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body | mind photoFISH ON THE MENU
In the past few years, there has been growing concern about mercury levels in fish and how much can be eaten safely. Here’s a timely update for those who like fin food: In a recent study at Harvard Medical School that was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that higher mercury levels did not increase the incidence of heart disease, stroke or cardiovascular disease. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the study shows that the heart benefits outweigh the risks of mercury exposure. Nutritionists often recommend eating fish at least twice a week as part of a healthy diet. Grilled salmon anyone?

— Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Join Overlake and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for Learn and Live Well: Overlake’s Cancer Prevention Event featuring seminars on healthy living, information booths and a special keynote address, “Fight Cancer with Your Fork,” by author, television host and national speaker Zonya Foco. The event will be held at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road in Issaquah. Registration is encouraged for this free event. Call Amy McGann at 425.688.5816 for more information.

–Overlake Hospital Medical Center

body | mind photoLATTE LIGHTWEIGHT
Sometimes you gotta just have a milkshake. However, there are ways to do it that won’t add inches to your waistline.

When I have an afternoon milkshake craving, I have the wonderful baristas at Luna make me this low-fat, low-sugar drink:
~ Iced latté, single shot
~ Non-fat milk
~ Sugar-free vanilla
~ Dollop of low-fat frozen yogurt


—Sue Matyas, Fitness Director

Turning 50 this year? Celebrate first and then do something good for your health: get a colonoscopy. Most people don’t like to think about it, and only about 40 percent of adults have the colonoscopy tests they should, even though many insurance companies now cover the screening. The hard fact is that colon cancer remains the third most common cancer in the United States, aside from skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that colon cancer is preventable, treatable and even curable with the proper routine screening and care. If you want more good news, you’ll be pleased to know that after your first colonoscopy, most people don’t need a second for five to 10 years.

–Overlake Hospital Medical Center

body | mind photoSUN SALUTATION
After a dark winter, nothing is better than stretching out in the glorious sun. Whether you’re in Palm Springs or on the Club’s pool deck, here are some tips for lying in the sun without burning.

Avoid mid-day sun. Go for mid-morning or late afternoon instead.

Start slow. Increase your exposure slowly.

Drink plenty of water.

Wear sunscreen and reapply. The Spa at the Bellevue Club carries Skinceuticals sunscreens that protect against age spots and melanoma. For best results, pair with a Skinceutical antioxidant treatment.

—Katie Greenwood, Spa Director

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

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