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    Shun the Chair: Extend Your Life by Sitting Less, Moving More

    fileNews outlets from The Wall Street Journal to WebMD to Time have picked up on a study that indicates people who spend less time sitting are likely adding years to their lives. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal's online outlet, BMJ Open, reducing your time spent sitting to 3 hours a day or less may add 2 years to your life expectancy. Plus, cutting TV viewing to fewer than 2 hours a day may extend life by about 1.4 years. This reinforces an Australian study released ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 12, 2012 7:26 PM & Tagged active, exercise, health and sitting | permalink | Comments

    Don't 'Exercise,' Walk; Don't Sit, Stand; Author Explains Simple Steps to Well-Being

    file"If people want to be healthier and prolong their life span, all they really need to do is go for a walk. It's the single easiest thing anyone can do." —Gretchen Reynolds    Author and New York Times health and fitness columnist Talk about good news. It's possible—probable, actually—that you know someone who lives a sedentary life. Sad stat: The lead story in Tuesday's USA Today (May 8) cited a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that that estimates by 2030 42% of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 10, 2012 6:08 PM & Tagged Gretchen Reynolds, New York times, fitness, health and walking | permalink | Comments

    Does the Outdoors Positively Influence Our Health? One Cancer Patient Cites Its Benefits

    file"Whenever my health or spirit takes a dive I flee to a national park, or camp alongside a creek, or hike in a canyon. Our national parks and forests have been called 'sanctuaries for spirit.' Indeed, they are healing for me."                                                                    —Edie Littlefield Sundby Is experiencing a great landscape the best medicine? Based on the reflections of a cancer patient who has outlived a 3-months-to-live diagnosis (for inoperable liver cancer) by more ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on October 20, 2011 11:25 AM & Tagged health, national parks and wellness | permalink | Comments

    It's Tick Time: Are You Prepared?

    fileTicks are nasty little arachnid bugs that only know how to do one thing well, which is to make you sick. Fortunately, REI and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS have some simple tips to keep you healthy. First, know your enemy. Ticks can live anywhere where you might camp. They like vegetated areas, especially ones where small mammals live. Their main occupation is a behavior called "questing," which is crawling upwards en masse and waving their tiny arms around until some unsuspecting ...

    Posted by Hovey WMI on July 8, 2011 1:15 PM & Tagged CDC, Lyme disease, NOLS, WMI, Wilderness Medicine Institute, first aid, health, tick fever and ticks | permalink | Comments

    What Does One Doctor Prescribe for Good Health? Fresh Air

    fileWill doctors some day write prescriptions for outdoor activity as a treatment for boosting a patient's health? At least one doctor is already doing so. A Nov. 29 New York Times article by health writer Jane Brody identifies Dr. Daphne Miller, affiliated with the University of California, as an advocate of turning public lands (national, state and local parks, for example) into public health resources. Why write a prescription for being outdoors? Indoor-habituated people need basic guidance, ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 30, 2010 12:22 PM & Tagged Outdoors, health and perscriptions | permalink | Comments

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