Exercise your bones (with weight-bearing
activities like walking) and work out
your muscles, too, via strength
Your family genes, environment and
lifestyle offer clues about what may run
in your family. Know your history!
Taking aspirin daily may help reduce
stroke risk in women over 55. Ask your
doctor if it might be right for you.
Research shows cervical cancer screening
can actually help prevent cancer.
Schedule your screening with your MD
High cholesterol can put you at greater
risk for stroke. Have your levels tested
at least once every 5 years.
Experiencing neck pain? Switch to a
feather pillow that conforms to your
neck’s shape, and swap it out annually.
Tried meditation? It’s known for stress
relief, but it may also help you to stay
positive and make healthy changes.
Starting a new exercise program? Taking
it slow can help you stick with it and
Skin cancer risk doesn’t stop just
because it’s winter. Keep wearing your
sunscreen to protect your skin when
Keep your kids from getting burned by
never leaving food unattended on your
stove and always supervising them in the
Be good to your joints (and help prevent
knee osteoarthritis) by maintaining a
January and February are peak flu
season, so it’s not too late to get a
flu shot to protect your health.
Craving something crunchy? Nuts like
almonds and walnuts are good sources of
protein and healthy fats, but portion
Pregnancy takes a toll on your body—even
your bones. Ensure your diet includes
adequate calcium and get regular
Even if you’re not having problems,
seeing your eye doctor annually help
prevent eye diseases that may not have
Plagued by motion sickness during road
trips? sit in the front seat (or drive)
to help prevent it.
Improving your strength and balance can
help prevent falls. Try an exercise like
tai chi to help you stay on your feet.
Research shows colorectal cancer
screening can actually help prevent
cancer. Schedule your screening with
your MD today.
Stressed out from your job and
caregiving? Find out if you can take a
break from work under the Family Medical
Finding your groove with your New Year’s
fitness routine? Keep moving, but not
right before bed as it can cause
Packing for a trip? Don’t forget your
diabetes gear, like insulin, syringes,
medication and testing supplies.
Antibiotics are powerful, but they won’t
help a cold. Try rest and
over-the-counter medicines instead.
Craving sugar constantly? Adding spices
like cinnamon and vanilla to your food
can help you kick the sugar habit.
Healthy changes can help prevent heart
disease. Swap spices for salt in your
Smoking raises your stroke risk. See
your doctor for ways to help you quit,
like nicotine replacement therapy.
Putting a HEPA filter into your central
air or heating vents—and replacing them
regularly—can help reduce indoor
Increased hormones during pregnancy can
affect your vision. Let your MD know if
you notice any changes.
If caregiving is leaving you feeling
alone or stressed, find comfort and
community in a caregivers support group.
Even if you have diabetes, losing 10
pounds or more can still help you cut
back on meds by lowering blood sugar.
Can a good attitude increase your
longevity? Yep: Research shows a
positive outlook may help you live
longer, so chin up!
What does a complete family medical
history include? Info from grandparents
to cousins—and everyone in between.