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May 2021

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Practical Strategies to Prevent Stroke

May is American Stroke Awareness month and so it's a great time to learn and share what you can do to prevent a stroke.  A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients.  Brain cells begin to die in minutes.  

Although you can't do anything about some risk factors like age and family history, there are many risk factors well within your control.  Here are some fairly simple ways you can reduce your risk of stroke.
  • Identify what a healthy weight is for you
  • Get your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Move as much as you can
  • If you drink, do it in moderation
  • Treat and manage any chronic illnesses 
  • Quit smoking
Recognize the signs of a stroke:
  • weakness on one side of the body
  • numbness of the face
  • unusual and severe headache 
  • vision loss 
  • numbness and tingling 
  • unsteady walk

Source:  WELCOA

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety.  Yoga has received less attention in the medical literature although it has become more popular in recent decades.  

Hatha yoga is the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, and it combines three elements:  poses called asanas, controlled breathing in conjunction with the asanas, and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation. 

A regular yoga practice can help reduce the impact of your natural stress response and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression.  Yoga acts as a self-soothing technique.  Some people who have a poor stress response are also more sensitive to pain.  Regular yoga practice has shown that yoga practitioners had lower pain responses and higher pain tolerances.   

Source:  Harvard Health
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Source: WELCOA
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Virtual Yoga

The Coronavirus may keep us from meeting in person, but it will not keep us from showing our love for yoga! Practice yoga from the comfort of your own home with your own personal virtual trainer! Click on the link below to access free online yoga sessions. 

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
National Health Observance-May
Healthy Vision Month

We often visit our regular physician to make sure our bodies are healthy, but do you take care of your eyes the same way?  Regular eye exams are important and can help reduce your risk of vision loss. 

Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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