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It’s that time of year again, flu season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get the flu shot in October or November or when the flu begins to spread in your area. Over 100 varieties of the flu have been discovered with new evolutions each year, but the first and best defense against the flu is the shot. The Flu If more people get the flu shot, fewer people will actually get the flu. If people aren’t getting sick from the flu, it makes it harder for the flu to spread. Influenza is extremely unpredictable from…

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As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, many women are reminded of helpful ways they can work towards prevention. Every woman wants to know how to reduce their risk of breast cancer and while there are a number of factors that can contribute to your level of risk, there are preventive methods that you can implement to your lifestyle. Stay Active Maintaining an active lifestyle is an important step to breast cancer prevention. Research has suggested that women who increase their physical activity reduce the risk of cancer between 10 -30 percent. Adding a brisk 30 minute walk to your…

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It can be difficult for parents to stay in shape during the fall months. Children are back in school and have after school activities and parents may have to work long hours. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to stay fit during the fall season even if you are busy. Make Exercise a Priority It is easy to let yourself go when you are a parent because your children’s school and activities take up a lot of time. However, it is still important for you to make exercise a priority. There are many benefits that can be reaped…

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If your child has a food allergy, its vital to manage this problem while your child is at school to avoid a severe allergic reaction. Some types of food allergies are dangerous, leading to respiratory distress that requires immediate medical attention. Alternatively, other types of food allergies cause a delayed reaction such as sinus congestion, mild nausea or skin rashes. It is important for your child to avoid particular substances while eating lunch or snacks. Here are some tips to help manage food allergies while your child is at school: Notify School Administers, Nurses and Teachers Adults working in an…

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Did you know that there are real, scientific benefits to having a pet? There are health and social benefits from your pet’s companionship. Check out these five ways how pets improve your health and life. They Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety Dogs and cats can reduce the stress and anxiety that builds up from work, school, and the other aspects of life. Did you know that petting your dog or cat after a stressful day can boost your mood? Even small furry pets like gerbils, rabbits, or hamsters can be cuddled to reduce stress and anxiety. Pets can even help…

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It’s important for women to schedule routine health screenings so potential issues can be detected early on. Did you know that women are at a high-risk of contracting breast and cervical cancer? Besides health screenings, every woman should make time for healthy habits. Regular exercise and eating healthy can also help with stress management. Blood Pressure Screening When you reach 18-years-old, you need to start having your blood pressure checked every two years. This health screening involves wrapping a cuff around your arm and pumping it tightly. The recommended blood pressure for women is less than 120 over 80 millimeters…

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You may be one of the many individuals who would rather do just about anything other than go to the dentist. However, regular dental cleanings are important for you general health as well as your dental health. Finding the right dentist can make all the difference in you skipping your next teeth cleaning and you actually making an appointment when you’re having an unusual tooth ache. Avoid skipping necessary dental care by following these essential tips in choosing the dentist that’s right for you. Convenient location. One of the first things you’ll probably consider is how far of a drive…

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Lyme disease is caused by bites from deer ticks infected with the Lyme bacteria. The disease is especially common in the Northeast and Upper Midwest regions of the United States, and it can cause muscle pain, joint stiffness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. The disease can be treated with antibiotics, but the symptoms can be severe if left untreated for a long period of time. While DEET-containing bug sprays are effective for repelling ticks and other bugs, the chemical can cause a range of health issues when overused. If you want to avoid chemical repellents, you can use…

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If you’re like many people, chances are that you sometimes want to exercise outside when the weather is nice. But if you’re used to working out in a gym or in an otherwise-structured environment, you might not know where to start. Exercising outdoors can be invigorating and give you a break from the gym environment, so if you’re ready to mix up your workout routine a bit, read on to discover a few fun ways to start exercising outdoors. Get Some Friends Together for Recess You might remember freeze tag, keep away, and pickup basketball from recess as a child.…

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While outdoor grilling is a year-round thing for many (think tailgating in the fall and winter), the arrival of warmer weather creates an almost primal desire to cook and eat in the great outdoors. In addition to the temperatures just being too high to cook inside, the outdoor barbecue is an integral part of summer, something that everyone looks forward to through the gray days of winter. Unfortunately, grilling, especially meats, can cause carcinogens to form in significant amounts. One study showed that people who regularly consumed well-done meat (including grilled meat) were 60% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.…

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