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AHA News: On Chicago's South Side, Revitalization Aims for 'Culture of Health'

FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Washington Heights, a historic neighborhood on Chicago's far South Side, faces the modern-day challenge of boosting health, education and economic opportunities for its residents. At the forefront of this revitalization effort is The Endeleo Institute, and its success stories are multiplying. "Endeleo" is a Swahili term for progress and growth. The nonprofit aims to create a culture of health and rejuvenate the neighborhood's 2-mile West 95th Street corridor by partnering with health organizations, institutions, local government and businesses to push community improvement projects forward. On one end of that corridor is the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library. Endeleo recently helped spearhead its restoration and worked to...

The Essential Upper Arm Shape-Up

8 November 2019
FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just because your upper arms are temporarily hidden under sweaters and jackets doesn't mean you should neglect them. Here's how to tone them with weights for better definition now and when they're fully back in view. Hammer Curls: These are an effective variation of the bicep curl. Stand straight, a dumbbell in each hand, arms at your sides, wrists facing inward. Without moving your upper arms, raise the dumbbells until the ends closest to you touch the fronts of your shoulders. Hold briefly, then slowly lower the weights to the start position. If lifting both arms simultaneously is too difficult, do this exercise with alternating arms. Alternating Hammer Curls: This advanced variation of the Hammer Curl is done in the basic plank position....

Bringing Up the Rear: A Workout for Your Glutes

6 November 2019
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to sculpting a better booty, here's the bottom line: You need to strengthen your glutes. And more than giving these muscles a toned look, working them also improves the mobility of your hips, helps stabilize your core and eases lower back pain. Here are three to add to your repertoire. Pulsing Squats: This is a great variation of the classic squat. Stand straight with your legs shoulder-width apart. Now lower yourself into a squatting position and pulse -- that's a gentle bounce. Pulse three to five times per squat, then with control return to the start position and repeat. Quadruped Bent Knee Hip Extensions: Grab an exercise mat and get down on your hands and knees. Slightly contract your abs to stabilize your core. Lift one...

Health Tip: Six Exercises for Poor Posture

4 November 2019
(HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself slouching or unable to stand straight, you may have poor posture, says Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. For many, poor posture can lead to back and neck pain. The school suggests these six exercises for poor posture: Head press. Elbow press. Chest lift. Bridge. Press up. Superman. If poor posture or back pain is interfering with daily activities, OSU urges you to seek medical attention.
The Secret to Shapelier, Stronger Calves
1 November 2019

The Secret to Shapelier, Stronger Calves

FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to sculpting muscles, it's easy to overlook your calves. But toning and strengthening your lower legs will make them look and feel great. What's more, it will make these muscles more effective at their key jobs, which include supporting joints from your ankles to your hips. Start with simple calf raises, an excellent exercise you can do anywhere because it doesn't involve any equipment. Stand about 6 inches away from a wall, facing it. Place your hands on the wall at shoulder height and at shoulder-width apart. Slowly rise up on your toes and hold the position briefly. Then lower yourself to the floor. Do three sets of 10 reps. If you belong to a gym, take full advantage of the leg press machine. Place your toes and the balls...

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