“Inspired to Make Healthy Choices” Newsletter

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Volume 5: Issue 1 (Beat the Winter Blues) – Studies show that extreme weather changes can negatively affect mental health. Be mindful of how winter weather can impact your mental health and be prepared to fight the winter blues.

Volume 5: Issue 2 (Prescription Medication Storage & Disposal) – More than half (53%) of prescription opioid users report getting pills from friends or family (SAMHSA). Learn how to properly store and dispose of unused medicine to help prevent poisoning, misuse and overdose in your home.

Volume 4: Issue 1 (Mental Wellness) – Improving your mental well-being affects many aspects of your health. Five practices to improve your mental wellness are mindfulness, physical wellness, practicing self-compassion, showing love and compassion to others and inputting the positive.

Volume 4: Issue 2 (E-cigarettes & Vaping) – The use of e-cigarettes is on the rise among youth across the country. Despite misconceptions that vaping is safe, it is as harmful as smoking cigarettes AND makes youth users 4 times more likely to use cigarettes or other tobacco products later in life.

Volume 4: Issue 3 (Color Me Healthy) – Colorful foods add many health benefits to your plate. When you use the color wheel to guide your food choices, you increase the nutrients, vitamins and disease-fighting phytochemicals in your body.

Volume 4: Issue 4 (Underage Drinking) – Underage drinking is a community problem. Alcohol remains the most widely used substance among teens and can result in many health and safety risks.

Volume 4: Issue 5 (Suicide Prevention) – Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people age 10-34 in the U.S. Family & friends are often the first to recognize warning signs of suicide and can take the first step in getting help.

Volume 4: Issue 6 (Summer Safety) – Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy many activities. Utilize these tips to say safe while having fun around fireworks, bugs, the sun and water.

Volume 4: Issue 7 (Student Athletes & Injuries) – Playing sports increases the possibility of injury. In situations where medical treatment is necessary, teens can have easy access to opioid medications long after their injury is healed.

Volume 4: Issue 8 (Prescription Drug Misuse) – Drug poisoning is the #1 cause of unintentional death in the US. Medication safety starts with YOU! Learn how you can take action.

Volume 4: Issue 9 (Combatting Germs) – People come in contact with 60,000 germs every day. Though washing hands is the single most important mechanism we have to prevent infection, we can practice many other healthy habits to help combat germs.

Volume 4: Issue 10 (Impact of Drunk & Drugged Driving) – Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes. Make plans to avoid drunk and drugged driving before you start drinking.

Volume 4: Issue 11 (Gratitude) – Research shows that expressing gratitude improves mental, physical and relational well-being. Practicing an “attitude of gratitude” impacts an overall experience of happiness, and these effects tend to be long-lasting.

Volume 4: Issue 12 (Quitting Smoking) – Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. Did you know? Knowing why you want to quit smoking impacts your chance of success.

 

Volume 3: Issue 1 (Prescription Drug Disposal) – Disposing of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs is the best way to ensure your prescriptions are misused or abused. They may be disposed of at drop box locations throughout your community or at home by following a safe protocol.

Volume 3: Issue 2 (Teens and Alcohol) – Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice for teens and young adults, which has damaging effects on the developing brain. Teens are less likely to drink alcohol when they realize that a majority of their peers are NOT drinking.

Volume 3: Issue 3 (What’s In Your Food… Container?) – Plastic food containers are filled with harmful chemicals, which are endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors can avoided by making some easy changes, like microwaving in glass containers and reducing the use of canned foods.

Volume 3: Issue 4 (The Safety Issue) – June is National Safety Month. Take steps to ensure no one you love gets injured in a preventable accident by creating a home emergency plan, getting at least 7 hours of sleep, watching out for tripping dangers and always wearing a seat belt.

Volume 3: Issue 5 (Overdose Prevention) – Opioid overdoses are reversible. In a life-threatening situation, don’t panic or run; call 911. Knowing the signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond could help you save a life.

Volume 3: Issue 6 (Importance of Sleep)Sleep is an important part of staying healthy! Improve your sleep habits to lower stress, fight infections, improve attention and much more.

Volume 3: Issue 7 (Rethinking Drinking)Low risk drinking is the limit of alcohol an adult should maintain to not develop a drinking disorder. Based on your health, your age and how alcohol affects you, you may need to drink less or not at all.

Volume 3: Issue 8 (Quitting Smoking)Every year, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. If you’re ready to quit, follow these steps for success.

Volume 3: Issue 9 (Winter Wellness)Be prepared to stay safe and healthy this winter. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. While it is important to be mindful of your body during this cold and flu season, you should keep your environment safe as well.

Volume 2: Issue 1 (Heart Health) – Take care of your heart by learning about the risk factors associated with heart failure and steps you can take toward health.

Volume 2: Issue 2 (Colorful Foods) – Create a better balance in your diet by learning about the various benefits of foods based on their color.

Volume 2: Issue 3 (Alcohol: Impact on Athletes) – By choosing not to drink, athletes can continually improve their performance and avoid the negative impact alcohol has on the body.

Volume 2: Issue 4 (Memory) – Our ability to remember can be enhanced with good habits! There are many ways to exercise your brain to improve your memory and prevent cognitive decline.

Volume 2: Issue 5 (Eyesight & Hearing) – Small decisions can be made in day-to-day activities to minimize damage and avoid risks posed to our eyesight and hearing.

Volume 2: Issue 6 (Avoiding Germs) – Identifying where germ hot spots exist and how to limit exposure can make a big difference to your environment and health.

Volume 2: Issue 7 (Attitude) – Research suggests there are numerous health benefits to positive thinking. Practicing a good attitude and approaching situations with a positive outlook can be easier with these steps provided.

Volume 2: Issue 8 (Prevention) – Prevention makes a big difference in several aspects of your family’s health, home safety and general well-being.

Volume 2: Issue 9 (Rx Abuse Prevention) – Prescription drug abuse has significant impacts on individuals and communities. By taking a few small steps in our daily lives, we can be a part of addressing this issue.

Volume 2: Issue 10 (Importance of Walking) – Improving our overall health can be as simple as walking regularly to boost energy levels, improve circulation and reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers.

Volume 2: Issue 11 (Distracted Driving) – Becoming more aware of the dangers of distracted driving can help us make better decisions when on the road and prevent motor vehicle deaths and injuries.

Volume 2: Issue 12 (Controlling External Cues) – Developing mindful eating habits by being aware of how our environment impacts food intake can play a significant role in avoiding overeating.

Volume 2: Issue 13 (Brain and Addiction) – Addiction is a disease of the brain. Anyone can become addicted, though certain factors can point to how high one’s risk is, such as family history, age of first substance use and involvement in spiritual programming.

Volume 2: Issue 14 (Healthy Back) – Consistent physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D contribute to a strong, pain-free back.

Volume 2: Issue 15 (Rethinking Drinking) – Drinking too much alcohol can have serious impacts on the body, including dehydration, a compromised immune system and increased risk for several diseases (liver disease, heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis).

Volume 2: Issue 16 (Combating Mental Illness Stigma) – The overwhelming reason why individuals do not seek treatment is the negative stigma associated with having mental illness. Early intervention and support can help reduce the duration of untreated symptoms and potentially curb the severity of the illness.

Volume 2: Issue 17 (Demystifying Food Labels) – Food labels can often be misleading. Avoid being fooled by checking things like serving size; amount of sugars, sodium and fat; ingredients that are hard to pronounce; and the % Daily Value.

Volume 2: Issue 18 (Heroin Epidemic) – The US imports 26% of world’s heroin supply, yet we have only 6% of the world’s population. One of the main catalysts to the epidemic has been the over-prescription of pain relieving drugs, such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet and Demerol.

Volume 2: Issue 19 (Did You Know?) – Small changes like bringing the phone to your eye level and reapplying sunscreen every two hours are just a few choices that will go a long way to being healthier. Here are some of the latest facts and interesting findings to assist you in making healthier choices.

Volume 2: Issue 20 (Balance) –Balance is a comprehensive function and complex task our bodies do every day without us giving it much thought. Though our balance gets worse with age, we can improve it if we continually challenge it, such as by completing practice exercises.

Volume 2: Issue 21 (Impact of Underage Drinking) – Usage of alcohol in the past 30 days of Gwinnett’s 12th grade students decreased from 45% to 15.66% based on the 2016 Georgia Student Health Survey. Yes, it’s true, MOST teens do NOT drink alcohol. It is important to note, though, that alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for our youth. And youth who drank alcohol in the past thirty days report that they receive it from parents and other adults and tend to drink the most at home and at friends’ homes.

Volume 2: Issue 22 (Did You Know?) – Making small changes in your daily meals and creating healthy habits will assist you greatly in staying healthier. Here are some of the latest facts and interesting findings to assist you in making healthier choices.

Volume 2: Issue 23 (Impact of Drunk & Drugged Driving) – Driving under the influence has greatly increased in the past few years. Most drivers do not understand how alcohol and various drugs can increase the risk of car accidents. However, becoming more aware of the risks can help keep everyone safe.

Volume 2: Issue 24 (Importance of Sleep) Sleep is an important part of staying healthy, both physically and mentally. Learn the amazing benefits and techniques for improving your sleep habits.

Volume 2: Issue 25 (Did You Know?) – Increasing our knowledge as new research becomes available can improve our quality of life, allowing us to prevent possible risks while enjoying the positive results of certain behaviors.

Volume 2: Issue 26 (Being Optimistic) – Our attitude and outlook on situations have significant impacts on many aspects of our lives. Being optimistic can lead to positive coping skills, achieving goals easier and improved health.

Volume 2: Issue 27 (Underage Drinking) – Don’t be a party to underage drinking! Youth who do not drink have better grades and are rarely involved in risky behaviors.

Volume 2: Issue 28 (Nutrients Working Together) – New research has shown that certain nutrients working together can create greater health effects, a concept called food synergy.

Volume 2: Issue 29 (Preventing Diabetes) – More than 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Learn the risk factors and some steps in prevention.

Volume 2: Issue 30 (Our Amazing Bodies) – DYK? The average person has about 5 pounds of bacteria in his or her digestive system. Learn more facts about our bodies in this issue!

Volume 2: Issue 31 (Sexual Abuse) – Experts estimate that 1 in 10 youth are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Understand the risks, learn the signs and react responsibly.

Volume 2: Issue 32 (Flexibility) – Stretching to improve your flexibility has many positive effects on the body, such as improving circulation, relieving stress and preventing injury.

Volume 2: Issue 33 (Opioids & Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law) – Although most overdoses occur in the presence of others, fear of arrest and prosecution prevents many people from calling 911. However, Georgia’s Medical Amnesty Law protects victims and callers seeking medical assistance at drug or alcohol overdose scenes.

Volume 2: Issue 34 (Our Amazing Bodies) – Did you know? The harder you concentrate on falling asleep, the less likely you are to fall asleep. Appreciating and taking care of our bodies is much easier when we understand how they work.

Volume 2: Issue 35 (Preventing Underage Drinking) – Alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for teens and young adults. Do not wait to talk to your children about the negative consequences of drinking, smoking and/or using drugs.

Volume 2: Issue 36 (Living in the Moment) – Living in the moment, also called practicing mindfulness, has numerous health benefits, including decreased anxiety, improved focus and increased self-control.

Volume 2: Issue 37 (Synthetic Drugs) – Synthetic drugs are versions of illegal drugs, slightly altered
to avoid being classified as illegal, that are chemically made and mimic the effects of illegal drugs.

 

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