Friday Five – If You’re Happy and You Know it…
As summer comes to an end and fall eases in, many of us feel change in the air. This transition is a good time of year to make some changes toward a healthier lifestyle. This week’s Friday Five focuses on two health topics: happiness, highlighted by the American Nurses Association and Fruit and Veggies – More Matters (@fruits_veggies), an initiative of the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?
Psychology Today (@psychtoday) reports on a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that found eating more fruits and vegetables can boost your mood dramatically. According to Psychology Today, “This research is one of the first and largest studies illustrating the power of nutrition, fruits and vegetables in particular, to improve mood and psychological well-being.”
Meditation and mindfulness are all the rage these days though the concepts have been around for centuries. There are many meditation apps on the market but there is one that seems to really be hitting home with many people and that is Headspace (@Headspace). Richard Feloni writes of his experience with Headspace and breaks down what it’s like to use the app. If you are on the fence when it comes to guided meditation or if you haven’t stuck with it in the past, Headspace just might do the trick.
It’s OK to be happy. Really. https://t.co/LfuPjiERRJ
— Headspace (@Headspace) August 16, 2017
4 fixes for the astonishing lack of vegetables in the American diet
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers,” yet the majority of Americans come nowhere close to eating the suggested amount of produce per day. Vox suggests four ways to fix this trend and improve the American diet.
Year of the Healthy Nurse – Happiness
The American Nurses Association (@ananursingworld) has designated 2017 the Year of the Healthy Nurse and each month a different health topic or issue is explored. The focus for the month of August is happiness and the ANA has put together a comprehensive list of resources to help nurses be happier at home and work.
They say laughter is the best medicine. This @AmerNurse2Day article proves it! https://t.co/H5wnOlBQMP #HealthyNurse
— Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld) August 21, 2017
12 Ways to Eat More Vegetables and Fruit
All of the research shows that Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables and that simply doing so would benefit us mentally, physically and even emotionally = heck it could even help us live longer. Cooking Light (@Cooking_Light) offers twelve simple ways to incorporate more of the good stuff into your diet easily and deliciously.
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