5 Tips to Having a Happy, Healthy Heart

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Everyone knows heart health is vital. Yet, more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year — or one in every four deaths — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By arming yourself with information about nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk for heart disease.
From picking protein-rich foods that are low in saturated fat to snoozing for the optimal amount of time each night, here are some valuable tips to keep your ticker happy:
* Get your protein from foods that are low in saturated fat. While a good steak or hamburger can be enjoyable, it is also high in saturated fat. Better choices are fish, poultry and nuts. If you want something even lighter, consider a protein shake. The Bowflex Body French Vanilla Fitness Shake (www.bowflexbody.com), for instance, offers 15 grams of protein per serving and a scant 1 gram of saturated fat. An added bonus is that these shakes activate the metabolism and help build muscle, burn calories and boost energy.
* Put down the smartphone. In today’s world of 24/7 connectivity, it’s important to unplug from work, email and devices for at least an hour a day. This helps reduce stress, which is important for keeping your blood pressure and heart rate levels from going too high.
* Get some rest. Experts recommend aiming for around seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Consistently getting too few or too many zzz’s can be unhealthy.
* Move your body. A recent study from the University of Cambridge determined that inactivity is more dangerous to your body than obesity. There are limitless activities to get your heart pumping, such as walking, swimming or biking, to name a few. Looking for a workout you can do at home? The Bowflex TreadClimber (www.treadclimber.com) combines the motions of a treadmill, a stair climber and an elliptical for a comfortable low-impact workout that delivers high-impact results.
* Free your inner social butterfly. Better yet, work out with a buddy to help keep you motivated and on track. Research shows that having a strong social network and spending time with others can help reduce blood pressure and other heart disease-related factors.
“Even small steps, like adding one strength-training workout a week, can make a big impact,” says Tom Holland, Bowflex Fitness Advisor and “Beat the Gym” author. “Plus, the Internet is a great resource to find more tips and information.”
For a good place to start, visit www.bowflexinsider.com.

For Whiplash Sufferers, Chiropractic Care Can Be Beneficial

WhiplashChiroCOne of the most common injuries from a car accident is whiplash—and anyone who has experienced it knows first hand that it can be even more painful than watching a C-SPAN hearing on waste management.

But it’s not just about the immediate pain, because this injury affects the soft tissues of the neck caused by the sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, which can also destabilize the spine—and leave you with severe, long-term pain if left untreated.

It can take anywhere from hours to months for symptoms to present themselves, but they may include:

•    Blurred vision

Keeping the Workplace in Proper Alignment

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Forward-looking companies know that their businesses aren’t really healthy unless their employees are. Firms like Google, Apple and Facebook all understand that, and consequently have incorporated chiropractic care into their workplace programs. And one of the very first to have adopted such a whole-body approach — Standard Process, a Wisconsin-based nutritional supplement company — has documented proof of its astounding results. To learn more, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

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El Día de los Reyes es una gran tradición para las familias hispanas

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Santa quizás este desempolvando sus botas para la nieve y preparándose para la entrega de regalos en Navidad pero los niños hispanos saben que la celebración no termina allí. Ellos esperaran otra visita y otra ronda de regalos después de Navidad, durante la celebración de El Día de los Reyes (Kings Day). El Día de los Tres Reyes, celebrado el 6 de enero, también conocido como La Fiesta de la Epifanía del Señor, para las familias hispanas es un momento muy especial del año. La fecha marca la culminación de los doce días de Navidad y conmemora a los tres reyes magos que viajaron desde lejos, llevándole regalos al niño Jesús.
El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos se ha convertido en una gran tradición para las familias hispanas y es celebrado en toda América Latina. Si bien cada país tiene sus propias costumbres especiales para honrar el día, la mayoría lo celebran dando regalos y comiendo platos tradicionales. Los festines a menudo incluyen flan, tres leches, pernil, pasteles y mucho más. Y ninguna fiesta está completa sin el famoso “coquito”, la versión latina del ponche de huevo. Este es un momento para que se reúnan las familias numerosas, continuando así con una tradición llena de alegría, risas, canciones y bailes como es la de los Tres Reyes, o Tres Reyes Magos.
En Puerto Rico, por ejemplo, al igual que los niños les dejan galletas y leche a Santa y zanahorias para los renos en la víspera de Navidad, la costumbre exige que los niños recojan hierba para los camellos y pongan agua para los Reyes. Cuando los niños se van a dormir, los padres esparcen la hierba en el suelo para que se vea como si se la han comido y les dejan regalos a los niños, al igual que los Reyes Magos lo hicieron con el niño Jesús. Los regalos son generalmente más pequeños y sencillos que los que reciben en Navidad.
Los minoristas estadounidenses, como JCPenney, han observado el aumento de las celebraciones del Día de Reyes. A lo largo de la temporada de vacaciones, JCPenney ha apoyado y celebra las tradiciones culturales de las familias latinas a través de su serie de videos en línea “The Gift of New Traditions” en AOL – www.on.aol.com/giftofnewtraditions. Con familias hispanas reales, los videos destacan cómo estas familias multiculturales incorporan sus tradiciones culturales a los días festivos de Estados Unidos. El episodio final de la www.on.aol.com/giftofnewtraditions parte de la serie se centra en la celebración del Día de Reyes. JCPenney también celebra el Día de Reyes en su página de Facebook de JCPenney Latino en facebook.com/JCPenneyLatino.
Para aquellos que están celebrando el Día de Reyes, JCPenney es un destino de compras ideal con su surtido de regalos que se ajustan a cada estilo de vida edad y presupuesto. Los clientes pueden encontrar una gran variedad de regalos emocionantes para los niños y adolescentes que lo tienen todo, desde atractivos dispositivos electrónicos como auriculares, estaciones de conexión y auriculares inalámbricos hasta altavoces para una selección de juguetes de las mejores marcas de hoy. También son grandes regalos los artículos de ropa como abrigos y chalecos suéteres Puffer, y más, así como accesorios de moda desde bufandas hasta joyería. Este año, JCPenney incluso está ofreciendo una tarjeta de regalo con un diseño especial del Día de Reyes. La selección de pequeños artículos eléctricos de cocina, vajillas, sobremesa, decoración y más, también le dan un aire entretenido al Día de Reyes.

Whiplash Sufferers Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s one of the most common injuries from a car crash, and those who’ve experienced it know it can be even more painful than watching a C-SPAN hearing on waste management.
But in fact, whiplash, as it’s commonly known, is about more than just immediate pain. That’s because this injury to the soft tissues of the neck from a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head can also destabilize the spine — and leave you with severe, long-term pain if left untreated.
It can take anywhere from hours to months for symptoms to manifest themselves, but they include:
* Blurred vision
* Headaches
* Neck, arm, shoulder and low-back pain
* Dizziness
* Neck stiffness
* Reduced range of motion in the neck
Since the health of your spine, which houses the nervous system, isn’t something you want to gamble with, many health experts recommend seeking chiropractic care at the first sign of one or more of those indicators.
“Chiropractors are specially trained to evaluate and care for neuromusculoskeletal injuries like whiplash,” said Gerard Clum, DC, of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
Chiropractic care is aimed at what’s been described as “restoring the body” center by making manual and instrument adjustments to improve spine alignment and function. This care may be supported by massage and other soft-tissue techniques. A Doctor of Chiropractic may refer a patient for additional testing or other specialized examination procedures. In situations where it is needed, he/she may also co-manage the patient’s care with other providers.
The best part? “It’s effective while being completely drug-free,” said Dr. Clum.
To locate a chiropractor in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Are You a Candidate for Chiropractic Care?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Most of us would consider many alternatives to having to undergo surgery or to be dependent on medication to find relief from back pain, sciatica, neck pain or chronic headaches.
Fortunately, chiropractic care provides such an option. Doctors of Chiropractic have been winning over countless converts in the health care field by taking a holistic approach to caring for patients with these types of problems. To quote WebMd.com, Doctors of Chiropractic appreciate that “a person is made up of interdependent parts, and — if one part is not working properly — all the other parts will be affected.”
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, here’s what to expect:
* A thorough evaluation that may include X-rays, a physical, a chiropractic structural exam that pays particular attention to the spine and pelvis and perhaps a laboratory analysis of blood and urine samples.
* A posture test designed to check for abnormalities like a shoulder or hip that’s higher than the other.
* Gentle correction of any misalignments in the spine and pelvis through methods including manual and instrument adjustments.
* Specific stretching techniques and soft tissue rehabilitation.
* Advice and counsel, where needed, on everything from nutrition to exercise to lifestyle modification.
“Chiropractors recognize that even something as simple as your posture and sleep habits can affect your health,” says Dr. Gerard Clum of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “And their focus is on helping your body maximize your ability to heal and resist disease rather than just treating the symptoms of an injury or disease.”
To find a chiropractor in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Future Looks Bright for Chiropractic Careers

InDemandJobsCWhich jobs will be in demand in the coming years?

When choosing a career, there are a few key factors to consider, including quality of life (happiness), employment opportunities, expected salary and more. One career that’s considered golden: doctors of chiropractic.

“Not all (college) degrees are created equal,” a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce concluded.

One career that’s considered to be golden in the coming years is doctors of chiropractic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook, chiropractic employment  is expected to rise 28 percent through 2020—much faster than the average for all jobs.

Consejos para agregarle un poco de glamour a tu mesa de cena para las fiestas

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Si serás el anfitrión de una reunión por las fiestas, es sencillo hacerlas especialmente memorables con una mesa que sea tan festiva y atractiva como la comida que sirvas en ella. Claro, prefieres disfrutar de la compañía de tu familia y amigos antes que estar pulimento plata; y puedes crear una mesa destellante rápida y fácilmente con las herramientas y los conocimientos adecuados:
Algunos simples consejos para tener la mesa para las fiestas más festiva de todas:
* Se audaz con el color. La reciente revista Taste de Williams-Sonoma con respecto a las mesas para las fiestas recomienda los “matices festivos” de las remolachas, las manzanas y los rábanos, resaltados con guarniciones rojas y verdes. Haz que los colores realmente resalten utilizando bandejas de plata brillantes para servir tus recetas para las fiestas. La mejor parte es que puedes usar tu tiempo en la preparación de la comida, y no puliendo esos platos. Con los productos adecuados, como Tarn-X Tarnish Remover, sólo limpia y enjuaga para un brillante y parejo acabado para mejorar tu presentación de las fiestas.
* Mezcla y combina la vajilla. Los juegos de vajillas son siempre una opción clásica, pero no tengas miedo de mezclar. Prueba diferentes estilos de vajilla para los distintos platos, o asocia los clásicos tazones de sopa de tu abuela con tus platos contemporáneos. Únelo todo con brillantes cubiertos de plata para lograr un entorno único y elegante. Tarn-X Silver Polish hace que sea fácil de conseguir esa chispa, y es seguro para su uso en platos y cubiertos bañados en plata, bandejas de plata y otras piezas de servir.
* Lleva el momento del café al siguiente nivel. Nada dice “festivo” como café y té servidos de un juego de té de brillante plata. Ya sea que tu juego de café y té de plata sea de época o nuevo, asegúrate de que lo has pulido hasta un obtener un acabado espectacular. Y no te olvides de los tenedores de postre de plata.
* Muestra tus reliquias familiares. La mesa de las fiestas es un lugar perfecto para mostrar reliquias familiares atesoradas. Utiliza piezas decorativas de plata para darle chispa como base para tu centro de mesa, y rodéalas con piñas, adornos clásicos de las fiestas, frutas, flores o lo que tu imaginación sugiera. Lo más importante, no te olvides de asegurarse de que estén pulidas.
Visita www.jelmar.com/TarnXProducts.htm para más información sobre cómo limpiar con Tarn-X y sobre la línea completa de productos Tarn-X.

Worried About Ebola? What’s Keeping You Safe at the Hospital?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The recent Ebola outbreak in the U.S. has, if nothing else, highlighted how ill-equipped some U.S. hospitals are in their readiness to battle an infectious disease outbreak.
While the risk of contracting the Ebola virus is low, there is a considerably higher risk for patients to catch other deadly superbugs that are prevalent in hospitals right now, such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA and VRE.
Underscoring this point is that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99,000 people die every year from an infection they get during their hospital stay, and one in 20 pick up infections that they didn’t have when they arrived. This equates to as much as $30 billion a year in medical costs.
“Eliminating pathogens from patient rooms is the quickest and easiest way to lower the risk of additional infections,” said Mark Stibich, Ph.D., co-founder and chief scientific officer of Xenex, a San Antonio-based company that has created a robot that emits xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy potentially fatal bacteria and viruses.
Kelly Mather, CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital, agrees.
“This is an example of our commitment to patient safety,” said Mather. “We add another layer of protection for our patients with this UV disinfection technology, which has been shown to be 20 times more effective than manual cleaning with chemicals.” Earlier this year, the hospital was named one of the 15 safest hospitals in the U.S. by Consumer Reports.
If you will be going to the hospital, here are three tips to give you the best chance at avoiding infection:
1. Do your research. Hospital infection rates are now posted online at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. Check out the hospital where you plan to be treated to ensure that its infection rate is at or below national averages. If it isn’t, tell your doctor that you want to go somewhere else.
2. Ask questions. Question the hospital’s disinfection protocol. Are they aware of or using new technologies to disinfect their rooms to get the superbugs out? Hospitals using full-spectrum UV light “germ-zapping robots” are seeing dramatic reductions in their infection rates.
3. Wash your hands. It sounds simple, but request that everyone (including your doctor) wash their hands before touching you. Germs reside on high-touch surfaces like door handles and bedrails and can be easily transmitted from healthcare workers to you.
For more information, visit www.xenex.com.

A Dose of Knowledge About Medicine Safety This Cold and Flu Season

MedicinesRisksCCold and flu season is upon us. Americans catch approximately 1 billion colds per year, and as many as 20 percent get the flu. Seven in 10 people will reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine to treat their coughs, stuffy noses and sniffles, and many of these medicines contain acetaminophen.

Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 prescription (Rx) and OTC medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers and a number of cough, cold and flu medicines. While safe and effective when used as directed, taking more than the maximum daily dose of 4,000 milligrams is considered an overdose and can lead to liver damage.