• Prevent Back Pain

    Prevent Back Pain

    One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to keep your back muscles strong. Follow these steps to help protect your back and prevent back pain: Do back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2 or 3 times a week. Stand straight and sit up straight. Avoid heavy lifting. If you do lift something

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  • Get Your Cholesterol Checked

    Get Your Cholesterol Checked

    If you are age 40 to 75, get your cholesterol checked regularly. Too much cholesterol in your blood can cause a heart attack or a stroke. The good news is that it’s easy to get your cholesterol checked. If your cholesterol is high, you can take steps to lower it – like eating healthy, getting

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  • Prevent Allergies and Asthma Attacks at Home

    Prevent Allergies and Asthma Attacks at Home

    If someone in your family has allergies or asthma, make your home a healthier place by getting rid of the things that can cause allergy symptoms or an asthma attack. What can cause allergy symptoms or an asthma attack? Things that can cause allergy symptoms are called allergens. Asthma attacks can be caused by irritants (things

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  • Are you getting enough calcium?

    Are you getting enough calcium?

    The Basics: Overview Your body needs calcium to build strong bones when you are young and to keep bones strong as you get older. Everyone needs calcium, but it’s especially important for women and girls. Many people, including most women, don’t get enough calcium. How much calcium do I need every day? Women: If you

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  • Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

    Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

    If you choose to drink, have only a moderate (limited) amount. This means: No more than 1 drink a day for women No more than 2 drinks a day for men Different types of beer, wine, and liquor have different amounts of alcohol. In general, 1 drink is equal to a: Bottle of beer (12 ounces)

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  • How gadgets are keeping you awake

    How gadgets are keeping you awake

    Our cell phones, tablets, computers and other electronic gadgets have become such a huge part of our daily lives that it’s often hard to put them down—even at bedtime. Keeping your phone on your nightstand may not seem like a big deal, but technology affects your sleep in more ways than you realize. Whether you’re

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  • Valentine’s Day Tips

    Valentine’s Day Tips

    Be heart-healthy. Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy. Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Limit alcohol use. Maintain a healthy weight. Be active. Eat healthy.   Be

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  • Talk with Your Doctor about Taking Aspirin Every Day

    Talk with Your Doctor about Taking Aspirin Every Day

    Taking aspirin every day can lower your risk for heart attack, stroke, and colorectal cancer. For most people, aspirin is safe. But it’s not right for everyone. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are age 50 to 59 and you have any of these heart disease risk factors: Smoking High blood

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  • February Marks American Heart Month

    February Marks American Heart Month

    The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.

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