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H.E.A.D.s Up Newsletter February 2020
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Friends or family take a break from their digital devices to play a game of cards.

Digital devices can be great... but it is healthy to take a break every now and then to unplug and reconnect! Below are a few ideas to replace your time on your digital device with another interaction.

  • Find a good read! Whether it is a book you have read a thousand times or a new novel, it is always a good day for a cozy read!
  • Reconnect with old friends... or new! 
  • Have fun in the sun! Take a walk outside and let your worries float away with the clouds. 
  • Meditate or practice yoga! Put your mind at ease and let your soul breathe. 
  • Gather around the table for a fun board game! A little friendly competition never hurts.


Source: Well onTarget

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90 Seconds: Limiting Smartphone Use

Smartphones are helpful in a variety of ways! They help us navigate while travelling. We have the answer to just about any question at our fingertips. We can even snap a picture in a matter of seconds. However, as much as we love to use our smartphones and technology, we must find a healthy balance. Listen to this 90-second video to learn ways to limit your smartphone use. 

Source: Well onTarget

Exercise for Your Heart


With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, it is essential for us, as individuals, to be the captain of our own health and guard our hearts. By exercising regularly, we help our hearts in many ways and lower our chances of getting this terrible disease. Below are a few ways exercise helps protect our heart. 
 
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Builds and strengthens the cardiac muscle
  • Improves uptake of oxygen
  • Lowers stress level

Click on the source below to learn more from Jennifer Turpin Stanfield about how exercise benefits heart health. 
 
You don't have to be a tennis player to suffer from tennis elbow!  Listen in to Dr. Travis Owens, with Airrosti providers, to learn about symptoms of tennis elbow, ways the injury may occur, and stretches to alleviate the pain. 

Learn more at www.airrosti.com
Source : Airrosti 
Heart Healthy Foods

Heart Healthy Food

Have you ever thought about the fact that your heart never gets a break? It is constantly working 24/7! Make it easier on your heart by following these easy tips to create a heart healthy diet!
 
  1. Try quinoa, spinach, or sweet potatoes! These foods naturally lower blood pressure.
  2. Focus on adding more whole grains, fruits, & veggies to your diet.
  3. Eat more fish, nuts, olive oil, & avocado. These foods contain unsaturated fats (the healthy fat) which lower LDL (bad cholesterol). 
  4. Mix in raspberries and blueberries to your meals to get the fiber your heart needs.
  5. Try low-fat dairy products. This helps with lowering the fats you consume while still getting the source of calcium your body needs.

Source: Well onTarget
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Do you have 45 minutes twice a week to improve your health? 

Join us for YOGA!

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12pm
 
Where: First Floor Fitness Center
 
No registration is required.
The class is first come first served as space is limited. 


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. So, set aside time every Tuesday and Thursday to join us! We can't wait to see you there!
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Check out the following short bulletins to stay up-to-date with your wellness and learn more about your health!
Take a quiz over the bulletins for your chance to win a FITBIT (or other valuable prizes) by simply submitting a printout or screenshot your results!
 
Submit quiz results to Sheri Meyer (5th floor - room 528 or  s-meyer@tamus.edu) to be entered into the drawing.

Don't forget to include your name!

Source: WELCOA
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Unplug & Recharge with this word scramble!
Does it seem like you are constantly getting emails, texts, and notifications? Clinical Specialist Lindsey has a challenge for you to help with your digital detox!

Source: Well onTarget
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Join B/CS community for free exercise events such as yoga and barre! Click the link to find out more. 
 
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See what all B/CS has to offer! Click the link to find out more.

Brazos Valley Farmers' Market
Come out every Saturday to downtown Bryan to find farm-fresh goods. 













Did you know there are certain foods that help make your heart healthy? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how mixing fiber, lots of fruits and veggies, and a moderate amount of unsaturated fats are a great source of nutrients for your heart! 

 
 
 
Try out this delicious Honey Yogurt Berry Salad so you can incorporate the fresh fruits your heart needs!

Source: Taste of Home
         




This Shrimp Bowl with Scallion Vinegarette is a tasty combo to sneak in the whole grains, veggies, and unsaturated fats that are essential to heart health!

Source: Woman's Day





Looking to add something delicious to your dinner? These Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a must! Plus they help your heart out by lowering blood pressure.

Source: Healthy Liv


 
 
         
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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