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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Pay it Forward for National Volunteer Week

donationsThis year, National Volunteer Week will take place the week of April 12-18.

Everyone is busy, right? If you think that you cannot possibly fit another thing into your already-packed schedule, you can still be an active volunteer and participant in this week. You can decide to “Pay It Forward” by volunteering your time in small pieces of random acts of kindness to make someone’s day a little brighter. Both you and the recipients of your kindness will feel better, and the world will be that much better off for it.

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Autism Awareness Month – Light it up Blue

AutismApril is Autism Awareness Month, and it’s time to light up blue for this important issue.

Since this is a relatively common condition, chances are good that you know someone who has it. The more we know about autism, high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, the better we will be able to understand what it’s like to live with this condition.

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Three Tips for Public Health Week

Group of Diverse People Holding Letters To Form A HDuring the first full week of April each year, The American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This year, Public Health Week is April 6-12, 2015.

Over the course of this week – and at all times – we want to think about ways to preserve our good health so that we can keep ourselves and the people around us safe. It’s easy to forget about important germ-prevention techniques, but the wrong germs can end up making us and those we care about quite ill, so it’s important to practice good germ prevention techniques all year-round.

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Top Tips for Good Eye Health

At the OpticianMarch is National Save Your Vision Month, and the last thing you want to do is take your eye health for granted. There are some things you can do to make sure you are seeing your best.

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Close Up on National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Children standing outside school busThe National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) National Youth Violence Prevention Week is March 23 – 27. This is a good time to talk to your children about diversity:

How do you talk to your child about diversity? It can be a difficult subject for parents.

Do you try to teach your children to be “colorblind” when they go to school and out into the world in dealing with other people?  The fact is that there are people that your children go to school with from different backgrounds who have different outlooks, religious beliefs, customs and ways of doing things. Ignoring these facts will not change them.

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What Does Your Healthy Look Like?

FruitsThe saying “You are what you eat” is more than just a phrase.

Your diet has a direct impact on your health and on whether you can control or prevent certain serious diseases. What you choose to eat (or not eat) can affect your health, and you may be surprised when your doctor recommends changes to your diet as part of a treatment plan instead of, or along with, reaching for a prescription pad.

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Third Annual Egg Hunt!

FHCP Member Egg Hunt

egg-basket

The Third Annual Egg Hunt has Concluded. The FHCP Social Team will contact all winners by email and phone within 48 – 72 hours.

 

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Spring Clean Your Health Starting Now

startDid you make New Year’s Resolutions to improve your health, only to fall by the wayside by February 1 or so?

The good news is that it’s not too late to get back on track; you can spring clean your health starting now.

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Gambling Awareness Month and “Freemium” Gaming

Mobile DeviceMarch is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and a good time to remember that this issue is not confined to casinos or people playing the lottery.

A gambling problem can start in the most benign manner, and even people who enjoy free-to-play games may find themselves drawn into spending money when they weren’t planning on doing so to start.

Even people who play the “free” games and are determined not to part with any cash can end up spending money, and it’s not entirely their fault. The games are developed in a manner to take advantage of the way the player’s mind works. They know exactly how to set up scenarios where it is more likely to get someone to say “YES!” to reaching for their wallet.

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