Holiday Blues? 7 Ways to Cheer Up

The winter solstice — and the shortest day of the year — will soon be upon us (Dec. 21), and not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit. Illness, loneliness, financial troubles, family problems and depression can make many dread the “most wonderful” time of the year and endanger both mental and physical health. A recent University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems. Here are some things you can do …

America’s Best Idea — for Free

Guest blog post from Lynn Addison “National parks are the best idea we ever had,” said Wallace Stegner, American historian, novelist and environmentalist. It’s time to tap in: National Public Lands Day is on Sept. 27. That means free admission to any national park in the U.S. Have you been looking forward to a fall drive through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia or craving a sunset in the Everglades? This could be the day for it. Here are some Instagram shots taken by park lovers …

Men And Sunscreen: Why Aren’t They Using Any?

Attention men: Before you head outdoors this summer, make sure you are wearing sunscreen. Because evidently, you need some reminding. (Ok, nagging.) A new survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation finds that men don’t seem to understand the risks of getting skin cancer. Nearly 1 in 2 men surveyed said they had not applied sunscreen in the past 12 months, and only 32 percent considered themselves very knowledgeable about how to properly use it, the Dallas News reports. Some misguided …

The Takeaway: Boomers Embrace Outdoor Activities, Team Sports

Boomers are embracing team sports and other fitness activities much more than aging Americans of previous generations did. They’re not just walking and running and joining gyms, but signing playing basketball and signing up for adult hockey leagues.

More reasons to go outside!

At this time of year, all I can seem to think about is getting outside and enjoying the summer while it lasts! This article from the New York Times online just gave me one more reason to want to get out. According to the article and studies done around the world recently, being outside amongst nature, especially trees and plants, may have some amazing health benefits – the most amazing being an increased immune function! I can personally attest to …