HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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fingernail or credit card or use tweezers.” Wash the site with soap and water and cover it and keep it clean; apply a cold pack to the area to reduce pain and swelling. If the person has any trouble breathing or shows signs of anaphylaxis, call 911 if possible. The best prevention is using insect repellent containing DEET. Check for ticks daily and remove them if you see any. Wearing long sleeves and long pants can help prevent picking up ticks, and light colors help you spot them better.


Contemplate various issues that could arise so you have an action plan. “Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping adventure, like knowing how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter or give first aid and practice your skills in advance,” Lauritzen said. “It is safest to camp with at least one companion, but if you will be entering a remote area, your group should have a minimum of four people.”


Some areas require you to have reservations or certain permits, so find out in advance about these. Also ask about rules regarding campfires or wildlife.

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.


“Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen, communications officer with the American Red Cross.


Safety starts with making sure you have everything you need. Create a checklist and consult it frequently as you get ready for your trip. “Items to bring include nutritious food items and water; a first-aid kit, including sunscreen and personal medications; lightweight clothing to layer; and supplies for any pets,” Lauritzen said.


Bug bites are a common occurrence when camping, Lauritzen said, though they are usually harmless. They may cause pain, swelling or an allergic reaction.


“If someone is stung by an insect, you should remove any visible stinger,” Lauritzen said. “Scrape it away from the skin with a clean

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JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Share your itinerary with someone – just in case. “Include such details as the make, year and license plate of your car, the equipment you are bringing and when you plan to return,” Lauritzen said.


Now that you’re prepared, make plans to be active and have fun during your trip. This may include walking, hiking, swimming or biking. Bring along protective gear such as helmets, life jackets, sturdy shoes and a survival pack.


“In a small waterproof container, place a pocket knife, compass, whistle, space blanket, nylon filament, water purification tablets, matches and candle,” Lauritzen said. “With these items, the chances of being able to survive in the wild are greatly improved.”


When you plan ahead and know what to expect, your camping trip will be both safe and fun.