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Living Well: A Wellness and Weight Loss Program

A little health education can go a long way toward living well. The Living Well program can help teach you about how your food affects your body and the benefits of staying active. The program also comes with special perks, such as gym discounts and daily tips. There are even special rates for partners so that you can work toward living well with someone else by your side. Sign up for Living Well: A Wellness and Weight Loss Program today!


Daily tips for exercise, nutrition and wellness.

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Tips to Help You Keep Your Healthy Resolutions

Starting a New Year’s resolution is easy. Keeping it is the hard part. Healthy living is one of the main goals for resolutions, but giving up after just a week or two isn’t going to help anyone in 2016. Here’s what you need to know to help you stick with your New Year’s resolution.

Tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions in 2016.

Family History of Alcoholism: How to Tell if You’re at Risk

It’s said that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The idiom applies to a lot of things, from your features to your personality. Your family has a major impact on the person you are in both good and bad ways.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. If you’re one of the millions of people who have a relative who suffer from the disease, you could have a greater risk of developing future dependencies.

Learn how genetics and family situation can impact your chances of developing alcoholism.

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Non-Alcoholic "Mocktails" for Your Next Party

You don’t need alcohol to have a party. Whether you’re planning a big shindig or a small gathering with friends, non-alcoholic drinks are great to have around as an option for people who don’t drink. These drinks are just as tasty, and can be healthier, than your typical adult beverage.

It’s easy to make your own mocktails without sacrificing on quality during Alcohol Awareness Month. Follow these simple rules and you’ll make everyone at the party excited to try these options in no time!

Save Calories

Since you’re making non-alcoholic beverages, cutting liquor from your cocktails is pretty obvious. However, an alcohol-free beverage does more than just provide an option for people abstaining from typical adult beverages; it also helps you cut calories.

One 1.5 oz. serving of vodka has over 60 calories alone while an average beer contains over 150 calories per bottle, so just imagine what a couple of drinks could add up to!

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Tips for Heart-Healthy Living

The heart may not be the strongest or largest muscle in the human body, but it’s arguably the most important, beating roughly 35 million times each year just to keep you going every day. 

However, one out of every four deaths is attributed to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. In fact, most people don’t know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more Americans than all cancer deaths combined

Heart-healthy living doesn’t have to be hard, so in honor of American Heart Month here are a few simple tips to keep your clock ticking like normal.

Image of red fruits, berries, and grape tomatoes. Berries are a heart healthy food. Learn more.

Dieting

Don’t be afraid of the word “diet.” There are plenty of foods that are heart friendly and can still taste great, such as oatmeal, berries, and salmon. Dieting also doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut certain foods out of your life. 

Moderation is a key aspect to dieting, so make sure that you limit things like sodium, which can make your heart work harder when consumed in excess. Protein is a good thing; just try to limit meat servings to roughly the size of your palm. Living at a healthy weight for your size is big part of heart-healthy living.

Exercise

You don’t need a fancy gym membership to work out. Even in winter, there are plenty of simple ways to keep active. According to the American Heart Association, walking is one of the easiest ways to help your heart. 

Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can provide heart health benefits, so fit in some cardio where you can, whether that’s walking around the mall or grocery store while shopping or simply going up and down stairs at home. Even housework can help you reach your goal! 

There are plenty of free apps for your mobile device that can keep track the amount of steps each day, letting you know just how active you are on a daily basis. 

Check out this list of the 25 best fitness apps to help you keep track. 

Healthy Relaxation

Everyone needs to blow off some steam once in a while, but make sure to not harm your heart for the sake of relaxation. Smoking can lead to coronary heart disease in addition to a variety of other health issues. Much like certain foods, alcohol should be enjoyed in moderation. High levels of stress can negatively impact blood pressure. 

Combat stress by finding an activity that you enjoy, like starting a new hobby or listening to music. Even sitting calmly and comfortably for 10 minutes can lead to a healthier future.

Physicians: Spread the Word

Get a free 11x17 “Think Again” poster from the Ohio State Medical Association to encourage patients and professionals to “think again” about the risk factors and symptoms associated with heart disease, particularly as it relates to their gender and ethnicity. 

Download the Free Thank Again Campaign Poster (11”X17”) 

What steps are you taking to be more heart healthy this month? Let us know in the comments below. 

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.



Photo Credit:  “Red Fruits” by Martijn Van Sabben is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Game-Day Recipes: 3 Healthy Alternatives for Your Favorite Snacks

It's the end of January so that means the big game is just around the corner.

Have fun this Sunday with these health-conscious versions of our favorite game-day recipes. Your friends and family won’t notice the difference in calories or fat, especially since these snacks and dips are packed with tons of flavor. Low-fat yogurt, vegetables, and lean ground turkey make these a crowd-pleaser for every guest!

Baked Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 7 oz plain hummus
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Whole grain pita chips

Directions

  1. Place spinach and garlic in a food processor and pulse until garlic is diced and the spinach is in small pieces.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and egg in a bowl. Add in the hummus, spinach, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the mixture into an oven-safe dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. 
  5. Serve with pita chips, veggies or baked tortilla chips!

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