Health Tips

Drowning is Preventable! Water Safety Tips that Save Lives

By Jennifer Fox Williams, MPH

Summer is here and that means fun in the sun and, often, the water. 

Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in children, but it can be prevented.  Most drownings happen quickly and quietly, and children can drown in as little as a few inches of water.  The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following

Water Safety Tips:

·       Do not swim alone, even if you are a very good swimmer.

·       Do not swim during a storm or when there is lightning.

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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:

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