Chocolate: A Brief History + Possible Heart-Health Benefits

HeartThroughout chocolate’s history, it has been believed to possess mysterious properties, from the ability to act as an aphrodisiac and enhance moods to allowing humans to connect directly to their gods.

The bitter drink of ancient Mesoamerica became a European import in the early 1500s, along with sugar. With the massive popularity of chocolate, it’s amazing that it took Richard Cadbury until 1861 to invent and commercialize “eating chocolates.” These were the first mass-produced chocolate candies, packed neatly inside heart-shaped boxes embellished with popular Valentine’s Day iconography.

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Is Your Emergency Hurricane Kit Stocked?

HurricaneDisaster can strike without warning – so don’t get caught unprepared.

As part of your basic household disaster preparation, you should have a Survival Kit ready and stocked so that you and your family can survive for 72 hours on your own, if necessary.

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Skin Cancer Awareness: How to Keep Your Skin Safe

Help and support signpostSkin cancer will affect one in five Americans throughout the course of their lifetimes, and 800,000 have a history of melanoma. Skin cancers, including melanoma, can affect people young and old…but it also is, in some cases, preventable.

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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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Stroke Awareness Month: How to Help Prevent Strokes

Prevent StrokesStrokes are one of the leading causes of death in America, and kill over 129,000 people each year. This May, which is Stroke Awareness Month, it’s important to learn how strokes affect the brain, what symptoms they cause and how to reduce your chances of experiencing a stroke.

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Florida Summer Fun on a Budget

Central Florida Summer FunThe summer months are upon us – so it’s time to find something fun to do with the family! Thousands of tourists are flocking to Disney World, Universal Orlando and our plethora of theme parks here in Florida. The great news is that you don’t have to fight with the crowds and spend a lot of money to have fun with your kids this summer.

Get outdoors with some of the Central Florida outdoor activities tips we shared – and also be sure to try these ideas below to keep you cool and having fun during the summer months:

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Get Outdoors and Get Active This Summer

Walk DayEveryone is encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up, get outdoors and get active. It’s a great way to raise your awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers noticing a healthier way of life.

Below are a few of FHCP Staff’s top picks for best walking trails and outdoor activities in Central Florida!

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IBS: What Is It and How to Treat It?

Digestive SystemIn most people, intestines contract and expand in a regular motion to move food through the digestive system. But for those with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, the muscles work overtime and force food out of the system much quicker, which can cause a whole host of problems.

The good news is that there are several tried-and-true treatment options – and a few new remedies – that can help sufferers live more comfortable lives.

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Stress-Busting 101

Business woman relaxing.Stress affects everyone at one time or another – but it doesn’t have to rule your life! By understanding where your stress comes from, you can develop techniques to help reduce your stress and feel better emotionally and physically. Not only do stress reduction techniques help you feel happier, they can help prevent stress-related health problems like heart disease, obesity and accelerated aging.

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