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There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.
 
Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be. You want to know as much as you can about your developing baby and how your actions will affect his health. Use this information to help you make informed decisions from conception through delivery.
 
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.
 
Health Tip of the Day

Guidelines for Buying Raw Shellfish

  • Buy only live mollusks. When a clam, oyster, mussel or scallop is alive, the shells will be closed tightly or will close when tapped lightly.

  • Always ask to see the tag that certifies the shellfish were taken from waters approved by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, a guide developed in part by the Food and Drug Adminstration. Pollutants in shellfish beds can cause hepatitis, salmonella poisoning and other diseases. In recent years, close monitoring has greatly reduced the danger from pollutants.

  • Discard dry oyster meat. Oyster meat should have a creamy tan color. The meat should be plump and should smell fresh and mild.