Vaping Doesn’t Help Smokers Quit

Vaping is a health hazard that causes chronic cough and bronchitis. It can also cause severe lung injury that requires hospital admission to treat.  But some observers claim that e-cigarettes are beneficial because they help smokers quit nicotine cigarettes. A new study reports that vaping doesn’t help smokers quit. Fewer than 10% of vapers succeeded […]

What’s a Mini Stroke?

Mini strokes have been in the headlines lately. But what is a mini stroke? The term “mini stroke” might make it seem as though a mild stroke is what’s happening. In fact, “mini stroke” refers to a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which can be fairly serious.  Like a stroke, a TIA happens when a clot […]

Keeping Kids Active

Kids need to be active for at least 60 minutes every day, for their physical and mental health. There are lots of great ways to make this part of your family routine, but sometimes that’s not the perfect option. How can you help keep kids active outside of family fun time? School activities Physical education […]

Winter Dehydration

We’re conscious about hydration in the summer, when hot sun and sweaty outdoor activities remind us that we need to drink plenty of water. In the winter, we may get fewer thirst signals from our bodies. The dryer air, both indoors and out, can speed fluid loss just from breathing. We may also eat fewer […]

Healthy Valentine’s Day Candy?

Healthy candy? Well, no, candy is never going to join fresh produce and whole grains on a list of health foods. However, some candy is worse for you than other candy. If you’re going to have candy for Valentine’s Day, consider going with candy that has greater nutritional value — even if it’s just not […]

7,000 Steps

Experts have been telling us for years that we need 150 minutes each week of moderate exercise. But you may also have seen claims that you should take 10,000 steps each day. That’s about 100 minutes, for an average person walking at moderate intensity. 100 minutes each day adds up to a lot more than […]

Video Game Addiction

Addiction to video games has been officially listed as a disease in the 11th edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.  While parents have long been concerned about excessive gaming among kids, this is the first time that video game addiction has been officially recognized. Is it Video Game Addiction? […]

Breast Self Exams

Breast self exams should be a regular part of your self-care routine. Step 1: Visual examination Stand in front of a mirror with your shoulders even and your hands on your hips. This angle lets you see if there are any changes in the overall appearance of your breasts. When you do self-exams regularly, you’ll […]

Wear Red Day

The first Friday in February is Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America, and wearing red is a festive way to kick off Heart Health Month and remind people that heart health depends on us. Here are ten small acts of self-care to practice today: This year’s Hearth Health Month theme […]

Track Your Blood Pressure

It’s Heart Health Month, and the theme for 2022 is Reclaim Your Rhythm. This year’s theme plans to have us up dancing, replacing salt with spices, and wearing red! But one important way to keep the beat is to track your blood pressure.  More than one million Americans have high blood pressure…and one third don’t even […]