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Healthy Living Newsletter

April, 2002

Vol. 2 Issue 4

In this issue. . .

April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism - A Personal View
What is Autism?

This Month's Health Tip:
How To Wash Your Hands Properly

April's Calendar:
Health Awareness
Members' Birthdays

Our Staff Recommendations:
April 21-27 is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.
Bicycling Your Way to Fitness
The Busy Woman's 20-Minute Workout
Fawn Lori - A Personal Story
Getting Yourself to Exercise
Discussion: Is Your Ethnic Food Tradition Healthy?
Alcohol- Dietary Guidelines for Americans
"Turn Off the TV" Week

April's Poll
Spring is here. Will that affect your exercise habits?


April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism - A Personal View

Read this informative and touching article, written by Healthy Living member Bobster, father of an autistic child.

What is Autism?

Autism is a brain disorder that causes a wide variety of developmental problems in young children. The problems include abnormal social skills, language skills and behavior. These may show up as delays in development, regression in development or a lack of interest in other people. The signs and symptoms appear by age 3.

This Month's Health Tip:

How To Wash Your Hands Properly

  • Use soap and warm, running water.
  • Rub your hands vigorously for 20 seconds
  • Wash all surfaces, including:
    • backs of hands
    • wrists
    • between fingers
    • tips of fingers
    • under fingernails
  • Rinse your hands well.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel.

When Should You Wash Your Hands?

You should always wash your hands before:

  • Touching or handling ready-to-eat foods, such as breads, deli meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables, etc.
  • You eat

You should always wash your hands after:

  • Going to the toilet (or changing diapers)
  • Coughing/sneezing or using a tissue
  • Handling raw meat and poultry
  • Touching lacerations/cuts, sores or infected areas on the skin
  • Handling or playing with pets
  • Touching dirty kitchen equipment, utensils, dishes or work surfaces
  • Smoking, eating or drinking and before handling foods
  • When hands become visibly soiled

April's Calendar

April is:

  • Cancer Control Month
  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • National Occupational Therapy Month
  • National Sexually Transmitted Diseases Awareness Month
  • National Youth Sports Safety Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Women’s Eye Health Safety Month
  • 1-7 National Public Health Week
  • 4 Kick Butts Day
  • 5-7 Alcohol-Free Weekend
  • 7 World Health Day
  • 7-13 International Building Safety Week
  • 13 YMCA Healthy Kids Day
  • 14-20 National Infants Immunization Week
  • 21-27 National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week
  • 27-28 2002 Walk America

April Birthdays, Anniversaries and/or Milestones:

    Happy Birthday to:

    1 - LyndyLu
    4 - Pat (Patsroamin)
    5 - Kerry (Princess Prattle)
    19 - Sheryl - your host
    11 - Terri aka Puzzled Mom
    24 - Deb aka Twiggy
    27 - Anne Marie

    Anniversaries:

    4 - Pat (Patsroamin) - 35 years!
    7 - Julie Etta and Michael - 12 years!
    30 - Mary and John

Our Staff Recommendations:

April 21-27 is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.

    It is a good time to sit down with your family and discuss  being  Organ donors.. Falmily discussion is very important because in most states, it is next of kin that will decide if  your organs will be donated in the event of your death, even if you have signed an organ donor card.


Bicycling Your Way to Fitness

    Too much sugar in the blood for a long time causes diabetes problems. This high blood sugar can damage many parts of the body, such as the kidneys, heart, and blood vessels. Diabetes problems can be scary, but there is a lot you can do to prevent them or slow them down.

The Busy Woman's 20-Minute Workout

    If time commitments force you to abandon your regular workout routine, don't worry -- you can achieve full-body fitness in a jiffy with this simple 20-minute calisthenics circuit.

Fawn Lori - A Personal Story

    Healthy Living member Fawn Lori shares her personal mission statement.


Getting Yourself to Exercise

    The latest health advice suggests that adults should exercise 30 minutes or more every day of the week. This latest health information is not likely to be welcome news for those who already have difficulty motivating themselves to exercise. If you are one of those individuals, the following insights may help you understand what's really keeping you from exercising and what changes you can make to increase your motivation.

Alcohol- Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    Drinking in moderation may lower risk for coronary heart disease, mainly among men over age 45 and women over age 55. However, there are other factors that reduce the risk of heart disease, including a healthy diet, physical activity, avoidance of smoking, and maintenance of a healthy weight.

"Turn Off the TV" Week

    This April 22-28, 2002, millions of children and adults around the world will turn off their televisions and discover that life without TV may just be more rewarding, fun, and relaxing.

Discussion: Is Your Ethnic Food Tradition Healthy?

    Join this lively discussion about traditional ethnic foods, and whether or not they are healthy.

April's Poll


    Do you have suggestions for our newsletter? A particular Journal entry that moved you? Something in a buddy journal that warmed your heart? Send your suggestions to newsletter@healthylivingonline.org



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