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WELCOME TO OUR HEALTHY LIVING BLOG

We have developed this blog to offer healthy tips and wellness advice for the mind and body. As a complement to the new Investors Trust Responsibility Program, we want to offer you more ways to interact and get involved in each of our responsible commitments.

We hope this is a forum where you can find guidance for building a healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide a full range of tips for eating well, exercising right and finding mental clarity in a hectic life. We want to encourage health and happiness at the workplace and at home.

In this blog, you will find a variety of resources from workout tips and healthy recipes to meditation exercises and herbal remedies. Our goal is to offer advice that inspires you to get active, eat healthy and establish a happy, balanced lifestyle.

Lifestyle Changes to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization. There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer but the following lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk, even in high-risk women. Consider these steps from the Mayo Clinic to help reduce your risk: Limit alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. The general recommendation — based on research on the effect of alcohol on...
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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and your personal life can be a huge challenge. You need time for both work and other aspects of life, so you can perform optimally in both areas. Maintaining work life balance is not only important for your personal health and relationships, but it also improves the efficiency of your work performance.   Set boundaries Today’s technology can make employees accessible 24/7. Turn off your cell phone and laptop when you’re spending time with your friends and family but also ask them to not interrupt your workday unless it’s an emergency. Take...
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World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day is celebrated worldwide on the first Sunday of May every year to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits. Sure, it’s fun to share a good laugh. But, did you know it can actually improve your health? It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.    Why is laughter the sweetest medicine for mind and body? Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Nothing works faster...
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National Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems like heart disease, depression, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, auto-immune diseases, weight problems and more. Let’s celebrate by creating less stress in our own lives. Here is a list of steps to help you reduce stress.   Stay Healthy Take care of your body for a happy mind. Whether it is through diet, exercise, or simply getting that checkup you’ve been putting off, let April be the month you put yourself back in control. Make a Change Clear the clutter off your desk, take...
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Tasty and Nutritious Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes

CAJUN SHRIMP & CUCUMBER WRAPS 1/4 cup lemon juice 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails removed) 8 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves 4 flatbread wraps 2 small cucumbers, cut lengthwise into quarters 4 thin slices red onion 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves     DIRECTIONS In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and pepper. Set aside. Toss shrimp with remaining Cajun seasoning. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp mixture; cook and...
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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2018

Drink MORE Water. Move more! Sit Less, start daily walks, bike rides or running. Explore & Travel more. Take camping trips, visit the next town over, go to National Parks. Volunteer more. Spend time or money improving the community. Send more handwritten letters. Call mom/siblings/grandparents more. Be the one who makes the first move. Live simply, only buy what is needed. Prioritize breakfast. Make sure to eat all your meals! Try something new: Yoga, baking, DIY projects, meditation (try guided YouTube videos) or art classes – the list goes on and on. Quit one bad habit: It could be nail biting,...
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

READY, SET, GO PINK! On Friday, Oct. 20, we will Wear It Pink to raise awareness for breast cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, affecting 1 in 8 women at some point in their life. However, numerous ladies can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Therefore, we encourage all women to get regular mammograms and annual checkups. Breast Cancer Risk Factors Experts have identified several risk factors that increase the chance of developing breast cancer. These include: Being female Increasing age Inherited gene mutations, such as BRCA genes Family history of breast cancer, especially women who have a...
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My Three Step Plan to Overcoming a Phobia by Lisa Michelle Friedberg

Have you ever had an actual phobia? Not just a fear of airplane turbulence or being stuck in an elevator – but truly beyond terrified of something that alters your state of mind?  Has it interrupted your ability to do simple tasks that you want to, or even need to do? Unfortunately, I grew up with a phobia of dogs (sorry four-legged friends!) and have outlined a three-step plan to recover. I hope it helps you too!  My phobia of dogs was so intense that as a teenager I would avoid slumber parties if a dog were at the house. ...
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