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PTSD Most Prevalent Mental Health Challenge, Treatment Available

PTSD Most Prevalent Mental Health Challenge, Treatment Available

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day, and the perfect time for a discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects millions of people and their families, and they can take comfort in knowing that there are treatments available that do work. The key lies in identifying the symptoms of the disorder and then getting the appropriate treatment.

“PTSD is a serious issue for the EOD family,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “There have been 16 years of war and multiple deployments that have taken a toll on our force and on their family members.”

6 Must Have Exercises to be Fit and Fabulous this Summer

6 Must Have Exercises to be Fit and Fabulous this Summer

Summer is a time of the year when more people are motivated to get active. The sun is out, the weather is inviting, and people are feeling up to staying active. Yet most people don’t know how much exercise they should be getting or which ones are going to help them look and feel their best. The National Institutes of Health reports that children and youth should get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, while adults should aim to get 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity exercise. For most people, if they can remember to get 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, they will be well ahead of the game.

5 Reasons to Send Your Child to a Healthy Cooking Camp this Summer

5 Reasons to Send Your Child to a Healthy Cooking Camp this Summer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children in the country considered obese has more than tripled since the 1970s to one in every five today. When you consider the amount of processed and fast food kids are eating, combined with their lack of exercise, it’s easy to see the root of the problem. Many parents are turning to summer cooking camps to help give their kids a boost in learning about nutrition and how to cook healthy foods. One local doctor, Dr. Yum, is on a mission to help transform kids and their diets, one summer cooking camp at a time.

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia.  The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.

“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”

The Powerful Connection Between Psychology and Skin

The Powerful Connection Between Psychology and Skin

Having good skin has more to do with psychological well-being than just sheer vanity

For the millions of people who struggle with their skin, it’s something that can have a major impact on their life. Skincare problems can lead to serious psychological issues, that have long-term effects. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that millions of people are affected by skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and that each of these issues are linked to depression and anxiety. The emotional impacts can continue to impair the individual long after their skin condition has cleared up. Our body image accounts for a large part of a person’s self-esteem and our overall psychological well-being.

Dr. Yum Dishes Up Healthy Family Tips for National Nutrition Month

Dr. Yum Dishes Up Healthy Family Tips for National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, which is a time to shed some light on our food choices and how we can develop some sound eating and physical activity habits. The health professionals seem to agree that American families desperately need both of them. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 21% of adolescents are considered obese, and over 17% of kids ages 6-11 are. This is a number that has continued to rise, despite the health problems that obesity can lead to.

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 5 school age children is obese, which is a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. In fact, the CDC refers to childhood obesity today as a serious problem. It’s one that many parents are not sure how to take on and beat. The good news is that although babies may not be born with a handbook on how to care for them, one doctor who is on a mission to combat childhood obesity has written a book on how to feed children so they are healthy and happy.