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An “app” a day may help keep the doctor away. There are thousands of mobile apps that can help you make healthier choices and inspire you to get moving.  The winter is prime time to make use of the apps since many of are more sedentary in weather, and holiday food choices tend to encourage weight gain.  (Note that even the healthiest lifestyle is not a replacement for checking in with your doctor for regular physicals and medical advice.)

Here are our top five healthy lifestyle apps:

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn about the disease that affects nearly 26 million Americans. If you are one of the 79 million adults in the U.S. who are at a high risk of developing diabetes, you can make healthy lifestyle changes to help lower your risk.

A recent poll found that about 50 percent of Americans are uninformed about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will impact their families. To help the public better understand health care reform, the Society for Public Health Education is providing resources and information to explain the new law during National Health Education Week, October 21-25.

Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease that results in the loss of brain cells and causes problems with memory, thinking, speaking and everyday tasks. Advancing age, family history and heredity are some of the factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.  This brain-attacking disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, and that number will triple by 2050.

The Affordable Care Act encourages new approaches to provide more accessible, affordable and efficient health care to patients. There are several new approaches that are transforming the health industry, helping to improve patients’ health and lower costs.

Trying out some new healthy recipes this summer? Be sure to add berries to your diet.  Don’t underestimate their size; these tiny fruits are loaded with antioxidants that help prevent health issues like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

 

Health Benefits of Berries

4th of july boston

It’s almost time for friends and family to come together and celebrate one of America’s most important holidays, Independence Day!  From outdoor barbeque parties to fireworks displays, this day is filled with American pride and lots of fun.  Here are some recommendations to follow to ensure that you have a safe, healthy, and happy 4th of July:

Summer Safety

For many of us, the summer months mean spending time enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming, biking or hiking. While these activities may seem innocuous, each poses a significant risk to safety. In honor of June’s National Safety Month, we have assembled the following safety tips to ensure you enjoy these common outdoor activities.  

If orthopedic problems are not a constant in your life, you probably don’t think much about your feet. Like many other health issues, we may not realize there’s a problem unless pain or a problem develops. Following these tips for better foot care will help you to keep your feet—and you—going strong, step after step.

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month—a perfect opportunity to educate ourselves about skin cancer and ways to safeguard skin from the sun—not just during the summer, but throughout the year.

Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring form of cancer, as well as the most easily preventable. A lot of that has to do with the amount of skin that’s exposed daily to sun. If you don’t already, consider adopting these skin safety tips: