I’ve noticed the things that overwhelm us during the holidays are really no different from what stresses us out the rest of the year.  They’re actually amped-up versions of two life dilemmas we wrestle with any time of year:

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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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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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