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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA



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10-Minute Natural Stress Relief

July 5, 2020

Your clients may feel fairly stressed after being quarantined, so why not advocate for their overall health by encouraging them to be active in nature?

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Optimism and health

Is the Glass Half-Full?

June 8, 2020

One’s outlook on life may have a significant impact on heart health. Optimism is linked with a longer life and a lower risk of cardiovascular events.

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Exercise in nature for kids

Kids Thrive in Nature

June 8, 2020

It turns out that playing in nature positively affects physical and mental development in children, according to a recent studies.

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Steps and Weight Loss

Stepping and Weight Loss

June 8, 2020

New research shows that, while increasing steps to 4,400 steps per day enhances longevity (and walking more does have numerous health benefits), adding steps without increasing intensity or changing other lifestyle habits may not lead to weight loss.

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Dog days of summer

Fun Summer Fact

June 8, 2020

The phrase “the dog days of summer” doesn’t refer to an actual dog but to the constellation Canis Major associated with the summer season.

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Obesity rates by 2030

America’s Weight Status

June 8, 2020

By 2030, approximately half of the U.S. adult population will be obese, and a quarter will have severe obesity, based on body mass index data.

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habits for a healthy lifestyle

5 Healthy Habits

May 1, 2020

Following five lifestyle habits may increase the years you live free of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, according to a study in the BMJ (2020; doi:10.1136/bmj.16669).

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High intensity interval walking

Interval Walking in Midlife and Beyond

May 1, 2020

For middle-aged and older adults who may not want to run, new research in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2019; 94 [12], 2413–26) shows that high-intensity interval walking effectively improves health and fitness. The protocol for this type of walking is 3 minutes at 70% of VO2max followed by 3 minutes at 40% of VO2max, repeated for 5 or more sets.

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Life purpose and longevity

Life Purpose Is Linked With Longevity

May 1, 2020

Link up with clear goals and find your wellness groove. In a study of nearly 7,000 American participants over age 50, researchers found that having a strong sense of purpose in life was linked with a lower rate of death from all causes.

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ReHIT training

Is REHIT Training Effective?

May 1, 2020

REHIT is a new training approach influenced by high-intensity interval training (HIIT), particularly its time-saving aspect. While a typical HIIT program lasts 30 minutes, a REHIT session consists of two or three 10- to 20- second sprints, separated by up to 3 minutes of recovery, in a 10-minute cardio session. Some experts believe this reduced-exertion approach may attract people who are inactive, have a chronic disease or simply lack time.

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