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August 2015

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

LIVING WELL WITH ARTHRITIS

Movement is Key

Living Well With Arthritis Dans Wellness Newsleter August 2015Arthritis is made up of more than 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions, the most common of which is osteoarthritis.  Other common forms include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout.  Common symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints.

People with arthritis often face barriers to physical activity – such as pain or fear of pain, fear of worsening symptoms or damaging joints, and lack of information on how to exercise safely – that keep them from being physically active.  Nearly 44% of adults with arthritis report no leisure-time physical activity (compared with about 36% of adults without arthritis).

Physical activities such as walking, bicycling and swimming have been shown to have significant benefits for people with arthritis, including reducing pain and improving physical function, mental health and quality of life.  Weight-control and injury-prevention measures also can lower a… Continue reading

Senior Health Update

Personal-Safety Tips for Older Adults

You don’t necessarily need physical strength, agility, speed or expensive security devices to help protect yourself and your home.  You do need to be alert, cautious and confident.

Keep doors and windows locked.  Install easy-to-use deadbolt locks.  Don’t attach an ID tag to your key ring.  Install new locks if you move to a new home or lose your key.  Keep your garage and basement doors locked.  Draw curtains and blinds at night.  Don’t leave windows open at night.  Use floor or ceiling fans for air circulation.  Install and use a peep-hold in your door.  Never open the door to strangers or let them know you are home alone.

Source: Escondido, California Police Department

Your Child’s Eyes

Protect Kids from Digital Eye Strain

Your Childs Eyes Dans Wellness Newsleter August 2015According to the American Optometric Association, 83% of children between the ages of 10 and 17 estimate that they use an electronic device for three or more hours each day.

Children often report experiencing burning, itchy or tired eyes after using electronic devices for long periods of time.  There are all symptoms of digital eye strain, a temporary vision condition caused by prolonged use of technology.  Additional symptoms of eye strain may include headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision, or head and neck pain.  While confined to home use of digital devices during the summer months, being back in the classroom significantly increases children’s total use.

When it comes to protecting vision and eye health from digital eye strain, taking frequent visual breaks is important.  Nearly one third of children go a full hour while using technology… Continue reading

Your Child’s Feet

How to Select Kids’ Shoes

Your Childs Feet Dans Wellness Newsleter August 2015It’s back-to-school time, and that may mean it’s time for shoe shopping.  Children over 3 years of age experience increases of about one half a foot size every four to six months.  Style and shoe fit are important for school-age children.  At this age, they can choose from a variety of options, including athletic shoes, sandals, hiking shoes, etc.

Look for reasonably priced, flexible, well ventilated shoes that allow plenty of room for growth.  If you have a great deal of difficulty finding shoes that fit, or if your child develops calluses, sores or other foot problems, consult your physician.

Seventy percent of children wear shoes with D and E widths.  Most boys wear E width and most girls wear D width.  A tie-fastened shoe can accommodate most widths.  Look for shoes with rounded toe boxes to give… Continue reading

Summer Safety Update

Good News in Bug-Bite Protection

Summer Safety Update Dans Wellness Newsleter August 2015Are you concerned about exposure to the ingredients in some bug repellents?  Consumer Reports has good news.  Their recent tests found the more effective bug repellents were also among the safer choices.

For the first time ever in Consumer Reports’ tests, the top scorers (Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula and Repel Lemon Eucalyptus) out-performed products that contains up to 25% DEET, a chemical that can cause serious side effects.  The active ingredient behind Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula is 20% picaridin, and for Repel Lemon Eucalyptus it’s 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus.  Both products were able to keep mosquitoes and deer ticks away for at least seven hours.

“They are not side-effect-free, but those problems are less severe than DEET.  Still, all repellents should be used sparingly and only for the time you need them – especially on children and older people,” says Ellen… Continue reading

Did You Know?

What Kinds of Foods Do I need as I Get Older?

Did You Know Dans Wellness Newsleter August 2015As we get older, our bodies begin to need fewer calories, but we still need just as many nutrients.  It’s helpful to “eat from the rainbow” of foods rich in nutrients, like these:

  • Fruits and vegetables (choose a range of types with vibrant colors)
  • Whole grains, whole-wheat bread and brown rice
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, or soy or rice milk that is fortified with vitamin D and calcium
  • Seafood, lean meats, poultry and eggs
  • Beans, nuts and seeds

­-Source:  National Institutes of Health

Back to School Safety

Walk This Way!

Walking to school is fun!  These tips can help ensure that it’s also safe:

Back To School Safety Dans Wellness Newsleter August 2015Walk together.  Younger children should always walk with an adult.  Older kids can walk with a sibling or friend.

Pick the best route.  Help your kids pick a safe route to school.  Tell them not to let friends talk them into taking shortcuts that may be more dangerous.

Be seen.  Remember, drivers may not be able to see kids well.  Make sure they wear bright colored clothes.  If it is dark or hard to see, have them carry flashlights or wear reflective gear.

Look for traffic.  Teach kids to watch out for cars and trucks at every driveway and intersection on the walk to school.  Look for drivers in parked cars.  They may be getting ready to move.

Cross the street safely.… Continue reading