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Maintaining an active lifestyle is a key step to improving heart health. Physical activity not only strengthens the heart, but also helps manage your weight, prevents damage to your arteries, reduces high blood sugar, and combats high blood pressure. You do not have to be an athlete to improve your heart health, and it’s never too late to start working out. Aerobic exercise and strength training is the most beneficial to heart health. Don’t forget to stretch! Although it is not the main contributor to heart health, improving your flexibility provides the support your body needs for aerobic and strength…

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Each year in February, pediatric dentists and their assistants give visits to schools and other community events to promote the benefits of proper dental hygiene during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Dental Association, these dedicated professionals provide over $30,000 in free annual dental care to approximately 10,000 at-risk children. To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month and the devoted dental-healthcare professionals that make it happen every year, here are some oral-hygiene facts that all parents and teachers should be aware of: • Dental caries, commonly referred to as cavities, are over seven times more common in…

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It’s coming up, so be prepared! National Wear Red Day falls on the very first Friday of February. While we may not hear about it as much as other events, National Wear Red Day is just as important as others. If you have never heard about it before, now is your chance to become informed. February has been designated as American Heart Month by the American Heart Association. The first Friday of February is meant for everyone to come together to raise awareness over an important issue- heart disease in women. That’s because heart disease, along with strokes, kill every…

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The flu is a viral infection that mostly affects the sinuses and lungs. However, it can cause symptoms throughout your entire body. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, and cough. This can last for a few days or up to 2 weeks. Anyone  and everyone is vulnerable to catching the flu. The elderly and persons with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to getting sick and may experience worse complications. This can include pneumonia and even risk of death. Because the flu is a virus, it does not respond…

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Sometimes working in an office all day wears us down. It’s hard to stay healthy while sitting for eight hours. Whether it’s staying alert, on top of our diet lifestyle and/or dodging sickness, it can be difficult to stay healthy at work. We’ve got 10 ways employees can strive for better health daily. 1. Stay Hydrated When you’re so busy with work you can hardly breathe, it’s often hard to remember to take a drink of water. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Keep an insulated bottle of water by you so you remember to take sips. Dehydration…

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If you’re just starting out with a new workout  plan and wondering what your options are for pre-workout meals, then you’ve come to the right place. There is a lot of information and misinformation out there about pre-workouts, calories, carbohydrates, plans, and more. Here, we will try and break it down so you can go off knowing some do’s and don’ts. Differing Pre-workout Perceptions Different people have various opinions on eating right before workouts. Some people may not see it as necessary to eat before a workout, especially if weight-loss is the goal. While these perceptions often differ, when it…

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Joining a gym isn’t for everyone. Whether it’s too expensive or you don’t feel comfortable working out in front of others, joining a gym is not the only way to stay fit and stick to your health goals. Overeating during the holidays is a common problem for most people. Large meals with family can often mean high fat and carb content as well as alcohol. When extra calories add up during the winter, it’s not uncommon to skip outdoor activity. Luckily, there are several tips that can keep you on track for staying in optimal shape. 1.) Keep a Schedule…

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It is that time of year where your family comes over, the table is set for food and treats. The decorations and lighting are on point for the room’s ambience with conversations, holiday cheer and the occasional spirits. However, this can be a gathering filled with unexpected sabotages against your health. Check out these tips to stay healthy this holiday without skipping the holiday cheer. Mindful Eating This is the celebration of the year so don’t compromise your waistline especially after fitting into those new jeans. Casually indulge your favorite goodies by keeping track of portion size. Counter those empty…

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Nutrition is important to your overall health. There are so many false claims and mixed up information that can make it difficult to ensure you and your family are doing the right things or eating the right foods. Although each person will have different needs, answers to common questions can put you in the right direction. 1. How do I know the correct portion sizes? Controlling the amount of food you eat is important. Even if you are a healthy weight and are not dieting, maintaining that healthy weight and getting the right amount of nutrients per serving can be…

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Most people assume that spring is the worst time for allergies. While it can certainly be a time of year when allergy sufferers feel some effects, allergies can be bad in the fall as well. You might think that most plants aren’t reproducing that this point in time, but there is still pollen and other allergens in the air. Fall is a time of transition. While the weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, there are still some warms days, which contributes to pollen development and other allergens. Some of the biggest culprits for allergies this time…

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