Health Tips

Climb the Bunker Hill Monument

Have you ever seen the view from the top of the Bunker Hill Monument? It's worth the climb...and it's a great way to get some exercise!

Standing 221 feet tall, the granite obelisk (tower) was built as a tribute to the memory of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War. It took 17 years to complete, but you can climb it in minutes. 

Go Green for the Holidays

Make “sustainable” holiday choices when you are shopping, traveling, sending cards, decorating, and choosing gifts. When you save energy and resources, you protect the environment and safeguard health both now and for the future.

Whether you’re already prepared for the coming winter holidays, or you still have plans to make and gifts to buy, now is a good time to look at your usual holiday activities to see if you can make them more “sustainable.”

Getting ready for my mammogram

What is a mammogram and why should I have one?

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. It can find breast cancer that is too small for you, your doctor, or nurse to feel.

If you are 50 years old or older, having a mammogram at least every 2 years could save your life. If you are in your 40s, talk with your doctor about whether it is a good idea for you to have a mammogram.

Your doctor can help you decide when you should start having mammograms and how often you should have them.

How is a mammogram done?

September is all about making healthy changes!

September highlights "Fruits & Veggies - More Matter" Month and "National Childhood Obesity Awareness" Month. These health observances are intended to help you focus on eating MORE fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle and teaching kids how to do the same!

The Facts

More than 90% of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide (World Health Organization, May 2017)

Gazpacho: perfect soup for summer

Easy Gazpacho in a Blender!

Often, vegetables (besides the tomatoes!) are diced and served separately on the side or on top of the soup; but blending everything together is an easy and quick way to serve it up. Mix several different varieties of tomatoes; just make sure they are ripe!

1 cup ice water

2 slices onion

1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (large or cherry), quartered, if large 

1 large cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 large carrot, coarsely chopped

2 sticks celery, coarsely chopped

Why Vaccinations Are So Important

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, including babies and young children.

 

Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, even deadly. Although many of these diseases―including measles, mumps, polio, rubella, and whooping cough―are rare in this country, they still occur around the world and can be brought into the US, putting unvaccinated people at risk.

 

To Vaccinate or Not: That is the Questions

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, including babies and young children.

 

Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, even deadly. Although many of these diseases―including measles, mumps, polio, rubella, and whooping cough―are rare in this country, they still occur around the world and can be brought into the US, putting unvaccinated people at risk.

 

Should I be tested for Lyme disease?

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is spread by deer ticks (also known as black-legged ticks) infected with the disease. These tiny ticks are the size of a poppy seed or the head of a pin, and are much smaller than dog ticks, which are the size of a pencil eraser or watermelon seed.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

5 Tips on How to Quit Tobacco

Get Ready to Quit

Write down your reasons for quitting. These will help keep you on track and focused on the benefits. Your reasons might include: 

· Protecting the health of your family or pets

· Saving money

· Improving your health

· Pregnancy

· Bad-smelling clothes or breath

 

Create your "quit" plan. The important parts of a quit plan are:

Step 1: Medications

Step 2: Support and counseling

Step 3: Identify your triggers

Step 4: Set your quit date

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