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November 2013



fluFight the Flu

Between 135 million and 139 million doses of flu vaccine are being produced for the 2013-2014 flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated. Flu shots are readily available at your doctor’s office, public health clinics and many pharmacies. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to be protected against the flu. To reduce the spread of colds and other infections, remember to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough and stay home when you are sick.
-Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Prevent and Control

American Diabetes Month is the perfect time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. More than 25 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. You can do a lot to lower your diabetes risk by eating healthy, watching your weight, being active and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. Overlake’s Diabetes Education Services offers one-on-one education to help you learn practical skills to manage your diabetes. To schedule an appointment, call 425.688.5700 and press 5 when prompted.
-Overlake Hospital Medical Center

breakfastMost Important Meal

Eating a large breakfast and smaller dinner can help you lose both weight and inches, according to a new study.  Although the food eaten was identical, the study showed that large-breakfast eaters lost 17.8 pounds and 3 inches off their waist, whereas large-dinner eaters only lost 7.3 pounds and 1.4 inches off their waist!
—Laurelee Misseghers, BC Registered Dietitian

Thinking Space

thinkingIf you find that your mind revs up as your body tries to slow down before bed, keep a notebook and pen nearby. Many people are plagued with restless thoughts about future engagements and current stressors when they try to sleep, so try taking five minutes before bed and writing these thoughts down on paper. You may feel peace once you know the items won’t be forgotten, and you’ll definitely feel more rested the next morning after enjoying an uninterrupted night.
—Kaarin Keil, Membership Director

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