Sun Risk Management Blog
Live Well, Work Well – September 2018
Health and wellness tips for your work and life—presented by Sun Risk Management, Inc.
Foodborne Illness is on the Rise: Protect Yourself
It’s scary, but it’s the truth. You’ve likely seen the news reports this year, announcing recall after recall of produce, eggs and other foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the overall number of diagnosed cases of listeria and salmonella, among others, increased 96 percent in 2017 alone.
Foodborne illness is no joke—1 in 6 Americans get sick and 3,000 die every year from one of 31 known pathogens. Globally, this number increases drastically.
To avoid contracting a foodborne illness, be sure to prepare your food safely and monitor the CDC’s outbreak webpage. If an outbreak is reported or a recall is issued, don’t risk it! Follow the CDC’s advice so you don’t get sick.
HBP Guidelines Have Changed: Do You Know Your Risk?
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology redefined what is considered high blood pressure (HBP) in November 2017, based on new evidence supporting a lower threshold. Stage 1 high blood pressure, also known as hypertension 1, is consistently measured at 130 over 80 or greater. The previous threshold was 140 over 90.
HBP is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems.
The New Guidelines & You
Your Next Steps
In some cases, HBP can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle that includes exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet low in salt, fat and alcohol, avoiding smoking and managing stress.
For more information, speak with your doctor.
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Fruits and Veggies: How Much is Enough?
If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’re most likely not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Fruits & Veggies – More Matters, a national health observance that occurs every September, wants to change that.
Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other naturally occurring substances that may help prevent chronic diseases.
How Much is Enough?
According to MyPlate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s symbol for healthy eating, the recommended adult daily serving for fruits and vegetables are: