Health Tips

February 1

Treat Your Heart Right.

It’s Heart Month! What can you do to safeguard yours? Eat healthy, exercise, keep a healthy weight and quit smoking.
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February 2

Hypertension and Your Heart.

Keeping your blood pressure in check can help prevent heart disease. Get yours checked every 2 years starting at age 18.
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February 3

Exercise to Fight Arthritis.

Did you know exercise reduces arthritis pain and improves function? Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week.
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February 4

Write Your Way to a Better Outlook.

Try this to feel more positive: Write down your “best case scenario” for your relationships and career, and meditate on them.
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February 5

Fall Prevention Begins at Home.

Safeguard your home from falls by removing tripping hazards, using brighter light bulbs and installing safety bars in bathrooms.
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February 6

Check Your Pressure to Lower Stroke Risk.

Hypertension typically has no symptoms, so talk to your doctor about how often yours should be checked to help prevent stroke.
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February 7

Seat Belts Save Lives.

Seat belts can cut crash-related injuries and deaths in teens by 50 percent. Make sure your teen always buckles up.
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February 8

Two Ways to Sidestep a Cold.

Cold prevention is in your hands: Wash them well and often, and avoid close contact with others who are sick.
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February 9

Put Pet Allergies to the Test.

As many as three in 10 people may have allergies to cats and dogs. If you think you might, see an allergist for testing.
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February 10

Stay Rested to Prevent Hypertension.

Sleep deprivation and insomnia have been linked to high blood pressure. Get your zzzz to keep yours in check.
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February 11

Don’t Let Hot Flashes Steal Your Sleep.

If the hot flashes of menopause are keeping you awake, keep a bowl of ice water and a washcloth nearby to keep cool.
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February 12

Have Health Kit, Will Travel.

A travel health kit that contains items like medications, sunscreen and first aid supplies can keep you healthy on the road.
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February 13

Know Your History to Cut Your Risk.

Knowing your family medical history can reveal your risk for common health conditions, so take time to learn yours.
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February 14

Be Sweet to Your Heart.

That Valentine’s chocolate could be good for your heart, but make it dark and stick with just a square for health benefits.
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February 15

Circumvent Caregiver Stress.

Caregiver stress can cause depression as well as weaken your immune system. Learn ways to cope and ask for help.
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February 16

Smoking Make Diabetes Worse.

Smokers with diabetes have greater risks for serious complications, like heart and kidney disease. Kick the habit.
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February 17

Yoga Basics for Beginners.

Taking your first yoga class? Be sure to warm up first, know your limits and stay hydrated—especially for “hot” yoga.
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February 18

See Fall Prevention Clearly.

Bifocal or progressive lenses can trip you up, so opt for glasses with your distance prescription for outdoor activities.
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February 19

Do Something Good for Your Heart.

Nearly 1 in 3 American women has hypertension, a risk factor for heart disease. Cut your odds by cutting back on salt.
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February  20

Trust Us—You Knead A Massage.

Feeling stressed? Plagued by pain? Fight back by treating yourself to a relaxing massage.
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February 21

Take Half to Go.

Don’t overdo it when you’re dining out by asking your waiter to wrap up half your meal just after it arrives.
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February 22

Steer Clear of Tanning Beds.

Sun-worshipping isn’t the only way to develop skin cancer. Avoiding indoor tanning beds, too.
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February 23

Bulk Up on Fiber.

Not getting enough fiber in your diet? Try adding beans to the meals you eat most, like salad, soups or pasta—even your eggs!
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February 24

Lose Weight to Lower Your Risk.

If you’re at risk for diabetes, you can delay or even prevent the condition by losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight.
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February 25

Can’t Ditch Your Cold?

If you’ve been fighting cold symptoms for longer than 10 days without feeling any better, see your MD for care.
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February 26

Move and Live Longer.

Get moving! Research shows people who exercise in their leisure time can live up to 4.5 years longer than those who don’t.
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February 27

Healthy Habits Fight Cancer and Heart Disease.

Which healthy choices help prevent heart disease and cancer? Eating your fruits and veggies, not smoking and exercise.br /> GENERAL

February 28

Taking (Emotional) Control.

Want to change your outlook? Be open to positive change by taking charge of your emotions vs. letting them decide your behavior.
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