• Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

    Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

    The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent

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  • Treadmill workouts don’t have to be boring

    Treadmill workouts don’t have to be boring

    Just because it’s too cold for your normal three-mile outdoor run doesn’t mean the treadmill has to be a monotonous exercise in staring at a blank wall. Los Angeles-based trainers Jeanette Jenkins and Massy Arias offer the following tips for getting out of the treadmill rut. Vary the speed and incline, add arm weights and

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  • Cold remedies

    Cold remedies

    There’s no cure for the common cold. But what about cold remedies that claim to make you feel better faster? Find out what’s effective Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, but are they effective? Nothing can cure a cold, but there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and

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  • Heart Healthy Recipe: Sliders

    Heart Healthy Recipe: Sliders

    American mini-burgers are certainly a popular food trend, and they can be a healthier choice than a large fully-loaded burger! Ingredients +  1 1/4 lb extra-lean, ground beef +  1 large egg +  1 medium onion (finely chopped) +  1/2 tsp ground black pepper +  1 clove garlic (finely chopped) +  3 small tomatoes sliced

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  • Blood pressure test

    Blood pressure test

    Why it’s done Having a blood pressure test is a routine part of most medical appointments. Your doctor may order separate appointments for repeat blood pressure checks to look for ongoing health conditions, including prehypertension, high blood pressure (hypertension), low blood pressure (hypotension), heart disease or other conditions. You should have a blood pressure test

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  • 10 Tips to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Health Goals

    10 Tips to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Health Goals

    With the new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start. For many people, this means leading a healthier lifestyle and losing weight. If this is your goal, follow these tips to stay on track. 1. Find Your Motivation What is motivating you to lose weight? Do you want to look better in your clothes,

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  • Reduce Screen Time and Get Active

    Reduce Screen Time and Get Active

    Parents and caregivers should set rules that reduce “screen time” by limiting the amount of time children spend on the computer, watching TV and playing video games. The time spent in front of the screen could be better spent being more physically active. Talk to Your Family Explain to children that it’s important to sit

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  • Holiday Health and Safety Tips

    Holiday Health and Safety Tips

    The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season. Wash your hands often. Keeping hands

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  • Holiday stress-busting tips

    Holiday stress-busting tips

    Do you get stressed out during the holidays? From quick stress-survival strategies to mood-brightening foods, here’s your cheat sheet to holiday cheer. Take a whiff of citrus Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. For an

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  • Seasonal, Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods

    Seasonal, Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods

    Deck the halls, but don’t ditch your diet! Stay heart-healthy with seasonal, healthy foods. For many, the holidays are the most wonderful — and least heart-healthy — time of the year. Grandma’s fudge is a sentimental favorite, and the neighbor’s cake balls are a decadent habit. Indulging a little won’t hurt — but planning ahead

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  • How much sodium should I eat per day?

    How much sodium should I eat per day?

    What should my daily sodium intake be? The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day. Because the average American’s sodium intake is so excessive, even cutting back to no more than 2,400 milligrams a day will significantly improve

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  • Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

    Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

    What do your blood pressure numbers mean? The only way to know (diagnose) if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your blood pressure numbers is key to controlling high blood pressure. Healthy and unhealthy blood pressure ranges Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American

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