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September is National Yoga Awareness month. Yoga combines physical and relaxation modalities originating back from ancient Indian traditions. Endurance training, breathing techniques, and meditation merge to create mind and body health and wellbeing. Yoga practices vary; some target physical training while others concentrate on stress reduction. Researchers continue to highlight positive attributes of yoga, making its practice a building block in the management of chronic diseases. As noted in WebMD, “Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate…Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.” 

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It’s a great opportunity to focus on disease control and prevention as we acknowledge Immunization Awareness this month. Vaccinations aren’t intended just for children, but for healthy adults as well. Immunizations aim to protect individuals from acquiring infections and controlling the spread of disease.  Elderly and infant caretakers, as well as people who interact with clients of low immunity or other health conditions should get vaccinated. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) states, “Immunization is especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease.” 

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March awareness is here— acknowledging Colorectal Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Kidney Disease, and more! To better support these causes, it’s significant to understand the course of these diseases. Read below to learn more on disease process, risk factors, signs & symptoms, treatment options, and famous people who have experienced these conditions. Let’s step into wellness this month, contributing to the lives of those individuals living with MS, Colorectal Cancer, and Kidney Disease!

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There it is, Jerry Seinfeld “live-on-stage” and your face looks like you just chopped some fresh onions- Streaming with irrepressible tears. Yet this weeping originates from joy and laughter. Go ahead, and treat yourself to a giggle. It can actually save your life! According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM.edu), a study revealed that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh than others within the same age group. Many experts agree in the numerous health benefits of laughter, but can this joyful expression truly prevent a heart attack?

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There are ways to prevent holiday blues, and have a fulfilling New Year! It’s time to nurture you, and to care for the little things that warm your soul in 2014! Whether you have family going out of town, or just spending the holidays a lone, there are ways to make this time of year exciting and open to all sorts of positive possibilities. 

1. Creative ways to connect with loved ones:

If loved ones will be put of town make arrangements to set up times to call. FaceTime and Skype are great options to interact and see family and friends during calls.

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