Celebrating Heart Health Month – 10 Ways to Stay Heart Healthy

carnettheartDid you know, cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer of women?

According to the American Heart Association each year, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly half a million women – that’s almost one per minute.

We thought we would share some top ten tips from Discover Health to stay Heart Healthy.

1. Stop Smoking

2. Limit alcohol and caffeine

3. Take care of your teeth

4. Reduce Stress

5. Stay within a healthy weight range

6. Exercise

7. Eat right

8. Visit your doctor – one of our personal favorites!

9. Sleep

10. Know your family history.

To read the full article go here.  

 

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A Healthy Perspective – Starting Off Right

1523416_10151818192071536_1617177709_oDo you have a questions for Dr. Carnett?  Join her and other health professionals January 29th from 5-8pm for an evening of wine, cheese, shopping and healthy conversation!

Do you want to start a family in 2014?  Get started on the right foot, a panel of experts will answer your questions and provide information to help you get healthy before pregnancy.

We will be at the Hawthorn Bank Community Room at 3600 Hawthorn Drive – the event is FREE but please RSVP to 573-644-7878.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

5 Tips for Staying Well During Hibernation Season

ImageWowza, it is cold outside!  During this cold snap most of us want to stay inside and snuggle.  I ran across a great post from Linda Schaffer on the Huffington Post that gives 5 great tips for surviving Winter.  

1.  Sleep Longer

2. Sip Tea

3. Add Spice

4. Take a Steam

5. Curl Up With A Book

 

Read the article and Happy Snuggling!

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Learn More – Get Involved – Make A Difference

cervicalcancerawarenessmonthCervical Cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death for woman in the United States.  Now with better screening techniques, targeted treatments and vaccinations, the death rate has declined dramatically.

This milestone is especially notable during January, which Congress has deemed Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

Learn More – visit the National Cervical Cancer Screening Coalition

Get Involved – Don’t let this month go by without making sure you have your appointment for this year!  Call us at 573-63403496 to make an appointment.

Make a Difference – Encourage the women in your life to get regular PAP tests.

10 Tips to Stress Less and Enjoy the Holidays More

Christmas StressTis the season to eat, drink and be merry, but for many of us this is the most stressful time of year.  Women tend to take on too much and find themselves drowning in stress and anxiety moving from one major festivity to another.

Santa doesn’t hold a candle to our list making, cookie baking and gift-wrapping.

Here are 10 tips to help you get through all the jolly good fun.

  1. Don’t skip regular meals.  For many of us, we want to wait to eat until we get to the party.  This actually makes you eat more not less.  So don’t skip meals and snacks.
  2. Keep you exercise routine.  With everything else going on, this is the first thing to go.  Not only will keeping with your regular workouts help you keep your weight under control, it will help keep you stress under control.
  3. SLEEP!  Late nights seem to come with the Christmas territory but getting to bed on time will keep you more balanced and ready to handle a more energetic schedule.
  4. Manage your TO DO list.  Not everything is going to get done, come to peace with that and mark a couple of things off your list.  We like to call this tactic – bless and release.  It feels good, give it a try.
  5. Limit your party hopping.  So many parties so little time!  Pick the parties that mean the most and send regrets to the rest.  It’s okay, you can’t be everywhere and get the baking and shopping done too.
  6. Hydrate.  Drink plenty of water.
  7. Breathe.  I know, you are doing this anyway BUT stop and take 5 deeps breaths.
  8. Get some sunlight.  This is hard to do with the shorter days and colder weather but a bit of sun will do your mood wonders.  Let Jack Frost nip at your nose for a few minutes.
  9. Laugh Out Loud.  It is amazing how funny some things can be.  (In-laws, layaway lines, customer service glitches, so on and so on)

10. ENJOY – At every step of the way, make the choice to take a minute and just enjoy being where you are whether you’re baking cookies, at a family gathering or wrapping gifts.  Take a minute and enjoy it.