Festive & Healthy 4th of July Treats!

Festive & Healthy 4th of July Treats!

Three cheers for the red, white, and blue…

Make your plate colorful with bright red, white, and blue fruits and vegetables.

The brighter the color (natural coloring, not dye), the healthier it is.

The red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene and other nutrients that reduce the risk of prostate cancer and tumor growth. They can also help with your blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), and support joint tissue. Examples of these are: red apples, cherries, cranberries, strawberries, red grapes, pomegranate, raspberries, tomatoes, red cabbage, and red peppers.

The white fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C, potassium, and other nutrients. They can help reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers and help boost your immune system. Try to add some bananas, white pears, cauliflower, garlic, parsnips, mushrooms, onions, and shallots to your daily diet. Avoid the white (or bleached) foods such as white breads, rice, or cereals.

Don’t forget to add blue fruits and vegetables to your plate for their nutritional value. Many blue (or indigo) fruits and vegetables contain lutein, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, and other nutrients.  Blackberries, blueberries, black currants, and figs will aid in lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL), boost your immune system, fight inflammation, and limit the activity of cancer cells.

So celebrate 4th of July on your plate every day for a healthier you!

Make Father’s Day Last A Month

Make Father's Day Last A Month

The best Father’s Day gift is to give your family a healthy dad. Make this the month to schedule your screenings.

Are you taking responsibility for your health? Do you know all the screenings that are suggested for your age group? To view a checklist of men’s health screenings categorized by age, please click the link below. (If you are in a high risk category or have family medical history, please consult your physician regarding the possibility of earlier screenings.) Do it for them. Do it for your father.

http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/pdfs/GetItChecked.pdf

Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

In recognition of Hurricane Awareness there will be a tax free day on certain sale items. The sale this years runs from May 31st to June 8th. Here are some of the items that will be on sale:

Selling for $10 or less:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

  • Any portable self-powered light source
  • Battery-powered flashlights
  • Battery-powered lanterns
  • Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil, or similar fuel)
  • Tiki-type torches
  • Candles

Selling for $25 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container (including LP gas and kerosene containers)

Selling for $30 or less:

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries and excluding automobile and boat batteries (listed sizes only)
  • AA-cell
  • C-cell
  • D-cell
  • 6-volt
  • 9-volt
  • Coolers (food-storage; nonelectrical)
  • Ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
  • Self-contained first-aid kit (already tax-exempt

Selling for $50 or less:

  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Tie-down kits
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps
  • Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Two-way radios (self-powered or battery- powered)
  • Weather band radios (self-powered or
  • battery-powered)

Selling for $750 or less:

Portable generators that will be used to provide light, communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

Note: Eligible battery-powered or gas-powered light sources and portable self-powered radios qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.

Information provided by the Florida Department of Revenue. http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/tip14a01-03.pdf

 


download hurricane prep checklist


Make Mother’s Day Last A Month

Take time for yourself and book your screenings this month. Do it for you, do it for them.Make Mother's Day Last A Month

Screening tests:

Screening tests Ages 18–39 Ages 40–49 Ages 50–64 Ages 65 and older
Blood pressure test Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.

Bone mineral density test
(osteoporosis screening)
    Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk of osteoporosis. Get this test at least once at age 65 or older.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about repeat testing.

Breast cancer screening
(mammogram)
  Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Starting at age 50, get screened every 2 years. Get screened every 2 years through age 74.

Age 75 and older, ask your doctor or nurse if you need to be screened.

Cervical cancer screening
(Pap test)
Get a Pap test every 3 years if you are 21 or older and have a cervix.

If you are 30 or older, you can get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years.

Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix. Get a Pap test and HPV test together every 5 years if you have a cervix. Ask your doctor or nurse if you need to get a Pap test.
Cholesterol test Starting at age 20, get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.

Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.

Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.

Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.

Colorectal cancer screening
(using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy)
    Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.

Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.

Diabetes screening Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.

http://www.womenshealth.gov/screening-tests-and-vaccines/screening-tests-for-women/

Don’t Tax Your Health

tax your healthNow that Tax Season is here, you are focused on deadlines, finances, and everyday life but don’t let these tax your health. Make sure to follow these simple health tips:

  • Deduct the soda in your diet. Are you a soda drinker? Did you know that if you drink just one can of soda a day, it will increase your chance of diabetes by 30%?
  • Exempt processed foods such as hot dogs, lunch meats, sausage, and prepared meals from your diet. These usually contain lots of sodium and saturated fats that can lead to high cholesterol.
  • Interest -make your food and drinks more interesting with spices and reap the rewards. Cinnamon can reduce your sugar cravings and regulate your blood sugar. Cumin can help lower blood glucose levels and act as an antibacterial agent. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and can bring relief for coughs and congestion.
  • Contributions – contribute exercise to your daily habits to raise your HDL levels (the good or “Happy” cholesterol). This will reward your body by building your heart muscles, burning fat, and reducing stress.
  • Earnings- you have earned yourself a time out. Plan some time in your day for a stress relieving activity such as walking, yoga, meditation, listening to soft music, or taking a nap.
  • Deferred -defer that next alcoholic drink by ordering a glass of water with every drink.
  • TurboFlax – add flaxseeds to your oatmeal or salads for a heart healthy supplement containing fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Congratulations, you are now on track to move to the next health bracket!

Resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/10/spices-health_n_1085099.html
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diabetes/articles/2010/10/27/even-1-soda-a-day-can-hike-your-diabetes-risk

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed