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WEEKLY NUTRITION and FITNESS TIPS
By: Michelle Martucci RD, LDN
Garlic supplementation helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. Garlic is low in calories and very rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Keeping your heart healthy with better oral care
Claiming around 610,000 lives each year, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S.1 Did you know that research has found a link between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?
Having gum disease increases the risk of a first heart attack by 28%, according to a 2016 study by the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden.2
“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection.3
Prevention is the best medicine
Regular healthy habits can lower your risk of both gum disease and heart disease. And, if you already have one or both of these conditions, these strategies can help reduce their impact:
• Brush and floss regularly. To remove plaque-forming bacteria, brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, and don’t skip the floss.
• Choose a healthy diet, rich in essential nutrients (especially vitamins A and C). Reduce or eliminate sugar and starches.
• Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. These habits can destroy your gums and increase your chance of heart disease.
This message is courtesy of Delta Dental
William Penn Staff
BASD Employees: Get fit with First Strides Walk/Run Program for Women, Special rate for BASD Employees $40!
Do you sometimes imagine yourself fit and strong, striding comfortably down the road during an easy workout or a 5-K race? This gradual 12-week program will help you comfortably progress from the couch to walking, jogging or running at a pace that’s right for you. Weekly workshops include a group walk/run and presentations of various topics: buying proper walk/run shoes, training principals, injury prevention, motivation, nutrition and much more. Spring session begins Thursday,March 23rd at Hanover Township Community Center. We meet every Thursday from 6:00-7:15 March 23rd - June 8th. Sign up in February for $40. The price increases to $50 in March. Applications available online at: www.hanovercommunitycenter.com Questions? Email Joi Deibler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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