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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•  Never let your child swim  during a storm.


•  Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys, but they should not be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD).


•  Don’t let your kids jump in water less than 9 feet deep, and no diving unless the water depth is 12 feet or more.


•  No running, pushing or dunking.


•  Don’t chew gum or eat when in the water.


•  Always ensure there is a life guard on duty, whether you’re at the beach or pool. Check to make sure there is appropriate safety equipment handy, such as a ring buoy or reaching pole, a cell phone, life jackets and a first-aid kit.


•  Swimming instructors should be trained in CPR and certified by the Red Cross or another reputable program.  

Having fun and beating the heat this summer may mean spending time with your kids swimming. However, before getting into the pool, lake or ocean, it is important to know about swimming safety and to take appropriate precautions to prevent any accident or injuries.


“Keep in mind, drowning is silent,” said Chris Vitale, RN, MSN, injury prevention manager at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Children younger than 4 should be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times, and children over the age of 4, even if they know how to swim, should always have an adult’s eyes on them.”


According to experts, kids need to know how to swim. School-age kids can follow directions and listen, so working with a trained instructor or parent can boost their confidence in the water. Here are some swimming safety tips for kids:


•  Introduce babies to water when they are around 6 months of age. Over time, teach them how to tread water and float and insist they stay near the shore. They should be made aware of river currents, uneven surfaces, ocean undertow and changing weather.


•  Never leave a small child unattended near water, and don’t trust a child’s life to another child. Teach kids to seek permission to go near the water.

SWIMMING SAFETY FOR KIDS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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•  Stay within arm’s reach of your child at all times. If there are many adults present when kids are swimming, use the Water Watcher strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain time period to prevent lapses in supervision.


•  Ensure backyard pools have four-sided fencing that is at least 4 feet high and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent kids from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. Install alarms to alert you in case a child wanders into the pool area. Many kids who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.