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While most Americans know that heart disease and cancer are the #1 and #2 causes of death, most don’t know what the #3 cause is. If you guessed diabetes or stroke, you’re wrong.



Hard to believe we’re almost half way through 2014, but we are! How are you doing? And what about those New Year’s resolutions I asked you about in January? Have you lost those extra pounds, exercised, meditated, or created the new habit, reached the goal as you intended on January 1, 2014? It’s okay if you haven’t.


Well, it’s already the end of January, and gym attendance has tapered off. The ongoing arctic blasts of cold weather and snowstorms didn’t help either. For many of us, our New Year’s Resolutions have taken a back seat to our regular daily activities for many. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to improve your health, lose weight, eat better, etc., but haven’t maintained your promise to do it regularly, and now feel like you’ve failed…yet again?



As any casual observer of the hospitality industry knows, hotel maids spend the majority of their days lugging heavy equipment around endless hallways. Basically, almost every moment of their working lives is spent engaged in some kind of physical activity. But Langer found that most of these women don’t see themselves as physically active. She […]


As any casual observer of the hospitality industry knows, hotel maids spend the majority of their days lugging heavy equipment around endless hallways. Basically, almost every moment of their working lives is spent engaged in some kind of physical activity. But Langer found that most of these women don’t see themselves as physically active. She […]


While many people still doubt the power of the mind, the effectiveness of mind body medicine and mind body techniques such as laughter, also known as humor therapy, positive psychology, and the remarkable impact our moods have on our ability to function, one study has made a significant discovery regarding how positive emotions impact our […]


Researchers have found that women with high levels of cynical hostility, harboring hostile thoughts towards other or having a general mistrust of people are at higher risk of dying, but the risk of developing heart disease wasn’t different from non-hostile women. Hillary A.  Tendo, M.D., MPH, lead author of the study and assistant professor of […]


While February was  healthy heart month, and while many have focused on preventing and treating heart disease, I believe the focus should be on what we can do to improve our heart health, which will prevent disease throughout the year. I just read an article about a cardiologist, a fellow alumni of my alma mater […]

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