It’s May! It’s getting warm and it’s that time of year that you just want to be outside. Why not trick yourself into working out by doing fun outdoor activities that everyone in the family can enjoy? The following list is a great list of free Colorado activities that will get you moving and keep you on the right track to staying healthy - all while enjoying mother nature.
- Hiking - We are extremely lucky to live in such a great state that allows us to have unlimited hiking possibilities. Make a quick Google search and find the nearest trailhead to you. A brisk hike will help you stay healthy and happy.
- Trail Running - Similar to hiking but with a little speed, you’ll get more than just your regular jog including an increased heart rate all while checking out the beautiful scenery.
- Cycling - Hit the road in your biking shorts and get some exercise. There are plenty of streets to ride and get your heart rate up.
- Mountain Biking - Watch out for rocks, but this form of biking is great exercise, especially on the way up.
Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. Coronary heart disease, otherwise known as coronary artery disease, is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. The buildup of plaque occurs over many years. Because many lifestyle habits begin during childhood, parents and families should encourage their children to make heart healthy choices. Following a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, following a healthy diet, including physical activity into your routine and not smoking, from an early age can help you and your children prevent or control many CHD risk factors. Let us know if you have questions about coronary heart disease. We can help.
Planning an upcoming summer vacation? Or perhaps you have already planned it? Either way, it happen to be going somewhere outside of the United States, make sure you check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to ensure you have all of the proper vaccinations required or recommended to visit your country of choice. Many countries recommend that you are up to date on your routine vaccinations, including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. The CDC also recommends specific vaccinations per country, for example if you are planning a trip to travel to Indonesia, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended because you can contract both through contaminated food or water in Indonesia, regardless of where you are eating or staying. Other countries recommend the rabies vaccination if your trip includes outdoor physical activities such as camping, hiking, biking or adventure travel. While others recommend malaria medications for areas where you may susceptible to mosquito bites that have seen cases of malaria. Even if you are staying in the United States you may still want to check with your doctor to ensure you are up to date on your vaccinations, especially if you are going places where outdoor and adventure activities are on your checklist. And if you are traveling outside the United States check the CDC website and call us to schedule an appointment for your vaccinations at least 6 weeks to a month prior to leaving for your trip.
To bring awareness to the general public about Osteoporosis, the National Osteoporosis Foundation has coined May as National Osteoporosis Month. In an effort to promote the importance of bone healthy, the organization is building awareness, education, advocacy and research programs to keep the public informed of osteoporosis. It’s never too early to start caring about your bone health. You can help decrease your chances of getting osteoporosis and broken bones by building strong bones throughout your life. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:
- 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones.
- Osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones every year in the U.S.
- One in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis-related bone breaks cost patients, their families and the healthcare system $19 billion annually.
- Experts forecast that by 2025, osteoporosis will be responsible for three million fractures resulting in $25.3 billion in costs.
May is Asthma Awareness Month. If you or a loved one is an asthma sufferer, you know the importance to treating this life-threatening disease. Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. There are roughly 25.5 million Americans living with asthma, a disease affecting the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma is incurable, it is possible and relatively easy to manage asthma successfully to reduce and prevent attacks. Successful management include knowing the warning signs of an asthma attack and avoiding elements that may trigger it. Speak to us today if you think you may have asthma or would like more information about asthma.