Seattle Seahawks tackle fitness during Wasilla visit

A Wasilla event Tuesday wasn’t a training camp, but it offered children a taste of what it’s like to play football — with some NFL pros from the Seattle Seahawks.

The Menard Sports Complex hosted its annual Seahawks Play 60 program. It was the first time there for Abigail Mason.

“It’s pretty good: you get to play a lot of sports, and it’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Mason said during a break.

For Tristan Dodd, it was his second visit.

“My parents told me about it coming again, so, I wanted to do it again,” Dodd said.

The program encourages kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The National Football League created the program in 2007. It addresses a crucial need in Alaska, where it’s estimated one out of very three kids is either overweight or obese.

Rod Christiansen offers his knowledge of the game. He is Alaska’s all-time winningest high school football coach. The kids also get tips from those who know the game like few others.

Seattle Seahawks guard Jordan Roos was joined helping kids improve their skills by teammate and center Joey Hunt.

Staying active is one of the messages they delivered to the kids.

“Oh, I love it, I love it. That’s how I grew up playing around, throwing the football, sports, playing around in the wilderness; I think it’s awesome,” Roos said.

“This is about having fun, kids being active, playing games, like I get to do for a living, so, it’s exciting to come out here and play with the kids,” Hunt said.

The message is something parents appreciate.

“We focus a lot on eating healthy, getting exercise, so, this is great, ” said parent Erica Ybarra, as kids learn a valuable lesson while having fun.

The Cancer Diet – Providing Plant-Based, Low Methionine Meals for Cancer Patients & Survivors

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Cancer is a disease that affects everyone.  Whether it be a friend, a relative, or a colleague, we all know someone afflicted with the disease. While there are many known methods of combating cancer, few are consistently effective or painless.

Nancy Crabbs was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2011 and given less than a year to live. Though devastated, she was determined to conquer all odds and live a healthy, long life.

Nancy began eating a plant-based, low methionine diet. The success of the diet led to the creation of The Cancer Diet app.

Providing cancer patients and survivors a chance at fighting the disease through a plant-based low methionine meal, this app has revolutionized how to fight back against the disease.

Nancy found that this diet, which can be used with chemotherapy and radiation, worked for her and over 70 people she has recommended it to, all of which are cancer survivors.

From healthy living hacks to copious recipes, the app is chockfull of ways that survivors and patients can lead a long and healthy lifestyle.

Once you’ve logged in, you can find different recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

And you can save your recipes to create a cookbook of options available to you at a moment’s notice.

So, if you or someone you know is battling cancer and looking for an alternative, healthy way to fight the disease, visit or download the app by heading to the Google Play or App Store today.

Also, make sure to watch for the 111 recipe cookbook on Amazon called The Cancer cookbook.

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Wish to lower risk of stroke? Keep diet, workout regime in check

By Dr Chandril Chugh

For ages, we have known that prevention is better than cure, and this holds true for too. Stroke or brain attack is preventable and is a lifestyle-associated disease like many others nowadays. So, in a way, stroke is a matter of choice and you can choose to prevent it. In the majority of cases, stroke is the result of years of wrong diet and an unhealthy lifestyle. If we can change our diet and lifestyle, most strokes can be prevented. Preventing a stroke is not rocket science; it’s simple and can be done easily.

Brain Attack Or Stroke
Sudden loss of function is known as brain attack or stroke. Brain attack can be due to a blocked vessel (medically known as an ischaemic stroke) or due to a ruptured blood vessel (haemorrhagic stroke or a subarachnoid haemorrhage).

Is It An Emergency?

Stroke may cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Weakness and numbness on one side of the body
  • Difficulty in speaking and understanding words
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of vision
  • Severe headaches

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Symptoms depend on which part of the brain is affected. If not treated on time, the weakness and other neurological deficits may become permanent and extremely disabling. Stroke can sometimes lead to even death.

Recognising A Stroke
Remember the 7S method to diagnose and respond to a stroke:

  1. Sudden (symptoms usually start suddenly)
  2. Slurred speech (speech is not clear, as if drunk)
  3. Side weak (face, arm or leg or all three can get weak)
  4. Spinning (vertigo)
  5. Severe headache
  6. Sight (loss of vision)
  7. Seconds (note the time when the symptoms start and rush to the hospital because time is crucial in stroke management and every second counts)

How Bad Is Stroke?
According to a 2006 study in the USA, a patient with ischaemic stroke loses 19 lakh brain cells every minute, about 1,400 crore nerve connections are destroyed every minute and 12 km of nerve fibres are lost every minute. The end result is that the patient is paralysed for life and becomes dependent. That is scary indeed.

World No Tobacco Day: Smoking Can Hurt Eyes, Bones And Brain

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Most smokers believe smoking is cool. No matter how you indulge in it, tobacco is harmful to your health. Tobacco contains over 7,000 toxins and 70 known carcinogens (chemicals that increase cancer risk) and can damage nearly every organ of the body. Dr Sachin Kumar, Senior Consultant – Pulmonology at Sakra World Hospital explains how smoking affects every part of your body. The next time you are tempted to take a drag, just pause for a minute and think of the consequences of your indulgence.

The treatment depends on what type of stroke the patient has had.

Top Factor In Stroke Care
The most important part of stroke care is not the doctor or the hospital, but the patient. As most of the strokes are painless, patients tend to ignore their symptoms and delay treatment. If the patient and the family are aware of stroke symptoms, the patient can be taken to hospital on time and given treatment.

Worldwide, stroke is the second leading cause of death. More than two-thirds of the patients with a large stroke don’t survive beyond the first year.

Take Care Of These To Prevent A Stroke
High blood pressure: The single-most important thing that anyone can do is to control his/her blood pressure. The easiest way to do this is through exercise and diet and, if needed, medications. High cholesterol: One easy way to manage cholesterol is to increase fruits and vegetables in the diet and avoid fried foods. Consuming healthy fats from nuts (almonds or walnuts), fish oils and oils like olive oil and flaxseed oil is also beneficial. The dietary reference intake (DRI) for fat in adults is 20-35% of total calories from fat. An average of 50 gm of fat per day is a safe zone.

Healthy sources of fat for Indian cooking are ghee, sunflower oil, groundnut oil and mustard oil. Include all these in your diet for best results. Beware that fats may be hidden. Read labels carefully before buying products. If diet doesn’t work, then medications can come to the rescue.

Cut Down On Salt, Drink Fluids: Simple Diet Tips To Avoid Chronic Heart Failure

Save Your Heart

Cardiac or heart failure is a clinical condition in which the heart loses the ability to eject blood to meet the requirements of the tissues of the body. Irrespective of the cause, nutritional concerns need to be addressed in this condition in order to prevent morbidity and mortality. Patients with chronic heart failure are at constant risk of losing weight due to the medical condition and also low dietary intake which is due poor appetite, depression or loss of appetite due to consumption of drugs.Dietary interventions to maintain and restore the nutritional balance are essential part of treatment therapy. These include a suitable change in calorie intake, reduction in sodium and fluid intake, maintenance of potassium and magnesium in the body, and appropriate supplementation with vitamins and minerals.Here are some simple tips by Dr Ritika Samaddar, Chief Nutritionist at Max Hospital, Saket.

High sugar: High sugar intake is not good for the body or the brain. It is important to realise that, and eliminate, or at least limit, the intake of sugary foods like cold drinks, juices, cookies, biscuits, chocolates and sweets.

Smoking: The smoke that travels through the lungs into the blood and then gets circulated throughout the body mixed with blood is known to make the blood sticky and cause strokes. So, stay away from smoking and keep your blood flowing smoothly.

Diet: My advice is simple: You can eat anything that comes from the ground (fruits, vegetables), is white (low fat milk, for example. But know that most refined foods are also white. You must make wise choices here) or sometimes pink (fresh fish or lean chicken). Stay away from anything that comes out of a box, plastic packet or a bottle.

Exercise: A good diet with regular physical exercise is the secret to good health. If you follow this routine you will not have to worry about the first three points. Doctor:The last piece of stroke prevention strategy is your doctor. Get professional advice always because “your brain is the Ferrari of your body, and you don’t take your Ferrari to a roadside mechanic”.

—The writer is the Head of Interventional Neurology at Max Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi

A Plant-based Diet Could Save the Planet — and Your Life

When Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams realized he was headed towards blindness caused by diabetes, he turned to a treatment you buy from a grocery store, not a pharmacy: his food. He switched from the typical “American” diet, heavy on the meat, to a plant-based one, and within the span of just a few weeks he regained his eyesight and had effectively reversed Type 2 diabetes. Better yet, not much later, he convinced his mom to do the same thing, to similar results.

“When it comes to chronic disease, it’s not our lineage, it’s our lunch,” Alexis Fox, CEO of Lighter, explained onstage this morning at Smart Kitchen Summit.

Fox, whose company provides a B2B meal-planning tool to the healthcare industry and to athletes (among others), used Eric Adams’ story as a way to illustrate the impact the right foods can have on our health — and how devastating the wrong ones can be for our bodies. Among the facts Fox cited onstage were: 33.9 percent of adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country, and childhood obesity has nearly tripled.

But she, along with her co-founder Micah Risk, believe there’s a way out, and it’s by helping people rethink the way they choose and eat food. Their tool shows users which foods they should be buying, based on each individual user, and how to prepare and shop for a recipe. It’s a personalized food service built around the idea of plant-based eating and sustainability — two things we’re going to see a lot more of, if today’s SKS talks and panels are any indicator.

Given that, you won’t find any recommendations for meat-based dishes with Lighter. The service is about providing 100 percent vegan meal recommendations; something that’s as important for the environment as it is for the human body.

“Most of the energy we put into animals does not get converted into energy [for] humans,” Fox said onstage, as a way of underscoring how unsustainable current practices around animal agriculture are.

And Lighter’s not the only company aware of this. During her talk, Fox cited WeWork — a company currently valued at more than $20 billion — and its recent decision to ban all meat onsite and at company events.

“Our medical community and every entity concerned with sustainability is encouraging us to decrease our meat consumption,” said Fox. And with companies like WeWork also onboard, we may be able to include the startup and tech communities on that list of entities, too.

Check back for more posts throughout the day, and follow along for a steady stream of updates on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding • Health Fitness Revolution

Before we all had cars to drive in, people used horses to get around, and almost everyone was taught to care and ride a horse. Today, our dependence on these large mammals is non-existent and horseback riding has become recreational. There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as boost in confidence and meditation. Horses are even used in therapy for mentally disabled children- which only proves further how healthy they are!

Here is the top list of health benefits of horseback riding from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:

  • Body Awareness: Horseback riding really works the core muscles that stabilize the trunk: the abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles. However, it’s not just about the strength of the core, but the coordination and stability of it as well. The more you ride, the more the body learns to move with the horse.
  • Quick Thinking: riding a large, powerful animal with a mind and agenda of its own is a full-body workout that will force you to engage muscles you didn’t know existed and be constantly adjusting to the form of the animal.
  • Coordination: There are many movements that need to happen simultaneously while riding for the horse to be properly guided- this is what coordination consists of. Therapeutic riding programs for the sight-impaired have had a lot of success developing better coordination.
  • Core Strength: Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse. Because of this, postural strength is very important when riding and the posture of riders improves even in day to day activities.
  • Muscle Tone and Flexibility: Along with the core muscles, the inner thighs and pelvic muscles get the biggest workout as a rider positions himself or herself. Riders often have to maintain a squatting position while they ride, constantly adjusting to the cadence of the horse. This exercise helps with good overall muscle tone and flexibility.
  • Stable Strength: Riding is not the only way this activity gives the body a workout. Working in a barn and taking care of a horse strengthens muscles and increases cardiovascular capacity.
  • Mental exercise: There are so many mental benefits to horseback riding. Not only do you really learn about yourself as you experience time on a horse but it can also have a meditative effect because for the time being, the only focus is on riding and staying on the horse. While horseback riding is a great exercise, there is a real benefit i the connection with the animal and the peace of mind that comes with every ride.
  • Although Samir himself loves extreme fitness, his philosophy encompasses a much more balanced approach to fitness, nutrition, mental, social, and spiritual synchrony. To pre-order his life-changing book releasing Oct 31st, 2017, click here. Learn how to become the happiest, strongest, and smartest version of yourself with the revolutionary ReSYNC Method.


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