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From Other Blogs: Heart-healthy recipes, World Hearing Day, lowering your cancer risk & more

A collection of health and environmental posts from other governmental blogs.

Five tips towards a delicious heart healthy recipe

You don’t have to purchase new cookbooks to create delicious, heart healthy recipes your whole family will love. There are plenty of low-fat, low-calorie options for making your comforting family favorites more heart healthy right now. Just one or more changes can make a huge difference. — From Flourish, Palmetto Health’s blog

Five important numbers to know for heart health

Learning these five heart health numbers can help you improve and maintain your heart health. Once you know your numbers, you can talk with your doctor about how to best manage and lower your risks for heart disease. — From Flourish

World Hearing Day: March 3rd. “Hear the future … and prepare for it.”

Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years can cause hearing loss. There is no cure for hearing loss! Protect your hearing by avoiding loud noise such as concerts and sporting events. Use earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to protect your ears. If you already have hearing loss, take steps to keep it from getting worse. — From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Your Health — Your Environment blog

Lowering Your Cancer Risk: A Matter of Ups and Downs

Think of listening to your favorite song. No matter what kind of music it is, someone was behind the scenes making it sound great: bringing out certain parts or instruments, balancing it, getting rid of background noise.

Cutting your cancer risk is a little bit like making great music. — From the CDC’s The Topic Is Cancer blog

Soil Health Practices for Mitigating Natural Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that more than 25 million Americans – almost 8 percent of the population – were affected by major disasters in 2017. From severe flooding in Puerto Rico and Texas to mudslides and wildfires in California, major natural disasters in 2017 cost over $306 billion nationally. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information, this is a new annual record. — From the US Department of Agriculture blog

What Are You Packing For National Healthy Lunch Day?

“What am I going to eat for lunch?”

It’s a question asked countless times each day. And, more often than not, the choice that is ultimately made isn’t a healthy one. Most of us struggle when it comes to making healthy lunch choices.

But we can learn to make better choices, and there’s no better time to start than National Healthy Lunch Day, which is September 19. DHEC encourages you to join in this effort by the American Diabetes Association aimed at raising awareness about the need to make healthy choices at lunchtime.

The intent is to spark dialogue about the importance of healthy eating and encourage people across America to develop healthier lunch habits, not just on September 19 but in the days, months and years to come.

So, instead of asking yourself, “What am I going to eat for lunch today?” consider instead: “What will my healthy lunch be today?”

Get started September 19 by preparing or purchasing a healthy, nutritious lunch. More than that, be ambitious and get your team at work — or your entire workplace — involved. Not only will it be fun, but it will be healthy.

Need some ideas for healthy lunches? Click here for some recipes.

Have a Happy and Healthy Memorial Day!

By Bryony Wardell

Ahhhh, Memorial Day weekend. It’s a time to remember those who have served and sacrificed. It’s also a celebration that school is out, summer is here and it’s time to ring in a season of sunshine and outdoor activities.

So, pack up the cooler, fire up the grill and follow these easy tips to help you have a fun and healthy good time.

Keep out biting party crashers
Protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites that can carry diseases. If you’re spending time outside, wear EPA-recommended repellent or wear protective long-sleeved clothing. You can also reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by getting rid of standing water and debris where they like to breed. www.scdhec.gov/MosquitoesProtectYourselfSchools (CR-011739).jpg

Beat the heat
If you’re spending a day outside, find shade during the heat of the day, wear broad spectrum sunscreen and don’t forget your hat and shades to keep you looking cool and protect yourself from skin damage. Follow sunscreen directions and reapply as needed, especially if you are getting in the water.

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Speaking of water, staying hydrated helps you feel your best, so drink plenty of H2O throughout the day. If you are doing an outdoor activity, drink two to four glasses or at least 16 ounces of cool fluids every hour.

Separate and refrigerate
Sharing good food with good friends is part of the fun – don’t let food-borne illnesses spoil it.

If you’re heading for a picnic or event, prepare as much food as you can at home, where you have access to good refrigeration. Keep raw meats and eggs separated from prepared foods and fresh produce, and bring extra utensils and grilling tongs.  When transporting food or storing it, either keep your hot food hot (130° F or above) or keep it really cool (40° F or below) along with your cold dishes like coleslaw and potato salad. Get more food safety tips here.

Sport your life jacketboating-safety-iStock_000056914182_XXXLarge (1)The name says it all. Life jackets can save your life and should always be worn by every member of your family when your on the water. Life jackets come in all styles and sizes – they even make them for your four-legged best friends. Find the right one for you. 

Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!