Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How Can I Get a Safe Sun Tan?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order HERE. Dear Dr. Walt, How can I safely get a suntan? —Pale in New Mexico Dear Pallid, Simply put, and this may be a shock, but you cannot. The American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons says, “There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color (caused by UV light) is a sign of skin damage. Evidence suggests tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer.”  But, there is a safe and effective way to get a tanned appearance – and that is by using…
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Fit over 50 Update — Blueberries Promote Heart Health

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Eating blueberries reduces the risk of a cardiovascular event In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write (page 32): A colleague of mine has suggested a simple formula for good health: 0-5-10-30-150. 0 = zero cigarettes; 5 = five servings of fruit and vegetables a day; 10 = ten minutes of silence, relaxation, meditation, or prayer a day; 30 = a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30; and 150 = the number of minutes of exercise per week. Order Fo50 Here The New York Times reports “researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 11.4 to 14.5 percent.”…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Are Tanning Beds Harmful?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order HERE Dear Dr. Walt, My wife and I are having a debate. I believe tanning beds are safe and the salon I go to says so. She’s read that they’re not safe at all. Who’s right? —Tan in New York Dear Bronzed, A friend said, “When I married Miss Right, I didn’t realize her first name was Always.” Chock another one up for the missus. When it comes to tanning beds or sun lights, I never recommend them, nor do dermatologists. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery…
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Fit over 50 Update — Are Dogs Owners Healthier?

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Dog Owners Get More Exercise In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write ... Did you know there are lots of benefits of pet ownership? The CDC reports that the bond between people and their pets can (1) increase fitness due to increased exercise, (2) lower stress, perhaps in part due to increased outdoor activities, (3) decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and decrease feelings of loneliness and increase opportunities for socialization.Fit over 50, page 117 Order Fo50 Here Now a New York Times article report that “dog owners are about four times more likely than other people to meet today’s physical activity guidelines, according to a large-scale new study of dogs and exercise.” Dog owners spent close to 300…
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Monthly Family Update – September 2019

General Health
Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Just released, my newest book, “Fit over 50”Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. Nick PittsLifetime Achievement AwardToday’s Christian Living“Ask Dr. Walt” columnTSI Fan WritesLast Month’s EventsNext Month’s EventsPast Issues 1) Just released, my newest book – “Fit over 50” Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You released on August 6. You can learn more about the book and order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends. ORDER HERE 2) Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. Nick Pitts I was interviewed by Dr. Nick Pitts on the national radio program, “Point of View” about my just-released book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.” You can listen to…
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