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Eat Right to Avoid Fall Weight Gain

Posted by Staff on October 25, 2019

Fall is here and the holidays are just around the corner. Most American holiday traditions involve food, and fall and winter foods tend to be more calorie dense "comfort foods." We stuff ourselves during the fall while also being less active, staying indoors out of the cold. Then January 1st rolls around and we have to make a new year's resolution to get healthy again. It's a vicious (yet delicious) cycle, full of candy, pies, breads and smoked meats.

What can be done to avoid the classic fall weight gain? It's not as bad as you might think. Avoiding overeating and making some subtle changes to your holiday recipes can go a long way. Also, don't forget to stay active during the fall and winter. Find ways to get outside when the weather permits, bundle up and go for a walk, just keep moving! A more active lifestyle will keep your metabolism burning through some of those extra holiday treats. The website Livestrong.com provides us with some healthy eating tips to avoid fall weight gain.

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Topics: Weight Loss, Healthy Lifestyle

The Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Posted by Staff on July 24, 2019

Sleep is an essential tool for our body. Sleep is what makes us stay healthy and alert for day-to-day life. The CDC recommends you get at least 7 hours of sleep, for adults ranging from 18- 60 years old. This amount of sleep is the optimal amount to stay healthy. If a person is not receiving this amount of sleep on a regular basis than there are some symptoms that may appear. Below is a list of a few things that can happen when we don’t get enough sleep.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle

Quick Guide to Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

Posted by Staff on June 28, 2019

It’s a common occurrence to have your blood pressure taken just about every time you visit a clinic or doctor’s office. You sit in the chair with the cuff around your arm, patiently waiting while the cuff contracts and expands. Once it’s finished, the doctor or nurse gives you a couple of numbers. Have you ever wondered what they mean? If you’ve ever been afraid to ask, or just want to understand your blood pressure better, the quick guide below can help.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

3 Most Important Ways to Protect Yourself from the Heat

Posted by Staff on June 05, 2019

The weather is getting sunnier, the days are getting longer, and the temperature is rising. The hot summer months are upon us, and living in Northern California means they stick around well into the fall. Because you’re exposed to the sun and heat for a good part of the year, it’s important that you take care of yourself and your loved ones. Learn the 3 most important things you can do to protect your health and body.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

What to Do if You Think You Have a Mental Health Condition

Posted by Staff on May 06, 2019

We all experience levels of stress, sadness, depression, anxiety and other emotions in our lives. They are part of who we are as human beings and our natural way of responding to situations. But as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by these expected behaviors and responses turning into a mental health condition. The signs of mental illness are not always obvious, and each mental health condition has its own symptoms. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and to know how to help yourself or someone else who is suffering.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention, Mental Health

Simple Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Posted by Staff on February 18, 2019

Approximately every 38 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease. It's a sad statistic that will only get worse if we ignore the problem. Cardiovascular disease is not only the leading cause of death in our nation, but globally as well. A large number of these deaths could be prevented through education and lifestyle change.

 

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention, News

Why You Should Consider Being a Blood Donor

Posted by Staff on January 14, 2019

Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Just one blood donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. Every day blood donations can help patients of all ages who are accident and burn victims, hearth surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. Blood donation is extremely important because blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors. While 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood only 10 percent actually do.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle

5 No-Pressure Health Habits to Make Part of Your Daily Routine

Posted by Staff on December 28, 2018

Are you the type of person who gets excited about the idea of making New Year’s resolutions? Or do you think making resolutions is just setting yourself up to fail? Whether you wake up on January 1, 2019 with a fresh-start mentality or you’re perfectly happy continuing with your life business-as-usual, you’ll be able to use the tips below to make healthier choices.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted by Staff on October 24, 2018

If you’re a woman and you’re getting older, you’re at risk of getting breast cancer. These are risk factors that you cannot change. In fact, most women who get breast cancer have no common risk factors or history of the disease in their families. However, there are still ways you can be proactive to keep yourself as healthy as possible as well as detect breast cancer early. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, here are some ways women can lower their risk of breast cancer.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Prevention

What Are Essential Vitamins and Why Do You Need Them?

Posted by Staff on October 08, 2018

Anybody who has tried to stay healthy has had to deal with the vast array of vitamins and minerals available on the market today. Ensuring that you eat healthily requires understanding the most important essential vitamins and where you can get them. Without this knowledge, your diet will be inefficient and potentially expensive. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle

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