It is human nature for mankind to adapt to its surroundings. Over thousands of centuries, our ancestors have evolved to become taller, smarter, less hairy, and more upright. However, advances in modern technology are creating a new challenge. Human posture is becoming increasingly compressed due to the overuse of mobile devices and dependency on social media. This physiological shift is resulting in children and adults of all ages becoming unofficially diagnosed with what many are calling “text neck” syndrome.
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Sunburns, summer reading, school supplies, and slouching? Before you know it, summer will be coming to an end. The back-to-school commotion is increasing, and the last thing anyone needs are backaches.
Proper posture in the classroom is extremely important. Kids and young adults spend most their time in the classroom during the school year, and when they’re not behind a desk or playing a sport, they’re usually hunched over a keyboard or “chill-axing” in front of the TV, their Xbox controls or engaged in other forms of technology.
On your mark, get set, and go! Welcome to race season in New England. This year marks the 43rd annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race – a traditional and iconic course steeped in Cape Cod’s history. More than 12,000 runners will start in Woods Hole and continue seven miles to finish at Falmouth Heights Beach, winding along the coast of Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard Sound. The picturesque course features narrow hilly roads, stunning ocean views, and of course, the scorching heat of August.
After the winter that wouldn’t end, New England’s golf season is now in full swing. Golf brings many health benefits, burning an average of 721 calories when carrying your own bag through a nine-hole course, but the sport also proves to be mentally challenging and socially stimulating. Those with a passion for golf often strive to stay fit year round and continuously improve their skills to enjoy the game throughout their lives.
Every year, regardless of age, race, or socio-economic class, three million Americans will be diagnosed with scoliosis, the most common spinal deformity in the country. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 85% of cases will have an unidentifiable cause. So how do we prepare for a condition with no prevention methods, hazy risk factors, and unknown causes? The Scoliosis Research Society encourages early detection and education to raise awareness regarding scoliosis, especially throughout the month of June which has been named National Scoliosis Awareness Month.
Dad. Daddy. Stepdad. Papa. Poppy. Grandpa. Grampy. Pepere. Abuelo. Uncle. Tío. Bro. Dude. Friend. Husband. Son. Nephew. Brother. Son-in-law.
Whichever name you answer to, your health matters – especially to those who love and depend on you. June is National Men’s Health Month, and it’s a perfect time to “man up” and make your own health a priority! Overall, men could do a much better job making their health a priority.
A well-built home has a strong foundation, constructed to weather the elements and the passage of time. Much like the beams and planks that make up a solid structure, healthy bones support the human body. Bones not only provide a framework for our bodies, but also play a vital role in the protection of internal organs, movement, and storage of important minerals. When the integrity of a building is compromised by termites and water damage, the same holds true for osteoporosis in the human skeletal system. It can impair our way of life. A home requires ongoing maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape, and so does the human body.
Women often tend to put the needs of others before their own and set their sights on being a good mother, stepmother, sister, daughter, or friend. During the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week, which begins on Mother’s Day and continues through May 16th, let’s remember that one of the best ways to take care of loved ones is to encourage them to take good care of themselves.
Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Every April, eager spectators flock to ballparks throughout the nation, filling every available seat hoping to see their favorite players lead their home team to victory. At Fenway Park, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline is piped through the stadium speakers, endless boxes of Cracker Jacks are consumed, and necks crane as number 34 steps up to the plate, year after year.
You may have heard the recent buzz in the news regarding the negative impact that sitting has on the human body. Today, 80% of Americans are spending the majority of their days sitting at a desk. While this is a necessity for most careers, new statistics point to the increased health risks associated with remaining in a sedentary position for too long. Let’s take a closer look at the way sitting impacts our bodies and how we can curb the myriad of harmful side effects from conducting business as usual.