Protect Yourself from the Sun!

With the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors; just make sure that you're protecting yourself from the sun while your having fun. Here are a few tips to help you protect your skin this summer: Wear sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15 Cover up with clothing: wear a hat and UV protectant sunglasses Avoid spending a lot of time outdoors during the peak sun hours of 11 AM - 3 PM. Re-apply sunscreen after you have been in the water or have been sweating a lot. For more information on sunscreens and…

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Protect Yourself from the Sun!

Treating Seasonal Allergies

There are many causes of seasonal allergies, including: tree pollen, grass pollen, ragweed or mould. Depending on what you’re allergic to, you will experience symptoms at different periods of the spring and summer, but, in general, the allergy season has been starting earlier and lasting longer in recent years. The best way to treat your allergies will also vary depending on the allergen and the severity of your symptoms. Here are a few tips for treating seasonal allergies: • Keep windows and doors closed at home and in the car.• Check pollen level reports for your area and conduct outdoor…

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Treating Seasonal Allergies

Taking Care of your Teeth and Gums

We all know that we need to brush our teeth to get rid of built-up plaque, but how many of us really take care of our teeth properly? Here are some tips to help ensure you keep your teeth healthy for a very long time. Take 3-4 minutes to brush your teeth and try to brush each tooth individually. Floss in between your teeth after brushing. Rinse your mouth with an anti-plaque mouthrinse to get rid of any remaining plaque that has been loosened by brushing and flossing. Visit your dentist regularly. These are just a few tips to help…

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Taking Care of your Teeth and Gums

Tips for Healthy Aging

Stay healthier, stronger and happier as you age. Get moving! Physical activity has many health benefits, including increased energy and strength. Before starting any exercise regimen, consult with you doctor. Manage your weight. A well-balanced meal plan and physical activity are important to maintaining a healthy weight. Preventative medicine. Stay current with your recommended vaccines, like the yearly flu shot and pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. Speak to your doctor about screening tests for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Get enough sleep. Establish a regular bedtime routine so that you are getting 6-8 hours of restful, rejuvenating sleep. Reduce stress. Meditation,…

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Tips for Healthy Aging

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a blistering and painful rash that is caused by the same virus as chicken pox. This virus can lay dormant in nerve cells for years, then become active again as you get older and cause shingles. In addition to nerve pain, shingles can lead to other problems, such as: • Scarring • Skin Infections • Weakness • Loss of hearing or vision If you are 50 years of age or older and have had chicken pox in the past, then you should protect yourself by getting the shingles vaccine. You can also receive the vaccine if you are…

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What is Shingles?