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"It is not the thing that we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The beauty of Dr. Vernikos’ plan is its simplicity. Easy, natural, everyday movements that take, literally, seconds and can provide a lifetime of benefits."
~ The Oregonian
Dr. Joan's Approach: Are You Ready?For people who make the conscious choice to become active participants in their health, Dr. Joan’s Third Age Health offers common sense, practical, non-medicinal solutions to living and aging well.
Dr. Joan Vernikos, research scientist and former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, presents a comprehensive explanation for why Americans are so unhealthy — and delivers the solution, an easy-to-follow, scientifically proven plan to restore Americans’ health.
Sen. John Glenn and Dr. Joan
The Good & Not-So-Good of Living Today
While the technologies of modern times have given us improved quality of life and vastly increased life-expectancy, they have not come without costs. The rapid pace of change over the last 150 years has left many of us unable to adapt to the shifting conditions in our world. Effectively, our minds are over-loaded with information while our physical bodies are under-loaded, despite the seeming increase in “exercise”.
The conveniences of modern life are wonderful and have freed up a lot of our time and energy, yet we have become experts at filling up this time while normalizing a sedentary existence. Mentally our constantly connected lifestyles, the 24/7 news cycle, and the modern badge of honor called “busyness” have left many of us feeling poorly or just plain overwhelmed. Concurrently, levels of physical activity have plummeted over the last 50 years even as gyms have popped up in just about every neighborhood. Rates of diabetes and depression have spiked, along with so many ailments, and obesity is a real threat to both our individual and collective well being.
Americans have struggled for decades to exercise more and eat less, but one thing hasn’t changed: we still spend hour after hour each day virtually immobile in our chairs, and we’re fatter, sicker and more tired than ever before. The way we live is killing us, and we can’t seem to stop it.
As we age there isn’t a one of us who won’t require minimum levels of strength and balance to perform the basic functions of life. Without these abilities we will be less able to lead independent, fulfilling lives as we get older.
What Can You Do?
The good news is that once you make the choice to age well, it’s a whole new day. With only slight adjustments to your current routine you will begin to feel better today while setting yourself up for a healthier, more independent tomorrow.
Third Age Health’s unique strategy to sustaining wellness, our tools and information, are based on a down-to-earth approach drawn from lessons of living in space. Medical studies on astronauts show that gravity-challenging, all-day movement is more essential to good health than traditional exercise.
Dr. Joan transforms a lifetime of learning from her career as a research scientist and Director of Life Sciences at NASA, into readily applicable tips on how to live your best life.
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Check out Dr. Joan's books and other publications, including her new work "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals" from Quill Driver Books. In it she presents a comprehensive scientific explanation for why Americans are so unhealthy — and delivers the solution, an easy-to-follow, scientifically proven plan to restore Americans’ health.
"This book is a 'must have' for anyone wanting to cut through all of the narrow-view approaches to improved health, and find readily-accessed ways to feel better today." ~ Dee O'Hara, R.N.
Because we all want to feel great.