Friday, October 31, 2008

Stay In Shape On The Job

(NAPSI)-A tight economy and an increasing workweek mean many of us are spending far more hours at the office and far fewer at the gym (gym memberships across America are down for the first time in a decade). Long hours at the office often mean unhealthy eating. Here are three tips to minimize the calories you consume and maximize those you burn so you can stay in shape at the office.

I Brake For Mocktails. When you're working past 5 p.m., take a short break to refuel so that you'll be more productive during those later hours. For snacks, try colorful vegetable crudités or protein-packed nuts. For drinks, try a sophisticated mocktail like an Appletini (25 calories per serving), a Dri Tai (85 calories per serving) or a Celebration Sparkler (20 calories per serving). Remember, alcoholic mixed drinks are fattening (a single Mai Tai packs 320 calories).

BYOB = Bring Your Own Breakfast. Skipping breakfast is not an option if you want to stay in shape, since studies show that people who eat breakfast may be more likely to lose weight and keep it off long term. Stock your home freezer with whole grain muffins and, when you're too rushed for breakfast at home, slip one into your laptop bag as you head for work. If you need caffeine to get your day going, grab a low- or no-calorie beverage like coffee, tea or a Diet Coke.

Slim? Cool. And Vice Versa. Did you know that you get a calorie-burning benefit from drinking chilled beverages? Drink 2 liters of an iced, no-calorie beverage (the recommended 8 cups a day) and you'll burn off 60 calories as your body works to maintain temperature. If drinking that much plain water doesn't entice your taste buds, stock up on a variety of no-calorie flavored waters and diet soft drinks.

Appletini

3 cups Fresca® or Sprite Zero™

½ cup sour apple cocktail mixer

Granny Smith apple slices, fresh raspberries for garnish

Combine soda and sour apple mix. Serve in martini glasses with a floating fresh raspberry and green apple slice. Makes 7 (4-ounce) servings.

Per serving: 25 calories, 6 g carbohydrate, 10 mg sodium.

Fresca® creates a mocktail with an opaque shade of lime green. Sprite Zero™ creates a translucent mocktail.

Dri Tai

1 cup Simply Orange® orange juice

½ cup Minute Maid Light™ Limonada-Limeade

3 tablespoons Coke Zero®

3 tablespoons grenadine syrup

2 tablespoons lime juice

1½ teaspoons pure almond extract

Lime or orange wedges or mint sprigs for garnish

Stir or shake all ingredients together. Pour over crushed ice, if desired.

Makes 3 servings, about 5 oz. each.

Per serving: 85 calories, 21 g carbohydrate, 20 mg sodium, 45 mg vitamin C (74% Daily Value).

Celebration Sparkler

2 cups cold Sprite Zero™

1 cup cold white grape sparkling beverage

Fresh raspberries for garnish

Mix beverages. Serve immediately in fluted champagne glasses with raspberry in each glass. Makes 6 (4-ounce) servings.

Per serving: 20 calories, 5 g carbohydrate, 10 g sodium.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Don't Get Contact Lenses Without A Prescription

(NAPSI)-While decorative contact lenses are a popular way to change one's eye color or complement a costume, the American Optometric Association (AOA) warns there are risks of wearing these contact lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor. The noncorrective lenses are designed only to change the appearance of the eyes and are, unfortunately, easily accessible to consumers.

According to the AOA, only a proper medical evaluation from an optometrist can determine whether people are viable candidates to wear contact lenses, that the lenses fit properly and if a person can wear lenses without problems.

Federal law requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate decorative lenses as a medical device, similar to corrective lenses; however, decorative lenses continue to be illegally marketed and distributed directly to consumers through a variety of sources including flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons and convenience stores.

Purchasing contact lenses without a prescription can result in serious eye health and vision damage, since wearers have not been properly educated on cleaning and disinfecting, and in proper removal and application of the contact lens, states the AOA. Without a prescription and wearing instructions from an optometrist, consumers who wear these contact lenses put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection or even significant damage to the eye's ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.

This warning comes at a time of heightened consumer interest in changing one's eye color. New results from the AOA's American Eye-Q® survey indicate that more than half of all Americans would consider changing the color of their eyes with colored lenses.

Other risks associated with the improper use of decorative contact lenses include conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reaction and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit. Additional medical problems may result in a reduction of visual acuity (sight), contrast sensitivity and other general eye and vision impairments.

Even though decorative contact lenses carry no prescription and may be worn for short periods of time, they carry the same risks as corrective contact lenses. The AOA advises consumers using these lenses to familiarize themselves with the information available from their eye doctor, so as to reduce the risk of infection.

Recommendations For Decorative Contact Lens Wearers

1. Always see an optometrist for a prescription and proper fitting.

2. Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.

3. Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multipurpose solution to completely cover the lens.

4. Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace the case at a minimum of every three months. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings.

5. Use only products recommended by your optometrist to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.

6. Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never reuse old solution. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.

7. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist.

8. Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.

9. See your optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

When Mammograms Aren’t Enough: New Innovations Help Catch Breast Cancer Early

(ARA) - Following a false diagnosis of stomach cancer, it took five years of countless doctors, tests and hospital visits before Barbara Robertson was accurately diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite annual mammograms, her breast cancer had gone undetected until an MRI finally found that the cancer in her stomach was actually mimicking a primary tumor in her breast.

“Not knowing what is wrong with your body is a scary thing,” Robertson remembers. “Thankfully, the root of the problem was found through MRI and I am now undergoing appropriate treatment.”

Although annual mammograms are strongly recommended and are often the best way to detect breast cancer, additional screening methods may sometimes be necessary, especially for women with dense breast tissue, family history or other risk factors. The good news is that recent innovations in medical imaging are making it increasingly easier for doctors to detect and diagnose cancers like Robertson's at an earlier stage, which is often the key to long-term survival.

“Thanks to increased testing, innovations and greater awareness of screening, breast cancer is not only being caught at earlier stages more often, but its detection and treatment is now also less painful and less invasive for the patient,” says Kay Wissmann from the Breast Cancer Network of Strength. “This was not possible several years ago.”

To take full advantage of the benefits of medical imaging, patients need to know their options and talk with their doctor to ensure that the appropriate tests are used at the right time.

A few of the most recent, major innovations in imaging for breast cancer that all women should be familiar with include:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce very detailed, cross-sectional images of the body, and can be used to look specifically at the breast. Higher quality images are produced by dedicated breast MRI equipment than by machines designed for head, chest, or abdominal MRI scanning. For certain women at high risk for breast cancer, MRI is recommended along with a yearly mammogram, according to the American Cancer Society.

Digital Mammography is similar to standard mammography, but images of the breast are captured electronically and viewed on a computer screen, rather than through x-ray (as in a standard mammogram). The magnification, brightness, or contrast can be changed to help the doctor see certain areas more clearly. While many centers do not offer the digital option at this time, it is expected to become more widely available in the future. A recent study from the National Cancer Institute found that digital mammography was more accurate in finding cancers in women younger than 50 and in women with dense breast tissue.

Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) begins with an injection of a short-acting, “radioactive tracer” that travels through the body and highlights cancer cells, detected by cameras, that mammograms often miss. MBI serves as a complementary form of detection for higher risk women, and tends to show fewer “false positives” than mammograms, meaning fewer women have to undergo unnecessary biopsies. Recently, a study at the Mayo Clinic concluded that MBI found three times more breast cancers than mammography in a test group of women. A similar study has been conducted by George Washington University, finding that MBI has high sensitivity in detecting breast cancers.

For more information on these and other life-saving tests visit MedicalImaging.org, MayoClinic.org, Cancer.org or NetworkofStrength.org.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Early Detection Of Prostate Cancer Saves Lives

(NAPSI)-A simple exam could save a man's life. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men. In fact, during a man's lifetime, his chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer are one in six. For African-American men, the chances are even higher, with one in four men at risk for developing the disease.

"The good news is the disease is treatable with early detection," said Jonathan L. Myles, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "Survival rates for men with low-grade prostate cancers are encouragingly high if the cancer is detected before it has spread to other parts of the body."

Pathologists, physicians who examine tissues and cells to diagnose prostate cancer and other diseases, state that early prostate cancer often has no symptoms, making screening for the disease even more critical. Prostate cancer is commonly detected through the use of two screening tests-a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. A PSA exam detects the level of PSA, a protein produced by prostate cells, in the blood. Higher PSA levels indicate the possibility of cancer.

Identifying Risk

If the results of the DRE and/or PSA are not within normal range, a pathologist will conduct a biopsy and assign a Gleason grade if cancer is identified. This number is a strong measure of how aggressive the prostate cancer is and can be used to help determine prognosis and treatment options.

Men 50 years of age and in good health should speak with their physician about receiving an annual PSA and DRE. African- American men and men who have a close relative who was diagnosed with the disease should consult with their physician and consider beginning screening at age 45.

Choosing Treatment

Many treatment options are available. If you are older, it might be appropriate to take a "watchful waiting" approach. Surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and chemotherapy are also used to treat prostate cancer.

"Even if you don't look sick or feel sick, you should speak with your primary care physician about screening for prostate cancer if you're over 50," said Dr. Myles. "Early detection is a major factor in successful treatment."

Free Resources

For more information regarding prostate cancer, screening tests and possible treatment options, visit the College of American Pathologists' patient information Web site, MyBiopsy.org. The site offers information on other common cancers and cancer-related conditions. To register for an e-mail to schedule a prostate cancer screening exam, visit MyHealthTestReminder.org, a free Web site also developed by the College.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cold-Weather Skin-Saving Essentials

(NAPSI)-Outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding are fun, but while cold weather may be good for the ski trail, it's not always kind to your skin.

The truth is, the combination of chilly temperatures and reduced humidity saps skin of its natural moisture, making it feel tight and dry and rendering it sensitive to irritants. Combined with the low humidity of indoor heating and hot showers, skin is left cracked and dry. And dry skin equals itchy skin.

To help protect and maintain healthy skin that's soft and smooth through the chill, try these simple, skin-saving tips:

Take Shorter Showers. Believe it or not, water can be very drying to the skin. Brief showers using lukewarm water--rather than long soaks in a hot bath--are more skin friendly.

Keep it Simple. Choose mild soaps, hydrating cleansers and moisturizing cosmetics, and seek lotions that are nonirritating and dermatologist recommended.

Keep Skin Hydrated. The lower the temperature, the more frequently moisturizers should be applied. Select formulations that strengthen skin's moisture barrier and are long lasting. Apply liberally on elbows, knees, feet and hands.

Cover and Protect. When heading outdoors, skin should be adequately protected from cold air and gusting wind. When indoors, avoid sitting right next to drying heat sources. Fireplaces and old-fashioned radiators are especially bad culprits.

Prepare for Itchiness. Since cold temperatures deplete skin of moisture, resulting in dry, flaky skin that's often itchy, irritated and uncomfortable, it's important to use a daily moisturizer to repair and restore skin's health. A good one to try is Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Calming Relief Body Lotion. Dermatologists like this rich, creamy lotion because it's clinically shown to relieve itchy, dry skin and moisturize for 24 hours with innovative, time-release technology. The soothing emollients and provitamin B5 soothe and moisturize all day.

Use a Humidifier. Consider purchasing a humidifier to maintain air moisture inside homes during the winter.

These skin-saving tips will keep skin soft, comfortable and healthy looking throughout winter's chill.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

(ARA) - Our faces are our calling cards. They identify us, they show our emotions and they are connected with three of the five senses bringing outside information to our brains. But what happens when our identity starts to droop and turn us into someone else? Or eye and nose restoration is needed to help us look younger? It may be time to research facial plastic surgery and find a facial plastic surgeon you would trust working on your face.

A recent study conducted for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that 85 percent of adult Americans would undergo a facial plastic surgery procedure if given the chance. Furthermore, 80 percent of those surveyed would rather trust their face to a facial plastic surgeon when having their procedure performed.

Last year Americans underwent 2.3 million facial plastic surgery procedures and more than 38,000 revision surgeries. Some were for a younger-looking face, while others were to correct breathing difficulties or drooping eyelids. Some were just because people feel better when they enhance their appearances. Eighty percent of men and women look for an experienced, certified facial plastic surgeon over generalists when it comes to facial plastic surgery.

Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon. By doing your homework ahead of time, you can find a facial plastic surgeon you trust to maximize the benefits of your chosen treatments. A facial plastic surgeon should discuss options and make recommendations to correct the issues.

AAFPRS facial plastic surgeons have extra training for their specialties. All complete approved, post-graduate specialized residencies addressing facial plastic surgery. For most that includes four-year specialized residencies in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery – which includes facial plastic surgery. Many also undergo additional year-long AAFPRS fellowships in facial plastic surgery.

The AAFPRS is an excellent resource for researching the surgeons in your area and types of facial procedures. It is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, with more than 3,000 members who concentrate on the face, head and neck.

Referrals from family and friends who have undergone a procedure are also good places to start your research. Or get a recommendation from a trusted physician or health-care professional. Once you find a surgeon, ask how many procedures of the type you are considering the surgeon has performed, and if the surgeon operates in an accredited facility. The surgeon needs to be one to whom you would trust your face.

The AAFPRS Web site, www.facemd.org, has information and brochures about different surgeries, and includes a listing of facial plastic surgeons in your area with board certification.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Losing Weight Without Lightening Your Wallet

(NAPSI)-There are some inexpensive ways by which the 56 percent of Americans who consider themselves overweight might tip the diet scales in their favor.

Still, people in the U.S. spend more than $2 billion on diet plans and products each year--often only to experience "diet fatigue" from having too few choices of food and flavor.

So what's a cost-conscious dieter to do? Think hybrid. That means using the general concept of your preferred diet plan--low-carb, high-fiber, low-fat, etc.--and adapting that to a range of selectively chosen, affordable foods.

For instance, you can help ensure you have a healthy ratio of carbs to protein in your diet by adding a protein bar to your daily regimen. thinkThin bars contain 20 grams of protein--the most our bodies can absorb in one meal. They're also naturally sugar free, contain an 18-vitamin/mineral blend and have ingredients that help provide lasting satiation, sustained energy, and strength-building capabilities.

When combined with a good mix of fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grains, seafood and lean meat, the bars could help you ensure an all-around lasting weight management program.

It might also be a good--and affordable--idea to boost your fiber intake. Many Americans don't get the much-needed 25 to 38 grams of fiber the USDA recommends they eat each day, often leaving them feeling sluggish and possibly slowing any progress they might see from their diets.

Try to supplement a few high-fiber, whole grain foods, such as oatmeal, certain fruits and different types of breads, into your daily diet. You can tell how much fiber a food has by checking its label. And remember, according to the USDA, most whole grain products are low in fat, unless fat is added in processing, preparation or at the table.

Finally, remember to drink plenty of water, since water aids in nutrient absorption and detoxification.

For more information, visit www.thinkproducts.com.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reduce Holiday Stress In An Hour Or Less

(NAPSI)-The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. However, with your ever-growing to-do list, from organizing family gatherings to finding the perfect gifts-not to mention grocery shopping, cleaning and decorating-all too often words such as "joy" and "celebration" are replaced with "anxiety" and "stress."

In fact, a recent survey by Lindt, a premium chocolate confectioner, found that two out of three women admit they are stressed during the holidays. While many women spend time perfecting their hostess techniques and buying gifts for loved ones, they often forget to take time out for themselves. The survey also found that in order to relieve stress, the majority of women, if given the chance, choose to go shopping, indulge in premium chocolate or visit their local spa. It's well known that when trying to avoid stress, it's important for women to remember that taking a personal time-out, even for only a moment, can make a big difference.

Whether you have an extra hour before you have to pick up the kids from school or you find yourself with only five minutes of precious "me time," here are five tips from Lindt that will help you forge through the holidays without forgetting about yourself!

1) 60 minutes: Go ahead, pamper yourself by booking a massage or a facial and let a professional soothe away your tension. A classic massage from your local day spa should leave you rejuvenated in under an hour.

2) 45 minutes: Book an appointment to have your hair blown out by a pro. The experience of having your hair styled will leave you feeling and looking like a million dollars at a fraction of the cost.

3) 30 minutes: Feed your brain by reading. Whether it's fact or fiction, read at least a chapter a day. Your mind will wander to a different place and forget about that lengthy to-do list.

4) 15 minutes: Take a cyber-break. Sign online to check out the latest celebrity gossip and news. Catching up on others' busy lives will help you briefly forget the stress of your own.

5) 5 minutes or less: Treat yourself to something indulgent, such as one smooth-melting Lindt Lindor Truffle, to help you momen-tarily escape the strains of everyday life.

For more information, visit www.LindtLindorTruffles.com.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fit Or Fooling Yourself?

(NAPSI)-The good news: Baby boomers are living longer and leading more active lives.

The not-so-good news: There's still room for improvement when it comes to long-term health. According to a recent survey of baby boomers, the majority are feeling young, eating healthy and putting less focus on age-related health issues such as hearing loss, elevated blood pressure and declining eyesight. The findings are in stark contrast to those of the National Center for Health Statistics, which reports that half of Americans in the 55 to 64 age group have high blood pressure and two in five are obese.

So are boomers fooling themselves into a false sense of security when it comes to their overall health?

Quite possibly, says Dr. Stephen Sanders, diabetic expert and Internal Medicine specialist at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. "A recent Energizer Keep Going. Live Healthy survey uncovered the disconnect between health perceptions and health realities among this age group," says Dr. Sanders. "That's why it is so important for boomers to be proactive, to take charge of their health and to undergo routine screenings for all common age-related health issues."

Dr. Sanders also stresses the connection between these health screenings and maintaining a high quality of life. For example, untreated hearing loss could mean the difference between living independently and requiring assistance, says Dr. Sanders. "If you can't hear the phone, doorbell, fire alarm, etc., it's going to be extremely difficult to maintain your independence. If you have a hearing issue--and one-third of boomers think they do--get a hearing screening to determine if you need a hearing aid," he advises. "If not, you put yourself and others at risk."

For those ready to improve their lifestyle, Dr. Sanders has six tips:

1. Routine health screenings are extremely important preventive efforts and the key to healthy living and disease management.

2. Diabetics must work to keep their blood sugar as near to normal as possible--one of the best ways to do so is the regular use of a glucose meter.

3. Be sure to maintain all your vital devices. People who use blood pressure monitors, glucose monitors and insulin pumps should have backup batteries available for all their medical devices.

4. Get up to speed on the latest technologies. From discreet hearing aids with wireless technology to hearing aid battery dispensers, such as the Energizer® EZ Change, it's easier than ever to remain active.

5. Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice--anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's a stress buster.

6. Utilizing devices such as pedometers, calorie counters and MP3 players can help make exercising fun and enjoyable.

Dr. Sanders urges everyone--and especially boomers--to make health a priority. By incorporating these six simple steps, people of all ages can achieve better health and meet their health and fitness goals.

For more tips from Dr. Sanders or to learn more about the Energizer "Keep Going. Live Healthy" program and specialty batteries that power important health and medical devices, visit energizer.com/livehealthy.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Headache Relief

(NAPSI)-That neck pain you’re having could be a symptom of TMD, temporomandibular (jaw joint) disorder, a condition that affects more than 15 percent of American adults. TMD is particularly prevalent among women. Other symptoms of TMD include:

• chronic headaches

• painful clicking in the jaw

• locking or popping of the jaw joint

• back pain and

• swallowing problems.

Even though TMD is treatable, a national survey shows that patients often live with these painful symptoms for several years without relief despite seeking medical attention from physicians, neurologists and chiropractors. Sufferers commonly miss work due to the level of pain.

Surprisingly, relief can be found in a dentist’s chair. Dentists who are specially trained in neuromuscular techniques use a variety of methods to relax your jaw and find the optimal position. After a thorough examination, including a pain-free electronic analysis of the muscles of the jaw, a specially trained neuromuscular dentist can perform a workup and show how treatment will change the bite and alleviate pain.

From there, an orthotic, much like a mouth guard used by athletes, is custom made and used to temporarily maintain the optimal position until patients can be fitted with permanent crowns and veneers.

“Less than 5 percent of the dentists in the world are trained in neuromuscular dentistry,” said Dr. Bill Dickerson, president of LVI Global in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dentists from all over the world attend LVI to learn neuromuscular dentistry.

For more information or to locate a trained neuromuscular dentist near you, visit www.leadingdentists.com.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Americans Caught Napping When Polled About Sleep

(NAPSI)-If you're not getting enough sleep, you have lots of company. According to a new survey by SleepBetter.org and conducted by independent research firm Yankelovich, three of four Americans are tossing and turning at night and not getting the sleep they need. What's more, Americans may be nodding off when it comes to separating sleep facts from sleep fiction.

Here are just some of the responses to a recent survey from SleepBetter.org, a new Web site that is dedicated to tips and advice for those seeking better sleep:

Q. Any exercise too close to bedtime can inhibit sleep. (a) Myth (b) Fact

Answer: (a) This is a myth, though only 24 percent of those polled answered correctly.

Q. Counting techniques can help people fall asleep. (a) Myth (b) Fact

Answer: (b) This is a fact, yet only 26 percent of those taking the survey answered correctly.

Q. Trying to fall asleep with the TV on can keep people from sleeping. (a) Myth (b) Fact

Answer: (a) This is a myth, yet only 31 percent of survey recipients could answer correctly.

Q. The amount of sleep people need decreases with age. (a) Myth (b) Fact

Answer: (a) This is a myth, yet 42 percent thought it was true.

Q. Having insomnia can run in the family. (a) Myth (b) Fact

Answer: (b) This is true, and 45 percent thought it was true, while 41 percent didn't know and 14 percent thought it was a myth.

Whether it's financial woes, political contention or more personal problems that are affecting the sleep habits of American families, all too many people are not sleeping well and want to improve the quality of their rest. To help, here are some sleep tips from SleepBetter.org that may help you get a better night's sleep tonight:

1. Retire within two hours and rise within one hour of the same time every day, even on weekends.

2. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, which suppress deep sleep, within three to six hours of bedtime.

3. Avoid heavy meals within three hours of bedtime.

4. Use your bed for resting or sleeping, not for office work, watching television or playing video games (unless it helps you to doze off).

5. Put work aside two to three hours before sleeping.

6. Make the bedroom into a sanctuary. Try aromatherapy or bring the freshness of the outdoors inside with air-dried sheets and sunned pillows and comforters. Linen sprays scented with soothing lavender or rose offer another option.

7. Keep the bedroom quiet, dark and cool.

8. If you fail to fall asleep within 25 minutes, get out of bed and read for a while, selecting soothing rather than stimulating material.

9. If slumber continues to elude you, consider a visit to a sleep specialist.

SleepBetter.org, created by Carpenter Co., the world's largest producer of comfort cushioning products, is a good resource for engaging science-based tools, tips and information to help people get a better night's rest.

For more ways to put sleepless nights to rest, visit www.SleepBetter.org.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

How to Stay Motivated and Keep Your Workouts Fresh

(ARA) – Whether it's walking the dog every day or getting to the gym three times a week, sometimes your exercise routine can feel like just that … routine. There are simple ways to keep your workouts fresh and renew your motivation to get moving for health and fitness.

* Have a plan and post your goals.
Whether it's losing weight, increasing endurance or just feeling healthier overall, having a plan makes it easier to stay on track. Posting your goals gives you something to work toward. Print out your goals and hang them on the wall above your treadmill or start a personal fitness blog and put your goals out there for everyone to see. Do some research online and talk with your doctor to make sure your goals are healthy and realistic. Unrealistic goals mean certain frustration.

* Reward yourself when you reach your goals.
Did you manage to exercise 30 minutes a day for an entire week? Reward yourself by getting a relaxing massage. Did you lose a few pounds? Take a night off, relax and watch television or read a book. Have you reached your weight loss goal? Splurge on a new MP3 player to listen to during your continued workouts. Try not to use food as a reward, especially if your goal is to lose weight.

* Work out with a friend.
Exercising with a friend can make your workout time fly. They may have new ideas and you can help keep each other on track.

* Try something new.
Working out can be fun with a new piece of equipment like a Sports Hoop -- a weighted hoop you swivel for just 10 to 15 minutes to provide cardiovascular benefits, tone muscles and burn calories and fat. Spend time each day working out with the Sports Hoop Workout DVD and you can trim your waist 2 inches and lose up to 4 pounds every month. For more information the workout that feels like child's play visit www.Sports-Hoop.com or call toll free (866) 700-5668.

* Change the order of your exercises.
If you're in a routine you could be in a rut. Simply changing the order you exercise in can help shake things up. If you walk three days a week and do cardio on Tuesdays, try walking at a different time of day or doing cardio two days in a row.

* Take it outside.
A change of venue can add great motivation, especially when you're out in the fresh air and sunshine. Even inclement weather can provide an extra push -- you'll run faster when you want to get out of the rain!

* Subscribe to a fitness magazine.
Magazines offer new plans and inspiration. Plus the photos of fit people can be great motivation when you picture yourself fitting into those new workout clothes.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Amoena Helps Women Re-shape Their Lives After Breast Cancer Surgery

PRNewswire/ -- Women have more options than ever before when facing breast cancer. With early diagnosis, great strides have been made in treatment approaches as well as higher survival rates. However, it's surprising that more women aren't aware of the various ways to restore their positive body image after breast cancer surgery, including the advancements in breast prosthetics.

"We recognize that women will find that their choices and needs may change over several weeks, months and even years following their breast surgery, whether they opt for immediate reconstruction, lumpectomy or mastectomy," said Beth Hohl, product manager for Amoena ( www.us.amoena.com ), the worldwide leader of post breast cancer surgery products. "Their decisions should not be predetermined." For example, according to Hohl, it is acceptable and often recommended to wait a year or more before proceeding with reconstruction. Based on their choices and stages of healing, women's paths may include:

-- Post operative products designed to work with healing
-- Partial forms after surgery (i.e. lumpectomy, reconstruction)
-- Transitional breast forms, followed by reconstruction at a later
time
-- A choice of high quality breast forms that fit each woman and her
individual lifestyle
-- Immediate reconstruction

"We want to empower women with as much information as possible as they move forward with their own personal choices and journeys after surgery," said Hohl.

"Women need to know that prosthetics have come a long way in the last several years to help them regain their confidence and self esteem. Equally important is the awareness that health care plans will cover most of the expenses relating to both reconstructive surgery and breast form products, and women aren't limited, based solely on cost or procedure."

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology noted that doctors and patients need to do a better job discussing all of the options, because according to research, disappointing cosmetic results can have a negative impact on a woman's quality of life.(1)

"Breast prosthetics are important alternatives to reconstruction, and partial prosthetics may be necessary to achieve symmetry following breast conserving surgery and reconstruction," said Hohl. "If women are armed with the right information, they can choose what's right for them. Our goal is to provide the highest quality products and to help women get back to a normal life as quickly as possible."

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Announcing Soothe Natural Progesterone Cream for Natural, Chemical-Free Relief of Insomnia and Other Menopause Symptoms

GBB Note: Most women really don't know a whole lot about menopause or progesterone. This seems like an interesting product, although we have no clue as to whether it helps with the symptoms. If anyone in Fayette County tries it and likes it, be sure to let us know.

24-7 -- Nutrition Breakthroughs of Glendale, CA. has introduced the newest addition to their product line - "Soothe Natural Progesterone Cream". The product is a drug-free, chemical-free skin cream for women who are seeking relief from sleepless nights and other uncomfortable symptoms of premenopause, menopause and PMS.

Women in the pre-menopause and menopause years are more and more finding themselves experiencing symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, chronic insomnia, headaches, anxiety, mood swings, depression, and weight gain. John R. Lee, M.D., author of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell you About Premenopause", says, "With progesterone as a precursor to so many other hormones, it's easy to see why a progesterone deficiency can cause such a wide range of problems."

What distinguishes "Soothe Natural Progesterone Cream" from other similar products is that it contains no artificial chemicals, colors, preservatives, fragrances, or mineral oil. Dr. John Lee says: "Even when a cream contains progesterone, it will not be effective if it isn't suspended in the proper medium. Products containing mineral oil will prevent the progesterone from being absorbed into the skin. Other products haven't properly stabilized the progesterone, so it deteriorates over time with exposure to oxygen."

Soothe Natural Progesterone Cream provides the same exact progesterone molecule that is produced by the female body, and due to its effective delivery medium, its effectiveness lasts all the way down to the bottom of the jar.

Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common menopause symptoms. The results of a placebo-controlled study on progesterone cream were published recently in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study, which lasted for one year, evaluated the effectiveness of progesterone cream in relieving menopausal hot flashes.

In the treatment group, 25 of the 30 women (or 83 percent) noted improvement or resolution of hot flashes and night sweats. Only 5 of the 26 women in the placebo group (or 19 percent) reported any improvement in their symptoms. The researchers concluded that progesterone cream provides effective relief for hot flashes and night sweats.

Jobee Knight, a nutritional researcher and founder of Nutrition Breakthroughs in Glendale, CA., is someone who fought her own battle against premenopause symptoms, including chronic insomnia. She decided to put her background to use by searching out effective natural solutions. After trying five different brands of progesterone cream, "Soothe" became her choice for both personal use and sale to her customers. She says: "This cream makes me feel physically sound and complete. It turns the roughest sleepless nights into deep, relaxing slumber."

E.D. of Denmark says: "I am doing very well. I apply progesterone cream every morning and evening, and it really "fills in the holes in my body"-- that's what it feels like at least. I can handle restless sleep, insomnia, and aches with it. I had a big migraine a couple of weeks ago, but since then I have adjusted the amount I apply and I believe that has bettered it."

Susan of Los Angeles, CA. says: "I have been using one-fourth teaspoon of progesterone cream twice a day for fourteen days now and notice the night sweats have disappeared and I don't feel so warm all the time."

M.S. of Clearwater, FL. says: "I was experiencing fatigue, loss of appetite, mood shifts, loss of energy, dizziness, and had no strength at all. I had gone for many tests and still couldn't figure out what was wrong. I was at my wits end. I tried the progesterone cream inside my arms and it was like waving a magic wand over my body. I actually felt something shift immediately. I was full of energy. I couldn't believe how good I felt so quickly."

"Soothe Natural Progesterone Cream" is available from Nutrition Breakthroughs.

References:

1. Leonetti H.B., "Transdermal progesterone cream for hot flash symptoms and postmenopausal bone loss." Obstetrics & Gynecology, August 1999.

2. "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause -- The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone" by John R. Lee, M.D. and Virginia Hopkins.

3. "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause -- Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty" by John R. Lee, M.D., Jesse Hanley, M.D., and Virginia Hopkins.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Top-Five Stress Busters

(NAPSI)-Life can be stressful, no doubt about it, but how we deal with that stress can make a huge difference in the quality of our lives and in our own health. Try these tips:

1. Breathe--When stress levels begin to rise, close your eyes and relax into a few deep breaths. Deep breathing suppresses and calms your sympathetic nervous system which, when activated, releases stress hormones that can be detrimental to our bodies.

2. Let Go--Many of us get stressed out over "the small stuff" in life. Instead, practice the art of "letting go." Close your eyes and repeat several times: "let" as you inhale and "go" as you exhale. Focus on the things in your life that are the most important to you--your health, family, friends and loved ones, as well as all the blessings in your life.

3. Exercise--Exercise raises our production of endorphins-brain chemicals that make us feel good--and increases our sense of well-being. If you're stressed out about starting an exercise routine--or want to improve your current one--try using equipment designed for your fitness level. For instance, Savasa makes jump ropes, weights, resistance bands and other items that are color-coded to your size, height and fitness level. Plus the products have smaller grips and handles modeled on women's hands. They even come with a DVD featuring 15-minute workouts created by professional trainers.

4. Be Present--Stress often occurs when we relive painful memories over and over, or when we constantly worry over the unknown future. When you notice these thought patterns, tell yourself that you cannot go back in time, and since you have no control over the future and no amount of worrying will ever change that, you are then left with one option-bringing your mind into the present moment.

5. Eat Right--By eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and pasta, and by eliminating foods that are high in fat, white flour, white sugar and caffeine, we can build up our immune system's ability to protect our bodies against the damaging effects of stress.

For more information, visit www.savasafit.com.

By JoDene Stokes

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Report Reveals The High Price Of Low Self-Esteem

GBB Note: Another great way to help with young girls with low self-esteem is to get them involved in sports. Fayette County has many cost effective options for team sports for both boys and girls. After all, there is nothing more beautiful than a huge smile on the faces of our children.

(NAPSI)-Self-esteem has become a national crisis in this country. The majority of girls (seven in 10) feel they do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school, and relationships. Most disturbing is that girls with low self-esteem are engaging in harmful and destructive behavior that can leave a lasting imprint on their lives. These new findings come from Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, conducted with girls between 8 and 17 and commissioned by the Dove® Self-Esteem Fund. The new report confirms the importance of healthy self-esteem and the dangerous consequences that can arise when hang-ups about looks, academics and popularity erode a girl's sense of self-worth and self-acceptance.

Destructive Behaviors

When girls feel badly about themselves, they are turning to destructive behaviors. Girls with low self-esteem are three times more likely to participate in dangerous behaviors when feeling insecure. Research shows that 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative and potentially harmful activities, such as disordered eating, cutting, bullying, smoking or drinking, when feeling badly about themselves-compared with 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem. Girls are also craving better communication with adult figures as they struggle with challenges in their lives. The top wish among girls is for their parents to communicate better with them, including more frequent and more open conversations, as well as discussions about what is happening in their life.

"Low self-esteem among girls and young women has reached a crisis level," said self-esteem expert Jess Weiner, a best-selling author and the global ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. "The good news is that if parents and other role models are willing to create a steady conversation of encouragement, honesty and openness it can definitely help girls gain confidence and reach their full potential."

Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem was commissioned by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund as part of its commitment to help girls build self-esteem and a healthy body image. The Fund was developed more than four years ago as part of the Campaign for Real Beauty to inspire and educate girls and young women about a wider definition of beauty, with a goal of reaching 5 million girls globally by 2010 with self-esteem programming.

How To Get Involved

There are a number of different ways to get involved and make a difference. Individuals can volunteer with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America or the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and download free resources for leading their own self-esteem workshops for the girls in their communities. Facilitator training guides are available on the Dove Web site, as are powerful and engaging self-esteem-building tools for girls, moms and mentors. To learn more, visit http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Keep Your Eyes Beautiful With Safe Makeup Tips

(NAPSI)-Department store and drugstore makeup aisles are filled with a tempting array of makeup colors and products for the eyes. But knowing how to apply and remove eye makeup properly will not only make your eyes beautiful; it will also protect your vision as well.

“Makeup is a part of many women’s everyday routine, but they should be aware that improperly applied makeup is a risk to the eye,” says Cynthia Bradford, M.D., clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma. “Even something as simple as testing a sample at the makeup counter can lead to problems. We want the public to know how to look their best without jeopardizing their eye health.”

Through its EyeSmart campaign, the Academy wants to remind consumers to use healthy and safe habits when using and testing makeup. Dr. Bradford explains: “Proper care and caution when using makeup can prevent eye infections that range from minor cases that can be treated with medication to more serious cases that could impair vision.”

Here are some safe makeup tips from Dr. Bradford:

Infection: It’s very important to remember that makeup expires, especially eye makeup. Eye makeup should be thrown away three months after it is purchased but immediately if you develop an eye infection when you are using it. Liquid or creamy makeup can harbor bacteria easily. Once you open and use mascara, cream eye shadow or face base, you should replace it within three months. If you have eye surgery, do not wear makeup around the eye until your ophthalmologist tells you it is safe to do so and then only use fresh, new makeup. Never share your makeup with anyone else.

Allergy: If you tend to be easily allergic when you try a new product, introduce only one new product at a time. If there is no reaction, you can add another new product. If you try a new product line of makeup and add too many products at once, it is hard to pinpoint which one is the offending product. If you notice that you become allergic to a product, you should find out what the ingredients are in the product and bring that to your doctor’s attention. Dr. Bradford recommends using the least amount of products on or around your eyes to prevent irritation or infection.

Applying: When applying makeup, be sure your face and eyelids are very clean before you begin. Never apply makeup over the oil glands of the upper or lower eyelid, as these oil glands secrete oil that protects the surface of the eye. To avoid covering the oil glands or inadvertently applying makeup directly on the eye, always apply makeup outside the lash line, away from the eye.

Removing: At night, remove all eye makeup, especially mascara that can stick to the lashes. Use a clean cotton swab to brush along the base of the eyelashes to get the last resistant debris of eye makeup off. If you use an eye makeup remover, make sure you don’t get any in your eye. When you are done, rinse the remover off your eyelids completely to avoid possible irritation of the eye or lids.

If you think you have an eye infection or allergic reaction to your eye makeup, it is important to seek medical help by contacting your ophthalmologist.

Learn about eye diseases and the names of eye M.D.s in your area by visiting www.GetEyeSmart.org.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Prevent Fall Bleacher Burn

(ARA) - Many Americans’ favorite sports occur in the fall, encouraging individuals to spend more time outdoors free of summer’s scorching heat. But while the weather may seem cooler, many regions of the country continue to experience high ultraviolet indexes throughout the fall. In fact, even on gray, cloudy days, as much as 80 percent of UV rays can pass through the clouds.

Spectators, athletes and outdoor enthusiasts alike need to protect their skin from the unintentional damage they can receive while enjoying fall activities. Sun protection is especially important when spending significant time outside during sports games, hiking and other outdoor activities.

It’s a myth that the need for sun protection stops when fall starts. “Year-round sun protection is an important mindset to adopt in order to prevent premature skin damage that can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and some types of skin cancer,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hale, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine. “I always recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen anytime people are outdoors to help protect against both UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and are especially abundant in the warm summer months, UVA rays are present year-round and can pass through clouds and windows. Sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats remain important methods to protect from overexposure during the cooler fall and winter months.”

“Coppertone’s Sport Faces SPF 50 Lotion and Sport Continuous Spray SPF 70+
are among the many Coppertone products that provide broad spectrum protection across the UVB and UVA range,” says Dr. Patricia Agin of the Coppertone Solar Research Center. To help protect against fall and winter sun damage, Dr. Agin recommends following these five suncare tips:

* Protect your Face – While arms and legs are generally covered during cool seasons, your face is one part of the body that can receive year-round sun exposure. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen and apply it to the face, neck and chest before leaving the house.

* Don’t Forget the Hands – If you aren’t wearing gloves, the skin on your hands is just as susceptible to sun damage as the skin on your face. Smoothing on a sunscreen lotion daily may help moisturize dry skin and can help protect the skin from unintentional damage, helping to prevent premature skin aging.

* You’re Never “Above” Damaging Sun Rays – Whether you are hiking up mountainous terrain or speeding down the slopes, the sun’s rays become stronger as altitude increases. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, UV exposure increases 8 to 10 percent for every 1,000 feet of elevation; therefore, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. Skiers are especially susceptible to “goggle burn” as the snow reflects 80 percent of UV rays.

* Be Sun Smart – UV rays are present year-round, reflecting off water, concrete and sand. The sun is the strongest between the hours 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Some after-school sports take place when UV rays are strongest, so whether you are playing on the field or watching from the bleachers, it’s important to protect yourself from potential sun damage.

* Make Sunscreen a “Family Affair” – Most parents understand the need to protect their children from the sun. According to the 2008 Coppertone “Sun IQ” survey, 82 percent of parent respondents agreed it is important that their children use sunscreen with an SPF above 30. Unfortunately, these parents are not practicing what they preach as 45 percent were not using sunscreen themselves. To encourage healthy sun habits for the whole family, keep a bottle in the bathroom and next to the door for easy, on-the-go application.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dress For Success: Guidelines For A Suitable Suit

(NAPSI)-When it comes to selecting a suit, menswear experts advise, it's wise to follow four simple guidelines:

• Get the best suit you can afford: "We tell our clients it's better to purchase one higher-quality suit that falls within their budget than two lower-cost suits for the same amount," said clothing expert Christian Boehm. The cloth superiority and construction typically found in more expensive suits tend to provide a more enjoyable and longer-wearing experience. Clothing companies generally offer several collections, or labels, that come in a range of fabrics and construction options, from custom-made to off-the-rack, resulting in various price points.

• Select the proper cloth for your suit: Boehm explained the right cloth for a person frequently on the road would differ from the cloth desired by an individual who rarely leaves the office. He stated, "If you travel regularly, a highly durable fabric will serve you better than a lightweight cloth," adding a suit's cloth should also be determined by how often you plan on wearing the garment.

• Make sure the suit fits properly: Proper fit is essential to your enjoyment of and how you look in a new suit. "First and foremost, the shoulders of the coat must fit correctly. This allows for the most freedom of movement and the revelation of flattering lines. Next comes proper fit in the waist and seat, critical for both comfort and proper appearance of pleats, waistbands and other pant features," said Boehm. He believes custom suits have a distinct advantage over ready-made suits in this area.

• Style it the way you want it: After addressing the quality, cloth and fit of the suit, you have the opportunity to finish the garment with an assortment of details. From two or three buttons on the coat to pleats or flat-front trousers, these decisions provide personalization. "This is the part of the customization process where individuals can really add a bit of their personality to their suit," said Boehm.

Added Boehm, vice president of marketing and merchandising for The Tom James Company, which has been called the world's leading manufacturer and retailer of custom clothing, "When our clients take our established guidelines into account, they have suits that provide them with a great appearance as well as confidence."

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Tips To Take The Pain Out Of Cold Weather

GBB Note: Cooler mornings have arrived in Fayette County. The weather is just perfect for getting out and walking the cart parts in Peachtree City, Here are some tips in case the morning stretch makes you stop and pause.

(NAPSI)-If you're one of the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis, many cold weather sports and activities can seem overwhelming. In fact, colder weather often intensifies arthritis pain.

By following a few simple tips, people with arthritis can reduce the impact that pain has on their lives:

• Maintain your exercise program-It's not just the cold weather that causes joints to stiffen, but inactivity. People who are normally active in the summer can become sedentary when it's cold.

Lack of exercise raises the risk for cardiovascular disorders and other chronic illnesses and can also make the muscles of the body less efficient and increase fatigue, stress and anxiety.

If the weather outside is prohibitive, find an indoor activity such as mall walking, dancing, swimming at an indoor pool or yoga. Be sure to warm up before and cool down after your workout to help prevent strains, muscle soreness and other injuries. Talk to your health care provider before beginning a new exercise routine.

• Try hot and cold therapy -Both warm baths and heating pads help ease the pain while ice packs reduce inflammation and swelling. Try starting with cold therapy to help with inflammation and then switch to heat therapy for stiffness.

• Layer your clothing-By wearing multiple layers of clothing, you can avoid rapid temperature transitions between indoors and out.

• Take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever-Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve work to relieve everyday aches and pains. Aleve has also been shown to provide 24 hours of relief with just two pills-something not found with other OTC brands.

For more information on how to effectively manage pain, visit the Osteoarthritis Resource Center at www.aleve.com.

When the weather outside prohibits outdoor exercise, consider an indoor activity such as yoga.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Quick Tips For Stress Relief

(NAPSI)-The next time you're feeling stressed, consider the good news, the bad news and the better news.

The Good News

You're not alone. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, roughly one in three people suffer from moderate to severe stress on a daily basis. A survey by the American Psychological Association found that three out of four Americans are stressed out by money and work.

The Bad News

Prolonged stress has been shown to damage memory cells and increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. Stress accumulates over time. Here's a list of "stress signals":

• Restlessness, feeling keyed up or on edge

• Being easily fatigued

• Difficulty concentrating

• Irritability

• Muscle tension, such as a chronic stiff neck or a painful shoulder

• Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep.

The Better News

Mimi Donaldson is a stress management expert and author of "Bless Your Stress: It Means You're Still Alive!" She says all it takes to reduce stress may be a 10-minute break during the day. The benefits include an increase in energy, productivity and happiness.

"It's hard to find a person who hasn't experienced any signals of everyday stress," said Donaldson. "That's why I emphasize pressing the 'pause button' for 10 minutes a day. For example, taking time to enjoy a low-calorie, portion-controlled snack such as Nonni's Biscotti is a very manageable way to alleviate the buildup of daily stress. Remembering to treat yourself better will give you that added boost to get through the day with a renewed energy."

"Treat Yourself Better" Stress Relief Tips

• Focus on the things you truly can control: what you think, what you say, what you do, what you put into your mouth and what you do to your body.

• Give up your unofficial and ineffective hold on the forces of the universe.

• Use your all-purpose "pause button" before you go bananas over a long slow line or traffic jam.

• Do something nice for yourself. Relax and enjoy a healthy snack while you take some moments of reflection time.

• Move your body; exercise.

• Practice doing nothing. Investigate meditation and how it might help you.

• Do something nice for someone else. Let that impatient driver into your lane.

• Create a list of things for which you're grateful and read it daily.

Relaxing with a biscotti and a cup of coffee or tea can do more to relieve stress than many realize.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Supplements Can Serve As Stress Buffer

(NAPSI)-When it comes to reducing stress, many believe following the right diet and taking nutritional supplements can often be a big help. Experts say when people are stressed, they do not always eat as much or as well. Here are some tips:

• Eat smaller meals more frequently to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Make sure protein and fiber are part of every meal.

• Exercise. It burns calories and helps to fight stress.

• Look for a natural-food multivitamin containing B vitamins and minerals to help convert food to energy, B and C vitamins to help support the body's ability to handle stress, chromium to promote stable blood sugar levels, and iodine to support healthy thyroid function and metabolism. Antioxidants are also found in natural-food multivitamins and help to protect tissues and cells from damage caused by stress as well as exercise.

Some say this type of natural whole-food multivitamin--as well as herbal supplements, probiotics, omega-3 fish oils and antioxidants, such as CoQ10--from a reliable source, such as The Vitamin Shoppe, can help to guard against deficiencies.

This can help ensure that other aspects of health and fitness--such as hair, skin, nails, the immune system--are not sacrificed during times of stress.

Learn more at www.vitaminshoppe.com.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sun Protection: What You Need To Know

(NAPSI)-Ask the experts which days it's most important to wear sun protection and the answer you will hear is: Every single day of the year.

Although it is critical to protect your skin while playing summer sports or when going to the beach, it's also crucial to wear sunscreen during the fall, winter and spring months to help protect against skin cancer.

Just because you don't feel the heat of the sun doesn't mean harmful rays are not doing damage. A daily moisturizing lotion that includes an adequate amount of sunscreen should be applied on cloudy days as well as sunny ones, especially when taking part in winter sports such as skiing, ice skating or mountaineering since snow reflects damaging UV light.

"Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, diagnosed in 1.4 million people annually of all races," says dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D. "Skin cancer is also the most preventable and curable form of cancer if it is detected early."

That's why dermatologists say it's so important to protect your skin on a daily basis, regardless of your skin color, and to get a yearly skin check by a dermatologist to prevent skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is among the fastest-growing cancers in the U.S. However, 40 percent of people admit that they never use sunscreen, and only 11 percent use an SPF of 15 or higher daily. For maximum protection, doctors now recommend products with SPF 30 or higher and one that offers broad-spectrum and photostable UV protection.

Traditional sunscreens break down once they are exposed to UV rays, but those with a photostabilizing technology don't break down as quickly.

Sunscreen lotions such as Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF 55 with a photostabilizing technology can protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays throughout the seasons.

For more information, visit skincancer.org or aveeno.com.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Wake Up, Women: Blood Pressure Not Just A "Man's Problem"

(NAPSI)-Here's heartening news: More women are paying attention to their hearts in recent years, thanks perhaps to public awareness campaigns that emphasize a woman's risk for heart disease. Too many, however, may not recognize the critical role blood pressure plays in heart health. In fact, women are less likely than men to make lifestyle changes to meet target goals for healthy blood pressure. Forty percent of women are not controlling their high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to a study published in a recent issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Altogether, high blood pressure affects more than 100 million adults in the U.S., putting them at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. Yet, according to the National Women's Health Resource Center, 30 percent don't know they have it.

A new recommendation by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other leading health organizations emphasizes the importance of regular home blood pressure monitoring in conjunction with a doctor's supervision. This is especially important for pregnant women, as high blood pressure during pregnancy is a leading cause of maternal and infant deaths.

"It's critical for women to make the connection between blood pressure and heart health. Especially when certain lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise or a specific life stage such as pregnancy or menopause can put women at greater risk for high blood pressure," said Dr. Annabelle Volgman, medical director of the Rush University Heart Center for Women. "With heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women, women should make home blood pressure monitoring a part of their daily routine at all stages of life."

The AHA suggests it's important to get a monitor that has been clinically validated to accurately measure blood pressure by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the British Hypertension Society or the International Protocol from The European Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Volgman offers the following tips for home blood pressure monitoring:

• Make sure the cuff fits: Measure around your upper arm and choose a monitor that comes with the correct size cuff. For example, Omron blood pressure monitors come with two cuff sizes or have expandable cuffs to fit both regular and large-size arms.

• Don't smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within the 30 minutes of measuring your blood pressure.

• Sit with your back straight and supported--for example, choose a dining chair rather than a stool.

• Put your feet flat on the floor; don't cross your legs.

• Your arm should be supported on a flat surface, such as a table, with your upper arm at heart level.

• Make sure the middle of the cuff is placed directly over your brachial artery--down the middle of your arm. Each time you measure, take two or three readings one minute apart and record all the results. Some monitors automatically take consecutive readings, display the average and even store the readings in memory.

• Vary the times of day and situations in which you take your blood presure, knowing that it can be elevated in the morning, if you're stressed, or after drinking coffee and/or smoking. Track your readings over time and share them with your doctor.

Dr. Volgman urges women to make the connection between blood pressure and heart health. For more information on blood pressure management and a free informational brochure, visit www.bpnumbers.com.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Get The Facts About Your Risk For Women's Cancers

(NAPSI)-New findings of an independent survey conducted by Woman's Day magazine showed that too few women know their risk for women's cancers has sparked a call to action for women to learn about reducing cancer risks.

"What You Do Matters" is a call to action from sanofi-aventis to urge women to get the facts about cancer, share their feelings and experiences and prepare for the future learning about how to lower their cancer risks today.

Beyond Breast Cancer

"What You Do Matters" aims to inspire women to learn all they can about early detection, prevention and treatment of women's cancers. In addition to breast cancer, five other types of cancers affecting primarily women are ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulva, and vaginal. In 2008, it is estimated that 260,950 women will be diagnosed with one of these cancers. Just this year, it is estimated that 40,000 American women will die of breast cancer alone.

Olympian Shawn Johnson Speaks Out

"What You Do Matters" speaks to the importance for all women, regardless of age, to get the facts about their risks for cancer.

The company is joined in this effort by Shawn Johnson, 2008 Olympic Champion and a spokesperson for "What You Do Matters." "This cause means a lot to me and my family because when my grandma battled breast cancer 11 years ago, I believe "what we did mattered" to help her get through it," said Shawn. My grandmother and my parents asked a million questions to help her make choices about treatment. She came to live with us, and I did whatever a little girl could to help out. Now as a young adult, I feel I can help make a difference by urging women of all ages to get the facts on their personal cancer history, share their concerns with their doctors and act now to prepare for the future. Because what you do now really does matter."

Survey Results Surprising

In 2008, it is estimated that 260,950 women will be diagnosed, and an estimated 68,970 will die from one of the cancers affecting primarily women. Yet, a recent independent survey conducted by Woman's Day magazine of 7,361 women readers found that too few women have all the information they need about women's cancers. Only one out of two women talked to their doctor about cancer risks. Yet, half of respondents wished they knew where to find credible and reliable information about cancer, and just one fifth feel very knowledgeable about risk factors for women's cancers. The six cancers affecting mostly women are breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal.

Dedicated to making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families, sanofi-aventis urges women to get the facts, share the feelings and look to the future. To learn more about women's cancer risk, visit www.cancerinfo.net. For details on the Woman's Day survey, visit womansday.com.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

LeAnn Rimes Urges Psoriasis Sufferers To Stop Hiding And Start Living

"For years, my self-esteem suffered because of my psoriasis. I lost confidence in how I looked and I felt ashamed. Today, I have a new outlook. I no longer let psoriasis define who I am or how I feel about myself. I am now able to lead a more confident, fulfilling and healthy life."-LeAnn Rimes

(NAPSI)-LeAnn Rimes, psoriasis sufferer and Grammy Award-winning performing artist, remembers that, at one point, she had psoriatic scales on about 80 percent of her body-pretty much everywhere except her hands, face and feet. Because her disease was so visible, LeAnn also recalls how for many years her self-esteem suffered because of her condition. But LeAnn isn't the only one who has experienced the physical and emotional impact of this disease.

Nearly seven million Americans suffer from psoriasis-yet the public is often unaware that psoriasis is a chronic immune disorder that affects the skin and can present physical, emotional or social challenges. In addition to the physical symptoms associated with psoriasis, people with the condition may experience poor self-image, social isolation or depression. And, recent research suggested that severe psoriasis may occur with other serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

Because there is so little public awareness about the impact of psoriasis, the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation have partnered together, funded with support from Abbott, to launch a public education program called "Stop Hiding from Psoriasis." The effort is designed to raise awareness of psoriasis as a chronic disease that can have a dramatic impact on sufferers' lives, and to empower people living with psoriasis to Stop Hiding and Start Living by talking with a dermatologist.

LeAnn Rimes is working closely with the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation on "Stop Hiding from Psoriasis." By speaking out about her battle against the disease, which has affected her for much of her life, LeAnn is putting a well-known face on a condition that has long been misunderstood.

For additional information on psoriasis and the "Stop Hiding from Psoriasis" campaign, please visit www.StopHiding.org.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pretty In Pink--And Blue

(NAPSI)-You can help change some heartbreaking statistics: In the U.S. there is a new diagnosis of breast cancer every three minutes, and every nine seconds a women is assaulted or beaten. Men can suffer from breast cancer and domestic violence, too. Many concerned citizens are raising funds and awareness.

An easy way to get involved is to purchase, wear and use fundraising products that support these causes. One source is the Avon Foundation, one of the few organizations to tackle both breast cancer and domestic violence. The Avon Foundation offers unique, affordable fundraising products year-round, but the breast cancer and domestic violence messages are especially meaningful in October, which has been designated Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Products to support both the Breast Cancer Crusade and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence are available through dedicated Avon sales representatives and at avonfoundation.org.

New in the Breast Cancer Crusade collection are Pink Ribbon Bubble Bath, a sparkling tennis bracelet, a water bottle and pink fleece-lined clogs, which join a large collection of jewelry, accessories and cosmetics. To support the domestic violence cause, Avon offers bracelets, a key ring and more, including the Women's Empowerment Bracelet, which was launched by award-winning actress and Avon Foundation Honorary Chairwoman Reese Witherspoon.

The donation to the cause varies per item and is as high as 80 percent of the purchase price. So far, Avon global philanthropy raised more than $660 million through programs in over 50 countries, making the company a leader in the breast cancer and domestic violence causes.

Where does the money go? The Avon Foundation awards grants to organizations and institutions to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved, and to help end the cycle of domestic violence, with a special focus on helping children.

Contact an Avon sales representative or visit www.avonfoundation.org to view the collection of fundraising products, see how the money is used and download free printable literature on both breast cancer and domestic violence. You can take action to help save lives.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Facing Facts About Acne

(NAPSI)-The ABCs of fighting acne may come down to your pH.

Acne affects almost 80 percent of people 11 to 30 years old in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.

Its exact causes are unknown, but skin with an improper pH level could be more acne prone. pH is an important measure of the skin's acidity or alkalinity. It can be thrown off by soaps that leave traces on skin, even after rinsing.

You can fight that by using astringents such as those in the Sea Breeze Actives line. They cleanse and remove trapped oil, dirt and makeup, without having an effect on pH levels.

The line's Clear-Pore Astringent, an oil-control formula for all skin types, helps to unclog pores by treating and preventing blackheads and other breakouts. It contains salicylic acid-the No. 1 dermatologist-recommended ingredient for the treatment of acne-and it provides the strongest acne treatment without a prescription.

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Best-Selling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard Helps to Raise Awareness of Dry Eye with the Dry Eye Book Club and Top 10 Tear-Jerker Book List

PRNewswire/ -- Best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean and dry eye sufferer Jacquelyn Mitchard today teamed up with the Red Hot Mamas(R), the nation's largest menopause management education organization, and Allergan, Inc., a global health care leader in eye care, to unveil the Top 10 Tear-Jerker Book List and launch the Dry Eye Book Club, a national health education campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness among women, who are disproportionately affected by dry eye due to hormonal changes caused by aging and menopause (2), about the impact dry eye can have on everyday activities like reading.

Women read nearly twice as much as men according to an Associated Press poll, (3) however in a recent national survey of 371 women ages 45-65 who regularly experience at least one dry eye symptom, many revealed their dry eye symptoms have caused them to experience difficulty with activities such as reading (50 percent) and using a computer (42 percent).(4)

"For almost a decade, I lived with blurred vision, irritation and itchy, dry eyes. Although not life threatening, as an author, mother of seven and avid reader, difficulty reading and using the computer to write just wasn't an option in my life," said Mitchard. "It took me too long to talk to my eye doctor about my symptoms, to be diagnosed with chronic dry eye and to find an effective treatment. I want women to know that chronic dry eye is a medical condition that should be taken seriously and discussed with an eye doctor."

Despite the impact of dry eye on daily activities, 75 percent of the 371 women surveyed who experienced dry eye symptoms reported that they had not visited an eye doctor to seek relief, for reasons including, "my symptoms are just something that I have to live with."(4)

"Women are twice as likely as men to suffer dry eye(5) because of hormonal factors," said Karen Giblin, president of Red Hot Mamas(R). "The Red Hot Mamas is dedicated to empowering women to become educated health care consumers and active participants in their overall health and menopause management."

Tears provide nourishment and protection to the surface of the eyes. Dry eye occurs when changes to the health of the tear-producing glands affect the quantity and quality of tears produced, which in turn affects the health of the eyes. Artificial tears are often used to relieve the symptoms of dry eye temporarily.

"If left untreated, dry eye can progress and lead to more serious vision problems," said Marguerite McDonald, MD, FACS, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and clinical professor of ophthalmology at New York University. "It's important to speak with an eye doctor who can diagnose chronic dry eye, and if appropriate, may recommend adding a prescription therapy, such as RESTASIS(R), to increase tear production that may be suppressed by inflammation due to chronic dry eye."

To raise awareness of dry eye and the importance of tears, 325 people across the country experiencing dry eye symptoms voted on the Top 10 Tear-Jerker Book List, which includes stories that bring tears to their eyes (full list at end of release). Mitchard and the Red Hot Mamas encourage women to visit DryEyeBookClub.com to join the Dry Eye Book Club, learn about dry eye and treatment options, and follow along as Mitchard makes her way through the Top 10 Tear-Jerker Book List.

In addition to the Top 10 Tear-Jerker Book List, The DryEyeBookClub.com site also offers a quiz for women to see if they may have dry eye, questions to help start a conversation with their eye doctor and information about dry eye symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment options and long-term effects. One hundred visitors who register on the Web site will have a chance to win a signed copy of Jacquelyn Mitchard's best-selling book, The Deep End of the Ocean.

The Dry Eye Book Club is an educational initiative sponsored by Allergan, Inc.

Top 10 Tear-Jerker Book List
1. The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank (Annelise Marie Frank)

2. Love Story, Erich Segal

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

4. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

5. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

6. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt

7. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

8. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

9. The Color Purple, Alice Walker

10. The Deep End of the Ocean, Jacquelyn Mitchard

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