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February Health Tips and National Observations

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Fitness First: Exercise Programs

Research shows that those who are physically active are likely to live longer, healthier lives.
Physical activity can lead to many benefits:

  • Weight maintenance
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved glucose regulation
  • Stronger bone density

In addition, a person who has hypertension, diabetes or a history of smoking can greatly benefit from including regular physical activity into his or her daily routine.
The First Step
If you are over 40 years of age, inactive or have health issues, consult a physician before you begin an exercise program.
A Complete Program
There are three main components to a well-balanced program of physical activity: aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility training.
Read more about exercise programs (PDF)

It’s American Heart Month: What You Need to Know About Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 647,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in health care, medications and lost productivity.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a term used to refer to several different types of heart conditions. Out of all the different conditions, coronary artery disease—caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the heart’s arteries—is the most common.
What are the symptoms of heart disease?
The symptoms of heart disease can vary, and some people may not even know they have a heart condition until they have a heart attack. Common signs and symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, weakness and fatigue.

A Cold Is Contagious for Longer Than You’d Think
The winter months are commonly associated with decreasing temperatures and increasing cases of the common cold. Typically, symptoms of the common cold come on gradually, and may start with a sore throat or irritated sinuses.
According to Healthline, when you have a cold, you’re contagious approximately one to two days before symptoms start and can continue to be contagious for up to seven days after you’ve become sick. Unfortunately, many people can’t stay home for that long to fully recover. Consider the following suggestions to help avoid becoming ill or passing on a cold:

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
  • Always cough and sneeze into your elbow—not your hands—to prevent spreading germs.

Read more about heart disease, the common cold and workplace ergonomics (PDF)

February 2020 National Health Observations

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