The Flu: What Are The Symptoms & When To See A Doctor February 6th, 2018

The Flu

Typical Flu Symptoms — body aches, high fever, headache, tiredness, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and a runny nose. Stomach flu main include cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.

When to see the doctor— Typically you don’t need to see the doctor for the flu. With plenty of rest and extra fluids, people recover on their own from the flu within a week or two without any lasting issues. However, some people are at higher risk when they have the flu and need to seek medical attention. Those at risk may include but are not limited to: newborns, people over 65, people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women or those that have diabetes or other chronic diseases like asthma or heart problems.  

You may also need to see a doctor if your symptoms escalate to coughing up blood, high fever, trouble breathing, pain in your chest, or if symptoms persist for longer than a week.   

Healthy Habit: Life Balance January 30th, 2018

Life Balance

Today’s Healthy Habit is about balancing all of the many aspects of our lives. We’re often so busy striving to achieve, working hard, maybe playing hard too, and rushing from one thing to the next that it is hard to do each aspect of life well. Part of living a healthy life is making sure each aspect of our lives is balanced.

  • Two main areas we struggle to find balance:
    • Between work and play
    • Between what others need from us versus what we need for ourselves

We challenge you this week to slow down and enjoy the many blessings we each have in our lives. Look at each aspect of your life and how much time and energy is devoted to each. Is there something you need to start or stop to help bring more balance to your life? 

Healthy Habit: Diet January 23rd, 2018

Healthy Habit Diet

“Do you want to adopt a healthy diet but aren't sure where to start? As you consider the parade of healthy diets in magazines and cookbooks, make sure to look for one that:

  • Includes a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits; vegetables; whole grains; low-fat dairy products and lean protein, including beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds; and healthy fats
  • Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group
  • Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store — rather than specialty or gourmet store items
  • Fits your tastes, lifestyle and budget

Also consider your health risks. For example, do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure?

If so, be sure to follow a diet that's low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. For personalized advice, talk with your doctor or a dietitian.” –from Mayo Clinic Staff on Healthy Diets 

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