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Keep Dogs and Cats Safe During Winter
 
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.
 
You've heard that it's possible to preserve and strengthen your bones through exercise and a healthy diet. But accidents, genetics and disease can work against even the best of healthy habits. When fractures, sprains, and the wear and tear of daily life get to your bones and joints, you need to know when to take action and the best way to take care of yourself.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
Health Tip of the Day

Watch the Stress to Prevent a Stroke

People who say they are under a lot of stress have almost double the risk for a fatal stroke, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Researchers found that people who said they felt stress every week were half again as likely to have a fatal stroke as people who reported little stress in their lives. People who feel a lot of stress tend to smoke, be more sedentary, drink more alcohol and have high blood pressure, the AHA says. Ways to reduce stress: Eat a healthful diet, get regular exercise and try to avoid or limit your exposure to stressful situations where possible.