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Vaccines you need

The need for immunizations doesn’t end with the start of adulthood. There are still several vaccines you should receive to help protect you—and those around you—from becoming sick.

Vaccine How often you need it
Flu shot Once a year
Td/Tdap (protect against tetanus,
diphtheria and whooping cough)
1 dose of Tdap + Td booster every 10 years
(pregnant women should receive Tdap during
the third trimester of each pregnancy)
Shingles 1 dose for adults 60+
Pneumonia vaccine 1 dose of two vaccines (as directed by your doctor)
for adults 65+

Note that the above recommendations are for healthy adults who received all recommended childhood immunizations. Your doctor may recommend a different schedule for you based on your health history and other risk factors.

10 ways to burn 100 calories

Feel the burn! You can blast through 100 calories with these activities, in as few as 8 minutes.* Pick one and add it to your day today!

  1. Play catch (30 minutes)
  2. Swim a lap (14 minutes)
  3. Play basketball (10 minutes)
  4. Jump rope (8 minutes)
  5. Cook a meal (45 minutes) Bonus points for good nutrition!
  6. Ride your bike (25 minutes)
  7. Dance to your favorite songs (19 minutes)
  8. Tend to your garden or landscaping (22 minutes)
  9. Go for a stroll around the neighborhood (22 minutes)
  10. De-stress with some yoga (20 minutes)

*Based on 150-pound person.

The latest chocolate research

Here’s a sweet idea: A heart-healthy diet may include a daily dose of chocolate. In a study of nearly 21,000 adults, 4 in 5 participants reported eating up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate daily. Those who ate the most chocolate had an 11 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease-related death compared with those who ate none. They also enjoyed a lower stroke risk.

Scientists believe the health benefits of chocolate may come from flavanols, substances in cocoa beans that have antioxidant effects and also help lower blood pressure, and improve vascular function. However, keep in mind that chocolate is also high in calories, fat and sugar, so add it to your diet in moderation. Previous research has indicated that dark chocolate has the most heart benefits.

Cleaner mouth, healthier heart?

The link between oral health and heart health has been supported by previous research, but scientists don’t fully understand the connection. New research on mice published in May may help shed light on why people with untreated periodontal disease are at higher risk of developing heart disease.

Researchers uncovered a receptor on cells that interacts with mouth bacteria. This receptor also interacts with other receptors to produce a protein that increases inflammation in the body, which has been shown to contribute to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

While periodontal disease often doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages, visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups can help keep your teeth healthy and identify and treat any problems early.


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