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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 647,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in health care, medications and lost productivity. 

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a term used to refer to several different types of heart conditions. Out of all the...

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Many people visit the doctor even when they do not need a doctor’s expertise to diagnose and treat their symptoms. The next time you or someone in your family has a cold or experience flu-like symptoms (such as a sore throat, runny nose, cough, dizziness, fever or muscle aches), it may be wise to try some home remedies before making that expensive visit to the doctor.

Before you go to the doctor, try these home remedies:

  • Take aspirin, acetaminophen...
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Exercising in cold temperatures can be challenging—but not impossible. Stay active this winter by using these safety tips for exercising outdoors in the colder months ahead.

  • Wear appropriate clothing. Dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and extra socks to help contain your body heat.
  • Protect your skin. Apply lotion to your body to keep it from drying out, and wear sunscreen to prevent skin damage from UV rays.
  • Know the...
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The holidays bring to mind thoughts of family, friends, fun and food. However, each year, millions of Americans struggle to maintain their waistlines during the holidays while surrounded by tempting holiday treats.

With so many social gatherings during this time, it can be difficult to avoid treating yourself when you’re offered good food and drinks. Whether you’re dieting or just trying to maintain your healthy lifestyle, fear not—you can survive the holidays and wake up on Jan. 1...

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Celebrate Safely

Do you remember how much fun it was to get dressed up as your favorite action hero, cartoon character or princess and go door to door for Halloween treats? Well, your children can now experience that same joy. Just as your parents did for you, now it’s your turn to prevent Halloween accidents and injuries by supervising your children closely. Here are some safety tips to help you out.

Costume Precautions

  • Do not let children wear baggy or long...
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According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, exercise can improve your mood, fight chronic diseases, help manage your weight— the list goes on and on. To get the most from your regular workouts and decrease your risk of injury, you must warm-up, cool down and stretch.

Warm-up Tips:

  • Move similar to how you will in your workout by walking briskly, jogging or biking at a slow pace.
  • Increase the intensity gradually to...
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Preventive care, including regular doctor visits, is important for everyone. There are certain tests and screenings that are appropriate for both men and women at various life stages, and some that are specific to men and their needs. Consider incorporating these screenings, tests and exams into your life to promote good health and prevent the onset of preventable conditions.

Consider these topics and procedures when considering preventive care:

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Extreme summer temperatures are not only uncomfortable, they are also dangerous for your health. This is particularly true for older adults and children who are more susceptible to illness. Read on to learn more about heat-related illnesses and tips for preventing them.

Heat Exhaustion occurs when the body is not able to sweat enough to cool itself. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache and...
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According to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, about half of the U. S. population suffers from allergies. These negative reactions occur as a result of coming in contact with normally harmless substances. Some allergies change or disappear over time, while seasonal attacks will return at the same time each year for only a few weeks or months.

Though allergies can affect anyone, individuals with the following characteristics are afflicted more often...

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If others depend on you for financial support, part of your financial plan should include how you will provide for them in the event of your death. To help you decide which option is the best for you, we’ve covered the basics.

The Basics of Life Insurance

If you are married, it’s important for both spouses to have a life insurance policy. If both people bring in an income, a death can be a difficult financial loss. Also, if a stay-at-home parent should pass away, expenses...

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