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In observance of National Sleep Awareness Week, March 8-14, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), offers a reminder that studies show a link between too few hours of sleep and increased body weight in both adults and children.

“Our society is an insomniac, underslept society, perhaps because of economic stress, chaotic lifestyles, or sedentary time spent with modern media, such as the Internet or cable TV,” says Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides, M.D., M.P.H., medical spokesperson for TOPS. “Sleep is an afterthought to many of us.”

Dr. Nick points out that insomnia often leads to late-night eating binges, which are proven to be disruptive to the digestive cycle and result in weight gain. “Falling asleep with a full stomach means you are less likely to eat breakfast, which is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” he says. “Every study of successful long-term weight loss shows that the eating plan includes a healthy breakfast.”

While it’s not easy to break old habits, Dr. Nick notes that the more resistant people are to saying “lights out” the more they have to deal with the consequences the next day. For example, when fatigue sets in from late-night activity, there is less desire to engage in exercise the next day, an essential element of weight control.

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Most people know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling.

“A Matter of Balance” is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Wood County Committee on Aging is looking for volunteers to help provide this program.

The “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” program is conducted in eight two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem–solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.

An “A Matter of Balance” coach helps participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.

Coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level exercise.

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Oregon Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Relay for Life
Oregon residents will gather at Clay High School Friday, May 21 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in this community.

Over the previous decade, Relay for Life of Oregon has raised $304,000 in support of the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the relay.

The event brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by finding cures and by fighting back.

Relay for Life began in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, took the first step of his 24-hour walk around a track in Tacoma, Wash., and raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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