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According to the American Heart Association someone in the United States has a heart attach every 43 seconds and every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke.
These are startling statistics but the good news is that two major risk factors, poor diet and lack of regular exercise are under your control. So take a look at the resources below and implament some of the suggestions to get started on your way to a healthy heart in 2016.

Resources:
cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/Healthy-Living_UCM_001078_SubHomePage.jsp
health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run


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Add more sleep to your January resolution list.
Shoot for 7 hours a night but there may be a different number of sleep hours needed for you.

Why? Without enough sleep you are more likely to get colds, have tummy troubles, struggle with memory, be irritable and moody, gain weight, suffer with headaches, get in a car accident and have troubles with vision.

Healthy Sleep tips include:
  * go to sleep and get up at the same time everyday, even on weekends
  * avoid bright screens 2 hours before sleeping
  * get regular exercise
  * avoid caffeine, alcohol and big meals in the evening
  * keep your bedroom dark, cool and quiet

Sleep is vital to your well-being!!



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Handwashing is the BEST way to prevent the spread of infection!
Please share www.henrythehand.com with ALL your family, friends, classmates, and co-workers to help them stay healthier one handwash at a time. 

Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose, and mouth) is how infectious germs enter your body. Following the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness will virtually eliminate your chances of getting sick.  

4 Principles of Hand Awareness
1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth!

Henry the Hand’s Handwashing Guide
1. Wet hands
2. Soap up – use soap and warm water
3. Scrub up – wash between fingers, wrists, under fingernails, and backs of hands
4. Rinse off
5. Towel dry – REMEMBER to turn off the water using a PAPER TOWEL instead of your hands (so you don’t contaminate your clean hand by touching a dirty faucet)

Source: www.henrythehand.com
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease when your body does not make enough insulin or does not respond well to the insulin your body made, resulting in high blood sugar. There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both impact blood sugar (glucose) levels, and if left untreated, can cause many complications. Type 2 diabetes typically develops later in life and is associated with weight gain (especially around the waist), and an unhealthy diet. Diabetes is on the rise in the United States.

How Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential to controlling blood sugars and preventing diabetes complications.
People who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy lifestyle changes. These changes include:
• Getting lots of physical activity
• Eating fiber-rich foods
• Eating whole grains
• Working towards a healthy weight
Controlling calories and portion sizes are key factors in weight management. Start by making small activity changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or choosing a parking spot furthest away from the door.

Are you at Risk?
For more information about Diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org. Check with your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your health.


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In October, Warsaw elementary schools perform MCT (Modified Clinical Technique) vision screenings for all 1st grade students.  The early elementary years are an important time to catch vision abnormalities a child might have.  Having good vision helps children to read better, learn better, and provides them with more self-esteem when accomplishing their goals.

Having poor vision can affect a child’s learning process, interrupting reading, writing and other skills.  Many children do not know that they have poor vision, they think it is normal. A vision screening at school can help find those who might be struggling in class visually.  Vision screenings at school do not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam by a professional doctor.  It is highly advised that ALL children of all ages be seen by an eye care professional on a yearly basis.  

Things you can do at home to help maintain healthy eyes:
See an eye care professional yearly
Wear glasses/contacts daily if prescribed
Wear sunglasses on sunny days – do not look directly into the sun
Get plenty of rest
Drink plenty of water – to help keep eyes hydrated
Eating vegetables helps to provide vitamins and minerals that eyes need
See an eye doctor anytime you feel you are having a problem with yours eyes, such as itchiness, excessive drying, drainage, or injury to eye.


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