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Many people are attracted to yoga as a way to keep their bodies lean, supple and fit. Some try it in order to get relief from stiffness, pain and tension.


September is National Yoga Month. If you are new to yoga, start slowly and take your time to learn the poses.


Yoga is popular for rejuvenating minds, bodies and spirits in today's fast-paced society. Most traditional yoga styles don't raise the heart rate high enough or long enough to be a substitute for cardio exercise, but yoga is a natural complement to both cardio and strength workouts.


Yoga can provide a deeper stretch than traditional stretching moves. With age and overuse, hips, hamstrings, ankles, knees and even feet need more attention. The gentle, low-impact yoga postures will help stretch and tone muscles, relieve muscular tension, increase elasticity, lubricate joints and keep ligaments healthy.


Not only does yoga enhance flexibility, but it also teaches deep breathing techniques that calm and cleanse the body and mind. When paired with poses, yoga breathing techniques expand your lung capacity and improve the flow of energy within the body. This can improve circulation, help you gain strength and build endurance.    


Since yoga is also a stress fighter, practicing it naturally lowers cortisol levels and increases a sense of self-esteem.


-- Life Fitness


New Research: Newborn deaths decrease worldwide


Globally, newborn deaths decreased from 4.6 million in 1990 to 3.3 million in 2009, but fell slightly faster since 2000. More investment into health care for women and children in the last decade when the United Nations Millennium Development Goals were set, contributed to more rapid progress for the survival of mothers (2.3 percent per year) and children under the age of five (2.1 percent per year) than for newborns (1.7 percent per year).


--World Health Organization


Did You Know?


During 2008, 1,034 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported, which resulted 23,152 cases of illness, 1,276 hospitalizations and 22 deaths. --CDC


Health Tip: Start a moderate cardio routine


Adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate cardiovascular activity a week - working to meet this weekly goal will be a great start to reducing your risk of heart disease. Here are some other benefits:




Endorphins released during cardiovascular exercise will naturally elevate your mood and increase your energy levels.

Cardio-based workouts kick up your metabolism rate so weight loss will be easier to achieve.

Cardio exercise helps reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression and tension, and it allows for better quality of sleep.

-- Life Fitness


Number to Know


2: Two doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine Cervarix were found to be as effective as the current standard three-dose regimen after four years of follow-up, according to researchers from the National Cancer Institute. Worldwide, about 250,000 women die from the disease. Even in wealthier countries such as the United States, few adolescent females complete the entire course of three vaccinations.


-- National Institutes of Health


Children’s Health: Get a new flu shot this year


Updated flu vaccine recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics stress the importance of getting a new flu shot this season – even for children who received one last year. The 2011-12 flu vaccine protects against the same three influenza strains as last year’s vaccine. But because a person’s immunity drops by as much as 50 percent 6-12 months after vaccination, it’s important to receive another dose this year to maintain optimal protection. This is only the fourth time in the past 25 years that the composition of the trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine has remained the same for a second year.


Senior Health: Communicate symptoms to your doctor


Nearly 70 percent of people being treated for rheumatoid arthritis experience pain, stiffness or fatigue on a daily basis. However, many patients don't realize that better communication with their rheumatologist could lead to improved care. Studies have shown that earlier treatment of RA can limit joint damage, which can limit loss of movement.


"Talking to your doctor and effectively communicating how RA affects your life are keys to improving the management of your disease," says Dr. John H. Klippel, CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "Patients need to recognize that the rheumatologist has the very same goal as they do - to understand how RA affects their life and to develop a plan to manage their disease."


-- ARA


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