Author: LifeWork Strategies

Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 130,000 people each year. According to the American Stroke Association, 80% of strokes are preventable. Learn the risk factors, signs, and symptoms so that you can recognize a stroke and take necessary steps to reduce your risk. It is a common myth that strokes affect the heart, but strokes actually occur in the brain. During a stroke, blood flow to certain parts of the brain is cut off, brain cells begin to die, and functions controlled by that part of the brain are lost. There...

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Have a Healthier Picnic

Take advantage of the warm weather by getting outdoors and having a picnic. This can be a great time to pack some healthy snacks, soak up the sun, and get some exercise. Don’t be tempted by the usual carb-loaded picnic choices like fried chicken and macaroni salad, there are plenty of healthy options when it comes to packing your picnic basket. Below are some ideas to put a healthier spin on your picnic: Dips can be an easy option to pack for a picnic, try some healthier choices like hummus, guacamole, salsa, or a yogurt-based dip to pair with...

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Eat Breakfast Like a Champ

You have probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast every morning has many health benefits, including increased energy levels and reduced overeating throughout the day. When we sleep, we fast for six to eight hours. It is important to break that fast each morning and fuel your body with nutrients after going so many hours without food. Some people avoid breakfast with the hope of skipping the calories if they are trying to lose weight, but that is actually counterproductive. Eating in the morning can boost metabolism and help to...

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Many of us rely on our cell phones for all kinds of day to day activities such as  setting alarms, checking emails, staying in touch with friends and family by texting or calling, and using the internet. In many ways, they make our lives more convenient. Unfortunately, cell phones can be a huge distraction for drivers on the road. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use leads to 1.6 million car crashes per year, so April is observed as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. Though cell phones make it easy to stay...

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Stress Less: Breaks During Your Work Day

If you often find yourself feeling stressed or overwhelmed at work, you are not alone. According to a report published by the CDC, 40% of American workers feel that their job is extremely stressful. Long term stress can be harmful to your health. Stress is a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which are two of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Recognize your own personal stress signals so that you know when it’s time to take a step back and give yourself a much-needed break. Stress presents itself in different ways...

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