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Health Connection: January 2017

Strengthen Your Heart and Improve Your Life in Just 30 Minutes per Day It is hard to imagine a single practice with more health benefits than regular physical activity. To get benefits, you don’t have to run a marathon. Regular activity—something as simple as a brisk, 30-minute walk each day or almost every day—can help…

Health Connection: December 2016

Ease Winter Cold Symptoms Nothing (yet) can truly cure a cold, but there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Here’s a look at some common cold remedies and what’s known about them. Drink to stay hydrated. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with…

Health Connection: November 2016

Take Steps to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes There are many ways to help reduce yourchances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Check out these easy-to-follow tips: Make Healthy Food Choices Choose to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Cut back on high-fat foods like whole milk, cheeses and fried foods. This will help you…

Health Connection: September 2016

Is Your Medicine Cabinet Ready for Cold and Cough Season? Sneezing, sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing… Everyone knows the symptoms of the common cold. In the course of a year, people in the U.S. suffer from approximately 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What can you do for your…

Health Connection: August 2016

Kids Heading Back to School?  Keep ‘Em Safe It’s almost that time again! As you buy school supplies and re-work the family schedule around a new school year, be sure to take some time to think through safety issues for your child, and to discuss these with him or her. These tips can get you…

Health Connection: July 2016

Medication Safety: Proper Drug Disposal If you have medications that you no longer need, be sure to follow the proper procedures when disposing of them. The following guidelines were developed to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse after medications are no longer needed: Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug…

Health Connection: June 2016

Is It Alzheimer’s Disease? More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. That includes 11 percent of those ages 65 and older and one-third of those 85 and older. The disease also impacts more than 15 million family…

Health Connection: May 2016

Skin Cancer: They’re Not All Alike Skin cancers are named for the type of cells that become malignant (cancer). The three most common types are: Melanoma: Melanoma begins in melanocytes (pigment cells). Most melanocytes are in the skin. Melanoma can occur on any skin surface. In men, it’s often found on the skin on the…

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,…