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August 2014: Healthy Tips

1 minute:
Chew gum to increase your brain function. Tests done with children chewing sugarless gum before an exam and children who did not chew gum found that chewing gum really did result in better grades.

5 minutes:
An easy balance exercise you can do anywhere– stand with your feet firmly apart at hip-width, then shift your weight to one foot and lift the other off the ground slightly. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

15 minutes:
Keep your mind working. Find a fun word game such as a crossword puzzle and spend 15 minutes exercising your brain. Stimulating your brain will keep it healthier for longer and decrease memory loss.

30 minutes:
Try cooking a Mediterranean meal for dinner, Harvard School of Public Health reports that eating a Mediterranean-style diet leads to healthier arteries. An easy 30-minute dinner you could try might be fish sauteed in olive oil with kidney beans or lentils on the side.

This article first appeared in the August 2014 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.