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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:40:04 GMT
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
  • Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:48:29 GMT
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
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  • When you think you know everything, check online

    When you think you know everything, check online

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:00:22 GMT
    So, I’m strolling down Capitol Street in Charleston, taking in the joyous FestivALL celebration when I notice a pair of young boys smirking at my T-shirt.
    So, I’m strolling down Capitol Street in Charleston, taking in the joyous FestivALL celebration when I notice a pair of young boys smirking at my T-shirt.
  • Solving those devil-dog, double-word problems

    Solving those devil-dog, double-word problems

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:00:23 GMT
    Let’s play a word game. You will find the answers at the end, but if you cheat when playing Scrabble (as I do), you might cheat now. Of course, then, you would miss the fun of playing.
    Let’s play a word game. You will find the answers at the end, but if you cheat when playing Scrabble (as I do), you might cheat now. Of course, then, you would miss the fun of playing.
  • When not to resist the temptation of a ‘do not touch’ warning

    When not to resist the temptation of a ‘do not touch’ warning

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:00:27 GMT
    There is a button on my computer that the salesman told me never to push. It is there to “revert back to factory settings.”
    There is a button on my computer that the salesman told me never to push. It is there to “revert back to factory settings.”

Cindy Boggs is an American Council on Exercise-certified fitness professional and author of the award winning book, CindySays… "You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World."

These days the term "Lifestyle" has taken on a life of its own. Lifestyle is your very own, self-assigned "Big Brother," and he follows your every move, even though he's rather quiet and unobtrusive for the most part. More than likely, you won't meet him until you're well into mid-life. 

The interesting thing about Lifestyle is how some people are eager to meet him while others try to give him the slip and would rather never meet him. The reason why some can't wait to come face to face with him and others dread him is simply a matter of choice — specifically the personal choices they've made since they've been old enough to make them.

Those people who have tried to eat well and stay active and stayed away from bad habits like cigarettes really have nothing to fear when it comes to Lifestyle. On the other hand, those who believed they were invincible and had the notion that Lifestyle could never affect them are feeling distressed. In fact, they are looking over their shoulder with trepidation in their 40s realizing that Lifestyle just might be catching up with them. 

Opting for optimal health

The truth is that throwing caution to the wind and making years of poor choices in terms of nutrition, physical activity and stress management will almost certainly rear its ugly head sooner or later. If you can relate to this, it's probably time to examine your habits and see if they are going to lead to vibrant health or poor health. 

Try to replace those bad habits with good ones. The first step is to identify unhealthy habits and behaviors and then make a commitment to change them. Procrastination is one of the most common habits, so if this is something that is preventing you from improving the quality of your life, you may want to work on this one first. 

Here are some habits that will only steal life and vitality from you:

Smoking/chewing tobacco

Find a way to quit. There are lots of avenues to assist you on this one. Take advantage of the help. Once you are no longer dependent on tobacco, you will have more energy to adopt other healthy behaviors such as regular physical activity. 

Inactivity

If you are sedentary, your cardiovascular and respiratory systems will become weaker each day. Muscles shrink, joints stiffen, energy depletes and you increase your risk for chronic disease and injury. Move at least 30 minutes a day and include strength training.

Living on junk food

Processed fast foods do nothing for you nutritionally and in fact sabotage your good health. They are high in sodium and fats and low in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eat lean protein and lots of colorful vegetables.

Sugary beverages

This will make it impossible to control your weight and will supply you with nothing but empty calories and chemicals. Easy and inexpensive switch — drink water. It should be your primary source of hydration.

Too much alcohol

Again full of empty calories. Overindulging will damage your body and prevent you from living life to its fullest. Learn to say no and choose water instead.

Staying sleep deprived

Insufficient sleep wreaks havoc with your body and increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease. Unplug yourself from all screens such as the TV, computer, phones and any device that you stare into and allow your body to recharge.

Not managing stress

Stress comes in all forms and from all directions and there is no way to completely escape, it but it must be managed. Ask for help to cope with your stressors and you will live longer with fewer headaches, lower blood pressure and less depressed moments. 

Take control. Be sure that the choices you make are ones that not only make you proud but also support a long and healthy life.