Wednesday, September 23, 2020

TIP - How does exercise help manage stress?

Woman in black leggings in yoga pose with phone app
Woman in black leggings in yoga pose with phone app

Exercise is not just good for weight loss and general physical fitness. It also helps you manage stress. How does that work? 

Stress, both chronic and acute, has many effects on our health. Direct effects include increasing the risk of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. Indirect effects of stress include impacts on health-related behaviors.

Exercise helps your brain release endorphins, hormones that increase your feeling of energy. It can reduce systemic inflammation that is harmful to body functions. Regular exercise slows aging related declines in many body systems. Exercise can even improve your sleep.

And of course when you are thinking about exercising. you are distracted from obsessing over whatever was causing you stress. Exercise can even decrease stress-related snacking and overeating!

So get moving, and feel better in many ways.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

National Preparedness Month - Week 4

Picture of Scrabble game tiles spelling "Ready"
Picture of Scrabble game tiles spelling "Ready"

The objective of the final week of National Preparedness Month is to teach youth about preparedness. Every family member should be prepared for emergencies, no matter their age.

It is important for parents to reassure younger children by including them in family preparedness planning. Older children need to be prepared so they know what to do if you are separated before, during or after a disaster.

It is important for responsible adults to listen to children and youth, ask them about their feelings, and validate their concerns. Children want to feel safe and need some information to understand what is happening when their lives change. However, it is wise to limit their media exposure as news stories can be frightening. It also helps to keep as much of an ordinary daily routine as possible under the circumstances.

Here are some helpful resources:

Monday, September 14, 2020

September is Preparedness Month - Week 3 - Prepare for Disasters


An important aspect of preparedness is understanding what disasters are most likely in your locale and limiting their impact.

Identify the types of disasters that are the highest risk for where you live. has identified a number of different types of disasters, including the following:

  • avalanche
  • drought
  • earthquake
  • extreme heat
  • flood
  • home fire
  • hurricane
  • landslide & debris flow
  • pandemic
  • power outage
  • snowstorm & extreme cold
  • thunderstorm & lightning
  • tornado
  • tsunami
  • volcano
  • wildfire

They provide additional information about how to prepare, how to survive, and what to do to stay safe after each type of disaster.

Learn how to receive local warnings and alerts about impending disasters.

There are two different levels of alerts: watches and warnings. When a watch is issued, this means you should be prepared because the potential exists for an emergency. Watches usually cover large geographic areas. Warnings on the other hand mean that you need to take immediate action, as the emergency is happening at that time. This is when you put your preparedness plan to use.

FEMA has a free mobile alert app available on Google Play and at the Apple App Store. The Red Cross also has mobile alert apps.

Other useful resources: 

Prepare your dwelling for potential disasters and common hazards.

Many residential areas have building codes. A home that is “built to code” only means it is built to the minimum life safety standard. You may want to take additional steps to better prepare your dwelling to help you survive potential local disasters. Here are some resources that may help you plan and prepare your home:

Check your insurance coverage.

Your insurance documents should be part of your disaster preparedness kit. You may need them after the disaster to obtain assistance and as proof of claims.

For a little humor at the end of a sober article, here are “10 Unbelievable Events Homeowners Insurance Covers.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

National Preparedness Month - Week 2

Picture of Scrabble game tiles spelling "Ready"

The objective of the second week of National Preparedness Month is to build a disaster response kit for yourself or your family. 

Everyone should have common supplies tor three days, such as water (a gallon per person per day), food, a flashlight and first aid kit. Be sure to plan for anything needed specifically by infants, children, or the elderly. 

Additional supplies you will want in your emergency kit if you have a health condition or disability include prescription and nonprescription medications, prescription eyeglasses, contact lens solution, and extra hearing aid batteries, food, water, and other items necessary for a guide dog or other companion animal. Don’t forget hygiene supplies and mobility equipment.

If you are employed, you should maintain some supplies at work in case you need to shelter there during an emergency. You will also want an emergency kit in your car. You may need different supplies for different situations, such as a bedside kit if you can’t go to other parts to your home, or an easily carried grab-and-go kit for evacuating to another location.

Here are some resources with ideas of contents you may need for your emergency kit:

Sunday, September 6, 2020

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month poster
National Preparedness Month
Disasters Don't Wait - Make Your Plan Today

There are all kinds of emergencies, and it feels like right now we are dealing with quite a few all at once. Emergencies can be natural or manmade. Natural emergencies include storms, floods, droughts, lightning-caused wildfires, and earthquakes. Manmade emergencies include house fires, financial upsets (e.g., losing a job), car wrecks, armed conflicts, rioting, and stolen identities.

Emergencies can be personal (e.g., broken bones) or societal (e.g., pandemics). Some emergencies we can take steps to prevent (e.g., being sure the car is in good working condition before going on a long trip), but there are many others over which we have little or no control (e.g., tornadoes or hurricanes).

Emergencies of any sort need not become disasters with the proper preparations. The month of September has been set aside as National Preparedness Month, with activities each week to help individuals and families be better equipped to deal with emergencies when they arise and prevent them from turning into disasters.

The theme of the 2020 National Preparedness Month is “Disasters Won’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” Brainstorm with your family which types of emergencies are most likely to happen where you live. Then use some of the resources listed below to create a family emergency response plan. Be sure everyone in the family knows their responsibility, and practices doing what they need to do to respond to an emergency situation.

Some resources for family emergency planning:
Why not start creating your family preparedness plan this weekend?

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Things to Do - September Topics at HealthInfo Island!

September is Pain Awareness Month. So we also have three very different types of pain as topics: Dealing with Arthritis Pain, Migraine! and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

I guess you could even say that What is an anti-inflammation diet? might help with pain since inflammation accompanies or causes pain.

The other topics are:

  • Deaf Awareness Week Sept 21-27
  • Reproductive Cancers Awareness Month
  • Blood Sugar Control After Eating; Help for Type 2 Diabetes
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