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How to stay safe while raking leaves

  Fall foliage is in full swing and your yard may be beckoning you to rake up the leaves. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, raking leaves or using other garden tools results in more than 76,000 injuries per year. Just like any physical activity, raking leaves can take a toll on your…
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Protect your kids from substance abuse

  As we move into the season of school breaks and holiday parties, there’s more opportunity for teens to be tempted by drugs and alcohol. The fact is, drinking alcohol during adolescence can damage the parts of the brain responsible for decision-making, self-control, memory, and learning–and the effects can be long-term. What’s more, the younger…
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How to stay out of the ER over the holidays

  Holidays are meant to be spent with family and friends, not in the waiting area of an emergency room. Here are some simple tips for avoiding common holiday medical emergencies: Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child…
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Summer road trip safety tips

  You’ve made the reservations for your family vacation spot, stocked up on healthy road trip snacks, and even signed up for a roadside assistance plan. But your preparation for a safe journey isn’t complete until you follow these important measures: Take your car for a tune-up. Check that the tires are properly inflated, hoses…
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How to get–and stay–heart-healthy

  February is American Heart Month, an important time to think about your heart’s health and learn more about how to get, and stay, heart-healthy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and impacts approximately 26.6 million Americans. About half of the U.S. population has…
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Feeling down? Know when to get help

  Life’s pressures, too little sleep, or suffering a loss or disappointment can all affect your moods and emotional health. Small or large setbacks can seem like the end of the world. If your feelings of sadness, irritability, or hopelessness don’t go away, it could be depression. Depression is a serious condition that affects 15…
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Alcohol addiction: How to take back control

  Alcohol Awareness Month is recognized in April. Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs. It’s also common to wonder if you—or someone you care about—may be addicted to alcohol. Addiction is usually a gradual progression that starts with overuse, and then may move to dependence and addiction. These signs may indicate that…
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Stay safe on the road by staying focused

  April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an opportunity to reconsider your on-the-road habits to ensure you and others safely arrive at your destination. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people died in 2015 due to accidents caused by distracted driving. While texting may be the most well-known cause of…
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Healthier ways to improve your productivity

  With so much pressure to perform these days, get ahead, and power through juggling work and home responsibilities, a growing number of adults are misusing prescription stimulants like Adderall to boost productivity, just as college students have misused them to cram for exams.  But no matter what your stage in life, taking prescription stimulants…
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Cholesterol 101

  Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that occurs naturally in your body and is needed for proper body function. It is found in several places in the body, such as the cells in your brain, nerves, muscles and skin. The body naturally makes all the cholesterol it needs. Depending on the totals of the…
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