Tips to Keep Going After “World Quit Day”

Quit smokingSo you’ve decided to quit smoking? Congratulations!

Taking part in “World Quit Day” will help you improve your overall level of health, and save money as well. But quitting isn’t so easy. Once you’ve made it through the first 24 hours without a cigarette, you need to do it again – and again and again – to break the habit.

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Three Tips for Seniors Starting a New Fitness Program

Mature AdultsNational Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 27th – are you in? Seniors who stay (or get) active reduce their risk for multiple health problems and have an improved quality of life as well.

This year’s program theme is “If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving.” Whether you’re an active senior who wants to try something new, or you’re ready to finally give up your couch potato habits for your grandchildren, here’s how to start a fitness program safely that will keep you active:

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High Blood Pressure: I Got Screened, What’s Next?

Question MarkMay is National High Blood Pressure Education month – and if you haven’t been screened for high blood pressure in a long time, here is your wakeup call. It’s time to get into your doctor or health care facility and have your blood pressure measured.

Over 67 million people – that’s about one out of every three U.S. adults – have high blood pressure. The condition makes your heart work harder than it should have to in order to pump blood through your body and keep your vital organs and systems running smoothly. Blood pressure measures the force of the blood on the walls of your blood vessels.

Although in healthy people this pressure rises and decreases throughout the day, some people have chronic high blood pressure – also called hypertension. The pressure is consistently too high and it puts strain on your arteries. With consistent strain, they could fail and cause a heart attack or a stroke.

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Getting Up To Speed for Physical Fitness and Sports Month

father-son-playing-soccerAs the temperature gets warmer, it’s time to get active – and there’s no better time to do it than National Sports and Fitness Month. This May, Americans are reminded to get up, get out and get active during this month of awareness and education. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is just one of many ways you can motivate yourself to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. With an award at the end, why not take the PALA+ challenge yourself?

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It’s Women’s Health Month

Diverse Group of WomenDuring the month of May women are reminded to take care of themselves and get important healthcare screenings.

According to the National Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Women’s Health Week aims to empower women to make their own health a top priority. The office offers multiple resources to help women understand the steps that they can take to improve their overall level of health – including getting an annual well-woman visit on National Women’s Checkup Day (May 11th).

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Spring Into Action: Time To Get Active!

Child having funSpring has sprung and it’s a perfect time to get active.

Making exercise an important part of your life can help you lower high blood pressure, decrease stress, balance out blood sugar issues, lose excess weight and gain more energy. The benefits go on and on. Still, even though the benefits of exercise are common knowledge, many people avoid strapping on their tennis shoes and getting moving.

No more excuses! Make this spring a time to get fit – and it’s easier than you think.

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Three Solutions for Distracted Driving

No TextingDistracted driving is a major cause of accidents.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in crashes attributed to distracted drivers.

“One Text Or Call Could Wreck It All.” Far too many people think that they will be able to make “just one call” or send that “important” text and everything will be just fine. But an accident can happen in the blink of an eye, leading to serious injuries or even death.

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If You Want to Stay Healthy: Get All Your Vaccinations!

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services sent this bulletin on 04/17/2015

Like many kids, I grew up watching Sesame Street. So, imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet Elmo! I have to tell you that Elmo created quite a sensation around my office when he came to visit us at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a few weeks ago. He was a rock star! I explained to him that, as Surgeon General, it is my job to help everyone stay healthy.

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Dealing With A Loss? Here’s Some Help

CaregiverCoping with the loss of someone we care for is one of the most difficult things we will ever have to do in life.

Many people believe that North American society doesn’t do a very good job of allowing us to talk about our grief, and advice such as “keep a stiff upper lip” is quite common in such circumstances.

Here are some suggestions to help you cope with the loss of a loved one, friend, or coworker. (They can also help you understand and provide support for someone you know who has suffered a loss.)

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Let’s Stop Stress in its Tracks

Reduce StressEach of us has multiple – and often conflicting – demands on our time, with the responsibilities of work and home pulling our attention in more than one direction, on a daily basis. It seems as though no matter what we do, stress is an inevitable part of modern life. The more we try to outrun it, the more it gains on us.

Since April is National Stress Awareness Month, it’s an excellent time to take stock, take a breath and look for ways to reduce our stress levels in ways that are reasonable and sustainable over time.

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