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Why Do We Have a National Epidemic of High Blood Pressure?

May 14, 2019

About 1 out of 3 US adults – around 75 million people – have high blood pressure. Only about another half of those people have the condition under control. More and more young people are receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure. In 2013, high blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for over 360,000 Americans . These are some sobering facts and part of the reason that the medical journal The Lancet described the condition as “the largest epidemic ever known to mankind.” In recognition of National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, we are going to examine some of the...Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Get Fit as a Family This Summer

May 7, 2019

May is the month when we can finally begin to count on the great outdoors for some comfortable temperatures. It's also the month when most students begin their summer breaks and many families take their vacations. As our schedules begin to take advantage of the longer days, it can be overwhelming to think of May as National Fitness Month. "How can I take on ONE more thing this summer?" Well don't worry, you don't have to do it alone. Here are tips to help the entire family get healthier this summer. Engage in Group Activities One of the benefits of exercising with your family is that it can...Continue Reading

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The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

December 11, 2018

A thinner waistline, kicking your smoking habit, or taking up that hobby you've always wanted – when the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2019, millions of Americans will make promises to improve their lives. We may have lofty ideals of the changes we'd like to make for the New Year, but actually keeping those resolutions is more difficult. In fact, Forbes estimates that only 8% of people stay true to their New Year's Resolutions. Want to join the ranks of those with stellar willpower and determination? We'll show you how! Start Small to Achieve Big The most common way to derail your success...Continue Reading

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Give the Gift of Health with These Healthy Gift Picks

December 6, 2018

Health is the gift that keeps on giving! Simplify your holiday shopping list with these healthy holiday gift ideas. Feel good about giving presents that have a positive impact. Happy shopping! Tastes Great Hydration Need a taste boost to fulfill a daily water intake goal? Try a fruit infuser water bottle! These water bottles come with a cylinder fruit holder. Put your favorite fresh fruit inside and let it infuse your bland water with delicious flavor. Prices vary but start around $10.00. What a bargain! Keep the Kids Moving! Winter weather can put a damper on outdoor activities for kids. Don...Continue Reading

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Going Strong After 50: Staying Healthy Later in Life

September 6, 2018

September is Healthy Aging Month, and we're celebrating the important milestone of being 50 years old and over! At this point in life, you've gained hard-earned wisdom and have much to offer. To continue a good quality of life, taking a proactive role in maintaining your health is more important than ever. It's time to make sure you're doing everything possible to stay vibrant, active, and going strong! Stay Heart Smart Your heart ages along with you. After 50 years old, your heart may grow larger, and your heart rate may slow down slightly. Blood vessels and arteries tend to harden a bit too...Continue Reading

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4 Healthy Actions You Should Take Before Fall Arrives

August 28, 2018

As summer draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the transition into fall. Crisp days, leaves changing color, pumpkin patches, and hot apple cider makes for the perfect fall day. The change of seasons is also the ideal time to take seasonal precautions for your health. With a little planning, it's easy to make fall a healthy and happy season! Get Your Flu Shot The most recent flu season put most of us on notice about the importance of getting a flu shot. In fact, during the 2017-2018 flu season upwards of 4,000 Americans were dying each week from the flu. The flu can be tricky because...Continue Reading

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The Relaxed Vacationer's Guide to Staying Healthy While Away!

July 17, 2018

You look forward all year long to those days of carefree relaxation. Vacations are great for stress relief, adventure, decompressing, and checking items off your bucket list. However, certain unhealthy pitfalls can turn your vacation bliss into a bad ordeal. Use the following preventative measures to have an enjoyable and healthy vacation! You are what you eat! Vacations are often a time to through caution to the wind when it comes to your diet. Here are some easy to maintain diet tip to keep you on track: The most important meal of the day Don't miss the most important meal of the day -...Continue Reading

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Could This Be the Reason You Feel Tired All the Time?

July 5, 2018

Are you tired and you can't figure out why? Multiple factors can lead to tiredness, including mistaking general weariness for fatigue. Fatigue is a tiredness that is unexplained, persistent, reoccurring, and affects the performance of daily activities. The feeling is similar to missing a lot of sleep or exhaustion while fighting the flu. Causes of fatigue and tiredness include overall health issues, stress, sedentary lifestyle, and underlying medical concerns. How is your overall health? Lack of sleep Perhaps the most obvious reason for feeling tired is lack of sleep. Adults require...Continue Reading

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Think Outside the Gym: Fun Ways to Exercise in the Great Outdoors

June 26, 2018

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and warm weather has finally arrived! Say goodbye to treadmills, stationary bikes, and indoor pools. It's time to change out the winter workout for some exercise in the great outdoors. Here are our top six favorite ways to get fit outside: Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Stand up pattle boarding combines elements of surfing and kayaking to create an awesome outdoor activity. SUP involves standing on a large long board and navigating calm water with a modified paddle.It may look easy, but this fun in the sun activity works every part of your body. It'...Continue Reading

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YouTube As Your Tool for Physical Activity

June 5, 2018

While many people might associate going on the internet and watching YouTube videos with inactivity and being a couch potato, YouTube and other internet resources can really aid a physical activity routine. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity with a notable heart rate increase every day. YouTube can help you enjoy those 30 minutes each day or introduce you to a new activity. YouTube was launched in 2005 and has enriched lives all over the world through cat videos, TV clips, educational videos, how-to instructions, and much more. Another...Continue Reading

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