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How to keep working out when New Year’s resolutions fade

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Health and fitness goals are perennial chart-toppers on most people’s New Year’s resolutions list, and it’s around this time each year that good intentions falter. According to StatisticBrain.com, nearly three-fourths of people surveyed said they typically make it through just the first week with their resolutions. Compliance drops off to 58.4 percent after one month. […]

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Sleep right: How to ensure a more restful night’s sleep

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Adequate sleep is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. But as beneficial as a good night’s rest is, restful sleep is proving elusive for millions of people across the globe. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 10 percent of adults in the United States have a chronic insomnia disorder. That translates to […]

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How to improve overall endurance

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Pushing oneself physically can be exhausting and demanding. But whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a part-time fitness enthusiast or even someone who lives a largely sedentary lifestyle, you can find ways to dig down and improve your overall endurance. Many athletes find pushing their bodies past certain boundaries to be empowering. Letting complacency set in […]

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Are there good and bad proteins?

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Determining the nutritional value of certain foods can be a tricky business. Many foods can be enjoyed in moderation, and labeling them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ might lead to negative connotations. In addition, food labels change from time to time as nutritionists and doctors learn more about nutrition and revise their opinions on certain items. […]

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Recognize, avoid youth sports injuries

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Children benefit in various ways from their involvement in youth sports. Being part of a team fosters feelings of belonging, inspires collaborative play and strategy and can be an excellent form of exercise. Still, despite the benefits, parents often worry about the injury risk their children face on the playing fields. Those fears are justified. […]

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Activities for Jan. 13-Feb. 18

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Municipalities and businesses have announced the following upcoming events. Send your announcements about public events and meetings to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com. Jan. 13 New Bible study: A new Bible study begins at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at Lakeland Senior Center. Trudy Scholten will lead the class for the beginning of Beth Moore’s Book of Daniel. Participants will […]

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Cataract surgery common and effective

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As men and women age, their risk for cataracts increases. Starting at age 50, cataract risk rises, and that risk only grows more significant as men and women get older. The National Eye Institute predicts that, by the year 2050, 50.2 million Americans will experience cataracts. The lens of the eye is normally clear, but […]

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Understanding dementia is vital to compassionate care

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Alzheimer’s disease is one of the more prominent forms of dementia, but there are many additional types of dementia that also can cause both physical and cognitive alterations. Understanding the complexity of dementia can be beneficial to both dementia sufferers and their caregivers. Dementia is a general term used to define a decline in mental […]

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Options when paying for long-term care

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Aging has its side effects, as it’s inevitable that individuals’ bodies and minds will change as they approach their golden years. Illnesses, disabilities and other conditions may speed up the changes in certain individuals. While many seniors continue to live independently well into their golden years, some require long-term care. The decision to move an […]

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Women and osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is the disease of the bones that occurs when a person loses too much bone, produces too little bone or both and can affect both men and women. But while millions of men suffer from osteoporosis, the vast majority of people with this potentially painful condition are women. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, […]

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Ho-ho-ho? Santa’s health habits are no laughing matter

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You better watch out, you better not ask why, ’cause it’s time to get honest about this jolly old guy. Santa Claus is one of the most beloved and recognized figures in the world. Also well known are his sometimes unhealthy habits and lifestyle—like his weight. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has health advice for jolly old […]

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Shelby County infant death rate reaches historic low

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The Shelby County Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in 2015 was 8.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, the lowest ever recorded in the county. “We have made significant improvements and are encouraged by the decreased rate,” said Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, director of the Shelby County Health Department. “We will continue to collaborate with all partners; […]

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