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Subways Are For Sleeping — The Quantity and the Quality of Life (September 13, 2011) …item 2.. Drunk NJ man gets leg severed after taking nap on the subway tracks (20 January 2013) …

Subways Are For Sleeping — The Quantity and the Quality of Life (September 13, 2011) …item 2.. Drunk NJ man gets leg severed after taking nap on the subway tracks (20 January 2013) …

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According the the Harvard School of Public Health, beginning in the year 2012, 10,000 people a day will start turning 65.We are aging differently than previous generations, however.

Physically and mentally, the health of today’s 70-year-old now equals that of a 65-year-old in the 1970s. In that period, deaths from heart disease and many cancers have dipped.

And while most older adults have at least one chronic health problem, disability has slowly and significantly declined. It is interesting to note, that the United States has been slipping in its longevity ratings compared to other countries. Israel, on the other hand has been climbing.
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…..item 1)…. website … Orthodox Union … Shabbat Shalom …

September 13, 2011

The Quantity and the Quality of Life
By Alan Freishtat

www.ou.org/shabbat_shalom/article/the_quantity_and_the_qu…

Long life, Arichus Yomim, has been said as a bracha (blessing) from one Jew to another for thousands of years. We also say L’chaim!, to Life!, as a blessing to each other as we take a drink. Two blessings we give, but very different in their ramifications.

According the the Harvard School of Public Health, beginning in the year 2012, 10,000 people a day will start turning 65.We are aging differently than previous generations, however. Physically and mentally, the health of today’s 70-year-old now equals that of a 65-year-old in the 1970s. In that period, deaths from heart disease and many cancers have dipped. And while most older adults have at least one chronic health problem, disability has slowly and significantly declined. It is interesting to note, that the United States has been slipping in its longevity ratings compared to other countries. Israel, on the other hand has been climbing.

When the numbers are added up more carefully, though, there are obvious differences between men and women and people of different races. A newborn boy born in 2004 or after can expect to live a bit more than 75 years, while his sister can expect to live to slightly more than 80. As you grow older, your average life expectancy stretches. For example, while the life expectancy of a newborn in the United States is nearly 78, a 65-year-old can expect to live 19 years longer, and a 75-year-old for another 12 years. What is just as important as Long Life, is the L’chaim part of it—living life and how to maintain not only longevity but quality of life until 120.

Why did life expectancy increase so much in the 20th century in developed nations? Whether individuals develop a particular disease is usually determined by three things: their lifestyle (including diet and exercise), their environment (such as exposure to infectious microbes or toxins), and their genes. Increased life span surely has nothing to do with genes: our genes today are the same as they were a century ago. Instead, changes in lifestyle and environment are responsible. Changes in the environment—such as better sanitation, the use of antibiotics, and many other improvements in medical care—can claim much of the credit. As for lifestyle, in developed nations, nutritional deficiency diseases largely were eliminated in the last century. Still, not all nutritional changes have been entirely for the better. In the United States, at the turn of the 20th century, most Americans lived on farms or in rural communities. We ate fresh, unprocessed food every day, and we worked hard physically. Today, our diets are less healthful in many ways, and we exercise less. And that leads us to the second blessing—L’chaim!

The doctors can definitely help us live longer with all of the great advancement in medical care and medicines that we have today. But there is so much that we can do that will extend and enhance our lives. And we all understand the value of every second of life. So it is incumbent upon us to take our well
being into our own hands. The Be’er HaGolah at the very end of Choshen Mishpat tells us there is not bigger Hefkerus than not taking care of one’s self and the Rambam in Hilchos Daos 4:1, 14 writes very clearly: "Because for the body to be healthy and wholesome is among the ways of Hashem… therefore a person must distance himself from those things that cause his body damage… And they stated another rule relating to the health of the body: As long as a person engages in physical activity (= exercise) and works hard… no illness will attack him and his strength will increase.”

So what are some practical measures we can take to both extend life and be able to server the Ribono Shel Olam well during that time? Again, Harvard Medical School gives us some practical tips to do to the best of our ability:

1. Don’t smoke.

2. Include physical and mental activities into daily life.

3. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and substitute healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.

4. Take a daily multivitamin, and be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.

5. Maintain a healthy weight and body shape.

6. Challenge your mind.

7. Build a strong social network.

8. Protect your sight, hearing, and general health by following preventive care guidelines.

9. Floss, brush, and see a dentist regularly. Poor oral health may have many repercussions, including poor nutrition, unnecessary pain, and possibly even a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

10. Discuss with your doctor whether you need any medication—perhaps to control high blood pressure, treat osteoporosis, or lower cholesterol—to help you stay healthy.

Most of your health and longevity is in your hands. Hashem has given us all the tools at our disposal in order to maintain health. Let’s use them. Be active, exercise, eat right, stay positive, manage and reduce stress. Following these tips can “add hours to your day, days to your year and years to your life.”

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ALAN FREISHTAT is an A.C.E. CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER and a LIFESTYLE FITNESS COACH. He and Linda Holtz M.Sc are the Directors of the Jerusalem-based Weight Loss and Stress Management center Lose It! Alan and Linda can be reached on their U.S. Line 516-568-5027 In Israel call 02-651-8502 or 050-555-7175, or by email at alan@loseit.co.il or linda@loseit.co.il

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…..item 2)…. Drunk NJ man gets leg severed after taking nap on the subway tracks … Mail Online … Daily Mail … www.dailymail.co.uk

… Man, 26, climbed down to sleep under the platform after night of drinking
… His leg cut off by incoming subway train but he is expected to survive

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 19:53 EST, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:53 EST, 20 January 2013

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2265631/Drunk-NJ-man-get…

Police say a 26-year-old New Jersey man had his leg severed when he drunkenly fell asleep next to the tracks under a New York City subway platform and was struck by a train.

The incident happened at the 65th St subway station in Woodside, Queens at about 4:40 am on Sunday.
Authorities say the man from Elizabeth was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital and is expected to survive. His name was not released.
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img code photo … Queens subway station

i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/01/21/article-2265631-170F8C…

The Queens subway station where a 26-year-old man had his leg cut off by a train after drunkenly falling asleep under the platform

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This latest incident comes just days after young man was killed after falling onto the subway tracks while attempting to defecate between train cars on Tuesday afternoon.

The fatality took place at the 125th Street station, which was the scene of another incident involving a man who ended up on the tracks just minutes earlier.

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According to New York Police Department spokesperson Paul Browne, a homeless man in his 50s was apparently struck and injured by an uptown No 5 train, leaving him with a broken pelvis and deep lacerations to his buttocks and right leg.

At around 4.10pm, the bloodied victim was seen scrambling onto the platform. According to police, the man was so drunk that he did not remember being on the tracks. He was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition, CBS2 reported.
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img code photo … Woodside station

i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/01/21/article-2265631-170FA4…

The man was rushed from the Woodside station to hospital and is expected to survive

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‘They told us the brakes weren’t working, but we all knew it was something else,’ Angel Torres, 17, who spent 45 minutes stuck aboard a No 5 train, told the New York Post.

Just 10 minutes later, at around 4.30pm, a 31-year-old man, who is believed to be from the Bronx, was riding aboard a northbound No 6 train on the other side of the platform when he decided to step between two cars to relieve himself.

Browne said the unnamed victim lost his balance, tumbled onto the tracks and was run over by the same train he was on.

Earlier reports claimed that the two men were involved in a fight, but police have since said that the incidents appeared to be unrelated.

This tragedy came after Transport Workers Union Local 100 called on train operators to slow down when pulling into stations.

Last month, two men were killed in the New York City underground after being pushed to their deaths by strangers.

Ki-Suk Han, 58, was shoved off the platform to a horrific death at 49th street station by homeless man, Naeem Davis, 30, on December 3.

Then on December 28, Indian national Sunando Sen, 46, died after being pushed in front of a subway train in Queens by Erica Menendez, a 31-year-old woman who suffered from bipolar disorder.
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