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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Healthy Lifestyle
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.
Topics: Healthy Lifestyle
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.
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.
Summer and Fall are perfect grilling seasons in Northern California. Odds are, you'll be invited to plenty of backyard BBQs over the next few months, before we move into winter. If you are trying to eat healthy, a friend's BBQ can be a treacherous event for you to navigate. Cheeseburgers, sausages and two kinds of pie aren't exactly a well-rounded meal plan. So how do you keep your nutrition plan on track when you are not in control of the meal? We have pulled together some simple ideas for eating healthy at the backyard BBQ that will keep you from veering off course on your diet.
It’s time to trade in your swimming suits for school supplies - back to school season is upon us! While many parents and caregivers are ready to get back into a routine again, actually doing so can take some time. The tips below can help you make healthy choices for your kids as you start the summer to classroom transition.