Health Tips

Quitting Tobacco

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This article is contributed by Jonina Gorenstein, JTGORENSTEIN@PARTNERS.ORG

Quitting smoking tobacco is the best thing anyone can do for their health – even if a person smokes just a few cigarettes a day. Chances of a heart attack decrease within a day of quitting. Walking and breathing get easier within a few weeks of quitting.  Quitting is also good for your wallet! You’ll have more money when you quit and no longer need to buy cigarettes.

Health Risks of E-cigarettes

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E-cigarettes (or e-hookahs, hookah sticks, hookah pens, vaping pens) are everywhere these days. What are they?  They are battery-powered devices that turn liquid into a vapor by heating it. The user inhales the vapor.  E-cigarettes are very popular among teenagers, and adults sometimes use them to try to quit smoking.  Some of these devices are disposable; others can be refilled.

Get More and Better Quality Sleep

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Children ages 2-5 should be getting at least 11 hours of sleep per day, and children ages 6-12 should be getting at least 10 hours per day. Children who don’t get enough sleep have a harder time paying attention at school. They are also more likely to have unhealthy weight gain. Sleeping in a quiet room lets their bodies and brains get the rest they need, and getting plenty of sleep helps kids do better in school. A regular bedtime routine can help kids get to sleep.  Make sure to set a regular bedtime, and to create a relaxing bedtime routine that is the same every night (if possible).

Benefits of Walking

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Walking is good exercise, especially if you walk fast and get your heart rate up. Regular exercise can help you improve your fitness and energy levels, sleep better, and have a healthy body weight. Walking is ideal because you can do it anywhere. All you need is comfortable clothing and a good pair of shoes.   

Health experts in the United States recommend that adults do an activity such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Walk 10 minutes, three times a day, and you can still meet this guideline. Children need more exercise - an hour a day of moderate or more vigorous activity.

Screen Time

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There is a lot of discussion these days about the concept of “screen time”, the time we spend watching TV, surfing the internet, or playing video games. We hear often that children’s screen time needs to be limited, but that goes for us adults as well. If we limit our own “screen time” to 2 hours a day, as experts recommend, we will set a good example for our children and reap the health benefits that come with it.

Move more

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Being more active is a goal many of us have on our lists. However, it’s not something we always achieve. One of the reasons may be because we tend to set high goals when first starting to exercise, and then we get discouraged.

Reducing portion size

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Reducing portion size

Reducing portion sizes – how much we eat for a meal or a snack – is a good way to avoid too many calories, fat, sodium and sugar, but it can be tricky learning what a healthy portion size is.  For example, did you know that 3 ounces of lean meat is equivalent to the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand? And 1 cup of breakfast cereal is about the size of your fist?

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