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“Take care of your body, It's the only place you have to live.”

— Jim Rohn

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“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

— John F. Kennedy

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“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.”

— Leigh Hunt

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“If your body's not right, the rest of your day will go all wrong. Take care of yourself.”

— V.L. Allineare

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“Our health is what we make of it - give it attention and it improves, give it none and it subsides.”

— John F. Demartini

Health and Wellness News

Book challenges on rise in Massachusetts libraries, schools

By Christian M. Wade On November 28, 2022 BOSTON — Massachusetts librarians are fielding a dramatic uptick in the number of book “challenges” from parents and outside groups who are…
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Massachusetts Question 1 millionaires’ tax passes, immigrants without status will be able to get driver’s licenses

By Rick Sobey Published and updated on November 9, 2022 Bay State voters have approved the millionaires’ tax and kept a law in place that allows immigrants without status to…
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Immigrants deported on cannabis charges unfairly excluded from Biden pardon, advocates say

By Briana Alvardo October 29, 2022 Only lawful permanent residents are eligible. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced pardons for nearly 6,500 Americans convicted on federal marijuana possession charges, part of…
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Poll finds broad support in battleground states for legalizing unauthorized immigrants

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez Published on October 31, 2022. Updated on November 21, 2022 A majority of likely voters in five states with close Senate races in next week’s midterm elections…
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Fact Sheet

  • Other wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development spend an average of 0.7% of their Gross Domestic Product on toddlers. The U.S. spends 0.2%.
    New York Times
  • The U.S. is the only large rich country without universal health care.
    The Economist
  • Compared to other high-income countries, the US has the highest prevalence of obesity, car accidents, infant mortality, lung disease, injuries and homicides.
    National Library of Medicine
  • Of the healthcare systems of 11 developed countries, the US healthcare system is the most expensive and worst-performing.
    The Atlantic
  • Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, despite the fact that white women develop breast cancer at higher rates.
    Healthline
  • In 2020, 8.6% of Americans did not heave healthcare at any point during the year.
    U.S. Census Bureau
  • 25% to 30% of American households have reported problems paying medical bills
    Kaiser Family Foundation

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  • Keeping adolescents safe
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Exercising will help keep the body in shape and burn calories. Those that exercise will regularly get benefits due to their regular physical activity. Here are 7 benefits of exercising.

• Exercise controls weight

• Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

• Exercise improves mood

• Exercise boosts energy

• Exercise promotes better sleep

• Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

• Exercise can be fun... and social!

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A healthy diet is essential for good health and nutrition.

It protects you against many chronic noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Eating a variety of foods and consuming less salt, sugars and saturated and industrially-produced trans-fats, are essential for healthy diet.

A healthy diet comprises a combination of different foods. These include:

  • Staples like cereals (wheat, barley, rye, maize or rice) or starchy tubers or roots (potato, yam, taro or cassava).
  • Legumes (lentils and beans).
  • Fruit and vegetables.
  • Foods from animal sources (meat, fish, eggs and milk).

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

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Heal explores the state of American healthcare. This health documentary emphasizes that Americans are chronically stressed; therefore, our immune systems are compromised and we become sicker as a result. If we learn to understand the connection before our minds and our bodies, then we could prevent, treat, and manage our health better, the documentary says. Experts with medical, psychological, spiritual, and homeopathic backgrounds outline what America is doing wrong, and offers ways we can make improvements.

Where to Watch: Tubi, Amazon Prime, YouTube

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A widely controversial documentary, Take Your Pills explores the American stimulant industry in which children and adults are prescribed and issued medications like Adderall and Ritalin to not only treat conditions like ADHD, but also to keep people focused through long periods of work.

Where to Watch: Netflix

The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs - almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse.

About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society. It’s not surprising that healthcare tops many Americans' concerns and is at the center of a political firestorm in our nation's Capital. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system.

Where to Watch: TubiThe Roku Channel, Vudu

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