Get Your Strong On: Five Songs to Mood-Boost Your Strength

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Every day it seems as if we are called on to be strong in one form or another. Whether it’s physical, mental or emotional, the challenge to be strong can be as simple as saying no to the second piece of pie or as profound as getting out of bed in the wake of personal tragedy.

No matter what level of endurance you have to tap into, here are five songs showcasing the words “strong” “stronger” or “strength” to help build your mindset.

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Want to Raise a Future CEO? Have Her Play a Sport

In a  global online survey from a few years ago conducted by accounting firm Ernst & Young, 821 senior managers and executives from differing industry sectors were asked about their history in regards to playing sports. Forty percent of the senior managers and executives surveyed were women and, of that 40 percent, 44 percent were C-level or board-level execs.

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Unspoken Issues Impacting Women: Poverty, Health, Sexual Exploitation and Self-Confidence


From its title alone, you can tell this panel was a little different from the others. Wide-ranging in scope, yet narrow in its focus on issues that derail women from advancing in life, the conversations held on stage focused on topics people are sometimes uncomfortable talking about including sexual exploitation and poverty.

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Beyond Abuse: Finding Our Voice on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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It started with a phone call from Capital One Financial Corporation on January 14th, 2016. “Ms. Patno, are you the sole owner of Desiree Patno Enterprises, Inc.?”

That simple call was how I found out that my husband’s accountant had been dispersing my unsigned business checks illegally, with some going into her personal accounts and several others paying her bills directly.

I was (and still am) angry that not only my trust was betrayed, but after years of hard work and developing a reputation as a successful businesswoman in the housing and real estate sector, I was, to put it quite simply, duped.

How could this happen to me? And if this could happen to me, in my mid-fifties, plugged into and engaged fully in my businesses, what happens to women older than me, with fewer resources at their fingertips and perhaps cognitive issues?

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Driving Collaboration across the Health Care Continuum

We all have those moments when our careers and personal lives converge. As a business leader at the largest health care real estate investment trust (REIT), I focus on investment projects in collaboration with senior living communities, health systems and medical groups to create the real estate infrastructure needed to deliver care for a growing number of aging Americans. As a wife, mother, sister and daughter, I also think about what my parents, aging relatives and even my future 80-year-old self will need when it comes to living well as we age.

The growth of the aging population is the most significant demographic trend impacting the U.S. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. In addition, the number of people age 85 and older is projected to more than triple from 6 million today to nearly 20 million by 2060.

This increase in life expectancy is accompanied by an increased prevalence of chronic conditions, including dementia. According to the CDC, in the United States alone, more than a quarter of older Americans are burdened with multiple chronic disease, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and countless family members spend their days serving as unpaid caregivers. The most expensive and at risk population for the health care system to treat are the physically and cognitively impaired. We need to rethink how to best deliver care for this growing segment of the population.
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Even When an Obese Person Loses Weight, Health Problems Could Persist Due to Epigenetics

When an obese person loses weight, he or she immediately starts to feel better. Blood pressure improves, cholesterol levels diminish and energy levels rise. Because that person is no longer obese, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as liver, colon and breast cancers and other diseases linked to obesity, diminishes, right?

That might not be the case.

A new study by City of Hope researchers found that even after a low-fat diet is consumed, long-term disease risks could persist.

The reason could be epigenetics, which refers to changes to genes caused by external factors, such as pesticides or nutrients, that don’t change the DNA sequence. However, these changes can be passed to the next generation, according to Dustin Schones, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Diabetes Complications and Metabolism within the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope.
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Staying Healthy as a Busy Professional

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Being busy connotes that you don’t have a lot of free time, which is directly related to staying healthy amid the hustle and bustle of your personal and professional life. Having to make quick dietary decisions can often lead to choosing what is easiest and unfortunately, unhealthy foods such as fast food or prepackaged snacks provide a tempting immediacy and convenience.

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Good Habits When Sleeping and Waking Up

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A demanding job, the commute, after-work errands or maybe even dropping off and picking up kids from soccer practice can leave you drained after a long day. Often times however, exhaustion and the need for a nap creep in during the day, much earlier than anticipated and without warrant. The solution isn’t an energy drink it’s sleep.

Just as important as how long you’re sleeping is how you’re getting your sleep. Five hours of good sleep can make you feel more rested than seven hours of mediocre shut-eye.
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Engineering Viruses to Target Resistant Breast Cancer

It has long been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At City of Hope, researchers are implementing this concept of imitation—of making one thing similar to another—in a leading-edge approach to treating difficult cancers.

City of Hope’s new chief of surgery and an enthusiastic researcher, Yuman Fong, M.D., has been developing a therapy that essentially makes resistant breast cancer respond like thyroid cancer, which is cured in 90 percent of patients.

Triple-negative breast cancer—named for its lack of three important receptors that can be targeted with common, effective therapies—remains a challenge for women, as well as for the oncologists who care for them. Fong is energized by this challenge and the promise of discovery. “If we can find something that can kill [these types of] cancer cells, it would be a big breakthrough for the field,” he says.
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Running Guide

Proper Running Technique

Try not to overstride. When you lengthen your legs out too far in front of you while running, you can injure yourself. Instead, run in a way that feels comfortable for you. Try to land in the middle of your foot as opposed to on your heel or toe. This helps to absorb the shock and is best for your calves and knees. Once you have landed in the middle of your foot, you should roll through to your toes. Make sure you are standing erect and looking straight forward. Make sure your shoulders are back—but that you’re still comfortable.

Proper Running Shoes

According to Running Warehouse, people should purchase running shoes that are a size bigger than their normal shoe size. The reason for this is because running shoes generally run small. It’s also important to have your feet measured once every year because they can increase in size with age, and with pregnancy. When trying on running shoes, it’s best to do so later in the day, because feet tend to swell toward the end of the day. Runners can use the website to find the perfect shoe for their height, weight, foot shape, running level, and more.