Health Tips

January 1

Build Your Bones and Muscles.

Exercise your bones (with weight-bearing activities like walking) and work out your muscles, too, via strength training.
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January 2

Does It Run in Your Family?.

Your family genes, environment and lifestyle offer clues about what may run in your family. Know your history!
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January 3

Can Aspirin Cut Stroke Risk?

Taking aspirin daily may help reduce stroke risk in women over 55. Ask your doctor if it might be right for you.
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January 4

Don’t Skip Cervical Screening.

Research shows cervical cancer screening can actually help prevent cancer. Schedule your screening with your MD today.
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January 5

Controlling Cholesterol to Stop Stroke.

High cholesterol can put you at greater risk for stroke. Have your levels tested at least once every 5 years.
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January 6

A Better Pillow for Neck Pain.

Experiencing neck pain? Switch to a feather pillow that conforms to your neck’s shape, and swap it out annually.
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January 7

Meditate on Positivity.

Tried meditation? It’s known for stress relief, but it may also help you to stay positive and make healthy changes.
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January 8

Slow and Steady Wins.

Starting a new exercise program? Taking it slow can help you stick with it and prevent injuries.
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January 9

Winterize Your Skin.

Skin cancer risk doesn’t stop just because it’s winter. Keep wearing your sunscreen to protect your skin when you’re outdoors.
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January 10

Kids and Kitchen Safety.

Keep your kids from getting burned by never leaving food unattended on your stove and always supervising them in the kitchen.
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January 11

Lighten Your Arthritis Risk.

Be good to your joints (and help prevent knee osteoarthritis) by maintaining a healthy weight.
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January 12

There’s Still Time for a Flu Shot.

January and February are peak flu season, so it’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect your health.
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January 13

Need a Snack? Go Nuts.

Craving something crunchy? Nuts like almonds and walnuts are good sources of protein and healthy fats, but portion them out.
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January 14

Bone Health and Pregnancy.

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body—even your bones. Ensure your diet includes adequate calcium and get regular exercise.
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January 15

Don’t Skip Your Eye Exams.

Even if you’re not having problems, seeing your eye doctor annually help prevent eye diseases that may not have symptoms.
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January 16

Kick Motion Sickness to the Curb.

Plagued by motion sickness during road trips? sit in the front seat (or drive) to help prevent it.
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January 17

Exercise for Fall Prevention.

Improving your strength and balance can help prevent falls. Try an exercise like tai chi to help you stay on your feet.
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January 18

Schedule Your Colorectal Screening.

Research shows colorectal cancer screening can actually help prevent cancer. Schedule your screening with your MD today.
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January 19

Taking Leave to Care for a Loved One.

Stressed out from your job and caregiving? Find out if you can take a break from work under the Family Medical Leave Act.
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January 20

Move Workouts Away from Bedtime.

Finding your groove with your New Year’s fitness routine? Keep moving, but not right before bed as it can cause insomnia.
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January 21

Traveling with Diabetes.

Packing for a trip? Don’t forget your diabetes gear, like insulin, syringes, medication and testing supplies.
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January 22

Don’t Take Antibiotics for a Cold.

Antibiotics are powerful, but they won’t help a cold. Try rest and over-the-counter medicines instead.
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January 23

Silence Your Sweet Tooth.

Craving sugar constantly? Adding spices like cinnamon and vanilla to your food can help you kick the sugar habit.
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January 24

Spice Up for Heart Health.

Healthy changes can help prevent heart disease. Swap spices for salt in your meals.
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January 25

Snuff Out Your Stroke Risk.

Smoking raises your stroke risk. See your doctor for ways to help you quit, like nicotine replacement therapy.
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January 26

Avoiding Indoor Allergens.

Putting a HEPA filter into your central air or heating vents—and replacing them regularly—can help reduce indoor allergies.
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January 27

Safeguard Your Sight During Pregnancy.

Increased hormones during pregnancy can affect your vision. Let your MD know if you notice any changes.
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January 28

Support Yourself.

If caregiving is leaving you feeling alone or stressed, find comfort and community in a caregivers support group.
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January 29

Weight Loss Improves Diabetes.

Even if you have diabetes, losing 10 pounds or more can still help you cut back on meds by lowering blood sugar.
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January 30

Live Long and Positive.

Can a good attitude increase your longevity? Yep: Research shows a positive outlook may help you live longer, so chin up!
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January 31

Know Your (Complete) History.

What does a complete family medical history include? Info from grandparents to cousins—and everyone in between.
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