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April 17, 2019

The first step, of course, is to decide whether cutting down or quitting is best for you. See these considerations and discuss different options with a doctor, a friend, or someone else you trust.

Thinking about cutting back? Here are some tips to try, small changes...

March 12, 2019

Ways to Improve Positivity 

How often do you feel thankful for the good things in your life? Studies suggest that making a habit of noticing what’s going well in your life could have health benefits.

Taking the time to feel gratitude may improve your emotional well-being by helping you cope with stress. Early research suggests that a daily practice of gratitude could affect the body, too. For example, one study found that gratitude was linked to fewer signs of heart disease.

The first step in any gratitude practice is to reflect on the good things that have happened in your life. These can be big or little things. It can be as simple...

February 8, 2019

Winter weather keeping you indoors? Enjoy cooking some heart-healthy comfort food to keep your hands busy and your belly full!

The National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has a library of recipes featuring all kinds of meals. 

Search the full library, or check out some of the featured Soups and Stews below! 

  • Minestrone Soup
    A cholesterol-free version of this classic Italian vegetable soup—brimming with fiber-rich beans, peas, and carrots.

  • Corn Chowder
    Using low-fat milk instead of cream lowers the saturated fat content in this hearty dish.

  • Beef and Bean Chili
    Chili can be an easy and healthy option—this hearty recipe has just the right balance of flavors!

    ...
February 8, 2019

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a major cause of disability. There are many things that can raise your risk of heart disease. They are called risk factors. Some of them you cannot control, but there are many that you can control. Learning about them can lower your risk of heart disease.

What are the heart disease risk factors that I cannot change?

  • Age. Your risk of heart disease increases as you get older. Menage 45 and older and women age 55 and older have a greater risk.
     
  • Gender. Some risk factors may affect heart disease risk differently in women than in men. For example, estrogen provides women with some protection against heart disease, but diabetes raises the risk of heart disease more in women than in men.
     
  • Race or ethnicity. Certain groups have higher risks than others. African Americans are more likely than whites to have heart disease, while Hispanic Americans are less likely to have it. Some Asian groups, such as East Asians, have lower rates, but South Asians have higher rates.
     
  • Family history. You have a greater risk if you have a close family member who...
January 10, 2019

One of the most powerful influences on your attitude and personality is what you say to yourself. It is not what happens to you but how you respond internally to what happens to you that determines your thoughts, feelings, and your actions. By controlling your inner dialogue (what you say to yourself), or your “self-talk,” you can begin to gain control over every part of your life.

Below are some examples of how we undermine our own success, followed by a more positive way to handle each scenario.

  • Expecting the worst: "What if I don’t make a good impression?" Expecting the worst does not encourage you to behave as though you can succeed. Expecting the worst only promotes stress.

    Instead: Ask questions that presuppose positive outcomes. "How can I make a favorable impression?" 
  • Focusing only on problems: This also known as complaining.  We dwell on problems, instead of solutions. 

    Instead: Assume most problems have solutions and ask "How do I want this situation to be different?" What can I do to improve the situation?
  • ...
November 13, 2018

Wildfires can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires can:

  • Often be caused by humans or lightning.
  • Cause flooding or disrupt transportation, gas, power, and communications.
  • Happen anywhere, anytime. Risk increases within periods of little rain and high winds.
  • Cost the Federal Government billions of dollars each year.

If You Are Under A Wildfire Warning, Get To Safety Right Away

  • Leave if told to do so.
  • If trapped, call 9-1-1.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Use N95 masks to keep particles out of the air you breathe.

How To Stay Safe When A Wildfire Threatens

Prepare NOW

  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Know your community’s evacuation plans and find several ways to leave the area. Drive the evacuation routes and find shelter...

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