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Health Connection: April 2016

Su ffering from Allergies Th is Spring? Fight Back Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that generally do not affect…

Health Connection: March 2016

Colonoscopy: An Ounce of Prevention The purpose of a colonoscopy is to look inside your colon for polyps, cancers, ulcers and other conditions. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, it is important to get a colonoscopy to test for colon cancer once you are 50 years of age and continuing until age 75,…

Health Connection: February 2016

Strengthen Your Heart in Just 30 Minutes Per Day Chances are, you already know that physical activity is good for you. “Sure,” you may say, “when I get out and move around, I know it helps me to feel and look better.” But you may not realize just how important regular physical activity is to your health. According to the U.S. Surgeon…

Health Connection: January 2016

Ready to Quit Smoking? You Can Do It — and NOW is the Time It’s January, and like most of us, you’re probably busy lining up your New Year’s resolutions. But how many of those resolutions were you still keeping last year by February 1? There’s always tomorrow, right? What you need — what we all need — is motivation….

Health Connection: December 2015

Breathe Your Way Through the Holiday Craziness The holidays are here! More things to do, people to see and places to go. These things might be fun, but they also can be stressful. To make this holiday season a happy and peaceful one, look for healthy ways to manage stress. The media often portray the…

Health Connection: November 2015

It’s Not Too Late to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Did you know that as you get older, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes? Your risk increases if you are age 45 or older, are overweight or obese, or if you have a family history of diabetes. You can take steps to help prevent or delay getting…

Health Connection: October 2015

Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. Breast-cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before she has any symptoms. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is…

Health Connection: September 2015

Why Should I Get the Flu Vaccine? Influenza — commonly called “the flu”— is a contagious disease that spreads around the U.S. every winter, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact. Symptoms come on suddenly and may last several days. They…

Health Connection: August 2015

Back-to-School Safety Tips Whether children walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus to school, it is important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school. Walking to school Review your walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk when available. When on a street…

Health Connection: July 2015

How Should I Treat a Sunburn Q: I try to avoid sunburns for myself and my family. But sometimes one of us gets too much sun. What should we do to treat a burn? A: Begin treating a sunburn right away. Get indoors. Put a cold, damp towel on your skin. Do this for 10…