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The Galveston County Daily News: Health & Wellness

December 7, 2016

Health & Wellness

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Will new school lunch mean less veggies?

(BPT) - The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes, to be implemented over a period of years, aim to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutrition is a laudable goal, but the realities of science and nutrition may surprise most people. That's because scientific studies show kids are more likely to eat their vegetables if they have adequate salt.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
You deserve a WOC nurse [Video]
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 12/05/2016
How to Breathe Easier with Asthma this Winter: Setting Asthma Goals Now Can Keep You Chilled Out for the Holidays and Beyond
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For the 25 million Americans who have asthma, wintry weather can take a real bite out of holiday fun. Cold weather is a common asthma trigger, especially for severe symptoms, and for many people, asthma attacks happen more often in the winter. That’s because winter means more time spent indoors, with exposure to indoor triggers like pet dander and smoke. Once outside, simply breathing the cold air can trigger an asthma attack.

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A Holiday Survival Guide
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the classic song goes, the holidays really are “the most wonderful time of the year.” Between the cozy scent and warmth of the fireplace, festive holiday parties and catching up with loved ones – the merriment of the season is endless.

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Kitty Christmas
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While planning for the holiday festivities and solidifying your shopping list, don’t forget perhaps the most deserving recipient – your cat. Among the nearly three-quarters of surveyed cat owners who plan to give their kitty a gift, half said their feline friend is the most deserving “person” on their list. Whether it’s a new toy or a tasty treat, don’t leave out your favorite pet. For more gift ideas for your cat, visit temptationstreats.com.

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Preserving Holiday Traditions
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holiday traditions come in many forms - from decorating the tree and shopping for loved ones to movie nights and your favorite festive foods. However, there is no holiday tradition quite as enjoyable and rewarding as giving back.

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Perfect Party Zones
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When you're entertaining a small group, it's fairly easy to ensure everyone enjoys the party. However, a larger group or an eclectic crowd with varied interests can make it harder to be an effective hostess. Planning party zones that cater to specific interests is one savvy solution to this dilemma.

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Winning at Holiday Giving
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Accept the challenge and make it your mission to earn the title of Ultimate Gift Giver with items to match the unique style and personality of each person on your list - even those on the "naughty list."

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3 Ways to Get Resourceful with Gift Wrapping
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours searching for the perfect gift, it’s only fitting that the wrapping is just as special as the gift itself. Luckily, elaborate wrapping doesn’t have to be pricey – you can easily find ways to perfect and personalize your gift with what you have left over from last year and everyday items around the house.

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5 Steps For Easy Entertaining
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Hosting a large group of family and friends can be overwhelming, especially if entertaining isn’t something you do often. No matter the occasion, these tips can help you avoid common party pitfalls so you can keep the focus on having fun.

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Santa’s Modern-Day Helpers
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From running his workshop to delivering toys around the world, the holiday season is a busy time for Santa. To keep himself going, Saint Nick relies on some essential gadgets to stay connected, organized and entertained throughout the holidays.

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Don’t Leave Dental Benefit Money on the Table
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It’s not too late to improve your dental health and overall health without putting a dent in your wallet. If you have dental insurance, you have until Dec. 31 to use your benefits before they expire.

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4 Steps for Downsizing
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

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Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. Fortunately, with the right tools and a little creativity, you can make your gift boxes just as personal as the gifts they contain.

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Safe and Sound During the Holidays
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. Most people don't know that their dog may also experience anxiety during these celebrations.

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Serve a Steakhouse-Style Meal at Home
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Bring the delicious tastes of a traditional steakhouse to your own dining room with simple steps that make it easier than you might expect to please a room full of hungry guests.

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Practical Tips to Combat Cold and Flu
Updated: December 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages.

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Give the Gift of Donations
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With the season of giving in full swing, try turning your attention away from gift giving in the traditional sense and instead focus on a whole different kind of giving.

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5 Tips for Easy Holiday Shipping
Updated: December 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features)It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday gift-giving and receiving is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. There are several simple steps you can take to make those deliveries a little easier. 

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'Tis the Season … for More Laundry
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holidays usher in a season filled with entertaining and house guests, bringing plenty of extra cleaning needs and chores with them. Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, you can make more time to spend with your loved ones by introducing some shortcuts to make those sometimes tedious tasks less demanding.

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Friday 12/02/2016
Got Tech Neck? Here's Some Advice.
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - It's called "tech neck." But to really understand the stress you're putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.

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Hearing Loss And The Holidays—It's A Family Affair
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Since the holiday season is such a great time to connect with friends and family members you haven’t seen in a while, it may also offer an opportunity many may not have considered. Now can be your chance to check in with loved ones about their health and wellbeing, including those who may be grappling with hearing loss.

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Top Tips To Live A Healthier, More Active Lifestyle Well Into Your Later Years
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by 2030, one in every five Americans will be over the age of 65. Whatever your age now, it’s wise to prepare yourself mentally and physically for growing older. Adults today, the CDC adds, are looking not only to extend their lives, but to enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle well into their later years.

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When Should Your Child Visit The Orthodontist?
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—While there's no "exact age" for a child to begin orthodontic treatment, there are a few things to consider.

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Tips to Curb Muscle Loss as You Age
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) As the population of Americans over age 55 soars toward 70 million over the next decade, more Americans are searching beyond avoiding wrinkles and fine lines for tips, foods and products that will help them live the lives they desire well into their advanced years -- and this includes muscle maintenance.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
10 signs you may have a bleeding disorder
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Harley Noffsinger was a typical kid who liked to play outside and stay active. When she was 7, everything changed. She got a nose bleed, but unlike most people's experiences, her bleeding wouldn’t stop. It lasted 90 minutes.

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Epilepsy Awareness Day 2016 Largest Turnout Ever
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - November is Epilepsy Awareness month, and this year's 4th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day (EAD) was the largest gathering of epilepsy patients and physicians in the world. Held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the 2-day event included a convention with over 90 exhibitors, 24 physician/specialist seminars, a Rick Springfield benefit concert, and a full day at Disneyland for the families.

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Three Simple Swaps for a Healthier Lunch
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Choosing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be boring or a day-to-day challenge. In fact, there are plenty of tasty and healthier substitutions you can make to your favorite meals when eating out or packing a lunch, such as adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing refined grain products such as white bread and sugary foods. And losing just a few pounds can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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New Cancer Treatment Continues to Progress By Filing for Orphan Drug Status
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It takes a lot to get a drug to market.

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New Year, New You: Resources to Help You Keep Your Resolutions
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Making and keeping resolutions is difficult without direction or the advice of experts. Luckily, there are plenty of great resources to help, no matter what you are trying to accomplish.

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Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Boost Your Immunity
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) This New Year, one important resolution is to focus on supporting a strong immune system for a happy and healthy 2017.

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier You
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) New Year’s resolutions can be a double-edged sword. While many of us feel inspired to make goals to improve our health, happiness and wellbeing, we often find the changes hard to sustain, and sometimes end up reverting back to old practices.

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7 Ways to Get Fit as a Family
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Healthy eating habits and gym routines can be hard to keep up after the excitement of the holidays fizzle. For parents who juggle busy schedules, it can be particularly challenging to squeeze in the recommended amount of physical activity each day.

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5 Resolutions to Keep Your Eyes Healthy in 2017
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The new year is the perfect opportunity for reflection, renewal and the chance to start fresh. Consider making lifestyle changes that can improve your vision and health throughout the year.  

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Tips to make good nutrition a family affair in 2017
Updated: December 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nurturing and nourishing a family go hand-in-hand. If you’re ready to rally your family around better nutrition, now’s the time to get a healthy jump on the new year.

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Protecting your health: Survey shows diabetic patients often skip important eye examinations
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The leading cause of blindness, diabetes, is steadily growing and is expected to affect one in 10 people worldwide by 2040, the International Diabetes Federation predicts. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible symptoms and more than half do not know comprehensive eye examinations can detect diabetes. Those findings are from the 2016 American Eye-Q Survey conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA).

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How Many Years Does it Take to Become a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Did you know it takes seven years of higher education, intensive study, and rigorous training to become a doctor of chiropractic?

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Maintaining heart health around the holidays
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As we approach the holiday season, conversations about health, wellness and access to medicines may be an important and frequent topic addressed around the dinner table. It seems that access to new and innovative medicines is an increasingly common problem, and engaging in discussions with friends and family can help shed light on potential solutions.

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Tips To Help Baby Boomers Stay Active And Independent Well Into Their Golden Years
Updated: November 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—As the baby boomer generation—around 78 million people born between 1946 and 1964—reaches what was once considered its “golden years,” many are redefining what it means to be an older adult. Instead of retirement and rocking chairs, these baby boomers are working longer and enjoying a much more active lifestyle than their parents ever did.

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Monday 11/28/2016
Low Blood Glucose Can Be Highly Dangerous
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the more than 29 million Americans living with diabetes—of the additional 86 million who are at risk for developing the disease—there’s something you should know.

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The Eyes Are Windows To Your Health
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—While most people wait until they feel sick to see a doctor, the key to saving sight is to catch eye diseases early—even before noticing any symptoms.

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Plan Ahead to Manage Winter Outages
Posted: November 28, 2016

(Family Features)Ahead of the frigid winter weather blowing into cities and neighborhoods, families can take steps to prevent frozen pipes, spoiled food and the uncomfortable situations that arise when temperatures drop and a home’s power goes out.

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The Gift List for Loved Ones
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With all kinds of personalities on your gift list this holiday season, it can be a challenge to brainstorm multiple types of presents for multiple types of people. From thermal trackers and greeting cards to clothing subscriptions and smart thermostats, and everything in between, know that there’s something out there for everyone – even when you’re searching for that elusive gift for the person who has everything. As the holidays creep closer and closer, turn to some easy inspiration, like these gifts, to make sure everyone feels the joy of the season.

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Thoughtful Gifts
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When gift-giving has you stumped, turn to what you know: the characteristics and interests that make your recipient unique. A thoughtful gift that shows you recognize and care about the qualities that make your loved one or friend special is a sure winner every time.

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7 Ways to Include Everyone In the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Holidays bring get-togethers filled with music, food and conversation. However, for those who experience hearing loss, the season often takes on a whole different sound. Those with hearing loss often end up feeling isolated from the festivities, but there are ways you can make sure they feel comfortable joining the fun.

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Reintegrating Into Civilian Life
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While the transition back to civilian life after a military stint or deployment is often full of happiness, it can also be difficult and stressful to assimilate back into life at home. Roles and responsibilities within the household have often shifted and new circumstances have often arisen during time away.

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Preparing Students for Careers that Don’t Yet Exist
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) To truly prepare for careers of the future, it’s important for students to consider ways both in the classroom and outside of it that they can learn the essential skills needed to solve problems and think critically; skills that will serve them well in any career field.

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Manage Your Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Routines help keep us focused, organized and healthy. However, if your health care routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick-start a new healthy habit.

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Make Medicare Open Enrollment a Healthy Habit
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Routines help keep us focused, organized and healthy. However, if your health care routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick-start a new healthy habit.

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Making the World a Better Place with STEM
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) During this time of year, many families are looking for ways to give back to their communities. Collecting donations for a food drive or donating warm clothes are great ways to serve the community, but giving back through innovation is another impactful way to help others. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education plays a significant role in giving innovators the skills they need to create tools that help solve some of the world’s largest problems.

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