What health problems are the most common in our country and world? Chronic disease and conditions. And they're also the most costly. In the U.S., 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. Heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic respiratory illnesses lead the … [Read more...] about Step 18: Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease
Once you've determined your health vision and set some goals around it, it's time to set yourself up for success. Yesterday's step focused on creating a healthy-living "echo chamber" to help keep our minds focused on healthy habits. Next step: Pay attention to how our home and work spaces serve us. I've found that we must prep our environment so that it supports our efforts. So what's … [Read more...] about Step 3: Prep Your Environment for Success
When I think about what health coaching did for me as a client, I look around my home in amazement, and with a sense of peace. I had been stuck for a long time in one particular area of my life. But I never considered how it might be affecting my health, because it wasn't in an obvious "health" area such as nutrition or exercise. When I enrolled in the professional health coach training … [Read more...] about What Health Coaching Did for Me
Imagine retreating to a spa, spending the whole day breathing deeply, taking care of yourself, and rejuvenating your body and spirit. But time and money can get in the way of that reverie, so we also need quick and inexpensive ways to create our own mini-spa experiences at home. One of my favorites is to combine simple ingredients into a sugar scrub that can be rubbed on hands, elbows, knees … [Read more...] about Making a Simple Sugar Scrub for a Spa Experience
After decades of attacking cancer with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, it appears that we have a new kid on the block – immunotherapy. Former President Jimmy Carter took a new immunotherapy drug as part of his treatment for metastatic melanoma and in December announced he no longer had any detectable cancer in his body. In March, as Carter announced that doctors were stopping his … [Read more...] about Immunotherapy, What’s That?
Health blogger Nicole Akers returns as a guest to the Faith & Sweat blog, this time to educate us about a common personal-care product that may need a second glance. Thank you, Nicole, for your research and insight. Follow more of her work at nicoleakers.com What's in your lip balm? Have you ever asked the above question? I slather it on under lipstick, and anyone who knows me knows … [Read more...] about What’s In Your Lip Balm?