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August/September 2021

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18 Tips from experts on creating a stronger, healthier you By Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Back on track BACK TO SCHOOL C O V I D - 19 I S A V I R U S , but the numeral also represents the num- ber of pounds many people gained while staying home. A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 42 percent of U.S. adults said they had gained too much weight in the pandemic. While working remotely from home, many individuals were seden- tary most of the day and unable to social-distance themselves from the refrigerator. e report found an increase in binge eating and takeout meals. Stress levels and mental health crises were also sky-high. As we emerge from what we hope is the worst of the pandemic, now is the ideal time to make positive changes and improve your physical and mental health. We asked faculty who teach adults physical fitness, nutrition and health science at community colleges for tips to get you back to health as the school year begins.

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