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January 2016

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

Making Resolutions?

Follow Our Top Five Tips for a Healthy 2016

Making-Resolutions-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-January-2016Ready to get healthier?  We’re here to help you start your year off right.  Check out the ideas below and let’s go!

  • If you smoke, make a plan now to quit. When choosing a quit date, sooner is better.  Many smokers choose a date within two weeks to quit smoking.  This will give you time to prepare.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Look for fruits and veggies that are red, orange and dark green.  These are full of vitamins and minerals.
  • Cook more meals at home. Prepare in advance and choose recipes that are both delicious and good for you.  Cooking at home lets you control portion sizes and sodium levels.
  • Drink more water. Keep a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day as a reminder to stay hydrated.  Try adding… Continue reading

Women’s Health Update

Reduce Your Cervical Cancer Risk

Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, which is the lower, narrow end of a woman’s uterus.  It is preventable.  When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and is associated with long survival and good quality of life.  There are ways you can help prevent cervical cancer:

  • If you smoke, seek help in quitting.
  • Use a condom before sex to help prevent some sexually transmitted diseases that are associated with a higher risk of cervical cancer.
  • Make an appointment to get a Pap test and ask your doctor or nurse whether the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is right for you.

–Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Weight Loss

Do You Believe This Common Myth?

Healthy-Weight-Loss-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-January-2016Myth:  I should avoid grain products such as bread, pasta and rice when trying to lose weight.

Fact:  Unless you have a particular allergy or digestive issue, grains can be considered a healthy part of any diet, including a weight loss diet.  A grain product is any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain.  Some are healthier than others, however.  Grains are divided into two subgroups:  whole grains and refined grains.  Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel – the bran, germ and endosperm.  Examples include brown rice and whole-wheat bread, and certain cereals and pasta.  Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ.  This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but is also removes dietary fiber,… Continue reading

Senior Health Update

There’s Help for Caregiver Stress

Senior-Health-Update-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-January-2016There is little doubt that the stress of chronic caregiving for a spouse or family member has significant effects on one’s health.  Some signs of caregiver stress are:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, lonely, guilty, sad or constantly worried
  • Feeling fatigued most of the time
  • Becoming easily irritated or angered
  • Lack of interest in activities you previously enjoyed
  • Significant change in weight or sleep habits
  • Frequent headaches, neck or low back pain
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs

You can help reduce your stress as a caregiver:

  • Identify what you can and cannot change. You may not be able to alter the way somebody else behaves but you can change how you react to it.
  • Try to lighten your load by learning about local caregiving resources such as meal delivery, home healthcare services (nursing, physical therapy), non-medical assistance (housekeeping, cooking, companionship) or home-modification changes that make it easier… Continue reading

Yeast Infection

What Every Woman Should Know

Yeast-Infection-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-January-2016Genital/vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is often called a “yeast infection.”  It occurs when there is overgrowth of the normal yeast in the vagina.  Nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one yeast infection.  VVC occurs more frequently and more severely in people with weakened immune systems.  Other conditions that may put a woman at risk for a yeast infection include pregnancy, diabetes, long-term use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and use of corticosteroid medications.

Wearing cotton underwear may help reduce the risk of developing a yeast infection.  Several antifungal medications are available to treat yeast infections.  Vaginal suppositories or creams are commonly used.  The duration of treatment can range from one to seven days.  Mild or moderate infections can sometimes be treated with a single dose of oral antifungal medication.  These types of medications usually have… Continue reading

Did You Know?

Halt the Salt for a Healthier Heart

Did-You-Know-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-January-2016Most American adults (and children, too) are eating too much sodium.  In fact, we are eating an average of about 3,400 mg of sodium per day.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, recommend reducing sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day.  Eating too much sodium increases your risk for high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.  Processed foods account for most of the sodium in our diet, not the salt shaker at home.  When shopping at the grocery store, look for the lowest-sodium versions of your favorite foods.

–Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Exercise Safely in Winter with These Tips

Baby-Its-Cold-Outside-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-January-2016Almost everyone can exercise in a safe way during cold weather.  But if you have certain conditions, such as asthma or heart problems, check with your doctor before you work out in cold weather.  Your doctor can review any precautions you need to take based on your condition.

Check the forecast.  Temperature, wind and moisture, along with the length of time that you’ll be outside, are key considerations.  The combination of wind and cold make up the wind-chill index.  Wind-chill extremes can make exercising outdoors unsafe even if you dress warmly.  The wind can penetrate your clothes, making any exposed skin vulnerable to frostbite.  Although the risk of frostbite is less than 5% when the air temperature is above 5 degrees Fahrenheit, the risk increases as the wind chill falls.  At wind chill levels below… Continue reading