It was an interesting and encouraging month for us at Brain Brawn & Body. Interesting because we saw an uptick in subscriptions and we can’t say why. There were no special marketing efforts, just our usual, tell folks as we move along, approach we’ve used since we launched the site three years ago.
That’s encouraging. We’re encouraged because we can say that people are catching on, joining the movement to try to achieve better health outcomes for themselves and their families. That’s been our objective from day one and we’re thankful that, maybe, our website has played a small part in changing attitudes around health and wellness.
Thank you to all of you who encouraged people you know to go to brainbrawnbody.com. Thanks to those of you who inspired others to take stock of their lives, consider what their lives could be with a little effort to live better by doing some pretty simple things – read articles, become enlightened, decide which of those things found on the pages of Brain Brawn & Body were right for you and apply them to your life.
We come to you this month, a new set of 30 days where you can improve on what you’ve began. Thirty days for you to help us help others by telling a friend about the website and the riches it holds.
Tell them about A Healthy Body Can Often Equal a Healthy Brain, that’s one of several new articles that can be found on our Health page. And you can learn the answer to one of today’s burning questions, Why Cook With Cannabis (Nutrition).
On our Finance page, you’ll find a helpful article about costs you might incur if you’re renting an apartment or house and you own a pet. Pet Rent Puts the Bite on Empty Nesters is an enlightening piece about a trend that seems to be setting in around the country.
And for those of you who are wine drinkers, and yes, (a little of the good stuff, every now and then, can be good for you), Here’s to 4 Under-the-Radar Wine Regions, a Leisure page article that introduces you to places you might consider visiting if you’re a wine lover, is a must read.
Those are but a few of the articles you’ll find in the latest edition of Brain Brawn & Body. Read them and please, tell a friend. And in this time of Thanksgiving and preparation for other holidays, we thank you for giving pause to your health and wellness and sharing the knowledge with others you know and love.
Read, learn, enjoy!
Even if you have limited resources, a financial plan is an invaluable tool to help you plan for the future. Learn more about the elements of a financial plan, and then contact your Financial Advisor to work on creating one.
Who needs a financial plan? The short answer is everyone. Even if you have limited resources, a plan can be a critical tool toward achieving your long-term financial goals.
New research published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that the chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is very low. In the study, conducted by researchers at King's College London in the UK, just 1 in 210 obese men and 1 in 124 obese women were able to achieve normal weights.
Refresh your soul at these sacred destinations
From Wild to Eat, Pray, Love, spiritual journeys have been on the pop culture radar. But people have been making treks to holy sites for millennia — in fact, these types of locations are probably the oldest form of tourism.
Spiritual journeys differ from ordinary vacations in that they’re meant to nourish the soul and help us reflect on what’s most important to us. Such trips seem to appeal most of all to the unencumbered young (think college students visiting ashrams in India) and to the stock-taking adult (post-divorce, after-the-chemo-ends or on a landmark decade birthday).
GoBankingRates says they can make planning for retirement easier
Many people might wind up with a vast and varied array of financial pieces scattered across their lives once they enter retirement. IRAs, savings or checking accounts, investments, Social Security, pensions, inheritances, real estate holdings and insurance benefits are just a few of the pieces of the retirement puzzle.
“Dad has been outside cutting up a tree with a chain saw, and yesterday, I had to yell at him as he was about to cut through a live electrical cable,” a daughter recently wrote in an online dementia forum for caregivers.
Such stories are not uncommon, and any of us can imagine how the scenario came to be:
Dad has always maintained the home — it’s who he is. Mom has always made supper for the family — it’s what she does.
Working for yourself is liberating — and extraordinarily expensive. You face steep tax bills, have to buy your own health and disability insurance, and need to fund retirement with no help from an employer. Add it all up, and the numbers start to look ugly.
Sleep is critical to a healthy brain. While we're at rest, the brain is performing such important tasks as consolidating memories and clearing toxins. Add stress to lack of sleep, and the brain really starts to stumble.
A small study from Uppsala University in Sweden, published in the journal Sleep, finds that sleep loss paired with acute stress negatively affects important cognitive functions.
If you've ever had anyone walk in to your cubicle as you were inhaling a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and say, "I didn't know anyone ate fast food anymore," congrats: You've been food shamed. You should know you're in excellent company, as it's happened to Health staffers at previous jobs, Olympic athletes, even celebs like Heidi Klum and Demi Lovato.
I invite you to read, learn, enjoy!
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