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It’s About Time — A New Year’s Resolution

December 31, 2009 --

Olivia Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer

It became a classic in the 1960s, a classic of biblical proportions.  The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes.  “To Everything There is a Season” was composed by Pete Seeger in 1959 and recorded by him in 1962.  The phrase “Turn, Turn, Turn” subsequently became its title and, in 1965, The Byrds’ version attained the status as #1 pop song with the oldest lyrics.

The New Year is about time.  It’s about turning—turning a page on a new calendar, turning over a new leaf or towards a new idea.  Perhaps that’s where New Year’s resolutions have their beginnings, in human nature’s desire to strive, to continue and to change.

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Snow catches half of us without chains or snow tires

December 30, 2009 --

Oregon Women’s Report Survey,

Question: If were stuck in an automotive emergency tonight how prepared would you be?  What items are in your car right now.

Before the snow storm hit Oregon this week, Oregon Women’s Report did a survey on preparedness for unexpected emergencies while in your car. 

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2010 Resolution: Letting go of Stuff!

December 29, 2009 --

By Sandy
Reluctant Entertainer Blog
Real entertaining for real people

This time of year makes me want to free myself from clutter and stuff. I can’t wait to put the Christmas stuff back into the attic and to reclaim my space. An upcoming January resolution for me (although I’m not a big resolution person) is going to be to try to live with less, and to thin out and organize what I do have.

My friend, Melissa (Drop the Baby Weight), recently shared with me how she was looking forward to a restful, peaceful Christmas season. But it wasn’t always that way. She shared with me that by reading Reluctant Entertainer this past year, it actually helped her to get over her shyness and learn to reach out more.

And it also challenged her when it came to stuff …

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Sexting forcing parents to fight back

December 28, 2009 --

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
National Poll on Children’s Health- Report

Implications: In many ways, cell phones can give parents and kids a sense of security, providing a mechanism for frequent check-ins and a way to call for help in true emergency. But that sense of security may be offset by increasing reports of “sexting” and the serious consequences that can result from ill-advised sharing of sexual content, either in images or text messages.

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Weekly Photo: How not to discipline your kid in the car

December 27, 2009 --

Ah the joys of photoshop.

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Teen pot use has lasting effects on mood, anxiety

December 26, 2009 --

HealthDay News – Marijuana use among teens may trigger neurological changes in the developing brain that lead to increased anxiety and stress levels that could persist into adulthood, new animal research suggests. Although the finding stems solely from work conducted with adolescent and adult lab rats — not yet replicated among humans — the work suggests that certain troublesome changes in levels of the key brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine may linger long after marijuana use ceases.

“Here, the goal was simply to understand the neurological mechanism that could be underlying the specific phenomenon of depression and anxiety observed in previous studies among adolescents chronically exposed to cannabis,” explained study author Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a psychiatric researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.

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Merry Christmas from Oregon Women’s Report

Holiday reflections

December 24, 2009 --

Your Fitness Trainer:  A Crisp Wintry Day Remembered
By Olivia Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM

The snows of last December rendered me two gifts.  The first, a photo of our house which became this year’s Christmas card.  The second, a poem written as I looked out the window late one afternoon.  Something about snow brings out the kid in all of us.  That’s what happened to me.

Our cat, Maggie, was six months old at the time of the big snow.  She was exploring her world and was only allowed outside under supervision.  I just couldn’t help myself.  She needed to learn about snow, so I took her out to our front lawn “. . . where the snow lay ‘round about, deep and crisp and even.”  I had no sled so I made her one, a toboggan of sorts, created from a laundry basket and a rope.  As I pulled her along, a neighbor walked by and told me it was nice to see that I was still a kid at heart.  She was right.  Maggie didn’t even jump out.  I think she was smiling!  I know I was.

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Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating


HealthDay News- It may be possible to create foods with hunger-suppressing aromas that would offer a new way to fight overeating and obesity, Dutch scientists say. Researchers have long attempted to develop foods that could trigger or increase the feeling of fullness and, until recently, have focused on the effects of food in the stomach after it was swallowed, Rianne Ruijschop and colleagues said in a news release.

But efforts now include examination of foods that release hunger-quenching aromas while they’re being chewed. It’s known that food aromas consist of molecules that activate areas of the brain that signal fullness.

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The Pill Offers Benefits Beyond Birth Control

December 23, 2009 --

HealthDay News– Along with preventing pregnancy, hormonal contraceptives also treat menstruation-related disorders such as severe menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, according to a new Practice Bulletin issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The bulletin also said that combined contraceptives containing both estrogen and progesterone reduce the risk of endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancer. Other potential benefits include prevention of menstrual migraines, treatment of pelvic pain caused by endometriosis and treatment of bleeding because of uterine fibroids.

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