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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on November 3, 2010

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a contagious viral disease that can lead to serious health problems—especially for young children and older adults. There is no vaccine to prevent RSV. However, there are simple ways you can protect your child or yourself from getting sick during RSV season. Some quick facts about respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV:

• It is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.
• Almost everyone gets RSV by age 2.
• The number of RSV cases typically rise in the fall, peak in the winter, and decline in early spring, but the exact timing of RSV season varies by location.


RSV symptoms are like those of many other respiratory illnesses. Infants and young children may experience a fever, reduced appetite, runny nose, cough, and wheezing. Older children and adults may have a runny nose, sore throat, headache, cough, and a feeling of general sickness. RSV also can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis, in both children and adults.


RSV spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending respiratory droplets into the air.


• Cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
• Wash their hands often with soap and water for 15–20 seconds,
• Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others, and Refrain from kissing others.


If you think that you or your child might have an RSV infection that requires medical care, schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. RSV symptoms in most infants, children, and adults clear up on their own in a week or two.

More Information www.cdc.gov


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The Health Corner By Dr. Toni Puzzo

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 14, 2010

Fun Food Facts:

1. In American, the average family of four consumes nearly 6000 pounds of food

2. 88% of all milk is water and only about 12%is solid substance that has food value

3. It takes nearly 2000 coffee cherries to provide beans for a poiund of roasted coffee

4. In Japan, squid is the most popular pizza topping

5. Cabbage is 91% water

Remember, treat food as fuel for your body! Focus on what you put into your mouth. Chew your food thoroughly. Remember to take the time to enjoy your food!

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Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on October 6, 2010

1 Make your bedroom sleep-friendly. Not only should your mattress be comfortable and your room dark, quiet and cool, you shouldn’t do anything except sleep or make love in there: No eating, working or watching TV. Light from screens signals your brain to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin, so it takes longer to nod off.

2 Hide the clock. Or at least turn it away while you’re sleeping. Digital clocks are particularly bad because their precise readouts are constant reminders that the night is ticking away and you’re still awake, says Daniel McNally, M.D., medical director of the University of Connecticut Sleep Disorders Center in Farmington.

3 Spend less time in bed. “Most people spend more time in bed to try to increase their hours of shut-eye,” says Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. But lying there awake breeds frustration. Instead, hit the pillow only for the hours that you are actually slumbering. This creates a greater desire for sleep so that when you finally do get in bed, you fall asleep faster and stay that way longer. As your sleep improves, you can gradually roll back your bedtime until you’re sleeping for a full night.

4 Don’t eat late. Eating at night affects levels of ghrelin, a hormone that regulates hunger and sleep. Ghrelin levels naturally rise in the evening, readying us for bed. But if we nosh at night our ghrelin levels drop so we don’t feel as sleepy. “One of the ways people keep themselves going until 1 A.M. is by eating late at night,” explains Craig Keebler, M.D., medical director of medical Weight Management at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

5 Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol. These are notorious sleep-stealers. Nicotine is a stimulant, plus cigarette cravings can wake you up at night. The effects of caffeine can last up to seven hours, so switch to decaf after 3 P.M. Alcohol’s sneakier: It’s sedating, but because it leaves your system quickly, that can wake you up and cause trouble getting back to sleep.

6 Have a bedtime ritual. “You need a half-hour of unwinding time before bed,” says Aparajitha Verma, M.D., medical director of the Methodist Sleep Disorder Center in Houston. “You can’t be doing all these active things, then suddenly switch it off and expect to sleep. You have to prepare yourself. Read, meditate, listen to music, whatever calms you down before getting into bed.”

7 Clear your head. A steady diet of shock media will surely keep you up at night. So if you tend to ruminate on the world’s ills, avoid material that will bother you, advises Ralph Pascualy, M.D., director of Sleep Medicine Associates in Seattle. “As people get tired, problems become much larger.”

One way to deal with worries that keep you up is to write down your concerns along with some possible solutions. Things don’t look so dire when you see them on paper, notes Dr. Pascualy. This simple act allows your brain to let go of your fears so you can get some rest. ________________ Quoted/Excerpted from (or Resource Links): 7 ways to sleep better tonight. Family Circle magazine. December 2008. p134.

Stephen L. Knubley, Principal
Knubley Counseling, LLC

From CCA: Which of these items do you already practice in some form? Which one stands out as a potentially useful and new practice? Remember that it takes about 30 days of daily application of a single new behavior to condition it into a habit. See our handout: MAKING NEW HABITS for more valuable information. Copyright © 2000-2009 Knubley Counseling, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Rev 9-9-09

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Improving your health with fruits and vegetables

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 14, 2010

Damaris Karanja, MA
Nutrition & Health Education Specialist
University of Missouri Extension, St. Louis County

Fruit and Vegatables Pictures, Images and Photos
Summer is a great time to enjoy an abundance of fresh, tasty produce at its peak. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, so substituting them for high-calorie foods can reduce calories.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Compared to people who eat only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.”

Here are some simple ways to cut calories and eat more fruits and vegetables:


· Give oatmeal a quick hit of fruit by tossing in frozen blueberries or raspberries.

· Substitute spinach, onions, or mushrooms for an egg or half of the cheese in your omelet. This adds volume and flavor to the dish with fewer calories.

· Cut back on the cereal in your bowl to make room for cut-up bananas, peaches, or strawberries. You can still eat a full bowl, but with fewer calories.


· Substitute vegetables for 2 ounces of cheese and 2 ounces of meat in your sandwich, wrap, or burrito. The new version will fill you up with fewer calories.

· Add a cup of chopped vegetables in place of 2 ounces of meat or 1 cup of noodles in your favorite broth-based soup. This fills you up and you won’t miss the extra calories.

· Serve lean meat strips in a main dish salad with veggies and/or fruit.


· Add 1 cup of chopped vegetables and remove 1 cup of the rice or pasta in your favorite dish. The dish with the vegetables will have fewer calories than the original.

· Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains should take up the largest portion of your dinner plate. If they do not, replace some meat, cheese, white pasta, or rice with your favorite

vegetable. This will reduce total calories in your meal without reducing the amount of food you eat. Remember to use a normal- or small-size plate — not a platter. The

number of calories you eat counts, even if a good proportion of them come from fruits and vegetables.

Smart snacks

Most healthy eating plans allow for one or two small snacks a day.

· Make a quick parfait by layering low-fat yogurt, low-fat granola and fruit.

· Make a dip by mixing ¼ cup peanut butter, 2 tablespoons orange juice and ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt. Serve with fresh apples, pears, carrot or celery sticks.

· Blend a cup of small pieces of frozen fruit, ¾ cup of juice and half a cup of vanilla or other flavored yogurt for a quick smoothie.

Eat fruits and vegetables the way nature provided—or with fat-free or low-fat cooking techniques. If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market, now is the time to go.

Source: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov

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Fight the Flu

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 14, 2010

St. Charles County – As a new school year begins, the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment reminds parents and teachers to help children avoid becoming sick, especially with novel H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

“Children are particularly susceptible to H1N1 flu, and once it gets a foothold in a school, the virus can spread quickly,” said Gil Copley, director of the County Department of Community Health and the Environment. “Since there is no vaccine available yet, it’s important for students, parents, and teachers to take steps now to avoid spreading this virus.”

Copley urged good hygiene practices, such as:
Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or using the crook of your arm.
Washing hands frequently with soap and water, or using hand sanitizers.
Keeping children with a fever home from school.
Avoiding close contact with sick people.

“What’s good about these common-sense tips is that they can help children and adults prevent all sorts of infectious diseases, not just the flu,” Copley said.

As the flu season ramps up, Copley said the department would provide updates about the flu, its prevention, and available vaccinations. Schools, businesses, and individuals should monitor the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), available online at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu. The department is also keeping its special Internet web site updated at http://www.scchealth.org/swineflu.

The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment is committed to the protection and enhancement of health and the quality of life for all members of our community. For more information, call (636) 949-7400 or visit http://www.scchealth.org.

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How to Eat

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 10, 2010

By Bob Harper

I have now been in the fitness business for over 20 years. I started working in a little gym in Nashville, Tennessee when Lycra, headbands and sweating to the sounds of high-energy dance music dominated the fitness scene. My ears are still ringing from those days.

When I decided I really wanted to make a career out of health and fitness, I packed my bags and drove west to Los Angeles, California. When I landed in West Hollywood, I hit the ground running. I began teaching group fitness classes and then began to build up my clientele for my personal training business.

Through the years I have had the privilege to work with so many people, and it has given me a wealth of knowledge. What I’ve seen and learned is quite basic, but oh so fascinating. I’m sure your mother has told this to you at some point in your life…. You are what you eat. In LA I was working with people that were what I considered to be age-defying. Living in LA you really can’t tell how old a person is, and I’m not talking about the plastic surgery. I’m talking about the healthy mind and body, so let me share with you what I have learned – it has been cemented in my work on “The Biggest Loser,” because I began working with people on the complete other end of the spectrum: the out of shape, unhealthy, obese and morbidly obese.

Working with so many different types of people at so many different fitness levels, there has been one common denominator that I have learned: Our bodies WANT TO BE HEALTHY. When you give the body what it needs, your body, in return, will give you what you want. I am a firm believer in this theory because not only have I seen it work for other people, but it also works for me. There are so many diet plans, cleanses, and quick fixes that will guarantee you the body that you have always been looking for, but I believe that these extreme plans will only be a temporary solution to the real goals that so many people want… a healthy mind and body. People don’t eat real food any more. They are eating “food-like food.” A bar for breakfast or worse, NO BREAKFAST, maybe skip or grab something at work, and by dinner you are so hungry that you end up making bad choices. So if you ask me what to do, well, I’m going to tell you.

You have to EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT. Think about your body as a car. Your car can only run properly when you have fuel in the tank. So you gotta eat within the first 45 minutes of waking up and then eat around every 4 hours. That will get your metabolism running and when you are feeling satiated you make better choices throughout your day. Now that you know that you have to eat to lose weight, here is where your choices affect not only how you feel, but also how you look. Foods highly processed with sugar, fat, & sodium can actually speed up the aging process, so think about that the next time you want to go into that drive thru and grab a bite to eat. You could actually be putting years onto your life. Our bodies are like finely tuned machines, and when you give your body more nutrient-dense foods that are filled with protein, complex carbohydrates, leafy greens, and good fats, you are putting top-notch fuel into your tank – food that takes a long time to digest so you are fuller longer. When you put salty, sugary, and highly processed foods into your tank with virtually no fiber, your body will rip right through it and leave you feeling moody, lethargic, and most of all HUNGRY.

So here is the bottom line: You need to find time in your busy schedule to get your heart rate pumping and make healthier food choices that will fuel your body for your workouts and feed your mind to keep you clear-headed and ready for anything. What you’ll get is an age-defying, rockin’ body. By the way, I’m turning 45 years old this year, and I am in the top shape of my life because I practice what I preach and I live each day the healthiest and happiest I can. I know you can do the exact same things. You have all the power within you to achieve this and turn back the hands of time.

Now entering his 10th season as one of the fitness trainers on NBC’s worldwide hit “The Biggest Loser,” Bob Harper has become one of the most credible and sought-after motivational experts on television and DVD, in books and in personal appearances. 
Harper is certified with the American Fitness Training of Athletics and with Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Learn more about Bob Harper at http://www.mytrainerbob.com

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The Health Corner by Dr. Puzzo

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 8, 2010

Here are some useful tips to help you reach your health goals!

When trying to lose weight, focus on one pound at a time so it is not overwhelming. If you cut 100 calories from your diet each day, you can lose 10 healthy pounds per year.
· Lowering your cholesterol is not only good for your heart, but also for your mind.
· For a better outlook on life, try eating smaller meals every 4 hours to stabilize blood sugar and increase foods with omega-3 fats, folic acid and vitamins B12/D.
· When beginning an exercise regiment, use the buddy system to help keep you motivated.

I hope to see you at the Women’s Conference for a more in-depth session on health & wellness. Also, join us at the PWG meetings in October and November where the focus is YOUR health!

September is Family Health and Fitness Month, which makes this the perfect time to get out and enjoy some healthful recreations with your loved ones. Set aside a little time each week to exercise with your family. Ride bikes together. God for a hike. Go bowling , or play tennis. Play basketball or field a family softball team. It doesn’t matter what you do , really. The point is just to get some exercise, encourage your kids to get involved in fitness, and have a good time!!!

September is Family Health and Fitness Month, which makes this the perfect time to get out and enjoy some healthful recreation with your loved ones. Set aside a little time each week to exercise with your family. Ride bikes together. Go for a hike. Go bowling, or play tennis. Play basketball or field a family softball team. It doesn’t matter what you do, really. The point is just to get some exercise, encourage your kids to get involved in fitness, and have a good time!!!

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Parenting Tips for Better Living

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 3, 2010

It’s a fact of life that most of us will be informal caregivers at some point in or lives to an elderly parent or relative. At the same time many of us will also be caring for our children. Being a parent while caring for a parent can lead to serious health problems. Find new ways below to reduce your care giver stress:

  • Ask for  and accept help. Be Prepared with a mental list of ways that others can help. If they want to, your older children can read a to granparents and spend quality time with them. But don’t force your kids to particpate.
  • Say ” no ” to request that are draiing, such as hosting a holiday meal.
  • Spend time alone with your kids. Go to a movie. Go for a long walk in the park. Talk to them about their day.
  • Don’t feel guilty that you are not a perfect. There are no perfect caregivers or parents. You’re doing the best that you can.
  • Join a support group for caregivers.
  • Make time each week to do something special for yourself: get a pedicure, enjoy your favorite recreational pursuit or visit friends.
  • Try to make time to be active most days of the week, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep.
  • Don’t neglect your marriage or significant other.
  • If you begin to feel overwhelmed , speak to a qualified physician
  • Keep your sense of humor.
  • www.helpstartshere.org
  • You can find  a social worker who can help you navigate the health care system, get a nursing aide and even help you find transportation for your parents.

Source: U. S. Department of  Health and Human Services

A Parent’s Life

Reprinted from Dress for Success Empower Women & Their Families to Make Healthy Life Choices ( July 2010 Professional Women’s Group Tip Sheet)

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Tips for Maintaining Health Eye Care

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 16, 2010

It’s been said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Keeping your eyes healthy is an important part of maintain your overall health. Follow these simple steps to keep them seeing their best for a long time to come.

Get a dilated eye exam

Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to catch them in the their early stages,. your eye care provider will  drops in your eyes to widen the pupil. This allows in more light so he or she can check of signs of damage or disease.

Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight raises your risk of getting diabetes which can lead to vision loss.  If you’re having trouble with weight gain, talk to your doctor.

Quit smoking or never start

smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of you. Research links smoking to an increased risk of cataracts and optic nerve damage. These can lead to blindness.

Wear Shades

Sunglasses look cool, but their most important job is to shield your eyes from sun damage. When buying shades , look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet ( UV rays).

Give your eyes a rest

If you spend a lot of time at the computer , you can forget to blink. This makes your eyes tired. try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes , look away about 20 feet in front of your for 20 seconds. This reduces eyestrain.

Click links below for more tips

August Immunization Awareness Month/ Healthy Eye care month

2010 Immunization Schedule

Eye care

Source; National Eye Institute: National Institutes of Health

Reprinted form Professional Women’s Group Tip Sheet

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