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Get Outside and Do Something!

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

Get outside and do something! How many times have we had to tell our kids to do that? With technology today, it has become more and more difficult to get kids outside and to stay active. One great way to have them burn off energy and learn many skills to help them in life is to have them play organized sports. Here are a few benefits from getting kids involved in sports:Active children = Active adults Children that are active as children have a better chance of being active when they are older. Habits are established early in life and evidence suggests that physically active children are more likely to mature into physically active adults. Being an active adult can result in a lowering of blood pressure, reducing risk of heart attack, lowering stress levels, and living longer!There is...

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Are You at Risk for Colon Cancer?

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

On January 17, 2014, my husband went for a screening colonoscopy that his health care provider had recommended due to his age; he did not have any symptoms. During his follow up appointment on January 23, 2014, he was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. On February 18, 2014, he had surgery to remove part of his colon. Luckily, he has not required any additional treatment.My husband is cancer-free because his doctor recommended a routine screening. Please consider screenings to protect yourself.When should you schedule a screening colonoscopy? Age 50 years or older. No history of adenoma or colon cancer. No history of inflammatory bowel disease. Who should be screened and when? All men and women should be screened. People with family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease are considered “high risk” and should be screened before...

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Making a Difference for Cancer Patients

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

It seems like every time you turn around, someone you know has or had cancer. It could be a loved one, a friend, a parent, or a child. You could even have cancer yourself. When we hear cancer, we always think the worst. When facing a cancer diagnosis, the first thing everyone thinks is, “I’m going to die from this.”When it comes to facing a cancer diagnosis for your child, however, the first thing that goes through our heads is, “Why not me?” You would give anything to take their place if you could.St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Care Center devoted solely to children. Listed below are some facts about St. Jude: Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food because St. Jude believes all a...

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Have You Considered Preplanning a Funeral?

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

As the world goes round, life goes on … I get that; I really do. And I know that everyone has lost someone that they deeply cared about, and I’m no different. We lost my mom on July 31, 2007. It was pretty devastating even though we “knew” it was coming. You see, she had been diagnosed with cancer in 2004, and the prognosis was never very good; however, my mom’s story is honestly not what this is about.My dad is not one to complain or whine about being sick. He never ran to a doctor unless he truly had to. Now that I think about it, he was never really sick that I can remember. This year, my dad came down with a cold, or at least that is what he called it, and we didn’t think that...

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The Power of Positive Thinking

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

Some researchers have said that the average person has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. That is a lot of thoughts! With all of those thoughts running through our brains, it is hard to believe that we can accomplish anything other than thinking! However, we still have responsibilities that we have to take care of each day such as work, families, etc. Have you ever stopped to think that your thoughts can directly affect your life? Each day we have the choice to be optimistic or pessimistic. We have control of our attitudes and the outcomes of our lives. Thinking positively can have a dramatic effect on your life. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen KellerOptimistic Versus Pessimistic To be optimistic is to have a tendency...

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Yoga Has Benefits for Office Workers

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

Sitting for long periods of time while doing office work all day is very unnatural for humans!Yoga has countless benefits for people who sit at a desk job. Yoga can reduce stress and tension. It can improve your focus and concentration. It also detoxifies and tones muscles. Yoga can relieve head, neck, and back strain along with carpel tunnel syndrome and high blood pressure. It can improve your posture and flexibility and improves your outlook for a better day.The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. B.K.S. IyengaYoga isn’t just about twisting your body into the shape of a pretzel. There are many other benefits that yoga can offer. Not only will these benefits help you if you sit all day long at your job, but it can flourish into other...

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