Wellness

Marcellus Wilbert and other middle school boys, follow Kristin Bazurto during a physical education class where dance is introduced to the students on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at South Middle School.
(Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

“No way, man,” seventh-grader Marcellus Wilbert muttered as he tried to imitate dance instructor Keegan O’Brien’s uber-flexible stretches. O’Brien chuckled as he laid his torso flat on the ground, his legs fully splayed out and perfectly parallel to the wall behind him.

Michele Rouse

AURORA | Commercial weight loss programs like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers may be more effective in losing weight than self-directed apps or diets, a study revealed last week. But, scientists warn that there may not be enough substantive evidence to dismiss those other plans and that behavior — not just exercise and dieting — […]

BERLIN | A 65-year-old German mother of 13 is getting ready to give birth again — this time to quadruplets. Annegret Raunigk, a Berlin schoolteacher who is due soon to retire, is expected to give birth to the four babies within the next two months, Bild newspaper and RTL television reported. She already has children ranging […]

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Tina Reese leads a word game for residents at a nursing home in Lancaster, Pa. The cost of staying in a nursing home has increased 4 percent every year over the last five years, according to Genworth Financial's annual “Cost of Care” report, released Thursday, April 9, 2015. Last year, the median bill was $87,600. (AP Photo/Intelligencer Journal, Dan Marschka, File)

“Most people don’t realize how expensive this care can be until a parent or family member needs it,” said Joe Caldwell, director of long-term services at the National Council on Aging. “And then it’s a real shock.”

This handout photo provided by Carnegie Mellon University, taken in March 2015, shows an exoskeleton boot on a person walking in a park in Pittsburgh. Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an exoskeleton boot that makes it easier to walk, burning less calories. When engineers tested the invention they did so by having people wear a pair of the devices, not one. (AP Photo by Lisa Lau/Carnegie Mellon University)   (AP Photo, Lisa Lau, Carnegie Mellon University Experimental Biomechatronics Lab)

“It doesn’t look too bad. Looks kind of flashy,” said Carnegie Mellon University engineering professor Steven Collins, lead author of a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “When you first put them on, it feels a little bit odd, then after a few minutes you don’t really notice it very much.”

This image provided by The John Innes Centre, UK, shows a salad made with red and purple tomatoes. A small British company is planning to apply for U.S. permission to produce and sell purple tomatoes that have high levels of anthocyanins, compounds found in blueberries that some studies show lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Food and Drug Administration would have to approve any health claims used to sell the products. Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. (AP Photo/Andrew Davis, The John Innes Centre, UK)

“I think once people see more of the benefits they will become more accepting of the technology,” says Michael Firko, who oversees the Agriculture Department’s regulation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama watches as school children as prepare lunch in the East Room of the White House following the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington.  The first lady is challenging the nation’s children to dream up healthy lunch recipes, a now annual component of her Let’s Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites 8- to 12-year-olds to submit original recipes for healthy and affordable lunches. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge — run in conjunction with public television station WGBH Boston and the federal departments of Agriculture and Education — invites 8- to 12-year-olds to submit original recipes for healthy and affordable lunches. Winners from each state and U.S. territory will be flown to Washington this summer for a “state dinner” for kids at the White House.

In this photo provided by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, taken March 11, 2015 in the intensive care unit at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, physical therapist Katie Kellner helps patient Terry Culler do some exercises and briefly stand despite being hooked to a ventilator. There's increasing evidence that mild exercise may have its place even for the sickest ICU patients, and new animal research suggests it may target both muscles and lungs. (AP Photo/Warren Cameron Dennis III, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center)

“I think we can do a better job of implementing early mobility therapies,” said Dr. D. Clark Files of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who led the research and whose hospital is trying to get more critically ill patients up, ventilator and all.

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