The Brain Game: Body and Mind Fitness as You Age

Senior couple working on crossword puzzle together

There is always dialogue about increasing and maintaining physical activity for better overall health. Staying active, plus a healthy diet; a good night’s sleep; less stress; a go-to support system of family and friends; more work-life balance; avoiding excess alcohol (no more than a daily glass of red wine or less); and not smoking, with a dash of all of the other preventive measures (inclusive of consulting your doctor), equals the right recipe for staying on track to becoming fit. And if you’ve got an existing condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity (as well as diabetes), it’s time to gain and maintain control of those loose cannons as well, to reduce risks of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke down the road.

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When in Doubt, Throw It Out

No matter how much you might be craving that leftover potato salad, if it’s past its prime, don’t dine.

Each year, one in six people in the U.S. gets food poisoning from the Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli bacteria in spoiled food. That’s 48 million cases annually with 128,000 hospitalizations (and 3,000 deaths).

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Say “Buzz Off” to Mosquitos That Carry Disease

Mosquitos and summer go hand in hand, as the days are longer and activities can stretch from the early morning into dusk. The longer time spent outdoors, the more exposure we have to annoying dive-bomber mosquitos and other bugs that bite. But some mosquitos can pose a real danger to humans and pets, especially when they carry either the West Nile virus or the Zika virus — diseases like that can’t be prevented with a vaccine or medication. That’s why protection is key, if we want to enjoy the season as planned.

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Ticks: Unwelcome Passengers

Ticks – the small, blood-sucking bugs that live outdoors in grass, leaf piles, trees, and shrubs – like to hitch a ride: on you, or your dog, or your cat. Unlike other bugs, ticks like to stick around by remaining attached to your body after they bite. Most tick bites are harmless, but some pass diseases on to their human or animal “landing” sites, often causing symptoms within the first few weeks.

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