Exercise Reduces Depression Risk

Mental Health
In past blogs I've told you about how exercise can help both prevent and treat depression. I also discuss this phenomena in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Now, along comes one of the largest studies ever published on the topic (of 40,000 Norwegians), which found that people who take regular exercise during their free time are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety, a study of 40,000 Norwegians has found. However, physical activity which is part and parcel of the working day does NOT have the same effect. Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers said it was probably because there was not the same level of social interaction. Here are the details from the BBC: The mental health charity Mind…
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Want to Marry Your Soul Mate? Could This Lead An Increased Risk of Divorce?

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
I must confess: this one surprised me. But, after reading the details, I wonder ... After all, Brad Wilcox is one of my favorite researchers and writers. See what you think ... A surprising new study has reported that the idea of marrying your ‘soul mate’ may be a nice idea in theory and in chick flicks, but may not be such a good idea in real life.  Here are the details from Cosmopolitan: "Couples who believe in soul mates have such high expectations of marriage, and when those aren't met they're more likely to enter into conflict or even end up getting divorced," explains Bradford Wilcox, PhD, Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. He added that these types of couples expect an intense positive…
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More US adults aware they have hypertension. Do you?

Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Finally some good news in the recognition and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). The AP reports that, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "more American adults are aware they have high blood pressure, and more are taking medicine to try to control it." The report, which included 24,000 adults who underwent blood pressure checks during the period from 1999 to 2008, also revealed that "the proportion of US adults with high blood pressure has actually been holding steady at about 30% for a decade." HealthDay reported that "part of the reason that treatment and awareness of hypertension has increased while the prevalence of the condition remains stagnant is the ongoing obesity epidemic and the aging population, both of which tend to…
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