Monthly Archives: December 2014

8 (Realistic) New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. Brace yourself — “New Year, new me!” posts are coming. In the cumulating stack of promises we make to ourselves each year, how do we find ones that actually stick?

The experts at Prevention Magazine, put together a list of resolutions for you to try. Many are a spin on the usual resolutions, but with tips for actually following through.

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Instead of seeing it as all-or-nothing, look at health as a continuum, says Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, a family physician in Lexington, Kentucky, and founder and medical director of The Mommy MD Guides. “Every decision that I make moves me closer to one end of the continuum (good health) or the other (poor health),” she says. “For instance, drinking a soda would move me in the wrong direction, while drinking a glass of water would move me in the right direction. By making small, positive decisions, I move closer and closer to good health.”

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2. Integrate exercise.

For most people, exercise is an add-on, something that they do if they can find time. It’s much easier to accommodate if you find ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine. “Climbing the stairs to the third floor takes just a minute longer than waiting for the elevator. Likewise, jogging to the mailbox at the end of my driveway takes a minute or two, but it’s so much better for me than simply leaning out my car window as I drive by,” McAllister says. (Give these 25 easy ways to fit in 10 minutes of exercise a try.)

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Grief Support During the Holidays

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While many people look forward to yearly holiday traditions, gatherings with family and friends and the general good feelings associated with the season, some people dread the holidays. For those who have lost a loved one during the past year, the holidays may emphasize their grief. The holidays, especially the first ones after losing a loved one, are especially difficult for people who are grieving. Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holidays.

Below we’ve listed suggestions on how to navigate such difficult situations for the one’s we love.

Caring Connection’s Twelve Practical Tips for Saying, Doing the Right Things:

1) Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to change their rituals. Remember, there is no right way or wrong way to handle the holidays.

2) Offer to help the person with baking and/or cleaning. Both tasks can be overwhelming for one trying to deal with raw emotions.

3) Offer to help him or her decorate for the holidays.

4) Offer to help with holiday shopping or give your loved one catalogs or on-line shopping sites that may be helpful.

5) Invite the person to attend a religious service with you and your family.

6) Invite your loved one to your home for the holidays.

7) Help your loved one prepare and mail holiday cards.

8) Ask the person if he or she is interested in volunteering with you during the holiday season. Doing something for someone else, such as helping at soup kitchens or working with children, may help […]

Beat the Blues, With Vitamin D!

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As Alaskans we know the impact the sunless winters have on our bodies. Vitamin D is essential for the health of the human heart and is associated with bone and joint maintenance and helps prevent cancer, disease and diabetes. Despite the many wonderful things a little D can do, it is not always easy for Alaskans to naturally acquire enough, especially during the winter.

But there is good news! Health experts advise we eat foods rich in Vitamin D and we have many vitamin rich food options to choose from. These foods include:

• Vitamin-D enriched milk
• Pork
• Eggs
• Mackerel
• Salmon
• Tuna
• Herring
• Sardines
• Shitake and button mushrooms
• Beef Liver
• Ricotta Cheese

Experts also advise Alaskans to consider regular vitamin D supplements or a few teaspoons of cod liver oil daily — along with a mid afternoon walk. For the month of December, to battle the winter blues and keep your body healthy, our Supplement of the Month is none other than Vitamin D! SVT Health & Wellness features some of the highest quality Vitamin D3 available—and it’s all 10% off during the month of December. Stop on by!