HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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the person you used to be,” said psychologist and counselor Anna Hamer. It is important to find ways to cope and enjoy your new lifestyle. Research has shown that women tend to suffer from empty nest syndrome more than men because child rearing is linked to their identity. This transition is also linked to a time in which depression, alcoholism and marital problems can occur. Instead of allowing this phase to be difficult, try to draw closer to your partner and your family. Show your appreciation for the moments you spend together by making family celebrations and dinners extra special. This is a wonderful time for both you and your child. Celebrate this milestone.

One of the greatest joys of a person’s life is becoming a parent. Parents enjoy watching their children develop, learn and play. However, those carefree days don’t last forever. Children eventually leave the nest and become adults themselves. They grow up and find careers and their own ways in life. While the children are out creating their own lives, it is the perfect time for parents to begin to explore the activities they always wanted to do, as well as try new things.


Parents spend 18 years or more raising a child. They have dreams and hopes for their children to become well-developed adults. During childhood and adolescence, parents spend their time teaching their children and helping them develop skills that will be useful throughout life. Good morals are taught and lessons are learned. It is no wonder parents feel a sense of loneliness when their children leave. Everything they know their life to be suddenly changes.


It is important for parents to realize their children leaving the nest is actually an achievement. You have provided your children with the knowledge to make them successful adults. That’s your job as a parent. It is natural to have some sadness and nostalgia with the changes that are occurring. Nonetheless, try to reverse your attitude of sadness into an attitude of gladness by celebrating and being proud of what you have accomplished.   

MOVING FROM PARENT TO EMPTY NESTER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Having an empty nest is associated with new lifestyle opportunities. You can either resist them or embrace them. Embracing these changes can be fun. Here are a few simple ways to celebrate having an empty nest:


•  Save money by downsizing and getting a smaller home. You probably don’t need so many extra rooms anymore. That is just space you don’t use and more areas to clean. Purchase a home that better accommodates you.


•  Since you will save money without children in the house, you can take vacations. Take a trip across the country or even out of the country. You don’t have to worry about leaving the children with someone or having the expenses of children on the trip. You can splurge a little on yourself.


•  Get the vehicle you always wanted. You don’t need a family-sized car that fits all the children or a van that is perfect for carpooling anymore. You can finally get the car of your dreams.


Transitioning from parenting to having an empty nest can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. “The empty nest moment can be a good time to rediscover