Your Social Network Helps Support Your Health

TuesJan17CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE today you’ll discover the importance of networking with friends and relatives to your health and the health of your family at the beginning and end of your life.

IN MAKING CHANGES today are strategies you can use to connect with your friends and family.

IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover more about plutonium.

In The News

In the first of it’s kind study, researchers from the University of North Carolina have demonstrated that the greater number of social network ties you have throughout life, increases the potential that you’ll have less illness or disease both early and late in life.

The study definitively linked social relationships with physical traits normally associated with physical illness, such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, and inflammation which are associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Science Daily says,

"Based on these findings, it should be as important to encourage adolescents and young adults to build broad social relationships and social skills for interacting with others as it is to eat healthy and be physically active," said Kathleen Mullan Harris, James Haar Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center (CPC).”


Daily Health Tip

While researchers may have demonstrated that social networking reduce your potential to suffer disease, the social ties they studied were those you experience in the real world and not the digital world. Texting or messaging your friends as an adjunct to face-to-face contact is acceptable, but should never take the place of face-to-face contact with friends.

Making Changes

Make an effort to see your friends as often as possible and to get out of your home.

1. Make arrangements to see friends and relatives outside of work. Plan experiences where you interact, such as going for coffee or playing golf, and not experiences where you are both plastered in front of a large screen, such as at the movies.

2. Stay in touch with friends through phone calls to engage them further when you get out together for dinner or coffee.

3. Plan shopping trips with your friends for special events, plan birthday parties, card parties or appetizer get togethers.

4. If you have children, plan playdates for the kids and the parents.


My Daily Affirmation

I know how to spend wisely at stores and online retailers. I look for the best deals to fit my needs and only spend the amount I can afford.

I avoid shopping to fill emotional voids.


Fact Or Fiction?

Plutonium is radioactive that has a shiny silver white finish. The surface oxidizes in the air quickly to become dull. The density of plutonium increases as the substance melts. It is used in generators that power spacecraft and in nuclear weapons. Inhaling the compound or components will cause lung cancer.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team

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