In honor of this month being National Heart Month, people across the nation are wearing red today. This month serves as a reminder to take care of your heart and aims to educate people about the importance of eating well and maintaining good habits.
Did you know that according to the CDC, about 600,000 people die of heart disease every year? It is also the leading cause of death for both women and men. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, and each year, about 715,000 people will suffer from a heart attack. Continue to learn more about the facts of heart disease by following this link. http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
Things that could put you at risk for heart disease are family history, ethnicity, and age. However, these cannot be changed. What you CAN change is tobacco exposure, hypertension, cholesterol intake, physical activity, diet, and use of alcohol.
Right now, you can join in on the Live Twitter Chat by typing in #redheartchat or following this link… https://twitter.com/search?q=redheartchat&src=typd
Educate yourself on the signs of cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/911-Warnings-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_305346_SubHomePage.jsp
Motivate yourself and find other ways to get active by visiting the LiveWellWaco Pinterest!
This photo is from GO RED day a couple years ago!
It’s that time of year to be thankful for all we have gained – family, friends, good health, and delicious food. But what we also may gain from the holidays is unwanted weight. Maybe this year try serving a healthier Thanksgiving menu and all your friends and family will be thankful.
Check out the following link from the Mayo Clinic on some healthy recipes for your Thanksgiving Holiday:
Also, check out these tips from the American Cancer Society on how to have a healthy Thanksgiving by:
Drinking water throughout the day, watching your portion sizes, eating your veggies first, going easy on the alcohol, and taking a post-dinner walk with your family and friends.
Live Well Waco is very thankful for all of our followers and hopes you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
November is National Diabetes Month
Don’t let diabetes control you, take control of your diabetes. For information about FREE diabetes self-management classes and cooking classes, contact Armando Galindo at 750-5631 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can create a healthier and stronger community!
The FDA has been working on a diabetes initiative to remove from the market illegal products, including some labeled as dietary supplements that claim to mitigate, treat, cure or prevent diabetes and related complications. The agency recently warned 15 foreign and domestic companies that the sale of their illegally marketed diabetes products violates federal law. Learn more about this topic at www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ProtectYourself/HealthFraud/ucm352276.htm.
Upcoming Diabetes Self-Management Classes:
Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes
Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 2014.
Time: 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes
Dates: February 20, 27, March 6, 13, and 20, 2014.
Time: 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Cooking Well with Diabetes
Dates: March 24, 31, and April 7, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 P.M.
Sweet Talkers – Diabetes Support Group
Date: Meet every 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Location: Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice!
Enter the Healthy “Selfies” Picture Contest for your chance to win prize packages!
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! During this month, submit a picture of your child performing a healthy activity. Each week a winner will be chosen to receive a healthy prize pack filled with fun items to keep him/her fit!
The week of September 8th-14th is Texas Obesity Awareness Week! Adults, submit a picture of yourself performing a healthy activity for your chance to win your own healthy prize package which includes a fun sweat-activated t-shirt (pictured above). One winner will be chosen daily!
You can submit pictures via email to email@example.com or post to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Facebook Page. All pictures submitted will be featured on the Facebook page. Winners will be featured on http://www.LiveWellWaco.com.
Heading back to school can be a hectic time for parents and children. So here is a list of some health tips to keep your child healthy during the school year.
Get some sleep!
It’s important to establish a routine bedtime so that kids can easily fall asleep and get a good night’s rest. Those children who get enough sleep (at least 10 hours) will be well rested, more attentive and ready to learn at school. Getting enough sleep is also important for a healthy immune system. In order to help establish a good routine bedtime, it is suggested for kids to skip the caffeine after dinner, turning off electronic devices an hour before bedtime, turning phone on silent so alerts and text messages don’t disrupt sleep and getting regular exercise. These tips will ensure that children will get plenty of rest.
Don’t skip breakfast!
As the name implies, breakfast means breaking a fast. Your body has had no food or nutrients in 10-12 hours, so everything is on low. You must break that fast by eating breakfast and it’s important to make it a healthy meal. Research has suggested that kids are more alert and do better in school when they eat a healthy breakfast. Here are some quick healthy ideas: eggs, which have the nutrient Choline, a B vitamin, that is important for brain function, peanuts or almonds, which help to regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day, whole wheat toast topped with fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries instead of jams loaded with sugar, Greek yogurt, and whole grain cereals with fewer than 10 grams of sugar.
Keep germs away!
Children can pick up germs such as the cold, strep throat and pink eye by touching contaminated surfaces, themselves then touching others. It is recommended that kids avoid the water fountain if possible and bring a water bottle to school, using hand sanitizer before and after each meal, as well as washing their hands thoroughly throughout the day in order to lower the risk of spreading germs and getting sick. Covering your nose and mouth with the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough can eliminate the spread of germs too.
Shots! Shots! Shots!
No one likes getting shots but it’s important to have your child vaccinated with the recommended vaccines for their age in order to reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease. Contact the health department or your primary care physician for more information of what vaccines your child needs for the school year.
Ensuring your child gets enough sleep, eats a good healthy breakfast, keeps their hands free of germs, and gets the recommended vaccines, will make certain that your child will have a successful school year! Good luck to all of those starting back to school!
Sources: Mayo Clinic, KidsHealth, ABClocal, American Academy of Pediatrics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Each year, the month of August is set aside to remind everyone of the importance of vaccinating against disease. Indeed, routine childhood vaccination schedules have gone far to lessen the impact and prevalence of many previously common diseases. However, vaccination updates are important at any age or stage of life, and college students…, adults, and senior citizens benefit from immunizations against influenza, meningitis, whooping-cough, and shingles. Although there can be media attention to the contrary, vaccinations offer crucial protection against disease, and there are many positive reasons to ensure that National Immunization Awareness Month is a great success this year.
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