It’s Heart Month! What can you do to
safeguard yours? Eat healthy, exercise,
keep a healthy weight and quit smoking.
Keeping your blood pressure in check can
help prevent heart disease. Get yours
checked every 2 years starting at age
Did you know exercise reduces arthritis
pain and improves function? Aim for 30
minutes of moderate activity 5 days a
Try this to feel more positive: Write
down your “best case scenario” for your
relationships and career, and meditate
Safeguard your home from falls by
removing tripping hazards, using
brighter light bulbs and installing
safety bars in bathrooms.
Hypertension typically has no symptoms,
so talk to your doctor about how often
yours should be checked to help prevent
Seat belts can cut crash-related
injuries and deaths in teens by 50
percent. Make sure your teen always
Cold prevention is in your hands: Wash
them well and often, and avoid close
contact with others who are sick.
As many as three in 10 people may have
allergies to cats and dogs. If you think
you might, see an allergist for testing.
Sleep deprivation and insomnia have been
linked to high blood pressure. Get your
zzzz to keep yours in check.
If the hot flashes of menopause are
keeping you awake, keep a bowl of ice
water and a washcloth nearby to keep
A travel health kit that contains items
like medications, sunscreen and first
aid supplies can keep you healthy on the
Knowing your family medical history can
reveal your risk for common health
conditions, so take time to learn yours.
That Valentine’s chocolate could be good
for your heart, but make it dark and
stick with just a square for health
Caregiver stress can cause depression as
well as weaken your immune system. Learn
ways to cope and ask for help.
Smokers with diabetes have greater risks
for serious complications, like heart
and kidney disease. Kick the habit.
Taking your first yoga class? Be sure to
warm up first, know your limits and stay
hydrated—especially for “hot” yoga.
Bifocal or progressive lenses can trip
you up, so opt for glasses with your
distance prescription for outdoor
Nearly 1 in 3 American women has
hypertension, a risk factor for heart
disease. Cut your odds by cutting back
Feeling stressed? Plagued by pain? Fight
back by treating yourself to a relaxing
Don’t overdo it when you’re dining out
by asking your waiter to wrap up half
your meal just after it arrives.
Sun-worshipping isn’t the only way to
develop skin cancer. Avoiding indoor
tanning beds, too.
Not getting enough fiber in your diet?
Try adding beans to the meals you eat
most, like salad, soups or pasta—even
If you’re at risk for diabetes, you can
delay or even prevent the condition by
losing 5 to 7 percent of your body
If you’ve been fighting cold symptoms
for longer than 10 days without feeling
any better, see your MD for care.
Get moving! Research shows people who
exercise in their leisure time can live
up to 4.5 years longer than those who
Which healthy choices help prevent heart disease and cancer? Eating your fruits and veggies, not smoking and exercise.br /> GENERAL
Want to change your outlook? Be open to
positive change by taking charge of your
emotions vs. letting them decide your