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Shocking Military Suicide Rates and Identifying the Signs

Shocking Military Suicide Rates and Identifying the Signs

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, which makes it an important time to move the conversation about suicide forward. While suicide is a national problem, it is one that also affects smaller communities, including the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community.  These brave men and women have suffered losses not only on the battlefield, but from suicide in recent years.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, each day there are around 20 veterans who commit suicide. What’s more, they report that veterans’ suicides account for 18% of the suicide deaths in the country, while they only make up 8.5% of the adult population.

Think you are too busy to exercise? Stop kidding yourself!

Think you are too busy to exercise? Stop kidding yourself!

Our lives are busier than ever, but should it be an excuse for not exercising regularly? We spend time going back and forth to work, sitting in rush hour traffic, taking care of classes, kids, homes, and many other things in between. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people cite a lack of time for being the most common reason they say they don’t exercise. But for most of us, if we get honest with ourselves, we know this isn’t exactly the case. After all, it’s estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the average adult spends two hours per day watching television, and Nielsen reports that adults over the age of 18 spend around 5.5 hours per week on social media.

5 Fitness Tips Every Teen (and their Parent) Should Read

5 Fitness Tips Every Teen (and their Parent) Should Read

There’s a lot of good reasons for teens to engage in exercising regularly and stay fit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, that higher physical fitness levels are associated with improved cognitive performance, and that those who participate in physical activities have fewer disciplinary problems. Add to that the fact that they will be laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and creating great habits, and it’s a great deal all around. Yet many teens and their parents have questions about fitness that may be holding them back.

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Kids around the country are playing organized sports more than ever today. In fact, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) reports that youth in the country participating in sports went from around 18 million in 1987 to 60 million in 2008. While that’s good news, because of the many benefits that can be gained from keeping them active, there is also a downside that health professionals are beginning to caution parents about – early specialization and overtraining, both of which can become problematic and become detrimental for young athletes.

9 Things to Know About Fitness Technology Tools

9 Things to Know About Fitness Technology Tools

Those looking to get and stay fit may need look no further than their smartphone, desktop computer, or wrist. The many apps, wearables, and online fitness programs that are available today are helping to motivate people to get off the couch and start getting physical. In the January 2017 issue of the journal Frontiers in Public Health, researchers report that fitness technology, which includes apps and trackers, has become increasingly popular and that it has the potential to significantly impact public health, research, and policies. However, most people don’t know much about them. The more they know about the fitness technology tools, the better they will be able to choose one that will fit their lifestyle and goals.

Join the EOD 133 Memorial Workout to Support Fallen Soldiers Families

Join the EOD 133 Memorial Workout to Support Fallen Soldiers Families

Are you looking to put meaning behind your daily workout routine? According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, over 57 million Americans belong to health clubs around the country. Now, athletic enthusiasts can turn one of their workouts into an effective way to help family members who have lost a loved one doing the most dangerous job in the military – explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), or bomb disposal, by taking part in the EOD 133 Memorial Workout.

“Dedicating one of your workouts to fallen EOD warriors is a great way to honor them and raise awareness about this important cause,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation.

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

The Nutrition Journal reports that Americans have shifted toward eating out more and cooking at home less. With busy work and back-to-school schedules, many parents find it difficult to find the time to make home-cooked meals. Yet the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that the amount of time spent on food preparation and cooking may have implications for ones overall diet quality and health, and that a greater amount of time spent on home food preparation is associated with a higher diet quality. The good news is that parents who are juggling back-to-school hours and work can fit in healthy home-cooked meals that are quick to prepare, nutritious, and delicious.