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South Van Nuys Health Online: Humor Improves Relationships 

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1. Light & Easy: More Mr. Moms
2. Did You Know: 36.3 Million Join Local Health Clubs
3. Community Calendar: Wazzup 'Round Town
4. Feature Article: Use Humor to Improve Relationships
5. Healthy Scoop: Late Breaking Consumer & Natural Health News
6. Health Department Updates 


1. Light & Easy: More Mr. Moms! 


2. Did You Know? 36.3 Million Join Local Health Clubs - Up 7.5%

Between January 2002 and January 2003, the number of health club 
members in the U.S. increased by 7.5%, climbing from 33.8 million to 
36.3 million people. Today, 13.9% of all Americans over the age of 
six are club members.

John McCarthy
International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association

Let children choose portion size, study says
AJCN - May 2003;77:1164-70.

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions among children in the US, 
leading to long-term health problems. Researchers suggest that large portion 
sizes significantly contribute to this trend. Fortunately, a new study shows 
that allowing pre-schoolers to select their own portion sizes leads to 
smaller bite sizes and 25% less consumption.


3. Community Calendar: Wazzup 'round town 

If you have an upcoming event that others should know about,
just e-mail all the particulars, and we will gladly post it. 


4. The Doctor's Office - Irv Jacobs, D.C. | Editor 

How to Use Humor to Improve Your Relationships 
Mike Moore

Humor has long been considered one of the most effective tools to 
judge the quality of any relationship. If there is laughter present you
can assume that the relationship is a healthy one. When the laughter 
ceases you can be quite certain that the relationship is on the down 
slide. This laughter barometer can be applied to any relationship at 
home, at work and at play. Laughter means that you're having fun 
and fun means that things are going well.. Take a look at the 
relationships around you. Do the couples laugh a lot together? Has the 
laughter stopped in some of your relationships? 

Here are a few ideas you can use to make certain that laughter 
remains as ever present reality in your relationships thus ensuring 
their quality and endurance. Remember introducing humor to 
previously humorless relationships might take time but the results 
will be worth the effort. Start slowly by working on your own 
fun loving, cheery disposition. Laughter and humor are contagious 
so it won't be long before others catch the bug.

1. Remember that a sense of humor is learned, not inherited.

2. Commit to becoming a humor hound. Look for humor everywhere. 
When something strikes you funny enjoy it. Let the laughter flow. 
After the funny event has passed recall it and enjoy it and laugh again. 

3. Begin to cultivate an atmosphere of humor and laughter in your 
relationships. Try to enjoy and share humor as often as you can.

4. If you don't laugh as much as you used to and want to correct the 
situation start associating with humorous, fun loving people and avoid 
the downers. 

5. Learn to laugh at yourself. If you don't, you leave the job to others.

6. Look for funny items in your newspaper and cut them out and share 
them. I recall reading the want ads one night and discovered this gem : 
" The successful applicant should have 203 years experience." 
Obviously the writer meant to say 2 or 3 years experience. I immediately 
cut it out and placed it in my collection for future use.

7. Encourage others to share their humor. Listen and appreciate it 
when they do. When someone sees that you have enjoyed their 
humorous contribution they will be eager to continue sharing.

8. In my full day humor workshops I always ask the participants to 
break up into groups and begin sharing the funniest thing that has ever 
happened to them. The laughter that this simple activity generates is 
a joy to behold. Try this will your friends sometime. 

9. Collect cartoons and jokes and put them on display on the fridge or 
the bulletin board. Make sure to avoid racist, sexist or filthy humor. 
There is plenty of good clean humor to go around without resorting to 
these. Remember that there is a difference between dirty and earthy 
humor. I personally like earthy humor. I don't appreciate dirty material.

10. Watch comedy movies and television programs as often a possible. 

11. Use humor to neutralize conflict in your relationships. When things 
get tense use self deprecating humor to lighten things up. I remember 
one evening having an argument with my wife, Carol. In the heat of the 
moment she said something totally out of character. She said 
something hurtful. In my surprise I looked at her and said, " Carol, 
when you say things like that you stoop to my level." She started to
laugh and so did I. It wasn't long before things were back to normal.

Good luck on your journey to Ha-Ha Land. 

Mike Moore is an international speaker/ writer/ cartoonist on humor and human potential. 

Visit him at & 


5. Healthy Scoop: Check out late-breaking health & fitness news 


6. Health Departments Updates

a) Accidents & Safety: Biking & Safety Gear 

b) Exercise & Fitness: Exercise right for life - Pumping iron 
Kelli Rosen

c) Adolescence: Unfit teens headed toward diabetes trouble

d) Pregnancy & Mothering: Weight gain during pregnancy

e) Chiropractic: Mounting research on backpacks 

f) Diet & Weight: Will to change 
Chad Oler, ND

g) Ophthalmology & Optometry: Computer Vision Problems

h) Family Medicine: Exercise protects from Alzheimer's Disease 

i) Pediatrics: Home Sickness

j) Heart & Circulation: What all women should know

k) Personal Growth: 10 ways to relax on the go 
Michael Moore

l) Wellness: Treating kid's sunburn naturally

m) Women's Health: How to maintain healthy bones

n) Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals: Talking with pharmacist can help

o) Rehabilitation: What to know about exercising



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