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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It’s time for fun in the sun. But with summer comes some risks. Follow these tips to stay healthy and happy this season.


Sun Protection

Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is harmful to the skin. It can cause a sunburn or, worse, skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the United States. Protect yourself and your children by wearing hats and clothing that cover exposed skin when going to the lake, beach or pool. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes and surrounding skin. And don’t forget the sunscreen. The sun protection factor (SPF) is the product’s level of ultraviolet B waves (UVB) protection. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns. An SPF of 30 will make 30 minutes in the sun equal to one minute of UVB exposure. The higher the SPF, the smaller the difference in protection. Broad  spectrum sunscreens additionally protect against UVA. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin, including the face, ears and neck at least every two hours.


Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites can be annoying, and they can also lead to illness. Insect repellents with the ingredient DEET are the most effective. DEET doesn’t kill mosquitoes but it keeps them away. “All repellents are tested to see if they beat DEET,” said Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of the mosquito control division of Harris County Public Health and Environmental

SUMMERTIME SAFETY

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Services in Houston. Follow the label directions for how often to reapply repellent; the higher the concentration of DEET the longer it will last.


Food Safety

Higher temperatures can cause foodborne illnesses. When bringing food along for a picnic, use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, deli and luncheon meats or sandwiches, cold salads made with mayonnaise or eggs, tuna, chicken, pasta and egg salads, cut fruit and vegetables and any dairy products at the correct cold temperature. A full cooler will retain its cold temperature longer than a partially filled one. Keep the cooler out of direct sun exposure and avoid repeatedly opening it to maintain the temperature longer. Perishable food should not sit out more than two hours. In weather above 90 degrees, food should never sit out for more than one hour. Serve cold food in small portions and keep the rest in the cooler.