Wednesday, August 13, 2014

      The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.PRO-ACT
          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
Recovery in Our Communities
August 12, 2014
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Disciplining yourself to do what is right and important, 
although difficult,  is the highroad to pride, self-esteem 
and personal satisfaction.

Margaret Thatcher
Better Health Often Begins With Self-Esteem

Good health doesn't just happen.  It requires proactive thinking, a good strategy and a realistic plan.   Even with all of these things, change is hard.    

One obstacle for many of us is low self-esteem.  According to psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Solomons, our "self-esteem system" moves us to make good, healthy, constructive and adaptive life decisions.  But when this system "goes wrong", we can make decisions that are self-destructive or harm others.  Read more about  Our Self-Esteem System, including strategies for improving your self-esteem, in this fascinating article by Elizabeth Venzin in World of Psychology.  Other tips for building self-esteem include reading to build your brain; make new friends; build social skills; experience something new; don't pity yourself; and never stop looking for a challenge.
For help in getting started with your health and wellness program, take that first step and contact one of The Council's Recovery Community Centers today.  The Council offers information, resources and support in the areas of healthy nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, stress management, spirituality, recovery, mental health and more. Even small changes in attitude, behavior and lifestyle can promote health and lead to developing better habits.  And before you know it, big changes become possible and within your reach.  

We all can grow in making healthy choices and healthy habits for ourselves and our family.  Start today!
History of Drinking Problem Linked to Memory Lapses 
Later In Life

People who have a history of drinking problems by the time they are middle-aged are more than twice as likely to exhibit memory problems in later life as those who don't, according to a recent study. "Does it matter if you were a heavy drinker in your 20's as opposed to your 40's?  We can't tell from this study," said Iain Lang, the lead author.  A drinking problem was defined as answering "yes" to at least 2 of the following four questions:
  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?
  • Have people every annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning? 
Other studies suggest that early alcohol-related cognitive damage may be preventable in many cases if people stop drinking, exercise, get regular sleep and give up smoking.  The study appears in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and can be read here.
Some Upcoming Events
Aug. 20th: Meet The Council Open House8 - 9 am at 252 West Swamp Road, Bailiwick Office Campus, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA 18901

September 12, 20147:05 pm. Recovery Night at the Baseball Game, Phillies vs. Marlins, Citizens Bank Park. Click here for tickets. 
September 20, 2014PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014, Great Plaza, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. Click here to register and get more information.
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