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Tobacco-Free in 2015!

At the start of each year, people around the world make their New Year’s resolutions. Some people want to shed those extra holiday pounds or exercise more, but another popular resolution is to quit smoking for good.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year,…


Added by Making Health Easier on January 20, 2015 at 8:59am — No Comments

Stay safe and healthy this holiday season!

When the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, the holiday season is right around the corner! The holidays offer a perfect opportunity for enjoying loved ones, celebrating life, being grateful, and reflecting on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Support health and…


Added by Making Health Easier on December 17, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes: if you don't live with it yourself, then it's likely you have a family member or friend who does. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are above normal. When you have diabetes, it means that your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. When…


Added by Making Health Easier on November 12, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments

Creating a Healthy Food Environment in Your Community

Good nutrition is vital to good health, disease prevention, and essential for healthy growth and development of children and adolescents. Evidence suggests that a diet of nutritious foods and a routine of increased physical activity could help reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, and…


Added by Making Health Easier on October 16, 2014 at 8:14am — No Comments

National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to be healthy. But when your body builds up a lot of cholesterol, it collects along…


Added by Making Health Easier on September 16, 2014 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Stay Healthy this Back-to-School Season

In August and September, kids and teens across the country will be heading back to school to start the new school year. When school begins, life gets busy! And when life gets busy, it can be harder to fit in physical activity and prepare healthy food.

Healthy eating and regular exercise is the best…


Added by Making Health Easier on August 5, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

Have a Swimmingly Awesome Summer

Swimming and other water-related activities are an excellent way to beat the summer heat and get physical activity each day. By playing in the water or swimming, you can get the recommended amount of physical…


Added by Making Health Easier on July 16, 2014 at 8:21am — No Comments

National Men’s Health Month

National Men’s Health Month is celebrated each June. This month-long health observance helps to communicate the importance of early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men across the country are encouraged this week to make their health a top priority and lead safer, stronger, and healthier…


Added by Making Health Easier on June 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Community Changes Make Biking Safer and Easier

Riding your bike to work is a great way to get daily exercise and improve air quality in your community. But, rush hour can be a nervous time for someone biking to work. Communities that use safe sidewalks, bike lanes, and bike-share programs see the benefits of improved health and reduced congestion, while…


Added by Making Health Easier on April 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Video about Healthy Options in Vending Machines

Access to healthy food throughout the workday can be a challenge. Many people have busy work schedules and rely on quick food choices, making it tempting to reach for less-than-healthy options, like cookies or chips. These extra calories and unhealthy ingredients can contribute to health issues, such as…


Added by Making Health Easier on April 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Eat More Fruits and Veggies this National Nutrition Month

Why wait for summer? Spring is the perfect time to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. From juicy pineapple and strawberries to crisp peas and asparagus, you can start to eat more fruit and veggies today—and encourage others in your community to do so as well.

This National Nutrition Month,…


Added by Making Health Easier on March 19, 2014 at 7:16am — No Comments

New Video about Bike-Friendly Communities

Making communities bike-friendly can help reduce traffic congestion and increase the physical activity of residents. Learn how one Philadelphia resident worked with his community to make Philadelphia a more bike-friendly city in a new video from…


Added by Making Health Easier on March 10, 2014 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Show You Really Care this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day to show the love that you have for your friends and family every day. Consider giving the gift of health this year!

Below are some tips to help you create a healthy and memorable Valentine’s Day this February 14:

  • Get active—and creative. Plan an…

Added by Making Health Easier on February 12, 2014 at 8:21am — No Comments

Santa Clara County CPPW Tobacco Prevention Evaluation Briefs Now Available

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention released two briefs in conjunction with the release of the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. These two evaluation briefs highlight the accomplishments and lessons learned related to Santa Clara County’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work Tobacco Prevention Initiative. The two briefs…


Added by Nicole Coxe on January 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Jump Start Your Winter Workout!

It might seem hard to stay physically active when it’s cold outside, but don’t let winter weather stop you. On average, Americans gain a pound during the winter season. This extra weight is usually not lost over the remainder of the year. Year after year, the pounds can add up! To prevent winter weight…


Added by Making Health Easier on January 15, 2014 at 8:15am — No Comments

Add Physical Activity to Your Holiday Plans

Even if you’re eating an extra cookie or two this holiday season, you can still get in the recommended amount of aerobic activity and muscle strengthening exercises each week.

There are lots of ways to get the physical activity you need! You'll be surprised by the variety of activities you have to choose from. To meet CDC’s physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity, basically anything counts, as long as it's done at a moderate—or vigorous—intensity. To meet…


Added by Making Health Easier on December 19, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments

6 Tips for Holiday Health

Everyone likes to indulge over the holidays, whether it’s a slice of pumpkin pie or taking a break from your exercise routine to spend more time with family. Even if you have that holiday cookie or two, you can keep your health in mind with these 6 holiday health tips!

  1. Eat healthy, and be…

Added by Making Health Easier on November 20, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments

Don’t be Startled or Spooked this Halloween: How to Stay Safe and Healthy

Happy Halloween! Stay safe and healthy while you celebrate. You can have a SAFE HALLOWEEN by remembering these simple guidelines:

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and…

Added by Making Health Easier on October 31, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments

Treat Yourself with a Workout Trick

Adults need two hours and 30 minutes of physical activity each week. That may sound like a lot, but the good news is you don’t have to do it all at once. According to CDC, you can spread your physical activity out during the week or break it up into smaller periods of time during the day — just make sure to…


Added by Making Health Easier on October 23, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

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