Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
April 08, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
Donít let yourself be controlled
by the person you used to be.

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

Apr 08, 2008 Show - Dr. Ian Smith, the diet expert on Vh1ís Celebrity Fit Club, and a medical contributor to ABCís The View and Menís Health, author of the Fat Smash Diet and the spokesman for the 50 Million Pound Challenge. Learn about your dieting profile.

Apr 01, 2008 Show - Susan Shapiro Barash, the author of 9 previous books, a gender expert and author of Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets. Find out the truth behind the secrets.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Beleaguered arthritic knees respond well to weight loss and strengthening the quadriceps muscle. Consider the right shoes like a padded heel to absorb the shock of each step and also knee braces are helpful.
  • Coming out of winter hibernation makes people more prone to ankle injuries. Here are some ways to avoid a sprain. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don't wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball. Wear an ankle brace if you're recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle
  • A new study reports that adolescents who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese. Food consumption at breakfast influences exercise. Maybe itís time for parents and children to eat breakfast together!
  • If strep keeps circulating in your household, it could be the family pet dog. Dogs can transmit strep and MRSA.
  • Men whose parents had high blood pressure were most likely to get it as well.
  • An analysis of births in Norway found that persons born preterm had an increased risk of death throughout childhood and lower rates of reproduction in adulthood, compared to persons born at term.
  • People with depression are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers discovered the risk of diabetes almost doubled for those who were taking a combination of antidepressants.

Article of the Week
Spring Cleaning Brings the Joy of Accomplishment

There is an initiation process going on. I smell the damp earth as the first signs of spring are pushing up through the ground and trees are releasing their imprisoned buds to a new slant of light. The house appears brighter inside and so I decide: Itís time for spring cleaning. I see the dust and smudges more clearly now, the faded pillows and the worn out sagging leather couch Ė flaws I didnít notice during the winter. A little dissatisfaction creeps into the happy picture. Everything good has something bad in it and vice versa. However, what I choose to give my attention to will color my overall perception. Instead of buying new furniture, I decide to engage in a cleaning frenzy: vacuuming above and below, polishing, discarding and rearranging what I choose to keep. As I spring into action to de-clutter my space, I clear out my mind, to see my goals in a different light and I announce my intentions as a way to bring them into reality.

Spring supercharges us with energy to let go. We are all taught to amass possessions. The media fuels our desire to have what others have and to show our friends and neighbors how much we have. However, we donít know how to let go; no one has taught us about loss. Thatís why our beloved junk builds up and cleaning out a closet becomes an overwhelming chore by the time we get to it. more

The Perfect Gift
For Caregivers who are stressed and need advice on

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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