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Whether it is rain or snow, the weather can keep us from enjoying the great outdoors. Looking for some inside activities to help keep your mind off the bad weather? We’ve got you covered! When the weather outside is frightful, you don’t have to stay in bed with the covers pulled over your head. Time stuck inside gives you the chance to get some tasks crossed off your “to-do” list as well as an excuse to slow down a bit and even indulge yourself. Binge watch. When was the last time you watched Gone the Wind from start to finish? Maybe you haven’t seen Gone Girl yet. Find your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) films online or borrow the DVDs, pop a big bowl of popcorn, and settle in to watch all of the movies on your must-see list. Pamper yourself. A home spa day is a quick and easy way to reward yourself (you deserve that mani/pedi and bubble bath!) as well as take your stress level down a few notches. And don’t think indulgences like these are just for ladies. Gentlemen will enjoy a hot towel shave, a pedicure, or even a foot or scalp massage, when delivered by the right esthetician. Preserve your pix. Do you have boxes and boxes of old photos taking up your valuable closet or attic space? Use your hours of downtime to scan and digitally organize all those pictures of the kids, vacation snapshots, or those yellowing and cracking photos of family members you may not recognize but don’t want to forget! Go the distance. Even if you can’t get outside, you can still get your cardio in. […]
In 2015 the American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 93,000 new colon cancer cases. Individuals over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of being affected. The good news is over the past 20 years, the death toll for colon cancer has significantly dropped due to technological advancements and early detection- highlighting the importance of regular screenings. According to Dr. Cary Gentry, Colon & Rectal Specialists, “Ninety percent of patients can be cured if colon cancer is discovered in the early stages- so the earlier the diagnosis the better the outcome.” Take charge of your colon heath with the following information and tips. Signs of Colon Cancer Knowing your body is essential. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should make an appointment with your physician: Significant changes in bowel habits regarding consistency or frequency Abdominal cramping and bloating Unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite and fatigue Possible light or dark blood in the stool Rectal bleeding Prevention Individuals between the ages of 50 and 75 should get yearly screenings. Here are several ways to lower the risk of colon cancer: Diet: Along with your physician, create an eating regimen that will allow you to maintain a healthy weight. Be sure to consume lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This not only helps reduce the risk of colon cancer, but helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle Exercise: Speak with your doctor about what exercise program you can participate in to reduce your risk of colon cancer. Obesity has been closely linked with higher risk of colon cancer. Calcium and Vitamin D: Synergistically, they have been proven to reduce […]