Excerpt from the article by Dr. David Ludwig published 4/4/2016:

“In 2005, colleagues and I predicted in the New England Journal of Medicine that life-expectancy would decline in the US by mid-century due to the obesity epidemic. But I was stunned to see evidence for this prediction so soon in preliminary data just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Age-adjusted deaths rates for the first 9 months of 2015 increased significantly compared to the same time period in 2014, most notably involving obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Although these data are preliminary, the downward trend in longevity will almost certainly accelerate as this generation of children — heavier from earlier in life than ever before — reaches adulthood. It’s one thing for someone to develop obesity at age 45, diabetes at 55, and heart disease at 65. But what if the clock starts ticking at age 10?”

Read the whole article at:

How to stick to a healthy diet….

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10 day detox diet mark hyman

So, we have all been there…. the diet roller coaster where we work so hard and then give up because it becomes too overwhelming to continue.

Now-a-days there are tons of resources out there for us to learn what we need to know so we can enjoy life.  And, aside from the resources, there is a ton of support.  Those of you who may be familiar with the time to play philosophy know I have been advocating for #PeopleHelpingPeople and Collaboration = Success.  I believe that, together, we can go further faster.

I am a NYS Department of Health Diabetes Prevention Counselor.  Over the past 3 years I have “taught” 3 groups.  We started out with 20 in the beginning and we dwindle to 2.  Every time.  The program is excellent, but it is 16 weeks and it is commitment.

After 50 years of life, I know in life that there are no shortcuts.  However, there has to be a motivation and a priority from within that set us up to succeed.  There must be some type of commitment and a reminder of why something is important enough to capture our attention to pursue.  Looking at situations in our own life, it is our choice to decide if we are pleased with how anything in life is going, or, if not, how we can make a change.  Life is short.  It’s important to realize that and it’s important for us enjoy life and that it is ultimately up to us to do so — no one can make that happen for us but ourselves — not our spouse, not our friends, not our kids, not our boss (you get the idea).

With that, here’s an article posted by Dr. Hyman, a health expert, yesterday, regarding how to stick to a healthy eating plan… this time. Sustainability is the key. 

Jim and I are going to be starting his 10-day detox diet today.  You are welcome to join us in our journey to break the cycle.  Give us a call at 631-331-2675 or email  It’s time to enjoy YOUR life & be happy, healthy, have money and a work life balance.  It’s Time to Play.

Love, Doreen

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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is a board certified healthcare executive, a certified professional life coach, the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life and author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life.  The concept behind time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see for more information.

Eating Fats — good or bad


A long article I started to read today, and thought I’d share here…

There’s always been controversy about saturated fats and eating fat in general.  I always suggest researching and being our own best advocate.

So, here it is… As I’m not a nutritionist, I can agree that certainly eliminating artificial foods and fats is the best first choice we can make.  Hope this is helpful!

Diabetes increase from 1980-2014


I am a NYS Department of Health Diabetes Prevention Counselor.  As I was preparing for our Internet Radio Empower Half Hour Podcast today for healthy eating, I googled for a statistic for the number of people who had diabetes in 1980 to present for my discussion.

I had looked at the Center for Disease Control statistics before, but nothing was as visual as the chart I found today.  The chart shows the “Number (in Millions) of Civilian, Non-Institutionalized Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes, United States, 1980-2014″ and noted that Diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980 through 2014, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has increased fourfold (from 5.5 million to 22.0 million).”

Check out the chart.

Diabetes is the largest contributor to chronic diseases.  You don’t want it if you don’t have it.  Trust me.  I’ve worked in nursing homes since 2001.  Please comment or contact me.  You have to be healthy to enjoy life.  It’s part of the time to play philosophy.

Love, Doreen

$103 Billion spent by Medicare on pharmaceuticals in 2013


Interesting article — $103 billion was spent on pharmaceuticals in 2013.  $103 BILLION!  Check out this article.

Not to say that medications do not have a place in our society — I know many things are necessary to keep people healthy and maintain quality of life.  BUT after working in healthcare for 28 years, chairing a pharmacy committee in a healthcare facility, I can’t help but wonder if there are other ways to treat things like heartburn…

“The heartburn drug Nexium cost the most: $2.5 billion for 1.5 million Medicare patients, who filled 8 million prescriptions and refills. The total cost included what was paid by Medicare, beneficiaries and third parties such as supplemental health plans.”  Check out this article for the listing of the top 10 drugs and the suggestion for patients to get more involved in their care:

Our 59 National Parks


It has been found that nature is good for us, body, mind and soul.  I saw this link today and thought it was worth to pass it on.  May be worthwhile to plan a trip to one of the beautiful 59 national parks in our United States.  Or, at least to enjoy looking at the beautiful photos :) It is Time to Play! It’s Time to Enjoy YOUR Life!

Healthy Eating: Foods That Look Like Body Parts


This is a very interesting article… it talks about healthy eating and shows carrots (look like an eye), sweet potatoes (look like a pancreas), avocados (ovary), walnuts (brain) and other foods that look like a body part and that have benefits within the food that may provide a benefit to your health — for that area of your body.  Definitely worth to check it out!

And, check out, resources for a better life.  It’s time to be happy, healthy, have money and a work life balance — It’s time to Enjoy YOUR Life!

7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise


I haven’t been consistent with exercising. After all, it’s winter, and it’s cold out, and I’m tired, and…. I’ve been making lots of excuses.

This article from US News & World Report provides us with indisputable reasons why we should take EVEN 10 MINUTES to exercise. Even I can spare 10 minutes… I’m heading to the treadmill.

Definitely worth a read!

And, visit  Time to Play.  It’s a State of Mind.

The Power of Love as an Antidepressant


Did you know: It is possible to change one’s approach to love to ward off depression? Strategies in this article from include recognizing the difference between love and infatuation, knowing that love is a LEARNED skill, and the need for good communication. It’s truly worth a read! = Resources for a Better Life. Embrace the Time to Play Philosophy and start to Enjoy YOUR Life!

HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) Side Effects


There are two HPV vaccines available (Gardasil® and Cervarix®) which protect against the types of HPV infection that cause most cervical cancers.  I have been reading reports about adverse side effects and thought I’d post some “food for thought”.  I did not get any of my three children vaccinated.  Some might think that’s dumb, but I figured it’s up to each of us to make up our minds.  – I did take the liberty to highlight the excerpt in read that I thought was a little disturbing.  Please do read the whole information – the link to the source of the below content is:,  and reference was made that this information was last updated: December 20, 2013 – Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
In the United States, post-licensure vaccine safety monitoring and evaluation are conducted independently by federal agencies and vaccine manufacturers.  From June 2006-March 2013, approximately 57 million doses of HPV vaccines were distributed  and VAERS received approximately 22,000 adverse event reports occurring in girls and women who received HPV vaccines; 92% were classified as “non-seriousExternal Web Site Icon.” Reports received by VAERS peaked in 2008 and decreased each year after that; the proportion of female HPV reports classified as “seriousExternal Web Site Icon” (reports are classified as “serious” if they contain information that the event resulted in hospitalization, prolongation of an existing hospitalization, permanent disability, life-threatening illness, or death) peaked in 2009 at 12.8% and decreased after that to 7.4% in 2013 (for more information, see Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): “Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescent Girls, 2007-2012 and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006-2013 — United States