Your Health

Your Health

For Women: A Heart-to-Heart Talk

Knowledge about gender differences in heart disease can help you protect your health 

When you think about the steps that women can take to safeguard their health, which ones come to mind? Mammograms? Pap smears?

As important as those tests are, thinking about your ticker is just as crucial. “It’s a common misconception that cancer is the most serious problem for women to worry about, but heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America,” says cardiologist Peter Hui, M.D., a cardiologist and Brown & Toland physician with the California Pacific Medical Center. 

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Create a Kinder, Gentler Work Space

Easy fixes can promote your comfort and help you avoid injury

Hunching over your laptop in a poorly lit work space won’t just make you irritable and less productive. It can also be bad for your health. Follow these practical tips to create a more comfortable working environment.

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Not just child’s play, hula hooping is a workout worth considering—according to researchers and hoopers

Anyone who thinks that exercise has to be drudgery hasn’t tried hula hooping. When a brightly colored hoop is swiveling around your hips to the rhythms of upbeat music, it’s easy to forget that you’re doing something that’s good for your body. 

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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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Cauliflower Puree (Mashed potatoes healthier cousin)

1 medium head cauliflower (3 lbs / 1.3 Kg) trimmed and cut into florets
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For garnish: chopped fresh thyme, extra virgin olive oil, homemade flavored salt, freshly ground black pepper


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The Scoop on Coffee

Here’s some info on choosing, brewing and storing this ever-popular bean

Coffee may be part of your everyday routine, but you may still be in search of that perfect cup. For help, check the following Q&A with Byard Duncan, a former barista and retail manager and now a spokesman for the Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee Company.

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Are You Smart About Men’s Health?

Take this quiz—no matter your gender—to test your knowledge about common medical issues facing today’s men and health-promoting strategies

1.    True or False: Most men fail to see their physician annually for preventive checkups.
True. According to a survey by the CDC, 22.6 percent of men have not seen their physician in the past year. And men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a 2-year period, despite the fact that prompt, pre-emptive care can be a major contributor toward good health and long life.

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Olive Oil 101

Quality olive oil isn’t just delicious—it’s healthy too. To find out more about this flavorful oil, we talked to San Franciscan Fran Gage—author of The New American Olive Oil, a member of the tasting panel for the California Olive Oil Council and an olive oil competition judge.

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Tales of Tai Chi

Slow and dancelike, tai chi is a graceful way to relax, exercise and improve physical balance. To find out more about this Chinese martial art, we spoke to Jan Diepersloot, Bay Area tai chi teacher and author of Masters of Perception (, for a firsthand account of his development as a serious tai chi practitioner.

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Join the (Running) Club

These local training groups, which are open to runners of all levels, will help you get ready this spring or summer — and introduce you to new friends.

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