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If you are a senior, you should aim for approximately 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity. It might sound like a lot all at once, but it breaks down to just over 21 minutes per day of activity. You can take a long walk, join a class at the gym, or even go swimming with your grandkids. You aren’t limited to the number of physical activities you have available, and you shouldn’t limit yourself to activities you don’t enjoy. Do what you love, and you won’t feel as if you’re working out. The Health Benefits of Senior Exercise…

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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 overdo it during the holidays, don’t feel alone. Most people do tend to treat themselves to foods they normally limit or avoid altogether. Here are five tips to help get your diet back on track for the New Year. Water is Your Friend Even if you don’t have a health issue that requires you to avoid certain foods, many holiday favorites are full of carbohydrates. Since moderation was not the order of the day, all those empty carbohydrates likely left your body feeling a little dehydrated. That’s especially true if you drank beverages with caffeine. Drink plenty of…

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The holiday season comes with a lot of health drawbacks, including colds, the flu, slips and falls and packing on a few extra pounds. Avoid germs, injuries, and fend off the seasonal weight by following these tips for healthy holidays. Prevention The cold and the flu spread rapidly during the winter, making it important to regularly wash your hands and stay warm. There is also a higher risk of slip and fall accidents during the winter. Sprinkle salt along the walkways near your home to prevent falls and other related injuries from ice this winter. Be Mindful of What You…

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Ice skating might feel strange until you learned and practiced some techniques. Get you winter workout off to a gliding start with these helpful tips. Get Skates that Fit Properly A good pair of figure skates will fit you properly, provide plenty of support and have sharp blades that cut into the ice. Make sure that you wear skates that are the correct size. It’s also important to lace up your skates correctly. However, you don’t want your skates to fit too tight, or too loose, feeling like they’re about to come off. Know How to Fall Falling is inevitable…

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There is no sure-fire way to prevent pancreatic cancer. Experts do not know exactly what causes it, however, there are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer. Family History It is important to know your family history. If you have two or more first-degree relatives with pancreatic cancer, then you will be more likely to develop it yourself. You are also at an increased risk for developing pancreatic cancer if you have a relative who developed the condition before the age of 50. Additionally, if you have a family history of pancreatitis, then your…

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If you over do it on Thanksgiving, don’t feel alone. Most people do tend to treat themselves to foods they normally limit or avoid altogether. However, after Thanksgiving, it’s time to deal with the consequences. Here are five tips to help get your diet back on track after Thanksgiving. Water is Your Friend Even if you don’t have a health issue that requires you to avoid certain foods, many Thanksgiving favorites are full of carbohydrates. Since moderation was not the order of the day, all those empty carbs likely left your body feeling a little dehydrated. That’s especially true if…

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The American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good™ movement celebrates Eat Smart Month this November to help you to “Be The Best You” not just during the holiday season but all year round. Below are some helpful tips so you can lead a healthy life. Did you know that few American adults and less than one percent of children meet the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health? This is due to health factors including poor diet, inadequate physical activity, and being overweight or obese. More education and resources are needed for all to help increase our intake of healthy foods…

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When you are a diabetic, it’s important to be concerned about the health of your eyes and your visual acuity. Diabetes mellitus changes your body’s blood glucose levels, and this can affect the flow of blood and the consistency of the fluid in the eyeball. If you aren’t monitoring your glucose levels or consuming the proper diet, then you are risking your vision by damaging the components of the eyes. Here are some of the most common eye problems that occur in diabetics. Blurry Vision A diabetic is more likely to have poor vision that requires correction with eyeglasses or…

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When it comes to going to the doctor for a breast exam, it’s important schedule regular appointments. Below are five important reasons to schedule a mammogram. 1. Early Detection Can Save Your Life Self breast exams are important and can help identify problems, but they are no substitute for a mammogram. Your chances of surviving breast cancer are far greater when it is detected early. A mammogram can show tumors long before you are able to feel them. When you catch breast cancer in the early stages, your choices of treatment options are greater and survival rates increase. 2. It’s…

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