Medicare covers some preventive treatments to help seniors stay healthy

You may have heard the term “preventive health care.” What does that mean?

At its most basic, preventive health care means living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. And stop smoking.

Bone up on osteoporosis facts, practice preventive measures

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PhysioFit staff members gear up for a June 18 Buff Bones Workshop, which will be aimed specifically at increasing lean muscle mass and bone density.

Statistics tell important stories. Here’s one everybody – and every “body” – needs to be aware of: According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience a bone fracture related to osteoporosis at some point in their lives.

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Raising awareness about the condition can help you learn how to lower your risk.

Lawmakers call for more bone marrow donors

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Assemblyman Marc Berman, center, shows off a Bone Marrow Donation Awareness month flier with assistance from resolution inspiration Norah Gratz-Lazarus, right, and her brother, Ellis.

The California State Assembly adopted Assembly Concurrent Resolution 70 May 6, designating May 2019 as Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month across the state.

“Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer or other blood disorder,” said District 24 Assemblyman Marc Berman in a statement. “Patients in need of a bone marrow transplant rely on the selfless commitment of strangers for a cure. I joined the registry, and I hope many more Californians will join me in taking this essential step to save lives.”

Teenage concussions and traumatic brain injuries linked to suicide

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an initiative sponsored by Mental Health of America, now in its 70th year.

This year, MHA expands its #4Mind4Body theme, emphasizing a whole-body approach to mental health and the relationship among body, brain and mind. #4Mind4Body provides recommendations on all aspects of health, physical wellness, nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress.

Study shows adverse childhood experiences may last a lifetime

Many of us prefer to ignore our painful childhood experiences, but a landmark Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Kaiser study shows these adverse events are strongly related to the development of a wide range of physical and mental health problems throughout our lifetimes.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study looked at 17,000 mostly white, middle-class, college-educated adults receiving health-care services from Kaiser Permanente in San Diego.

Step it up: Dance brings communities together

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Impromptu dancers outside the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts let the music move their feet. Dancing can generate a sense of social connection, energy and camaraderie.

It’s no secret that dancing is good for us. According to research, dancing provides strong cardiovascular activity, improves memory, helps with balance and coordination and boosts emotional and mental health.

I’ve been dancing since age 7, starting with ballet training and moving into training, performing, competing, choreographing and instructing in hip-hop, modern, jazz, Latin and Bollywood dance throughout my childhood, teenage and adult life.

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