Small Steps Today Could Lead to a Longer Future

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While we can't control everything in our lives, we can have some control over our health and wellness.

The steps you take now can lead you to a longer future. And these steps don't even have to rise to the level of "getting in shape to run a marathon" or "becoming a vegan."

Here are some small, everyday things you can do today to give yourself a healthier tomorrow.

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What Are the 7 Dimensions of Wellness?

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There’s more to our health and wellness than just how we’re doing physically.

Wellness is multi-faceted, with seven dimensions: Physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and environmental.

This week we’re going to look at each dimension, and why it’s important to our overall health and wellness. Each of these dimensions come together in a way that improves our quality of life.

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Health and Wellness Tips for Staying Fit on Vacation

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We go on vacation to explore new parts of the world, or at the very least, take a break from your everyday responsibilities.

And while it might be tempting to just spend a week relaxing, there’s no reason to stop exercising. We’re not saying you need to stick to your exact exercise regimen during your week at Disney World or your visit to Paris.

But there are some ways to go on vacation, without taking a break from your health and wellness.

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6 Health and Wellness Reasons to Embrace Meditation

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When you hear the word “meditation,” the first thing that comes to your mind might be “relaxation.”

And it’s true that meditation helps us unwind and clear our heads, there are also several ways it improves our physical health and wellness. Here are six reasons to embrace meditation.

1. Meditation reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease

Heart disease is one of the greatest threats to our national health and wellness, killing millions of people each year. And meditation might be able reduce that risk.

A 2012 study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes asked a group of more than 200 patients at risk for heart disease to either take a class promoting a healthier diet and exercise, or a class in meditation.

During the five-year study, the people who took the meditation class saw a 48 percent decline in their risk for heart attack and stroke. The research team also noted this reduction was connected to lower blood pressure and reduced stress.

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Why Should Wellness Matter to You? Because it Matters to Them.

Health and wellness for parents*Attention parents*: Your kids are worried about you.

When KidsHealth, a website run by the Nemours Children’s Health System, surveyed its young readers, it found that 46 percent of them worried about their parent’s health. Another 69 percent wanted to see their parents make changes to improve their health and wellness.

And while we all want to be around as long as possible for our kids – and, someday, our grandchildren – nearly 10 percent of all Americans will lose a parent before they turn 20.

That’s according to a 2010 piece in The Wall Street Journal, which chronicled the difficulties those children face as adults.

“I’d give up a year of my life for just half a day with my parents,” Jonathan Herman, a New York healthcare executive told the Journal. “I’ve had friends complain that they have to drive to see their parents for Thanksgiving. I tell them: I’d do anything to spend Thanksgiving with my parents.”

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Can Exercising Alone Prevent Weight Gain?

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America has an obesity epidemic, one that could be solved if people just got out and exercised more often. Right?

Maybe not. A new study led by Loyola University in Chicago offers a wake-up call for people who think that exercise alone is the ticket to their health and wellness.

The findings suggest that exercise on its own – without the support of a healthy diet – isn’t enough to help people lose or maintain their weight.

"What we really need to look at is what people are eating,” to determine the causes of the obesity epidemic, Lara Dugas, the study's author, told Live Science.

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