SEE Tip: Eat like they do in the Mediterranean – incorporate veggies, fruits, beans, and nuts, and make them taste even better using olive oil. The NIH-AARP study recently reported a 20% reduced risk of mortality among men and women whose diet was consistent with a Mediterranean-diet pattern. Mitrou PN, Kipnis V, Thiébaut AC, Reedy J, Subar AF, Wirfält E, Flood A, Mouw T, Hollenbeck AR, Leitzmann MF, Schatzkin A. Mediterranean dietary pattern and prediction of all-cause mortality in a US population: results from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Dec 10;167(22):2461-8.
Quit Tip from HKB: There are plenty of excuses for why not to quit tobacco. Instead, focus on reasons why you should quit! The long-term effects of smoking cessation are fairly obvious, but did you know there are positive effects on your body in even one day? Within just 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure, pulse rate, and body temperature of your extremities returns to normal. In 8 hours, your carbon monoxide and oxygen levels return to normal. And already within 24 hours, your risk of heart attack decreases. Click here to learn even more about cessation health benefits over time!
Minimize Monday: Minimize your energy bill and your carbon footprint by bucking the cooling myth. Keeping your thermostat at the same temperature all day and night is NOT more efficient. It actually takes less energy to cool a warm house for part of the day than to maintain a constant temperature throughout the day and night. For maximum efficiency, install a programmable thermostat. In the summer, set the thermostat to 72 degrees while you are home and 78 degrees while you are at work. For every degree you raise your thermostat setting above 72 degrees F, you'll save 5-7% on your cooling costs.