Butler County Times Gazette
  • Health Watch: Personalizing health goals

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  • Tip of the Week
    A good way to reach fitness and health goals is to customize plan for your personal needs and style. Here are some tips for getting started:
    * Stay hydrated - Drinking fluids before, during and after physical activity is vital to provide your body the fluids it needs to perform properly, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Need help tracking your water intake? There are water bottles and apps that can calculate and track your personal hydration needs.
    * Opt for healthier, whole, portable foods - Do your body a favor and hit the farmers market or head to your grocer’s produce section to stock up on apples, bananas and berries, as well as veggies like carrots and broccoli to cut up and take with you.
    * Personalize your physical fitness - Functional training and small group fitness are on-trend right now. This more personalized style of training helps you customize workouts based on your current level of strength and endurance.
    Technology can help - If scheduling fitness into your day sounds impossible, try letting your phone or computer remind you to stretch or get up from your desk. Create a custom playlist to help motivate you and vary your exercises to avoid becoming bored with your workout.
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    Number to Know
    7-10: Recommended ounces of water to drink every 10 to 20 minutes during moderate- to high-intensity exercise, according to the American Council on Exercise.
    Children’s Health
    A new study involving more than 13,000 children finds no increase in risk of autism in children whose mothers received antidepressant medication while pregnant, but the data does suggest an increased risk in those children for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In addition to the ADHD findings, the study suggests severe maternal depression may be the risk factor for autism, not antidepressant medication.
    Senior Health
    About a third of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease are preventable, according to research from England’s University of Cambridge. The study identified seven risk factors for the diseases, with lack of exercise topping the list. Also identified as risk factors are: diabetes, high blood pressure in middle age, obesity in middle age, depression, smoking and low level of education.
    New Research
    In time for the star of the school year, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying early school hours are detrimental to children, especially teens. A report released with the statement indicates sleep-deprived teens eat more carbohydrates and fat and that each hour of lost sleep increases the odds of obesity by 80 percent. The organization recommends school start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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