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Exercise: Beneficial for Your Body

AUBURN, Ala. – Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways that people can be active and get the exercise their body needs. Helen Jones, an Alabama Extension regional agent of Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, said that while they can help, gym memberships are not a requirement to be healthy. “Being physically active is ... Read More »

February is Healthy Heart Month

AUBURN, Alabama — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to statistics, someone in the United ... Read More »

Exercise Can Help Reduce Stress in Your Life

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AUBURN, Alabama—In today’s fast-paced society, stress is a common factor in a person’s daily life. Whether triggered internally or externally, stress can mentally and physically affect our bodies. Most people struggle finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. The simplest answer is exercise.  Benefits of Exercise “Exercise increases endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain which increases a person’s overall mood ... Read More »

Exercise for 50+

Auburn, Alabama — Exercising might be easier said and done for many people. It gets harder when you get older. The most critical stage in life to maintain a healthy lifestyle is age 50 and beyond. Individuals in this age group sometimes have difficulty mobilizing as a way of exercise.  Many can still maintain a healthy lifestyle by just moving. What you can do ... Read More »

Exercise and your heart

Auburn, Ala.—The heart is one of the most important organs in the body.  It constantly pumps blood throughout the body so that the body receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. Exercise, or a lack there of, and bad eating habits can negatively affect the heart and are linked to cardiovascular diseases and other conditions. Specifically, lack of exercise and bad eating habits increase ... Read More »

Still Following Your New Year’s Fitness Goals?

AUBURN, Alabama—According to a study performed by Nielsen in 2015, more than 50 percent of U.S. consumers made New Years goals concerning health and wellness.  However, there tends to be a disconnect between wanting a healthy lifestyle and the genuine behavior. Another Nielsen study done in 2014 said 75 percent of consumers felt they could manage health issues through proper nutrition, but 91 ... Read More »

Extension Offices Serving as Weigh-in Sites for Scale Back Alabama

Obesity is a problem in Alabama. In fact, Alabama has the sixth highest rate of adult obesity of any state in the nation. In its 10th year, Scale Back Alabama, a free statewide weight-loss competitive program, targets these adults.  The first SBA team weigh-in is Jan. 25-31, and the weigh-out is April 11-17. Scale Back Alabama 2016 ends April 29. ... Read More »

Fall into Fitness with These 8 Easy Tips

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AUBURN, Ala.—  Research shows that seasons can have a direct effect on your physical activity. For many people, staying active and remaining motivated about fitness during the fall months can be a difficult task. The transition from warm summer days to the cool autumn season often brings about a change in routine for individuals. Whether that change includes going back to school, participating in a team sport, ... Read More »

Making the Older Years Golden

Selma, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System partnered with senior citizen service providers from across the Black Belt to celebrate the 25th Annual Senior Citizen Day on May 27. Vendors providing home health care services, healthy meals, medicare assistance and healthy living tips gathered at the Carl Morgan Convention Center, where more than 350 senior citizens from Dallas, Perry, Marengo, Wilcox, ... Read More »

Have a Healthy Heart

What can you do to have a healthier heart? Teresa Forehand, a regional health and nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a few tips to help you keep your heart healthy and strong.   Don’t smoke. Smoking is not only linked to lung cancer, it’s also a contributing factor to heart disease. Heart disease is the number one ... Read More »