Live Healthy

  • American Diabetes Month

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    November is American Diabetes month. Diabetes is a debilitating disease that is diagnosed when the A1C or abnormal blood sugar (glucose) levels of an individual reach a certain level that requires … more

  • Gratitude

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    November is a month when most people start to think about what they are Thankful for, but having gratitude has many health and social benefits.

    Here are only 5 benefits of gratitude:

    1. … more

  • Healthy Skin

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    November is Healthy Skin Month! A few things to remember when considering healthy skin is that it is important to remember to wash your body with a mild soap regularly. The skin naturally contains … more

  • Red Ribbon Week

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    Today marks the end of Red Ribbon Week! Red Ribbon Week began in the 1980's after a Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was tortured and had his life taken as he was doing … more

  • Domestic Violence Awareness

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    Domestic violence is a serious issue that has severe, negative impacts on people. It is disruptive to psychological and social health, and often times can escalate to a physically life- … more

  • World Hunger Awareness

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    October 16th marked World Food Day. The purpose of this annual day is to address the ailments of world hunger and the issues that cause it. Between the years 2014 and 2016, there were an estimated … more

  • Join a Walking Group

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    Want to take a 15 - 30 minute walk, but do not want to go alone?  The City of Mesa has a several ongoing walking groups at different locations at the City.   See below for locations near … more

  • Breast Cancer Awareness

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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is among one of the most common and tough to deal with cancers upon diagnosis. Many medical professionals consider breast cancer to be … more

  • Mental Health Awareness

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    October 2nd through October 8th marks Mental Health Week! Like physical health, mental health is very cyclical. It involves taking care of social and psychological well-being. It is just as … more

  • Sexual Health Awareness

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    Sexual health is one aspect of health that is just as important as physical health. Sexual health encompasses not only making sure that individuals are taking care of using safe sex practices such … more

  • Recovery Month

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    September is recovery month. Recovery and rehabilitation are the processes of battling addiction in order to become more likely to be successful in treating a drug or alcohol related issue. One … more

  • Fruits and Veggies Month

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    September marks Fruits and Veggies Month! Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a balanced diet! They are loaded with key nutrients that help the human body get the proper nutrition it … more

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness

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    September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a deadly disease that affects people of all ages, but it can be especially devastating to children. The causes of cancer in children are … more

  • Psoriasis Awareness

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    Psoriasis is a treatable skin condition in which the body develops red patches. Although the cause is not known, it affects people most commonly in the age group 15-35 across all ethnic groups. Men … more

  • Children's Eye Safety

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    Children are active beings! They like to play and run about--and that may sometimes mean that they are susceptible to getting injured. Not only is it important to make sure that your child’ … more

  • Gastrointestinal Health

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    The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is vital to health. It is the system that helps you digest food and helps you dispel waste from your body. It is through your GI system that helps your body … more

  • Immunization Awareness

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    The immune system is the system in the human body that helps fight off diseases. Immunizations, or vaccines, are what help the body in this process. Although there may be controversy regarding … more

  • Breastfeeding

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    Breastfeeding is crucial to the development of a newborn child. It is recommended that women exclusively breastfeed their children for the first six months of life and then they should add solid … more

  • How to Treat a Sunburn

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    This information was taken from the American Academy of Dermatology. Click here to read more.

    It’s important to begin treating a sunburn as soon as possible. In addition to stopping further … more

  • Prepare to Quit

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    This information was taken from smokefree.gov. Click here to read more.

    Prepare to Quit 

    Quitting is hard. But quitting can be a bit easier if you have a plan. When you think you're ready to … more

  • Typing Posture

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    This information was taken from Cornell University Ergonomics. Click here to read more.

    Ideal typing posture: Negative slope keyboard support

    In the ideal typing posture both static and dynamic … more

  • 7 Health Reasons to Put Down Your Phone

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    This information was taken from Healthgrades.com. Click here to read more.

    As our busy lives increasingly depend on the convenience of smartphones—chances are good you’re reading this … more

  • How to Stay Safe in Hot Weather

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    This information was taken from the American Red Cross. Click here to read more.

    The long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures. The American Red Cross has steps people can … more

  • Regular Check-Ups are Important

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    This information was taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to read more.

    It's time to take charge of your health! Schedule an appointment with your health care … more

  • Dairy

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    This information was taken from the United States Department of Agriculture. Click here to read more.

    Nutrients and health benefits

    Consuming dairy products provides health benefits – … more

  • Vegetables and Fruits

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    This information was taken from Harvard's School of Health. Click here to read more.

    Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity.

    No … more

  • Healthy Swim Habits

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    Summer is approaching! This means two things:

    1) It's getting hot outside.

    2) You're probably going to want to take a dip in the pool to cool off!

    When you go swimming, there are a few … more

  • Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

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    This information was taken from the American Heart Association. Click here to read more.

    What do your blood pressure numbers mean? 

    The only way to know (diagnose) if you have high blood … more

  • Stroke Signs and What to Do

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    This information was taken from the American Heart Association. Click here to read more.

    THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE? CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

    F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden … more

  • Melanoma

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    The following information was taken from the American Cancer Society. Click here for more information.

    Melanoma is less common, but more serious than other types of skin cancer. Melanomas are … more

  • What Is Mental Health?

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    The following information was taken from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Click here for more information. 

    What Is Mental Health?

    Mental health includes our emotional, … more

  • What is a Stroke?

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    This information was taken from the National Stroke Association. Click here to read more.

    Stroke By The Numbers

    Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.

    A stroke … more

  • Family Medical History

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    Your family medical history is important when understanding and possibly predicting your health. Take a moment to talk to your parents, or even grandparents, about health issues that run in your … more

  • Check Alarm Batteries in Your Home

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    Checking the alarms in your home can notify you if there is a problem immediately. The problem can be a burglary, carbon monoxide, and even a fire. Check your alarms every month to ensure the … more

  • Effects of Stress on the Body

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    Stress stinks. There is good stress, but there is also bad stress. Unmanaged bad stress can impair your:

    Musculoskeletal system

    Respiratory system

    Cardiovascular system

    Endocrine … more

  • Laughter is the Key to Life

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    Laughter is the key to life.  In one study, people who laughed (or were happy) in a 2,500 elderly population reported fewer strokes than those who were not happy. Another study reported that … more

  • Vision Health

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    Vision Health

    Your eyes are more than just an eye-catcher, they are how you see. More than 80% of America has some kind of vision impairment. Can you eat a lot of carrots or wear sunglasses to … more

  • What is Colon Cancer?

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    Colon cancer is cancer in the colon or rectum.

    Like other cancers, the cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Regular check ups can prevent or catch this cancer early. Talk to your … more

  • 7 Tips For Healthy Kidneys

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    7 Tips for Healthy Kidneys:

    Hydrate.

    Eat healthy foods

    Exercise

    Use caution with supplements and herbal remedies. Talk to your doctor!

    Quit smoking.

    Don't overdo it with over-the-counter … more

  • 20 Harmful Effects of Caffeine

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    20 Harmful Effects of Caffeine

    This means energy drinks, tea, soda and coffee. Yes, coffee. 

    More than 4 cups of coffee are linked to an early death. 

    Caffeine consumption may raise … more

  • Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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    Heart attacks can happen at any moment. Be prepared and know what to do.

    Signs and symptoms:

    Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more … more

  • 7 Better Sleep Tips

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    We have posted sleep tips before; however, we know sleep important enough for a repeat! A rested coworker is a happy coworker!

    Here are 7 tips to getting a better night's rest:

    Stick to a … more

  • Child Dental Health

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    Oral health is very important to your little ones (and you!). Teaching children the importance of brushing their teeth does not have to be a battle every night. Click here for tips and tricks for … more

  • Healthy Aging

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    Getting older does not have to mean more doctor visits and more medications. Click here to link yourself to the CDC website and explore ways to keep yourself healthy as you age.  more

  • Ideal Body Weight

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    Social media has twisted our thoughts of what is actually healthy. Do you know how much your ideal body weight is? Click here. You might be surprised to find out that you are closer to your goals … more

  • 2017 NEW Wellness Programs

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    With the 2017 here, we have many NEW programs available to City employees and family members starting this month and next!Couch to 5K Training Program--Orientation on January 11th, 12-1pm  … more

  • Healthy Sleep Tips

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    Healthy Sleep Tips

    Stick to a schedule. Got to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. 

    Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Low lights, limit your phone use, and relax in a … more

  • 5 Reasons to Quit Soda

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    5 Reasons to Quit Soda

    Drinking one can of soda a day can cause you to gain 17 pounds a year. Diet soda is not any better. The University of Texas Health and Science Center showed that people … more

  • Improve Your Self-Esteem

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    "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."- Maria Robinson

    How you think about yourself is the foundation of who you are and how you … more

  • Spice Up Your Food!

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    Spice up old dishes!

    We know plain chicken and vegetables can get boring. Following a diet change can be tough when what you are eating does not interest you. Spices can raise your metabolism and … more

  • Prevent Holiday Stress

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    5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

    The holidays bring joy with family and friends, but it can also bring anxiety and depression. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect and … more

  • Harvard's 5 Ways to De-Stress

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    5 Ways to De-Stress

    Stress can put a lot of pressure on your body and specifically your heart. Harvard writes that stress can cause inflammation in the heart as well as behaviors like unhealthy … more

  • Halloween Tricks and Treats

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    With Halloween coming up, it is time to think about all that candy your kids will collect, but all of that sugar comes with consequences. A child can consume up to 7,000 calories in candy on … more

  • Hands-Only CPR

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    Emergencies can happen at any moment. Being prepared and jumping into action can save someone's life. Hands-only CPR is the new and improved method of CPR by taking away the mouth-to-mouth part. … more

  • Breast Self-Exam

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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Wellness Center would like to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to know about Breast Cancer. 

    Breast cancer does not only … more

  • Eye Strain from Technology

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    Between television, computer screens, smartphones and tablets, American adults spend close to 9 hours (maybe more) a day staring at screens! All that time can make your eyes dry and tired. Try … more

  • Eat your Fruits and Veggies!

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    Health Tip! Did you know that 1/2 of your plate should have fruits and vegetables? At every meal?

    Check out this link to see how fruits and vegetables can improve brain function, … more

  • 5 Office Stretches For You

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    5 Office Streches For You!

    Stretching Reduces Fatigue

    Stretching increases blood supply and nutrients to joint structures and soft tissues.

    Stretching increases soft tissue temperature and … more

  • MyPlate Daily Checklist and Meal Plans

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    As we celebrate National Fruits and Veggies Month, we can keep track and get ideas to add them to our meals with the help of MyPlate!

    Their daily checklists and meal plans based on a calorie plan … more

  • Most Common Type of Cancer

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    What is the most common type of cancer?

    If you guessed skin cancer you are right!

    Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. It occurs in more than a million people each year, … more

  • Looking for a nearby Farmers Market?

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    Check out the USDA's Farmers Market Directory for a market near you!  

    The Farmers Market Directory lists markets that feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly … more

  • Preventive Care - What's Included?

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    Do you know what's included in "Preventive Care" coverage on your health insurance plan?  Take a look at the list below and visit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a full … more

  • Keep Your Vaccination Records in a Safe Place

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    Your vaccination record (sometimes called your immunization record) provides a history of all the vaccines you received as a child and adult. This record may be required for certain jobs, travel … more

  • Get Shots to Protect Your Health

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    Older adults need to get shots (vaccines) to prevent serious diseases. Protect your health by getting all your shots on schedule.

    If you are age 60 or older:

    Get a shot to prevent shingles. … more

  • What Vaccines Do You Need?

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    Do you know what vaccines you need?

    Take this quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/?s_cid=bb-adults-adultquiz-025

    After … more

  • Important to Get Shots on Schedule

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    Shots (also called vaccines or immunizations) help protect children from serious diseases. Vaccines can save your child's life.

    Getting all the shots recommended by age 2 will help protect your … more

  • Learning First Aid Can Be Fun!

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    Being trained on how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is key. The American Red Cross offers a range of health and safety classes that teach you new skills, keep you knowledgeable, … more

  • What is Distracted Driving?

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    What is distracted driving?

    Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and … more

  • Protect Your Health as You Grow Older

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    You can take steps to stay healthy and independent as you get older. It’s important to:

    Keep your body and mind active

    Choose healthy foods

    Get enough sleep

    Talk to your doctor about … more

  • Stay Safe at Work

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    Staying safe at work is very important. If you don't work in a safe way, you can get hurt or become sick. The good news is that there are things you can do – both at work and at home – … more

  • Safety: Check Your Medications

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    June is National Safety Month raising awareness about all types of safety issues.  

    This week, make an effor tto check the Expiration Date on your medicines!  If they are out-of-daet, … more

  • Family Activity Guide

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    Looking for local fitness activities to do with the entire family?

    Visit Active.com to view the calendar of events in the Mesa community. 

    http://www.active.com/active-family/ more

  • A Workout for Work!

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    The Washington Post created an interactive website displaying exercises for the workplace.  Check them out today!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/health/workout-at-work/ more

  • How Active Should I Be?

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    Finding out what kind and how much physical activity you need from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 

    How do I do it?

    It’s your choice. Pick an activity that’s … more

  • 10 Healthy Snacks to Always Have

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    Have you dropped all snacking in your efforts at healthy eating? If so, you may want to reconsider. Smart snacks can be one of the most powerful tools in your nutrition arsenal — and skipping … more

  • 5 Ways to Manage Stress

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    1. Reorganize.

    The importance of a healthy lifestyle cannot go understated, especially when it comes to stress management.  Work on reorganizing your health and develop healthy habits that will … more

  • How Drinking Less Can Help You

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    Drinking less alcohol can help you lose weight and save money.

    How can I tell if I’m at risk for a drinking problem?

    Drinking is a problem if it causes trouble with:

    Your relationships … more

  • Have Questions About Alcohol?

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    What is alcohol?

    Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches.

    How does alcohol … more

  • Making Eating Healthy Simple

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    Eating right doesn't have to be complicated — simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you … more

  • Healthy 2-Week Sample Menus

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    Looking for new recipes?  Looking to stay on a budget?

    The USDA Choose My Plate has created sample 2-week healthy and mindful menus for Americans.

    Take a look at the menus today: http:// … more

  • Five Reasons to Take a Hike

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    Hiking is an incredible way to get a workout, clear your mind and experience something beautiful.

    Our sedentary lifestyles stick us in an office, in front of a computer and in the car. Move your … more

  • Tips for Healthy Dining Out

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    Eating at a restaurant doesn't have to sabotage a healthy diet. Use smart-eating strategies: Plan ahead, consider the menu and choose foods carefully to keep you on your plan.

    Preparation

    Have a … more

  • Cooking Well for Your Family

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    You can easily prepare foods for a large family without breaking the bank. To save time, money and stress when making meals for your loved ones give one of these tips a try: 

    Keep it simple. … more

  • Eat Your Spinach

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    Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K. Like other leafy greens, spinach also provides fiber, magnesium and calcium.

    Here are … more

  • On-The-Go Heart Healthy Tips

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    Don’t let your busy schedule get the best of your eating habits. Chips, candy, and other processed snacks are not the only time-saving options out there. These less nutritious foods are not … more

  • Do's and Don't's for a Healthy Heart

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    You’ve probably heard (most likely from us!) that a healthy diet, regular exercise and a good handle on stress is the best prescription for a healthy heart. But we’ll bet you haven& … more

  • What is a "Good" Fat?

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    It wasn’t long ago that we blamed fat for all of life’s ails. Sure, fat can make you gain weight and contribute to chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke. But not all … more

  • Workout A Day Keeps Disease At Bay

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    Regular exercise has long been tied to heart health, but a growing body of research is illuminating the ways in which physical activity battles the major contributors to heart disease: It’s … more

  • Laugh It Up To Boost Your Health!

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    It turns out that laughter really might just be the best medicine. More and more research supports the idea that laughing is good for us! 

    Think funny thoughts

    In fact, researchers have … more

  • Worried about High Blood Pressure?

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    High Blood Pressure - What to Ask Your Provider

    When your heart pumps blood into your arteries, the pressure of the blood against the artery walls is called your blood pressure. Your blood … more

  • Healthy Eating Exercises

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    Experiment with Mindful Eating

    In today’s busy world, mindless eating is the go-to. To break that habit, we have to experiment with doing things differently. Experimentation is key because … more

  • Am I Hungry?

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    Eating is a natural, healthy, and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger. However, in our food-abundant, diet-obsessed culture, eating is often mindless, consuming, and guilt-inducing instead. … more

  • Have an Attitude of Gratitude

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    It seems like common sense that when you count your blessings you’re happier. But it turns out that focusing on the many gifts in your life can make you healthier, too.

    Here’s one way … more

  • Tips for Getting More Physical Activity

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    Make physical activity a regular part of the day

    Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy — such as taking a brisk 10 minute … more

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month

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    January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the City of Mesa Health & Wellness Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

    HPV (human … more

  • Shop Smart to Fill Your Cart

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    Wondering what to put in your grocery cart? 

    Check out USDA's interactive "Shop Smart to Fill Your Cart" page to plan out your next trip to the grocery store!  Find new ways to make … more

  • Have a Healthy Holiday Season

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    The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of … more