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Eating Right Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated - simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Start building a smarter plate by choosing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy - foods that are packed with the nutrients you need without all the added sugars and solid fats. In addition, you can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke by eating less sodium.

Hand Hygiene

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. It's quick and simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.

What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency that happens when an infection you already have - in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else - triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. It's your body's over active and toxic response to an infection, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?

A patient with sepsis might have one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

Physical Therapy: A Safe Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

No one wants to live in pain, but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain - and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. That’s why the CDC recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain. Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education - and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.

What You Need to Know about Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium. Legionella is commonly found in fresh water sources, but it rarely causes illness in these settings. However, in manmade water sources that are not maintained properly, the bacteria can multiply and cause illness. These manmade water sources include whirlpool spas, the cooling towers of large building air conditioning systems, decorative fountains and water features, hot water tanks and heaters, plumbing systems in large buildings, and in shower heads and other drinking water sources.

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