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International Day of Peace

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Day of PeaceToday marks the United Nations International Day of Peace. First observed in 1981, it is an opportunity for citizens of the world to come together in the spirit of prosperity and partnership for all. The focus for this year’s International Day of Peace is Sustainable Development Goals: Improving Life Around the Globe. While that may seem like a lofty, unattainable goal, we can all do our part to make the world a better place, and even improve our own outlook in the process.

There are many ways to get involved today, including a collective moment of silence at noon local time. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program offers a myriad of activities and ideas to get kids thinking about the global community. If you enjoy yoga, consider participating in the Global Mala Project on this day, (more…)

The Great Outdoors and Your Skin

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

The Great Outdoors and Your Skin

September is National Wilderness Month in the United States – in commemoration of the National Wilderness Act, enacted on September 3, 1964. Thanks to the National Wilderness Act, millions of acres of pristine land have been preserved for future generations to enjoy.

From a skincare perspective, being in the great outdoors offers some amazing benefits. Here are some ways getting out and taking in fresh air can directly improve your skin:

Detox Your Skin: You know that flush you get when you get outdoors and exercise? That’s a sign of increased blood flow to the skin – which means (more…)

5 Reasons to Eat Chocolate Now

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Reasons to Eat ChocolateDid you know that September 13th is International Chocolate Day? Not that we needed an excuse to indulge in our favorite treat! With a little research, we’ve even uncovered some healthy reasons to satisfy your cravings – it turns out that chocolate is packed with flavanols, which are powerful antioxidants. Keep in mind, however, that all chocolate is not created equal.

When shopping for quality dark chocolate, look for one with a minimum of 70% cocoa (or cacao) content. Avoid brands that are “Dutched” or “alkali processed”. While this procedure tempers bitterness, it also removes many of the flavanols from chocolate.


What’s For Lunch? Easy, Healthy Fare for School and Office

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

What's for Lunch?It’s the start of a new school year, and for many with school age children, packing lunches is part of the change in routine. Whether you’re sending kids off to school, headed to the office, or both, it’s always healthier to brown bag it than buy. But finding healthy, tasty, and easy lunch ideas can be overwhelming. Add into the mix the lack of time most households face on a weekday morning, and you’re looking at a real challenge.

Here, we’ll share some of our favorite ideas for packed lunches to get you and the kids off to a great start this fall. Serve these whole grain based entrees a serving of fresh fruit, a serving of cold, crunchy veggies, and a bottle of water, and it’s a formula for a complete, healthy meal: (more…)

Classic Summer Bucket List: The Time is Now

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Bucket ListSome things are timeless, and enjoying the simple pleasures of summer certainly fits the bill. If you’re just emerging from an Olympics viewing binge, take heart – there’s still time to squeeze a bit more joy out of summer before our attention turns to pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and crinkling leaves underfoot.

You don’t have to embark on an epic vacation to take advantage of summer’s best offerings. In fact, some of the season’s classic pastimes are low or no cost and available close to home. Many even offer health benefits. Here are some of our favorite activities to help you capture the essence of an old-fashioned summer: (more…)

Olympic Nutrition For the Rest of Us: 4 Tips

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Olympic NutritionIt’s official – Team Actifirm has Olympic fever! Considering all the gold medal excitement and record-smashing coming out of Rio for Team USA, who doesn’t? While we may never bring home Olympic gold ourselves, it’s inspirational to watch these world-class athletes compete – which got us thinking about how Olympians prepare for the games when it comes to nutrition.

When it comes to performance eating, it turns out that Olympic nutrition isn’t so different from the conventional wisdom we mere mortals already know – although these athletes are much more heavily monitored and highly disciplined than the rest of us. The professional nutrition experts at the U.S. Olympic Committee have put together a series of nutritional guidelines for various training concerns, from which we can all benefit. Here are 4 Olympic nutrition tips we can all benefit from: (more…)

National Relaxation Day: Chill Out and Reap the Benefits

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Frankie says Relax!Did you know that August 15 is National Relaxation Day? While most of us are aware that relaxation can ease stress, you may not realize the extent of the health benefits. According to Mayo Clinic, a nationally recognized center for health, relaxation techniques can promote physical and emotional wellness, including:

Reduced blood pressure

Lowered heart rate

Lessened chronic pain symptoms

Eased fatigue (more…)

Celebrate Left Handers: Beauty Tips and More

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Yay for Lefties!If you’re reading this, there’s just a 1 in 10 chance that you’re left handed. That’s because only 10% of the world’s population is left handed. While lefties are a small minority, they’re a powerful group. August 13 is Left Handers Day, so we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate all things southpaw!

Many of our recent U.S. Presidents have been left handed, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford. We can thank innovative lefties for the very devices and platforms through which you may be reading this article – Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Steve Jobs, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are all southpaws. A disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners are left handed. And lefties are known for having an advantage in the sports world – think (more…)

Healthy Summer Sips

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Healthy Summer DrinksDehydration is undoubtedly one of skin’s top enemies during the summer months. While water – and lots of it – is an easy, inexpensive, and calorie-free way to hydrate the skin and body, it can be a bit, well, boring at times. As you might expect from your friends at Actifirm, we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest and healthiest summer thirst quenchers that also happen to do wonders for your skin:

Green Tea: Eating Well cites 2011 study in the Journal of Nutrition showing women who drank 4 cups of green tea daily for 12 weeks reduced their risk of sunburn by 25%. This effect is thanks to powerful catechin antioxidants that protect skin by absorbing UV light. Brew up a big pitcher of (more…)

Don’t Get Burned: Sunscreen Smarts

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Avoid the Burn! Nothing’s a bigger threat to healthy, youthful skin than the summer sun. Catching a few rays may be oh-so-tempting in the short term, but long term, it’s a losing proposition. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, risk for developing melanoma doubles after enduring more than five sunburns – making sunburn not only uncomfortable, but potentially lethal. Additional statistics make the reality of skin cancer all the more vivid:

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in a lifetime

Nearly half of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer

1 person dies of melanoma every hour (more…)