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Monthly Health Topics for 2013

  • December: Last Call
    Happy hour... sporting events… birthday parties...a promotion. For many, alcohol has become synonymous with social occasions and celebrations. There’s nothing wrong with drinking alcohol in moderation; however, if you consume this drug to cope with difficulties or avoid negative feelings, you may be crossing the line into a dark place. It can be hard to recognize when your drinking has gone from social to problematic. Because the effects of alcohol vary so widely, it’s important to recognize how this drug affects you as an individual.

  • November: Frisky Business 
    Relationships are a balancing act of two people sharing their lives, providing each other with love and support while still maintaining their identities as separate individuals. As years pass, anything and everything – career, kids, finances, illness, general stresses of life – can get in the way of a couple’s intimacy. So, what can you do to keep that closeness and maintain the va-va-voom in your relationship?

  • October: Overwhelmed
    Meeting a deadline at the office, preparing the house for company, cleaning out the garage ... we all have an ever-growing to-do list. Let's face it - sometimes our lives stress us out!  
  • September: Navigating the Lunch Line
    We are what we eat:
    Food is the fuel our bodies run on - shouldn't yours run on the best? Making the right food choices can boost your energy, aid in weight management, prevent colds, virus and disease, promote overall healthy body function, and keep you looking and feeling great!
  • August: A little DASH will do you 
    The American Heart Association estimates that more than 81,100,000 people in the United States have at least one form of cardiovascular disease — and this number is still on the rise. It’s time to take control of your health. Your first step? Put a little DASH in your life!
  • July: Dog Days of Diabetes
    The dog days of summer — the sticky, sweaty, humid weather – are often unpleasant. A diabetes diagnosis used to elicit the same feeling – no more eating your favorite foods, not being able to exercise and painful glucose monitoring. But wait! There’s good news! Just as a steamy summer fades to a crisp autumn, since the discovery of insulin in 1921, living with diabetes allows you to do just that – live.
  • June: Super Foods 
    While they may not wear capes and tights like the typical superhero, super foods possess special powers and protect us from evil. They power our brains, fuel our bodies, lower cholesterol, and protect against heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and respiratory infections. As an added bonus: super foods can put you in a better mood, too!
  • May: Fill'er Up!
    The health of your brain, like the health of your body, depends on several factors. You may be surprised how making the smallest tweaks to your daily routine can boost your intellect, postpone mental aging and help you live a longer life.
  • April: Over Reactive?
    You don’t have to put your child in a plastic bubble when you find out about his or her allergies. While it’s normal for parents to want to protect their child from harm, overreacting to their allergies is not the answer. You cannot shield them from every
    little thing that may cause them harm. 
  • March: Label-ese 
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all over-the-counter medications to have a Drug Facts label. This information helps you to select the correct medication and use it properly and safely. View a list of the most commonly used OTC medications.
  • February: Manopause
    When a woman is cranky or moody, the blame is pointed at hormones or “her time of the month,” but what about when a man exhibits the same behavior?
  • January: Fit and Fat
    You are doing everything right, yet the scale says you are still overweight. What's up with that?
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