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Become a Diehard to Live Longer

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Stadiums, gyms, and fields are filled with men and women dressed from head to toe in their team’s colors, holding encouraging signs and babies with painted faces. The passionate rivalry and hunger for victory on the court begins to spread through the crowd. Arenas are quickly divided as the supporters of each team compete to be the loudest in the league or to be named the best fans of their sport. They travel from state to state, standing in snow and rain through the wins and losses. Parents introduce their children to the lifestyle, and another generation of diehards is created. But is it healthy to be a sports fan?Over the years, sports have become a significant aspect of our culture, and this significance continues to expand. Children are being introduced at younger ages and the intensity of each...

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Thanks and Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Thank you. Those two words are among the most important and appreciated in any language. He who does a good deed is often satisfied to hear “thank you” as his only reward. It’s too bad the phrase is so underused. Some people rarely say thank you. You wonder what holds them back. We should have developed the habit of expressing our gratitude by the time we were three years old. On the day of Thanksgiving, people around the United States are expressing gratitude for the bounty of their lives, but many may not realize that in doing so, they are also improving the quality of their health and increasing their life expectancies.Scientific evidence is conclusive when it comes to mood, outlook, and health. Happy people live 7 to 10 years longer than unhappy people and optimistic people have a...

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Individually, We Are Responsible for Our Own Health

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Whether they are rich or poor, many people fail to see the link between their habits and their health. They may regard enjoying good health as a matter of chance or as something over which they have little control. Whatever your financial circumstances, there are basic steps you can take to protect and greatly improve your own health and that of your family. You can increase the quality of your life and avoid needlessly shortening it. By word and example, parents can teach their children to form good habits, resulting in better health. Eat WiselyEat fresh foods. Concentrate on eating “real” food—whole, fresh foods that people have been enjoying for millenniums—rather than modern processed foods. Commercially prepackaged foods and fast food from chain restaurants usually contain high levels of sugar, salt, and fat, which are associated with heart disease,...

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The Perks of Having a Pet

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Owning a pet can have a wide array of therapeutic and health benefits. Those who have a pet know the joy that goes along with them but may not realize the benefits that accompany playing or snuggling with their furry friend. The benefits extend far beyond the love they show as we are eagerly met at the front door or the warmth they provide as they lay next to us. Studies are scientifically exploring the benefits of the human-animal bond. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.Studies have also found that: Simply petting your cat or dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine (the feel-good nerve transmitters in our brains), which can calm and relax you. Pets have the unique ability to calm...

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Learning to Appreciate the Little Things

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

My youngest daughter was born with CHARGE syndrome. As an infant and toddler, she was in and out of the hospital so much that the hospital was like a second home and everyone there knew her. She has undergone 15 to 20 surgeries. She came home from the hospital on a feeding tube, pulse ox monitor, and oxygen and had to be suctioned frequently. She has a list of 20-plus doctors and specialists that she sees. She is legally deaf-blind and has balance issues. We were told that she would probably never walk independently. She did not eat by mouth until she was 3 years old and didn’t walk independently until she was 4 years old.So what is CHARGE syndrome? CHARGE syndrome is a complex syndrome that involves many systems of the body. CHARGE is an acronym that stands...

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Slow Down and Enjoy the Scenery

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

As we enjoy the first week of fall, it is a good time to remember that more farm vehicles are on the road and motorists need to be more aware of collision hazards. As the population is increasing in rural areas, traffic is increasing on rural roads. As today’s farms increase in size, land that is farmed is often separated by long distances, making it necessary to transport farm machinery on public roads. A major reason for farm machinery accidents on public roads is the difference in speed between cars and tractors. Most farm machinery is transported at speeds of 25 miles per hour or slower while vehicles are traveling at much faster speeds. This difference causes motorists to miscalculate how fast they are approaching farm machinery. Motorists approach slow-moving farm equipment so quickly that they only have a...

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