Meditate to a Healthier Life

Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association. Meditation has been linked to improved quality of sleep and overall well-being. It may also help lower blood pressure and help people quit smoking.

Many studies have been conducted to look at how meditation may be helpful for a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, certain psychological disorders, insomnia, and pain. A number of studies also have helped researchers learn how meditation might work and how it affects the brain.


Any condition that’s caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation, says cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, well known for three decades of research into the health effects of meditation.

“The relaxation response [from meditation] helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves,” Benson says. Tension and tightness seep from muscles as the body receives a quiet message to relax.

Because practicing meditation helps you to slow your breath, quiet your mind, and find peace, it can be beneficial physically, mentally, and emotionally.


  • Reduces anxiety and depression by enabling your body to balance its own nervous system.
  • Allows you to make better decisions and improve critical thinking.
  • Breaks unhealthy habits by helping you detach emotions associated with an action from the action itself.
  • Improves communication with yourself. When you better understand your thought processes, you have more control over what you think.
  • Helps you stay in the present moment. When you let go of the past and the future, you live 100 percent in the now, which affects all aspects of your life and relationships.

Wellness Conference: Connecting Your Head and Heart

There are many parts to wellness. The Wellness Conference will cover PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide, trauma, and many more aspects to help people find wholeness and wellness in their lives.

The Wellness Conference is free for our community to help each of us understand and reach wellness goals. Madison Memorial Hospital, the City of Rexburg, Madison School District (Madison Cares), BYUI, and other awesome entities that are a part of our community are united and focused on our wellness. Surveys have been conducted, healthcare reports have been analyzed, and together we have decided from your feedback to put together this conference. With this collaboration, we were able to offer this event for free with some excellent presenters.

The Wellness Conference will be held October 21, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Madison High School.

Make wellness a first priority, and come to grow!

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Brake for Breakfast: Learn More about Breast Cancer

Idaho lags behind almost every state for women receiving their mammograms. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, with one in 8 struggling with it during their lifetime. Early detection, most likely found with mammograms, has a 99% survival rate. Nonetheless, cancer has recently replaced cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in Idaho. This death rate is directly linked to poor mammogram rates.
For nearly 15 years, we have organized Brake for Breakfast service for about 1500 individuals in Rexburg. Starting this year we would like to more than double our awareness efforts to save more women’s lives through screenings. Furthermore, Teton Radiology recently invested in one of the best new, accurate 3D screening imagery tools. To learn more about Teton Radiology visit:
On October 4th, we will be providing FREE Brake for Breakfast items for nearly 3000 women at the following locations:


Pull up soon to your closest location to Brake for Breakfast and learn more about breast cancer!


*Links to Facebook events for each location*





6 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

The start of college means it’s time for young women to take charge of their health.

Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release.

Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sure you’re up-to-date with health screenings, shots and prescriptions. Ask about the status of allergies and other health issues.

Know how to get health care on campus. Find out the location of the closest health center that accepts your insurance.

Keep track of menstrual cycles. Being aware of your cycle will allow you to provide specifics to doctors if there’s an issue. “When I ask my patients when their last period was, the first thing they do is open their cellphone. Many women are tracking their cycles through apps now,” Sridhar said. You might also want to track your mood, cramps and birth control use.

Don’t tolerate sexual abuse or violence. One in four undergraduate women is sexually assaulted on campus. Consult the campus website or your dorm’s resident assistant for help reporting an assault.

Follow good hygiene habits. Change sanitary protection as recommended.

Beware of urinary tract infections. “Drink plenty of water to flush out your system and talk to your doctor if you have pain and frequent urination with burning,” Sridhar said. “If neglected, these can lead to kidney infections.”

SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles Health Sciences, news release

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