The best part of showing up for the University of Louisville Depression Center Conference in November isn't the continuing education credits.  It may sound strange, but I was invigorated and inspired by the day-long program focused on the treatment of depression and other mood disorders — including approaches to help families deal with a suicide attempt. 

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I could tell the moment I said it that I’d struck a chord.

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Training in Mindful Eating can help frequent restaurant-goers prevent weight gain, according to a recent study of 35 healthy women aged 40-59 who dined out an average of six times a week.  Although the intervention was aimed solely at weight maintenance and not weight gain, participants in the study lost an average of nearly four pounds over six weeks, without cutting back on the number of visits to restaurants.

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A diagnosis of diabetes can feel like a death sentence.  I remember observing the faces of the participants in a diabetes education program, as the nutritionist described how to gain control of their blood glucose by controlling portions and by eating more nominally- processed foods and fewer sweets, sugary beverages and processed baked goods.

“Changing your lifestyle may feel like a lot of work, but when you consider the health consequences of diabetes, it’s worth the time and effort,” she explained. Although the participants were aware of the need to make changes, I sensed that many of them questioned their ability to do it.  Why? Because many of them translated the successful management of diabetes to mean dieting, deprivation and giving up the foods they enjoyed.

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Ed has been a member of Milestone since 2004.  He knew he needed to exercise, as his occupation necessitates a lot of sitting.  So, in order to get active, he came to Milestone because it is in close proximity to his home and gave him no excuse to not exercise.  When he first came to Milestone, he met with a personal trainer, Alison Cardoza, in order to learn the basics of how to exercise correctly, proper form for lifting weights, and how to use the cardio and strength training machines.  He was sporadic with his exercise schedule at first, attending a few days a week and doing light cardio and light strength training exercises.  He eventually hit a plateau in his fitness and was uninspired with his exercise routine.  Eventually two years ago, Ed started thinking about his retirement.  The thought crossed his mind, “When I retire, I want to be able to do anything I want.  I don’t want to be limited in the activities I can do because of my (lack of) fitness.”  So, he decided to make a change and go to the next level in his fitness. 

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Now that the holidays are here and your kids are home, the gym might be your last priority.  Being a mom of two, I fully understand the challenges that the holidays bring.  However, don’t worry, you can still get a worthwhile workout in a small amount of time.  Considering, here are a few exercises that you can do at home that will help keep you in shape, keep you healthy and motivated to keep working towards your personal goals!

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The holidays are approaching and times are getting busier by the day.  So how do you plan to keep your workout schedule on track through the holidays, instead of pushing your fitness goals off to the start of the New Year?

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Milestone member Dr. Jan Anderson wrote a feature for TOPS Magazine (Sept. 2018) about "Aging Well".  Healthy individuals from each decade, ages 30 - 100, were interviewed about their most valuable tips for staying fit and active through the years.

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Ten years ago, then-24-year-old Brett Workman was rushed to the hospital for the fight of his life.  Extreme stomach pain associated with complications from that which would later be officially diagnosed as Crohn’s disease, warranted an emergency appendectomy.  Brett was given a 40% chance to live through that first night in the Intensive Care Unit.  Just having found out a couple weeks before that his wife was pregnant, Brett channeled all his willpower to make it through those long hours, so he could be a part of his daughter’s life.  He had more living to do and more he wanted to accomplish.  Brett refused to let this be the end for him. 

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