Winter Driving Safety – “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.”

Article written by Stacey Stegman, Director of Public Relations for theColorado Department of Transportation In Colorado, conditions can change from sunny to blowing snow within an hour or two, even as we head into spring. This unpredictable weather often catches us off guard and can make for a difficult drive.  By preparing yourself and your […]


How Often do You Take Your Heart on a Walk?

Our heart is very vulnerable to stress, many times brought on by poor diet, lack of exercise and uncontrolled stress. Do you know that your heart is the main battery driving the circulation in your body to supply you with nutrients and oxygen? The only thing it is lacking is your reciprocation to help improve […]


What if Someone Close to you Struggled with this Silent Killer?

There may be someone you know who is affected by an eating disorder. It might not be your relative or a close friend, but it may be someone you see often enough to recognize that person needs help. February 26th through March 3rd is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week… a time for public awareness, an […]


Has Your Healthcare Provider Suggested More Exercise?

More healthcare providers are telling their patients to get out and exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2000 to 2010, the percentage of adults receiving advice to exercise from their physician or other healthcare providers rose about 10 points. The benefits of exercising are huge when it comes to reducing the risk of chronic health conditions, but as a society, we are slipping in that important area. Find out more about what the statistics show and whether men or women are mostly the ones falling short. Then tell us if you think your exercise routine will ward off chronic health conditions. Join the conversation on Facebook.
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More healthcare providers are telling their patients to get out and exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2000 to 2010, the percentage of adults receiving advice to exercise from their physician or other healthcare providers rose about 10 points. The benefits of exercising are huge when it comes to reducing […]


Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack?


Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack? It seems we would know when we are having problems, but many of the symptoms are similar to other, less serious illnesses. So how do we decipher? Especially since not all people who have heart attacks experience the same symptoms or experience them to the same degree. The earliest warning of a heart attack may be recurrent chest pain that’s triggered by exertion and relieved by rest.
So what other warning signs should we look for? According to the Mayo Clinic, common heart attack symptoms include:
  • Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that goes on for more than a minute or two
  • Pain in your shoulder, arm, back, or even in your teeth and jaw
  • Increasing occurrences of chest pain
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Perspiration
  • Imminent sense of doom
  • Fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting
Sometimes the symptoms for women may be different or in additional to the ones above according to the Mayo Clinic. These signs to watch out for include:
  • Heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Moist skin
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal or unexplained fatigue
Paying attention and watching for one, many or all of the above symptoms is the best way to know if there is an oncoming problem. As the #1 killer in the U.S., there are steps you can take to help avert heart problems. The Mayo Clinic has 5 strategies to help prevent heart disease.
One of the strategies includes getting regular health screenings to check blood pressure, cholesterol levels and to check for diabetes. Each of these screenings can all be found at the upcoming spring 9Health Fairs for little or no cost. Our traditional 9 days are April 21st through April 29th, but some start as early as March and run as late as mid-May. Blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings are important as they tell you what your numbers are and whether you need to take action. Find a fair near you to take preventative action against heart disease.
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Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack? It seems we would know when we are having problems, but many of the symptoms are similar to other, less serious illnesses. So how do we decipher? Especially since not all people who have heart attacks experience the same symptoms or experience them to the same […]


High Blood Pressure Awareness is on the Rise

High blood pressure — or hypertension— is often called the “silent killer” because it doesn’t have symptoms, so many people don’t know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Luckily, more American adults are aware if they have high blood pressure and are taking medication to control it, and the […]


How Healthy Will Your Valentine’s Day Be?

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and with February being American Heart Month, this is a great time to take steps toward heart health. Make your Valentine’s Day present to yourself and your loved one a gift of awareness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests 7 gifts of health for Valentine’s Day and beyond. ·         […]


Do You Know Where America’s Salt Intake Stands?

Americans still consume more salt than they should; however, the intake is about the same as it was 50 years ago. According to research done at Harvard University School of Public Health, researchers found that people consistently consumed about 3,700 milligrams of sodium per day. Current sodium guidelines advise up to 2,300 milligrams (about one teaspoon) a day for adults, and 1,500 milligrams for those who have or are at risk for high blood pressure. For more information and tips on how to cut back your usage of salt, see what this USA article has to say. Do you or your kids struggle with controlling salt intake? Share with us on Facebook.
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Americans still consume more salt than they should; however, the intake is about the same as it was 50 years ago. According to research done at Harvard University School of Public Health, researchers found that people consistently consumed about 3,700 milligrams of sodium per day. Current sodium guidelines advise up to 2,300 milligrams (about one […]


An Hour a Day Keeps the Weight Away

We’ve all heard, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but here’s a new one to think about, “an hour a day keeps the weight away”. Walking that is. According to a new study in the October issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, American adults walk less than adults in some […]