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Safe Medicine Disposal

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Safe Medicine Disposal

Safe Medicine Disposal

Try These Three Easy Steps October is “Talk about Prescriptions Month,” and there’s no better time to learn about safely disposing of leftover medication. The American Medical Association suggests the following steps: ■ Step 1: Sort through prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements to determine which ones are expired. ■ Step 2: If you are unsure what is in a bottle or package, consider taking the unknown medicine or preparation to your pharmacist or doctor so they can help you identify what it is. ■ Step 3:...

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Love Your Heart?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Love Your Heart?

Love Your Heart?

Get a Move On to Keep It Healthy!   Want to be good to your heart? Make it work. The American Heart Association says you don’t need to run marathons to get the heart healthy benefits of exercise. Just walking will do the trick. Here’s how:   It’s Easy Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey. Walking costs nothing. Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise. Walking is easy and safe.   It Works Studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours....

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How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How Much Sleep Is Enough?

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

The Answer Varies with Age   Sleep needs vary from person to person, and they change throughout the life cycle. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Newborns, on the other hand, sleep between 16 and 18 hours a day, and children in preschool sleep between 11 and 12 hours a day. School-aged children and teens need at least 10 hours of sleep each night.     Some people believe that adults need less sleep as they get older. But there is no evidence to show that older people can get by with less sleep than younger...

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I’m Washing My Hands … What Else Can I Do to Help Prevent the Flu?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on I’m Washing My Hands … What Else Can I Do to Help Prevent the Flu?

I’m Washing My Hands … What Else Can I Do to Help Prevent the Flu?

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid catching the flu this winter. But there are other things you can do to help protect yourself. (And you got that flu shot, right? If not, there’s still time for it to help protect you this season. But get a move on!)   ■ Avoid touching your face, unless you have clean hands. The eyes, nose and mouth are entry ports for flu viruses.   ■ Cover your mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing. Dispose of tissues and wash your hands immediately.   ■ Avoid sharing...

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Power Windows and Kids: A Dangerous Combination

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Power Windows and Kids: A Dangerous Combination

Power Windows and Kids: A Dangerous Combination

Children can hurt themselves when using or playing with a vehicle’s power windows. Many kids are injured when a window closes on their fingers, wrist or hand. Some children have been strangled by power windows. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has these tips to help keep kids safe: Never leave your children alone in a vehicle for any reason. Teach your children not to play with window switches. Teach your children not to stand on passenger-door arm rests. Properly restrain your children in car seats or seat belts to prevent...

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12 Influenza Myths and Facts

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 12 Influenza Myths and Facts

12 Influenza Myths and Facts

Are You in the Know?

1) Myth: Influenza is no more than a nuisance, much like the common cold, that cannot be prevented.

Fact: Influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu,” is a severe respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death. Each year in the U.S., on average, influenza and its related complications result in approximately 226,000 hospitalizations. Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

2) Myth: You can get influenza from a flu shot….

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Health Mart® Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction in J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Pharmacy Study

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Health Mart® Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction in J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Pharmacy Study

Health Mart® Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction in J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Pharmacy Study

Outperforms in Store, Non-pharmacists Staff, Cost Competitiveness, and Pharmacist Categories SAN FRANCISCO — September 15, 2016 — Health Mart®, the largest independent pharmacy network with more than 4,700 locally owned community pharmacies across all 50 states, today announced that Health Mart was ranked highest overall in customer satisfaction with chain drug pharmacies across the U.S. in the J.D. Power 2016 Pharmacy Satisfaction StudySM. Results were announced on August 29 by J.D. Power. The study measures customer satisfaction with...

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Get the Facts and Protect Your Family

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Get the Facts and Protect Your Family

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Get the Facts and Protect Your Family

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely. Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning claims approximately 480 lives in the U.S. and sends another 15,200 people to the hospital for treatment.   Be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector in the hallway of your home near sleeping areas.   Avoid corners where air doesn’t circulate. (Don’t buy a CO alarm in place of a smoke detector. Have both in your home.)   Know the...

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Avoid Food Poisoning with These Simple Tips

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Avoid Food Poisoning with These Simple Tips

When preparing food for a crowd, keep in mind these safe-cooking basics:   ■ Wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling food.   ■ Keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean.   ■ Always serve food on clean plates. Don’t use plates used for holding raw meat or poultry to hold cooked food. Bacteria can grow when food is left for more than two hours at room temperature. To prevent problems:   ■ Keep cooked foods hot. Use chafing dishes, slow cookers and warming trays to keep foods hot on your buffet table....

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Sure, You Floss … But Are You Doing It Correctly?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Sure, You Floss … But Are You Doing It Correctly?

Sure, You Floss … But Are You Doing It Correctly?

    Flossing is simple, but there are certain techniques that will help ensure that you do the best job of taking care of your teeth and gums as possible. The American Dental Association suggests these steps:       ■ Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.   ■ Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.   ■ Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth....

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