October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness and to educate people about the health and social benefits of eliminating meat from their diets. Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, the motto of the day is “to promote the joy, compassion, and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” As advocates for a well-balanced and holistic lifestyle, SCPT is sharing some interesting information to consider on World Vegetarian Day.
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National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, which takes place on September 27, 2017, is the nation’s largest health and wellness day of the year dedicated to women of all ages. This day promotes awareness for women on the importance of regular physical activity, self-care, and healthy living. South County Physical Therapy agrees this is the perfect time to stop and reflect on your well-being by making a few simple changes towards a healthier life filled with wellness strategies and a focus on better nutrition.
Preparing meals at home can be the key to maintaining a healthy diet and weight. SCPT believes it’s important to follow some basic rules of food safety to ensure your nutritious meals don’t end up making you ill. September is National Food Safety Month and a perfect time to learn about sanitation and proper food safety practices.
In a busy world where hectic schedules are the norm, it can be truly beneficial to take a mental timeout. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 44% of individuals have reported their stress levels have increased within the past five years. Money, work, and the economy were at the top of the list for stress-related worry, with family obligations, relationships, and personal health close behind.
As mercury continues to rise in backyard thermometers, the summer sun invites us to go outside for a run in the park, sit by the ocean on the beach, or bring our kids to visit a local playground or pool. While the sun’s rays allow us to absorb much needed Vitamin D, it’s important to do so with moderation and precaution on the hottest days of August.
Whether you enjoy swimming in the ocean or prefer to spend your time poolside, water is a great way to cool off as the summer’s heat grows increasingly intense. Water play can also provide both children and adults with a good source of low-impact, aerobic exercise. Before you take the plunge, learn the benefits of aquatic exercise, what your family needs to stay safe at the pool or beach, and courses to help you learn medical emergency techniques.
For competitive athletes, injuries can lead to major setbacks to training and goals, potentially eliminating competitions. Poor sleep patterns, lack of proper nutrition, and muscle overuse can increase the risks of experiencing an injury. SCPT’s mission is to ensure that the athletes we treat listen to their bodies and pay attention to their overall health and wellness.