Researchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university.
Two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. More than 150 nations, including the U.S., Canada and China, cosponsored the resolution, and now people all over the world are encouraged to celebrate the unity of mind and body on this special day.
by Jim Motavalli
While some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet.
On June 19, 1865, one of the first celebrations of the ending of slavery in the United States took place in Texas—that event is marked each year across the state with Juneteenth festivals and events. These events celebrate the historic day of freedom while also focusing on education, economic and social opportunities.
by Deborah Charnes
If you have watched or listened to national news, you’ve heard about the growing problem of opioid abuse, which has reached epidemic proportions. Between 1999 and 2014 more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from prescription opioid overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
An ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Researchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents.
The United States Department of Agriculture designated June as Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden! Make plans to be in the garden on
Saturday, June 10, for the Be-Leaf It or Not family drop-in program starting at 10 a.m.
by Aimee Hughes
“I began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida.