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Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children
 
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.
 
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

Tips for Safer Street Hockey

  • Wear hockey-style shin guards, elbow pads, hip pads, groin protectors and gloves. The gloves should be long enough to overlap the elbow pads.

  • Wear a hockey-style helmet with a full face mask and mouth guard.

  • Drink plenty of water, both before and during play.

  • Keep your head up in a collision. Players who duck their heads in collisions are more likely to suffer potentially paralyzing spinal cord injuries than those who keep their necks straight.

  • Play on a smooth, clean surface like a fenced parking lot or basketball court, never in an alley or street. Place cushions against posts and curbs.