Health Tips Blog

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’Tis the Season for Safety

Dec 12, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

The holidays are full of joy and excitement, especially for children. But each year, more than 300,000 children may end up in the emergency department (ED) for injuries caused by holiday decorations, toys, or burns from a fire. This winter, follow these tips from the…

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Working Out in the Cold

Dec 5, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Cold weather doesn’t have to put a freeze on your outdoor exercise program. If you take precautions, you can still work out when the weather turns chilly.  Wear the right clothing Clothing is critical, says the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Although a double-thick…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Nov 28, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Overview Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It happens during certain seasons of the year—most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light…

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A Thanksgiving Menu Tune-Up

Nov 21, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Holidays bring joy — and often food anxiety. How to cook, how to serve, and, finally, how much? In an era when we all seem to be on a diet, do you give in and make everything Grandma did? Today’s goal is not to re-create…

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Vegetarian Chili

Nov 7, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or simply enjoy a meatless meal now and then, look for recipes that are full of flavor and low in fat. Because strict vegetarian meals don’t contain animal foods, they’re cholesterol-free. While meatless recipes tend to be low in total…

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Have a Hazard-Free Halloween

Oct 31, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes, jack-o’-lanterns glowing in house windows, and buckets brimming with candy and treats. Experts warn, however, that this fun-filled night can pose safety hazards. An alternative is to throw a Halloween party and invite…

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Bad Day? You Can Turn it Around

Oct 24, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

If the proverbial bluebird of happiness skipped your home this morning, don’t fret. Even if your car wouldn’t start, it rained on your new suit, one of the kids (or pets) threw up, you missed that important deadline, or you’re generally irked, hit the reset…

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A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

Oct 17, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

You can prevent the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated. Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu vaccine is too much trouble or costs too much. Or they…

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The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Oct 10, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

If you are what you eat, that’s particularly true for your teeth and gums. When you drink and munch starchy or sugary foods, you’re not only feeding yourself, you’re feeding the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease in your mouth. Plaque is a thin,…

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6 Ways to Get Creative with Your Cardio

Oct 3, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Ever heard the saying that a “body at rest is likely to stay at rest?” Well, the opposite is true, too. Get your body moving, and  you’re likely to stay moving, reaping a host of health benefits as well. Cardiovascular exercise, or “cardio,” is activity…

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Greek Roasted-Vegetable Sandwich

Sep 26, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 eggplant (about a pound) 2 small zucchini 2 medium red potatoes 1 large, sweet onion (Vidalia, Spanish, or red) 1 red or yellow bell pepper 4 plum tomatoes 4 tablespoons feta cheese (about 4 ounces) Fresh oregano to taste…

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Emotional Eating: How to Cope

Sep 19, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

If you raid the fridge when you’re stressed or upset, that’s called emotional eating. Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health. Sadness, boredom, and other negative emotions can drive emotional…

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Insomina

Sep 12, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Overview You’ve probably had nights when you couldn’t fall asleep, no matter how desperately you tried. When you can’t sleep, the ticking of the clock only reminds you of your exhaustion and the endless hours until morning. And perhaps you finally drop off around dawn,…

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AEDs: High-Tech Help for Cardiac Arrest

Sep 5, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

You’ve seen it time and again on TV shows. After someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest, healthcare providers grab the paddles and deliver an electric shock to the patient to help restore a normal heart rhythm. Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED). This…

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Watch That Backpack Load

Aug 29, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Most children rely on backpacks to carry books and supplies to and from school and activities. But a backpack that’s too heavy or doesn’t fit right can cause harm. Children can hurt themselves by using poor posture to carry a heavy bag. They may arch…

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Add Variety to Your Vegetables

Aug 22, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

As a child, you may have been scolded for not eating your veggies. As an adult, you may have never truly outgrown that finicky eating. If you’re like most Americans, you don’t eat enough vegetables on a daily basis. Your diet may also be lacking…

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Work Out on the Water

Aug 15, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

Instead of getting in the water this summer, try getting on it. With a sailboat, canoe, kayak, windsurfing outfit, or pair of water skis, you can explore a whole new world of activities. Once you’ve embraced proper training and safety, you’ll get a fine, fun…

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Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Aug 8, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

The danger of dehydration and heat stroke Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated.  What is dehydration? Dehydration can be a serious heat-related disease. It is also a dangerous side effect of diarrhea, vomiting, and…

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How to Map Out a Safe Vacation

Aug 1, 2018 | Health Tips Blog

If you’re going on vacation—whether to cruise the Greek islands or visit your grandchildren in Maine—a little planning goes a long way. Although we all enjoy a bit of excitement on vacation, most of us don’t like unexpected surprises. By thinking ahead and planning for…

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