Healthy Lifestyle
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
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Jump Into Water Fitness!
Regular exercise is vital for good health. Finding something you like is important or you won’t continue with it. If you’re struggling with finding a program that works for you, needing to mix it up a little, or looking for a change, why not try water fitness. Water fitness (or water aerobics) programs and classes can help develop flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and even deliver cardio-respiratory benefits. Other physical benefits include increased range of motion, improved balance and coordination, and a chance for some great relaxation. Exercising in water is different than land exercise. These differences create a great environment...
Fall Is the Time for Flu Shots
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because...
The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast...
The Physical Fight Against Childhood Obesity
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know… • Among Missouri’s children between the ages of 2 years to less than 5 years: -16.2 percent are overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age). -13.6 percent are obese (≥95th percentile BMI-for-Age). • The prevalence of obesity has increased over the past 30 years among American children. Obesity rates in 1980 stood at only 5%. You may wonder what has happened to make obesity rates in children increase so dramatically. Unfortunately, there are many contributing factors, from a more sedentary lifestyle to foods marketed that are high in fat and sugar. In...
1-2-3-4-5…FIT-TASTIC!
Choosing healthy habits is as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! One hour or more of physical activity each day can help you keep your energy up and reach or stay at a healthy weight. Tips: Break it up into shorter chunks throughout the day. Choose activities that make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Plan active family time like going to the park or zoo. Use active time as a way of socializing with friends. Two hours of screen time should be maximum. Less time spent watching TV, playing video games or texting means more time being active. Tips:...
Physical Activity at Home, Work, or Play
Adding activity into your day is possible. Choose activities that you enjoy. Adults should aim for at least 2½ hours or 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Every little bit adds up, and doing something is better than doing nothing. Most important—have fun while being active! 1. Take 10. Do at least 10 minutes of activity at a time to reach your weekly goal. Walk the dog for 10 minutes before and after work and add a 10-minute walk at lunchtime. 2. Mix it up. Start the week with a swim at the pool, take a yoga class during...
Make Your Swimming Season Safe
Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like Crypto (short forCryptosporidium), Giardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli O157:H7. Other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Children, pregnant women, and people with...
Time for Tick Awareness
Spring brings many outside to enjoy the benefits of warmer temperatures and longer days. When fans of the outdoors encounter areas that have tall grasses, they usually also encounter something else-ticks! Ticks must eat blood at each of their four life stages to survive. Ticks can take up to 3 years to complete their full life cycle, and most will die because they don’t find a host for their next feeding.Ticks can’t fly or jump, but many tick species wait in a position known as “questing”. While questing, ticks hold onto leaves and grass by their third and fourth pair of...
Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle-Celebrate National Nutrition Month!
Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2015 with these food, nutrition and exercise tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 15 Health Tips for 2015! 1. Eat Breakfast There’s no better way to start your morning than with a healthy breakfast. Include lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try oatmeal cooked with low-fat milk, sliced almonds and berries, or top a toaster waffle with low-fat yogurt and fruit. Find more quick breakfast ideas at www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets. 2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your...
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