Is What You Eat Good for Your Heart?

Is What You Eat Good for Your Heart?

A healthy heart starts with a healthy diet. This video includes 5 heart-healthy eating tips.

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease.

Watch this video to learn about 5 ways to eat for a healthier heart. These include:

  1. Eat a variety of nutritious foods…
    focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and low-fat sources of protein
  2. Reduce sodium…
    sodium often lurks in packaged, prepared and restaurant foods so consume in moderation
  3. Choose fats wisely…
    limit saturated and trans fats from meat, cheese, fried and processed foods
  4. Fill up on fiber…
    this helps you feel full longer and can help keep your cholesterol in check
  5. Make your calories count…
    avoid empty calories from highly processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages

Focusing on good nutrition, along with other healthy lifestyle habits, can help keep your heart healthy!

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Date Last Reviewed: October 22, 2020

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Tips for Parents to Help Pandemic-Stressed Kids

Tips for Parents to Help Pandemic-Stressed Kids

Adults aren’t the only ones feeling sad and anxious these days. Here’s how to help kids cope.

Just as it did for adults, life changed in unimaginable ways for children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote learning, canceled activities and lockdowns were necessary to slow the spread of the virus. But these restrictions, as well as a heightened sense of fear and uncertainty, have been causing children to feel anxious, depressed and even suicidal over the last year.

Mental health related emergency room visits have risen significantly for people under age 18 during the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When the same time periods in 2020 and 2019 were compared, visits increased by 24% for kids ages 5-11 and 31% for those ages 12-17. These numbers are an indication of mental health emergencies, but many children’s mental health has suffered to some extent over the past year, even if a trip to the ER wasn’t needed.

There are a number of reasons this pandemic has wreaked havoc on the mental health of kids, teens and young adults (as well as older adults). These include:

  • Lack of routine. As much as we may complain about routines, they give people of all ages – and especially kids – a sense of stability and security. Before the pandemic, kids knew what to expect each day, between school, after-school commitments and family activities. Now with so many things canceled and guidelines changing from day to day, it’s hard to follow a regular routine.
  • Social isolation. Kids and teens are social creatures. Many schools have relied on remote or hybrid instruction. Even if kids are in school, they’re not able to interact with others as they used to. Add to that the fact that kids and teens haven’t been able to hang out with their friends or be part of teams, clubs or other groups. Often they can’t visit with grandparents and other family members. This lack of social connection can have a major effect on their mental health.
  • Fear and worry. Everyone is feeling the strain brought about by this pandemic. People worry about those they love getting sick from the virus. Parents have lost jobs. It may feel like things will never be normal again. There’s a lot to be concerned about these days, and adults aren’t the only ones doing the worrying. Kids are worried, too – and they often overhear adult conversations, which can add to their concerns.

How Parents Can Help

Life is slowly returning to some sense of normalcy as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean things will immediately – or ever – return to the way they were before the pandemic. And if your child or teen has been struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues during the last year, they won’t just go away either. But here are a few things parents can do to help:

  • Stick to routines. Although the only constant seems to be change these days, try to stick to routines as much as possible. If kids are still learning remotely, make sure they’re following a schedule throughout the day. If activities are resuming, create new routines so kids know what to expect. Putting activities or deadlines on a calendar may help.
  • Encourage social connection. By now, you’ve likely found new ways for your kids to socialize – whether through virtual parties or socially-distanced outdoor get-togethers. Although these types of social interaction may be getting boring by now, keep them up as much as possible. As restrictions ease, encourage children to get back to social activities they used to enjoy.
  • Emphasize the future. This past year has certainly been rough, but things are getting better. Help your child focus on the good times ahead by planning an outing or vacation together. Talk about the activities they can enjoy this summer, as well as new extracurricular activities or sports that might be fun to try.
  • Look for signs of trouble. Bedwetting, clinginess and sleep disturbances may mean your preschooler isn’t coping well. Nightmares, poor concentration and withdrawal from friends may indicate problems in elementary-age children, according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The NASP lists sleeping and eating disturbances, conflicts, delinquent behavior and agitation among the signs that teenagers are struggling.
  • Seek professional help if needed. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and things don’t seem to be improving, get in touch with a mental health professional who is experienced in treating children or teens.

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Date Last Reviewed: February 18, 2021

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Would You Know If You Have OCD?

Would You Know If You Have OCD?

Are your thoughts and behaviors affecting your quality of life? If so, you may have OCD. It’s normal to sometimes think about the same thing over and over. Or to go back and double check that you locked the door or turned off the light. But if you have uncontrolled thoughts running through your mind or constantly feel compelled to repeat behaviors to ease the anxiety caused by your disturbing thoughts, you might have a condition called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  The unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) and resulting actions (compulsions) often interfere with daily living.

What are the signs of OCD?

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder are plagued by bothersome thoughts and fears. They often perform repetitive behaviors in an attempt to ease the stress and anxiety caused by these thoughts. The thoughts and behaviors are anxiety-producing, time-consuming and often interfere with daily living. However, you may not realize how excessive they are.

Some signs of OCD include:

  • Being constantly focused on specific subjects, such as a fear of germs or intruders, needing things very orderly, worrying about harming yourself and others or having other unwanted thoughts
  • Performing actions repetitively, such as hand washing, locking doors, counting or following strict routines

What causes OCD?

Surveys conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health show that 2% of the population suffers from OCD. The exact cause of the condition is not completely understood, but scientific studies indicate that OCD may result from a number of factors including:

  • A biological predisposition
  • Environmental factors, including experiences and attitudes acquired in childhood
  • Faulty thought patterns

The fact that many OCD patients respond to SSRI antidepressants suggests the involvement of dysfunction in the serotonin neurotransmitter system. Ongoing research suggests there may also be a defect in other chemical messenger systems in the brain.

At what age do people get OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder usually begins in the teen or young adult years. Symptoms often vary in severity throughout life and may come and go. Times of increased stress tend to make symptoms worse. OCD symptoms can range from very mild (where they don’t disrupt your life) to so severe and time-consuming that they become disabling. Treatment of OCD usually doesn’t make it completely go away but it can help bring symptoms under control.

When should you see a doctor?

If you find that your thoughts and resulting actions are affecting your quality of life, it’s best to see your doctor or mental health professional. OCD may be effectively treated. Common treatments include talk therapy and medication.

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Date Last Reviewed: August 22, 2019

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