Putting a Stop to Childhood Obesity

At SOMOS Community Care, we believe every child should have the opportunity to grow up healthy and active. Since September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we wanted to pass along some easy, fun ways to engage your children in exercise and promote healthy eating.
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Foods to Fuel Your Immune System

With September around the corner, kids will soon be heading back to school and the rest and relaxation of summer will come to an end. Now is the time to start thinking of ways to boost our immune systems in time for the shift in seasons. The basics tips to prevent getting yourself or others sick include regularly washing your hands and covering your mouth when coughing, sneezing, or yawning. However, there is so much more we can do to strengthen our immune systems - starting with boosting our diets.
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Immunizations are Important

Summer is almost over which means kids are heading back to school. One of the most important ways to prepare your children for the new school year is to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines. You or your child can be immunized at many places including your SOMOS primary doctor's office or at pharmacies or community clinics.
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Preventing Cognitive Decline

Cognitive decline affects thousands of older adults every year but remains misunderstood by many Americans. The condition manifests through a full spectrum of symptoms from confusion and memory loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Despite the fact that one in nine adults above age 45 experience confusion or memory loss and one in 10 adults age 65 and older develop Alzheimer’s, less than 50 percent of adults who begin experiencing symptoms visit their doctor. Although there is no cure for cognitive decline, adults can take everyday precautions to avoid or delay the onset of symptoms.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Therapy

When it comes to seeing a therapist, far too many people don’t have a clue as to where to start. The process of finding the right therapist can be daunting, and cultural misconceptions about mental health can prevent asking others for help.  These myths and misconceptions vary according to culture and age group, but they all share stigma that can keep people – especially in communities of color – from seeking necessary treatment. Let's debunk some therapy myths.
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Physical Exercise = Better Mental Health

We all know exercise is good for your physical health, but did you know that consistent exercise is proven to have significant benefits for your mental health too? Regular exercise can help serious mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among others. But how does that happen? What kind of exercises should we be doing to achieve these benefits? How much exercise does it take to get these results?
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Mental Health in Minority Communities

Mental health issues affect people regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation with nearly one in five American adults experiencing a mental illness at some point in their life, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s key to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated with an equally high priority. There is no shame in being proactive and seeking help.
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Blueberries – Tiny but Mighty!

Blueberries – the tiny fruit with tons of nutritional benefits, especially for the heart! Packed with fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient, and being free of cholesterol makes blueberries the perfect health healthy food. Not only are they delicious, but they are versatile, and can be eaten countless different ways! I’ve chosen four easy summer recipes that can help you incorporate this delectable, heart-healthy fruit into your diet.
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Exercise at Any Age

Exercising regularly is key to remaining healthy at any age, but its especially important for older adults who tend to neglect it. The benefits of exercise are vast, including controlling blood pressure, preventing on-set health problems like diabetes and osteoporosis, and improving brain function. Despite the benefits, only about 40 percent of adults over the age of 75 get a regular amount of exercise. Regardless of the age, everyone needs exercise in order to maintain a healthy life. Here are some tips to help make exercise a regular part of your everyday life.
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Protecting Your Body from the Sun

With students out of school, and the days lasting much longer, it’s safe to say summer is in full swing. This means it’s time for family vacations and day-long visits to the beach and the park. But with the warm weather and long sunny days come health risks many people either choose to ignore or simply just forget. Rising temperatures and the sun’s harsh rays can lead to immediate and long-term health problems. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself while enjoying your summer.
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