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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?”

Gay man shouldn’t have to choose between husband, sister

Q. I am a 45-year-old gay man who moved away from home about 20 years ago. Recently, I married my partner of 15 years. I have always visited my sister, with my partner, for a week after the new year. She told me that if I brought my “husband” this year neither of us would be welcome. She suggested that I come alone and not mention my marital status. I’m really torn. I love my partner, but my sister and her children are the only family I have. Suggestion?

Your Best Life - Can exercise make up for a poor diet?

In this column, I have dedicated many words toward convincing readers that exercise is critical to optimum health. Only a few weeks ago I dedicated the entire article to listing some of the numerous benefits. While every one of those benefits is valid, there is something that exercise cannot do. Exercise cannot make up for a poor diet. Although exercise can help offset unhealthy eating by burning more calories than a sedentary lifestyle would, healthy eating will help you achieve your BEST results. An unhealthy diet will undermine your efforts toward better health by making you feel lethargic, and it can cause a variety of health problems.

Grief and the holidays: only do what feels right

Q. I’ve had several close friends and family members die within the last couple of months. I have no desire to celebrate the holidays. My children live out of state, and I don’t even want to see them. I know I am grieving, but I want to put up a good front for the sake of my grandchildren. What should I do?

One hundred year board meeting

Even if you have been living under the proverbial rock, you’re likely aware that this weekend is the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth. I am an unapologetic Sinatra fan. I have been since high school. Oddly enough, my love of Ol’ Blue Eyes may have begun as the result of a magazine offer.