• January 24, 2021

Focus on Your Health

Good nutrition, exercise and regular check-ups are keys to staying healthy. Read through the Living Well newsletters on this page for tips that may help you on your wellness journey. A new newsletter will be posted each month and every newsletter features an important health topic, fitness tips and a quick and healthy recipe.

Lung Cancer Screening
Most people get lung cancer from smoking and quitting is the best way to lower your risk. If you smoke, were a smoker in the past, or are over 55, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting screened. Talk to your doctor about what type of screening would be best for you, how often screenings are needed, and ways you can lower your risk of getting lung cancer. 
 
Read through the November 2020 Living Well Newsletter for information about lung cancer screening, fitness tips and a quick and easy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
 
 
 
Maintaining Your Oral health 
There are many preventive steps you can take to help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly are a good start, but there are also things you should avoid. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any condition you have that may impact your oral health. 
 
Read through the October 2020 Living Well Newsletter for information about maintaining good oral health, fitness tips and a quick and easy White Chili recipe.
 
 
 
Understanding Health Literacy 
 
Health literacy is how well you are able to find, understand and use health related information and services. Your health literacy may impact your ability to make the best decisions for you and/or your family, protect your health, and/or manage health conditions.
 
Read through the September 2020 Living Well Newsletter for information about issues that may affect health literacy, fitness tips and a quick and easy Tofu Salad.
 
 
 
Locating your Vaccination Records
 
Are you up-to-date on vaccinations? Where do you look if you do not know? There is not a national record for immunizations, so the record of which immunizations you received and when is created and kept by your doctor and a copy of the documentation is usually given to you and/or your parents.
 
Read through the August 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on places you may look to find official copies of your vaccination record, fitness tips and a Quick Tuna Casserole.
 
 
 
Take Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer
 
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Be sure to protect your skin when you spend time outdoors by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, seeking shade on sunny days, wearing sunglasses and covering up.
 
Read through the July 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on protecting yourself from skin cancer, fitness tips and a Mouth-Watering Oven-Fried Fish recipe.
Noticing Memory Problems?

Are you worried your memory problems may be sign of something serious? Is someone you care about having memory problems that interfere with their daily tasks? Be sure to check in with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your memory. 

Read through the June 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on the signs of serious memory problems, fitness tips and a Honey Mustard Pork Chops recipe.
 
 
What is Mental Health

Your mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being. Many factors contribute to your overall mental health and mental health problems can affect your thinking, mood and behavior.

Mental health problems are common and there are some early warning signs you can watch for. Help is available and many people recover completely from their mental health problems with treatment.

Read through the May 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on mental health, fitness tips and a Crunchy Chicken Salad recipe.

Autism Awareness

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Although some cases of ASD are caused by a genetic condition, most causes of ASD are still unknown.

While ASD does not cause changes that are noticeable in a person’s physical appearance, it may cause varying degrees of differences in the way a person communicates, interacts with other people, behaves or learns.

Read through the April 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder, fitness tips and a Banana Walnut Oatmeal recipe.

Tips for Better Sleep

Good sleep habits are essential for you to get a good night’s sleep. Some helpful tips for a good night’s sleep include:

  • Go to bed at the same time every day.
  • Keep your bedroom dark and a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronics from your bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol before bed.
  • Exercise daily.

Read through the March 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on better sleep, fitness tips and a Pasta Salad with Herb Vinaigrette recipe.

Heart Attack Symptoms

The three most common symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • chest pain/discomfort
  • upper body pain/discomfort
  • shortness of breath.

Don’t ignore symptoms of a heart attack; quick action can save your life!

Read through the February 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on heart attack symptoms, fitness tips and a Brown Rice with Sizzling Chicken and Vegetables recipe.

Thyroid Awareness

A healthy thyroid is very important to your overall health. If your thyroid is producing too little or too much thyroid hormone, it can affect multiple systems in your body and lead to a variety of diseases. Ask your doctor if you have risk factors for thyroid disease and if you should test your thyroid function.

Read through the January 2020 Living Well Newsletter for more information on thyroid health, fitness tips and a quick and easy Broccoli-Cheddar Frittata recipe.

Additional Resources

Be sure to check out or Healthy Recipes page to help with your healthy meal planning.

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