Weekly family rail, with tips on taking care of yourself, a review of “Season of the Witch” and more.
Tip of the Week
A recent survey by the American Cancer Society showed that while 95 percent of women feel the need to improve their health, approximately three out of five admit they put others' health before their own. In the constant struggle between family, work and self, how can you put yourself first? Here are some tips to help reach your wellness goals:
- Eat right. Healthy eating is difficult in today's busy world. To help you meet your goals, take time to record your intake in a food journal. A diet that is low in fat, high in fiber, with lots of fruits and vegetables, has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing cancer.
- Get active. Exercise often gets neglected, but just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and even diabetes. If possible, exercise before work or during lunch.
- Get recommended health screenings. Prevention and early detection are two of the most powerful tools you have for your health. Make visiting a doctor for preventative care a regular part of your health regimen, and set reminders to schedule important appointments and screenings.
- Quit smoking. Smoking causes one in five deaths in the United States, and a myriad of health problems. There are many tools and resources available online that can help distract you from your cravings and show you just how much those packs of cigarettes cost you over time.
- Protect your skin. A majority of skin cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. are considered to be sun-related. When in the sun, wear protective clothing, sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher and sunglasses that block UV rays.
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“Season of the Witch”
Rated: PG-13 (for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content)
Length: 95 minutes
Synopsis: A 14th-century crusader returns to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights take an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. Nicolas Cage stars.
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 2
Profanity rating: 2.5
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5
Family Time rating: 3.5. Because of the violence and intense scenes, this is probably for older teens and older only.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” by Philip C. Stead (writer) and Erin E. Stead (illustrator)
Synopsis: Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros and the owl. But one day he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests. … This book won the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
Did You Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. asthma rate went up slightly in 2009, the latest year for which data is available.
GateHouse News Service