Tips for International Travel


Tips for travelling abroad during the holidays
  • Check to see what vaccinations you should have.
  • Avoid raw fruits and vegetables to limit the chance of traveler's diarrhea
  • Drink bottled water, and request no ice in your drinks.

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Controlling the amount of sodium in your diet


Controlling the amount of sodium in your diet
  • In restaurants, choose mostly fresh, less processed foods.
  • Taste your food before you add salt. It may not need it.
  • Split meals when dining out.

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Tips for Quitting Smoking


Tips For Quitting Smoking
  • Get counseling from your doctor or a smoking cessation program.
  • Take the first step - make the decision to quit smoking.
  • Make a plan, and stick to it. Get support from friends and family and others who have quit.

Teenagers Use of Smartphones Affects Sleep


Teenagers Use of Smartphones Affects Sleep
  • Exposure to light at bedtime significantly lowers levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates our internal clocks and plays a role in the sleep cycle.
  • The human eye is extremely sensitive to the light in 'the blue spectrum' frequency emitted from the electronic devices such as TV, video consoles, smart phones and tablets. These devices also stimulate brain activity which makes it harder to fall asleep.
  • With this light exposure at bedtime, sleep onset is delayed resulting in decrease in quantity as well as quality of sleep.
  • This results in less hours of deep sleep required for recharging of the brain, memory consolidation and important body functions such as release of growth hormone.

Women's Health - Develop a habit of regular check-ups


Women's Health

Holly Thomas, M.D., talks about the importance for women to establish a habit of regular check-ups throughout their lives. Different health issues and conditions may be detected through regular screenings and exams.


How To Make Nutritious and Fun Lunch Meals


How To Make Nutritious and Fun Lunch Meals
  • Packing your lunch is a great way to trim your budget and your waistline.
  • Plan ahead to stock your pantry with smart and healthy food choices.
  • Include foods from at least three of the five major food groups.
  • Involve children in packing lunches to help them learn to make healthy food choices.


Protection against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)


Protection against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease today.
  • HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women. It also causes other cancers in both men and women.
  • You can even have the virus and not know it.
  • It's important to be vaccinated prior to the onset of sexual activity.


Potential signs of Atrial fibrillation (AFib)


Potential signs of Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Atrial fibrillation or AFib is an irregular heartbeat.
  • Two million people in the United States have AFib.
  • AFib is the most common serious type of irregular heartbeat in people over age 65.
  • Associated with high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, it can sometimes present as a stroke.
  • Other symptoms include heart palpitations, chest discomfort, near fainting, difficulty breathing, or fatigue.
  • When not identified and treated, it can also lead to heart failure.


Breaking Myths About Organ Donation


Breaking Myths About Organ Donation
  • You can become an organ donor in a few easy steps. Designate your decision on your driver's license or state ID card through your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. This is considered legal consent for organ and tissue donation. And, remember to share your donation wishes with your loved ones!
  • There is no set age limit for organ donation, and there is no cost to the organ donor's family or estate.
  • Life-saving organs for transplant include the heart, kidney, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines. Tissues, such as bones, ligaments, and tendons are needed for important surgical procedures to repair injured or diseased joints and bones. Corneas, heart valves, and skin may also be donated.


Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks Safety Tips
  • Celebrate safely. Attend public fireworks displays rather than use fireworks at home.
  • Sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees which is hot enough to melt glass. Offer children glow sticks instead.
  • Always have a bucket of water nearby, as well as a fire extinguisher that you know how to operate in case of an emergency.
  • Immediately go to a doctor or hospital if a child is injured by fireworks. If an eye injury occurs, don't allow your child to touch or rub it.
  • Don't mix alcohol and fireworks. They can be a deadly combination.


Pool Safety

Pool Safety Tips
  • Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children ages 1 to 4.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers, and inflatable/portable wading pools immediately after use.
  • Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Make sure backyard pools have four-sided fencing and a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Take the time to learn CPR and to educate your kids about swimming safety.



Combating a sedentary lifestyle

Combating a sedentary lifestyle
  • Almost half of America's youth between the ages of 12 and 21 is not physically active.
  • 60 to 85 percent of the world's population is sedentary, accounting for approximately two million deaths each year
  • Keep moving - go for walks, play with your children or take the stairs!