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Health Notes
January, 2009 - Issue #51
Groom Your Glutes
It is crucial to include activities that work the gluteus maximus (butt) muscles into your exercise routine. This muscle burns fat, increases testosterone and releases growth hormone. There are two things you need to remember when working your butt muscle: First, always push through your heels when doing the exercise. For example, when doing a squat, on the upward motion of the movement make sure you push through your heels and not your toes. Second, flex your butt muscles at the top of the movement. These two simple things will help you get leaner, stronger and give you a better butt. Resource: Vish Hanoman of Valencia Executive Boxing 367-2444

Organic Products Mean Better Results for You and the Environment
Harsh chemical-based skin care products can result in long-term damage to the skin. Simply, some chemicals are toxic and bad - not only for your body, but for the environment. When you choose to use organic personal care products, your skin fully absorbs all the nutritional value and you don't have to worry about chemicals polluting your body. Plus, organic ingredients are more effective and gentle to the skin. Naturally-derived ingredients have been used for centuries to heal and treat many different kinds of skin ailments, unlike the mass-produced chemical-based products on the market today. Resource: Sofia Kupis of LeBeau Organic Day Spa 287-5828

Easy Ways to Avoid Gum Disease
Chances are, you will be affected by gum disease at some point in your lifetime. Initially, it often appears without symptoms, but it is progressive and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. To prevent gum disease, schedule and keep regular dental examinations and cleanings to ensure the health of your smile. Remember: early diagnosis of gum disease can be reversed. You also should commit to a smile-saving routine of proper brushing, flossing and healthy eating at home. Resource: Dr. Mehran Abbassian 259-9100

Why You Need Antioxidants
The prefix "anti" means against, in opposition to, or corrective in nature. To better understand antioxidants, it helps to learn what exactly these agents oppose and correct. Within the human body, millions of processes are occurring at all times. These processes require oxygen. Unfortunately, the same life-giving oxygen can create oxidant substances that cause cell damage and lead to chronic disease. Oxidants commonly known as "free radicals" are introduced through external sources such as sun exposure, pollution, stress, as well as alcohol, unhealthy processed foods and cigarette smoke. Oxidation inside the body causes a breakdown of cells. Antioxidants, or anti-oxidation agents, reduce the effect of dangerous oxidants. Antioxidants can also repair damage already sustained by cells. The best sources of natural antioxidants are: pomegranate, concord grape, blueberry, Acai (ahsciee), cranberry and orange juices. Resource: Robek's Juice - Northpark Village 297-4915

The Health of SCV Seniors
Can you Spare "10 Bucks to a Better Future?"
Your SCV Senior Center provided one or multiple services to more than 8,500 seniors last year. Participation in these programs typically increases in double-digit figures each year, demonstrating that truly the need for "a better future for our seniors" is today.

The SCV Senior Center is seeking the community's assistance with their campaign called "10 Bucks for a Better Future." With your help, they can bridge the gap to ensure these vital services are there each time a senior makes a call for assistance.
Your donation provides:
$5 buys a senior's transportation to and from the Center for five days.
$10 buys one senior's lunch at the Center for a week.
$15 buys one senior's Home-Delivered Meals for a week.
$20 buys one day in daycare including lunch for one senior.

Please help the Senior Center be here for your elders today and meet your future needs by putting aside $10 yearly. Checks should be made payable to "SCVSC Annual Campaign," 22900 Market Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91321.

Call Maria Linares, at the SCV Senior Center, 259-9444 for further details.
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