Living Healthy

We talk quite a bit about our daily energy consumption at home from using items that require electricity. However, we also need to be mindful of the energy in our own bodies, which consume energy just like our homes. We need to be efficient in storing and expending energy in our bodies. Effectively managing our bodies will prevent premature aging and keep us happy, healthy, and active later in life.

Start your day off with a brisk walk. While you’re waiting for your morning coffee to brew, get out and walk or jog for 20-30 minutes. This helps increase bone density, which typically peaks around age 30. Keeping your bones dense and healthy will prevent fractures as you get older. After your walk, grab an ice cube from your freezer and rub it over your face. In addition to perking yourself up, the cold ice will provoke

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Heart Energy

Any time someone with a pacemaker needs the pacemaker’s battery replaced, they must undergo surgery again to have the whole unit replaced. John Rogers, a materials science and engineering professor at the University of Illinois, is creating hope for patients with the idea of installing a rechargeable battery into pacemakers.

There are a few parts in our bodies are constantly moving, including the heart, lungs, and diaphragm. Rogers has developed a small, flexible piece of hardware that can actually be attached to the heart or lungs that will generate electricity from the movement of these organs. Researchers have tested these devices through 20 million cycles, ensuring that they functioned properly and did not interfere with the host organ’s operation. The researchers mounted the wafer thin devices on the hearts, lungs, and diaphragms of cows, sheep, and pigs. In each of the test subjects, the device performed well

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National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day started in 2003 and is observed on the first Friday of February to raise awareness for the number one killer of women: heart disease. The disease actually claims the lives of more women than men, but it is something that needs to be addressed by both sides. It’s been called the silent killer because most often, there are no visible symptoms that someone has is. So today, wear red and advise friends, family, and colleagues about the importance of cardiovascular health.

Since the Wear Red campaign began, heart disease fatalities have decreased by 34% in women. Many women are also changing their lifestyle to be more heart conscious. This includes 37% losing weight, 43% checking their cholesterol levels, more than half of them are exercising more, 60% have changed their diet, and a third of them have a heart health

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World Cancer Day 2014

Today is World Cancer Day, and to help express our support for survivors and those already battling the disease, Source Power & Gas wants to help spread the word about debunking four myths and stigmas surrounding cancer and cancer treatment. A lot of people are averse to getting regular screenings, or even just talking about it. Many feel that since they are not exhibiting any of the signs or symptoms of it, that they are fine. Some don’t feel like their insurance will cover them or they don’t have the right to get treatment. But you don’t have to feel alone and powerless.

MYTH 1: We Don’t Need To Talk About Cancer

When diagnosed, cancer patients are often bombarded with emotions. Fear, sadness, anger, and loneliness can consume someone easily. But talking about the situation with friends, family members, or other patients or survivors can really improve morale and outcomes.

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