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Wellness - Mind & Body

What a Drag

What a Drag

Youth smoking rates have not declined since 2004

Classy, cool, badass, sophisticated—nobody thinks of smoking in these terms anymore. Or so we thought. The recent release of the Surgeon General’s first report on youth smoking since 1994 unearthed some surprising realities, such as that, although the percentage of youth smokers under 18 years old had been steadily declining since 1997, progress rates stalled in 2004 and have not decreased since then.

The trend of stalled progress rings true here in Santa Cruz County, where youth smoking has also not declined since 2004. According to the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition, 40 percent of middle school and high school students report having tried cigarettes. “Smoking sort of goes with the town’s chill, beachy vibe,” local student Stephanie, who gave only her first name, opines.

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Wellness - Mind & Body

A Lighter Touch

A Lighter Touch

Lymphatic treatment with local massage therapist Miriam Janove

The mind/body connection that inspired this blog series becomes all too real to me when a stressful workweek results in a persistent headache or unbearable neck and shoulder tension. There are many ways I cope with this strain—exercise, baths, yoga, wine (the latter of which might not be doctor approved…)—but the ultimate solution is a session with Miriam Janove, the certified massage therapist behind Santa Cruz Bodywork and a guaranteed muscle melter.

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Wellness - Mind & Body

Workplace Workouts

Workplace Workouts

Another day, another dollar. In this economy, it’s easy to make work a fulltime priority at the expense of seemingly dispensable endeavors like a fitness routine. But not only does all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, it also puts him at risk for headaches, back aches, listlessness, and lowered productivity. (Not to mention this could pack a few pounds on him.) If you have the kind of workplace flexibility that affords you lingering lunch breaks at the gym—great. Pack a salad, grab your towel, and take advantage of it.

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The Down Low on Dozing

The Down Low on Dozing

It's National Sleep Awareness Week—ready to improve your sleep habits? 

Do you have difficulty catching some shuteye? If so, you’re not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disturbances every year. In light of National Sleep Awareness Week, which kicked off on Monday, March 5, we’ve taken the opportunity to look into the most common sleep disorders and unearth some tips for improving bedtime habits.

“There are simple ways to get a restful night’s sleep,” says Nora Distefano, physician and patient services representative at Central Coast Sleep Disorders Center. “Avoid any stimulant, like caffeine, before bedtime. Take a hot bath or shower to promote relaxation. If you’re having trouble sleeping in your bed, get out of bed and into another room.”

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Aptos Village Skin and Body Care

Aptos Village Skin and Body Care

Variety of services and professional etiquette help make this place a haven

We lead busy lives. And while we might already know that it’s best to find the right balance between work and play, we often overlook another important aspect to creating harmony between the mind and body: nurturing. As in, taking care of your skin and body in ways that go beyond basic maintenance. I’m talking about really taking care of yourself.

That’s where Patty Yarr comes in. As a licensed esthetician for 22 years, Yarr has absorbed a great deal of knowledge about skin and body health. During the last 10 years, she’s been at the helm of Aptos Village Skin and Body Care, a unique sanctuary nestled in the most picturesque part of Aptos. Many things shine here but mostly, it’s Yarr’s commitment to great customer care and offering an impressive line of skin care products—it’s one of the reasons she hit our radar in our annual health issue. (See GT’s 2/23 cover story.)

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Have Wheels, Will Heal

Have Wheels, Will Heal

Dominican Hospital’s Mobile Health Clinic serves the Santa Cruz community

It’s the season of sniffles and flu bugs, which is unpleasant enough for those who are sufficiently insured. For members of the community who can’t afford healthcare, it can be a nightmare.

But an alternative exists in form of the Dominican Hospital Mobile Health Clinic, which seeks to serve a rising number of locals who are uninsured or are unable to pay the co-pays required for check-ups and medical treatment.

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Diet-Proof Dining

Diet-Proof Dining

Tips for healthy and guilt-free eating out

It’s late January: how are your New Year’s resolutions faring? If you vowed, like many Americans, to eat healthier and maybe shed a few pounds this year, rest assured that you don’t need to hibernate while your friends go out for a bite. Here are some helpful hints that will let you join the party without compromising your resolutions.

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Healthy Web Favorites

Healthy Web Favorites

Four great healthy recipe websites

 

I recently asked my friends, clients, and family what their favorite healthy recipe websites are.  I enjoyed reading everyone’s responses and chose four sites that I believe have the tastiest, healthiest and most unique recipes. Here they are:

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The Top Calorie-Burning Exercises

The Top Calorie-Burning Exercises

 

Cardio exercise is very important for your body whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your health. The object of cardio training is to improve the body’s ability to utilize oxygen efficiently by increasing your heart rate throughout the workout.

The good thing about cardio is that there are plenty of exercises to choose from, many of which do not require special equipment. The best cardio exercise is simply the one that you enjoy and will commit to doing. Keep in mind, however, that if your goal is to lose weight, some exercises will expedite your results faster than others. I’ve picked a few of the most effective calorie burning cardio exercises, in no particular order. So read up, and get ready to sweat like crazy. (All calorie estimates are from shapefit.com.)

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Thanksgiving Made Healthy

Thanksgiving Made Healthy

I’m sure you know all about holiday weight gain. Don't we all? It's the dreaded, seemingly inevitable extra pounds that pack on from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. But why indulge in high fat foods and gain extra pounds when you can instead consume those same holiday favorites, but made with a healthy twist? Here are two of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes that have been reinvented to include healthier ingredients. Rest assured, the taste has not been compromised.

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