An “Attitude of Gratitude” is not just a saying, it is also scientifically proven to be good for your well being. Some of the benefits of making a practice out of counting your blessings are more positive emotions, sleeping better, expressing more compassion and kindness – and even having stronger immune systems!
So how does one hone your gratitude skills? Here are a few ideas: You can keep a journal with things you are grateful for. You can jot down what you are thankful for and put it in a jar. You can also just practice noticing new things to be grateful for every day — and make it a part of your healthy habits.More
South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you to come in and get your flu shot soon.
While everyone can benefit, there are special benefits with immunizing children and adolescents. According to the Journal of American Medicine: “Children and adolescents appear to play an important role in the transmission of influenza. Selectively vaccinating youngsters against influenza may interrupt virus transmission and protect those not immunized.”More
South Tabor Family Physicians knows that there are many different ways to get outside and enjoy the nice summer weather. Many people are enjoying their gardens and fresh produce this time of year. If that is you, what are you growing in your garden this year? Have you learned anything new that might be helpful to others? How about favorite recipes with fresh garden veggies? Share away in the comments on our Facebook page here!More
Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Here are some other basic tips and more resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:More
South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you that this is a great time of year to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.
For ideas on how to bring more activity into your life, check out this link: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html
We live in an amazing area for exploring the outdoors. Many places are accessible and just as beautiful, even when the weather is wet.
Check out our Japanese Gardens (https://japanesegarden.org/).
Forest Park is great for a walk or run with a friend too. (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=127)
Did you know that your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight? You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food so you need supplements or some sun exposure!
* Remember, always be sensible when it comes to sun exposure. Never get a sunburn; always protect your face; but do expose your arms, legs, abdomen, and/or back. The optimal amount of sun you need depends upon your skin type, location, time of day, and season.
Interesting fact: Unlike humans, cats can’t make vitamin D in the sun, so they must get the nutrient from food. At the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a study of 99 pet cats found that higher vitamin D levels in food helped the felines recover from virtually any type of illness. However, too much vitamin D can be toxic to cats, so stick to food-based sources of the vitamin.More
A few tips from South Tabor Family Physicians to get your spring off to a great start this year: 1. Get outside and walk, talk with your neighbors and/or plant something. We might not always see the sun, but we know it’s up there somewhere and it can’t hide forever. 2. Schedule those screenings and doctors appointments you have been putting off. (You know who you are!) 3. Sort and and clean up that medicine cabinet. Old medications loses its potency. Did you know that Aspirin smells like vinegar when it gets old? 4. Spring cleaning can be much more than just the garage and windows. Re-home clothes you don’t wear or that don’t flatter you. Giving away stuff you don’t use or want anymore can be a great way of improving your happiness as well as helping someone else out! 5. Stop and appreciate how beautiful the blooming cherry trees are right now and remember to stop and smell the lilac when it blooms.More
There are many ways to get active in the Pacific Northwest. Most of us are lucky that we can simply walk out our front doors and enjoy a nice walk, bike ride or do some gardening.
Fresh air and exercise is a great perk of spring after a long and cold winter. There are many events to take part in if you want to do something in a group, that is still good for you and supports a good cause too!
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Run/walk benefitting Oregon City High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams. It is put on with volunteers from their track team. It should be a fun run, rain or shine! Introducing Finisher Medals this year!
If you want to share your suggestions in the comments below of some of your favorite activities, runs, walks or bike rides in our area – please share and we might suggest it in a future post!More
Regular exercise (along with eating right and drinking lots of water) really does help improve your outlook on life. More than that, it improves your chances to lead a longer life!
“You know your heart benefits from exercise. Your brain does, too. Studies show that regular, moderate exercise — 30 minutes of walking or a light one-mile run — helps fight the effects of aging on the brain. No grueling workouts required! All types of exercise count, including walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, aerobics, and weight training. Ballroom dancing is another good one, especially fun on chilly evenings.
How does exercise work to prevent mental decline? Researchers believe exercise may stimulate the body to fight stress that’s normally occurring in the brain — stress that causes oxidative damage. All that good stuff from a little exercise!” – healthy living tips from WEBMD.”
Link here for more: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/8-fall-tips-healthy-living#4More