When you’re busy planning your family’s Thanksgiving gathering, the last thing on your mind are all the dinners in between. We’ve got a week’s worth of easy dinners all planned out so you don’t have to! With crockpot meals and dinners that go straight from your freezer to the oven, you can spend less time worrying about what’s for dinner and more time enjoying this season of thankfulness.
Know Your Family Health History to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
By the National Diabetes Education Program
Many serious diseases run in families, including diabetes. Talking about health history with your family may make all the difference when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes. If you have a mother, father, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes, you are at risk.
Although you can’t change your health history, knowing about it can help you work with your health care team to take action on the things you can change. People at risk for type 2 diabetes should take steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
Small steps to prevent type 2 diabetes:
Write the word “breathe” on a sticky note. Put the note where you will see it often; on your computer, dashboard, workstation, cash register, or cell phone. Or program it into a pop-up e-mail or PDA reminder.
If you decide to go back to work after having a child, give yourself time to adjust. It’s natural to miss your baby and even feel sad at times. Small steps like these can make it easier:
- If possible, return gradually by slowly increasing the number of days you work per week.
- Do some tasks at home during your maternity leave such as answering e-mails or online research.
- Before you return, visit the office to catch up on company news and introduce your baby to your co-workers.
- If you’re still nursing, talk to your employer about a private room where you and other new moms may be able to pump breast milk.
- Allow at least two weeks to prepare for the time when you’ll first be away from your baby. You can start alternating breast and bottle feeding when your baby is three to four weeks old.
- Try to find child care near your workplace and arrange to leave your child there once or twice before you start work. Ask the caregiver to feed the baby while you’re gone.
- Get support from other working moms at your workplace or through organizations like the La Leche League (www.lalecheleague.org) or the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (www.hmhb.org).
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Taking the time to store produce properly will help you to make the most of this season’s wonderful fruits and vegetables. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables is a great way to improve your health. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Your diet can impact the way blood flows through your heart and arteries. If you consume a diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat, you can gradually develop a buildup of plaque in your arteries. When buildup becomes significant, blood flow is reduced. If the blockage stops blood from reaching the brain, part of the brain can die and this is called a stroke. When a blockage happens in an artery that carries blood to the heart muscle, part of the heart muscle can die and that is called a heart attack. Use the tips below to help keep your arteries clear and reduce your risk of heart problems and stroke.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Unfortunately, women’s heart attacks don’t always show the classic signs, such as chest pain. Watch for these signs:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
- Back and jaw pain
- Heartburn that won’t go away
A few tips to sharpen your listening skills
Rearrange the letters in the word LISTEN into a word that describes how you should be when someone is talking. The answer is SILENT. Almost everyone thinks they are good listeners, but more often than not, many of us want to chime in with a solution, judgment, an answer or story of our own before who we are talking with even get to finish. This can leave feelings of frustration and may cause the other person to be less likely to listen to you.
Half of the mothers who took part in a study thought that their obese four or five year-old was normal weight, as did 39 % of the fathers and when it came to overweight children, 75 % of mothers and 77 % of fathers thought that their child was normal weight. Further, mothers and fathers of overweight and obese children were significantly heavier than the parents of normal weight children. These statistics certainly give us something to think about.
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