Mindfulness Techniques Can Be More Than Quiet Contemplation

Different meditations to achieve focus, relaxation

Mindfulness—the practice of focusing on the here and now—seems to boost both your mood and overall well-being. You may think of mindfulness as something you do during meditation—that is, while you're sitting quietly with your eyes closed. If you can carve 20 minutes out of your day to meditate, that's great. But meditation is just one mindfulness technique. You can also practice informally, by simply being present in the moment during everyday activities. Read More

My Friend Greg Does Hip Hop Dance

Healthy Living

My Friend Greg Does Hip Hop Dance
Greg and I have been friends since our youth. He is a scholar and a writer. In response to health problems, for the last four years Greg has been faithfully attending Hip Hop dance classes at the Berkeley YMCA. He lost 40 pounds, and has his type 2 diabetes under control. What an inspiration! Watch for more videos on Hip Hop Dance at the Berkeley Y coming up. - Steven Schecter Read More

Growth Mindset

Tips for Helping Kids Adopt a Growth Mindset

Parents and educators can teach kids to change their fixed mindsets and see more potential in themselves and other people.

Do you agree with this statement? If your answer is yes, here’s something you might consider: Research suggests that believing in the human capacity to change is linked to less depression, better health, and greater achievement.

This is the “growth mindset,” an idea pioneered by Stanford researcher Carol Dweck. It’s the opposite of a “fixed mindset,” the idea that people are born either smart or not, kind or not, strong or not—and people just don’t change all that much. Read More

Are Avocados Healthy?

Avocado consumption can improve artery function, but what effect might guacamole have on cancer risk? Watch The Video

Why is it So Hard to Cure Cancer?

We’ve harnessed electricity, sequenced the human genome, and eradicated smallpox. But after billions of dollars in research, we haven’t found a solution for a disease that affects more than 14 million people and their families at any given time. Why is it so difficult to cure cancer? Kyuson Yun explains the challenges. Watch The Video


5 of the Best Exercises You Can Ever Do

If you're not an athlete or serious exerciser — and you just want to work out for your health or to fit in your clothes better — the gym scene can be intimidating. Just having to walk by treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines can be enough to make you head straight back home to the couch.

Yet some of the best physical activities for your body don't require the gym or ask you to get fit enough to run a marathon. These "workouts" can do wonders for your health. They'll help keep your weight under control, improve your balance and range of motion, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, prevent bladder control problems, and even ward off memory loss. Read More


Choosing Colorful, Healthy Foods

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I notice a lot of food products, including cereals, no longer use artificial colors. Is this because food dyes are harmful?

ANSWER: There’s no solid evidence that artificial colors in food cause health problems. But there aren’t any health benefits associated with artificial colors, so removing them from foods isn’t a bad idea. When you consider color in your food, though, rather than focusing on artificial color, look to foods’ natural colors as a guide. Including food with a variety of natural colors can help you get a range of healthy vitamins and nutrients in your daily diet. Read More

Mindful Schools In-Class Instruction

This video shows the Mindful Schools curriculum in action. Mindful Schools offers adult courses to learn mindfulness, and how to teach it to children. They have taught mindfulness to over 18,000 children through direct-service programs, and their trainees impact more than 10,000 children each year. Watch The Video

Natural Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Do you struggle with sleep apnea, snoring or insomnia? Here are 7 steps to overcome these issues and get better sleep:

  1. Look at your diet - support metabolism with protein, healthy fat and fiber
  2. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking and sedatives
  3. Treat acid reflux
  4. Get a humidifier in your bedroom
  5. Sleep on your side
  6. Exercise
  7. Use essential oils - peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile
 Watch The Video

Why We Eat Too Much

We’re hugely invested in the idea that the cause of obesity lies with diet – and that we should therefore solve the problem with kale and apple soup (and other such products). But the real cause of obesity has nothing to do with food. It lies in our emotional under-nourishment. We will start to eat less when we feel more connected, more understood and more in touch with our feelings Watch The Video