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August 5, 2015

Healthy eating is about making realistic changes. It is not about punishing yourself. Take one step at a time and soon you will be on your way to changing your eating habits for life. * Eat plenty starchy foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and breakfast cereals.
* Aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
* Eat fish twice a week and include oil-rich fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna.
* Eat less fatty and sugary foods.
* Reduce the amount of salt in cooking and at the table.
* Use semi-skimmed or skimmed milk.
* Choose reduced fat spreads, low fat cheeses and low fat yogurts.
* Shop when you are not hungry – make a list.
* Empty your cupboards of high fat, sugar and salt foods such as biscuits, cakes, crisps and pastries.
* Read food labels – checking the fat content. Remember to check with your doctor at Belize Medical Associates for a healthy eating plan that suits you.      http://belizemedical.com/planning-for-healthy-eating/http://belizemedical.com/planning-for-healthy-eating/

August 5, 2015

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) There are a number of symptoms associated with UTIs. With bladder infections, symptoms may include: * frequent urination
* burning or pain during urination
* the feeling of having to pee even though little or no urine actually comes out
* pain in the lower abdomen
* pain above the pubic bone (in women)
* a full feeling in the rectum (in men)
* bloody or foul-smelling urine
* mild fever
* a general feeling of shakiness and fatigue A kidney infection may involve more serious symptoms, including: * high fever
* chills
* nausea and vomiting
* abdominal pain
* cloudy or bloody urine
* pain in the back, just above the waist If you have any symptoms of a urinary tract infection, you’ll need to go to a doctor at Belize Medical Associates right away. http://belizemedical.com/urinary-tract-infections/ http://belizemedical.com/urinary-tract-infections/The symptoms won’t go away if you ignore them – they’ll only become worse. The more quickly you begin treatment, the less uncomfortable it will become and the quicker you will recover.    

August 5, 2015

Eat Healthy “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There’s more truth to this saying than we once thought. What you eat and drink and what you don’t eat and drink can definitely make a difference to your health. Eating five or more fruits and vegetables a day and less saturated fat can improve your health and may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Have a balanced diet, and watch how much you eat. Maintain a Healthy Weight Those who are overweight or obese have increased risks for diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Eat better, get regular exercise, and see your health care provider about any health concerns to make sure you are on the right track to staying healthy. Get Moving More than 60 percent of men and women do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits. For adults, thirty minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week is recommended. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but it does take commitment. Start slowly, work up to a satisfactory level, and don’t overdo it. You can develop one routine, or you can do something different every day. Find fun ways to stay in shape and feel good, such as dancing, gardening, cutting the grass, swimming, walking, or jogging. Be Smoke-Free Health concerns associa

August 5, 2015

Here are some tips for a healthier New Year! *Prevent violence by setting good examples *Make sure immunizations are up to date *Provide your child with a tobacco-free environment *Read to your child every day *Practice “safety on wheels” *Do a “childproofing” survey of your home *Monitor your children’s media *Help Kids Understand Tobacco, Alcohol, and the Media *Pay attention to nutrition *Be involved in your child’s school and your child’s education *Make your children feel loved and important Courtesy of Belize Medical Associates, Dr. Victor Rosado & the American Academy of Pediatrics    http://belizemedical.com/tips-for-a-healthier-new-year/http://belizemedical.com/tips-for-a-healthier-new-year/

August 5, 2015

What is Syphilis? Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. How do people get Syphilis? Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Transmission of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies they are carrying. Syphilis cannot be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils. How is Syphilis diagnosed? Blood tests such as the VDRL or RPR available at Belize Medical Associates Laboratory are ways to determine whether someone has syphilis. Shortly after infection occurs, the body produces syphilis antibodies that can be detected by an accurate, safe, and inexpensive blood test. A low level of antibodies will stay in the blood for months or years even after the disease has been successfully treated. Because untreated syphilis in a pregnant woman can infect and possibly kill her developing baby, every pregnant woman should have a blood test for syphilis. What is the link between Syphilis and HIV? Genital sores (chancres) caused by syphilis make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV infection sexually

August 5, 2015

Seven Secrets of Super Driving When you drive defensively, you’re taking control of the situation and keeping your eyes open for aggressive or inattentive drivers who might cause an accident. Here are seven easy things you can do: 1. Think safety first. Avoiding aggressive and inattentive driving tendencies yourself will put you in a stronger position to deal with other people’s bad driving. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. Always lock your doors and wear your seatbelt to protect you from being thrown from the car in a crash. 2. Be aware of your surroundings. Check your mirrors frequently and scan conditions far ahead of you. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down or pull over to avoid it. If the driver is driving so dangerously that you’re worried, try to get off the road or highway by turning right or taking the next exit if it’s safe to do so. 3. Assume the worst. Assume that drivers will run through red lights or stop signs and be prepared to react. While driving, imagine that other drivers (especially truck drivers) don’t see you when you are making your way into their path. Also, keep an eye on pedestrians and pets along the road. 4. Stay cool, calm, and collected. It’s best to avoid making eye contact with aggressive drivers. As hard as it c

August 5, 2015

FUN IN THE SUN

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a fun and safe summer. The strap should be securely fastened, and you should not be able to move the helmet in any direction. If needed, the helmet’s sizing pads can help improve the fit.

August 5, 2015

Safer sex Safer sex includes hugging, kissing, and massaging. It also includes using condoms properly and any activity which avoids contact with semen or vaginal fluids. Safer sex lowers the risk of getting HIV (the virus that leads to AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections. It also lowers the risk of pregnancy. Condoms are the best protection against sexually transmitted infections including HIV and unintended pregnancy. Make sure you use condoms of a high standard. If you’re travelling abroad take quality condoms with you – you won’t necessarily be able to get at your destination. Remember that it can be easy to forget about safer sex once the drink starts flowing. Also, being drunk makes it more difficult to use condoms properly. HIV The 3 most common ways of catching HIV are: * By having penetrative vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner without using a condom. * Infected blood getting into one’s body by sharing drug injecting equipment. * From an infected mother to her baby. HIV cannot be transmitted by everyday social contact such as kissing, hugging, shaking hands, coughing or sneezing. Everyone is at risk if they don’t take measures to avoid the virus. Issues People choose to express their sexuality in different ways and should be free to do so without fear of discrimination or prejudice. Consider the rig

August 5, 2015

Helping Yourself, Helping Others

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted? * Find a safe environment – anywhere away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend stay with you for moral support. * Preserve evidence of the attack – don’t bathe or brush your teeth. Write down all the details you can recall about the attack & the attacker. * Get medical attention. Even with no physical injuries, it is important to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy. – To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam. – If you suspect you may have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected. The sample will need to be analyzed later on by a forensic lab. * Report the rape to law enforcement authorities. A counselor can provide the information you’ll need to understand the process. * Remember it wasn’t your fault. * Recognize that healing from rape takes time. Give yourself the time you need. * Know that it’s never too late to call. Even if the attack happened years ago, they can still help. Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later. How can I help a friend who has been sexually assaulted? * Listen. Be there. Don’t be judgmental. * Encourage your friend to seriously consider reporting the rape to law enforcement authorities. A counselor can provide the information your f

August 5, 2015

Common Techniques of Self Defense Using your intuition (inner voice) and voice are two common self-defense techniques. Have you ever been in a situation that just didn’t feel right? Perhaps you were walking home alone one night from the bus stop and you had a weird feeling inside. That was your intuition at work telling you to be careful. It’s also important to understand the power of your voice. If you ever feel threatened, you should shout or scream to draw attention to the situation. It’s even a good idea to practice speaking loudly (or yelling) so if you were ever in danger, you wouldn’t freeze up. Commands like “No!” “Go away!” or “Back off!” are excellent attention-getters if you feel threatened. Reduce Your Risk Personal safety tips to reduce your risk in a dangerous situation:
* If you’re going to be out at night, travel in a group.
* Don’t take shortcuts, especially at night.
* Be aware of your surroundings, and pay particular attention to possible hiding places such as stairways, alleyways, and bushes.
* Be sure your body language shows a sense of confidence and purpose.
* When riding on public transportation, sit near the driver or conductor and stay awake. Remember, attackers are looking for vulnerable targ