The Weight Loss Puzzle

Most people who are trying to lose weight focus on just the goal of weight loss. Setting the right goals and focusing on things such as a healthy eating plan are just as important. Other ideas such as watching the size of servings and being active are also helpful.

Being overweight has become a key health issue. Some people who need to lose weight for their health don’t realize it, while others simply want to be thinner to look better.

Eating Chocolate May Help Improve Cognitive Function

Chocolate consumption and the associated health benefits have been extensively studied across many decades. There is pretty convincing evidence that chocolate can help improve blood flow to the brain, as well as improve insulin resistance, blood pressure and lipid profiles. Until now there has not been a long-term study of the association of chocolate consumption on cognition – our thought and mental processing abilities.

Injury Prevention and Kids

The leaves have fallen, the nights are getting cooler and kids have put away their skateboards for the winter. Now they spend more time inside. We all want to keep our kids safe. But it is important to know that kids can be injured at home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger.

Many accidents can be prevented and parents can be more aware of how to prevent childhood injuries.

Below are a list of tips on how to keep your kids safe:

High Value Low Cost Holiday Gifts

Gifting doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money during the holiday season! No one wants to go into the New Year feeling burdened with debt just because they didn’t want to feel like Scrooge during the holidays. The best gifts of all cost little to no money and will make you the star of gift giving. Try these simple, low or no-cost gift items.

The Ups and Downs of Wintertime: Avoiding Falls

The winter season can be full of fun, the winter holidays, winter sports, and even building snowmen — and do not forget the hot cocoa when you come back inside. However, winter also provides a great many safety hazards as well. Slipping and/or falling on the ice and snow can hurt a great deal more than your pride.

A fall on the ice can lead to not only bumps and bruises, but also broken bones. Although shoveling is very important to minimize ice, it carries its own risks to our health. Below are tips to keep you safe this winter.

Keep Healthy Practice Food Safety

The holidays are here. Trips are being scheduled and menus are being planned. What may not be planned is foodborne illness, often called food poisoning. It’s painful getting sick and some cases, it can be deadly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick. More than 125,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has these four tips to help prevent foodborne illnesses:

Your Medications Are Most Effective When They Are Up To Date

Over time, many patients find that they have saved a lot of medications used to treat headaches, colds, coughs and infections. This collection can grow and become dangerous if it not checked regularly to see if the medicines are still needed and are not expired.

Know your current medications:
Keep a record of your current medications and update this record when changes happen. Your provider may change the medication you are taking or change the way you take your medication.

Self-Soothing

Self-soothing has to do with comforting, nurturing, and being gentle and kind to oneself. It is a great way to make yourself feel good when you are experiencing tough situations. It’s also an excellent technique for maintaining balance and preventing upset in your life. Although it’s pretty easy to do, it can be hard to remember to do it. In fact, it's so simple that you may laugh and think it won't work…but trust me, it does!

Try soothing each of the 5 senses with these different suggestions:

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Eat, Drink & Be Healthy

'Tis the season to enjoy all those delicious Thanksgiving dinners, holiday office goodies, potluck parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Then reality sets in around January 3rd, and you’re making another New Year’s resolution to “get back into shape.”

You can enjoy your favorite foods, stay healthy and maintain your weight. Here are our easy and healthy tips to make your New Year’s resolution something more fun than “I’m going on a diet.”

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