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The ‘simplicity’ of getting fit

I’ve NEVER heard anyone say “You know, I’d like a really pretty house, but I don’t care if it has a refrigerator or bathrooms”. But I hear “I just want bigger arms” or “I only want to work on my waist” quite frequently. From a fitness professional’s perspective, they mean virtually the same thing.

Our Father’s Love

We’ve recently celebrated Father’s Day by showing our fathers just how much they mean to us. In so many ways, fathers are the under-recognized keys to the success of families.

YOUR BEST LIFE Tips for Living Healthy in South Arkansas

The food labels we see today are a result of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990. In attempting to better inform consumers about what’s in their food, the Act attempted to standardize the labeling guidelines of packaged foods. The NLEA requires each label to include the serving size, number of servings per container, the nutrient composition of food, and the list of ingredients, among other things.

Work, work and more work

It is an awesome thing to have a strong work ethic throughout life’s journey because the harvest is very plentiful but the workers are so few. Jesus Christ had an outstanding work ethic with the ministries He was called to while here on earth.

Your legs have a second chance at JRMC

Many Americans suffer with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), which refers to any disease of the circulatory system outside the brain and heart, and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which happens when arteries become narrowed due to build-up of fatty material called plaque. You’ve probably also heard this referred to as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Plaque deposits cause the arteries to stiffen and become blocked, which limits the supply of oxygenated blood throughout the body. This can cause different types of health problems, depending on the arteries that are blocked.

Baby Boy Project begins

Alfred Carroll Ministries announces plans for its pre-Father’s Day Evangelistic Outreach — “Baby Boy Project.” Prayer, spiritual counseling and water baptism will be offered to attendees.

What Sugar?

So, we know we eat too much sugar … all of us … pretty much all the time. If you eat packaged food, it’s almost unavoidable. But now what? Well, it is certainly possible to cut down the amount of added sugar we consume. Here are a few strategies.

Select, optimize, compensate to stay active in old age

Q. I am a widow in my early 80s. I just can’t do the things I have done in the past. I don’t hear as well, I tire much more easily, and I can’t drive at night to see my friends who live only 10 or 20 miles away. I don’t have any mental or physical problems except old age. Can you suggest ways that I can adapt my lifestyle without feeling like “the tired old lady?”

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is a claustrophobic thriller

The claustrophobic thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane” isn’t a direct sequel to the 2008 hit “Cloverfield.” The two movies share DNA, but that’s it. This entry, from first-time director Dan Trachtenberg, working under the tutelage of producer J.J. Abrams, is “Room” meets “Misery.” And like a hostage is how I felt for 103 l-o-n-g minutes.

Fruits and Vegetables — Fresh vs. Frozen

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber — all of which improve health. Eating more fruits and vegetables may even help protect against heart disease. Fresh produce may not always be available and frozen varieties are convenient; however, their nutritional value may differ.

God, Lord of the Breakthrough

“And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baal- Perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal- Perazim” (2 Samuel 5:19-20).

Angry outbursts learned behavior, not inherited trait

Q. My husband is angry all of the time and yells constantly. He gets so upset about the election that he screams at the television until his face is red and he is shaking. I’ve asked him to go to a doctor, but he says it’s too late to change and he inherited his temper from his father. I told him that he can change, but do you think he really can?

Above average cleanliness not indicator of OCD

Q. I am really neat and keep my house spotless. My husband says I have OCD. He has told all of our friends and now every time I clean my rugs, people say it’s OCD. Even our children have started calling me “OCD Mom.” It is my understanding that having a normal, clean house is not a mental health problem. Can you explain OCD to my family?

‘London Has Fallen’ rises to the occasion

“Olympus Has Fallen,” the hit about terrorists taking over the White House, was not on my Top 10 list of 2013 movies, but it was among the runners-up. The same might happen with the sequel. “London Has Fallen” goes more global, with a different breed of terrorists taking aim at a number of world leaders, before settling back down on the U.S. president as the main target. But it also features an uptick in action, destruction, and violence. Yes, it’s time for another exercise in rah-rah patriotism and a kick in the teeth to terrorists everywhere.

Book Notes: Where is baby Bella?

“The Widow” is a quiet thriller that ratchets up the suspense, page by page. Four nicely drawn main characters, along with all of London and surrounding communities, wrestle with the incomprehensible abduction of a sweet little toddler seen playing in her fenced-in backyard one minute, utterly missing the next. What happened? Where is she? Who took her?

Life for Life

I wish to thank The Pine Bluff Commercial for the public forum section that is printed weekly. I agree with Pastor Jesse C. Turner concerning, “Life for Life.”


The human body ONLY obtains calories from proteins, carbohydrates and fats … well, and alcohol. Protein, carbohydrate and fat — all necessary to sustain human life — are considered “macronutrients.” Alcohol has no nutritional value, therefore isn’t a macronutrient. Each gram of protein and each gram of carbohydrate contain four calories. Each gram of fat contains nine calories (each gram of alcohol has seven). Though all macronutrients are necessary to sustain life, each serves a different purpose.

Depression not character flaw

Q. I am in my second semester of college. Lately I have been feeling depressed for the first time ever and falling behind in my work. I have talked with a school counselor and she agreed that I’m depressed. She suggested medication and therapy. My parents, who are paying for my insurance, are highly against medication and “telling my problems to a stranger.” They tell me that my problem is my lack of faith in God and that I don’t pray enough. I feel so confused. Please help.