June 25th, 2012 by Jaclyn
The Pilates movement migrated to America around the 1920′s when founder Joseph Pilates and his wife started a Pilates studio in New York City. This exercise has boomed into a popular activity world-wide and was developed to focus on spinal alignment, awareness of breath, and core stability.
Pilates is a great low impact movement that benefits core muscles in the back and abdominal area. Those with joint pain or reduced range of motion can benefit from the strength building advantages of Pilates. This exercise has also been shown to improve flexibility, agility, and proper posture. If you would like to give Pilates a try, read these Getting Started tips. Contact a local gym in your area or download a sample Pilates video.
June 19th, 2012 by Jaclyn
There’s something iconic about a cold glass of iced tea in the summertime. Although iced tea’s southern counterpart is typically laden with sugar, there are many health benefits to traditional unsweetened tea. When brewed from fresh leaves or tea bags, this thirst quenching beverage contains many beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids. White tea, green tea, and black tea all vary in flavor, caffeine content, and beneficial compounds. White tea has been shown to have more anticancer and antiviral properties than green or black teas. Studies have shown green tea to be a heart healthy beverage of choice for lowering the risk of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the artery walls from heart disease. The green variety has also been praised for its anti-aging benefits and ability to stabilize blood sugar levels. Generally speaking, black tea contains the most caffeine, followed by green tea and then white tea.
To reap the most health benefits from iced tea, avoid adding sugar. Instead opt for a lemon or lime slice, or mint leaf. This summer, enjoy freshly brewed unsweetened tea, and feel good about the health benefits you are delivering to your body. Visit WebMD to read more about the health benefits of tea.
Ask the Expert Q: “I just turned 42 and was told I need to get a PSA test. What is the process for that test, and what will it tell me?”
June 16th, 2012 by Jaclyn
A: The most common and accepted forms of screening available are the Prostate Specific Antigen test or PSA, and a digital rectal examination. The lifetime risk of contracting prostate cancer is only about 16%, while the risk of dying from it is only about 3%. Controversy exists over the proper approach to prostate screening.
The American Urological Association (AUA) advocates the combination of PSA testing and digital rectal examinations beginning at the age of 40. The American Cancer Society recommends discussing the risks and benefits of screening with men between the ages of 50 and 75 years of age, and initiating screening at 45 years of age in African American males and those with a first degree relative with prostate cancer at an age less than 65.
Anyone with prostate symptoms should have a digital rectal exam and a PSA. If you have an abnormal PSA result, you should talk to your doctor! An abnormal PSA can be due to several factors the least common of which is prostate cancer. The most common cause is prolonged pressure or trauma to the prostate gland, such as prolonged driving, horseback riding, lawn mowing etc., followed closely by benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) which is a benign and medically treatable disease. Your physician should conduct a digital rectal examination. The decision to proceed with further testing should then be based on the results of this exam, your personal risk of prostate cancer, and your own comfort level.
June 14th, 2012 by Jaclyn
Picnics, campfires, and backyard BBQ’s are a favorite summertime tradition. Don’t let poorly handled food ruin a good time. Follow these 5 tips to keep your food safe and edible.
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold- Keep raw meat covered in an ice filled cooler or refrigerator until ready to prepare.
- Wash your hands- Keep hands, plates, cutting boards, and utensils clean so that bacteria can not cross contaminate to other foods.
- Cook meat thoroughly- Use a thermometer to determine if your food is cooked to the safe minimum temperature.
- Defrost safely- Never let frozen meat thaw on a counter top. Thaw in a refrigerator, microwave, or bowl of water instead.
- When in doubt, throw it out- If you have to question the safety, age, or freshness of a food, it’s probably not worth eating.
June 11th, 2012 by Jaclyn
Since almost 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water, it is important to replenish the water stores frequently. Sip water frequently throughout the day aiming for an ultimate goal of eight, 8 ounce glasses of water. Often times, if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Roughly 80% of the water we consume comes from liquids we drink, and the other 20% is found in the foods we eat. Almost all fruits and vegetables have high water content, so enjoy up to 5-9 servings of produce a day!
Fun Facts about Water:
- Dehydration and lack of water is the #1 cause of afternoon fatigue.
- Water is an essential nutrient excreting waste and flushing toxins through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.
- Iceberg lettuce contains the most water of any food, followed by watermelon, cucumbers, and celery.
- Broth based soups and stews are a good source of water.
- If you eat a diet high in fiber, your water needs increase.
Caffeinated beverages like soda and coffee act as a diuretic excreting excess water out of the body. Consider drinking one cup of water after every caffeinated beverage consumed. Other clear or transparent beverages like herbal tea, 100% fruit juice, and lightly sweetened lemonade are great sources of water as well. For a fresh flavor to your standard water, try adding a sprig of fresh mint leaves, lemon or lime slices, or cucumber slices.
June 7th, 2012 by Jaclyn
For a number of years, Sterling Wellness Solutions has hosted a Friends & Family Day offering Health Screenings at special prices. You do not need a physician referral to take advantage of this lab screening offer.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
6:30am – 10am
Call 337-783-7840 to Sign Up by June 11
210 West Mill Street, Crowley
Complete Wellness Lab Panel
Just $50 per person (Retail $529)
Additional Tests available at reduced rates!
If you are interested in getting any elective lab work done, please call Sterling at 1-337-783-7840 to set up your lab requisition form. You do not need a physician order. You can print it out from your home and take it to any LabCorp near you. A health coach will call to review your results within 5 days, and you will also get a copy emailed to you.
View this Sterling Wellness-2012 Family Friends Screening flyer for more information. The second page of the flyer lists the various tests you can have done at the discounted rate.
June 5th, 2012 by Jaclyn
School is out and summer is here! Don’t let the excitement of fun summer traditions overshadow simple safety practices. Let this month be your reminder to keep your loved ones out of harms way by following these practices:
- Check each smoke alarm throughout the house.
- If you don’t already do so, get in the habit of wearing your seat belt.
- Learn CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.
- Dispose of expired food and prescription medications.
- Ensure helmets and life jackets are properly fitted.
- Restock First Aid Kits in your car and home.
- Keep spectators at a safe distance from fireworks. If shooting off fireworks, always wear safety glasses and have water close by.
For a complete list of safety reminders for your home, work, or recreation, visit the National Safety Council.
Stay injury free, and have a safe and healthy summer!
June 3rd, 2012 by Jaclyn
Each June, a nationwide movement aims to bring awareness to preventable men’s health issues and encourage early detection and treatment. Men are less likely to seek medical help, and schedule preventative annual physical exams.
“There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” -Dr. David Gremillion, Men’s Health Network.
The life expectancy of men in America is 76 years. Women on the other hand, tend to live a few years longer, to 81 years of age. The #1 cause of death for men is heart disease, followed by cancer and accidents or injuries.
Visit Men’s Health Month to find information about recommended ages for preventive screenings, a men’s health library, and a calendar of events. You can also learn more about local screenings, health fairs, and events.
June 1st, 2012 by Jaclyn
The first Sunday in June recognizes National Cancer Survivor’s Day, a time to celebrate the life of those who have overcome the fight from any form of cancer. Many communities across multiple countries unite for a time of celebration and support to show that life after cancer can be productive and meaningful. This non-profit foundation offers guidance, networking, and education to hospitals and community groups in need of support.
Due to great strides in medical technology, research, and cancer treatment, there are over 12 million cancer survivors in the United States today. If you or someone you know may be interested in hosting a National Cancer Survivor’s Day event, you can download the planning guide here.