Health Tips

Did you know that bike riding sends more kids aged 5-14 to the hospital than any other activity? But don't lock up the bikes just yet. Safe riding is possible by following some basic tips. 

 
Wear a helmet! Be a good example and wear one, too.
Check bikes regularly for proper tire inflation and to make sure nothing has come loose during rides.
Teach children to walk their bikes across streets and intersections.
Riding on the right side of the road, with traffic-not against it- is safest.
Close toed shoes are best and avoid long or loose clothing that may get caught in the spokes or chain.

Be sure to get the proper size bike for your child. Check this link for some great tips on bike fit for kids.

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You may not be able to get out of working overtime once in a while, but don’t make it a habit. Working too many long hours is associated with a greater risk of anxiety and depression, which can harm health.

 

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See your doctor for regular checkups—even if you feel well. There are “silent” medical conditions that don’t cause symptoms but have a great impact on your health and future health risks, such as hyperlipidemia, which impacts stroke and heart attack risk, and osteoporosis, which increases risk for future fractures.

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Tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you're taking. One out of five hospital admissions for elderly patients is related to an adverse drug reaction. Seniors are more prone to adverse drug interactions or negative effects of taking too many medications. You may not think of over-the-counter and herbal supplements as medications, but they can cause adverse effects, too—especially due to a negative interaction with another supplement or over-the-counter or prescription medication.

 

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