Health Tips

September 1

Take Charge of Cholesterol.

It’s National Cholesterol Education Awareness Month. Safeguard your health by knowing your numbers through testing.
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September 2

Safe on the Field.

If your child is playing sports, help them stay safe by reporting any signs of pain to you or their coach.
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September 3

Roll Back Your Diabetes Risk.

Research shows 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will have type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Take steps to cut your risk.
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September 4

Don’t Text and Walk.

Here’s a new back-to-school tip to remind your kids about, thanks to the digital age: Put your phone down and look up.
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September 5

Go Fish—and Grill It Up.

Lighten up your Labor Day cookout by grilling salmon vs. burgers. Season it simply with fresh lemon and dill.
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September 6

Do You Care Too Much?

Does everyone expect you to step up as a caregiver but no one asks? Beat caregiver stress by taking care of you.
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September 7

Lighten a Heavy Load.

As your child heads back to school, be sure their backpack doesn’t weigh them down—no heavier than 10% of their body weight.
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September 8

Eat a Rainbow.

In honor of Fruit & Veggie Month, aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables by consuming a colorful selection every day.
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September 9

Readjust to Back-to-School Traffic.

Back to school means increased traffic. Take extra care to watch for buses and never pass a car stopped for pedestrians.
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September 10

Say No to Rolling Backpacks.

Wheeled backpacks seem like a solution for heavy loads, but skip it: Experts don’t recommend them due to tripping hazards.
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September 11

Be Their Healthy Hero.

What’s the best way to get kids to eat their veggies? Set a good example, by modeling a healthy diet of your own.
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September 12

Put a Cap on Your Stroke Risk.

Excessive alcohol intake increases your stroke risk. Cut your odds limiting yours—just one drink for women and two for men.
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September 13

A Feast for Your Eyes.

A healthy diet is essential for eye health. Feed yours with colorful produce and foods high in omega-3s, like salmon.
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September 14

Say (Lower Fat) Cheese!

You don’t have to give up cheese to cut fat. Choose lower fat options like part-skim mozzarella or reduced-fat feta.
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September 15

Hydrate Your Routine.

Stay hydrated by drinking 1 pint 15 minutes before activity, another after and more every 20 minutes during a workout.
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September 16

Calcium without the Cow.

Do you eschew dairy? Get the calcium you need from sources like broccoli, beans and leafy greens.
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September 17

Soothe Away Your Stress.

Craving a new way to relax? Try techniques that calm your mind as well as your body, like meditation, yoga and tai chi.
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September 18

Be on Alert for Bicycles.

The start of a new school year means bikes are back in full force. Always check side mirrors before opening your car door.
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September 19

Have Your Say with Sodium.

What’s the best way to keep a handle on your sodium intake? Prepare most of your meals at home, so you’re in control.
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September 20

Boosting Omega-3s with Eggs.

You can up your intake of omega-3s by eating eggs from chickens fed more omega-3s. Check your carton label for details.
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September 21

Scale Back on Seasonal Sports.

Help your child avoid overuse injuries, by limiting the number of team sports they child play in a single season.
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September 22

Take It from the Top.

Slim down your cold leftover soup or stew by skimming the fat from the top before you reheat it.
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September 23

Don’t Just Live with Chronic Pain.

It’s National Pain Awareness Month. If you suffer with chronic pain, get help from your doctor or see a pain specialist.
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September 24

Grains of Greatness.

Boost your whole grain intake by making half the grains you eat whole grains like steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa and popcorn.
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September 25

Walk On.

Feeling stressed? Hit the trail: 30 minutes of walking per day helps improve your mood and decreases stress.
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September 26

Boosting Your Vitamin D.

How can you ensure you’re getting the vitamin D you need without regular sun exposure? Consider taking a supplement.
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September 27

Food Is Not Love.

Help your kids have a healthy relationship with food: Show your love through hugs, talks and attention, not baked treats.
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September 28

Healthy Advice for Caregivers.

Caregiving can take a toll on your health, from depression to obesity. To keep caring for others, put your health first.
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September 29

Sidestep Sciatica.

Lower back pain paired with sharp, burning pain that emanates from your hip could spell sciatica. See your MD for testing.
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September 30

Labels Matter (Read Them).

Take charge of your diet: Be a label reader. You’ll learn what’s really in your food and how much you should be eating.
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