Health Tips

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

Local Stroll to the Community Garden

Take a walk from the Charlestown Health Care Center to the Community Garden, where Bunker Hill, Main, and Medford streets meet (near the Schrafft building). It's a moderate walk because of the two hills...you will feel your heart pumping after walking up the "Forty Steps" and the steep section of Auburn St, both between Russell St and Bunker Hill St. The garden is a  peaceful and bountiful half-way mark of this 1.6 mile stroll. Let's get moving! 

Farmer's Markets Open Today!

This summer, shop for your your vegetables, fruits, greens, and herbs at one of two farmer's markets in Charlestown. Farmer's markets are an affordable way to add color and variety (and nutrients!) to your meals. Produce is healthy, fresh (often picked just that morning), and local. You can taste the difference!

When you visit the markets, talk to the farmers about how they grow their produce and ask for tips on preparing it. Try a new fruit or vegetable every week! Good food has a way of bringing people together...so bring your kids, join your friends, and meet your neighbors. 

Sun Safety: How to Apply Sunscreen

Sunburn doesn’t only happen during the summer! Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Protect yourself year round by using sunscreen! Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it's applied correctly. Here are 5 dermatologist-approved tips!

 

Early Melanoma Detection: What You Can Do

 

 

Know Your Skin and Examine it Regularly. Recognizing changes in the skin is the best way to detect melanoma early. Add monthly skin checks to your routine.

Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Pay attention to moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have evolved in size or thickness. If you notice one or more of these signs, see your healthcare provider.

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