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Healthy Living Newsletter

Special Combined Issue - Summer, 2002

Vol. 2 Issue 7

In this issue. . .

A note from the Editor
Special Summer Issue

Keep safe this summer!
Summer Safety
Don't Get Burned by Fireworks
Summer Skincare for Kids
Tips for protecting yourself from the sun's damaging rays

Letters to the Editor
New feature!

This Summer's Health Tip:
Get a good night's sleep

July and August Birthdays, Anniversaries and other Milestones

Our Staff Recommendations:
Calcium Sources
Dental Hygiene Tips
Eat your way to better health
Dentists may be first to detect eating disorders
Five Tips For Planning And Losing Weight
Healthy Living members Elaine and Pam discuss Motivation

Summer Poll
So far this Summer I've. . .


Special Summer Issue

This has been a busy summer so far - I had to go to Hawaii on business (tough job, but someone has to do it!) and have hardly had time to answer e-mails. That is why this issue is a combined Summer issue. I just couldn't get it finished in time for the July 1 publication date. But many thanks to my staff (Anne, Suze, Julie and Terri) who got their jobs done on time!

Keep Safe this Summer!

Summer Safety

    Here are some tips for avoiding heat-related illnesses and what to do to treat them.

Don't Get Burned by Fireworks

    Summer is a popular time for Fireworks - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Ballgames, Backyard Barbecues - learn how to use them safely.


Summer Skincare for Kids

    Kids spend a lot of time in the sun during the Summer. They need protection!

Tips for protecting yourself from the sun's damaging rays

    Okay, admit it. You know the sun's rays are harmful, but you want "just a little tan" to make your skin glow. While it may look good now, it could make you age faster and look terrible in the future. Protect yourself. If you must have a tan, get it from a bottle.

Letters to the Editor

    I would like to see reports on the different health specialists we should be visiting. For example, how often should I get a spin check from the Chiropractic, or teeth checked, or should I been visiting a dietician or naturopath.

    I would like to see more articles on the benefits of different food groups, what vitamins and minerals do what, and where they are found.

    I do like your articles on the different illnesses, this is very educational.

    Sammy M.

    This month we have featured an article on how often you should visit your dentist and other dental questions and an article listing sources of calcium and the absorption rate of each one.

    Send your letters to newsletter@healthylivingonline.org

This Summer's Health Tip:

    Tips for getting a good night's sleep

    1. Give yourself permission to go to bed. Put away your "to do" list and make sleep a priority.
    2. Unwind early in the evening.
    3. Develop a sleep ritual. Doing the same things each night just before bed signals your body to settle down.
    4. Keep regular hours - even on the weekend.
    5. Sleep in a dark room to get a restful night's sleep. Darkness cues us to sleep.
    6. Sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress.
    7. Exercise regularly. Be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime though or you may have trouble falling asleep.
    8. Cut down on stimulants, such as caffeine.
    9. Don't smoke. Smokers take longer to fall asleep and wake up more often during the night.
    10. Reduce alcohol intake. Drinking alcohol shortly before betime interrupts and fragments sleep.
    11. Don't go to bedstarved or stuffed. Either one may cause physical discomfort.
    12. Eat foods that can help you sleep, such as milk, eggs, tuna, cottage cheese and poultry.
    13. Earplugs or white noise may help if noise is a problem. Sudden noises can result in fragmented sleep.
    14. If you are too hot or too cold, adjust your thermostat. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 60 to 65 degrees.

Summer Calendar

July and August Birthdays, Anniversaries and/or Milestones:

    Happy Birthday to:

    Patti - August 4
    Allana - August 11
    Mary a.k.a. Mary2again - August 28
    Sandy - August 28

    Anniversaries:

    Julie and Kenny - July 27, 1983
    Deb (aka Twiggy) August 7, 1993
    Anne-Marie - August 14, 1999

Our Staff Recommendations:

Calcium Sources

    Calcium is an important nutrient that helps build strong bones, nails and teeth, among other things. Here is where to find it!

Dental Hygiene Tips

    How often should you visit your dentist? Are "over-the-counter" dental tools safe? Will toothpicks harm your teeth?

Eat your way to better health

    You really are what you eat. You can be healthy if you know the right foods to eat.

Dentists may be first to detect eating disorders

    Dentists can tell by looking at a person's teeth if they have an eating disorder.

Five Tips For Planning And Losing Weight

    Just as you need plans to build a home, you need plans to build a strong, healthy body.

Healthy Living members Elaine and Pam discuss Motivation

    Healthy Living members Elaine and Pam share their insights in motivation. Maybe their motivational techniques will motivate you!

Summer 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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