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  • Prevent Burnout
    25 Ways to Improve Your Day Download printable pdf Simple self-care strategies to help you feel better Put things into perspective [What is truly important?]Take a quick walkLaugh at something sillyDo a random act of kindnessList three things that make you smileTake a power nap [less than 20 min]Drink waterCall or text a friendCheck your […]
  • Idaho Family Dinner Night 2021
    Celebrate Idaho Family Dinner Night on September 27! Eating together regularly as a family is one of the best ways to build and maintain strong relationships with your children. Frequent family dinners are linked to positive benefits for youth, including lower rates of substance use, decreased stress, higher self-esteem, and better academic performance in school. […]
  • Move More
    How to Move More at Work Download infographic Take 5 to 10! It is recommended to get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Remember that some is always better than none, so try adding more movement whenever you can!Add a few 5- to 10-minute activity bursts throughout your workday to get […]
  • Be The 1 To
    This page is not intended to and does not provide crisis intervention. If you are currently in a crisis, or have immediate concerns about someone, call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357 (HELP) September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time to honor loved ones lost to suicide […]
  • Building Healthy Relationships
    Strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. “We can’t underestimate the power of a relationship in helping to promote well-being,” says NIH psychologist and relationship expert Dr. Valerie Maholmes. Studies have found that having a […]
  • Connections Count
    Strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. From the time you’re born, your relationships help you learn to navigate the world. You learn how to interact with others, express yourself, conduct everyday health habits, and […]
  • Mindfulness Exercises
    The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as “the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” It means being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings instead of going through life on autopilot. Mindfulness matters because it can help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. It […]
  • Maintain Your Muscle
    Strength Training at Any Age You’ve likely heard that exercise can help you live a longer, healthier life. When you hear the word ‘exercise,’ you might think of going for a run or hopping on a bicycle. Or maybe playing soccer with your kids or basketball with your friends after work. But these activities don’t […]
  • Women’s Health Check Program
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare What is Women’s Health Check Women’s Health Check provides FREE breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing for women who qualify. Service providers include public health districts, primary care offices, hospital systems, mobile mammography services, community health centers, and more. Local Coordinators […]
  • Mastering Mindfulness
    Four Simple Ways to Pay More Attention to the Current Moment The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as “the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” It means being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings instead of going through life on […]
  • Summer Safety
    National Safety Month in June is an opportunity to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths at home, at work, on the roads, and in our communities. It’s almost summer which means it’s time for fun in the sun, water sports, road trips, campouts, and BBQs! Make safety a priority for a happy and healthy summer with […]
  • Elder Abuse
    An estimated 5 million older adults, or 1 in 10 older Americans experience physical, mental, and financial elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation each year.  Unfortunately, it occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered. Each […]
  • Healthy BBQ Recipe Roundup
    BBQ season is just around the corner! Check out this roundup of healthy and easy recipes that you can take to your next backyard BBQ. Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken low carb / easy prep Grilled Vegetables Kabobs simple side / fun finger food Homemade Veggie Burgers meatless / healthy comfort food Epic Summer Salad veggie-packed […]
  • Don’t Fry Day
    2021 Don’t Fry Day Photo Contest Prizes: Thank you to the Idaho Potato Commission for generously donating the awesome Idaho potato prizes! 2021 Don’t Fry Day Photo Contest Winners: Best Overall: Judy B. Taylor, Idaho Commission on AgingBest Team Photo: Elizabeth Hoyt, Department of Health and WelfareBest Sun Safety Setup: Leahann Romero, Department of Juvenile […]
  • Melanoma Awareness Month
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare What is Skin Cancer? Skin cancer is caused when UV rays penetrate the skin and damage connective tissue and DNA. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.The two most common types are carcinomas. They are highly curable, but can be disfiguring and […]
  • You Are Not Alone
    You Are Not Alone In the United States, one in five adults live with some form of mental illness and nearly half of all adults will experience a mental illness at some point during their lifetime.1 Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, relationships, and the ability to live a full and productive life. […]
  • National Prescription Take Back Day on April 24
    On April 24th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its state and local partners will hold the 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The DEA began the initiative in 2010 to provide easy, anonymous opportunities to remove medicines in the home that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft. The Idaho Office of […]
  • HPV and Related Cancers: Questions and Facts
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare What is HPV? HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. It is a common virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, as well as vulvar and vaginal cancer in women, anal and penile cancer in […]
  • March Madness 2021
    Get up and get moving while you cheer on your favorite teams during March Madness! Download the Health Matters March Madness Game Day Workout and follow along at home. Complete an exercise each time you see a player in the game do one of the actions listed. For example, when someone drains a 3-pointer you […]
  • Colorectal Cancer: Fact or Fiction
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthColorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects people […]
  • Asking for Help is a Strength
    By: Roger Sherman, Executive Director of Idaho Children’s Trust Fund Phew.  This has been a year that we will not soon forget.  Our work lives have been stressful as we have adapted to working at home.  And then, for many of us, we have had to adapt our parenting to accommodate the new norm of […]
  • Valentine’s Day
    Non-Candy Valentines Click on the valentines below to download a printable PDF.
  • Radon: Fact or Fiction
    By: Hannah Day, Health Education Specialist, Environmental Health Program, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare January is National Radon Action MonthHave you ever heard of radon gas? Did you know radon is present in many Idaho homes? The Environmental Health Program within the Division of Public Health manages the Idaho Radon Program and can help […]
  • Season’s Greetings!
    These healthy seasoning blends make simple DIY holiday gifts for friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
  • Diabetes Prevention During a Pandemic
    By: Nanci Jenkins, MS, RDN, LD, WIC Dietitian and D,HD, & S Grant Coordinator for Panhandle Health District 1 Have you checked your weight lately? Is your weight creeping up? Are your blood pressure and blood sugar levels rising? Or maybe you have no idea because it’s 2020 and the U.S. is still in the […]
  • Healthy and Safe Halloween
    Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween this year. Please consider some fun, lower-risk alternatives this year. If you do not feel well, have a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should notparticipate […]
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day October 24, 2020 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Across the country, an estimated 9.9 million Americans misuse prescription drugs, and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet1. To help prevent misuse of prescription drugs, […]
  • 25 Ways to Use Zucchini
    It’s that time of year when the zucchini starts popping up in backyard gardens. Here are 25 delicious ways to prepare this summertime staple!   Add it to a saladAdd it to a smoothieBake itEat if for dessertEat it for breakfastEat it rawFreeze it for laterFritter itGrill itHasselback itLayer it in lasagnaMake a pieMake chipsMake […]
  • Idaho Beef Month
    July is Idaho Beef Month! This special designation recognizes the tremendous impact the Idaho Beef Industry has had on local communities and the economy of Idaho and is a legacy that has been carried forward by ranching families for generations. Idaho beef strengthens communities and contributes to strong bodies as well. Did you know that […]
  • Return to Work
    As we follow the Governor’s Stay Healthy Order, let’s review how we can stay healthy and safe during our return to a new normal in the workplace. It is important that we all do our part to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand HygieneWash your hands often with soap and water […]
  • 3 Ways to Manage Stress
    Stress is a normal part of life, but living in a state of constant, chronic stress is not healthy. Here are three simple things you can do today to help you relax and reduce the impact of stress on your body and mind. Deep Breathing Deep breathing can be used to quickly reduce stress and […]
  • Nutrition Myths
    By: Leslee Blanch, RD, LD, Family Consumer Science Associate Extension Educator, University of Idaho Bonneville County Extension Deciphering Facts From Fads Sifting through nutrition information can be challenging, to say the least. Keep in mind that diets which promote the following principles are not based on fact, but rather on “fad”: Myth 1: Rapid weight […]
  • Novel Coronavirus: Know the Facts
    PLEASE NOTE: This blog post was originally published on February 28, 2020. For up-to-date information about the coronavirus/COVID-19 please visit coronavirus.idaho.gov.
  • Matters of the Heart
    By: Mimi Fetzer RD, LD, with The Idaho Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Prevention Program February is a time for love, relationships, and matters of the heart. That includes the relationship we have with our heart health. The heart pumps blood to all parts of the body. Blood carries oxygen, nutrition, hormones, and removes waste. […]
  • Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
    By: Health Matters State Employee Wellness Program Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’ve got four simple tips to keep you healthy, happy, and grateful! Let’s Talk Safe Turkey. No one wants to be responsible for making people sick from food, especially on a holiday! Practice good food safety including washing hands frequently; keeping […]
  • Get Up, Get Out, and Get Active!
    By Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation With the heat of summer well underway, it’s easy to give in to Netflix and the air conditioner. And while it’s good to have a day of rest, we like to encourage you to make the most of these long summer days by getting up, getting out, and […]
  • Mindful Moments
    Mindfulness is paying full attention to what is going on in the present moment. It is a simple concept, but it is not always easy. Mindfulness may seem overwhelming and even a little bit “out there,” but it is okay to start small. Try adding mindful moments while completing mundane tasks in your life. Focus […]
  • Stay Safe Behind the Wheel
    By: John Tomlinson, Highway Safety Manager, Idaho Transportation Department The days are longer and the nights are warmer which means summer has made its way to Idaho. Okay, summer officially begins on June 21 but despite what the meteorologists tell you, the summer travel season is well underway having kicked off during Memorial Day weekend. […]
  • Healthy Eating Basics
    Personal insight from Pete Petersen, an Idaho Department of Health & Welfare employee who has maintained a 115 pound weight loss for nearly 7 years! I was morbidly obese most of 30 years and obese most of my life.  Partly due to predisposition, I faced a number of severe health crises.  However, I lost over […]
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
    By: Catie Wiseman, Education Manager, Idaho State Liquor Division Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. The good news? We can all do our part to prevent alcohol misuse or abuse. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the Idaho State Liquor Division encourages you […]
  • Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Healthy
    By: Domonique Ayarra-Sykes, Coordinator Child Nutrition Programs, Idaho State Department of Education During the Month of March, we look at how to help children make healthy eating choices. Healthy habits begin in the home, but what about when your children leave the house?  The marketing and advertising of unhealthy foods is everywhere!  It is up […]
  • Knowing the Heart
    By: Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Prevention Program; Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health During the month of February there is a constant theme of gratitude for the people we love.  But how we can pay gratitude to our heart? The heart is essential to life. It cannot be heard unless […]
  • Prevent Cervical Cancer
    By: Charlene Cariou, MHS, CHES, Comprehensive Cancer Prevention Program Manager, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Cervical cancer screening can prevent cancer – don’t put it off!Start the new year off right and get screened for cervical cancer. Get screened regularly- cervical cancer can be prevented when cell changes are caught early and treated Did […]
  • Celebrating Responsibly
    By: Catie Wiseman, Education Manager, Idaho State Liquor Division Idaho sets the perfect holiday stage for us every year.  We hear songs like, “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “O Christmas Tree” that put us all in the holiday spirit. We also hear, however, many songs that reference and promote alcohol and being drunk during […]
  • Journey Towards Wellness
    By: Kara Federonick, MPH, Treasure Valley YMCA With National Diabetes Awareness Month in full swing, I want to touch on the value, importance and process of journeying towards wellness.  Every human walking this earth knows just how challenging change can be, but there is question as to whether everyone knows just how valuable change is- […]
  • Eat Local. Eat Healthy. Eat Beans.
    By: Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN and The Idaho Bean Commission According to the Idaho Bean Commission, the number one reason to eat Idaho’s beans is due to our rich volcanic soil and clean mountain water that produces the “highest quality, disease-free bean seed in the world.”  If that isn’t reason enough, Registered Dietitian and Chef […]
  • Rock Your Role!
    By: Rebecca Sprague, MPH, Health Education Specialist, Suicide Prevention Program, Division of Public Health National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week is September 9-15. This will be a time when some of us honor loved ones lost to suicide. Many will renew efforts to prevent suicide deaths. It is also important to focus our attention on hope, […]
  • Stay Well with Idaho Libraries
    By: Allison Floyd, LiLI Librarian, Idaho Commission for Libraries Health may be wealth, but free is still everybody’s favorite price, right? Did you know there are several health resources freely available to all Idahoans on lili.org? LiLI stands for Libraries Linking Idaho, and lili.org is a collection of electronic resources—mainly databases, but some eBooks as […]
  • Healthy Eating While Vacationing
    By: Jackie Amende, MS, RDN, LD, University of Idaho FCS Extension Educator If you are road tripping or traveling abroad to a new and exciting place, you can still enjoy all the fun foods that come with traveling without compromising your healthful eating plan. Here are some tips for your upcoming summer vacation: Focus on […]
  • Summer Food Safety
    These three simple tips for summer food safety apply all year round! However they are especially important to keep in mind during the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish. Use a Thermometer: A thermometer is the number one way to ensure that foods are cooked to the correct temperature to destroy germs […]
  • Three Ways to Move More
    We all know that physical activity is good for us, but it can be a challenge to fit fitness into a busy schedule. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderate (or 75 minutes of vigorous) physical activity every week. This may seem like a lot, but every […]
  • Care for Your Colon!
    Colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable when detected early. There are certain risk factors that affect a person’s chance of getting cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as a person’s age or family history. Other factors can be controlled to minimize a person’s risk for getting cancer. […]
  • Too much chair time?
    There are lots of reasons we don’t move much. Truth is…most of them are excuses. Our bodies are built to move not to mold into an office chair or recliner. Make a resolution to move more. Any chance you get, you move! Your body will thank you. Tips Fidget Walk faster Tap your leg Drink more […]
  • Spring into action!
    It’s finally here. I thought I would never see green plant life again after this winter. It’s actually exciting to see dirt and mud out my window. Yay for spring and all the changes it brings! Now for some spring cleanup. Looking around, I see stacks of “stuff” in my office and my house, begging […]
  • Mom was right.
    You are what you eat. That thought goes through my mind while lying in bed after a “bad eating day” when everything I ate seemed to miss the mark. The awful truth, we really are what we eat. Our Moms were right.  The bottom line is the nutritional content of what we eat determines the […]
  • Ho-hum doldrums
    Are you with me? Last night I looked at my activity tracker at 10:00 p.m. and it read 3256 steps. I sighed. I did not leap up and walk in place. I did not chastise myself. I did not list the reasons for so few steps. I just sighed. I have a bad case of […]
  • Don’t be a bear.
    Hibernating this winter? Had enough of the snow, ice, and sub-zero weather? Are the kids turning on you? Stop! When winter weather forces you indoors it’s time to deal with all that pent-up energy. Find creative ways to get and stay active during these cold months. It’s a challenge, but you can conquer those winter doldrums! […]
  • Unlock the magic.
    The holiday season is over and winter stretches out in front of us for what seems like forever. Life feels kind of dull and it’s difficult to get motivated or raise enthusiasm for much of anything. But this is actually a great time to explore the magic in your life! Albert Einstein said, “There are […]
  • Get your sparkle on!
    Holiday time can bring out the best – and the worst – in people. Don’t let the stress and hub-bub dull your attitude. Try these things to keep your sparkle on! Make your list and check it twice. Be sure to include healthy holiday gifts to give and receive Deck the halls with lots of […]
  • Wage a little hope.
    Why bother? Because hope is all about possibility. Hope feeds your energy, creativity, and problem solving skills; it affects your sense of happiness and optimism. Hope recognizes that everyone and everything matters. It makes life worth living. That’s why you should bother. When hope gets damaged, it has a ripple effect. It can knock you […]
  • Can this just be over?
    Voting stress. Enough said. Most of us would probably agree that the last year has been fraught with “political stress“. As we get closer to election day, stress heightens, blood pressures rise, and nerves are on edge. Election talk seems to permeate every corner from the home and office to social media to neighborhood talk. […]
  • Are you road worthy?
    Fall happened this week. I had to search for a bed quilt, coat, and socks; things I haven’t seen since May; my feet screamed. It got me thinking…am I “road worthy” for winter? I know I’m ready for the fun things; I’m not so sure I am road worthy for challenges like staying active, winter […]
  • Monday Blues?
    Are Mondays your least favorite day of the week? The Monday Blues can be a passing tiredness, an indication of a poor job fit, or a screaming need for an attitude adjustment. If hopeless, tired, sad, stressed, overwhelmed, impatient, and unpleasant pretty much describe you on Monday mornings – you may need to do something. Why? […]
  • Techno-Stress?
    Huh? Guess what – heavy technology use (computers, phones, TV) is linked to fatigue, stress, and depression, particularly in young adults. All of our gadgets and screens are affecting our sleep. And, as we know, sleep is truly the gateway to good health. Specific findings… Those constantly accessible via cell phones were the most likely […]
  • Distracted, unfocused, preoccupied?
    I may have just described 50% of us! Distractions and information overload are a double whammy. Distractions are particularly deadly when they creep into your driving time. And, information overload causes distraction from what is truly important in the moment…whether that is driving or working or life. Both can be deadly; both cause stress. This […]
  • Women are special.
    Heart disease – it is the #1 killer of women in America. Cardiovascular disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 American women’s deaths each year. Breast cancer takes 1 in 31 American women’s lives each year. In spite of these numbers, many women live more in fear of breast cancer striking than heart disease. Both […]
  • Housewalking. Try it.
    No time for the gym, for a run, or for a dog walk? Housewalking could be your thing! Housewalking is literally walking around your house whenever you can. It’s practical, available, affordable, requires no child care, no fitness trainer, no special clothing…and it can be done in all kinds of weather! Have you considered the irony […]
  • How’s your well-being?
    When people see you, does everything on the outside seem serene and picturesque? But on the inside do you feel fuzzy, frazzled, or empty? It could be you need to do a little work on your well-being. There is a big difference between wellness and well-being, though we often use the terms interchangeably. Wellness is […]
  • Reflections
    Another year gone by. Some of us are happy; some can’t wait to hail in 2016. No matter where you sit with 2015, it is worth reflecting on what has been. Here are some questions to ponder as you close out the year… What happened in 2015 that you will remember for the rest of […]
  • Do your holidays feel toxic?
    For some, the holidays can feel almost toxic, or at the very least painful. If the holidays feel like a month-long panic attack to you, try these tips Uni-task; don’t multi-task Create a playlist that soothes your soul Learn to say “no” and mean it Set healthy boundaries Let others host the party, make the […]
  • Is the kitchen talking?
    What is your office kitchen saying about your work group?  Maybe nothing…or maybe your office needs a big infusion of care into your staff and the kitchen! Here are some frightening infractions… Refrigerator science experiments Outdated condiments Smelly dishcloths and dirty towels Dirty cutting boards Lack of hand and dish soap Smelly/dirty sponges and scrubbies Handprints on […]
  • Try a little kindness.
    How kind are you – to YOU? Are you way too quick to judge yourself for a “poor” decision, a missed alarm, a harsh word, a sugar binge, letting your gym membership lapse…and countless other choices? Don’t be your own toughest critic! “Should-ing” yourself is not an attractive quality and it creates harmful stress. Try this […]
  • Financial Wellness
    Financial problems rate among the top causes of stress, often resulting in high blood pressure, sleepless nights, lively “discussions” with the family, headaches, back aches, and on and on. Many of us avoid the pain of thinking about or dealing with our finances. Some of us think about them to excess. One thing is certain, […]
  • How’s your sleep?
    It’s fair to say we live in a sleep-deprived culture. We all know people who wear their sleep deprivation as a “badge of honor” which seems so silly when you think about it. Sadly, the consequences of poor sleep take a huge toll on our health. Sleeplessness directly affects our health, mood, motivation, appetite, weight, […]
  • Built to Move
    Having all your best “moves” for after work? Stop it! Move throughout your day. Simple movements bring great benefits to the body. So stand up, stretch, walk to the printer, walk the hallways, wiggle, get up to answer the phone or turn on/off the TV, use door handles instead of automated buttons. Fidget, sit sideways, dance…do something! […]
  • The Bottom Line
    During the month of March, colons, bottoms, and screenings come up in all kinds of polite conversations. That’s because it is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, when April arrives, colon talk stops. Don’t let that happen. Have the conversation. Know if a close relative had colon cancer…and the age of diagnosis; its important information. Talk […]
  • No time for the gym?
    ]It’s a pretty common challenge. There’s always something more important to do… Oddly, I do find time to sit and watch TV or play video games. Sound familiar? If this challenge hits home with you, try creating your own home workout area. You can still watch TV and play video games and you can be physically […]
  • Would you know?
    There’s an ad on TV showing a guy who gets a note telling him when his heart attack will happen. If only it were that predictable! Most of us think we will know if our heart attack is occurring. Guess what? Often we don’t. There are so many excuses we come up with for feeling […]
  • Plan it. App it.
    According to Forbes, 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions; 8% are sucessful in achieving them. Ouch. Reality hits hard. The bottom line – changing behaviors is difficult (duh!). Having a plan and a support system can help in achieving goals. Don’t know how to start making a plan? Check out Table Talk. It […]
  • Damage control?
    “I love the holidays but I want to practice damage control this year…” my coworker stated as she left my office. It sounds fairly clinical, but it’s true. The magic of the Season can lead one down the path of destruction and compromise! What gets compromised? – nutrition, budget, sleep habits, exercise, YOU! I did […]
  • Thank You!
    Guess what? Thanksgiving can actually increase your wellness, health, and happiness. Giving thanks and having gratitude are very healthy habits and they reduce stress. This Thanksgiving, before things get crazy, take time to tune in to what matters in your life. Consider these questions… Name 5 people you are grateful for Name 5 physical abilities you are grateful […]
  • Are you a sitting target?
    I was talking with a group of women last week about breast cancer. It seems the majority fell into two groups…”I don’t want to hear any more about breast cancer; I am sick of it” and “I am scared to death; I don’t want a mammogram – I just hope for the best”. I can appreciate both perspectives but […]
  • Ready for fall cleanup?
    I spend lots of time in September/October getting the house ready for fall and winter. As I was struggling to clean the rain gutters this weekend, it occurred to me I should be putting equally as much time into fall cleanup and winter prep for my body…you know, a little medical self-care. At the very […]
  • Got stress?
    I know what you’re thinking – who doesn’t have stress? It’s a fact of life. True, but there are lots of things you can do to manage chronic daily stress. And, there are many reasons beyond headaches and ragged relationships to pay attention to your stress level. The biggest reason – it affects your health. Stress can cause […]
  • Cool it.
    Zowie! It’s hot out there. There are tried and true ways to keep cool and comfy – from drinking water, to munching on popsicles, to turning on fans. But, there are some ideas you may not have thought of… Put ice packs on your wrists, ankles, or neck Make your own flexible ice packs or try one of these […]
  • Don’t just sit there. Move something!
    Fidget. Do a desk-top drum roll. Shrug your shoulders. Turn your head left and right. Walk to your neighbor’s cubicle. Do stapler arm curls or chair leg-lifts. Stand on one foot. Dance it out. Just put it in motion. Make it your motto – “Seated for 60? Up for 3!” A general lack of movement […]
  • F.A.S.T.
    In the course of our conversation at a meeting, I was stunned to learn that my table mate had suffered a stroke. She was all of 34. She looked “normal” – she was bright, conversive, and appeared to be in reasonably good physical condition. Imagine my shock. You see, I know about strokes. Old people […]
  • No Buts About It!
    Your colon is a critical part of your plumbing system. After so many years, you need to have a look at the pipes to be sure everything is working well, check for general wear and tear, and find anything that could cause a future disaster. Just like the pipes in your home, it’s easy to […]
  • Put a little heart in your day.
    There are many day-to-day things I take for granted. My heart is one of them. I met my heart last summer during an echocardiogram. I was amazed. I could see it and hear it. I watched the blood flow in and out. It was a bit like meeting a best friend, but a friend I […]
  • Use your “app-ti-tude”
    Dedication, desire, motivation, reward – things you need to make any fitness app work. I know that. But part of me is waiting for an app that “knows” what I have eaten, records it for me, flashes an update on my eye glasses every hour, and physically alerts me with a nudge or a pinch […]
  • Holiday Pressure Cooker?
    Before your holidays get to the pressure-cooker stage, take a minute. Reduce holiday stress; create the holiday you want. Keep the joy and the stress of family in perspective… from family dinners and obligations to family traditions. While you’re at it, don’t forget to keep a healthy heart during the holiday season.  Try these tips to keep the pressure-cooker lid on! […]
  • Healthy Holiday Gifts
    The Holiday Season is upon us! Looking for some “healthy” gift ideas? Take a look at this list… Air popper and popcorn Basket of whole grains Tea pot, juicer, or smoothie maker Seeds for next spring’s garden Walking DVD Reflective clothing/flashing lights for after-hour walks New leash for the dog (get the connection?) Pedometer, hand warmers, […]
  • Sleep Deprived = Overweight?
    Feeling tired, exhausted, and beat before you walk out the bedroom door in the morning? You might be sleep deprived. Take the Sleep Quiz to see what you know; I failed miserably! What I find interesting is the connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Research shows that sleep deprived people select greater portion sizes which can […]
  • Energy Management
    For years you have heard about time management as a tool to get things done. I’ve switched my thinking – now I think it’s energy management. Energy is like the currency of high performance. Increasing your personal energy level can result in higher motivation, better problem solving, greater success with complex tasks, better concentration, and an […]
  • Good Eaten’!
    Did you catch the buzz? There was a big state dinner at the White House on Tuesday…and it was planned and prepared by kids! Sometimes kids have the best ideas and when it comes to food, you know it has to be tasty or it’s all over. You can read about the healthy lunchtime challenge online. […]
  • Fatigued?
    Of course I’m “fatigued” – isn’t everybody? I have a pretty good idea why and like most people, I just want to know how to fix it. Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or a lack of energy. Fatigue can often be traced to habits and routines…sleep, nutrition, exercise, stress, schedules, unrealistic expectations and on and […]
  • Take it outside!
    The next time you feel like falling into the recliner or perching yourself comfortably with your laptop, smart phone, tablet or whatever… STOP! Take it outside. In fact, take the whole family outside. Put down the remotes, put away the technology, turn off the power. Unplug. There’s a whole world waiting for your family – outside. Unplug […]
  • Your Colon
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  • Taking Your Blood Pressure
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