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5 Myths About Sun Protection

by Manjari Fergusson

While it seems like it’s summertime year-round here in Hawaii, that also means we’re exposed to the sun more – and now that we know the effects this can have on our skin, including skin cancer and age spots, it’s vital that we effectively protect ourselves.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 2 million people are diagnosed in the U.S. every year with nearly 4 million skin cancers that are not melanoma.1

7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

by Tracy Rohland

Celebrate American Heart Month and start your journey toward a healthier heart with these seven simple tips...

  1. Go Vegetarian. Adopting a plant-based diet can have a huge effect on the health of your heart. Because a vegetarian diet is typically lower in cholesterol, excess protein and saturated fat, and higher in fiber, it is a natural component of a healthy heart. Read this month’s Feature Article for further information about the correlation between meat-eating and heart disease.

Stay Fit this Summer!

by Tandis Bishop

Summer is a great motivator to get fit and healthy as we do our best to look great in swim wear on the beach!  With the beautiful weather and the many opportunities to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor activities, it’s easy to get into shape and stay healthy. If we're not careful, however, summer can also be our ruin!  In addition to vacation parties, barbeques, ice-cream, cold sugary drinks, and other not-so healthy foods, summer's hot weather can make us reluctant to exercise.  Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy and fit during the summer.

Get Active! Even a Little Shows Great Benefits!

by Tandis Bishop

With our everyday busy schedules, physical exercise is an activity or for some, a task, that only occurs if and when we can make time for it. For many Americans, it’s not a part of our lifestyle but only a concept that you know would be good to do but realistically never happens. Physical inactivity is a major public health problem, and convincing evidence shows that it contributes to several chronic diseases and conditions. As a nation we have dug ourselves into a big hole of inactivity. Now is the time to pull ourselves out of it!

It’s not an option:

Healthy Lunches for Busy Families

by Manjari Fergusson

With today’s busy schedules, it can be challenging to eat healthy meals at work or while on-the-go. Too often we find ourselves grabbing convenience foods which may not be the healthiest option. However, you can enjoy healthy snacks and lunches with just a little pre-planning and preparation. Below are some ideas you can incorporate to make it just a little bit easier to eat healthy during the busy work week.

  1. Hummus-Veggie Wrap

Eight Foods for your Heart

by Manjari Fergusson

Along with eating a plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant-proteins (like legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds) instead of meat-proteins, and along with consuming healthy fats, here is a list of foods that studies have specifically shown may help protect against heart disease.

Help Prevent Obesity with Positive Changes

by Tandis Bishop

With a brand new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce healthy, positive changes into your life and help reduce your risk for obesity.

Eating plant-based foods as often as possible is one of the best things you can do, not only to help prevent obesity, but also for your health and well-being in general. Here are some helpful guidelines to assist you in creating well-balanced, plant-based meals.

In a typical day, try having:

  • 5 to 6 ounces of whole grains
  • 2½ to 3 cups vegetables
  • 2 cups fruits - fresh is best

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