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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.

Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living in the New Year

    1. Spend More Time In Nature.  Humans were not made to be cooped up inside all day. Spending time in nature makes you happier, it boosts your immune system, and it even makes you more creative. 2. Volunteer. Do good for others in the upcoming year. Volunteerism is one of the most selfless actions that we can take to assist others in need and build the community in which we live. After all, you won’t just be benefiting those you help; you’ll also be benefiting yourself. Volunteering can give you a sense of purpose, make your life more meaningful, increase your...
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9 Simple Ways to Deal With Stress at Work

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress, even if you love what you do. Work stress has significant health consequences that range from the relatively benign—more colds and flus—to the more serious, like heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Below you’ll find some stress management techniques to try. Start Your Day Off Right For many of us, mornings are the hardest part of the day. If you start off the day with good nutrition, proper planning, and a positive attitude, you may find the stress of the workplace rolling off your back more easily....
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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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