The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey Awards $1,364,000 In Grants

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happyThe Horizon Foundation for New Jersey announced today that it has awarded $1,364,000 in grants to 56 New Jersey non-profit organizations. With these final grant awards in 2014, the Foundation awarded 133 grants totaling $3,892,250.

“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey proudly supports community-based organizations across New Jersey,” said Robert A. Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Chairman & CEO and Foundation Chairman and President. “Our most recent grantees deliver programs and services that help New Jersey residents lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded 1,097 grants totaling more than $38 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations.

The Foundation awarded the following 56 grants at its December 2014 Board meeting:

Aljira, in Newark, received a $15,000 general operating support grant to fund free educational programs, gallery talks, films and performances.

American Heart Association, in Robbinsville, received a $100,000, two-year grant to support New Jersey Multicultural Initiatives: Building a Culture of Health, which will enroll participants from diverse communities in programs to manage hypertension, improve dietary choices and increase cardiovascular health awareness.

Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, in Elmer, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund arts education programming.

Art House Productions, in Jersey City, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund art exhibits and after-school arts education programming.

Arthritis Foundation, in Iselin, received a $26,000 grant to support the New Jersey Walk with Ease/Arthritis Gout Prevention and Management program, which provides a series of educational programs, webinars and online tools that underscore physical activity and weight control as the two most important self-management strategies to decrease arthritis and gout-related pain and improve function levels.

Botto House American Labor Museum, in Haledon, received a $10,000 grant to support the Saturday Arts Program, which provides free arts education workshops for children in grades 3-5 in Paterson and surrounding communities.

Cape Assist, in Wildwood, received a $25,000 grant to support the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE), which provides health education workshops for senior citizens on such topics as managing chronic health conditions, safe use of medications and completing health-related forms.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, in Trenton, received a $20,000 grant to support Project Hope: Health and Wellness Education and Prevention Services, which provides economically disadvantaged residents of Ocean County with case management, assistance in navigating the health care system, free health screenings and educational workshops to promote healthy living.

Children’s Aid and Family Services, in Paramus, received a $25,000 grant to fund the Youth Support Outreach Project, which provides teens and young adults transitioning from foster homes with case management, prevention and wellness education and services, and assistance in accessing health care.

Children’s Futures, in Trenton, received a $50,000 grant to support the Health Education Literacy Project, which provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health literacy education to residents of Mercer County.

Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, in Trenton, received a $25,000 grant to support the Trenton Women’s Literacy Project, a bi-lingual health literacy program for low-income and immigrant women residing in the Trenton area, which offers health assessments and screenings, assistance in securing health care, and prevention and wellness education workshops.

Christ the King Preparatory School, in Newark, received a $30,000 grant for the Health Literacy Program, which provides students and their families with a nutrition curriculum, fitness opportunities, disease prevention and treatment information, and assistance with navigating the health care system and accessing health care.

Community Hope, in Parsippany, received a $15,000 grant to support the Enhanced Health Services for High-Risk Veterans program, which provides mental and behavioral health care and rehabilitation services to veterans of all ages.

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, in Camden, received a $25,000 grant to support the Roosevelt Plaza Park project. The grant will fund development of community and rain gardens in the Park.

Covenant House New Jersey, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the CHNJ Mental Health Program, which provides comprehensive mental health services for homeless youth in Essex, Hudson, Monmouth and Union counties.

CPC Behavioral Health, in Eatontown, received a $20,000 grant to support the Creative Arts Therapy for Circle of Friends Children’s Program, which provides creative arts therapy to children suffering from mental and behavioral disorders.

Diabetes Foundation, in Paramus, received a $15,000 grant to support the Expanded Diabetes Community Outreach and Medication Assistance and Support Services program, which provides uninsured and low-income patients with short-term diabetes medication and supplies, assists them in finding longer-term assistance and provides disease management education and services.

Enright Melanoma Foundation, in Summit, received a $15,000 grant to support the Enright Sun Safety Certification program, which raises awareness and provides education on sun safety practices and melanoma prevention and provides certification to those completing the education program.

Family & Community Services of Somerset County, in Bound Brook, received a $16,000 grant to support the Clinical and Psychiatric Services for Depression program, which provides mental health assessments and treatment services for youth and adults.

GlassRoots, in Newark, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund after-school and summer arts programming for Newark-area youth.

Greater Newark Conservancy, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the Nutrition Education Program, which encourages better nutrition by providing education, gardening activities and access to fresh produce.

Greater Newark Health Care Coalition, in Newark, received a $50,000 grant to support the Healthy Greater Newark ACO Care Coordination, Health Literacy & Navigation program. The grant will fund the hiring and training of a community health worker.

Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, in Camden, received a $30,000 grant to support the Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program, which engages families through culturally-appropriate outreach and provides them with prevention education workshops and home-based case management services for asthma.

HomeFront, in Lawrenceville, received a $25,000 grant to support the Health Access Team Program, which provides low-income or homeless parents and their children with assistance in finding primary health care services, support navigating the health care system and help in handling medical crises.

Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, in Jersey City, received a $20,000 grant to support the Jersey City Adopt-a-Lot Community Gardens. The grant will fund infrastructure enhancements at eight community gardens throughout the City.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, in Margate City, received a $25,000 grant to support the Advance Your Health program, a partnership with the South Jersey Family Medical Center that provides case management services for individuals who are frequent users of acute medical services.

Junior Achievement of New Jersey, in Princeton, received a $45,000, three-year grant to support the Enhancing the Economic Health and Long-Term Well-Being of NJ’s Students program, which teaches 5th and 6th grade students about economics. The grant will fund a Wellness Center and health literacy materials in the simulated city of Biz Town that the students visit to role play and create a successful economy after receiving classroom instruction.

La Casa de Don Pedro, in Newark, received a $15,000 grant for the Living Healthy Initiative, which provides comprehensive health services for adults and children, including health screenings and health education seminars.

Literacy New Jersey, in Metuchen, received an $11,000 grant to support the Health Literacy ESL Conversation Groups program. The grant will fund the development of a new 8-week health literacy curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups.

Mill Hill Child and Family Development Corporation, in Trenton, received a $16,000 grant to support the Springboard Health Literacy program, which provides health literacy education and tools for children and their caregivers.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in Fort Lee, received a $10,000 grant to support the Healthy Chinese New Year program. The grant will fund the development of a nutrition and exercise curriculum and program for the dance company’s educational residencies in K-12 schools and community dance workshops for youth.

New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, in Hamilton, received a $50,000 grant to support the Increasing Health Literacy by Improving Cultural Competency of Pediatric Residents program, which provides health literacy training to pediatric residents through workshops, publications and online resources to help them understand the challenges and strategies of providing culturally responsive and effective health care.

New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, in Trenton, received a $47,000 grant to support the Building Curriculum: Improving the Healthcare Workforce and Reducing Care Costs program. The grant will fund the development of a comprehensive communications skills training curriculum for medical school students that teaches how to effectively and productively communicate with patients in a socially and culturally competent manner.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance, in West Orange, received a $25,000 grant to support The Stages Festival, a state-wide, month-long series of free or low-cost programs that introduce children and adults to theater.

Newark Boys Chorus School, in Newark, received a $30,000 general operating support grant to fund the concert touring program and new academic initiatives.

Newark Public Radio, in Newark, received a $75,000 general operating support grant to fund the station’s local news and programming.

Newark Renaissance House, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support the Maternal, Infant and Child Mental Health Services program, which provides comprehensive mental health services for women residents of Newark Renaissance House and their children ages 0-4 years.

Ocean Community Economic Action Now, in Toms River, received a $20,000 grant for the Fit Kids-Healthy and Active Living Obesity Outreach Program, which provides nutrition and fitness education workshops for children and their families in Ocean County Head Start Centers.

Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, received a $15,000 grant to support The Adopt-A-School Project, which will fund arts education at Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth.

Perkins Center for the Arts, in Moorestown, received a $15,000 grant to support the Arts Reaching the Students (ARTS) In-School Artist in Residence Program, which provides South Jersey schools with long-term artist residencies that engage students in the visual and performing arts.

Philip’s Education Partners, in Newark, received a $15,000 grant to support the EcoSPACES program, a multi-faceted healthy eating and physical activity initiative that incorporates classroom lessons, a rooftop garden, teaching kitchen, indoor farming lab and healthy lunch program.

Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, in Madison, received a $10,000 grant to support the Newark Young Writer’s Project, which supports creative writing residencies in 23 schools and community centers in Newark.

Princeton Senior Resource Center, in Princeton, received a $15,000 grant to support the Living Healthy for Older Adults program, which provides comprehensive prevention, education and early intervention activities for older adults in the greater Princeton area.

Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, in Camden, received at $15,000 grant for Proyecto Salud, which provides health screenings and health education workshops for low-income Hispanic residents of Camden City.

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, in Millville, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund arts education programming and arts exhibitions.

Robins’ Nest, in Glassboro, received a $25,000 grant to support the Mental and Behavioral Health Screenings for Adolescents and Young Adults program, which provides mental and behavioral health screenings, assessments and referrals for outpatient services.

St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the Student Counseling Department program, which assesses the psychological, emotional and behavioral needs of incoming students and provides counseling to students, their parents and community members.

Saint Vincent Academy, in Newark, received a $24,000 grant for the Women’s Wellness Plus program, which addresses students’ emotional and mental health issues, educates students about healthy eating habits and offers physical fitness activities.

Shiloh Community Development Corporation, in Trenton, received a $25,000 grant to support the Mercer County Chronic Disease Self-Management and Early Detection Program, which provides screenings and self-management workshops for chronic diseases in low-income Trenton neighborhoods.

Trenton Children’s Chorus, in Trenton, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund after-school programming.

Trenton Community Music School, in Trenton, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund year-round music instruction and performance programs for low-income students in the Trenton area.

Twin Oaks Community Services, in Mt. Holly, received a $24,000 grant to support the Veteran’s Haven Clinical Service program, which provides mental health services to New Jersey veterans.

United Way of Essex and West Hudson, in Newark, received a $50,000 grant for the Community Health Program, which provides community-based health education programs and health literacy services.

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, in Red Bank, received a $25,000 grant to support the School-Based Nurse Practitioner Health Services Program, which funds an in-school nurse practitioner to provide screenings, prevention education, chronic disease management and assistance in navigating the health care system.

West Bergen Mental Healthcare, in Ridgewood, received a $25,000 grant to support the Children’s Depression Intervention program, which provides affordable depression screening, treatment and medication management services for children.

Youth Development Clinic of Newark, in Newark, received a $10,000 grant to support the Window of Opportunity: Identifying and Treating Depression in Urban Children program, which provides screening and counseling services for children and their families and teacher training to identify the signs and symptoms of depression.

About the Foundation:
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s new funding pillars are Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit http://www.Horizonblue.com/Foundation

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find Out What It Means To You

By Dr. Denee Jordan

joggersWe’ve all heard it, “You have to love yourself before you love anyone else.” Actually, this isn’t true. In fact, most of us love other people much more easily than we love ourselves. Frequently, we even love our pets more easily. However, though we can love others without loving ourselves, the truth is our relationships are much healthier when we do. We can’t feel true contentment unless we learn to love, and even more importantly, respect ourselves. When we do not respect ourselves, it manifests in all of our relationships. It can manifest as irritability, hyper-sensitivity, or being overly critical of other people. All of our interactions are distorted to a certain degree, but it is our own happiness that is impacted the most.

Respect is considered a key element in any loving relationship, including self-love. Self-respect, however, is a learned skill that many people are never taught. We are taught that we should have self-respect, but not how to get it. Too frequently the belief is that we can earn self-respect by making enough money, pleasing others, getting promoted, losing weight and so forth. In actuality, the opposite is true; self-respect is the precursor to success. So how do we learn to respect ourselves if we are not yet, in society’s terms, beautiful, fit, talented, or wealthy?

It is no small feat to be a surviving Human Being in our present society. In fact, it is amazing! Nobody but you knows what your experience has been. Gaining self-respect involves recognizing the effort you have put into living your life, no matter your present circumstances- acknowledging all of the time and energy you have spent struggling, loving, hurting, suffering, discovering, working, succeeding, failing, and feeling frustration, joy and disappointment in order to be alive in the present moment. Notice that there is no mention of culling only the ‘good’ parts of your life for examination. All of your life has had value!

Take obesity, for example. In today’s society, most overweight people feel badly about themselves because of a perceived notion that they are somehow ‘lesser than’ because of their weight. They try all kinds of diets to shed pounds and beat themselves up when they gain them back, sinking lower and lower into self-disrespect. What a tremendous shift there would be if, on the other hand, they were to add up all the pounds they had lost and gained, the money they had spent on weight-loss treatments, the time spent worrying, feeling isolated and depressed and said to themselves, “Wow! I am amazing! How wonderful that I can invest all of that emotion, energy, and time into trying to feel better! I have actually demonstrated tremendous ability!” The self-respect they would gain with that recognition would be the impetus for true, lasting change. Remember, self-respect precedes success!

thumbsupSelf-respect requires that we give ourselves credit for our efforts, without exception. One might say, “Yes, but I know better.” Knowing is not enough; we only do what we have learned. If we had learned better, we would have done better. We need to be honest about who we are and accept ourselves as completely as possible, including the things we think are ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’. We might hear, “That’s crazy! If I accept myself, nothing will change.” Though it may seem counterintuitive, finding the value in respecting ourselves [D1] even for the ‘bad’ choices we may have made paves the way for positive change. Respecting ourselves does not necessarily mean that everything is the way we want it; it is a decision to accept and honor ourselves as we are so that we can move forward positively!

Finding love or self-respect doesn’t necessarily involve changing anything in your life right this minute. It involves finding the courage to give yourself credit for all of the remarkable effort you have put into living, regardless of your present circumstances; knowing that you have done the best you could have done based upon what you have learned up to this point. Ready to change? Try coming from a place of self-respect and self-acceptance first. It will make all of the difference, because it is true that other people will not treat us any better than we treat ourselves. We attract people into our lives who mirror our perception of ourselves. Give yourself respect, compassion, and gratitude this Valentine’s Day, and it will be returned.

- Dr. Denee Jordan, PSY.D is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of Already Well, a progressive approach to treatment that works on the premise that no matter your present circumstance, you are already well. Today she serves as Mental Health Services Director for the Exceptional Children’s Foundation in Los Angeles, CA.

February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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brushteethFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to Smiles Park Avenue Dental, roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth.

If there’s one thing that all dentists have in common, it’s that they regularly see young patients with tooth decay. According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (published Aug. 26, 2005), roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth, while approximately 32 percent of children ages 9-11 have decay in their permanent teeth.¹

Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal at New York-based Smiles Park Avenue Dental, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, notes that there are many foods that can help or harm a child’s teeth. Here are the good and the bad:

THE GOOD: Here are some foods, even “junk foods,” that can help a child’s oral health:

* Dark Chocolate. The super dark treat can actually brighten a child’s teeth. Tannins (antioxidants found in cacao) prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth while also neutralizing the microorganisms that cause bad breath

* Unsweetened hulless popcorn. This treat acts as a natural tooth detergent in addition to being highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its calcium phosphorus supplies valuable minerals and roughage and helps to exercise the teeth.

* Chew gum with xylitol. It helps reduce bacteria which lead to tooth decay. A few pieces of a gum such as Dentyne Ice leave no plaque-causing sticky residue, changes the chemistry in a child’s mouth and can actually help keep cavities away.

* Cinnamon flavored gum. Cinnamon helps to reduce bacteria in a child’s mouth. So gum like Orbit Cinnamon flavor may very well help inhibit growth of cavity causing bacteria.

* Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies. These treats stimulate saliva, which prevents dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities.

* Sip sugary drinks through a straw. This helps children to limit the amount of contact the sugar has with the teeth.

* Yogurt snacks. Foods that provide calcium and phosphates, such as yogurt snacks and milk and cheese can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

* Juice boxes. Add water to the juice drinks to dilute the sugar.

* String cheese. Some foods neutralize acids which cause cavities such as pears, apples and dairy, especially cheese.

* Raw nuts. These provide calcium and phosphates that can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

THE BAD: Here are some food-based causes of tooth decay in children:

* Drinking from a bottle. When children drink from a bottle, the liquid sloshes around their teeth and gums, and any drink with sugar in it will increase the chance of decay. So only put milk and water in a bottle. At bedtime, it’s especially important to put only water in the bottle. That’s because prolonged exposure to the sugars in milk can cause cavities too.

* Sippy cups. Limit the amount of time that a child has a sippy cup in her mouth, especially if it is filled with juices which are high in sugars and acids. Try diluting the juice or substituting water instead.

* Gummy vitamins. Many children consume their sweet or gummy vitamins after they brush their teeth, so the sugar remains on their teeth all morning.

* Sour candies. High acid levels in these treats can break down tooth enamel quickly.

* Sticky candies. Candies like gummies and dried fruits linger on the teeth, giving the bacteria extra time to cause damage.

* Long-lasting sugars. Lollipops and cough drops allow the sugar to remain in the mouth for a prolonged period.

* Starchy foods. Foods like French fries, white bread and pretzels easily lodge between teeth and are quickly converted to sugar by the pre-digestive saliva.

* Powdery candy. Candies which dissolve quickly and contain nothing but sugar, can lead to cavities by changing the mouth pH and giving the bacteria pure sugar to feed on.

* Acidic foods and drinks. Such as soda and fruit juices eat away the healthy enamel of teeth.

The foods that damage teeth have been shown to damage overall health, and the foods that are favorable to teeth tend to be favorable to health. No surprise. This is just one more reminder of why it is important to teach children early on the importance of eating well and avoiding sugars.

For additional information please go to http://www.SmilesParkAvenueDental.com

Reference:

1) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 26, 2005, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.htm

February Is American Heart Health Awareness Month

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healthyheartbpThe CDC has teamed up with Million Hearts for American Heart Health Awareness and NJ Top Docs wants you to do the same.

The CDC has teamed up with Million Hearts® in order to prevent one million strokes and heart attacks in the U.S. by the year 2017. Each New Year, people all over the world set personal goals to accomplish by the end of the year. Whether it’s losing those five pesky pounds, quitting smoking, or visiting relatives more often, there should definitely be this one goal on everyone’s list: staying on top of their heart health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people each February (and all year round), to pay attention to their blood pressure. NJ Top Docs wants its readers to join the CDC and Million Hearts® in this national campaign.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making it four times more likely for them to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease. Most times, there are no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure. It is imperative that people check their blood pressure regularly.

The CDC offers the following suggestions to maintaining good heart health:

“Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be. Set a goal to lower your pressure with your doctor and talk about how you can reach your goal. Work with your health care team to make sure you meet that goal. Track your blood pressure over time. One way to do that is with this free wallet card[920 KB] from Million Hearts®.

Take your blood pressure medicine as directed. Set a timer on your phone to remember to take your medicine at the same time each day. If you are having trouble taking your medicines on time or paying for your medicines, or if you are having side effects, ask your doctor for help.

Quit smoking—and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. You can find tips and resources at CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco website.

Reduce sodium intake. Most Americans consume too much sodium, which can raise blood pressure. Read about ways to reduce your sodium and visit the Million Hearts® Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center for heart-healthy, lower-sodium recipes, meal plans, and helpful articles.”

More information about high blood pressure is available at CDC’s High Blood Pressure website. In addition, the following resources are available to help you and your loved ones make control your goal:

High Blood Pressure: How to Make Control Your Goal

Supporting Your Loved One with High Blood Pressure

African Americans Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheet

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

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Five Simple Tips On How To Live A Happier Life Today

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womantwistingMany people dwell on the negative aspects of life, but that isn’t beneficial. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA provides some tips from his new book on five simple ways to increase happiness today.

Forbes recently reported that as many as 52 percent of Americans are unhappy with their jobs and as a result, their relationships, health and finances suffer. While it may take a change of jobs to be happy in the workplace, there are many things that anyone can do to make their life happier. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA provides tips from his new book on five simple ways to increase happiness today.

1. Soak in some sun. A daily dose of sunshine, about 15 minutes around midday significantly boosts vitamin D levels which in turn increase serotonin production. Mood neurotransmitter not only helps helps you feel better, it boosts immunity and protects against some forms of cancer.

2. Stay home more. For people with families or a partner, staying home more and investing in relationships with loved ones is a surefire way to feel happier. Spend evenings and weekends reading books out loud, flipping through old photo albums, making a fancy dinner or gardening. These activities stimulate conversation and bring everyone together, something that is lacking in many relationships now that most people have a mobile device which rarely leaves their side. When choosing to spend time with friends, spend more time with the optimistic, positive, glass-is-half-full ones than the woe-is-me pessimistic types who infuse every conversation with mood-bashing negativity.

3. Keep a gratitude journal. This may seem like a fad since many people these days are trying to be more mindful and practice gratitude, but there’s really something to it according to researchers at Mayo Clinic. Write down one good thing every day and read through past entries right before bedtime. Develop the habit of looking for good in every situation: the line at the coffee shop might lead to some new professional connections, and having to make four dozen cookies for the school bake sale allows time to make memories with the kids.

happyteens4. Lend a helping hand. Schools teach kids to practice random acts of kindness, so why shouldn’t adults. Adults should try doing an act of kindness every day for a month in order to increase happiness. Participants in a study at the University of Illinois noticed that they had an increased level of happiness by day 10. Try tipping double the going rate; taking coffee to a friend; giving construction workers ice-cold bottles of water; raking leaves for the neighbor; sending a card and encouraging note to a new mom.

5. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Most people’s diets could stand at least a minor overhaul to boost health and healing. Eat your way to happiness by following an anti-inflammatory diet that’s rich in vegetables, fruits, cold-water fish, olive oil and healthy whole grains. Most foods that are whole and unprocessed, meaning they’re the closest to their most natural form as possible, are excellent at reducing and controlling inflammation, which is responsible for so many of the illnesses and diseases that people suffer from the standard American diet. By attaining better health, people are much more energetic and happier.

On their own, each of these tips can make a powerful impact on one’s levels of happiness. Start off by implementing one tip this week, and another each week thereafter to experience more happiness.

For more information on living a happier life please visit Dr. Sanjay Jain’s website at http://www.sanjayjainmd.com/.

About Dr. Sanjay Jain:

Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish. Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.

Partnership To Help Families Make Healthy Eating And Fitness Routine

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familyjogAlliance for a Healthier Generation and 24 Hour Fitness are joining forces to give families the power to live healthy, active lives. Through a partnership announced today, the Alliance and 24 Hour Fitness will launch Nutrition Revolution 5K, an event series in ten cities across the country that will educate and inspire children and adults to eat healthier and move more in 2015.

Nutrition Revolution 5K is an important part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s mission to combat childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents in the past 30 years. Today about one out of three children and adolescents (ages 2-19) in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

“Educating and inspiring kids and adults to develop lifelong, healthy habits is at the core of what we aim to do at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We couldn’t think of a better partner than 24 Hour Fitness to join our team and launch this exciting new event series. Together, we will help families start a health revolution.”

For 24 Hour Fitness, Nutrition Revolution 5K provides another opportunity for people to get the most out of the physical activities they enjoy – and get more out of the rest of their busy days. Nutrition Revolution 5K will feature simple steps to make healthy eating and fitness a part of daily life – before, during and after the event series.

“24 Hour Fitness shares a vision with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for healthy, active living that’s within everyone’s reach,” said John Tovar, Senior Vice President, Club Operations, 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. “We are proud to sponsor Nutrition Revolution 5K and show our commitment to families and members in the communities we serve.”

Learn more about how your family can join the revolution and make sure the finish line is only the start. Details on dates and locations for Nutrition Revolution 5K events will be posted on http://www.nutritionrevolution5K.org.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. To learn more and join the movement, visit HealthierGeneration.org.

About 24 Hour Fitness

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health club industry pioneer, serving nearly 4 million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. For more than 30 years, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment, 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.

Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com for more information and to find the club nearest you.

New CDC Vital Signs Report – Alcohol Poisoning Kills Six People In The US Each Day

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informationMore than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three in four alcohol poisoning deaths involve adults ages 35-64 years, and most deaths occur among men and non-Hispanic whites. American Indians/Alaska Natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people.

Alcohol poisoning deaths are caused by drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This can result in very high levels of alcohol in the body, which can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature – resulting in death.

More than 38 million U.S. adults report binge drinking an average of four times per month and consume an average of eight drinks per binge. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion. The more you drink, the greater your risk of death.

“Alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers of excessive alcohol use, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D. “We need to implement effective programs and policies to prevent binge drinking and the many health and social harms that are related to it, including deaths from alcohol poisoning.”

Alcohol poisoning death rates varied widely across states, from 46.5 deaths per million residents in Alaska to 5.3 per million residents in Alabama. The states with the highest death rates were in the Great Plains, western United States, and New England.

CDC scientists analyzed deaths from alcohol poisoning among people aged 15 years and older, using multiple cause-of-death data from the National Vital Statistics System for 2010-2012.

Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) was identified as a contributing factor in 30 percent of these deaths, and other drugs were noted to have been a factor in about 3 percent of the deaths. While this study reveals that alcohol poisoning deaths are a bigger problem than previously thought, it is still likely to be an underestimate.

“This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people,” said CDC Alcohol Program Lead and report coauthor Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H. “It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing binge drinking that includes evidence-based community strategies, screening and counseling in healthcare settings, and high-quality substance abuse treatment for those who need it.”

Vital Signs is a report that appears each of the month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Want To Sleep Better In 2015?

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malesmileOral health goes far beyond tooth decay and a sparkling smile. Within the last decade, the medical field has taken on a more holistic approach to the connection between oral health and links to a variety of conditions affecting the body at large. Dr. Jerry Cheung, of Bright Smile Dental, advises that dentists can be the first line of defense when it comes to assisting in prevention and early detection of serious, life-threatening conditions affecting the entire body; sleep apnea, a condition affecting 22 million Americans, is one that can be identified through a routine dental exam.

Dr. Cheung comments, “I have long held the belief that as a dentist, I have unique insight into larger issues impacting patients. Teeth don’t walk through the door on their own. There is a whole person attached and it is my job to counsel that person for better overall health and well-being.”

Specifically, he adds, “Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a major complaint among many patients who come to see me. Generally, dentists will attribute this to stress or issues with a bite, however, I have found that some of my patients have actually suffered from sleep apnea. In some cases, the grinding or gnashing of the teeth is actually caused by obstructed airways during sleep. This, of course is a serious health issue, and we have been able to work through this through further referrals to specialists, and in some cases, a simple dental appliance.”

With so many Americans suffering from sleep apnea, it is even more astounding that so many go undiagnosed. Identifying the issue can literally save lives as sleep apnea can cause the arteries to harden leading to serious heart issues, memory loss, and concentration issues. In most cases, those suffering with sleep apnea or restricted airways, wake up to breathe throughout the night. This causes unrest and can severely impact a patient’s quality of life.

“I think it is most important that we, in the dental field, educate our patients on how far reaching a good oral health routine can be when it comes to overall health. We need to ask the right questions and look for cues that our patients may not think of when coming in to get a routine exam.”

Dr. Cheung suggest that patients prepare for routine dental exams by providing a list of other health issues to cover with their dentist. In some cases, a dentist can examine the mouth, but also make further connections to other health issues so that the patient can work more effectively with outside specialists and their primary care physicians. In many cases, the issues can be resolved through treatments prescribed directly by the dentist.

For more information or to schedule an exam, visit http://www.brightsmilepowell.com/ or call 614.706.1836.

Patient-Centered “Medical Homes” To Increase In 2015

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newsThousands of family medicine practices are switching to a new model of health care delivery called a patient-centered medical home.

Many doctors’ offices across the country have a resolution for the New Year: switching to a team-based model of care called the patient-centered medical home, reports the January 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

“It’s the highest and best version of primary care, specifically designed to take care of people’s preventive needs as well as complex chronic conditions,” says Susan Edgman-Levitan, executive director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

The patient-centered medical home model turns a doctor’s practice into a physician-led team that helps patients meet their health goals by getting to know them, developing long-term treatment plans for them, focusing on prevention, educating them about how to reach their goals, and coordinating care with other specialists if necessary. The team must be available, at least by telephone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Several national accreditation programs hold the team accountable to these high standards.

The patient-centered medical home concept was introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the 1960s and took off in the late 2000s among family practice and internal medicine doctors. Since then, thousands of doctor’s offices have made the switch. Employers are driving the change because they know this model provides high-quality and efficient care for their workers and reduces care people don’t need. “Also doctors know it decreases burnout among physicians and staff,” says Edgman-Levitan. “They’ve now got a team of people helping them do their job better.”

Read the full-length article: “New year, new approach to health care”

Also in the January 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Medications that affect thinking skills
* Pill-free way to fight incontinence
* Tai chi helps prevent falls

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $16 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Stretch those Legs… Stretch Those Brains

jumpingsacsCan getting in shape really help kids get smarter? Research shows that a little activity goes a long way. It can improve attention spans, memory and learning while minimizing stress and the effects of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. I guess you could say you’re as likely to find our future scholars on the playground as you are to find them curled up with a book at the library. Exercise actually ramps up a child’s brain development! But how can we get children excited about exercise?

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