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11 Essential Health Tips (The Basics to Practice Every Day)

1. Move More

Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of time. It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that's great when you're up to it. Meanwhile, move more. Thought for the day: Cha, Cha, Cha…. Then do it!

2. Cut Fat

Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts. Most are available in lower fat versions such as substitute butter, fat free cheeses and mayonnaise. Thought for the day: Lean, mean, fat-burning machine…. Then be one!

3. Quit Smoking

The jury is definitely in on this verdict. Ever since 1960 when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful to your health, Americans have been reducing their use of tobacco products that kill. Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in adolescents and teens. Could it be the Hollywood influence? It seems the stars in every movie of late smoke cigarettes. Beware. Warn your children of the false romance or 'tough guy' stance of Hollywood smokers. Thought for the day: Give up just one cigarette…. the next one.

4. Reduce Stress

Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds….then float on them.

5. Protect Yourself from Pollution

If you can't live in a smog-free environment, at least avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It's a good pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day: 'Smoke gets in your eyes'…and your mouth, and your nose and your lungs as do pollutants….hum the tune daily.

6. Wear Your Seat Belt

Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Thought for the day: Buckle down and buckle up.

7. Floss Your Teeth

Recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don't? Thought for the day: Floss and be your body's boss.

8. Avoid Excessive Drinking

While recent studies show a glass of wine or one drink a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease, more than that can cause other health problems such as liver and kidney disease and cancer. Thought for the day: A jug of wine should last a long time.

9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook

There's a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the day: You can't be unhappy when you're smiling or singing.

10. Choose Your Parents Well

The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. But just because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn't mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed you. Thought for the day: Follow these basic tips for healthy living and you can better control your own destiny.

11. Common Questions about Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA infection

    1.What is Staphlococcus aureus or Staph?

        Staph is a type of bacteria. It may cause infections that look like pimples or boils. Skin infections 

        caused by staph may be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. Some staph (known as

        Methicillen-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) are resistant to certain antibiotics, making it harder

        to treat. The information on this page applies to both Staph and MRSA .

    2. who gets Staph infections?

        Anyone can get staph infection. People are more likely to get a Staph infection if they have:

          >skin to skin contact with someone who has a Staph infection.

          >contact with items and surfaces that have Staph on them

          >openings in their skin such as cuts or scrapes

          >crowded living conditions

          >poor hygiene

    3.How serious are Staph infections?

       Most Staph infections are minor and may be easily treated. Staph also may cause more serious    

       infections, such as infections of the bloodstream, surgical sites, or pneumonia. Sometimes, a Staph 

       infection may worsen. It is important to contact your doctor if your infection does not get better.

    4. How are staph infections treated?

         Treatment for Staph skin infection may include taking an antibiotic or having a doctor drain the infection.

         If you are given an antibiotic, be sure to take all of the doses, even if the infection is getting better, unless

         your doctor tell you to stop taking it. Do not share antibiotics with other people or save them to use later.

    5.   How do I keep Staph infections from spreading?

          > wash your hands often or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

          > keep your cuts and scrapes clean and cover them with bandages

          >do not touch other people's cuts or bandages

          >do not share personal items like towels or razors

    For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp_mrsa.html

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