Health Tips

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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Learn About Breast Cancer

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What Is Breast Cancer?

Cancer is caused by malignant (cancerous) cells that grow and multiply without control. Cancer that begins in any part of the breast is called breast cancer.

In breast cancer, the malignant cells can develop in the lobules or glands that make breast milk; this is known as lobular carcinoma.

Or, the cancer cells can start in the ducts or tubes that carry the milk to the nipple; this is known as ductal carcinoma.

According to American Cancer Society estimates for 2014:

• Breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer in American women

Tips for Sending Children with Food Allergies Back to School

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Published by in Patient Care

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Mass General, shares tips for preparing children with food allergies for going back to school.

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.

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