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Happy Memorial Day – May 27, 2019

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation’s freedom.  Memorial Day is truly an American holiday and is observed each year on the last Monday of May.  Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”.  After the Civil War, mourners began to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers from both the Confederate and Union armies.  Eventually this tradition incorporated those fallen after World War One and on.  Thus, the celebration was extended to honor all Americans who died while serving their country.

America interred its first unknown soldier on Armistice Day in 1921.  Every Memorial Day, this soldier and other unknown soldiers are honored by a wreath laying ceremony conducted by the President or Vice President in honor of all soldiers who never made it home.  All across America, veterans and civilians still gather to honor and celebrate those who have given their lives for the freedom of our nation.  Now celebrated on the fourth Monday of May, it ensures a three day holiday for federal employees.  Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates and honors the service of all U.S. military veterans.

We at Copperfield Hill, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Veterans.  We are reminded each day of the service and sacrifice you have given for all of us.

 

To learn more about Memorial Day, visit www.history.com and www.almanac.com.

 

 

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Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is not a singular disease, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. People of all walks of life can be effected by arthritis. It is most common among women and older adults. Since arthritis is an umbrella term for joint pain and joint disease, there is a wide range of risk factors. Some factors are within the individuals control, while other risk factors are not.

Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Discomfort associated with osteoarthritis is due to the loss of cartilage between bones. Bones then rub together causing pain and stiffness. Risk factors can be excessive weight, family history, age and previous injuries. Osteoarthritis can be prevented by wearing proper sports equipment, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. Rheumatoid Arthritis is when the immune system doesn’t work properly and attacks the joints with inflammation. This inflammation can cause joint erosion and damage to other organs. Autoimmunity can be triggered from genetic and environmental factors like smoking.

Learn more at www.arthritis.org and www.mayoclinic.org

 

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Happy Mother’s Day from Copperfield Hill

Sunday, May 12, 2019 is Mother’s Day.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the moms out there a happy Mother’s Day.  Celebrating mothers has always been special.  Below is a brief bit of history of how this holiday came to be.

Mother’s Day—Some History*
The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.
These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.
Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.” In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially set aside the second Sunday in May for the holiday.

*History .com.

 

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April is Stress Awareness Month*

Stress awareness month has been held every April, since 1992. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
Over the last few decades, a rising tide of studies has demonstrated the value of regularly engaging in activities that blunt the stress response in one way or another, from meditation to yoga to strenuous physical activity. Since the stress response begins in the brain with the perception of danger or the unknown, researchers now believe that the most basic, and likely most effective, way to defuse stress is to change perception of certain types of situations so that they are not seen as stressful in the first place. Studies show that helping people see certain experiences—such as final exams—as demanding rather than dire, protects individuals from the corrosive effects of stress while delivering its positive effects. This effects changes such as focused attention and speedier information processing. Changing the stress mindset not only minimizes the effects of stress, studies show, but it also enhances performance and productivity.

*For more information visit:

www.mayoclinic.org

www.psychologytoday.com

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April Fool’s Day

The History of April Fool’s Day

The true origins of April Fool’s Day remains a mystery to historians. There are a handful of theories as to how this goofy holiday came to be. Stories of April Fool’s Day date back to 1582, when the French were changing from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. Under the new calendar the New Year began January 1st. Those who were a “fool” and hadn’t received the news were found celebrating the “new year” at the end of March into April. These people became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. An alternate theory explores the idea that April Fool’s Day is based around the Spring Equinox, the changing of seasons. This idea evolved because Mother Nature has a tendency of “fooling” us with the unpredictable weather.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them. In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1st tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences.

www.history.com/this-day-in-history/april-fools-tradition-popularized

 

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Spring is Here!

It is official, Spring is here.  With the snow and ice melting, many of us who have been staying inside are now enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunshine.

This is a very busy time of year for our community.  After the long winter, calls are coming in from those interested in downsizing and giving up shoveling snow.  If you, a friend or a loved one are considering a spring move, call us.  We would love to answer any questions you might have and introduce you to our beautiful community.

www.copperfieldhill.com

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March is National Nutrition Month & Happy St. Patrick’s Day

There is no doubt, that at any age, if we pay attention to what we eat and eat better (healthier), we feel better.  Many common health problems can be helped by a better diet.  For example heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many digestive issues can all be helped by paying attention to what we eat and drink.  March is “National Nutrition Month” and is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nutrition Month focuses on helping people to make correct food choices as well as developing good eating and exercising habits.  Learn more about this at www.eatright.org.

You can find some healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes at www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/healthy-irish-recipes

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Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 10th, 2019*

Longer days are here! It is time to “Spring Ahead”. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10th. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 9th. On average, in March, we see between 11 and 12 hours of daylight. To help adjust with the change here are some helpful tips below.
1. Don’t change your schedule. Stick to regular waking, eating, sleeping and exercise times.
2. Have a nighttime routine. Prepare your body for sleep by engaging in a few relaxing activities before hitting the hay.
3. Avoid long naps. Keep naps short (between 20-30 minutes) to avoid disrupting your sleep schedule.
4. Get some natural sunlight. Sunlight helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
Daylight Saving Time does steal light from the morning, but the sun continues to rise earlier and thus the length of the day increases at its most rapid pace during the next three months.
There is always debate surrounding daylight saving time, but the redistribution of daylight to more useful hours of the day is always a strong argument to keep it. This 100 year old practice will always have supporters and detractors. While some of us dislike losing an hour of precious time and sleep, the payoff is an extra hour of evening sun. Most agree, that’s worth it!

*Information at:

www.washingtonpost.com

www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/daylight-saving-time-2019-starts-sunday-here-s-how-prepare

 

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March is National Sleep Awareness Month

Sleep is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. On average, individuals should try to get 7 to 8 hours per night. Proper sleep can help someone strengthen their immune system against a cold or help them meet their weight lose goals. Losing even an hour of sleep can cause problems. Not getting enough sleep at night doesn’t just lead to a tired morning, it can cause: forgetfulness, irritability and increase your risk to certain health problems like heart disease or diabetes. Here are some tips to help improve your sleeping habits*:

 

  • Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark.
  • Only use your bed for sleep. For example, avoid watching TV from bed.
  • Avoid eating large meals before bed.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Some may think drinking alcohol helps them sleep, but the quality of the sleep is poor.

There are many sleep behavior disorders that cause an inability to get the sleep and rest one needs to be healthy. A few that are most common are: sleep apnea, sleep talking, REM disorder, restless leg syndrome, general pain and atypical work schedules. These are common areas of sleep disorder and can be discussed with a medical professional. However, having good sleep habits is the best way to make one feel rested and refreshed in the morning.

*Learn more at:

www.americanhealthcenterltd.com

www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics

 

www.mayoclinic.org

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