Everyone Needs Good Dental Care—Including Your Baby!
Good oral health is an essential part of your overall health, but did you know that you need to care for your baby's teeth, too? The incidence of tooth decay in toddlers is rising significantly, and the best way to stop it is to practice good oral hygiene from birth. Schedule baby's first visit to the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, and certainly by baby's first birthday. Read more >>
There Must Be A Better Way—To Quit Smoking!
If you or someone in your home smokes, think about the facts before you buy your next p ack of cigarettes: smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung disease. For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking. There are so many good reasons to stop smoking: to decrease the risk of getting cancer, heart disease, and lung disease; to set a good example for family and friends; to save money; for whiter teeth and fresher breath; and to protect children and pets from secondhand smoke. Read more >>
Control Asthma Attacks This Season
People with asthma often have allergies. Their body is very sensitive to some things. When you have asthma, you may have hard time breathing if you are around pollens. There are several types of asthma, and half of the Americans with asthma have what is known as allergic asthma. There are many tree pollens that cause seasonal allergies. Some people have more asthma problems when trees have a lot of pollen. If you start coughing and wheezing this spring, talk to your allergy doctor to find out what is causing your symptoms. Your doctor can work with you to create a plan to control your symptoms. You may need to take medicine to help with your symptoms. Read more >>
My Plate Planner
"My Plate Planner” is an easy visual guide to help you serve meals to your children that will contain the right amount of the right, nutritious foods for maintaining a healthy body weight and good health. Feel free to print it out and share it with your family and friends! Try keeping a print-out of My Plate Planner on your refrigerator, or somewhere handy in the kitchen, or wherever your family typically eats. Download a PDF of My Plate Planner in English or Spanish >>
Are You At Risk for Diabetes?
With nearly 26 million children and adults in American living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country. Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem. More information + pumpkin pie recipe >>
Breast Cancer Awareness
We at Hudson Health Plan are staunch supporters of the fight to end the epidemic of breast cancer in this country. The greatest weapon in the fight is early detection, and getting regular mammograms might save your life or help you save a breast.
Your doctor uses mammography to screen you for breast cancer. A mammogram is a special kind of breast X-ray that will usually find signs of cancer before symptoms show up. Mammograms are the best way to find breast tumors early, when they are smaller and easier to treat. Many tumors that are too small to be felt during a breast self-exam are found by mammograms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women ages 50 to 74 get a mammogram every two years. But the American Cancer Society suggests yearly screening for all women 40 and older. If you are a woman over 40 years old, have you had a mammogram this year? If not, call your doctor today to ask if you need a mammogram now. Your doctor can help you arrange for a mammogram. If you, your mother, sister or daughter have had breast cancer, your risk of getting breast cancer is higher and it is even more important for you to get your mammogram.
For more information, visit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. You can also get involved by joining the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Hudson Valley Region.
Enjoy the Bounty of Summer at Your Local Farmers’ Market
For true vegetable lovers, there’s grocery store produce, and then there’s real produce. Real produce is the kind found in local farmers’ markets: tomatoes, bright green beans, tangy sweet peaches, and more. Summer is peak season for locally grown produce and a great time to check out your community farmers’ market.
Why buy local?
People everywhere are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. Here's why:
- It is fresher than anything in the supermarket. That means the fruits and vegetables are tastier and more nutritious.
- At the farmers’ market, local farmers sell their products directly to the public. Buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business. So your food is good for you and good for your local economy.
- Finally, buying locally is good for the planet. It saves fuel and emissions from shipping food long distances.
To find a farmers’ market near you, visit www.localharvest.org.
Give a Gift of Good Health!
During the holiday season, instead of just wishing for good health and happiness, why not give a gift of good health? Hudson Health Plan is making it easy to learn about public health insurance for you and your loved ones as you do your holiday shopping. Hudson will be at two malls this holiday season to answer questions, and—if you or your children qualify—start the enrollment process. You’ll find Hudson representatives right next to Santa at the Newburgh Mall and Poughkeepsie Galleria every Saturday, from November 13th to December 18th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, Hudson’s Community Outreach Vehicles will be parked outside the Newburgh Mall November 13th and December 18th, and the Poughkeepsie Galleria November 20th and December 18th, ready to offer health insurance information or start the enrollment process.
Open Door Medical Center Opens Location at Port Chester School
Open Door Family Medical Centers has opened its fifth school-based health center at the Park Avenue School in Port Chester. "Over half of Park Avenue School's students are already enrolled with the center," said Ellette Hirschorn, director of clinical services and programs for Open Door and a registered nurse.
Known as school-based health centers, such clinics provide primary health care services at the school, where and when they need it. With parents' permission, students are enrolled with the centers which provide numerous services, from physicals to immunizations. Students are also able to receive wellness visits, chronic disease management and hearing, vision and mental health screenings. Find out more about Open Door Family Medical Centers.
Make the Healthy Switch to Brown Rice
What color is the rice in your cabinet? If it's brown, congratulations! A new study shows that eating two or more servings of brown rice each week cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Brown rice is a whole grain. It is high in fiber and important nutrients, such as magnesium, which helps blood sugar stay stable. White rice is brown rice that has been refined to remove the bran covering. Removing the bran also takes out most of the fiber and nutrients. According to the study, just switching a third of one serving from white to brown rice can reduce your risk of diabetes by 16 percent. f you’ve never cooked brown rice, check the package for directions. Because of the outer bran coating, brown rice usually needs more water and a longer cooking time. In addition to being healthier, brown rice is chewier and more flavorful than white rice. Make the switch to brown rice today!
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