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Step Away from the Television

We have another reason why you should peel yourself away from the television set: too much TV is associated with high cholesterol levels.

Research has proven the amount of television watched each day can be an indicator of high cholesterol levels. In fact, it was a stronger indicator than a family history of heart attack or a family history of high cholesterol!

More than 60 percent of kids who watched more than two hours of television a day had a cholesterol level of 200 milligrams per deciliter or higher. Another 13 percent had levels between 176 and 199. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers a cholesterol level more than 175 in children over 2 years of age high enough to warrant dietary therapy. Watching four or more hours of television a day was associated with a four-fold greater risk of high cholesterol.

The effects of TV on cholesterol should be fairly obvious. People who watch a lot of TV tend to nibble while they watch, and the foods kids eat in front of the set often are high in calories and fat, researchers say. Also, TV-watching is not just sedentary but it discourages further activity. If you’re in front of the TV a lot you’re spending a great deal of energy processing television images, and that leaves you too tired for healthy physical activity.

Here are a few healthy exercise suggestions to help get you away from the TV:

Start a Walking Exercise Program.
Start out gradually, maybe 10 minutes a day. Then, keep adding time until you reach a point where you feel comfortable. Thirty to 45 minutes per day is an excellent way to get the extra exercise you need. If you want to make it a little more interesting, why not take the family dog with you or invite your friends to walk along, too?

Get Involved in Local Sport Activities.
This can be through your school or through community organizations.

Give up the TV Remote for a Bicycle.
Bike rides can be fun and are an excellent resource for exercise, and they can help reduce stress.

Aerobic Exercise Sessions.
You could enroll in a class offered at a recreation center or purchase an exercise tape.

Get Involved with Your Family or Friends.
Participate in
group activities such as hiking, square dancing, swimming or roller-skating.

Honoring Personal Time

Today the boss and your colleagues can reach you 24-7, at night, on vacation, at your kid’s soccer game.

Technology has been seeping into off work hours for years and the problem is worldwide. In the U.S. the issue has resulted in overtime lawsuits. Managers can solve the problem.

Build in predictability.
Nancy Rothbard, a Wharton School management professor recommends spending part of Friday afternoon scheduling time to complete mandatory projects for the next week so you won’t end up doing them at night.

Schedule a 4pm triage
Decide what your team should finish by the next day.

Use lunchtime for check-ins.
Make social and brainstorming rounds while grabbing some food. That way you get interaction, but can still deal with anything that comes up before quitting time.

Happy Birthday

Congrats to this month’s Surprise Birthday Drawing Winner, Agatha C!

She will be celebrating on June 28, and a $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card is in the mail for a special birthday surprise!

Also, please join us in wishing Dr. Brooks a happy birthday on June 4!

Your Valuable Smile

An attractive, confident smile can be one of your most valuable assets. It is often the first thing people notice about you. How do
you feel about your smile?

Are you pleased with it, or do you wish it looked better?

There are many common dental problems that can be easily corrected. These problems include discolored teeth, missing teeth, overlapping front teeth, poorly shaped teeth, chipped teeth and gaps.

At one time, there were limited means for enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Today, there are a number of cosmetic treatments that can be performed in just a few appointments.

We think everyone ought to have the look of confidence that shows through when they have a healthy smile.

Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have about your oral health and appearance. We’re here to help!

June Family-Friendly Events

These events are perfect for the entire family, close to home and a great way to spend some time together this summer.

If you have a family-friendly event you’d like featured in our newsletter, please email

Anderson Outdoor Farmer’s Market
Saturdays through Sept. 24, 9-11 a.m.
at Anderson Center
All ages, free admission (prices for purchases vary)
More details:

Butterflies of the Caribbean
Ends June 19
at Krohn Conservatory
All ages, admission price varies
More details:

Cincinnati Circus Co. Magic and Juggling Show
June 8, 10-10:45 a.m
at Beech Acres Park
All ages, free admission
More details:
(Stay for Grilled Cheese Wednesday and buy a grilled cheese sandwich for $1, cash only)

Ends June 11, 9-11 p.m.
at Cincinnati Observatory
All ages, $7/person
More details:

Pancakes in the Park
June 12, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
at Beech Acres Park RecPlex (on patio)
All ages, admission varies by age
More details:

Party on the Plaza Summer Concert Series
June 16, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
at Cincinnati Observatory
All ages, free admission, drinks for purchase
More details:

Hyde Park Blast
at Hyde Park Square
All ages, participation rates vary
Registration required to participate, but not to spectate
More details:

Thank You!

Our practice continues to grow everyday and we recognize that our best patients come from your referrals. To show our appreciation, you will be entered into our monthly raffle anytime you refer a friend or family member to us! A chance to win big prizes! As always, thank you for your continued confidence and support!

This publication is provided as a courtesy/gift subscription to the patients and friends of: Nathan A. Brooks, DDS • Anderson Dental Care • 7525 State Road, Ste. A • Cincinnati, OH 45255 • Phone: 513.275.1904 •

Questions and comments on the material in this publication should be directed to our consumer affairs hotline via fax: 1-503-218-0557. The goal of News from the Office™ is to provide information to the general reader on living a more rewarding life through better physical, mental and financial health. This publication is not intended to provide individualized advice, which should be sought from licensed professionals such as dentists, physicians, attorneys, and/or accountants.

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