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body | mind photoKEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY
Fall is a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it's high. High blood cholesterol affects millions of people each year, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 68 percent of all adults have been tested in the past five years. It is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. Whether you are concerned about your cholesterol level or not, a quick visit to your primary care doctor can help you determine a successful health program.

— Overlake Hospital Medical Center

There is a parade of healthy diets to choose from these days, and picking one can be difficult. To be successful in healthy eating, the Mayo Clinic suggests looking for one that:
• Includes a variety of food from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy products, lean protein, nuts and seeds and healthy fats.
• Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group.
• Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store.
• Fits your tastes, lifestyle and budget.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Is pain keeping you from enjoying life? If so, attend Overlake Medical Center's informative seminar, taught by one of their orthopedic surgeons. Learn more about joint pain relief as well as knee and hip replacement. Monday, Sept. 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the PACCAR Education Center on campus. Please preregister by calling 688.5259 or going to

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

body | mind photoBACK IN SEASON
With school starting again, kids are filling their backpacks and getting ready for a new year. A recent study found that more than 60 percent of kids are carrying bags that exceed 10 percent of their body weight. It's no wonder the damage that these heavy loads can create, since kids are still developing. If you notice your child leaning forward after the backpack is in place, it's too heavy. Keep loads smaller, or break out the wheeled version.

—Katie Barth, Recreation Director

•  Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which helps to replenish moisture lost from summer activities.
•  Always apply moisturizer after washing hands to prevent dry, cracked hands, wrinkles and discoloration.
•   Keep lips moisturized during all seasons, since they are almost always exposed, with Skin Ceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair.
•  Remember to exfoliate, which helps get rid of all the dry, dead skin left over from summer's weather, with Skin Ceuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub.

Brianna Lindsay, Spa Coordinator

body | mind photo"HEART" BEANS
A simple replacement can really help your heart. If you love red meat, keep the serving to once a day. Kidney beans make a great substitute to red meat with their high levels of folate, fiber, protein and iron. Plus, the vegetable is much easier on your ticker, cutting your risk of heart disease by as much as 19 percent.

Executive Chef Paul Marks

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

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