Top 12 Doctor-Prescribed New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

With the many healthy resolutions being made to kick off 2012, wouldn’t it be nice if you actually had a doctor’s opinion to point you toward the healthiest changes you can make?

A new survey of practicing physicians by EverydayHealth.com with MedPage Today reveals the 12 most popular doctor-prescribed resolutions.

 

Top 12 Doctor-Prescribed New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

1.    Monitor your blood pressure
2.    Quit smoking
3.    Exercise 30 minutes a day
4.    Lower your cholesterol
5.    Get a diabetes screening
6.    Control your portions
7.    Get a flu shot
8.    Take the stairs whenever possible
9.    Sleep at least 7 hours a night
10.    Eat whole grains, not refined flour
11.    For women, perform a self breast exam every month
12.    Spend more time with family and friends

Good Coffee: Goodwill

Tyler’s Coffee continues to give back with its recent partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona. Tyler’s has hired the adults with disabilities in Goodwill Business Center to attach labels to packages of Tyler’s Coffee.

Todd Waltz, safety manager of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona states, “Our mission is to provide training, services and jobs for people with barriers to employment. Our partnership with Tyler’s Coffee is helping us do just that.”

Three Tips to Beat Indigestion

Everyone has experienced it – a feeling of premature fullness during a meal, an uncomfortable fullness after a meal, or a burning or pain in the upper abdomen. Indigestion, also called dyspepsia, can afflict anyone, no matter their age. Some people experience it every once in a while; others experience it every day.

While indigestion can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, it often occurs for no apparent reason. Certain foods can trigger indigestion, as can stress or eating too quickly. Here are some tips that will help you avoid uncomfortable indigestion at your next meal:

Tips to Keep Your Smile Dazzling

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When it comes to making a great first impression, nothing’s more important than a friendly smile. But not everyone feels confident enough to truly dazzle — after all, few smiles appear Hollywood-bright.

Coffee, tea, nicotine, soda, some fruit juices, silver-colored fillings and age can all give teeth a yellowish cast. No wonder drug store shelves are lined with whitening products that promise lighter teeth.

But whitening products aren’t perfect. Many users experience tooth and gum sensitivity and gum irritation, and prolonged use can damage tooth enamel.

At-home remedies don’t provide a better alternative. Brushing with baking soda can scratch resins and porcelain veneers, making stains more likely to adhere to those surfaces. Stain-removing toothpastes, which should not be confused with “whitening” products, are abrasive, and should only be used under a dentist’s supervision.

So what can you do to preserve a younger-looking, whiter smile? Here are some tips to keep you smiling pretty:

* Watch what you drink. If a beverage can stain cups, clothing and carpets, chances are that it can also stain your teeth. Even if you cannot give up coffee or cola indefinitely, you can take steps to lessen their toll on your teeth. For example, drink coffee or soda in one or two sittings instead of sipping on them slowly throughout the day. Follow sugary or acidic beverages with water, which will wash away their residue.

* Snack healthy. Foods like celery, carrots, pears and apples trigger saliva-production. The more saliva in your mouth, the less likely you are to develop stains or tooth decay.

* Use probiotics. Oral care probiotics, such as those found in Oragenic’s EvoraPlus probiotic mints (www.MyEvoraPlus.com), can help whiten teeth without causing sensitivity or irritation. The mints contain Probiora3, a patented blend of beneficial bacteria that, when allowed to colonize the mouth, prevent bad bacteria from establishing in the mouth and threatening tooth and gum health. The mints will whiten your teeth even if you continue to drink staining beverages — the bacteria constantly release low levels of hydrogen peroxide, a natural whitener, so your teeth are constantly being lightened throughout the day.

* Avoid using tobacco products. Nicotine stains teeth and leads to bad breath and gum disease, not to mention several types of oral cancer. Do yourself a favor and quit.

Tips to Plan the Perfect Get-Together

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Hosting family and friends for a special holiday occasion can become a major source of stress. But you can pull off any party, from an elegant dinner to a casual potluck, without requiring post-holiday psychotherapy.

Here are some tips to make your holiday party a success:

– Choose your party theme. Different types of parties suit different spaces, personalities and budgets, so decide carefully. If you’re on a budget, a potluck might be a great idea -; just ask your guests to bring a dish and a bottle of wine or champagne, then provide punch, dessert and appetizers. Coordinate with your guests, though, so you don’t end up with five or six seven-layer dips at the buffet.

Pick foods to fit the theme. Serve tapas at a Mediterranean party or samosas at an Indian one. Holiday-themed parties delight everyone. Decide whether children will attend -; if so, you should provide kid-friendly finger foods.

Typically, this is not the time to try out some elaborate new recipe for the first time. Go for family favorites that you can make in your sleep. Better yet, choose dishes that you can prepare ahead, so that you can actually spend time with your guests. You can also hire caterers or buy pre-made foods.

– Serve options. Make sure your guests will arrive home safely by providing non-alcoholic options. One great option, Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice Cocktail (www.welchs.com), comes in red and white grape flavors, and it lets kids, mothers-to-be and designated drivers participate in holiday toasts.

If you serve coffee, make sure to have decaffeinated coffee and black tea on hand as well, especially because many people now steer away from caffeine for health reasons. Make sure you have a way to keep coffee warm for your guests such as in an urn or carafe.

– Decorate to please. You need to create a festive mood, so pick decorations that match your party’s theme. Poinsettas or winter gourds make elegant center pieces, while holiday-themed plasticware might better suit a casual New Year’s get-together. Accidents can happen, so you might want to consider purchasing microfiber tablecloths, which resist spills.

Choosing Coffee Makers For Coffee-Loving Couples

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There are more than 2.2 million weddings each year, according to the U.S. Wedding Report. The coffee maker, a must-have appliance in the majority of American kitchens, is still one of the most popular bridal registry choices.

However, it isn’t as easy to choose a coffee maker as it was in the past. New styles, designs and updated technology have brought the coffee maker category to a new level.

Whether you’re buying a coffee maker as a wedding gift or for yourself, you have more choices than ever before, including combination machines and high-quality models that can control the variables of brewing to extract the maximum flavor and aroma out of the coffee beans.

Here are tips to ensure your choice will provide you with the highest-quality results:

* Consider a vacuum thermal carafe, which will keep your coffee hot for hours without the cooked taste that results from a glass pot kept on a warming plate.

* Look for 10-cup machines that have a special 3- to 4-cup brewing cycle. Without this feature, you may find that smaller pots of coffee do not meet your taste or temperature standards.

* If counter space is at a premium, look for a specialty coffee maker that is a combination of two or more appliances. Capresso offers the CoffeeTeam-S, which is a coffee maker and professional-style burr grinder in one.

* Think espresso. A high-quality espresso machine can make delicious gourmet-quality, pressure-brewed coffee as well as a variety of your favorite espresso-based drinks.

* Since the coffee maker is showcased on the counter and the carafe is an important serving piece in your dining room, look for coffee makers that offer stylish designs with high-quality materials such as stainless steel.

For more information on coffee makers and espresso machines, visit www.capresso.com.