April 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Get Rid of Your Expired Prescription Drugs Tomorrow!

If you have unused or expired prescription drugs cluttering your medicine cabinet, don't throw them in the regular trash. Grab your pills and potions and dispose of them the right way during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to gather and safely dispose of all returned medications from…

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Added by Community Manager on April 26, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What Should You Do If You're Having a Heart Attack?

Heart attack symptoms may not be sudden or dramatic like in the movies, so don't wait until symptoms are severe or unbearable. If you or someone you know is having one or more of the following symptoms, dial 9-1-1 or the emergency number in your neighborhood.

  • pressure or squeezing pain in the chest that may spread into the neck, shoulders and arms
  • nausea, breathlessness, sweating…
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Added by Community Manager on April 23, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments

6 Common Questions About Blood Donation

By donating a single pint of blood, you may help save as many as three lives. While many people have already donated in response to this week's tragic events in Boston, sustained donations will be needed in the coming weeks. HealthyWomen.org answers six common questions about the procedure.

Added by Community Manager on April 17, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Laser Hair Removal for Spring

We all know that shaving or waxing can get annoying over the spring and summer months. To make your life just a little bit easier you may want to consider laser hair removal. This simple procedure is one of the most commonly performed in the United States. The process of laser hair removal beams concentrated light into your hair follicles. When this is done, pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light, which destroys the hair. This process can be performed in areas including face, legs,…

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Added by SammyJo on April 16, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

Fitness Fact or Fiction

The American Council on Exercise has debunked some common myths about exercise. Which surprises you the most? For me, it's the muscle weighs more than fat, fiction. I hear that all the time! Don't you?

Myth #1: Stretching before exercise reduces the risk of injury. – False

The scientific literature of the past decade fails to support stretching before exercise as a successful strategy for injury prevention. However, research does support stretching at other times,…

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Added by Sally on April 12, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Five Proven Ways to Manage Overactive Bladder

By Leslie Saltzstein Wooldridge, GNP-BC, CUNP, AGS-F, BCIA-PMBD

It’s a whispered problem. An embarrassment. It’s a health condition that affects one in five women, but it’s something that very few people want to talk about, even with their doctor.

Overactive bladder – characterized by an uncontrollable urge to go to the bathroom – affects 34 million Americans. If left untreated, overactive bladder can affect every aspect of a person’s daily life, including work, sleep,…

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Added by Leslie Wooldridge on April 12, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Join HealthyWomen on Pinterest!

Good news! HealthyWomen is now on Pinterest! We're just getting started but we'll soon be pinning more helpful infographics, tips, recipes and more.

If you're on the social networking site, please follow our boards. Leave a link to your profile in the comments here and we'll…

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Added by Community Manager on April 9, 2013 at 4:34pm — 2 Comments

Tips for a Novice Runner?

I recently saw some photos of myself taken on family vacation last summer and I audibly gasped at the sad state of my figure in a bikini. The next day, I fired up my dormant Weight Watchers account and set a recurring alarm for a 7am cardio kickboxing class. I've been diligently tracking my food intake and punching and kicking the heavy bag ever since. I'm pleased to report that I've dropped a few pounds and toned up considerably since January.

I'm also on a quest to get in shape…

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Added by Community Manager on April 8, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A New Passion, A New Life, A New Career...and Over 40!

When I decided to commit to a 30 Day Summer Shape-up Challenge in July of 2012, I never could have imagined that it was an entry point into a new phase of my life. That a passion for healthy living, eating clean and finding ways to inspire the gift of a healthy body, mind and spirit was lying dormant in me. At age 42, I had never had the desire to transform myself, or get "fit". I was one of the lucky ones that was born with a fast metabolism…

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Added by bodymadebetter on April 3, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Revisiting New Year's Resolutions: A Quarterly Report

The past few years, I've made a point of writing down some New Year's resolutions so that I can revisit them throughout the year and assess how I'm doing. So far, I'm not doing badly this year, in part thanks to an article I found at the start of this year that encouraged me to reprioritize my goals to better reflect what I'm trying to accomplish.

Some tips from Todd Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man's Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine…

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Added by Marcia on April 3, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tax Day is Good For You!

April 15 is coming and I’m betting a lot of us will be hunched over our kitchen tables with piles of paperwork as we rush to finish those taxes we’ve been putting off.  It seems overwhelming when you’re staring at a blank 1040 form; but it feels like such a relief when you finish that last step.

I think Tax Day comes at the perfect time, right during spring cleaning.  It is the perfect opportunity for us to take a good long look at where we were last year and where we want to be in…

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Added by Purple on April 2, 2013 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

9 Ways to Observe UN World Health Day

Sunday, April 7, is World Health Day, and this year the focus is on high blood pr essure, one of many chronic diseases that is common around the world. About one-third of adults worldwide have high…

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Added by Marcia on April 2, 2013 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

5 Fun Exercise Activities for Seniors

As we age it may become harder and harder to stay physically active. You may or may not want to go to the gym anymore because of an intimidation of younger members, or you may just feel like you can’t participate in the same hobbies anymore. Studies have shown that continuing to be physically active into your…

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Added by SammyJo on April 2, 2013 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

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