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Additional Research Shows It’s Never too Late to Quit Smoking

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published research this week supporting the finding that “older adults who quit smoking in their 60s had a lower chance of dying in the years that followed than contemporaries who kept smoking.”

Not shockingly, the study found that “the earlier people quit the better, but there was still a benefit even for late quitters. Of those who quit in their 30s, 16 percent died. In their 40s: 20 percent. In their 50s: 24 percent. And in their 60s: 28 percent.”

To read NPR’s coverage of this research, go here.

Wellness Tip of the Week

This holiday season, remember to allow time for you. Nourishing your self is as important as nurturing your friends and family.

Newsletter 2016 – Nov/Dec

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In the Flow

Kathie Garrett, Clinical Associate

Autumn is by far my favorite season of the year. For a few short months I step off the beaten path to enjoy long thoughts and personal reflection. I am enchanted by the faint autumn light, beckoned by the mystery inherent in transition. It is the time of year when I am ripe for what is known in positive psychology as flow experiences, those exceptional moments when we feel so completely immersed in an activity or occurrence that we lose our sense of self. And it is when I’m in the flow that I’m most content and feeling well in the deepest sense of that word.

This past summer staying physically active was a real struggle for me. It seemed that my inner parent and child were at war. The parent shouted, “You should be out there walking and moving!” While the lethargic child wanted no more than to pass the hot summer days with a few good books and the shade of a tree. When I was idle, I felt guilty, and when I was active, I felt irritated. What I did not feel was a sense of harmony, contentment, or wonder.

Check out National Institutes of Health Newsletter

NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter free for the general public. NIH:NiH is specifically written in plain language and is appropriate for communities that may have lower health literacy and limited health resources. It’s also a great publication for health professionals who are looking for plain language to explain various health conditions and tips. Past issues of the newsletter have covered topics like:

  • Can You Lengthen Your Life?: Researchers Explore How To Stay Healthy Longer
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders: When Panic, Fear, and Worries Overwhelm
  • Positive Emotions and Your Health: Developing a Brighter Outlook
  • Opportunities Abound for Moving Around: Get Active, Wherever You Are
  • Better Nutrition Every Day: How to Make Healthier Food Choices

Click to view all past issues here.

Newsletter 2016 – Sept/Oct

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Made to Move

Derek Noland, Community Liaison

Over the last few months I’ve been increasingly ramping up my distance running in an attempt to realize my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Not only do I find running to be one of my preferred forms of exercise, but it has become a powerful tool in preserving my emotional wellness over the years. Generally speaking, nothing helps me to feel less stressed, mentally clearer, and as uplifted to the same degree. However, with the pressure to strive for better and better times mounting as my qualification run approaches, I’ve begun to realize that I am simultaneously experiencing a competing challenge to my wellness as a result.

BHWP Training Highlighted in Oregon’s “Tobacco Freedom Policy Survey Report”

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division released a report “summarizing the successes and lessons learned from residential treatment facilities implementing tobacco-free policies.” Part of OHA’s efforts to implement tobacco-free policies included trainings for staff provided by BHWP. The report states:

“The trainings included a workshop on tobacco-free policy implementation in behavioral health settings…and featured a train-the-trainer component on evidence-based tobacco cessation curriculum. Most of the 126 attendees were mental health and addictions professionals. A small number of public health and social service professionals also attended…Evaluation results from the trainings indicated that a large majority of participants found the information to be very useful (47 percent) and somewhat useful (44 percent).”

Thank you to OHA for inviting us to assist in your tobacco freedom efforts!