Jennifer Matus has more than 40,000 people following her journey. She said she started sharing her experiences because she needed accountability
ST. LOUIS — There are people throughout the St Louis area who are considered “influencers.” Jennifer Matus is one of them.
She has thousands of followers on social media, and she’s using her platforms to inspire people to make change in their lives by showing them the change she’s trying to make in her own life. Matus is putting herself out there and holding nothing back.
“Being real and honest,” she said.
Matus is making her real struggle to lose weight public.
“God, I wish I could just lose this jiggle,” she said in one of her social media posts.
She once weighed more than 350 pounds and knew she had to do something.
“It was just a cycle that kept going, going and going,” she told 5 On
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Older adults who joined group exercise classes experienced decreased loneliness and social isolation, according to a new Cedars-Sinai study conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes have continued virtually since March, and early results suggest the online versions are also effective.
Seniors face increased risk for developing serious health issues or even death if they lack social connections or feel alone. Loneliness is connected to higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide. Experts say social isolation can have the same impact on an older person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Both loneliness and social isolation are widespread issues in the U.S., where more than a third of adults 45 and older feel lonely and nearly a quarter of those 65 and older are socially isolated, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. But few studies have examined the most effective ways to improve social connectedness
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