MAMMOGRAM PARTIES: A FUN WAY TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR BREAST HEALTH
Women taking control of their breast health are turning routine annual exams into social events. The Breast Health Center at Overlake now offers mammogram parties—groups of women getting their mammograms together, complete with refreshments. The mammogram party includes a spa-like environment with wine and cheese or tea and cookies.
Overlake recommends women begin annual mammograms at age 40. Call 425-688-5985 to schedule a party for a minimum of five women who are asymptomatic (no lumps, bumps or pain).
— Overlake Hospital Medical Center
RE-EVALUATE AND REJUVENATE
Now that summer is here it's a perfect time to really work on the connection between your physical health and your state of mind.
• Take the pressure off; just accept yourself.
• Take the time to listen to your body and what it needs.
• Make sure you are getting enough sleep and time to relax.
• Get outside when possible and start a garden or go on a walk.
• When you can, work out, eat well and most important, just remember to breath.
—Wendy Caamano, Club Dietitian
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren't just for babies and young kids. We all need shots to protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone older than six months needs a seasonal flu shot every year.
Children younger than 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis.
Preteens need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis.
Adults need a tetanus shot every ten years. People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.
GET SOME SHUTEYE
Not getting enough sleep affects just about every aspect of your life—and makes for a really crummy day. Without adequate Zs, your concentrations dips, and your mood and energy levels plummet. So when that midafternoon lull hits, spend 20 minutes of your lunch break getting in a catnap. It's not long enough for your body to enter deep sleep, and thus make you feel groggy, and it's also too quick to affect your sleep later that evening.