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In an article titled “New Physical Activity Guidelines Urge Americans: Move More, Sit Less”  You will find some good tips on how the updated guidelines to get healthier can be easier and less overwhelming.

The information starts out with –

“You’ve likely heard the idea that sitting is the new smoking.

Compared with 1960, workers in the U.S. burn about 140 fewer calories, on average, per day due to our sedentary office jobs. And, while it’s true that sitting for prolonged periods is bad for your health, the good news is that we can offset the damage by adding more physical activity to our days.

The federal government has just updated recommendations for physical activity for the first time in 10 years, essentially to get that message across. Based on a review of several years of new research, the key takeaway of the new guidelines, released Monday, is: Get moving, America!

“The new guidelines demonstrate that, based on the best science, everyone can dramatically improve their health just by moving — anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active,” Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a release.

With a few exceptions, the advice in the new guidelines is not so different from what we were told in the 2008 guidelines. But, here’s the trouble: Only about 20 percent of Americans meet them. This lack of physical activity is linked to $117 billion in annual health care costs, according to a report published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that lays out the new guidelines.”

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Healthcare and emergency response professionals from throughout the Basin met Wednesday morning at Ashley Regional Medical Center for a special training hosted by the Uintah Basin Healthcare Coalition. Gary Hall, from Global Preparedness, LLC, provided ISO-POD training. An ISO-POD is a portable vinyl enclosure that creates a negative airspace to transport patients with biologically infectious diseases. The unit is used to quarantine an infected person in cases like Ebola, Influenza, or other highly contagious diseases. It also allows first responders and medical staff to treat the patient without contaminating ambulances or areas passed within the hospital during transport.  Thankfully, the ISO-POD can also be decontaminated and reused. In attendance at the training were representatives from Jensen Fire, Gold Cross Ambulance, Ashley Regional Medical Center, Uintah Basin Healthcare, TriCounty Health Department, Bureau of Land Management, Uintah School District nurses and other area partners.

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GARY HALL, GLOBAL PREPAREDNESS, LLC, DISCUSSES THE ISO-POD IN TRAINING

It’s National Family Meal Month and local health educators are encouraging Basin residents to make family meal time a priority. Ashley Stegeman, USU Extension educator over the Food Sense program, has a list of reasons why Basin families should invest in family meal time and how to make it easier. Meals provide an opportunity to take time to connect as a family, explains Stegeman. To make it easier, plan meals ahead of time, research meal planning ideas, schedule a set meal time, involve family members in meal prep as well as meal cleanup. Another key to success is establishing family rules and setting all phones and devices aside during meal times. Your efforts can pay off quickly as studies show that children who participate in regular family mealtimes have an overall healthier diet, perform better academically, develop larger vocabularies, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. For more information on making the most of family meal time, visit www.tricountyhealth.com.

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