<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:31:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman's master's project aim to improve students' healthy eating, fitness]]> BY ELLIE COLE Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-womans-masters-project-aim-to-improve-students-healthy-eating-fitness/article/1548739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-womans-masters-project-aim-to-improve-students-healthy-eating-fitness/article/1548739?custom_click=rss

Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country.

"That would be my dream," she said.

Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it to Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson last year.

One of the important byproducts of the program became the positive interaction between the children and soldiers.

Leth created Fueling the Future in 2012-13 as part of her online master's program on military children and nutrition through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



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Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country.

"That would be my dream," she said.

Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it to Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson last year.

One of the important byproducts of the program became the positive interaction between the children and soldiers.

Leth created Fueling the Future in 2012-13 as part of her online master's program on military children and nutrition through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:41:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Blog: How long until a habit?]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-how-long-until-a-habit/article/1548600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-how-long-until-a-habit/article/1548600?custom_click=rss The other day I was listening to the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ podcast. Rubin also wrote "The Happiness Project."

She and her sister were discussing the myths around how many days until you develop a habit. We've all heard 21 days or whatever other number suddenly becomes trendy.

What do you believe? A magic timeframe of three weeks has never held water with me. And the ladies on the podcast agreed. It's all subjective. There is no certain number of days that is guaranteed to make a habit stick.

So how do you form a habit? Do you have a particular trick or piece of advice? I'm not bragging, but I am pretty good at developing a habit. However, this can have its dark side. I'm talking about how a



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The other day I was listening to the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ podcast. Rubin also wrote "The Happiness Project."

She and her sister were discussing the myths around how many days until you develop a habit. We've all heard 21 days or whatever other number suddenly becomes trendy.

What do you believe? A magic timeframe of three weeks has never held water with me. And the ladies on the podcast agreed. It's all subjective. There is no certain number of days that is guaranteed to make a habit stick.

So how do you form a habit? Do you have a particular trick or piece of advice? I'm not bragging, but I am pretty good at developing a habit. However, this can have its dark side. I'm talking about how a

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:31:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs tai chi instructor's trip to China will make history]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tai-chi-instructors-trip-to-china-will-make-history/article/1548448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tai-chi-instructors-trip-to-china-will-make-history/article/1548448?custom_click=rss

On a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, almost two dozen people gathered in the serene, plant-filled space of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.

Comfortably dressed, the equal mix of women and men murmured to each other as they waited for instructor and school founder Michael Paler to begin the tai chi 24 form class. At precisely 9:45 a.m., the tall, graceful 39-year-old, wearing a dark flowing uniform with his hair pulled back into a long braid, quietly exited his office and took his place at the front of the group.

They were all there to learn from a man who soon will make tai chi history in the U.S., if not the Western Hemisphere.



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On a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, almost two dozen people gathered in the serene, plant-filled space of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.

Comfortably dressed, the equal mix of women and men murmured to each other as they waited for instructor and school founder Michael Paler to begin the tai chi 24 form class. At precisely 9:45 a.m., the tall, graceful 39-year-old, wearing a dark flowing uniform with his hair pulled back into a long braid, quietly exited his office and took his place at the front of the group.

They were all there to learn from a man who soon will make tai chi history in the U.S., if not the Western Hemisphere.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:45:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Eat Well: Colorado CSA programs help farmers during lean times]]> By teresa farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eat-well-colorado-csa-programs-help-farmers-during-lean-times/article/1548467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-colorado-csa-programs-help-farmers-during-lean-times/article/1548467?custom_click=rss

Have you done anything to acknowledge National Nutrition Month?

While thinking about nutrition shouldn't start or end in March, this is a good time to turn your attention to the season of fresh produce that's about to begin. Farmers markets are familiar stops when gathering farm-fresh foods, but there's another avenue: becoming a member of a Community Supported Agriculture program.

What is a CSA?

Farmers sell "shares" to consumers interested in the produce they grow throughout the summer. Some farmers grow vegetables, some fruits, and some offer other products. The share you purchase entitles you to a box of produce harvested that week. The contents change as the harvest changes.



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Have you done anything to acknowledge National Nutrition Month?

While thinking about nutrition shouldn't start or end in March, this is a good time to turn your attention to the season of fresh produce that's about to begin. Farmers markets are familiar stops when gathering farm-fresh foods, but there's another avenue: becoming a member of a Community Supported Agriculture program.

What is a CSA?

Farmers sell "shares" to consumers interested in the produce they grow throughout the summer. Some farmers grow vegetables, some fruits, and some offer other products. The share you purchase entitles you to a box of produce harvested that week. The contents change as the harvest changes.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:42:28 -0600
<![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: Dissenters challenge pro-statin dogma]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-dissenters-challenge-pro-statin-dogma/article/1548464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-dissenters-challenge-pro-statin-dogma/article/1548464?custom_click=rss

There are few modern medications that have stirred as much controversy as statins. They have been hailed as magic bullets against heart disease since lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved in 1987.

Since then, tens of billions of dollars have been spent on drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), pitavastatin (Livalo), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Doctors tell patients that these cholesterol-lowering medications will protect them from a heart attack or stroke. Some cardiologists are so enthusiastic about the benefits of such drugs that they jokingly have suggested statins be put in the water supply.



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There are few modern medications that have stirred as much controversy as statins. They have been hailed as magic bullets against heart disease since lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved in 1987.

Since then, tens of billions of dollars have been spent on drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), pitavastatin (Livalo), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Doctors tell patients that these cholesterol-lowering medications will protect them from a heart attack or stroke. Some cardiologists are so enthusiastic about the benefits of such drugs that they jokingly have suggested statins be put in the water supply.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:40:27 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: To be a hero, be ready to take action]]> By James Hubbard Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-to-be-a-hero-be-ready-to-take-action/article/1548468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-to-be-a-hero-be-ready-to-take-action/article/1548468?custom_click=rss

I've enjoyed reading about the local heroes who the Red Cross is honoring this month in The Gazette. The articles got me to thinking - one of the basic traits of heroes is a willingness to take action. Sure, many commit acts of courage despite danger I can't imagine facing, but sometimes all it takes is availing oneself of an opportunity others choose to ignore.

Take the nurse who stopped for a wreck and discovered a 10-year-old with a bad gash on his cheek. While I'm sure she was ready to assist in any way, it turned out she didn't need extensive medical knowledge to help. She performed a lifesaving technique any layperson could do, applying pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

I expect that many passed by the scene.

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Take the nurse who stopped for a wreck and discovered a 10-year-old with a bad gash on his cheek. While I'm sure she was ready to assist in any way, it turned out she didn't need extensive medical knowledge to help. She performed a lifesaving technique any layperson could do, applying pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

I expect that many passed by the scene.]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:10:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 24, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-24-2015/article/1548465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-24-2015/article/1548465?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Listings appear on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits and at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: fax 636-0202 or email carlotta.olson@gazette.com.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10. - Basic Sign Language Course, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, $125. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 11 a.m. April 9, Cañon City, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 1-5 p.m. April 3, District 11 Administration, 1115 N. El Paso St.; Kathy, 520-2140, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April

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Listings appear on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits and at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: fax 636-0202 or email carlotta.olson@gazette.com.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Wednesday, $10. - Basic Sign Language Course, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, $125. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 11 a.m. April 9, Cañon City, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 1-5 p.m. April 3, District 11 Administration, 1115 N. El Paso St.; Kathy, 520-2140, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[UCCS hosts Caring for Caregiver workshops]]> By Stephanie Earls stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/uccs-hosts-caring-for-caregiver-workshops/article/1548072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-hosts-caring-for-caregiver-workshops/article/1548072?custom_click=rss The Aging Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will host two free Caring for the Caregiver workshops, 1-4 p.m. Friday and 3-6 p.m. April 17, in the first floor classroom of The Lane Center, 4863 N. Nevada Ave. The workshops include presentations by caregiving experts and a comprehensive handbook with tips and resources to help people navigate the challenges of caring for an aging loved one. Refreshments will be served.

For information and to RSVP, call 255-8002.



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The Aging Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will host two free Caring for the Caregiver workshops, 1-4 p.m. Friday and 3-6 p.m. April 17, in the first floor classroom of The Lane Center, 4863 N. Nevada Ave. The workshops include presentations by caregiving experts and a comprehensive handbook with tips and resources to help people navigate the challenges of caring for an aging loved one. Refreshments will be served.

For information and to RSVP, call 255-8002.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:31:43 -0600
<![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: Who is the FDA protecting?]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-who-is-the-fda-protecting/article/1548069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-who-is-the-fda-protecting/article/1548069?custom_click=rss

The Food and Drug Administration "is the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government." That's what the agency claims on its website. But has it abandoned this mission?

In the early years of the 20th century, patent-medicine salesmen peddled snake oil with unknown and often dangerous ingredients. The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was intended to protect people from contaminated or dangerous drugs.

The FDA now focuses a lot of resources on approving drugs as quickly as possible, but it doesn't make its decision process as transparent as many would like.

An expose in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Feb. 9) found that when the FDA discovers research misconduct in clinical



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The Food and Drug Administration "is the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government." That's what the agency claims on its website. But has it abandoned this mission?

In the early years of the 20th century, patent-medicine salesmen peddled snake oil with unknown and often dangerous ingredients. The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was intended to protect people from contaminated or dangerous drugs.

The FDA now focuses a lot of resources on approving drugs as quickly as possible, but it doesn't make its decision process as transparent as many would like.

An expose in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Feb. 9) found that when the FDA discovers research misconduct in clinical

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:30:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Fitness Diaries: Examine background, style when picking personal trainer]]> By Stephanie Swearngin stephanie.swearngin@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-examine-background-style-when-picking-personal-trainer/article/1548071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-examine-background-style-when-picking-personal-trainer/article/1548071?custom_click=rss

Finding a qualified personal trainer who suits your needs can be tricky - and intimidating.

Personal trainers are everywhere. They work in gyms, recreation centers and private studios. Some make house calls, and some offer online services. So where do you start?

Here are five tips to ensure you get your money's worth and, most important, positive results.

1. Read the personal trainer's professional bio. Most likely, these will be posted on their employer's website. What are their specialties or areas of focus? What is their education background? How many years of experience do they have?

2. Take a closer look at their fitness certifications. Thousands of certifications are offered, and most sound legit.



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Finding a qualified personal trainer who suits your needs can be tricky - and intimidating.

Personal trainers are everywhere. They work in gyms, recreation centers and private studios. Some make house calls, and some offer online services. So where do you start?

Here are five tips to ensure you get your money's worth and, most important, positive results.

1. Read the personal trainer's professional bio. Most likely, these will be posted on their employer's website. What are their specialties or areas of focus? What is their education background? How many years of experience do they have?

2. Take a closer look at their fitness certifications. Thousands of certifications are offered, and most sound legit.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:29:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 17, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-17-2015/article/1548070?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-17-2015/article/1548070?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Wednesday, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10. "Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

"Casting a Spotlight on a Positive Note" - Colorado Springs Conservatory, to benefit

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Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Wednesday, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10. "Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

"Casting a Spotlight on a Positive Note" - Colorado Springs Conservatory, to benefit]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:15:03 -0600