FYI

Health Tip: Heat and the Elderly

-- People 65 and older are more likely than younger people to have heat-related illness. Older people often have trouble regulating body temperature due to a chronic medical condition or use of certain prescription drugs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

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Health Tip: Get Moving and Stay Active

-- The American Heart Association recommends exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve heart health, but there are other ways to stay fit at home.

Here are the association's suggestions:

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Health Tip: Prevent Dehydration

-- Dehydration, a dangerous loss of body fluids, should always be on your mind during the hottest days of the summer. People who are exercising or playing outdoors are most at risk.

The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink often throughout the day, especially before an outdoor activity. The American Council on Exercise recommends:

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Health Tip: Keep Your Sponge Cleaner

-- Even microwaving a kitchen sponge won't sterilize it of all harmful bacteria, a study from the University of Furtwangen in Germany found, countering some earlier research.

"Because sponges are primarily moist and designed for absorption, they have the potential to pick up bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and staphylococcus," the AARP says.

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Health Tip: Food Prep 101

-- Nothing chases away the college-cafeteria blues faster than preparing your own food. But make sure you handle it properly to avoid getting you and your roomies sick.

The foodsafety.gov website suggests:

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Health Tip: Throwing Out Leftover Medicine

--If your medicine cabinet is chock-full of expired or unneeded medications, you can throw them out properly without endangering your family or harming the environment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration describes how:

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Health Tip: Recognize Youth Violence

-- The upcoming school year casts a spotlight over the longstanding problem of youth violence, most commonly bullying. Its effects can last well into adulthood.

Parents should keep a watchful eye out for the potential symptoms of youth violence, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Health Tip: Sleepiness on the Job

-- About 13 percent of all accidents that happen at the workplace are related to being sleepy on the job, the National Safety Council says.

Some 97 percent of workers have at least one risk factor for workplace fatigue and four of 10 workers simply don't get enough sleep, according to the council.

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Health Tip: Food for Fido

-- It may be difficult to resist those sad doggy eyes when they beg for a scrap from the family dinner table.

But animal experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say foods you eat aren't necessarily good for Fido.

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