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Year of


Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year Yet


heers to good health! January is a great time to start fresh and set goals for the year

ahead. Whether you want to get in shape, make healthier food choices, stress less

or schedule that long overdue doctor’s visit, now is the time to start. Use this Year of

Good Health calendar series as a guide to help prioritize your family’s health in 2016.


About one in three Americans has high blood pressure (HBP), and a high-

sodium diet may be to blame. Unfortunately, many people don’t know they

have HBP, the “silent killer,” and left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart

failure, kidney failure and other serious health consequences. What can

you do? Start by reading nutrition labels. Up to 75 percent of the sodium

we consume is hidden in processed foods – sneaky sodium! Aim for less

than 1,500mg of sodium per day and swap salt for other herbs and spices,

such as allspice, curry powder, garlic powder, rosemary and thyme.

More Info:

American Heart Association @

Take Action:

Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure.

To find a GSMA Primary Care Physician, call the Healthy Hotline

at 903-315-4747.


Eyes don’t always come to mind when we consider our health, but they’re

just as important as the rest of our body. Protect your vision now and

into the future by: getting a dilated eye exam, using protective eye wear,

wearing sunglasses, living a healthy lifestyle, and knowing your family

history. These steps can help prevent vision loss or blindness, as well as

detect problems early.

More Info:

National Eye Institute @

Take Action:

Schedule an Eye Exam


Let’s face it – a colonoscopy doesn’t sound very fun, but neither does colon

cancer. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Colonoscopies

save lives by finding cancer or a precancerous polyp early, when it’s most

treatable. If you’re between 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer

regularly. Not 50 yet? Reduce your colon cancer risk factors by staying

active, maintaining a healthy weight and not overindulging in alcohol.

More Info:

Colon Cancer Alliance @

Take Action:

Schedule Annual Colonoscopy. Call GSMA

Gastroenterology at 903-236-2222.

Good Shepherd Guardian