Category Archives: Change 3 Challenge

Be the Architect of Your Health

Authored by Ana Coppola, MPH, Community Health Educator, Polk County Health Department What if there was an easy way to lose weight that guaranteed you showing up at the gym multiple times a week; make small, permanent changes to your … Continue reading

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Nurturing Willpower–Tips from a Successful Weight Loss Manager

3rd in a series on maintaining your weight. . . Willpower can be strengthened, but there is NOT an unlimited supply! Medical studies have shown that if you stress willpower too much it can work against you! Just as a muscle … Continue reading

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START EARLY FOR A LIFETIME OF HEALTHY SMILES FOR YOUR BABY

Oral health has been found to impact overall health so it is important to instill good habits at a young age.  Baby/primary teeth have four functions:  Eating            Talking           Smiling           Saving space for the permanent teeth 1. Tooth decay is … Continue reading

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Halt the Salt and Save your Heart

Infographic by Terri Henkels

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Women: Do you know your risk for heart disease?

By Nola Aigner, Health Educator/Public Information Officer, Polk County Health Department At age 21, having bad cholesterol or thinking about heart disease was the least of my worries. I remember sitting at my doctor’s office finding out that my cholesterol … Continue reading

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Snacking Tips from a Successful Weight Manager

Nibbling can still be a challenge for me, especially if my day is either stressful or boring. Here are some tricks that help me get through the temptation minefields. I brush my teeth after meals and snacks. The fresh feeling … Continue reading

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Healthy Lung vs. Diseased Lung

Watch this video as Beth Turner, CHES, Manager of Tobacco Control with the American Lung Association describes the differences between a pair of healthy lungs and a pair of diseased lungs. The diseased lungs represent the damage caused from smoking roughly 1 … Continue reading

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A Change 3 Success Story

From middle school through collage I struggled with my weight. I followed fad diets several times and very quickly lost weight—but was disappointed each time I gained it all back. Then in my mid-twenties, I decided to take a new … Continue reading

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Why Drink More Water?

The message to drink  at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day is not a new one.  So why is water so important? Because you reap so many health benefits it is unbelievable. That is why we have … Continue reading

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Know Your Numbers – Body Mass Index (BMI)

National Institute of Health Guidelines and Recommendations for Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk Assessment of weight and health risk involves using three key measures: • Body mass index (BMI) • Waist circumference • Risk factors for diseases and conditions … Continue reading

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