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Moms Will be Tickled Pink by Laughter Yoga

There’s no day like Mother’s Day, and no better time for cultivating shared, proactive health routines with proven benefits to women of all ages.

This year, we’re celebrating Paint the Town Pink’s 10-year anniversary of raising awareness about the importance of annual mammograms. On May 21, every mother, daughter, granddaughter and grandmother is invited to join us at Manasquan Beach for Pink Laughter Yoga, a combination of traditional deep breathing exercises and laughter exercises to oxygenate your body and soul.
 
Catherine Campo, D.O., breast surgeon, Meridian Cancer Care, recently took the time to discuss how integrating preventative health habits like yoga, nutrition, and exercise can help prevent breast cancer and reduce its risk factors.

“I like to encourage all of my patients to have a healthy lifestyle to help prevent breast cancer,” Campo says. “That includes eating healthy food, exercising, and avoiding tobacco use.”

Dr. Campo adds that a proactive, integrative approach can also prove beneficial after a breast cancer diagnosis.
 
“There is research showing that women who eat healthy, exercise, and if they're overweight, lose weight after a diagnosis of breast cancer, then have a decreased risk of breast cancer recurrence.”

She notes that it’s important to emphasize these integrative health measures are tools to be used in addition to, not instead of, traditional treatments and screenings.

“A healthy lifestyle does not completely prevent breast cancer, so it is important for women to get their annual mammogram and see their doctor for a clinical breast examination,” she says. 


Join us for an afternoon of yoga mats and belly laughs! Don't miss Pink Laughter Yoga, May 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the beach in Manasquan at First and Ocean avenues. Learn more here!


Farm-to-Table’s Grassroots Connection to Healthier Hearts and Minds

It has been labeled everything from “movement” to “buzzword,” but one fact is indisputable: The ethos known to many as “farm-to-table” will endure long after the hype has come and gone.  

At its core, the farm-to-table ethic is as everlasting as the ethic of the farmers themselves. In its simplest terms, farm-to-table emphasizes foods and ingredients produced and purchased locally at farmer’s markets and community grocery stores.

This approach can cultivate healthier hearts and minds by forging more meaningful connections with the communities around us — and the food in front of us.

  

Heart. Soul. Control.

“By purchasing ingredients from the source, at the source, we also take strides toward improving heart health,” says Brett Sealove, M.D., cardiologist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Sealove names two facets of farm-to-table that can be game changers for heart health.

“First? Portion control,” Dr. Sealove says. “Remember, how much you eat is just as important as what you eat. With farm-to-table, you’re creating your own meal, selecting your own ingredients, and controlling your own portions.

According to Dr. Sealove, the second factor, much like portion management, comes down to empowerment and control.

Food is Medicine

“With farm-to-table, you’re designing your meals from scratch, so you have the power to optimize your ingredients and control fat content,” he says. “Remember, food is medicine. By controlling your diet, you can control and change the mechanisms of your body for the better."

"Farm-to-table empowers you to take control," he adds

To learn more about how to shop and prepare farm-to-table food, attend our Farm to Table Talk event, part of Meridian’s Lyrics for Life Event Series, on April 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Dean’s Natural Food Market in Shrewsbury. Visit www.MeridianHealth.com/TunedintoYourHealth for more information.