Your Health

Your Health

Pack a Food-Safe Picnic

Now that the weather is warming up, eating out—as in out of doors—is an increasingly attractive option. Here are some tips to help safeguard your munchies and protect your picnic crew from food-borne illness.

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Walk the Talk

The word’s definitely out in the Bay Area: Walking is a smart—and fun—way to boost your health 

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Picnic Paradise

These five spots will have you wanting to eat all your meals outside 

1. Crissy Field
Why? World-class views, great people-watching, proximity to shoreline walks or bike rides, lawn, beach, picnic tables. Ideal location for kite flying.
How? Get a cracked crab or some cooked bay shrimp from Fisherman’s Wharf or the grocery store. Add a salad, some Levain bread—what a picnic!

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Urban Camping

The opportunity to boost your health in the Great Outdoors is closer than you think 

There’s no better way to celebrate spring's warmer temps—and Mother Nature—than a family camping trip. Check the following compilation of some of Yelp’s highest rated Bay Area family campgrounds—then get packin’.

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California Summer Salad

This colorful salad combines fresh in-season apricots, strawberries and cantaloupe, plus a sprinkling of pistachios, for a fresh and different summer dish that’s very low in fat and sodium and high in fiber, protein and calcium.

Ingredients

• 1 container (8 ounce) fat-free plain yogurt

• 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate

• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

• 1 tablespoon honey

• 1 small head iceberg lettuce cut into 8 wedges (or mixed greens)

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Should You Take it Easy with that Grill?

It's heating up outside, and many of us will be enjoying the warm weather and firing up the grill this summer.  Did you know that exposing meat to high temperatures and smoke creates chemicals that are thought to increase your cancer risk? Studies have shown that these chemicals cause many types of cancer in rodents. In human beings, studies have found that people who eat lots of charred foods are at higher risk for colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Blood Pressure

Less is more, or the lower the better when it comes to blood pressure. Do you know your numbers? Are they in the normal range? Have they changed in the last few months or year?

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As Temps Rise, Don't Forget the Sunblock

Ultraviolet (UV) rays -- from the sun and other sources like tanning beds -- are the primary cause of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.  Time at the beach or pool with family and friends always guarantees a good time – but don't forget the sunblock.

Too much sun is, of course, damaging and a main cause of skin cancer. However, without sun, our bodies have hard time producing Vitamin D. Both Vitamin D and sunlight have profoundly positive effects on our bodies.

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Spring into Good Health

Brown & Toland is hosting a series of interactive health fairs for selected Brown & Toland and Alta Bates Medical Group  Medicare Advantage members. Take your Annual Health Assessment (AHA) and learn about community health resources. Enjoy delicious snacks and beverages, win prizes and more!

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Taking Meds Just as your Doctor Orders is Essential

Did you know that 50% of patients fail to take their medications as prescribed by their doctor and that about 20% of the prescriptions doctors write aren’t filled? 

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