Get Prepared for Cold and Flu Season

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Boost your immunity and use preventative measures to protect yourself and patients No one wants to get sick, but it’s especially important for healthcare professionals to protect themselves and their patients from germs and viruses this time of year. Flu remains a serious infection that still kills thousands annually. And even colds can lead to other respiratory issues. While germs may be everywhere, the good news is that we can prevent many of them from infecting us. Try the following suggestions at home and work to keep your immune system strong and help you beat the cold and flu this season. Wash your hands properly Perhaps the single best way to prevent infections is to follow hand washing protocol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization…
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Can Mozart Help You Pass That Test?

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Before you take your next exam, try these unusual test-taking strategies As the term winds down, you will likely be facing tests. If just hearing the word “test” gives you sweaty palms and makes you short of breath, you are not alone. While many people have a fear of tests, you can decrease your anxiety and increase your chances of success by finding the right test-taking strategies. If you think you’ve heard every strategy to help you prepare for tests, we’ve rounded up some of the more unusual strategies that may help you set yourself up for success. Let Mozart help you Really, any classical music will do. If you stress when studying for tests, studies have shown that classical music can help keep you calm, which in turn helps…
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5 Tips to a Thinner Thanksgiving

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No need to feel like a stuffed turkey every year, try to make it guilt-free with these tips We’ve all been guilty of overdoing it at the Thanksgiving feast. Turkey swimming in gravy, mashed potatoes drowning in butter, pumpkin pie covered in whipped cream, it’s hard to imagine that anything else could satisfy us. You may be thinking that it’s just one meal, why not splurge? Thanksgiving is just the start of the holiday season, and the truth is that many of us gain weight this time of year. If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle, use these tips to stay on track. Thanksgiving morning exercise Before you head to your Thanksgiving feast, get outside for a walk or run. When you are with your family and friends, see…
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To Post or Not to Post

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Social media etiquette you’ll be glad you followed Have you ever posted a photo on social media and instantly regretted it? Have you ever written an angry rant, and wished you hadn’t posted it? Do you let your emotions get the better of you when responding to other people’s posts? Handling social media accounts is not an easy thing! You can get caught up in the moment and forget to think before posting, and the next thing you know, you’ve gotten yourself into an embarrassing situation. Here are some tips for avoiding this. All it takes is slowing down a little and really asking yourself whether to post it or not. Questions to ask yourself Before posting anything, take some time to consider what the fallout could be from your…
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November 16 is the Great American Smokeout

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Now’s the perfect time to toss the tobacco If you smoke, or if someone you know smokes, you are probably aware of the health risks associated with smoking. And you probably also know that when it comes to quitting, it’s “easier said than done.” Nicotine is an addictive substance, and once it has a hold on you, it’s very hard to break the habit! Every year, the American Cancer Society holds the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. It’s a day to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. To begin, they ask smokers to try not to smoke at all on this one day, November 16. And then going forward, they want smokers to make a plan to quit for good. What Quitting Will Do for…
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Alternatives to Getting a 4-Year College Degree

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You don’t have to get a college degree to prepare for a career College isn’t for everyone. Some worry about affording a 4-year degree, which can end in years of student loan debt. And others may want to enter the workforce quicker. Fortunately, today many options for post-high school education can get you started on the career path that better suits you. Options include career and trade schools that specialize in a range of different vocational subjects. Below are some options you may want to consider: Examples of up to two-year programs: Medical Assistant When you visit your doctor, often the first and last face you see will be of a medical assistant. Medical assistants perform a variety of roles from administrative to clinical, including filing insurance forms, preparing exam rooms,…
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Healthy Gums = a Healthy Smile

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How to keep your gums strong and healthy If you want to have a movie-star smile, you want to have not just clean, shiny teeth but also healthy gums. Your gums are the foundation of your smile because they hold your teeth in place. They are essential to protecting your teeth’s roots and the bones beneath the surface. This article looks at ways to take care of your gums and guard against gum disease. What is gum disease? There are two main types of gum disease. Gingivitis is the most mild form, where your gums may be red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. This type of gum disease can usually be corrected by better home care, if you catch it soon enough. If you don’t take care of your gingivitis,…
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Great Ways to Make New Friends in School

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Making friends will improve your school experience Are you shy? Do you find it hard to talk to someone new? If so, then beginning a new school—whether it is college or vocational school or career school—can be a lonely experience. There are so many faces you don’t recognize, and it can be hard to figure out where you will fit in. With a few tricks and tips, meeting new friends doesn’t have to be hard. Try these tips to help you “break the ice.” Aim to talk to one new person per day, and by the end of the week, you may have a new friendship starting! Tip 1: When you don’t know what to say, ask a question Talking to a new person can be awkward, because it’s hard…
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Have Fun and Stay Safe This Halloween

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Keep the surprises to a minimum by following these safety tips It’s that spooky time of year again when you get to dress in costume and snack on candy corn! But with Halloween parties to go to and children out trick-or-treating, following some simple safety tips can keep your night of fun from turning into a horror. Costumes Dressing up isn’t just for children. When you’re looking for your perfect costume, keep the following in mind: Check the length of all costumes to avoid tripping. Make sure you can see through a mask if you are wearing one. Do not carry any realistic-looking weapons. Always keep an ID and money or a credit card on hand in case of emergency. You can create a quick pocket for your costume out…
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October Is “Protect Your Hearing” Month

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Tips for avoiding hearing loss for all ages Hearing loss affects millions of Americans, both young and old. Some forms of hearing loss are out of our control, but there are steps you can take that may stop noise-induced hearing loss in its tracks or before it even begins. October is National Protect Your Hearing Month—a good time to educate yourself about the risks and prevention. Did you know? Noise-induced hearing loss can creep up on you over years, or it can happen all at once. Hearing loss due to noise cannot be reversed, but it is preventable. Noise over 85 decibels is dangerous to hearing—that’s a little louder than a garbage disposal, and about the sound of a truck going 40 mph about 50 feet away. What you can…
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