The health benefits of ‘taking in a forest atmosphere’

by Yvette Hickman

Forests are environments of wonderful serenity, immense beauty, and fresh clean air. Personally, I feel wonderful when I take a walk through a forest. I feel more at ease, think more clearly, and leave in a better mood. Many of you have probably had the same experience. And a growing body of scientific evidence confirms that visiting a forest does have quantifiable effects, both physiological and psychological.

In the 1980s, Japan developed a practice called ‘forest bathing’ (‘Shinrin-yoku’), which has become a basic part of their preventative health care. It involves spending time under a forest canopy, walking slowly, and opening up all five of the senses to the surroundings. Essentially, ‘taking in the forest atmosphere.’

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Free McCaffrey’s nutrition event is April 21st

Calcium is not only important for bone health, but some studies show calcium along with vitamin D may help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Since our bodies do not produce calcium, we need to get this important mineral from other sources. Unfortunately, many of us do not get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D from our usual intake.

Join Jill Kwasny, MS, RD on Thursday, April 21st at 10:00am, in the Yardley Mccaffrey’s Food Market to learn about many other calcium sources, other than dairy products: “Calcium, Vitamin D and Your Health.”

Find out if you are consuming the recommended amount of calcium each day. Explore fun ways to incorporate more calcium in your diet. They will be upstairs in the bistro area.

Come prepared to sample a delicious, calcium-rich dish! Please RSVP to Jill at mccaffreys/events, nutritionist@mccaffreys.com or 215-750-7713.

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Switching to clean energy sources can improve your health

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Breathing clean air and drinking clean water is key to good health. However, water and atmospheric contamination caused by the extraction of fossil fuels poses major health risks. As a result, people around the world are plagued by unavoidable symptoms and illnesses, driving up health care costs and causing missed days from work and school.

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues sweeping recommendations on tobacco and e-cigarettes

While adolescent use of tobacco has declined since the 1970s, it remains a persistent public health problem – and e-cigarettes are threatening to addict a new generation to nicotine.

In a comprehensive set of policies issued during its National Conference & Exhibition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) presents extensive recommendations to protect our nation’s youth from the pernicious effects of tobacco and nicotine. The AAP now strongly recommends the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should be increased to age 21 nationwide.

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AFC Fitness: Providing a complete selection of fitness activities and amenities

by June Portnoy

If you’re looking for a friendly, warm and inviting fitness center, look no farther than AFC Fitness, conveniently located right off of Street Road at 1040 Mill Creek Drive in Feasterville.

Since taking over this space from B&R Fitness Club in January 2014, AFC has spent over $1 million in renovations to update and modernize the facility. It now has new equipment, new luxury locker rooms for men and women, and a brand new spin room.

Despite all the recent changes, AFC in Feasterville continues to employ many of the staff members who worked here for years at B&R, so if you’re a long-standing member as so many members are, you’ll continue to see the same familiar faces.

If you’re a new member, you’ll be welcomed by existing staff and members.

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Celebrate the healing power of nature in October

Naturopathic Medicine Week is taking place all across the country the second week of October. From weight management and diabetes to allergies, hormone health, digestion and bone health, Naturopathic doctors want to help people achieve improved health and optimal wellness through the principles and practices of naturopathic medicine.

In 2013, the United States Senate passed a resolution with bipartisan support, officially designating the second week of October as Naturopathic Medicine Week and urging Americans to learn more about this form of treatment.

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