Written by on 8/19/2015 6:00:00 AM
There’s no better time than the present to take control of your heart health. A principal way to maintain a healthy heart is through blood pressure management.
Blood pressure is measured by determining the force that your heart pumps blood through your body. The size and flexibility of your arteries also affects your blood pressure numbers.
The current standard for a healthy blood pressure is 120/80 mmHG (read as “120 over 80”). Systolic pressure (the top number) is the maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/20/2015 6:00:00 AM
The common cold and the flu are easily spread between school children, but parents often forget about another “bug” that spreads through close personal contact: lice.
Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They are about the size of a sesame seed and typically grayish-white in color. They attach themselves to the skin on the scalp and lay eggs (a.k.a. nits) in the hair.
Lice can live on the scalp for up to 30 days and their eggs can live up to two weeks.continue reading ...
Written by on 7/6/2015 6:00:00 AM
The summer can bring scorching heat that increases your risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But what’s the difference between these two heat-related illnesses?
"Heat exhaustion is a form of heat related illness that develops after a period of exposure to high temperatures, and inadequate fluid intake," said Courtney Nichols, PharmD at Wellspring Pharmacy. continue reading ...
Written by on 6/26/2015 5:00:00 PM
The Fourth of July is a time for BBQ's, parades and fireworks. Fireworks can be a fun and memorable way to celebrate special events, but it's important to keep safety top-of-mind.
"The use of fireworks can be dangerous," said Dr. Richard Hon, medical director for MedCheck and occupational health programs at Community Health Network. "It is critical to follow all safety guidelines and carefully supervise children."
The National Safety Council suggests these precautions while using fireworks: continue reading ...
Written by on 6/17/2015 6:00:00 AM
The idea of eating a healthy diet and committing to an exercise plan can seem daunting for some. However, having a support system of other people can help you stay the course and accomplish your goals.
Tracy Knox, a school-based nurse at Community Health Network, has taken a group-oriented approach to weight loss and implemented a health challenge at her workplace. Knox split coworkers into teams and challenged them to eat well and exercise. The team that collectively lost the most weight received a reward for the efforts. continue reading ...