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.
||How often you need it
||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)
||1 dose for adults 60+
||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!
- Play catch (30 minutes)
- Swim a lap (14 minutes)
- Play basketball (10 minutes)
- Jump rope (8 minutes)
- Cook a meal (45 minutes) Bonus points for good nutrition!
- Ride your bike (25 minutes)
- Dance to your favorite songs (19 minutes)
- Tend to your garden or landscaping (22 minutes)
- Go for a stroll around the neighborhood (22 minutes)
- 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.