This ancient practice is now a modern trend. ‘Mindful eating means choosing foods with deliberate intention, being aware of taste and texture and chewing your food until it’s a paste,’ says Joy McCarthy, a Toronto-based certified holistic nutritionist and the bestselling author of Joyous Health. Your enjoyment of meals will increase, and you’ll be more likely to maintain a healthy weight due to slower eating and the consumption of fewer calories. Your digestion will thank you, too. ‘Mindful eating allows digestive juices to properly break down food,’ says McCarthy. This improved digestion will result in increased energy and optimum nutrient absorption.
Colorado Springs is stepping up its fitness game with the introduction of a completely renovated and well-appointed fitness and wellness facility this fall.
The Springs Health & Fitness is set to open at 5620 N. Academy Blvd, and members will have access to some of the top trainers and management in the fitness industry.
‘Our facility offers something for everyone,’ said General Manager Miles Mettler, who has a Ph.D. in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University and more than 25 years of experience leading health and wellness facilities in communities across the U.S. ‘Wherever you are in your level of fitness today, we’ll determine your needs and goals, and provide recommendations focused on the four areas that are proven to be essential for advancing you to the next level: mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery . It’s a holistic approach that works for everyone from high-level athletes to those just starting their fitness journey.’
The Springs Health & Fitness is professionally managed by EXOS|MediFit, a global leader in fitness center management and operational excellence, which includes 2,000 fitness professionals running highly successful corporate and community health and fitness programs in 20 countries. ‘EXOS|MediFit has some of the top professionals in our industry,’ Mettler said. ‘And, with the exclusive ability to offer EXOS benefits to our members, these health, fitness and performance coaches deliver a whole person and performance-driven approach to health and fitness for our members. It’s what truly sets The Springs Health & Fitness apart.’
As an EXOS|MediFit property, The Springs Health & Fitness offers members an elite training system designed to take people of all ages and abilities to the next level on their fitness journeys by setting and reaching realistic and meaningful goals.
EXOS|MediFit has worked with athletes, military personnel, individuals, and major corporations. EXOS Journey, its proprietary app of technology-powered insight that delivers health and performance roadmaps, helps guide people on their journey to achieving higher levels of success. Eighty percent of users agree that EXOS Journey has changed their perspective on health, diet and exercise. The Springs Health & Fitness members will have access to EXOS Journey, enabling them to accurately track measurements and maximum results.
The Springs Health & Fitness will collaborate locally with healthcare providers to offer programs that will establish an integrated, effective continuum of care for those with medical conditions or are recovering from injuries. The facility will also offer on-site, outpatient physical therapy, and members will have exclusive access to features like a 90-by-20-foot indoor turf area for group conditioning and a warm water pool.
Fitness professionals at The Springs Health & Fitness will offer personal training services as well as small- and large-group fitness sessions. ‘We can provide everything from performance conditioning for sports teams to health coaching with accountability for individuals needing support with a lifestyle change,’ Mettler said.
The Springs Health & Fitness has designed an inviting and motivating environment for its members. The facility will be stocked with brand-new cardio machines with personal TVs and Internet capabilities, weight machines, and specialized strength-training equipment. The pool will be available for lap swimming, aqua group exercise classes and swimming lessons, and private studios will be open for cycling, Pilates apparatus work and group exercise, including a variety of popular and effective classes for all fitness levels.
To get a full grasp of all The Springs Health & Fitness has to offer, all new members receive an onboarding orientation, introducing them to the center and the team, and providing guidance as they start their journeys. Members will also have access to online and in-person resources designed to provide guidance for goal setting and program recommendations.
‘We want The Springs Health and Fitness to be a place people feel they belong: a high-quality place to work out and receive the support and encouragement they need to reach their health, fitness, and performance goals,’ Mettler said.
The Springs Health & Fitness is looking forward to being out in the community, participating in events and providing health education, as well as hosting a regular educational series for the public. The community is invited to visit thespringsfitness.com for more information on upcoming events. ‘This community is important to us, and we want to give back and show our mutual support,’ Mettler said.
The Springs Health & Fitness is offering exclusive charter memberships to a limited number of new members in time for its grand opening this fall. Call 719-247-1819 to request information on charter memberships or to RSVP for an upcoming educational class session. ‘We look forward to welcoming the Colorado Springs community to The Springs Health & Fitness.’
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Health Risk Assessment / Health Risk Appraisal
Health Risk Assessment and the Workplace Wellness Program – To design a workplace wellness program, the health promotion intervention strategies need to be based on the unique wellness needs of each company’s employee profile. Health Risk Assessments are the best way to determine what kind of workplace wellness program intervention will hold the highest likelihood of success, measure its progress and track the changes in health of the aggregate employee population….
Health Risk Appraisal: Starting a Health Promotion Program – A Health Risk Assessment is the name for the process of collecting information from individuals. This instrument is used by employers to identify risk factors directly and indirectly related to the health of their employees. It is also a way of presenting feedback to people in order to connect them with at least one health promotion program initiative that will mediate health, maintain wellness, and/or avert illness….
Workplace Wellness Health Screenings – When it comes down to it, there are many benefits that go along with workplace wellness health screenings. Even though not every company is setting these screenings up, the number of those that are is surely on the way up. This is good to know because workplace wellness health screenings can be quite important to say the least. Not only does it look good for an employer to offer workplace wellness health screenings , but employees also love them because they do not have to leave their office to take part in testing..
Health Risk Appraisal – Before implementing a health risk appraisal (HRA) program, you need to consider several things. Do not forget, that you can also seek assistance from a wellness consultant for additional advice and recommendations.
Health Risk Assessment – A health risk assessment is an assessment tool or questionnaire scientifically designed to identify health risks and outline information to assist person in making healthful changes that impact their health and prevent chronic disease.
Health Promotion and Wellness Program Benefits
Wellness Program – What is a wellness program? Wellness program information and resources are becoming common, but who do you trust? Around the country companies everywhere are implementing a wellness program in the hopes of improving employee health. There are several advantages to offering a corporate wellness program.
Wellness Programs – What Are Wellness Programs? Wellness Programs are excellent for waistlines and your organization’s bottom line. In today’s hectic world, most of us are spending more time at work, and have increasingly less time to look after our health. For a long time, businesses have understood the benefits associated with keeping workers well – increased productivity from reduced absenteeism and reduced disability claims.
The Benefits of Health Promotion in the Workplace – Health promotion in the workplace benefits not only the company, but the employee as well. Additionally, there is a distinct trickle-down effect as the benefits are transferred from employee to family members. Health promotion in the workplace creates conditions that support and teach the best possible health for the employee. This gives employees a sense of ownership and they learn to work together to form a coordinated action to improve well being. …
The Benefits of a Tobacco Free Workplace – Tobacco related illnesses and deaths account for much of the medical expenses of the United States. The sad thing is that these illnesses and deaths can be prevented, and in effect, smokers are choosing their fate. As an employer, there may be things you can do to make people aware of the benefits of a tobacco free workplace, and one of those things begins with you…
Companies Make Great Gains with Employee Wellness Programs – Companies can benefit greatly from adopting and maintaining employee wellness programs. Employee wellness programs can include things like health risk assessments, onsite health screening, health coaching, alcohol and drug counseling, mental health assistance, safety in the workplace, preventing violence in the workplace and diversity education. The tangible benefits of employee wellness program which directly result in economic savings can best be seen in these four areas…
Benefits of Corporate Wellness – Most people spend more hours at work than anywhere else in addition to the time they spend commuting each day. In fact, the typical American works approximately 47 hours a week which is at least 164 hours more than the average 20 years ago. Given these statistics, it is easy to see why maintaining a healthy work / life balance is becoming increasingly important. Corporate wellness programs are important tools to establish this balance. Programs that emphasize the benefits of corporate wellness can be implemented in a variety of ways. However, they all share a common goal – to promote the well-being of their employees, employers and organization in general. Many companies are starting to realize the tremendous benefits of corporate wellness…
Illness Costs Money but Good Health is Free – …Finding a health promotion program that addresses the unique needs of each company is a complicated and time-consuming task. Not all companies have the manpower or the industry-specific knowledge to take on this challenge, nor can they afford to hire a professional who can provide this personalized service for them. These factors prevent many smaller businesses from accessing the same health care solutions as their larger competitors…
Worksite Wellness: Why Employers Should Care About Health and Wellness – …Traditional methods used by businesses to control healthcare costs such as; reducing benefits, increasing employee contributions and the more recent shift to consumer driven health plans are all short-term fixes that fail to address the primary driver of the soaring cost of healthcare – namely inadequate investment in health through primary prevention, health risk management and disease management….
Workplace Wellness Programs – …Studies have found that employee absenteeism is directly related to four primary factors. Depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders topped the list at 66% while stress came in a close second at 60%. Negative relationship with a supervisor or manager yielded 44% and co worker conflict in the workplace was at 28%. These factors can be effectively combated by employing workplace wellness programs. Conflict resolution programs, mental health programs and stress management courses have not only become popular, but have proven to be very effective….
Health Promotion – Health Promotion initiatives comes in many different forms, but the main purpose of health promotion is to encourage individuals to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt healthier lifestyles. Employers may utilize a wide range of health promotion initiatives, from onsite gyms to simple health promotion newsletters.
Workplace Health Promotion – Successful workplace health promotion programs must incorporate an outcome-oriented workplace health promotion operating plan. A workplace health promotion operating plan is important because it: Links workplace health promotion initiatives to company needs and strategic priorities; ‘Legitimizes’ the workplace health promotion program, which increases the likelihood of continued resources and support;…
Workplace Wellness Programs – Increasing evidence supports the need for workplace wellness programs and more companies than ever are implementing health and wellness strategies to reduce injuries, health care costs and long-term disability. With additional benefits such as reduced absenteeism, higher productivity, reduced use of health care benefits and increased morale and loyalty, its not surprising more and more employers are choosing to implement workplace wellness programs within their companies.
Health Promotion and Wellness Programs: Top Health Risks – Obesity, tobacco use and stress are the most common hazards to health in the American workforce. In addition to the direct harm they cause to individual wellness, they also provoke many indirect issues related to health care.
Company Health and Wellness Programs: Healthy Culture – Cultures develop because of shared beliefs, norms, values and traditions. Company cultures are the result of a combination of employee demographics, type of industry and management style. The company culture establishes and controls expectations for healthy behavior and lifestyle choices. Healthy lifestyle behavior is a result of expectations from employees, their families, and the management team. How the wellness program is introduced can create a culture of health or one of anti-health if the employees are forced to participate…
Corporate Wellness Companies – A comprehensive corporate wellness company program selects and follows goals set out by health care professionals and/or the domestic wellness committee. These goals are based on the results of the health screen. The goals provide direction and facilitate the development of activities to promote their achievement. Usually a responsibility of the wellness committee, the planning of corporate wellness company program activities and promotion should be visible and available for tracking purposes.
Employee Health Screening Tools: Uses and Importance – When an employee Health Screening test is administered, it covers standard measurements of vital function. Most often, employees are aware that they have health issues, but have not been tested to determine the level of severity or the risk to their health that these problems represent. The extent to which their health has deteriorated is often an ignored variable. Chronically ill employees have come to accept their present level of illness as normal. The documentation of health risks is necessary in order to be processed for treatment and accessible for admission in employee health care initiatives.
Worksite Health Promotion Program – …Gentle persuasion and voluntary involvement will encourage continuous employee participation. To optimize wellness program potential, it should have a range of health solutions that can encompass individual preferences and needs. Good health promotion program initiatives permeate the corporate environment as well as the laborers within it. To give the wellness program constant forward momentum, efforts to improve health should be rewarded and supported with evaluation and follow-up for as long as the employees remain with the company…
Worksite Health Promotion Program: Choosing Realistic Goals – Goal-oriented worksite health promotion programs need an approximate time specific directive to guide the application of the wellness program components. Generally speaking, the overall goal of a worksite health promotion program is to improve employee health…
Wellness Program Challenges, Obstacles and More…
Health Promotion Strategy for the Small Business – …the same companies that do not offer health care also cannot afford to provide on-site environmentally-friendly support and controls. Furthermore, because employee health promotion strategies, health risk appraisals and screening tools are largely provided by health insurance companies, small businesses’ access to programs that promote wellness at work is greatly diminished.
Employee Health Promotion: Making It Work – …As the gap between wellness and illness comes wider, the American public is re-examining company health and wellness programs as a solution to the growing problem of an obese workforce and the resulting unmanageable costs of maintaining this unhealthy lifestyle…
Workplace Health and Wellness An Extended Application – Workplace health and wellness programs have begun to germinate a growth spurt in health promotion but it has not yet expanded to a size where it can help all employees in any given company. Cohesive design remedies are necessary to extend the application of workplace health and wellness programs to the entire employee population….
Workplace Health Promotion Programs and Staff – If health promotion programs are to successfully address the increase in occurrence and reduce the severity of chronic illnesses they should be supervised by staff who understand how to make the design applicable to the changing needs of the workforce. Health and wellness program staff members need to be capable of tailoring health promotion programs to the variety of conditions presented in each corporate environment….
Workplace Wellness Programs: Increasing Employee Participation – Unless the employees in the workplace are interested in participating in workplace wellness programs, the addition of these programs to the health care benefit plan will not be effective in reducing corporate health care costs. State-of-the-art fitness equipment only works when it is used and exercise facilities are only beneficial when they are visited regularly by members and employees. Now, employers are faced with the decision of how to increase employee participation and how to make workplace wellness programs more attractive to employees of varying health and wellness through all the ranks….
Wellness in the Workplace: The Challenges – One of the biggest challenges for North American corporations over the past 25 years has been to address the explosion in health care costs related to employee benefit plans. Viewed from an international perspective, businesses in the United States spend far more of their profits trying to maintain the health of their staff than any other nation in the world…
Finding Health and Wellness Programs for Smaller Companies – Despite the contribution of many good workplace wellness programs to the health care of the American public, there are still some companies that fall between the cracks. These are the groups of employees that do not have health insurance or employee assistance plans. Many smaller companies do not have the financial resources to back employee benefit packages; the employees cannot afford to pay outright for their own medical services, nor can they spare the funds for their own private health insurance….
Obstacles to Worksite Wellness Programs – The 2004 National Worksite Health Promotion Survey reports that five obstacles impede successful implementation of Worksite Wellness Programs. Lack of employee interest accounted for 63.5%; insufficient staff resources contributed to 50.1%; inadequate funds were responsible for 48.2%; failure to engage high-risk employees added another 48%; and, the inability to elicit the support of upper management resulted in 38% more of the reasons why worksite wellness programs did not achieve their goals for wellness and health. ..
Workplace Health Programs: Protecting Employee Rights – Among the promise and potential of health promotion initiatives based at the worksite, some restrictions apply. Employee rights are imperative and any workplace health program initiative must have their interests first and foremost. This includes reassuring and taking steps to guarantee that employee confidentiality is respected and protected….
Shifting your Financial Focus: Planning for Group Wellness – Designing a strategic plan for including worksite wellness programs in the corporate budget involves a shift in the perspective from which group wellness is viewed. Planning for group wellness is the equivalent of planning an investment strategy rather than viewing the venture as merely a liability. To facilitate this viewpoint, isolating an outcome or a financial goal and being able to measure it is vital to company planning for worksite wellness programs…
Potential Downside to Insurance Company Wellness Programs – Employers struggling with the ever-increasing costs for healthcare are wisely turning to worksite wellness programs in search of a solution. For convenience, many employers are looking to their health insurance carrier to provide the appropriate wellness program. However, the convenience of a health insurance provided program may not outweigh the risks. That decision could come back to haunt them. At issue is an insurance carrier’s ability to use information gathered during a wellness program as justification for increasing an employer’s rates at renewal. Since no laws prevent an insurance company from using voluntarily provided information for rating purposes, employers should be cautious about the information they provide. Employers should be particularly concerned with how their insurance company uses data collected during a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). …
Corporate Wellness Programs: The No Name Version – Is there a generic wellness version for companies who do not have the resources to invest in a large-scale company wellness program, but whose limited resources require it the most? The answer is, yes.
Obesity in the Workplace
Health Promotion Planning: Wellness Plans and Obesity – One of the most prevalent health care issues in the United States is the rising rate of obesity. It is the most common, most expensive and least addressed disease among the workforce today. Obesity and tobacco use are the source of almost every preventable illness targeted by wellness plans and single handedly cost employers most of their health care dollars….
Including Obesity in Group Health and Wellness – …Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, some kinds of cancer, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea and hypertension, all of which are attributable to obesity, have become the primary causes of death in the United States. The rapid increase in the prevalence of all these conditions has caused medical expenses to explode beyond a level that companies can afford. In contrast, no action has been taken on the part of the employers who pay for the benefits or the health insurance providers that design applications of health care benefits, to address the issue…
Stress Management in the Workplace
Stress Management in the Workplace – There is no doubt that stress is one on of the leading factors in illness and absenteeism among employees. Besides lowering a person’s immune response, stress makes us want to avoid whatever is causing it. If there is stress at work, workers who feel mildly off will feel even worse and resist coming to work. This costs many hours of productivity, especially when key personnel or production workers are absent-in fact, it’s estimated that $300 billion is lost on stress-caused illnesses and absenteeism….
General Wellness Program Articles
Health Promotion in the Workplace: Transforming America – The most serious health risks are behaviors that relate to lack of exercise, poor diet, and substance abuse including alcohol and tobacco. These are the toughest health risks to tackle, present the highest cost for group wellness plans, and represent only a small portion of the employee population. Many employers have elected to fund a wellness plan geared toward health promotion in the workplace, but they need help to achieve a higher level of productivity as an end result. …
Workplace Health Promotion – …Workplace health promotion efforts have evolved from offering a health risk screening tool followed by a wellness tutorial and complimented with on-site fitness equipment. In recent years wellness programming has progressed to sophisticated behavioral programming based on in-depth and personalized health risk appraisals. Profit margins rely heavily on workplace health promotion to dig them out of the money pit in which their current health insurance plans have them buried. …
Employee Health Promotion Programs: A Second Look – …Who benefits from health promotion programs: the employees whose health is suffering, the company whose profits are sinking under the weight of managing illnesses or the health insurance company whose rates are higher than ever? Based on the expectation that the employees have to exert the most work, and the company has to foot the bill, the employer-employee team should reap the highest level of benefits from the employee health and wellness program….
Worksite Wellness Program Incentives – …Much like sticking to diets or quitting smoking, participation in wellness programs is often fraught with excuses from those who need the program most.
Worksite Health Promotion – Employees today are facing much higher levels of stress than ever before. The sad reality is that as fast as levels of stress are increasing, levels of fitness are steadily declining. People in all positions and professions are expected to drive longer commutes, perform more tasks, devote more hours and endure more stress. All of these factors contribute to the decline of overall employee health. An answer to this ever growing problem is found in worksite health promotion. …
Bona Fide Wellness Program – …Generally speaking, a bona fide wellness program must offer some type of discount or limited reward. There are many different types of rewards which can be given in a bona fide wellness program . They include a rebate of the premium, a discount on the price of the premium, a partial waiver of things such as co-pays and deductibles, and many more. As you can imagine, all bona fide wellness program s are different so these rewards will change based on the details of your program…
Wellness Programs in the Workplace – Have you ever heard of wellness programs in the workplace? If so, there is a good chance that your employer feels strongly about the benefits of this type of program.
Health and Wellness in the Workplace: Start-Up Guidelines – …Given the importance of this task you may want to consider a free consultation from an independent wellness consultant, like those at Wellness Proposals, who can help you determine what the corporate objectives should be. Once you have identified your objectives for health and wellness in the workplace, and have established a proposed time frame within which to meet them, you will be able to choose the most appropriate Health Risk Assessment tool for your specific corporate health care needs…
Company Wellness Program – A company wellness program is set up in the workplace to offer employees a kind of comprehensive health service. The essence of a company wellness program is to encourage employees to adopt healthier lifestyles and to take measures aimed at preventing the worsening or onset of illnesses. There are various types of company wellness programs and each one may employ different tools and wellness initiatives to encourage active participation from its staff.
Corporate Wellness Program – With growing focus on employee health, corporate wellness programs are increasingly becoming the order of the day. Research done by American Sports Data shows those individuals who exercise frequently stayed home from work on an average 2.11 days annually compared to 3.06 days for individuals who were sedentary. These statistics alone stress the importance of setting up corporate wellness programs.
Employee Wellness Program – An employee wellness program is an effective method to promote health and wellness amongst the members of your staff. Programs will encourage awareness of health related issues, improve morale, and often times reduce cost of healthcare throughout the corporation.
Health Wellness Program – Health wellness programs are increasingly being incorporated by Companies as part of their overall strategy for promoting a healthier workplace. A health wellness program is set up in the workplace to offer employees a kind of comprehensive health service.
Wellness Consultant – With growing focus on leading healthier lifestyles, health care programs are mushrooming everywhere. As employers become increasingly aware of the benefits of employing healthy and happy staff, wellness programs are being incorporated into company strategies for promoting a healthier work place.
Definition of Wellness – How do you define wellness? We continually hear this word during the news, in conversations, at work or read it in newspapers, magazines and the like. Surprisingly, there’s no definition of wellness that seems to be universally accepted.
Corporate Wellness – Corporate wellness programs are designed to nurture wellness in workers, regardless of the work environment. Corporate Wellness programs could be found in factories, corporate offices, large corporations, and small corporations alike.
Employee Wellness – Having a Employee Wellness program in place can boost morale, improve health and fitness and increase productivity in the workplace. By starting healthful consuming habits, exercise and offering incentives, your workers will not only sign up for the Employee Wellness program, but they will stick with it.
Company Wellness ROI – Company Wellness programs are a long-term investment. But how long should you wait for results? Finance and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) want hard numbers to show return on investment (ROI). And wellness ROI is tougher to calculate than, say, a 401(k).
Workplace Wellness – Workplace wellness programs come in all shapes and sizes. But regardless of plan design there are five common components that set the successful programs apart from the rest.
Worksite Wellness – How does a worksite wellness program affect a company? Worksite wellness programs undoubtedly benefit both the corporations and staff members. Numerous studies have found a direct link, showing that healthful staff members make happy staff members, hence increasing productivity in the workplace.
Workplace Health Promotion Program – Workplace health promotion programs are comprised of a number of programs that can include help with spiritual, psychological and physical health and wellness of a person. The absence of wellness has an adverse effect on an individual’s performance at work which in turn has a negative impact on the companies bottom line.
Employee Fitness and Wellness Ideas
What is Cardio Fitness? – We all remember our days in gym class of running laps and climbing ropes. We treasured playing dodge ball and running under a giant parachute. Aside from delighting our childlike desire to play, these activities were designed to accomplish an important purpose. Gym class and sports practices were developed to get our hearts pumping and to improve our cardiovascular endurance….
Making Time for Fitness – Face it, you have children, you have work, and you have a schedule that makes you tired just to THINK about it. It seems as if there just are not enough hours in the day. So how in the world are you going to continue to workout during the all of this rush?
Health Coaching / Wellness Coaching
Health and Wellness Coaching – Do you find it difficult to stay motivated when trying to make changes to your health? Are you aware that changes must be made in your daily life but you don’t know…
Health Coach – What is a health coach? How can a health coach help you? How is a health coach unique? These questions and more are answered in this article.
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The most widely accepted definition of health is that of the World Health Organization Constitution. It states: ‘health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ ( World Health Organization, 1946). In more recent years, this statement has been amplified to include the ability to lead a ‘socially and economically productive life’. The WHO definition is not without criticism, mainly that it is too broad. Some argue that health cannot be defined as a state at all, but must be seen as a dynamic process of continuous adjustment to the changing demands of living. In spite of its limitations, the concept of health as defined by WHO is broad and positive in its implications, in that it sets out a high standard for positive health.
The most solid aspects of wellness that fit firmly in the realm of medicine are the environmental health, nutrition, disease prevention, and public health matters that can be investigated and assist in measuring well-being. Please see our medical disclaimer for cautions about Wikipedia’s limitations.
The notion of physical fitness is used in two close meanings.
In its most general meaning, physical fitness is a general state of good physical health. A physically handicapped person’s body may be physically fit (healthy), though its ability is likely to be less than optimum.
Physical fitness can be divided into different areas, including:
The government Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans say to aim for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity that requires moderate effort each week.
A person may be said to be physically fit to perform a particular task with a reasonable efficiency, for example, fit for military service.
These courses always have some common elements. They often focus on military style calisthenics and group runs. The courses are often held very early in the morning and will meet in almost any weather. Students can expect push-ups, sit-ups, pullups, and jumping jacks, as well as more obscure drills such as flutter kicks, sun worshippers and flares. Almost invariably a workout will include short runs while longer runs are more scheduled. Special forces are commonly renowned for their level of fitness and intensity of their workouts.
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A healthy diet is a diet which contains a balanced amount of nutrients, varied food such as fruits and vegetables, proteins primarily from fish, dairy products, and nuts. Minimal amounts of caffeine, sugar, fat, salt, and alcohol. Healthy eating is identical to a healthy diet, in that it relates to the practice of food intake for healthy living. Governments often use this term to refer to the ideal diet which the average person requires to remain healthy.
Despite popular belief, a reliance on a single food which composes the majority of a diet is indicative of poor eating habits. An individual on such a diet may be prone to deficiency and most certainly will not be fulfilling the Recommended Nutrient Intake.
While plants, vegetables, and fruits are known to help reduce the incidence of chronic disease, the benefits on health posed by plant-based foods, as well as the percentage on which a diet needs to be plant-based in order to have health benefits, is unknown. Nevertheless, plant-based food diets in society and between nutritionist circles are linked to health and longevity, as well as contributing to lowering cholesterol, weight loss, and, in some cases, stress reduction. 
Although a number of preconceptions of a healthy diet center around plant-based foods, the majority of assumptions about foods which are usually thought of as ‘bad’ foods are usually correct, apart from the assumption that there are ‘bad’ foods; many people associate dishes such as Full English cooked Breakfast and Bacon Sandwiches as foods which, if eaten regularly, can contribute to cholesterol, fat, and heart problems.
A healthy diet is usually defined as a diet in which nutrient intake is maintained, and cholesterol, salt, sugar, and fat are reduced. The idea of a healthy diet is something used by a government to ensure that people are well ‘protected’ against common illnesses and conditions which stem from poor diet. This could include headaches, lessened sexual drive, heart disease, alcohol poisoning, or obesity.
A healthy diet is a way of eating that that reduces risk for complications such as heart disease and stroke. Healthy eating includes eating a wide variety of foods including: *vegetables *whole grains *fruits *non-fat dairy products *beans *lean meats *poultry *fish
The definition of a healthy diet is sometimes also thought of as a diet which will combat or prevent illness. Although the majority of people would support this definition, few know why, other than because ‘bad’ foods are not consumed. People with healthy diets are less likely to succumb to common minor illnesses, such as lesser forms of Influenza, mainly because consumption of a healthy diet would provide ample nutrients and energy for the body, so as to help stave off such illnesses. Similarly, the healthy diet can also be used this way to aid the body during illness. The myth of ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ is a common misconception among the public, particularly in the United Kingdom. This is a myth in every sense of the word because providing the body with nutrients during illness is actually beneficial – nutrient and energy stores would be replenished, allowing for more energy to be used by the body to combat illness.
The importance at present of a Healthy diet is something which is actually receiving many promotions throughout several countries due to obesity epidemics. Governments, particularly in the United Kingdom, through the advice of the Department of Health, introduced a public health white paper to parliament, CM 6374, which aimed to deal with the issues presented by particularly imported culture – cigarettes, alcohol and fast food all being produced in their majority in the United States, or by US-based companies. 
Cholesterol is a steroid, a lipid, and an alcohol, found in the cell membranes of all body tissues, and transported in the blood plasma of all animals. Most cholesterol is not dietary in origin, it is synthesized internally. Cholesterol is present in higher concentrations in tissues which either produce more or have more densely-packed membranes, for example, the liver, spinal cord, brain and atheroma. Cholesterol plays a central role in many biochemical processes, but is best known for the association of cardiovascular disease with various lipoprotein cholesterol transport patterns in the blood.
‘Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.’
– Mark Twain
‘The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.’
– Navy SEALs
‘Human life needs superhuman health.’
– Leonid S. Sukhorukov
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’
‘No pain, no gain.’
‘Do not spend health to gain money, and then, do not spend money to regain health’
‘ Honour your Divine Body Temple’
– Fitness Guru Derek Duke Noble
‘To sit in a comfortable position or posture for everlasting period is called asana’
– BirenDra ShaH
heath is very important for our life [kailash vishwakarma]
Linus Carl Pauling (February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American quantum chemist and biochemist, widely regarded as the premier chemist of the twentieth century. Pauling was a pioneer in the application of quantum mechanics to chemistry, and in 1954 was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work describing the nature of chemical bonds. He also made important contributions to crystal and protein structure determination, and was one of the founders of molecular biology. Pauling received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 for his campaign against above-ground nuclear testing, becoming only one of four people in history to individually receive two Nobel Prizes. Later in life, he became an advocate for regular consumption of massive doses of Vitamin C. Pauling coined the term ‘orthomolecular’ to refer to the practice of varying the concentration of substances normally present in the body to prevent and treat disease, and promote health.
Pauling was first introduced to the concept of high-dose vitamin C by biochemist Irwin Stone in 1966 and began taking several grams every day to prevent colds. Excited by the results, he researched the clinical literature and published ‘Vitamin C and the Common Cold’ in 1970. He began a long clinical collaboration with the British cancer surgeon, Ewan Cameron, MD  in 1971 on the use of intravenous and oral vitamin C as cancer therapy for terminal patients. Cameron and Pauling wrote many technical papers and a popular book, ‘Cancer and Vitamin C’, that discussed their observations. He later collaborated with the Canadian physician, Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, on a micronutrient regimen, including high-dose vitamin C, as adjunctive cancer therapy.
The selective toxicity of vitamin C for cancer cells has been demonstrated repeatedly in cell culture studies. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  recently published a paper demonstrating vitamin C killing cancer cells. As of 2005, some physicians have called for a more careful reassessment of vitamin C, especially intravenous vitamin C, in cancer treatment.
With two colleagues, Pauling founded the Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine in Menlo Park, California, in 1973, which was soon renamed the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. Pauling directed research on vitamin C, but also continued his theoretical work in chemistry and physics until his death in 1994. In his last years, he became especially interested in the possible role of vitamin C in preventing atherosclerosis and published three case reports on the use of lysine and vitamin C to relieve angina pectoris. In 1996, the Linus Pauling Institute moved from Palo Alto, California, to Corvallis, Oregon, to become part of Oregon State University, where it continues to conduct research on micronutrients, phytochemicals (chemicals from plants), and other constituents of the diet in preventing and treating disease.
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Health – level of functional and (or) metabolic efficiency of a person in mind, body and spirit; being free from illness, injury or pain (as in ‘ good health‘ or ‘ healthy ‘). The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’
- Death – cessation of life. Zero health.
- Exercise – any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, and mental health including the prevention of depression. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the ‘diseases of affluence’ such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
- Nutrition – provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life.
- Life extension – The study of slowing down or reversing the processes of aging to extend both the maximum and average lifespan.
- Healthcare science – all the sciences related to the overall improvement of physical well-being of humans.
Medicine – science and art of healing. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.
- Anesthesia – Anesthesia is a way to control pain during a surgery or procedure by using medicine called anesthetics. It can help control your breathing, blood pressure, blood flow, and heart rate and rhythm.
- Clinical research
- Diabetes -Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
- Dentistry – branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the mouth, maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures (teeth) and their impact on the human body.
- Emergency medicine – medical specialty involving care for undifferentiated, unscheduled patients with acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention. Emergency physicians undertake acute investigations and interventions to resuscitate and stabilize patients.
- Obstetrics – medical specialty dealing with the care of all women’s reproductive tracts and their children during pregnancy (prenatal period), childbirth and the postnatal period.
- Trauma & Orthopedics – medical specialty dealing with bones, joints and operative management of trauma.
Psychiatry – medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders. These mental disorders include various affective, behavioural, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities.
- Autism a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
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Springtime has arrived and with this season comes spring cleaning. While you’re getting ready to clean out old storage items and organize closet spaces, why not spring clean your bodies as well by throwing out processed foods in your kitchen and replacing it with fresh fruits and vegetables? Spring clean your metabolism by clean eating and improve your life one meal at a time.
What exactly is ‘clean eating’?
‘Clean eating’ is a trend that is suddenly everywhere, but what does ‘clean eating’ really mean? The term means to eat the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups, embracing foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy proteins. This includes staying away from junk foods and processed foods. When you are eating clean, you try to give your body the best fuel that is out there, which are foods that will keep you healthy and at a healthy weight. Clean eating is not necessarily about weight loss, but it focuses on general health.
The current craze of ‘cleansing’ or eating only raw food or fresh juices for a set period of time is not the same as clean eating. In fact, our organs are what cleanses are bodies of toxins. The main idea is to replace processed foods, pastries, and fried foods with more fruits and vegetables. You’ll definitely feel the difference!
Here are some tips to get you started on clean eating:
Clean eating can also entail looking more closely at where your food comes from. This could mean buying organic produce to avoid pesticide residue, or avoiding meat that comes from large factory farms. It is possible you might spend a little more money on high-quality meat and produce and more time preparing meals from scratch rather than heating up packaged convenience foods. But, as clean eating advocates say, it may be more expensive to eat clean and healthy, but it is an investment in your future health that you may otherwise pay for in the long run.
- Try fresh fruits and vegetables instead of salty and sugary packaged foods to eat as snacks.
- Instead of buying blueberry yogurt with added sweeteners and less than 5% real blueberries, buy unsweetened yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.
- Try to buy meat from a farmer’s market in your area or at a grocery store, look for grass-fed meat and dairy products without hormones or antibiotics.
- Instead of margarine, try substituting it with grass fed butter or avocados to have with your whole grains or veggies.
- When you’re screaming for ice cream, save calories and fat by drinking a fruit and low-fat yogurt smoothie instead.
- If you love to savor the crunch, skip the full-fat chips and try more satisfying crunchy snacks such as pretzel chips, nuts, or whole-grain tortilla chips.