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February is American Heart Month! In the United States every 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. You can help fight heart disease by making subtle changes in your life and by helping to spread the word on how to heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends decreasing salt intake and using spices to flavor food, increasing physical activity by getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, quitting smoking and stress management as great ways to decrease your risk for heart disease. Join us in making these subtle yet very important changes in your life and by wearing red on Friday, February 3.
Heart disease is the leading causes of death in the United States. There are ways to help reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Choose whole grains, fruits, veggies, low foods, such as fruits and veggies, help reduce cholesterol and increase feelings of fullness. Fruits and veggies are also high in potassium, a nutrient which has been shown to decrease blood pressure. Limit saturated fat to 10% of your energy intake. Saturated fats tend to be solid at ro dairy. Avoid trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils margarine. Choose the healthier unsaturated fats found in olive oil, canola oil, healthier fats increase your “good” cholesterol (HDL) and help decrease “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a type of unsaturated fat. Aim for 12 oz of fish per week to help get recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Flaxseed and walnuts are another source of omega fatty acids. Try to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and be physically active at least 30 minutes most days to reduce your risk of heart disease.
Bust some myths and teach how to safely store and safely use things that could be poisonous.
Myth#1: Putting products up high will prevent poisonings.
Children learn to climb. Layer the protection. Store things Up and Away and Out of Sight.
Myth #2: Poisonings only happen to babies.
Half the calls to the Missouri Poison Center in 2015 were about people older than 5 years old, and 30% of the calls were about 20-59 year olds.
Myth #3: My child won't eat bad-tasting things.
Some children are more likely to be adventurous than others, but many children eat yukky things like coins, batteries, spit tobacco, bugs, and feces among others things.
Myth #4: All dangerous products in my home are behind latched cabinets.
Latches and locks are a great way to reduce access to hazards. But some poisons might be out: perfume, plants, potpourri, grandma's pill box, lamp oil, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, cleaning products, among others. National Poison Prevention Week is a time to inspect your entire home for any medicines or household products that may not be stored properly and correct the situation immediately.
10 Ways to Protect Yourself from the FluThe flu seems to be everywhere and we’ve all heard the directive: Wash your hands! But after washing, then what? Eager to learn other smart tips for flu prevention, we reached out to Dr. Mia Finkelston who treats patients for LiveHealth Online and she offered 10 tips.
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