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157. Top 4 Reasons Travel is Good for Your Health

 Summer travel plans? When you think of travel, do you think of it as a healthy activity? According to USA Student Travel, there are four reasons why travel is healthy…
1.  Exercise
Even if your trip does not include heart-pumping activities like kayaking or skiing, the distance you walk on a day-to-day basis while you are traveling is sure to be greater than normal. Whether you are exploring the halls of a museum or climbing the stairs of a national monument, you are sure to get an extra dose of exercise.
2.  Variety
We all know how it feels to be stuck in a rut and feel stressed and overwhelmed in everyday life. Travel offers an escape from the routine and a break-up of the monotony. You’ll do things you don’t normally do while you travel, whether it’s experience new places, new foods and even new people. Anyone who has traveled knows the benefits of coming back from an inspiring trip, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with a ton of memorable experiences.
3.  Getting Outdoors
On any trip you are more likely to be outside longer than usual. Whether you’re exploring a national park, beautiful beach or just walking between destinations, there are plenty of benefits from being outside and breathing fresh air. Not to mention all the D vitamins you’ll soak up from the sun, as long you protectyourself accordingly.
4.  Reducing Stress
We all know thatchronic stress is terrible for your health. It can cause a number of different diseases and have a negative impact on your immune system. Fortunately, it is difficult to be stressed while you are watching a Broadway show or going on a sunset cruise.
Dr. Ann O’Connor-Trauscht, family medicine doctor on staff at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, in Barrington, Illinois, sees many patients before they are going on vacation or making an international trip. Dr. Trauscht provides a pre-travel medical evaluation, including ensuring travelers are up-to-date on vaccinations.
“I have noticed that for many people, travel is good medicine,” explains Trauscht. “When you travel, you put your brain into a place that is novel and complex. Your brain reacts by being engaged, and you begin to process on a deep level. Traveling can also be a great stress reliever and help people live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives.”
Another recent study confirmed that traveling is beneficial to your health.…

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156. Marathon of a Lifetime for Swimmer Don Macdonald

 On June 28, Barrington resident Don Macdonald will be kayaking around Manhattan Island to support Doug McConnell, his friend and endurance training partner who will be competing in the Manhattan Island Swim race.
Though just a few years ago, Macdonald himself was doing the swimming as he was training to swim the English Channel when he collapsed with a cardiac arrhythmia right outside his home after a run. A neighbor who happened to be a retired nurse began resuscitating him until EMS arrived and he was rushed to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill.
Training for the English Channel is not for the faint of heart. It involves training for 18-24 months, swimming over a million yards, most in bone chilling water temperatures (60 degree Fahrenheit or less), starting swims in the dark before work, on weekends and in bad weather.
Macdonald’s first attempt to swim the English Channel in 2010 never happened due to weather conditions. Upon his return to the U.S., Macdonald decided to take a break from training. He experienced shoulder pains, arm and chest discomfort that he thought were the result of the physical strains of training. However after a stress test showing possible abnormalities in blood flow, he was referred to a cardiologist.…

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104. Health Beat: Too Much TV Time Linked to Kids’ Poor Sleep Habits

 Sleep is important in early childhood especially when young bodies and minds are developing quickly. A new study finds that the more time young children spend watching TV, the less likely they are to get the sleep they need, which can negatively affect their physical and mental health.
The finding published in the May issue of Pediatrics, showed that every extra hour of TV viewing time was associated with 7 fewer minutes of daily sleep time, and the link was stronger for boys than for girls.…

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