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Healthy Living Newsletter

December, 2001

Vol. 1 Issue 2

In this Special Holiday Issue. . .

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
  • (3D) Prevention Month
  • You Drink You Drive. You Lose.
  • Discussion:
        Drinking over the holidays

  • This Month's Health Tip:
  • Bottled Water: Fluoride to go?
  • December's Calendar:
  • Health Awareness
  • Members' Milestones
  • Healthy Holidays:
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • Holiday Blues
  • Strategies for Combating Holiday Overeating
  • Guide to holiday calm
  • Our Staff Recommendations:
  • Yes, You Can Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!
  • Five Myths About The "NMP" (No Meat Or Poultry) Eating Style
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles Bring Higher Risk of Diabetes
  • What's YOUR excuse?
  • Diet, Goals and Diabetes
  • Getting Personal
  • Journal of the month:
    Cathryn Starts Again!
  • Buddy Journal of the month:
    Pam and Liz's= Exercising Fools

  • December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

    Don't Drink and Drive

      (3D) Prevention Month

      ...a time when communities across the country join with the National 3D Prevention Month Coalition to conduct public awareness and enforcement campaigns to prevent impaired driving, The Coalition, a public-private sector partnership, provides a focus for communities interested in participating in National 3D Prevention Month by sponsoring national campaign activities.

      You Drink You Drive. You Lose.

      In 1998, 15,935 people were killed as a result of impaired driving. More than 300,000 were injured. That's one person dead every 33 minutes and one person injured every two minutes.

      Join our discussion:

      Drinking during the Holidays

    This Month's Health Tip:

    Dannon Fluoride To Go

      Bottled Water: Fluoride to go?
      Theoretically, most people should get enough fluoride from their tap water to protect against tooth decay. But in practice, it's not so clear. Not all communities fluoridate water supplies, and some suburban and rural homes draw their water from wells. And people are drinking more bottled water, which may contain little or no fluoride.

      But it's now possible to buy fluoridated bottled water in sizes that range from 8.5-ounce lunchbox bottles to gallon bottles of "nursery" water to 5-gallon home-delivered jugs of fluoridated water in some areas. Prices range from about $2.99 for an eight-pack of lunchbox-sized Dannon Fluoride to Go to about $8.75 for a 5-gallon home-delivered jug.

      Do you need these products?

      Yes, under some circumstances. If your tap water is unfluoridated, or you rely on bottled water, the American Dental Association recommends that you choose fluoridated bottled water. Look for a brand whose label says you're getting the equivalent of about 1 milligram per liter. You'll find that information on Fluoride to Go labels; Dannon is one of the few companies that specify how much fluoride their products contain. But if you regularly drink fluoridated tap water, you're getting enough fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoridated drinking water consistently raises the level of fluoride in saliva and plaque to provide ongoing tooth protection. A fluoridated toothpaste or an over-the-counter mouth rinse gives additional protection to both children and adults.

      Source: Consumer Reports onhealth; vol. 13 #12

    December's Calendar

    Health Causes for December

    • Dec 1 - World Aids Day
    • 1-7 National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week
    • 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
    • National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
    • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    December's Special Dates:

    Quit Smoking


      12/15/1997 - Anne quit smoking!! - Happy 4th Smoke-free Anniversary, Anne!

    Healthy Holidays:

    Holiday Blues


      Recommended by: Suze

      Holiday blues can affect both men and women, young and old. Factors contributing to holiday blues include increased stress and fatigue, unrealistic expectations, too much commercialization, and the inability to be with one's family. The increased demands of shopping, parties, family reunions, and house guests may also contribute to tension and sadness during the holidays. Common stress reactions during the holidays include headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating or not eating enough, and difficulty sleeping.

    Strategies for Combating Holiday Overeating

    December Is "Safe Toys and Gifts" Month

    Safe Toys

      Recommended by: Suze

      The holiday season is the time when scores of new toys are introduced via television commercials, store displays, and other media. One of the keys to buying safe toys is buying age-appropriate toys. Read these guidelines to help you determine if the toy you are considering is appropriate for the child you have in mind.

    Guide to Holiday Calm

    Holiday Stress

      Recommended by: Anne

      Ah yes, the holidays. It's that magical time of year when we run around frantically looking for everything from the perfect turkey and the perfect gift to the perfect significant other.

      What, you aren't feeling stressed yet? Don't be fooled by the calm before the storm - you should start planning for a mellow, relaxed holiday season before it's too late.

    Our Staff Recommendations:

    Yes, You Can Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!

    Five Myths About The "NMP" (No Meat Or Poultry) Eating Style

      By Melanie Jordan

      Are you being held back from choosing a healthier lifestyle Because you believe one of the many myths about going meatless? Many people who could greatly benefit from going what I call "NMP" (no meat or poultry, yes to fish, dairy products and eggs), whether full-time, or from time-to-time, do not do so because they are misinformed. That's too bad, because eating more of a plant-based diet, is being pointed to more and more as a great way to maintain good health or lessen the severity of illness or disease when it does strike. So let's dispel some of those myths right now!

    Irregular Menstrual Cycles Bring Higher Risk of Diabetes


      Recommended by: Puzz

      So Does Being Inactive and Overweight, Doctors Say, Who Urge Women to Eat Right and Exercise.

      Having an irregular or absent menstrual cycle is one of the dominant characteristics of polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that still is somewhat a mystery today and affects as many as one in 10 women. The condition is known to be associated with reduced fertility, but the evidence is mounting that it also increases a woman's risk of developing diabetes.

    What's YOUR excuse?

    Excuse Buster

    Diet, Goals, and Diabetes

      By Anne Ballard, Ph.D.

      WebMD recently published an article on some Danish research that tracked a significant number (874) of people with Type 2 diabetes over 6 years.  This is the type of diabetes that generally develops in adults and is associated with being overweight and sedentary.  This in turn may further increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and circulatory problems.

    Getting Personal

    Journal Writer

    Journal of the Month:

      Recommended by: Sheryl

      Cathryn Starts Again!

      This is a journal of a very strong, intelligent woman who has had more than her share of tribulations, and has come through them as a shining example to all of us. Here is an excerpt:

      Here is an excerpt:

      The condition of being an adult abused as a child is a strange one. There are definitely prejudices. I often feel that awareness of child abuse is a two-edged sword. Along with knowledge and liberation of how damaging it is has come a lot of misinformation and prejudice. There is a lot of belief out there that people abused as children are necessarily criminal, neurotic, etc. I have had it used against me -- "Oh, that can't mean anything, she's just really messed up because of what happened to her" -- to have my word discounted. Much more seriously, I know of one custody case where a woman in treatment for PTSD resulting from child sexual abuse had it used against her in a custody battle, the implication being that someone who had that happen to them couldn't possibly parent well. A lot of books and movies fuel this, though I can think of a lot more examples of books than movies: the psychopath, the kidnapper, the murderer is revealed to have been treated badly as a child. I really dislike that, what I call the equation view of human nature, e.g., this happens and you always, inevitably get that. Garbage. I think in worst case that's even a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      I am guessing that a lot of people also feel threatened by the mere fact of a someone giving up on their awful parents. Either they're afraid of their children rejecting them, or they know somewhere deep inside that their parents are not dedicated to their best interests, and they resent the reminder. I have experienced a sense of, "You're worth less because you don't have a family" several times, particularly in some of the church groups I attend way back when I was still trying to cram myself into the spiritual mold of Christianity.

      Hope this is clear and useful to someone <wg>.

    Buddy Journal of the Month:


      Recommended by: Suze

      Pam and Liz's= Exercising Fools

      This is a very motivating exercise buddy journal between Pam and Liz - who are determined not to let the other out-exercise them, while providing each other with support and motivation. Here is an excerpt:


      Okay, that food day holiday is over with!!! Let's get back to exercising!!!!! Come on buddy!! Let's Move today!!!! What exercise do you have planned for the weekend?

      I plan on riding my bike and doing the treadmill today. After I work 10 hours, getting ready for work now, won't be back home til around4pm.

      Hope you had a great Holiday, but now is the time to kick it back in. Don't fret on anything you ate on Thursday. Just EXERCISE!!!! :) :) :)


      Okay,I'm afraid I ate too much on Thanksgiving. Yesterday I went to the gym and used the EFX machine for 30 minutes. Today I am planning to swim and hopefully make it to the gym and walk on the treadmill. I don't usually go swimming on Sat but today some of my students cancelled so I may make it to the pool. I hope I didn't gain too much weight over Thanksgiving.

    December's Poll

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