There's Something In The Air

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Yes, fair reader, you guessed it. The answer is spring—spring is in the air. And fortunately for us, spring typically smells like the sizzle from a succulent grilled paradise. I’m temporarily blinded just thinking (and looking) about it. And while baseball may be the official pastime of spring, I, for one, can hardly imagine fully enjoying the sport without a serious grill-laden tailgate or two.

However, here’s where the two traditions diverge: while baseball is supremely healthy, keeping participants active, engaged, and alert, we cannot in good conscience always reciprocate the same good vibrations about the ubiquitous spring grillfest. Rife with hulking burgers, fatty hunks o’ steak, or piles of processed meats, like any baseball team, a license to grill can turn ghastly if not managed well. So heed the forthcoming scouting report from the grizzled vets at wellness360 to ensure your team of spring cuisine is more Rays (quite good) than Rangers (endless disappointment).

Are you grilling? ARE YOU GRILLING UNHEALTHILY? There's no unhealthy grilling advice in blogging!

Are you grilling? ARE YOU GRILLING UNHEALTHILY? There's no unhealthy grilling in blogging!

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Happy Valentimes!

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No matter your feelings about Valentine’s Day, the current state of your romantic throes, or your particular plans for the lovely event, we can all agree on one prevailing prophecy: wellness is just as much a part of Valentine’s tradition as cupid, crass commercialization, and crippling emotional rejection.

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Oh, so you’re of a different mind on the subject? Well… I see you’ve left me no choice. Valentine’s Day is about giving, caring, sharing, and wellness, and if I have to prove it to you, then I certainly will. No matter the Valentine’s fare—fancy meals, decadent chocolates, extravagant bouquets, annual disappointment—we can go about it healthily, happily, and smartly.

A Happy Valentine's Day from Billy Ray Valentine

A Happy Valentine's Day from Billy Ray Valentine and the Dukes

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Shop Green–err, I mean, Shop Healthy and Efficiently This Holiday Season

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Attention consumers: …. wait, hey, don’t look behind you! I’m talking to you. Yeah, you. You. You’re being coy. Don’t be coy. Don’t be elusive. This is not the season of being elusive; this… is the season of consumption! The holiday shopping season is upon us, bashful consumer, and that means two things: avoid Wal-Mart and avoid Wal-Mart (laugh track). But seriously, folks, instead of a white Christmas or a Lloyd Christmas, consider a green Christmas—or an energy efficient Christmas, as it were, since that’s the term that resonates most strongly with consumers; according to BNET Insight, it’s because energy efficiency is easy to understand.

During these lean economic times, one could argue it’s popular also because it’s ubiquitous: the International Energy Agency’s latest World Energy Outlook relates that our globe’s current energy trends are patently unsustainable, while HealthCastle insists we’re all having problems staying energized as winter approaches. Fortunately, in the spirit of green energy efficient Christmas, Wellness360 has found some seasonal shopping tips (think of them as coupons) to help remedy these energy ailments as Santa himself undoubtedly would: easily, jollily, and hollily.

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A Healthy Dose of Politics

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Here’s one ticket on whose candidacy we can all agree: our personal health. Amidst a fairly sizable financial crisis, a heated presidential election, and a slew of social and economic troubles, it’s easy to forget—but hard to ignore—that our personal health needs our attention. According to this study explicated by the BBC, the annual cost of forest loss is between $2 trillion and $5 trillion. The study monetizes the disastrous effects deforestation has on the globe and its inhabitants: the less forests we have, the less clean air we can breathe, clean water we can drink, and the less carbon is kept out of the atmosphere. $5 trillion in health damage? Say it ain’t so!

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Relax, dear readers. Fortunately, we live in a world where we can effect change. We can elect wellness in 2008! How? Well, that’s the beauty of it; there are so many avenues—including the infamous financial issue that continues to hover over us all—through which we can foster healthy change. Making healthy choices, and understanding how to make them, is crucial to global wellness and vital information for your everyday life.

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Along with seasonal allergies, this time of year produces another quasi-health hazard: namely, the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the other myriad, annual, traditional family get-togethers are almost always rife with substantial spreads featuring all our holiday favorites: turkey, ham, some form of casserole, pumpkin pie, deviled eggs, etc. I almost passed out from food ecstasy just writing about it.

However, as visions of gravies and dressings dance in our heads, we owe it to ourselves and our families to act somewhat responsibly: we can indulge, of course, but we can also choose not to overindulge. While our noses sniffle and our stomachs quake, we may think that there’s no hope. Well, we’re wrong. We’re dead wrong. We can all stay healthy this holiday season.

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F-O-O-D Food Food G-O-O-D Good Good

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I love food. Big surprise. Odds are, you probably do, too. We all do. We’re human beings. Food is delicious, sometimes nutritious, and always around, calling to us, comforting us. Like many things we enjoy, however, there are limitations. To live well, we have to eat smart: a moderate, balanced, varied diet, with plenty of water and exercise. Easy enough, right? Well, actually…

Combining food we think is good with food that is good for us can quickly become complicated, with lots of ins, lots of outs, lots of facets. We’ve touted balanced diets before, but let’s delve a little deeper; let’s find out what a typical day looks like in the lives of smart eaters… using one of our patented blueprints.

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Cool, School, and Fuel

What’s cool about this time of year? Well, not the weather so much, as obvious as that is. And even though most of us are through going to school, which admittedly is kind of cool, if you’re watching your summer disappear into a textbook jacket, you probably disagree; if you’re a parent concerned about your kid’s school, that ain’t cool either. On top of that, if you’re driving to work or school, fuel costs are the last thing that’s cool. Fortunately, Wellness360 is here with healthy and helpful solutions to all of these problems: staying cool, going to school, and conserving fuel.

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