years, but of course, was not wearing them last year when I fell on black ice on my driveway. Smart, eh? But this year they are a constant accessory to my winter garb.

My set of Yaktrax are permanently attached to an old pair of sneakers and are definitely my footwear of choice when I am walking to the mailbox or to sweep off our front steps. I have not experienced even a slip so far. Now, I haven't sought out huge patches of glazed ice to try them out on either, but I have seen such patches and stayed as far away from them as I can.

There are different brands of these shoe add-ons and different styles. Yaktrax makes these items for walking, running and skiing.

I have to admit I was very leery of this winter because of my fall last year, but these products have given me back some of my confidence to go out and tackle winter. Thank you, Yakrax.

Be careful out there.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beer Can Appreciation Day!

If you know Boomers, and I think you do, you will appreciate knowing that January 24 is Beer Can Appreciation Day.

Apparently, on January 24, 1935, the first beer was sold in a can. And no one has looked back since -- and no one has been able to verify this is indeed a fact. But that shouldn't stop beer lovers from hoisting a cold one to whoever made it much easier to fit beers in a basement refridegerator.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DASH for it!

(Editor's Note: Marla Heller offers some healthy tips to good eating as we start the new year. Based on the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), these tips can be helpful to anyone who is trying to improve their diet.

DASH for it!
By Marla Heller, MS, RD

Way back when the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was considered to be only for the research setting, I decided to make it easy for anyone to follow. DASH was too important to health; it couldn't just sit on the shelf. So I created an actionable plan that almost anyone can put into action in their real life.
Ready for your 8 simple resolutions to get you on the DASH diet path?

1. Have 3 meals and 2 --  3 snacks every day. Deprivation doesn’t lead to lasting weight loss.

2. Make colorful veggies the center of your meal. They are bulky, filling, and healthy, while low in calories.

3. Add lean protein-rich foods to make a meal that satisfies and won’t leave you hungry an hour later.

4. Choose 2 – 3 dairy foods that are low-fat or nonfat, every day. Dairy boosts protein and helps quench hunger.

5. Add fresh fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way.

6. Nuts, beans, and seeds make fun snacks that love your heart and help you lose weight.

7. When you have grains, choose whole grains.

8. Watch your waistline shrink. You are improving your health as you lose weight, with these healthy resolutions.

DASH for it!

Marla Heller, MS, RD is the author of the best-selling books, The DASH Diet Action PlanThe DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution, and The Everyday DASH Diet CookbookMarla's specialty is in making complex nutrition easy to understand. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Not Too Early Anymore for Holiday Insanity

Every time I see Christmas decorations in a store, I make a little "hrrmph" sound to let whoever is in charge know that it's way too early for those displays.

Well, that's not exactly true. Thanksgiving could have been this week, and I think we have all been sort of expecting it to be. Turkey Day is late this year, and that means the holiday hullabaloo will have a shorter shelf life in general unless the stores start early.

It is after all past the mid-point of November which I can't believe. In my head it's still summer, although a bit chilly.

And with one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is a mad scramble to get people out there buying, no matter what.

The "what" is that stores are now opening Thanksgiving night and making all of their employees push back from their dinner table to go to work. That doesn't seem fair. We could have waited a bit longer to begin the buying binge. We would have survived.