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College Smart: Healthy Student, Healthy Life

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College Smart: Healthy Student, Healthy Life

Posted on 14 May 2011 by Michelle Reed

What I am grateful for: My parents as far as I know were faithful to each other. They believed in marriage and family. I gained a lot from that. They just celebrated 52 years of marriage.

What I learned this week
I made the right choice not to get married up until now. I have truly enjoyed my freedom.

The Living Smart episode “Healthy Mom, Healthy Child: Creating Whole Families from the Inside Out,” airs Sunday May 15th at 3 p.m. on HoustonPBS and repeats friday night May 20th at 10pm. This episode features Elizabeth Irvine, yoga instructor and author, former ICU nurse, and health care professional with over twenty-five years of experience. Irvine discusses how to create a balanced lifestyle that incorporates an integrative approach to great health, meaning focusing on diet, exercise and breathing, sleep, proper relaxation, meditation and positive thinking. Through her twenty-five years of experience, Irvine has gained a deep passion for integrative health education.

In this episode of College Smart, reporter Cassady Lance asks students at the University of Houston Recreation Center how they stay healthy. Shooter and Editor Matthew Hayes catches all the action.

College Smart is a student-run promotional web series for Living Smart with Patricia Gras, featuring Emmy award-winning journalist Patricia Gras. The series is filmed independently from the show.

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The three things to be aware of in keeping a healthy lifestyle

Posted on 12 May 2011 by Michelle Reed

This week on Living Smart:

The Living Smart with Patricia Gras episode on “Healthy Mom, Healthy Child,” this Sunday at 3 p.m. features motivational speaker, yoga instructor and author of “Healthy Mom, Healthy Child: Creating Whole Families from the Inside Out,” Elizabeth Irvine. In this episode, Irvine shares insight into how to sustain a healthy and meaningful lifestyle whether it be in exercise, mental health, or nutrition during the chaotic days motherhood brings.

Missed last week’s episode?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. This Friday at 10 p.m. catch the re-run of Living Smart “Connecting your Disconnected Life,” featuring promotional speaker and author Mary LoVerde. In this episode, LoVerde, the former director of the Hypertension Research Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shares insight into how we can improve the quality of our home, work and inner life.

Want more Living Smart? Visit us on the web at www.youtube.com/houstonpbs.

This week’s blog: The three things to be aware of in keeping a healthy lifestyle

By: Kristen Khalaf, production assistant

We are always told to eat healthy, exercise at least three times a week and don’t smoke. It seems like a broken record, which might make it hard for us to actually take some action. Miracles can happen if we actually have a healthy and balanced life.

In this upcoming episode of “Living Smart with Patricia Gras,” Elizabeth Irvine shares the story of her son, who was cured of Urticaria Pigmentosa—a skin disease that causes lesions and intense itching—and severe eczema. By changing her family’s diet, cleaning up their surroundings and adding integrative therapies into their lifestyles, Irvine was able to find a healthy lifestyle that worked for her family. This event caused her to write her inspirational and informative book Healthy Mother, Healthy Child.

“When a woman betters her life, her whole family benefits,” Irvine said.

Irvine teaches us that we can control what we put in our bodies to better our health. Here are some ways YOU can better your life.


First: Eat breakfast! In the fast paced world we live in, it’s easier to pour a cup of coffee than milk into a cereal bowl. We can’t eat cereal while driving, so it can be easy to forgo it. According to journalist Dulce Zamora in a WebMD article, breakfast eaters take in more “vitamins and minerals, and less fat and cholesterol.”

Second: Eat more fish and Omega-3 fatty acids. Yes. The “F” word. Fatty acids are the good guys. Pamrotella.com says fatty acids “support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems.” We need these in our body to help “manufacture and repair cell membranes.”

Third: Sleep! We are wired to our phones, televisions and computers. It can be difficult to log off of Facebook at midnight to go sleep, but we have to allow ourselves the luxury of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says that “more than two-thirds of older adults suffer from sleep problems and many American adults don’t get the minimum amount of shuteye needed to stay alert.” Sleepy drivers have been the cause of over 100,000 car crashes, 1,500 deaths and thousands of injuries.

Irvine also uses breathing exercises to maintain her healthy lifestyle. Irvine says in times of distress, close your eyes and bring awareness to yourself and where you are at the moment. Then think about your breathing and open your eyes. Bringing awareness to your body helps calm a person. Meditation doesn’t have to take long, and you can do it anywhere.

How do you keep yourself and /or your family healthy? What do you do to calm yourself when you’re stressed?

To learn more about having a healthy self, family and life, tune in to “Living Smart with Patricia Gras” on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m.

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