There are many choices to be made each day in the pursuit of health and well-being.  My hope is that the well-being buzz can support and inspire your efforts to prioritize a healthy lifestyle. I want to ignite your do-it-yourself spirit for this creative and important project. I want to help you make informed choices that are right for you, as well as keep you in the conversation by providing information about health-related products, services, activities and research.   Join the movement and let’s do this together!

 

Deep Breaths -- Indoors!

After a weekend-plus of power outages and wildfire-related evacuations all around us, it’s not news to most of us that the Bay Area has been surrounded by wildfires (not to mention stress and uncertainty!) Consequently our air quality is extremely unhealthy — and it’s not getting a whole lot better any time soon. Given that tough reality, there are some things we can and should do to protect our lungs from smoke pollution. Check local air quality reports. For real time updates on the air quality in your area, plug in your zip code at the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Now website. I also really like purpleair. You can enter your zip code and the map will show the AQI (Air Quality Inde

Gratitude: Your Secret Super Power

Have you heard about the benefits of practicing gratitude? It's a little bit like mindfulness these days in that I feel like I'm reading about it at every turn. But the science behind it is well-documented and compelling. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Basically, being grateful can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction. Seasonal Gratitude Last week was the Fall Equinox, one of two days in the year when daytime and nighttime are roughly equal in length.

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