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Family Health and Fitness Day
Written by Emily Casarez, MSc. on in Health & Wellness
Healthy families who stay physically active generally tend to be happy families, as exercise can reduce the risk of illness and disease, and improve your mood and mental wellness. The second Saturday in June of every year is observed as Family Health and Fitness Day. This special day was created by the National Recreation and Park Association and promotes the role of parks and recreation in keeping families and communities healthy.
Early Signs of Dementia: Recognizing Cognitive Decline
Written by LVMC on in Health & Wellness
Recognizing early signs of dementia and cognitive decline remains critical to connecting older adults with the treatment they need to improve or delay symptoms.
Sleep, One of the Great Mysteries
Written by Hsien C. Young, MD on in Health & Wellness
Sleep is one of the great mysteries of neuroscience. Like the origin of the universe is for the astrophysicist, sleep has puzzled brilliant minds since antiquity. Ancient Greece prayed to the sleep god Hypnos to restore their bodies and minds. Hypnos is where we get the word hypnosis. The Romans had their own sleep god, Somnus, from which we get the word somnolence (sleepiness). We no longer pray to sleep gods, but we remain zealots in our desire for the restorative powers of sleep.