5 Simple Hobbies To Help You Lead an Incredibly Healthy Lifestyle — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

If you want to lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle, but don’t have extra time to spare for the gym, you’re certainly not alone. What if you could get in better shape, burn extra calories, and create healthy habits without traditional exercise? Yes—it’s possible! Just start by adding a few simple and fun hobbies to your routine that will enhance your overall health. The best part about these hobbies is that they give you great benefits without making you feel like you’re doing mundane “exercise.”

Your body will thank you. Read on to learn about these simple hobbies that will help you lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle. And next up, don’t miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

cook with senses, lead incredibly healthy lifestyle

Learning how to cook works wonders for your health. By selecting your ingredients and making your meals at home, you can choose the macronutrients—protein, fats, and carbohydrates—you eat in each meal. You’ll also avoid all kinds of unnecessary oils, fats, and additivities that often sneak into your food at restaurants or in packaged meals. That way, you get the maximum amount of nutrients (and flavor) without the bad stuff.

Related: The Worst Exercise Habits That Are Aging You Faster, Trainer Says

woman hiking outdoors, exercise to lose inches off your waist

When I lived in Denver, I hiked with friends every week: It was a great way to escape the city, have great conversations with good people, and enjoy some incredible scenery.

On top of that, hiking is incredible for your health. Spending a few hours in the mountains is a fantastic exercise for your lower body, core, and cardiovascular system. Being surrounded by nature and breathing in the fresh air helps you relax and take a break from the stresses of life.

If you don’t live near the mountains, no problem! Meet up with your friends, get some coffees for takeaway, and walk around town or a park.

mature woman reading, lead incredibly healthy life

Reading isn’t only for learning; it also has unique health benefits. First, reading is great for your brain. Next, unwinding with a book helps relieve stress. In fact, researchers found that reading for 30 minutes can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress as effectively as doing 30 minutes of yoga!

To build a reading habit, I recommend you start small and read things you actually enjoy. Instead of jumping into a 1,000-page novel, read a quick book on your favorite topic, finish it, and build momentum.

Related: Get a Flatter Stomach With These Quick Daily Exercises, Trainer Says

happy mature couple dancing

Dancing for hours is a fun way to burn extra calories without doing “traditional” exercise at a gym. Whether you dance swing, salsa, or hip-hop, it adds a lot of movement to your life, which is very beneficial—especially if you spend a lot of time sitting.

Dancing can also increase your coordination, balance, and flexibility. In fact, certain dances—like pole dancing—can even improve your strength and tone your body.

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Yoga is a fantastic, time-honored practice that enhances your flexibility, strength, and stamina. Yoga also includes a mindfulness component, which helps you relieve tension and improve your mood.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a yoga master to enjoy the benefits—just doing a few poses for a few minutes each day can do wonders!

Anthony J. Yeung

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Auburn Gresham’s Healthy Lifestyle Hub Will Open This Month On 79th Street, Bringing New Life To A Long-Vacant Building – Block Club Chicago

AUBURN GRESHAM — A South Side healthy living center will soon open on 79th Street, bringing neighborhood essentials to the community, nearly two years after winning a $10 million citywide prize.

The Healthy Lifestyle Hub, 839 W. 79th St., will open July 29, said Carlos Nelson, director of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation. 

The development corporation, which spearheaded the hub, will celebrate the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nelson said. A time has yet to be determined. 

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The four-story Healthy Lifestyle Hub will house a myriad of tenants, including Mikkey’s Retro Grill, Bank of America, UI Health, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Illinois and a UIC Neighborhood Center. The Illinois Tollway will train Black and Brown community members at the hub for jobs with the organization, Nelson said. 

A UI Health Clinic and Urgent Care Center will occupy the entire second floor and a portion of the third. The clinic will offer medical, dental and mental health services. It’s expected to serve more than 30,000 patients per year, Nelson said. 

A high-tech kitchen and training center sponsored by the Chicago Bears will open on the first floor, giving local chefs, neighbors and students a place to master healthy cooking. A cafe has already been built to house a local coffee shop. The hub will also offer free wifi throughout the building.

Nelson said the best charm of all will be the 18-by-18-foot windows on the first floor. The oversized windows will “bring in light and light up 79th Street and Auburn Gresham, figuratively and literally,” Nelson said. 

“We didn’t design this based on fear,” Nelson said. “We want floor-to-ceiling windows. We want windows all over the damn place. We want residents to know that this is a community just like Downtown, West Loop or any other community that is on the rise and has a high quality of life.”

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The site of the hub was once home to the Rusnak Bros. Furniture Store and Showroom, which opened in 1925. The building had bricked-in windows on almost every floor with ground-floor retail, Nelson said.

In the 1970s, the building became a dark public aid office with no windows, Nelson said.

For years, the building stood vacant. But once the development corporation got to work, they used “a lot of money and a lot of time” to restore it and add something new, Nelson said.

They took “painstaking measures to preserve the terra cotta of this building” and “cored out” the center of the building to add an elevator, Nelson said. They also “blasted out windows” on every floor, she said.

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Critical funding and donations helped the development corporation reconstruct and preserve the nearly 100-year-old building, Nelson said.

In 2020, the Healthy Lifestyle Hub was the winner of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize. The hub also received $4 million from the city’s Invest South/West program

The Bears donated more than $600,000 to power the high-tech kitchen, Nelson said. Companies like Whirlpool and Kohler donated appliances and fixtures for the bathrooms and offices, as well.

The hub will shift the narrative for neighbors who have only seen a looming, vacant building in their community, Nelson said.

“Almost 30 graduating classes at Leo High School have walked past this bricked-up vacant building, and it became a backdrop of their existence,” Nelson said. “For me, it was important for us to design this from a standpoint that says, ‘Hey, kids, we live in a place that is just like the West Loop.’”

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The Healthy Hub is one of several projects the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation has up its sleeve, Nelson said. 

Of the $10 million awarded by the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, about $5 million went to the Green Era Campus, a renewable energy and urban farm development at 650 W. 83rd St. conceived by the Auburn Gresham group and nonprofits Urban Growers Collective and Green Era Partners, Nelson said. 

And $1 million will go toward transforming the vacant 300,000-square-foot Calumet High School, 8131 S. May St., into “something that benefits the community, and the community has ownership of,” Nelson said. 

The group will also try to repurpose vacant storefronts in the community.

In recent years, a Save A Lot grocery store, a CVS, a Bank of America branch and a BJ’s Market & Bakery have closed. Most recently, a local Aldi unexpectedly shuttered, shocking neighbors.

The Healthy Lifestyle Hub will bring a pharmacy and bank back to the community. The corporation is working to “address the food insecurity piece,” Nelson said.

And if all goes well, vacant stores like the CVS and Bank of America will become health and wellness campuses operated by the corporation, Nelson said. 

“If there was a local entity or owner that had ownership in the community, we likely wouldn’t have woken up to a vacant 13,000-square-foot building,” Nelson said. “We’re really promoting community ownership. Building local wealth is at the forefront of our efforts.”

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The city-owned vacant land at 838-58 W. 79th St. in Auburn Gresham on Aug. 25, 2021.

Across the street from the hub, Auburn Gardens, a $40 million affordable housing development, will spring to life. Down the street, a $35 million Metra station is set for 2024. 

Soon, neighbors will have all their needs just steps from their homes.  Auburn Gresham is on the move, Nelson said. 

“My goal is that through homeownership and building wealth in the community, we can show other folks that you can afford one of the homes, one of the bungalows, and buy your first home in Auburn Gresham,” Nelson said. 

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Organic food festival in Villupuram sows seeds for healthy lifestyle – The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

VILLUPURAM: Around 50 farmers from northern districts participated in a two-day exhibition on organic paddy seeds, and traditional food festival held in Villupuram on Saturday and Sunday. The fourth year of this exhibition saw ryots imparting their wisdom on organic farming, battling climate change to young farmers.

The exhibition displayed 460 varieties of traditional seeds of paddy, pulses and medicinal herbs. Moreover, about 39 varieties of organic seeds of vegetables were up for sale, including organic seeds of tomatoes, ladies finger and drumstick. Apart from seeds, natural fodder for cattle with enhanced levels of protein and nutrients were also sold.

“Over 10 years, I have collected all 460 varieties of paddy from farmers across eight States at such seed festivals,” says Kavidhai Ganesan, a former food officer from Cuddalore. Ganesan had 108 seeds of medicinal herbs. “The exhibition targeted students and the younger generation,” he said.

Ganesan’s sample had the scientific name of the species and the common name. A note on the medicinal property of the species was also placed. He said that during his service as a Food Officer, he had presented the trainees with 50 varieties of seeds. Over the last decade, Ganesan mastered the collection of seeds.

“Around 1,500 people visited the exhibition. On Sunday, 500 people enjoyed traditional food that we served for `50 a plate. We hope that the food festival will help us deliver the idea of healthy farming and eating to people, in a way they will understand” said Pandiyan, one of the organisers.

Apart from the seeds, natural organic fodder for cattle made an appearance in the event. Unlike natural fodder fed to cattle, this naturally processed food has protein, said Kumar, a representative of RGS Kamadhenu cattle food company. “Natural food like paddy hay, legumes and straw are fed separately to the cattle which has relatively low protein content compared to naturally processed protein pellets. We produce the pellets by collecting raw ingredients, boiling them and piping out small pellets. The protein in pellets for cows is 16% more than the raw feed. Because the food is boiled before processing, it disinfects the feed making cattle less susceptible to common diseases.”

K Govindharajan, a farmer who visited the exhibition said, “These kinds of exhibitions and festivals are conducted mostly in Chennai and other cities. But it is positive that small towns with the majority of the agricultural population also get to witness festivals on organic farming.” He added that he bought organic seeds of tomatoes, brinjal, bitter gourd, drumstick and some greens.

Farmer’s market at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides ways to maintain healthy lifestyle – News 12 Bronx

A local farm stand has become about much more than just fruits and vegetables, but a beacon of healthy living.

Julio Reinoso, from Bridgeport, grows his own vegetables. Reinoso says he’s happy with what he saw at the farmer’s market outside St. Vincent’s Medical Center Tuesday.

Reinoso wishes more people would eat healthy organic food.

“Especially for the children it’s very, very important in the young people, to educate the kids,” said Reinoso.

Reinoso also comes to the market to check the status of his health.

“I have a problem with high blood pressure so this is very, very important to the community and to me,” said Reinoso.

The farmer’s market offers blood pressure and diabetes screenings as well.

“If we can somehow bring that all together and educate people we can make a difference,” said Bill Hoey, with St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Bridgeport Bucks are also available to help those who are food insecure, along with information on where people can find something to eat.

“Pretty sad in an affluent country like America that your zip code is the single greatest determinant of your life expectancy. So we’re hoping to reverse some of that with the efforts that we do here,” said Hoey.

All the resources in one place with the making to help improve everyone’s quality of life.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center also does healthy cooking demos with top chefs.

Farmer’s market at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides ways to maintain healthy lifestyle – News 12 New Jersey

A local farm stand has become about much more than just fruits and vegetables, but a beacon of healthy living.

Julio Reinoso, from Bridgeport, grows his own vegetables. Reinoso says he’s happy with what he saw at the farmer’s market outside St. Vincent’s Medical Center Tuesday.

Reinoso wishes more people would eat healthy organic food.

“Especially for the children it’s very, very important in the young people, to educate the kids,” said Reinoso.

Reinoso also comes to the market to check the status of his health.

“I have a problem with high blood pressure so this is very, very important to the community and to me,” said Reinoso.

The farmer’s market offers blood pressure and diabetes screenings as well.

“If we can somehow bring that all together and educate people we can make a difference,” said Bill Hoey, with St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Bridgeport Bucks are also available to help those who are food insecure, along with information on where people can find something to eat.

“Pretty sad in an affluent country like America that your zip code is the single greatest determinant of your life expectancy. So we’re hoping to reverse some of that with the efforts that we do here,” said Hoey.

All the resources in one place with the making to help improve everyone’s quality of life.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center also does healthy cooking demos with top chefs.

NSA Naples’ Healthy Lifestyle Festival Beats Summer Heat with Hydrating Foods – DVIDS

NAPLES, Italy — As of June 21, summer began along with a heatwave sweeping through cities in Italy.

In Naples, the Healthy Lifestyle Festival at the U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples’ Commissary beat the summer heat by promoting healthy fare for military families, June 25.

The parking lot of the NSA Naples’ Commissary was transformed into a mini-fair decorated with a bounce house and various booths promoting hydration and healthy food habits.

In celebration of Italy and America’s summertime staple, the festival also included a watermelon-eating contest for all ages.

“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” said Chief Information Systems Technician Chris Medford, who participated in the adult-category of the festival’s watermelon-eating contest.

Medford said that he is glad that he brought his family to the Healthy Lifestyle Festival.

“I think the festival is something fun that the whole family can participate and it’s for a good purpose,” said Medford.

According to the American Heart Association, watermelon is about 92-percent water, which makes it an excellent snack during the heat of the summer.

Staff from U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples set up a tropical-themed healthy hydration station with infused water beverages, such as lime spritzer and cucumbers, for visitors to try for free.

According to Chasity Bass, health promotion and wellness manager at USNH Naples, jazzing up water with fruit or vegetable infusions is a tasty and almost calorie-free way to drink water, especially for those who have an aversion to the taste of water.

“We’re offering alternatives to sodas and showing how to add flavor to water without adding sugar,” said Bass.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water can prevent hydration and help manage body weight.

“Sugary drinks take the water out of our cells,” said Bass.

Armando Zapata, grocery manager for NSA Naples’ Commissary, served up trays of free watermelon and bottled water for visiting families.

“This is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve had the Healthy Lifestyle Festival,” said Zapata. “We’ve had a great time with the families, and the families get to enjoy summer by eating healthy fruits and vegetables.”

NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that enables U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to ensure security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility.

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The Best New Jersey Communities For a Healthy Lifestyle – 943thepoint.com

I wouldn’t normally peg new jersey as one of the healthiest places in the entire country.  This isn’t a knock on our beloved Garden State.  I honestly wouldn’t put any states in the northeast at the healthiest.  

Few reasons, I equate health with activity.  Maybe I’m completely wrong with that.  

As a young adult, I made my move from a career in northern new jersey and made my way south.  The last five years were spent, literally, in the heart of Texas.

We were, to say the least, active.  Far more active than we were in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

Fitsum Admasu, Unsplash

Fitsum Admasu, Unsplash


So when I think healthiest states, I think south.  

There’s just something about being able to take a walk or go for a run, then celebrate Christmas.  

We just moved to back to the area and to the Jersey Shore in November.  This area not only gets cold but it gets damp. 

Spending only five years in Texas, it was really hard to adjust and I felt the laziest I have ever felt.  

Now that the sun is shining, and it’s warmer, I’m starting to feel a little more normal.  

According to US News and World Report. We had two New Jersey Counties, ranked healthiest communities in the entire nation. 

Two of which, were in the top 50.  Listen, that’s huge.  

Here were some of the criteria population health, education, housing, food, and nutrition scores.  

These Two New Jersey Counties were named Healthiest in the entire nation.

The first county on the list is Morris County ranking 16th.  Scoring high with education and economy.  The median household income of Morris County is over $101,000.  Their nutrition index hit a high of 92.

Dan Gold, Unsplash

Dan Gold, Unsplash


Second, on the list for New Jersey, is Hunterdon County.  Ranking at number 27, Hunterdon ranked high in education, food and nutrition, population, and public safety.  Although the economy did well, opportunities in this county seem to be lacking.

Where did the Jersey Shore Communities rank?

Where did Ocean and Monmouth County rank as the healthiest?  Monmouth County clocked in at #256 while Ocean County, New Jersey didn’t make the top national list.

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These tips may help seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle – KSAT San Antonio

The pandemic disrupted many people’s regular routines, including visits to their health providers. For seniors, this can be a serious issue.

Dr. Julian Falla, M.D. at Gonzaba Medical Group, says seniors need regular health monitoring and awareness to live their healthiest life.

The key for seniors to live their best life and keep doing the things they love is to have a medical team monitoring their health and lifestyle on a regular basis.

In addition to regular monitoring by a medical team, Falla recommends these tips to help seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle.


That doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. Falla said walking, dancing, playing with the grandkids all count as getting exercise.

Eat well

As our metabolism slows, we have to focus our diet. That means more greens and less sugar and fat. But Falla said this doesn’t mean no sugar or no fat. It just means moderation and focus on quality foods.

Get out and socialize

As we saw during the pandemic, a key to mental-cognitive health is socializing. Having coffee with friends, playing bingo, and volunteering can help keep your mind sharp. Falla said isolating yourself is simply bad for your health.

You can find out more information on Gonzaba Medical Group’s website.

Effects of a healthy lifestyle intervention and COVID-19-adjusted training curriculum on firefighter recruits | Scientific Reports – Nature.com

Study design and study population

In this time-controlled intervention study, a historical control group was used to evaluate the effects of the interventions. Therefore, two fire recruit populations were enrolled; (a) the control group comprised of two classes of recruits going through the academy training with existing, pre-pandemic training curricula and (b) the intervention group consisted of two classes of recruits enrolled during the pandemic and also receiving an HLS intervention.

The control group was recruited in early 2019 from two fire academies (academy A and B) in the New England area19,29. Both academies provide a 15–16 week training program that meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s standards, NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Except for minor differences between the two (for example, academy B requires recruits to stay overnight in the academy on training days while recruits at academy A go home every day after training, and academy B provides additional aquatic classes as part of their physical training), the recruits comprising the historical control group across academies were comparable according to our previous19 and current studies.

For the intervention group, we enrolled fire recruits from one fire academy in New England (academy B) and one in Florida (academy C) in late 2020. The training in academy C resembles that in academy B, regarding NFPA standards and overnight staying requirement, with similar training durations of 15 and 13 weeks for academies B and C, respectively.

All enrolled fire recruits who were older than 18 years old and provided informed consent were included. Those who did not consent to participate in the study or lacking essential demographic information (i.e., age and sex) were excluded. The current study is part of the “Fire Recruit Health Study” approved by the Institutional Review Board of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (IRB18-1902). We followed the Declaration of Helsinki throughout the study.

Selected health outcomes

The outcomes selected for study included body composition, blood pressure, physical fitness testing, mental health screens, and lifestyle behaviors. All academies, except academy C, had complete data collection, while academy C provided only subjective outcomes (i.e. questionnaire). The related measurements were described in our previous studies19,29 and are summarized below.

Recruits’ BMI and percent body fat were examined as body composition outcomes. A clinic stadiometer (Portable Stadiometer 213, SECA, Hamburg, Germany) and a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis scale (BIA) (BC-418 Segmental Body Composition, Tanita, Tokyo, Japan or InBody 230, Seoul, South Korea) using athletic mode, operated by experienced physical trainers or medical personnel, were used to retrieve the parameters. The measurements were performed at entry to the academy, mid-training (i.e. 8th week for academy A and 7th week for academy B), and academy graduation. Body composition data were not available at academy C.

Blood pressures were measured using an automated and calibrated sphygmomanometer (10 series, Omron, Kyoto, Japan), following professional guidelines30. The measurements were done before recruits started their daily training or during rest break. Each recruit was asked to rest seated for at least 5 min before being measured in a sitting position. The automated sphygmomanometer would then take three readings, with 1-min interval between each, and record an average. Blood pressures measurements were conducted at entry to academy and graduation, and were not available at academy C.

Select physical fitness outcomes were push-ups, pull-ups, and 1.5-mile running time, with each measurement taken at entry to academy, mid-training, and at graduation. These are existing tests used by the academies to evaluate recruits’ physical performance over time. Push-ups were determined as the number a recruit performed continuously in one minute, without breaking the cadence. Pull-ups were counted as the number in single trial with good cadence and overhead grip. Running time for 1.5 miles was recorded in minutes. Physical fitness testing results were not available at academy C.

We used a questionnaire to examine participants’ mental health and lifestyle behaviors, administered at their entry to the academy and at graduation. The questionnaire was comprised of components derived from validated questionnaires, incorporating a modified version of Beck Depression Inventory for Primary Care (BDI-PC) (total scoring 0–18)31, Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) (total scoring 0–27)32, and a modified version of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-5) (total scoring 0–76)33, with higher scores indicating worse mental health. As to lifestyle behaviors, the questionnaire contained items needed to calculate the MEDI-lifestyle score29, which is a 7-item healthy lifestyle score ranging from 0 to 7, embodying BMI, smoking history, dietary pattern (measured by the PREDIMED score, a 14-item Mediterranean Diet adherence screener34), physical activity35, sedentary behavior (measured by time spent watching television), daily sleep time, and afternoon naps. In particular, one point was given for each of the following: no smoking in the last 6 months, physical activity equivalent to greater than 16 METs-h/wk, PREDIMED score more than or equal to nine points, BMI less than or equal to 30 kg/m2, TV screen time less than 2 h/day, sleeping time between 7 and 8 h/day, and taking daytime naps; otherwise a value of 0 would be given to each item.


Compared with the historical control group, the intervened classes underwent the following changes in the existing training materials implemented by the academies.

First, the academies adopted an HLS intervention throughout the 13- or 15-week training based on the firefighters’ Mediterranean pyramid24, which illustrates a healthy lifestyle combination of balanced nutrition, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, positive social and family connections with resiliency strategies, and the avoidance of tobacco and other toxic substances. Each participant was given (a) access to a web-based toolkit (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/firefighters-study/feeding-americas-bravest/) that includes information and resources for “Survival Mediterranean Style”, (b) a half-hour talk on healthy lifestyle at the entry to the academy training, (c) a waterproof, plastic paper sheet illustrating the firefighters’ Mediterranean pyramid, (d) a refrigerator magnet with the Mediterranean pyramid on it, (e) weekly nutrition/lifestyle tips throughout the academy training, and (f) an introduction to meditation/breathing exercise apps (for example, the Calm app (San Francisco, USA)). Except for (e), all intervention materials were given at the beginning of the academy training. The participants were able to review the HLS contents via the provided measures throughout the training period. While the practice of the HLS is voluntary, sponsored olive oil was supplied to the central kitchen of academy B and consumed by the fire recruits when they stayed at the academy on weekdays, and academy C gave each recruit of the intervened class a WHOOP (Boston, USA) wearable device that tracked recruits’ fitness and physiological parameters. Notably, weekly homework such as practicing a healthy recipe was assigned along with the weekly tips to the recruits. With the collaboration with the academies, extra training credits were given as incentives if the recruits showed their adherence to the HLS outside regular training time.

Second, as the intervention classes were trained during the COVID-19 pandemic, some curriculum adjustments were made to conform to public health policies. These changes included face masking required at all times during the training, limited class size, and shifting large group activities (such as group running) to small group physical training to increase social distancing. Moreover, previously there was a weekly 1-h aquatic training in the swimming pool at academy B, but since the pool was closed, the aquatic classes were replaced by weekly 1-h joint mobility exercise, in which recruits conducted a whole-body slow paced, yoga-like stretching workout.

Statistical analysis

Baseline characteristics and select health outcomes were reported as mean ± standard deviation or median (Q1-Q3) for continuous variables after checking for normality, or number (%) for categorical variables, and compared between groups using the t-test or the Wilcoxon rank sum test, as appropriate, for continuous variables and the Pearson’s Chi-squared test with Yates’ continuity correction or the Fisher’s exact test, as appropriate, for categorical variables.

Furthermore, we computed the changes in select health outcomes over time during academy training by calculating the longitudinal difference “the measurement at graduation—the measurement at baseline”, and presenting them as mean ± standard deviation, after checking normality. The differences in temporal changes between the intervention group and the control group were compared using the t-test.

For multivariable adjustment, mixed effects models were built incorporating the interaction term “Intervention Group × Time” to examine whether the health changes over time during academy training differed between the two groups. Potential confounders based on our domain knowledge and the baseline characteristics comparisons were included into the models. These are age, sex, baseline percent body fat, baseline push-ups, and/or baseline BDI-PC scores.

Finally, we built multivariable adjusted linear models to regress the health changes on the change of MEDI-lifestyle score, in order to demonstrate the changes in health per unit changes of MEDI-lifestyle score. For these models, the health changes throughout training were defined as percent changes from baseline measurements, except for those variables with any values of zero at baseline (i.e. pull-ups, BDI-PC, PCL-5, and PHQ-9).

All P values reported are two-tailed and a P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. We used the R software (version 3.6.3) to conduct the statistical analyses.

Sensitivity analysis

With regard to the differences in training across academies, we conducted further sensitivity analysis limiting to fire recruits at the academy with both historical control class and intervention class available, which is academy B. In fact, there was one more class at academy B that took place in early 2020, receiving the lifestyle intervention, but undergoing unexpected training interruption for 3 months due to the initial COVID-19 outbreak. By comparing the three classes at academy B (i.e. the historical control class, COVID-19 interrupted class, and the intervention class), we were able to examine the effects of the intervention as well as the impact of the 3-month training interruption on recruits’ health. Notably, only the body composition and fitness testing data are available for the COVID-19 interrupted class.

In addition, while there were differences in the intervention contents across the academies B and C, as described above, we further conducted secondary analyses to investigate if the health changes differed between the two populations (i.e., the fire recruits comprising the intervention group from academy B and C, respectively) throughout academy training. Since objective data were not available at academy C, only subjective measurements (i.e., behavioral and mental health outcomes) could be compared.

Ethics approval and consent to participate

The study is part of the “Fire Recruit Health Study”, which was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (IRB18-1902), and we followed the Declaration of Helsinki throughout the study.

A Healthy Lifestyle Can Increase Breast Cancer Survival – Williamson Source


Your diet during your breast cancer journey plays a big role in how you feel and how your body responds to a possible recurrence. By eating well and staying active, you’ll not only feel better, but you can also increase the chances of survival.

Breast Cancer And Your Diet

Diet alone is neither the cure nor the cause of cancer, but recent studies have shown that diet could be linked to 30 to 40 percent of all cancers. The best way to reduce the risk of breast cancer or recurring cancer is thought to be a healthy diet and exercise.

Rich Nutrients

Fueling your body with nutritional foods gives everyone increased energy and improved quality of life overall, that follows true in breast cancer diagnoses as well. For those who have been diagnosed or survived breast cancer, eating well can help overcome treatment side effects, such as anemia or fatigue.

Some healthy diet choices you may want to consider:

  • Avoid sugary and processed food
  • Add in more fruits and veggies and avoid sugar-filled carbs
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Increase the amount of fiber in your diet

The American Institute for Cancer Research has found links from high-fiber diets, diets high nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables, and low-carb diets to breast cancer survival rates.

Get And Stay Physically Active

Among breast cancer survivors, there’s a consistent link between physical activity and an overall lower risk of breast cancer coming back. Physical activity has also been linked to improvements in quality of life, physical functioning, and fewer fatigue symptoms overall.

In the past, breast cancer survivors with lymphedema were often advised to avoid certain arm exercises and vigorous activities. But studies have found that such physical activity is safe when done the right way. In fact, it might actually lower the risk of lymphedema, or improve lymphedema for women who already have it.

As with other types of lifestyle changes, it’s important to talk with your treatment team before starting a new physical activity program. Your team can help you plan a safe and effective program.

Support Through it All

Pretty in Pink Boutique is committed to supporting those with breast cancer and their loved ones through the entire journey. If you are looking for a compassionate ear that will listen or if you have questions, please reach out. We are committed to your well-being the whole way through and may be able to assist or provide resources to help you.

Please contact us via phone or email us and let us know how we can help. Call (615) 777-PINK.

Pretty in Pink Boutique Locations & Contact:

Maplewood Office Park
400 Sugartree Ln Ste 400
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 791-8767

Vanderbilt 100 Oaks
719 Thompson Ln Ste 25010
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 866-4102

Northpoint Office Park
2231 NW Broad St Ste C
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 866-4555

131 Indian Lake Rd Ste 213
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Phone: (615) 866-4547