Articles by Maggie Spilner Contributing Writer
- Maggie Spilner is an expert on the health benefits of exercise and walking. She was a senior editor at Prevention Magazine
for 17 years, writing a monthly walking column, newsletter and annual Walking Club Magazine. Maggie is considered an expert on lifestyle changes that encourage wellness and longevity. She has covered numerous topics including asthma, workplace wellness, arthritis, weight loss and stress reduction. She is the author of three books on walking, including Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking for Health
and Walk Your Way Through Menopause
. For more information, visit Maggie’s website, WalkForAllSeasons.com.
Getting older is inevitable. But memory loss is not. More and more research is pointing to ways your lifestyle can prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia through brain supplements. Stress is a killer and relaxation is a potent antidote. Unfortunately, relaxing isn’t always easy, especially if you're afraid you’re going to lose your job, your retirement money or your health. But you can learn relaxation techniques and improve upon them through practice. Over the last few months, the news has been filled with headlines concerning the dangers of acetaminophen, the over-the-counter painkiller that is the principle ingredient in Tylenol and Excedrin. You know, the one “doctors recommend most.” Summer squash can be used in everything from salads to cakes, and these veggies are far more nutritious than its often given credit for. Here are 5 unique recipes to try. The fact is, creeping weight gain is part and parcel of aging for many people. Loss of muscle mass, lack of activity, hormonal changes, stress and tempting food that is readily available — all of these things contribute to our bulging waistlines. Taking good care of your eyes is a vital aspect of healthy aging. Prevention and treatment can keep your eyes healthier and your vision clearer than your grandparents or great grandparents enjoyed. People who get enough vitamin D, or have vitamin D deficiency, are less likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration, according to a study that appeared in the Archives of Ophthalmology. Bad news for those prone to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This condition is the foremost cause of blindness in older adults. Since the 80s, we’ve known that long-term stress can negatively impact our health. If we feel anxious, angry or chronically tense, our immune system suffers. Can you think of a smell that has the ability to transport you to a new mood or a joyous memory? Alan Hirsch, MD, a neurologist and psychiatrist, has spent his career helping people overcome smell and taste disorders. Hypothyroidism is the medical name for low thyroid. It affects millions of people in the U.S. And many go undiagnosed. The effects of thyroid deficiency include weight gain, allergies, low energy, dry skin and joint discomfort when left untreated.