Health Tips

Global report on diabetes

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Source: who.int

On the occasion of World Health Day 2016, WHO issues a call for action on diabetes, drawing attention to the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

The first WHO Global report on diabetes demonstrates that the number of adults living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity.

Lucky Healthy Shamrock Shake

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Only offered for a few weeks around St. Patrick’s Day, The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is coveted by many.  If you ignore the 530 calories and whopping 73 grams of sugar in a small shake, you might be able to enjoy this frosty treat.  But for better luck with your health, why not make your own minty shake at home? 

Walking Groups

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by Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

One of the best things you can do for your health is to get moving.  Take the kids to the park, take a walk with a friend, or try a new activity, like going to a rock climbing gym. 

Physical activity is key to heart health and can also be a great way to connect with others.  

American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults

Healthy Blood Pressure for a Healthy Heart

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

This Valentine’s Day, consider skipping the box of chocolates, and give a gift that promotes heart health instead.  In your card, mention that you want your Valentine around for as long as possible, so you want to help protect his/her heart.

My Blood Pressure Wallet Card is a great gift that can be slid inside a homemade or store bought card.

New Dietary Guidelines: Reduce Your Sugar Intake

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

This month, the Obama Administration released new Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020.  An important addition to the new guidelines is a focus on reducing the amount of added sugar consumed.  Research has increasingly demonstrated a link between consumption of added sugar and negative health outcomes, especially Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

If you need convincing about why and how sugar is bad for your health, check out the links at the end of this article and watch this video:

The Best Holiday Gift You Can Give: Take Care of Yourself!

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is to take care of yourself. You will feel better, and you will probably find it easier to be more present and giving. 

Taking care of yourself can be challenging during the holidays.  You may feel pulled in different directions, strapped for time, strapped financially and beholden to expectations of others.

During the holidays we are likely to:

Help Avoid the Flu This Holiday Season: Get Your

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By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Getting an annual flu shot can be one of the easiest and most effective ways of avoiding the flu.  The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, it can result in hospitalization or even death.  Some people, such as young children, elderly people, and people with certain medical conditions are at greater risk for complications resulting from the flu. 

Getting a flu shot once a year helps protect you and the people around you.  If don’t get the flu, you can’t pass the flu onto others.

For Better Health, Make Giving Thanks a Habit

Thanksgiving is a day we pay attention to gratitude.

But when it comes to your health, it turns out that gratitude is a good daily practice. 

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is an appreciation for what we have in life.  It is a perspective of thankfulness.  People who have gratitude recognize the good in life, and have a desire to return acts of kindness. 

How does gratitude improve health?

Studies have shown that gratitude is associated with better health. 

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