Friday, April 4, 2014

Exercise and physical fitness

Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.

The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.

[Source: MedlinePlus]

Exercise and physical fitness
[Source: MedlinePlus]

How much physical activity do you need?
Measuring Physical Activity Intensity
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts
[Source: Mayo Clinic]

Exercise tips for parents and children
[Source: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]

Strength Training for Older Adults
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, March 2014

Here are highlights from recent health and wellness newsletters at the UCSF Patient Health Library.  To see the entire articles, visit the Patient Health Library.

Not all information is free and not all of it is online!

Harvard Women's Health Watch

March 2014
-Mini-stroke: what you should do, p.1
-Why you need a bone density scan, p.3
"This important test can warn you before you break a bone."
-Staying active when it's hard to move, pp.4-5
"Arthritis and other mobility issues shouldn't stop you from getting the exercise you need."
-new treatments for incontinence, p.7

Harvard Heart Letter

March 2014
-Sizing up ‘superfoods’ for heart health, pp.1,7
Why the following foods "rank high on the heart-health scale:" oatmeal, oranges, beans, spinach, kale, avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, berries, salmon, quinoa, dark chocolate.

Duke Medicine Health News

March 2014
-To treat osteoporosis, denosumab appears more effective than zolendronate, pp.1-2

Consumer Reports on Health

March 2014
-Solve your energy crises: finding and fixing the cause of your fatigue, pp.1,4-5
"Water should be your first choice. Being dehydrated, even mildly, may lead to fatigue, lack of energy, loss of concentration, and irritability."

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

March 2014
-Exercise combats chronic conditions, p.7

March 2014 supplement: The truth about the war on wheat


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and Fruits: The Bottom Line
[Source: Harvard School of Public Health]


Do you eat enough vegetables? (click to enlarge)

[Source: choosemyplate.gov]















Health benefits of vegetables
[Source: choosemyplate.gov]

Tips to help you eat vegetables 
[Source: choosemyplate.gov]

Encouraging Your Child to Eat Fruits and Vegetables
[Source: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]



For more great ideas on adding vegetables and fruit to your diet, come in to the Patient Health Library to read numerous helpful articles in the health and wellness newsletters we carry, such as "Eating your vegetables and fruit?" from the March 2011 issue of Consumer Reports on Health.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, February 2014

Here are highlights from recent health and wellness newsletters at the UCSF Patient Health Library.  To see the entire articles, visit the Patient Health Library.

Not all information is free and not all of it is online!

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

February 2014
-Benefits of tea, pp.1-2
-The lowdown on steroid shots, p.4
-Vitamin D-bate continues, p.5

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

February 2014
-Active leisure improves heart health and longevity, pp.1,3
"Every time you move around rather than sit, you challenge your heart to beat a little faster, training it to be stronger and fitter."
-10 keys to cardiovascular health, pp.4-5
"Experts emphasized dietary patterns--combinations of foods that differ in macronutrient, vitamin and mineral composition--rather than individual dietary components."
-The digestive benefits of fermented foods, p.7
"'Friendly' bacteria can be good for you, but be sure you know what you're buying."

Nutrition Action Newsletter

January/February 2014
-Trouble ahead? How to keep your brain sharp, pp.1,3-7
1. Watch your blood pressure
2. Keep blood sugar & insulin in check
3. Get moving
4. Use your brain

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

February 2014 Supplement: Get better sleep without taking a pill

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

February 2014
-Recommendations for using prophylactic breast cancer drugs, pp.1-2
    ~How the drugs work
    ~Who is a candidate
    ~Making an informed choice
-Urinary tract infections: what both men and women should know, pp.4-5

Harvard Women's Health Watch

February 2014
-Are benefits from chocolate wishful thinking? pp.1,7
-Effective exercises for osteoporosis, p.3  

Harvard Men's Health Watch

February 2014
-Is testosterone therapy safe? pp.1,7
-Carbohydrates: it's the quality that counts, p.4
-Preventive maintenance for your shoulders, p.5

Harvard Health Letter

February 2014
-Improve your balance by strengthening your core, pp.1,7
-Protect your memory and thinking skills, p.3
-Don't let that heartburn go untreated, p.4
-Five easy ways to start exercising, p.6

Duke Medicine Health News

February 2014
-Breakthrough in hearing technology: an end to background noise, pp.1-2
"The algorithm improved hearing-impaired people's comprehension from 25 percent to almost 85 percent against background noise."
-Clarification on new guidelines to lower heart attack and stroke risk, pp.3-4
-Insomnia therapy may help improve depression treatment, p.5

Consumer Reports on Health

February 2014
-The safest ways to stop pain, pp.1,4-5
-Need a new hip? Get a warranty. p.2
-5 steps to prevent heart disease, pp.6-7
-Secrets to a better night's sleep, p.8


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, January 2014

Here are highlights from recent health and wellness newsletters at the UCSF Patient Health Library.  To see the entire articles, visit the Patient Health Library.

Not all information is free and not all of it is online!

Consumer Reports on Health

January 2014
-How to build stronger bones, pp.1,4-5
"Some people need supplements and medications to reduce their risk of breaks, others can protect their bones through tweaks to their diet and exercise routine, and by keeping close tabs on several other conditions that affect bone health."
-How to find a doctor you can trust, p.11
"You're going to have to cobble together information from a variety of sources."

Duke Medicine Health News

January 2014
-Novel anticoagulants have many advantages over Coumadin, but they aren't perfect, pp.1-2
-Risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, revisited, pp.5-6
"The findings are nuanced, showing that the risks and benefits of HRT differ according to a woman's age and health status."
-Treatments for migraines, p.7

Harvard Health Letter

January 2014
-Easy stretches for aching shoulders, p.4
-Simple steps to get happier and healthier, p.5

Harvard Heart Letter

January 2014
-Answers about aspirin, pp.1,7
-Lower your heart attack and stroke risk with a flu shot, p.3
-Understanding cardiovascular pain, p.5
-Coconut oil: supervillain or superfood? p.7

Harvard Men's Health Watch

January 2014
-Total hip replacement and the older man, pp.1,7

Harvard Women's Health Watch

January 2014
-Ways to preserve youthful skin without cosmetic surgery, pp.1,7
"The first step is to slow the pace of further damage by staying out of the sun and by wearing adequate sun protecting whenever you are outside."
-Why having a pet is good for your health, p.3
-What the Affordable Care Act means for you, p.6
"Under the ACA, you'll now be able to get a number of preventive services without a copay."

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

January 2014
-Sex after a heart attack, p.5

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

January 2014
-Belching and gas, p.6

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

January 2014
-Are you getting enough B12 to fight mental decline?, pp.1,3
-Eat right for a strong immune system, p.7

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

January 2014
-When to be anti-antibiotics, p.3
-Around the world with grains, p.4
-The buzz on electric toothbrushes, p.5
"Replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head on an electric brush) every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed."

Special Issue Winter 2014: Guide to lifelong fitness