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El .- THE TIMES}, MAY El, gore fitfiE 8 .fleaftfi Easy lifestyle changes for better health By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR’S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents’ Ponchatoula straw- berry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is “retired” now in Kentwood. The doctor’s column appears on facebook.com/theponchatou- latimes and on facebook.com/theindependencetimes. No one is interested in spending years eating a diet fit for a rabbit or in spending gruesome, torturing hours on cardio machines in crowded gyms. But there are ways to approach healthier living in more pleasant ways. Sitting for prolonged periods seems to be the new “smoking” in terms of hurting your overall health. A recent study found that sitting is linked to a higher mortal- ity risk from all causes. : All physical therapists Will tell you that move- ijnent is great medicine. The American Medical Association recommends that adults require 150 minutes weekly of “vig- orous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous— intensity aerobic activity, :which breaks down to a little more than 21 min- uses daily. E‘9TAlso, we need to limit so-called “screen time.” : A recent study looked specifically at the blue— light spectrum emitted by smartphones and found that those who filtered out blue had higher me- latonin levels than those who did not. This may be a major source of sleep disruption. Even room lighting suppresses the produc- tion of melatonin a hormone responsible for sleep onset. Hopefully, you en- joy listening to music because that feel-good state that music creates is undeniable, and so are the documented health benefits. Music has the ability to allay feelings of nervousness. Music may even help with chronic pain. One study suggests an analge- sic effect, which is some- thing to consider in this era of opioid dependency. Studies show we should be more grateful. Grati- tude has proven benefits for physical and mental health. A study published in Personality and Indi- vidual Differences, found that grateful people ex- perienced less pain and . and Dr. Howes self-reported higher lev- els of happiness. Also, a series of University of Kentucky studies showed that grateful people tend to be more empathetic and less aggressive. Ad- ditionally, we should all be mindful of our diet. People who eat more fi- ber and whole grains have a significantly lower risk of mortality and non- communicable diseases— including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer—compared with people who eat less fiber and whole grains. With recent public health initiatives focused on consuming fewer car- bohydrateswespecially in the form of excess sugar—- the importance of dietary fiber has been somewhat overlooked lately. Many governments and pro- fessional organizations encourage increased con- sumption of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. In the America that I love, start by making these small changes and turning them into hab- its. With time and with consistency, you will get there! Also remember to try to break your cell phone laptop addiction. Get up and move around. Read food labels care- fully, because they try to hide .the true composition of their products. Everyday processed foods have excessive lev- els of sugar, fat, and salt in them. Jackson-Vaughan Agency, Inc. Cdzbmlingomlw ofservireto Tangipahoa Parish 121 West Pirie—Ponchatoula 985386-35 1 1 T es Internet Edition -- www.ponchatou|a.com/ptimes Competitie sports can improve quality of life at any age StatePoint Are you an older adult looking for some inspiration to stay physically active? In June, the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana will gather a record number of more than 13,700 athletes aged 50 and over to compete in 20 medal sports. Many assume competi- tors are elite or career athletes. While that’s true for some, others find the opportunity in midlife to learn a new sport or return to an athletic pas- sion of youth that lapsed with the demands and distractions of adulthood. Others discover that or- ganized senior sports provide a motivation to exercise regularly with goals reaching beyond the tedium of the treadmill. The National Se- nior Games Association ~(NSGA) is comprised of 54 member games held annually throughout the U.S. and Canada. Athletes qualify for the national games in even- numbered years within five-year age divisions. “While people are com- peting for medals, they are also pursuing their optimum health, which we say is your real per- sonal best,” says Marc T. Riker, CEO of NSGA. “It's a lifelong journey that can begin for any- one, at any skill level, at any age.” The health benefits of athletic competition are striking. On average, athletes measured a fit- ness age 25 years young- er than their chronologi- cal age in an NSGA study of highly-active seniors, developed by researchers at the Norwegian Univer- sity of Science and Tech- nology. Another potential ben- efit of sports participa- tion? Accident preven- tion. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-relat- ed hospital admissions among older adults, ac- cording to the U.S. Cen- ters for Disease Control and Prevention. How- ever, results from Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE) screenings reveal that only 10 percent of senior athletes have a fall in a given year, which is one-third the rate of the general population. Of course, older adults don’t need to play sports to achieve and maintain a better quality of life. Reg- ular exercise and other recreational activity pro- vide tangible health ben- efits as well. However, competitive sports, such as the Senior Games, en- gages participants men- tally and socially, and provides the goals and motivation often needed to stay active. “The Senior Games is about more than com- petition. It provides fit- ness, fun and fellowship through sport for older adults nationwide,” says Riker. Founded in 1987, the National Senior Games is the largest Olympic style multisport event in the world for older adults. Held in different host cit- ies every two years, this year, it’s all happening in Albuquerque, NM. June 14 through 25. To find out more about the Senior Games Move- ment, including games information, sports offered, news and athlete profiles, visit NSGA.com. Whether you take a walk around the block, go bowling with a buddy or enter the National Senior Games, it is never too late to start enjoying the benefits of a more active lifestyle. state v THE TERRY ANN MCMAHON MEMORIAL LABYRINTH AT ROSARYVILLE Labyrinths have existed for over 2,000 years. Be a part of this addition to our community by donating to help build the Terry Ann McMahon Memorial Labyrinth. This labyrinth path will be stained green on a 60'X60’ concrete slab requiring little upkeep. Open to the public at no charge. A great attraction for Rosaryvllle and Tangipahoa Parish. Send your donation or stop by Rosaryville’s gift shop for some labyrinth charm Jewelry. Attn: Labyrinth Fund 39003 Rosaryvllle Rd. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 The Krewe of Erin began the project in honor of Terry Ann McMahon, co-founder of the Krewe of Erin and greatly missed community advocate. GIVE A GIFT OF THE TIMES ONLY $25 per year CALL TODAY (985) 386- 2877 a to be an increase in schooltundiiig, we‘re ’ 3 not just talking about the need to increase pay for school employees. We’re talking about our state providing our schools with the funding needed to keep up with the needs of the let-century student. r 1m w’ww H - Anita Augustus Teacher East Baton Rouge Parish I. @LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION?! EDUCAIUIIS NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION 2' nlr. for l‘r'rn' ( irild .REDFOREDLA.0RG E-Mail: ecl'ttor@ponchatoula.com or timesofindependence@gmail.com r Cllll