Health and Fitness

Looking Forward and Looking Back

January Partner Spotlight
Positivity Matters 
The vision of Positivity Matters is a world free of loneliness and full of wellbeing. Why does emotional wellbeing matter? Aside from the intrinsic value of happiness, it also can improve physical wellbeing - our health.

Positivity Matters strives to help communities focus on  elements that help them be "Happier" - an acronym that stands for Health, Arts, Play, Philanthropy, Institutions, Environment, and Relationships.  Positivity Matters coaches organizations and communities to create development plans around each of the HAPPIER themes.  Learn more.

Positivity Matters also invites the community to celebrate the International Day of Happiness with them on March 19.   Learn more or sign up.
January Partner Spotlight

When we prevent illness, we save everyone money. Breastfeeding is all about prevention.

Virtually every single health care expert agrees  - providing breastfeeding support for mothers and babies saves money and improves the quality of health of our communities. Unfortunately,  the cost of preventative health services is out of reach for many Americans, especially for those who would benefit the most.
The new Nebraska Heritage Health Medicaid managed care plan has announced that it will cover breastfeeding support - an opportunity MilkWorks is hoping to capitalize on in order to continue providing consultations to low income mothers and families.  Learn more about their efforts and how you can help.
10 Health TV
January Shape of the City
The first segment features the Shields Unite program   a collaboration between the Salvation Army  and the Lincoln Police Department, using sports as a conduit to create positive relationships. 
In the  second segment, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank talks about the lifesaving importance of donating blood.  

In the final segment, Aging Partners gives some simple tips for safely navigating the wintery terrain.

For all the health, fitness, and wellness events happenings in the city, visit the 10 Health calendar.

What Science Told Us About

Fitness in 2016

Exercise science in 2016 taught us that being inactive could potentially cost us years from our lives and many thousands of dollars from our wallets.  The good news is what exercise does for us.  Some key findings:

EXERCISE, LIVE LONGER, AGE WELL - A person's risk of premature death increases by 42% if they are out of shape.  In fact, being unfit is almost as bad for you a smoking (read more).   Another three year study showed that seniors who exercised lived longer than those who didn't and were healthier.

EXERCISE, BUILDING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM - A study at the University of Copenhagen with mice showed that those who spent more time on the exercise wheel produced more of a type of immune cell known to fight malignancies than did sedentary animals and were much less likely to develop invasive disease.  Other 2016 studies underscored the benefits of being active showing that exercise of almost any amount may substantially lower your risk of at least 13 types of cancer, and colds
EXERCISE, BRAIN HEALTH - Exercise is particularly important for brain health because it appears to ramp up blood flow through the skull not only during the actual activity, but throughout the rest of the day.  Presumably as a result, people and animals that exercise tend to have sturdier memories and cognitive skills than their sedentary counterparts. But consistency is the key to keep up the level of blood flow to the brain, according to a study at the University of Maryland. 

EXERCISE, THE FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY - Exercise may aid in weight control and help to fend off obesity related diseases like diabetes by improving the ability of fat cells to burn calories, a new study from the University of Florida reports. 

Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study.
More good news about walking - a daily walk can save you $2500 annually in reduced medical costs.  The findings come from an analysis of 26,239 men and women, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
  Thanks to the New York Times for this summary.
Winter Highlights
Upcoming Partner Events
Aging Partners - Free Workshop
Jan. 18 - Febr. 22
You can attend a free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, Wednesdays 1 - 3:30 PM, at the Gere Library, 2400 So. 56th.  Learn more about this and other programs.
Asian Community and Cultural Center
 Lunar New Year Fest, January 28
The Lincoln Asian Community an d Cultural Center invites you to an afternoon of cultural activities, traditional performances, games, food samples, music and free health screenings in celebration of 2017, the year of the Rooster from 2 - 5 PM at Antelope Park, Auld Pavilion.  

Community Crops
Seed Swap, Jan. 28
Crops joins with Open Harvest to host a seed swap and educational seminars at 2 Pillars Church on 1430 South St. from 1 to 3 P.M. 
Growing New Farmers Workshops, Jan. - April
Do you dream of beginning your own small farm? The Growing Farmers workshops will help you learn the planning and production skills you need to start a market farm business. Registration is now open
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln (PHL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, wellness, and fitness of our community. We collaborate with other organizations on joint projects to improve health by increasing physical fitness, promoting good nutrition, supporting breastfeeding, and improving cancer screening rates.
Our work includes improving health and wellness policies, conducting community level research, and evaluation of the success of local health initiatives. 
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Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln
4600 Valley Road Ste. 250      Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: (402) 430-9940      Fax: (402) 483-4802