We are a society driven by time demands, technology, and ever-increasing pressures to succeed . . . at work, at school, at play. Drawn in many directions simultaneously, often with multiple conflicting priorities nipping at our heels, it’s often difficult to remain focused, to complete tasks without interruption or distraction, or to finish an assignment before moving onto something else. Creative, impulsive and over stimulated, little wonder we get anything done, or done well. And some days, we … [Read More...]
For pitchers, quarterbacks and carpenters, it can be a career-limiting -- or ending -- injury. Likewise, if you do manual labor or projects involving lifting, carrying or moving objects, it can sideline you for months. Even working out in the gym, swimming or playing tennis can cause this injury, but the most common catalyst, affecting millions of Americans annually, is advancing age and the normal wear and tears of life.
The culprit is a rotator cuff injury. The rotator cuff is a group of … [Read More...]
Wherever we go there is mold. It exists in the air and on many surfaces, and has survived on the Earth for millions of years, growing wherever there is moisture. Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes and bags, and pets can carry mold indoors.
Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, … [Read More...]
People often say it’s the little things that count, that difficult and challenging tasks aren’t insurmountable when tackled in small bites. And time after time, we see how simple steps -- tempered by consistency, enthusiasm, effort and support -- can form a potent mix when it comes to changing behaviors and instituting positive habits.
Such is the case at The Health Consultants Group, a privately held employee benefits brokerage with 25 employees in Plainville and a small satellite office in … [Read More...]
In today’s world, we’re well aware of many deadly viruses, thanks to media, anxious friends and the Internet. This past year Ebola raged in Eastern Africa and even made it to American shores. We’re bombarded almost daily by scary stories about strains of Avian, Swine and Bird flus. And closer to home, many of us are still infected by common contagious culprits such as influenza, measles, chickenpox, tuberculosis and even Whooping Cough.
Many infectious diseases can be largely prevented by … [Read More...]
Unless you work in an environment that is physically challenging or potentially dangerous, the worst most of us have to fear at work is eye or ear strain, sore backs or necks, repetitive motion injuries or circulation problems. The latter issue can result from sitting too long at your desk or workstation, in a plane, bus or another vehicle. Repeated inactivity or lack of entire-body movement for extended periods inhibits circulation and can lead to clotting problems.
Two of the more common … [Read More...]
Are you a locavore? Would you like to be one? It’s simple and painless -- just eat food grown locally whenever possible! First appearing in Webster’s in 2005, the term locavore reflects the growing movement toward eating fresh, locally produced vegetables, fruit, dairy products and meats. It also means patronizing restaurants and grocers who buy locally as well, growing your own, and taking advantage of seasonal bounty.
There’s something truly special about eating vegetables and fruit that … [Read More...]
It’s July already -- how’s that diet going? If you’re like most Americans, you may be a few pounds heavier than you’d like, or have a specific goal in mind. That could be sliding effortlessly into a favorite dress or suit, comfortably wearing your bathing suit or bikini in public, or reconnecting with the jeans that used to fit you like a glove!
Many of us could stand to lose a few pounds. Nobody knows better than we do how we feel -- and look -- at optimum weight. Maybe the stairs or trails … [Read More...]
Germs, bacteria and viruses surround us, but fortunately, the human immune system is typically well equipped to fight many common bugs. For those that we can’t fight on our own, there are effective countermeasures to help us contain or prevent infections that range in intensity from inconvenient to deadly. Yet with all the medications and interventions available, education, awareness and common sense remain the best prescription for staying healthy and avoiding infections.
This month, … [Read More...]
Whole milk, low-fat, two percent, silk, goat, almond, lactose free . . . there’s even coconut milk! Confused? If you’re wondering what is what and which is better -- or best for you and your family -- here’s a quick primer to help you sort out the fat from the soy in your dairy products.
If you’ve ever traipsed through the dairy aisle at your local grocer, you know there’s a wide assortment of milk choices. But the contents and differences can be confusing, and misleading to the uninformed. … [Read More...]