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MARY GANZEL: Make 2014 a year of growth

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Make a plan to bring good intentions to life

Personal improvement and doing things to improve your community take initiative and resolve.

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MARY GANZEL: Tips to help decrease holiday stress and depression

HEALTH & FITNESS: The holiday season can be a joyful time, but it can also be stressful and depressing at times

Planning and taking steps to relieve stress and depression can mae the Christmas holidays a more pleasant experience, times that you can enjoy with family and friends.

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MARY GANZEL: Forgiving others has healthy benefits

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Forgiveness not only conveys love, it is a healthy choice

There is evidence that having a forgiving nature with others leads to better health.

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Random acts of kindness have impact

Fitness Columnist

I was thinking about what I wanted to write about this month and the phrase “random acts of kindness” kept popping into my head. I googled the phrase, and movie titles, definitions and websites listing examples of random acts of kindness popped up.

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Keep kids safe during the summer months

Fitness Column

Everyone should take advantage of the beautiful summers in Georgia. Going outdoors with your kids or grandkids encourages outdoor activity and fun family time. Some summer activities come with safety hazards, but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying them. Just keep safety first, and your outdoor adventure can be a positive experience for you and your children or grandchildren.

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Keep kids healthy over the summer

Health Columnist

Summer belongs to kids. It’s a time marked by freedom from school studies in exchange for a little relaxation.

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Change your way of thinking and change your world

Health & Fitness column

Over the years I’ve encountered many different people. Having lived in military towns like Norfolk, Va., and in large cities like Chicago, I have met individuals from all ethnicities, economic, and religious backgrounds.

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Jump in and get wet to stay physically fit

If you had asked me five years ago if I’d ever start teaching water aerobics, I would have said no. My workout routine had always been on land and included high school and college softball and basketball.

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Volunteering also beneficial for the volunteer

Health & Fitness column

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community.

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Staying fit important, regardless of your age

Fitness column

You may have heard the saying, “Fifty is the new 40.” If you take a good look around you, you may notice that the age of 50 looks very different now than it did a generation ago. The U.S. is experiencing a demographic shift, as senior citizens become a larger percentage of the U.S. population.

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Variety in many ways the very spice of life

Fitness column

I’ve often used the quote, “Variety is the very spice of life” to share how I feel about trying new things whether it be new foods, new activities, moving to new cities and embracing the uniqueness of different cultures.

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Embrace new ideas and allow change to happen

I've often used the quote, "Variety is the very spice of life" to share how I feel about trying new things whether it be new foods, new activities, moving to new cities and embracing the uniqueness of different cultures.

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Breathe easier with a healthier heart

Over the years, many people have asked me what the best form of exercise is. My standard answer is, “Whatever you feel you will most likely do is the best exercise for you.”

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Don’t let excuses keep you inactive

Finding the time and interest to build physical activity into your daily life can sometimes be difficult. We can all come up with excuses to avoid exercise, and I’ve heard many over the years. Here are six common excuses individuals use to explain why they are not active:

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Finding right balance important in life

I asked a group of coworkers what they thought I should write about this week, and they suggested I discuss achieving and maintaining a balanced life. I thought it was a great idea, so I went online and googled the definition of balance.

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Cultivate your most important asset — your child

I attended the Darton College Professional Women’s Forum for the first time since I’ve been in Albany after moving from Chicago almost three years ago. It was a great opportunity to connect with other professional women and learn more about the wonderful things happening in Albany.

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Eating right, activity improve ‘golden years’

Advances in medicine over the past century have resulted in declines in infectious diseases and increases in the average lifespan. As a result, chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers have now become the top causes of death.

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Healthier living requires community focus

I attended a luncheon at Albany Technical College this past Wednesday which was fabulous. Since February is recognized nationally as American Heart Month, the topic was “An Affair of the Heart.”

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You don't need perfection to be happy

Have you ever met someone that made you smile just to see them? There was something in their spirit that made them very special and you found yourself smiling and laughing more just being in their presence. If they were talking about something you didn't really have an interest in, you found yourself still enjoying the conversation and felt your heart lifted.

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Your 'fitness age' mostly in your control

Fitness age is determined and measured by a number of factors: muscle strength, body composition (muscle to fat ratio) aerobic capacity, endurance, flexibility and balance.

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