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Your Health

Winter Rains, and Early Bay Area Spring Bad News for Allergy Sufferers

An early Spring means flowers budding and blooming trees, but if you are one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, this also means sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. And, because the Bay Area experienced a record amount of rain this past winter, this year's allergy season promises to be a doozy. 

Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to reduce your exposure to allergy triggers.

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March is National Nutrition Month; Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

What is “good nutrition”? And how do you know you’re getting what you need?

March is National Nutrition Month, and is a good time to assess your nutritional habits for ways to improve. Nutrition is “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.” However, good nutrition means getting the proper amount of nutrients to achieve optimum health, which is a key to lowering your risk of chronic disease.

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Making Health a Habit

Habits – we’ve been building them our whole lives. Some are harmlessly quirky and become part of our distinct personalities. Others are beneficial to others and should always be encouraged. Unfortunately, we also all have bad habits that can be tough to shake.

Bad habits range from the annoying to the downright dangerous. But, as the saying goes, habits are meant to be broken. Making small adjustments in your habitual routines can lead to big improvements in health and wellness. Changing habits for the better can change your life for good.

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February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health month. It’s a great time to make a pledge to yourself to keep your heart healthy and start good habits that will last throughout the year. Here are some tips on how you can lower your risk of heart disease:

Eat Healthy

A healthy diet can help lower your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with the right nutrients will keep your heart strong and healthy.

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Generic vs. Brand Name Drugs

Have you ever seen the words “generic” on the label of a prescription pill bottle? Or seen boxes of pain relievers that show the logo of the grocery store instead of the popular brand? Are you curious about whether these plain-vanilla products are viable alternatives to their fancier brand name counterparts?

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Become an Active Member of Your Healthcare Team

Knowledge is power, and this is certainly true when it comes to health. It’s not only healthcare professionals who need to stay in the know. Patients, too, can and should become more proactive about their own care.

The advent of the internet has certainly helped this trend. The healthcare industry itself has also been shifting in ways that support and accommodate patients taking more control of their health.  Studies show that informed, engaged patients actually experience better health outcomes than those who don’t. 

Follow these first steps to patient empowerment:

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of year is here again. Make your holiday season merry and bright by keeping your mind and body healthy. Here are our favorite tips for doing just that! 

1. Get enough sleep - The extra family, friend and social time during the holidays can take a toll on sleep. Make sure you get enough by scheduling a couple of relaxing days in-between late-night parties where you go to bed early and can sleep in a bit longer.

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Flu Shot Basics -- Did You Get Yours?

The Latest Recommendations about the Flu Shot
 
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Holiday Festivities With Less Stress

Five strategies to reduce stress this holiday season
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Quit It!

Gone are the days when cigarette smoking was portrayed as glamorous and elegant. Thanks to awareness campaigns, higher tobacco taxes and smoking bans in public places, Americans are gradually tamping out the habit.

If you’re interested in becoming a former smoker, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together some helpful information that can help you understand, connect and quit – for good.

Get the facts.

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