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.
FEBRUARY ¤ HALT THE SALT
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.
American Heart Association @www.Heart.org
Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure.
To find a GSMA Primary Care Physician, call the Healthy Hotline
JANUARY ¤ SEE INTO THE FUTURE
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.
National Eye Institute @ www.NEI.NIH.gov
Schedule an Eye Exam
MARCH ¤ BOTTOMS UP
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.
Colon Cancer Alliance @www.CCAlliance.org
Schedule Annual Colonoscopy. Call GSMA
Gastroenterology at 903-236-2222.
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