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April 12, 2017

Author: CHRISTA WILSON

Drug Take-Back event is answer to unwanted meds

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Each year on a Saturday in April and a Saturday in October, the citizens of the United States get rid of a few hundred tons of unnecessary weight. Sounds like a great weight loss plan, right? Well, it’s not pounds of body weight that are shed; it’s pounds of unused medications.

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April 5, 2017

Author: ERICA GOLLHARDT

Tai Chi could be answer for elderly seeking exercise

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Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese martial art, continuously is proven to have both physical and mental benefits for individuals of any age. This gentle form of martial art concentrates on controlled movements, breathing and relaxation. The commitment to Tai Chi is less than 30 minutes a day and does not require any equipment to get started.

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March 29, 2017

Author: HALEIGH KAISER

Fill your ‘bucket’ with positive actions

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Creating a healthy lifestyle is talked about everywhere you go these days. However, it is not all about diet and exercise. There should also be a focus on mental and emotional health. Researchers have found a correlation between caring for and helping others and an increase in health. An article from BMC Public Health finds that voluntarily helping others is associated with lower depression, increased well-being and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying.

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March 22, 2017

Author: HEATHER CLEVELAND

Nutritious eating for one

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At Nourish, we encourage eating together. We invite you to join us for our community dinners. However, eating together is not an option for everybody every day, whether you live alone or are traveling for work. Here are some tips for eating healthy for one.

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March 15, 2017

Author: LIZ ABLER

Kick ‘butts’ to live a healthy, smoke-free life

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Several times a year, I have been writing articles for our HSC 2020 column on Tobacco prevention. I usually mention that “Tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death in the United States” and that remains true. This statement can cause readers worry or concern and it is meant to have an impact.

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March 8, 2017

Author: ELIZABETH WIMMLER

Tips for creating a medication management plan

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Over the past few decades, healthcare has shifted its focus to preventative care which has generated an increase in medication use. This boost in medication use created new challenges, including medication interactions and side effects, overprescribing and unintentional medication misuse. These challenges demonstrate the importance of medication management, but complex dose regimens, busy schedules, age related changes, and caregiver roles make this task difficult to execute. We can conquer these difficulties by constructing a medication management action plan.

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March 1, 2017

Author: SAMANTHA DAILY

Put best fork forward for National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the focus is on putting your best fork forward. February ended with Paczki Day, or Fat Tuesday, and this month we can start fresh by choosing to fill our forks with more nutritious, better-for-you options. Putting our best fork forward this month can mean eating more fruits and vegetables with every meal, choosing more whole grains and reaching for more nutritious snacks. These are all simple ways we can improve our plates and step forward towards better health.

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February 22, 2017

Author: LIBBY HOLTE

Time to check in on those New Year’s resolutions

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January first came along, and you were packed full of motivation to make changes for the New Year. No matter how much momentum you had that first week, we all know that winter can be a hard time; sickness is traveling around, workloads are high after the holiday lull, chilly weather makes it hard to stay active, and before we know it — we are already two months into the year. Whether you are on the road to success, or have taken an unexpected detour from your goals, let’s take some time to do a check-in on ways you can take care of your mind, body, home and heart in 2017: Take care of your

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February 15, 2017

Author: ANDI IGOWSKY

Tips for keeping your kids’ teeth healthy

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth.

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February 9, 2017

Author: ELIZABETH WIMMLER

Tips for avoiding the risks of over the counter meds

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It’s the season for coughs, sniffles, trips to the pharmacy, and unfortunately, self treatment with over the counter medications. Believing over the counter (OTC) medications are risk free and can be used safely without consulting a healthcare provider are common misconceptions. Direct to consumer medication advertising and access to OTC medicine allows people to take part in their healthcare, but can be dangerous. Some dangers include potential for overdose, creating drug interactions and mistreating serious conditions.

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