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January 2017

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

Is Yoga for You?

Find a Class That Fits Your Needs

yoga-dans-newsletter-jan-2017These days, it’s possible to learn yoga by following DVDs, online classes and even apps.  But beginners usually find it helpful to learn with an instructor.  Classes also offer a sense of community and the opportunity to make new friends.  When you find a class that sounds interesting, talk with the instructor so that you know what to expect.  Questions to ask include:

  • What are the instructor’s qualifications? Where did he or she train and how long has he or she been teaching?
  • Does the instructor have experience working with students with your needs or health concerns? If you have a sore knee or aching shoulder, can the instructor help you find poses that won’t aggravate your condition?
  • How demanding is the class? Is it suitable for beginners?  Will it be easy enough to follow along if it’s… Continue reading

Making Healthy Choices

It’s Easier Than You Think

New Year’s resolutions are so easy to make – and break.  Why is it so hard to make them last?  Scientists, funded by the National Institutes of Health, are learning more about how we can make healthy changes and sustain them.

“Change is always possible,” says Dr. Linda Nebeling, an expert in behavioral change and nutrition at NIH.  “One challenege with New Year’s resolutions is that people often set unrealistic goals.  Any resolution to change needs to include small goals that are definable and accompanied by a solid plan on how you’ll get to that goal.”

A resolution to quit smoking, or lose 30 pounds, may seem overwhelming.  Instead take it a step at a time.  Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about a quit plan and smoking-cessation aids.  Try losing five pounds a month for six months.… Continue reading

Ready to Quit Smoking?

These Tips Can Help

quit-smoking-dans-newsletter-jan-2017Are you one of the more than 70% of smokers who want to quit?  Check out this advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Write down why you want to quit. Do you want to enjoy better health?  Set a good example for your children?  Protect your family from second-hand smoke?
  • Recognize that quitting will take commitment and effort. Nearly all smokers have some feelings of nicotine withdrawal when they try to quit.  Nicotine is addictive.  Acknowledging this will help you deal with withdrawal symptoms that can occur, such as bad moods and really wanting to smoke.
  • Get help. For free resources and assistance, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

When it is cold outside, you want something comforting to take off the chill, and nothing is better than soup to warm you from the inside out.  Plus, January is the time for those resolutions to lose those extra pounds.  Warm up and slim down with a big bowl of low-calorie soup.

Spicy Chicken Mushroom Soup

Serves 4

4 ¼ cups 99% fat-free chicken broth
1 to 3 teaspoons Thai red curry paste*
1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Zest and juice of 2 small limes
4 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced
One small bunch spring onions, sliced, whites and greens separated
1 ½ cups leftover chicken breast, shredded
1/3 cup shredded spinach or kale
Sliced red Thai chilies (optional)

Place the stock into a saucepan and heat, then stir in the curry paste, fish sauce, sugar, lime… Continue reading

Are You a Caregiver?

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

caregiver-dans-newsletter-jan-2017Being a caregiver to an adult who is dealing with illness can be a rewarding experience.  It also can be challenging.  It’s important to not try to go it alone.  Accepting help from others isn’t always easy.  When tough things happen, many people tend to pull away.  They think, “We can handle this on our own.”  But things can get harder as the patient goes through treatment.  As a result, you may feel there is just too much on your plate.

Take a look at how busy you are now.  Be honest with yourself about what you can do.  Think about tasks you can give to others.  And let go of tasks that aren’t as important right now.  Asking for help also helps you loved one.  Don’t be afraid to ask… Continue reading

Skin Care for Busy Women

Simple Steps Make All the Difference

Follow these easy steps to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

  • Bathe in warm – not hot – water using mild cleansers that don’t irritate. Wash gently.  Don’t scrub.
  • Keep skin from drying out by drinking plenty of water and using gentle moisturizers, lotions or creams.
  • Practice sun safety to prevent skin cancer, whatever your skin color or ethnicity. Limit exposure to the midday sun.  Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves.  Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and with both UVA and UVB protection.   Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths.
  • Check your skin for sun damage. Tell your doctor about changes on the skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal or a change in an old growth.  Ask your doctor how often you should have… Continue reading