Healthy Living in Montgomery County

Family & Community Health Department, Montgomery County Extension Office. Family and Community Health (FCH) is part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System.

AgriLife Extension offers practical information for families: raising children, housing and environment, eating well, managing money, and staying healthy.

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A Season of Good Health — Tips for the Holidays in the Pandemic | Emerson Hospital

A Season of Good Health — Tips for the Holidays in the Pandemic
Source: Emerson Hospital

Here are some things you CAN do to celebrate the holiday season in joyful, meaningful ways. Safety recommendations and new traditions you can do to bring joy this season.

emersonhospital.org Learn how to stay safe from COVID-19 and still practice your family holiday traditions including gift giving, secret Santa, and sharing recipes.

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Flu shot: Will it prevent the stomach flu?

Flu shot: Will it prevent the stomach flu?
Source: Mayo Clinic

The flu shot protects against influenza, which isn't the same thing as the stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Gastroenteritis is an infection caused by a variety of viruses, including rotaviruses and noroviruses. Although it is often called the stomach flu, gastroenteritis is not caused by influenza viruses.

mayoclinic.org The flu shot protects against influenza, which is different from the stomach flu (gastroenteritis).

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Delicious Dishes Inspired By Fall - Have A Plant

Delicious Dishes Inspired by Fall
Source: Produce for Better Health

Fruits and veggies can be a fun, unique way to switch up your typical menu and make something new and exciting. Not to mention you won’t be having food regret from overindulging on a bag of salty snacks or finishing the bottomless bag of cookies.

fruitsandveggies.org No matter the occasion, I find that fruits and veggies can be a fun, unique way to switch up your typical menu and excite your friends with something new. This time of year, I pull inspiration from seasonal produce like fresh pears, squash, pumpkin or apples.

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Healthy Holiday Baking Tips - American Institute for Cancer Research %

Healthy Holiday Baking
Source: American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)

It's not too early to start thinking about and experimenting with healthy holiday baking....

Transform your holiday baking with tips from AICR’s registered dietitian to make your recipes lighter and healthier. Increase the nutritional benefits and trim calories by cutting back on added fats and sugars, while still enjoying your favorite holiday dishes and desserts. Try these AICR healthy recipe modifications:

aicr.org The Registered Dieticians at AICR have teamed up to improve your holiday. Enjoy our healthy holiday recipie modifications and never feel guilty about having dessert!

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Cold-weather wellness: Tips for staying healthy this season | NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Cold-weather wellness: Tips for staying healthy this season
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus
Staying healthy during colder months is the first step in making sure you can enjoy all the activities the season brings.

When you are indoors more during the fall and winter, you may be closer to other people. This can increase your chances of catching viruses that cause colds, the flu, or COVID-19. Dry winter air can also weaken natural mucus barriers in the nose, mouth, and lungs, where viruses can enter the body.

Reducing the spread of viruses, eating right, and being active can keep you healthy during the winter months.

magazine.medlineplus.gov Getting a flu shot, eating well, and exercising can help improve your chances of staying healthy.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Holiday Celebrations: Thanksgiving
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.

cdc.gov CDC provides credible COVID-19 health information to the U.S.

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Roasting Those "Other" Holiday Meats

Roasting Those "Other" Holiday Meats
Source: United States Department of Agriculture

No doubt about it, holiday time is turkey time. Of the 266 million turkeys produced in 2006, 30 percent are served during the holidays. Yet numerous other meats are also traditional at holiday gatherings. Some families choose a rib roast; others, a ham; and some will have the butcher arrange a crown roast of lamb.

If a hunter's in the clan, that family may serve wild game such as duck, venison or pheasant. Small families may opt for a bird smaller than a turkey — such as capon, duck, goose or Cornish hen — or a small cut of meat like a pork tenderloin or veal roast.

fsis.usda.gov Roasting Those "Other" Holiday Meats No doubt about it, holiday time is turkey time. Of the 266 million turkeys produced in 2006, 30 percent are served during the holidays. Yet numerous other meats are also traditional at holiday gatherings. Some families choose a rib roast; others, a ham; and some....

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Your health depends on good communication
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor and health care team is by asking questions. Because time is limited during medical appointments, you will feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your appointment.
• The 10 questions you should know
• Questions to ask before your appointment
• Questions to ask during your appointment
• Questions to ask after your appointment
• Build your own list of questions

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This week Lorrie Coop, Knox County Extension Agent shares a healthy Waldorf Salad recipe that can be enjoyed by those with type 2 diabetes. Apples are the featured ingredient and provide a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Be sure to leave the skin on the apple as it provides ursolic acid which may prevent muscle wasting that can result from aging or illness. Enjoy!

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Achieve Your Weight Goals

https://bit.ly/36K8khxBalancing Diet & Activity to Lose & Maintain Weight
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

If your body weight has not changed for several months, you are in caloric balance. If you need to gain or lose weight, you’ll need to balance your diet and activity level to achieve your goal.

cdc.gov Learn how to balance your diet and activity to lose and maintain weight. #HealthyWeight

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Be Active this Fall: 5 Family-Friendly Ways

Be Active this Fall: 5 Family-Friendly Ways
Source: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Make a maze in the leaves. Buy a child size plastic rake so your children can help you create a maze. Then when they are done playing in the maze they can help rake the leaves into piles. Let your children enjoy jumping in the piles of leaves. Surprise them and jump in with them. Children of all ages enjoy when their parents join in the fun, even if it's met with groaning or eye rolling....

food.unl.edu Make a Maze in the Leaves. Buy a child size plastic rake so your children can help you create a maze. Then when they are done playing in the maze they can help rake the leaves into piles. Let your children enjoy jumping in the piles of leaves. Surprise them and jump in with them. Children of all age...

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My Family Health Portrait|Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base

Learn your family health history (Tool)
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The more you know, the healthier you can be. Using My Family Health Portrait you can:
• Enter your family health history.
• Learn about your risk for conditions that can run in families.
• Print your family health history to share with family or your health care provider
• Save your family health history so you can update it over time.
Talking with your health care provider about your family health history can help you stay healthy!

Go to My Family Health Portrait Tool:
https://bit.ly/36kzgnR
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phgkb.cdc.gov The mission of the Public Health Genomics is to integrate advances in human genetics into public health research, policy, and programs

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With smaller gatherings this Thanksgiving, here is an Instant Pot version of a roasted turkey breast.

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Natural Doesn't Necessarily Mean Safer, or Better

Are “natural” health products more effective and safer than synthetic ones?
Source: MedlinePlus, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Not necessarily. Although some effective medicines were originally derived from natural sources, other natural remedies have not been shown to work.

nccih.nih.gov When you know the science, you can make informed decisions about your health.

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The 5 elements of fitness

The 5 elements of fitness
Source: Mayo Clinic Health System

Variety is key to a healthy diet. Turns out, it’s also key to a healthy fitness routine. Incorporate these 5 fitness elements to ensure success.

mayoclinichealthsystem.org A well-rounded routine includes aerobic conditioning, strength training and flexibility activities. Consistency and safety also play a key role in a fitness routine.

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How to Sanitize Your Phone and Other Devices

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fcc.gov Your mobile phone may be the thing you touch the most throughout the day. With phone hygiene is a growing concern, health experts suggest cleaning your phone at least once a day as a preventative measure.

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Slideshow: 14 Inside Rainy-Day Activities for Kids

14 Inside Rainy-Day Activities for Kids
Source: WebMD

Move to Your Imagination...

Offer up a few ideas for creative ways to move, and then let your kids' imaginations run free. Compete in family indoor Olympic events with items around your house; gather a hula hoop group; follow the bouncing ball...

webmd.com Keep kids moving with these kids games when they can’t play outside. WebMD shows you that kids don’t need to be outside to have family fun and get fit.

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Eating and Stress

Eating and Stress
Source: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

I’m so stressed! I need chocolate!

With many of us experiencing higher levels of stress the past few months, you may have noticed that your eating habits have changed. I know at my house, we have had more chips and ice cream in the house than we normally do.

Stress can cause both a loss of appetite and also overeating....

blogs.extension.iastate.edu I’m so stressed! I need chocolate! Last week we started our series on stress and discussed in general how stress affects the body. Today, the focus is how stress affects eating habits. With ma…

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Consumer Health: Are you in a snack rut?

Are you in a snack rut?
Source: Mayo Clinic Health System

By mid-morning, are you looking for a doughnut to go with another cup of coffee? By 3 p.m., are you grabbing chips or a candy bar to tide you over until supper? You may be in a snack rut. And these may not be your healthiest choices.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org By midmorning, are you looking for a doughnut to go with another cup of coffee? By 3 p.m., are you [...]

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Don’t Forget about Lunch-box Food Safety • Words on Wellness • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Don’t Forget about Lunch-box Food Safety
Source: Iowa State University Extesion and Outreach

Whether you are back to school or work, packing a meal can have some amazing benefits! Packed meals may be lower in calories and provide more essential nutrients, such as fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Packing meals also saves money. It is important to remember lunch-box food safety when packing your meal. Follow these tips to prevent being ill when eating on the go.

blogs.extension.iastate.edu September 15, 2020 eminniha Whether you are back to school or work, packing a meal can have some amazing benefits! Packed meals may be lower in calories and provide more essential nutrients, such as fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Packing meals also saves money. It is important to remember l...

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Here’s a preview of the Community Help Expo coming up on November 12... the “how” “why” and “what comes next.”

Community Help is coming your way: Judge Wayne L. Mack and Amy will discuss the upcoming Community Help Expo and the ongoing work of the Behavioral Health & Suicide Prevention Task Force: Montgomery County

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MyPlate, MyWins Tips: Redo Your Coffee Shop Stop | ChooseMyPlate

Redo your coffee shop stop
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, MyPlate
Whether going to your local coffee shop is a daily ritual or a special weekend outing, consider these ways you can move toward better choices.
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Diets rich in fish and vegetables may boost your brain power | NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Diets rich in fish and vegetables may boost your brain power
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus

Kale and salmon, anyone? The foods you choose for meals and snacks may help you build a stronger body and help preserve brain function.

magazine.medlineplus.gov Research suggests that following a diet with fish and vegetables could slow cognitive decline.

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