Healthy & Happy
April, 2024 - Issue #229
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The Science of Aging Well
We all know that you can support your physical health by staying active, eating and sleeping well and going to the doctor on a regular basis. It's all common sense, right? But sometimes we forget the science behind these simple facts.
For example, physical exercise is essential if you want to increase your mobility and decrease your risk of falling. It increases your blood circulation, helps to build muscle mass, improves your balance and gives your brain a boost so you can solve problems and learn new things. Walking is good but doing a few strength exercises really helps to improve the strength, range of motion and mobility of your legs and arms. Not sure what to do - or how? Check out resources like
And while we may prefer potato chips and ice cream, eating nutrient-rich, low-fat, low-sugar, low-cholesterol foods such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts and poultry provide the vitamins and minerals needed to keep our brains healthy. Choose your foods wisely to help reduce your risk of some aging-related chronic diseases like heart disease.
In addition, prioritizing your sleep routine, getting regular doctors' checkups and staying up to date on all the recommended vaccines is a good way to maintain wellness. But don't ignore your mental health. Chronic stress can do severe damage, not just to your body, but to those parts of the brain involved with learning and memory. Stay connected with family and friends and, if you're still feeling down, reach out to your doctor or other professionals for help.
Stay engaged, stay interested and stay healthy - it's common sense!
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UCLA Health to Host Demystifying Cancer Event
Join UCLA Health for a Demystifying Cancer event on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30pm to 9pm at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
Hear from UCLA experts as they demystify all things cancer for patients and their loved ones and share information about what a cancer diagnosis means, as well as details about the world-class treatment options available at UCLA Health Santa Clarita.
By attending the event, you will gain knowledge that can empower you to make informed decisions about your health, learn about lifestyle choices that may reduce the risk of developing cancer, understand the latest advancements in cancer research and treatment options and interact with healthcare professionals, researchers and experts in the field of oncology.
UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center speakers include Dr. Dennis Slamon, a world-renowned oncologist, cancer researcher and developer of Herceptin, the drug that changed the breast cancer treatment landscape; Dr. Alexander Black, a hematologist and oncologist with a background in molecular biology research in leukemia; and Dr. Rena Callahan (breast medical oncology); Dr. Omar Sahagun (radiology); Dr. Gregory Senofsky (surgical oncology); Dr. Nimit Sudan (medical/integrative oncology and hematology); and Dr. Michael Xiang (radiation oncology).
In addition to expert speakers, the program will include a welcome reception with UCLA Health Cancer Care resource tables, appetizers and dessert provided by The Old Town Junction and performance by the Guerra String Quartet.
Ranked number one in California for cancer care in US News & World Report's latest "Best Hospitals" assessment, UCLA Health offers world-class hematology oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, interventional imaging care, transfusions, access to clinical trials and cancer genetics - plus a full-range of wrap-around supportive services through the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology - all within the Santa Clarita Valley.
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