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Make 2016 a Year of Wellness

Bay Weekly's Health Guide provides expert tips for you (and your animal companions)

Be Active

When developing an exercise routine, set discrete goals on a timeline and sign up for classes or events to promote accountability. When the going gets tough, remember that doing a little bit of something active — even if it falls short of your greatest goals — is always better than nothing. Keep moving at all costs!

Dr. Thomas Sheesley, Owensville ­Primary Care, Owensville: www.owensvillepc.com, 410-867-4700

Create a Wellness Vision

Learn how to let go of the negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to weight problems in our workshops Success Habits™ and Back On Track™, specifically created for bariatric patients. Health coaching teaches you how to create a Wellness Vision based on your individual needs and desires to keep your post-surgery journey on the right path.

Denise Roden, Bariatric Center for Success: www.bariatriccenterforsuccess.com, 301-325-4269

Get Immunized

Childhood immunizations improve health and lifespan. Adult immunizations for flu and pneumococcal disease also work to prevent illness. Ask your doctor about vaccines for yourself and your children: aahealth.org/programs/comm-diseases/immunizations.

Anne Arundel County Health Dept.: www.aahealth.org, 410-222-4896

Consider Multifocal Cataract Lenses

Today’s technology now offers many cataract patients the opportunity to choose a multifocal lens over the basic single-focus lens. These advanced lenses allow patients to see near, far and intermediate versus the single-focus lens that provides either distance or near vision, requiring glasses after surgery. For the patients who qualify for a multifocal lens, it is a lifelong gift worth considering.
    With more people living longer, active lives, having the choice to see at all distances often without glasses is liberating. Additionally, using laser technology and ORA Precision Vision further enhances cataract patients’ visual outcomes.

Dr. Maria Scott, Chesapeake Eye Care & Laser Center, Annapolis: www.chesapeakeeyecare.com, 410-571-8733

Fight Colds

The common cold is highly contagious, spurred by more than 100 viruses that are spread when inhaled or picked up from tainted surfaces and rubbed into an eye or the mouth or a nostril. Beyond frequent hand washing, there are a number of ways you can raise your immunity: Catch more ZZZs, de-stress, exercise. A little Vitamin C won’t hurt.

Ginni Morani, AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care, Edgewater: www.doctorsexpressedgewater.com, 410-956-3394

Plan a Healthier Lifestyle

Getting healthy is all about lifestyle changes. Add movement into everyday activities. Park far away from your destination, and take the stairs instead of the elevator.
    When it comes to controlling your food intake, planning is essential. At the grocery store, shop with a list, and don’t shop hungry. Decide what you’re going to eat before you go into a restaurant; don’t get sucked in by today’s special. For long days and road trips, pack a small cooler with healthy snacks — pre-cut veggies, fruit, whole-grain crackers, hummus, yogurt. If you have healthy food available, you’ll be less tempted to make bad decisions.

Dr. I. Monet Ouwinga, Calvert Primary Care, Dunkirk: www.calvertphysicianassociates.org, 410-414-4552

Lavish Love on Your Lashes

Help your natural lashes grow by including these vitamins and products in your beauty routine. Vitamin B3 stimulates blood flow to hair follicles. Vitamin C prevents eyelashes from infections by strengthening the immune system. Vitamin E repairs damaged hair follicles. Biotin promotes growth of additional eyelash follicles. Calcium prevents eyelashes from breaking. Amplifeye replenishes amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants at the follicle level; it is compatible with eyelash extensions. Moi Products Sleeping Mask contours to the face area so lash loss due to friction while sleeping doesn’t occur (available at moiproducts.com).

Julie Nguyen, Lash Moi Salon, Crofton & Bowie: www.lashmoi.com, 410-721-LASH

Get Back to the Farm

Consider horse riding as exercise? It is actually quite relaxing and therapeutic. You can exercise your whole body while being outdoors and getting exercise in the fresh air in a family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a great stress reliever. We offer lessons for all ages and abilities.
    After you’ve finished your ride, you can buy steroid- and additive-free meat and eggs raised right here in Harwood.

Deana Tice, Enticement Stables at Obligation Farm, Harwood: www.enticementstables.com, 410-798-4980

Try Organic

I often hear those wishing for better health say eating organic is too expensive. My suggestion is to start small. Pick a meat, pick dairy or pick one shopping week a month to go organic. Any effort is good!

Dr. Kathryn Hodges, Maryland Disc Institute, Annapolis: www.mddiscinstitute.com, 410-266-3888

Protect Your Skin from Sun

It’s never too late to develop healthy habits to protect your skin. Wearing a moisturizer with a sun block (SPF 30) on your face and a wide-brimmed hat outdoors is not only helpful in preventing sunburns and future skin cancers but also will help keep your skin looking young.
    Inspecting your skin for any growths or ugly ducklings that look different or are changing in size, shape or color on a monthly basis is really important. Use a full-length mirror along with a handheld mirror to check your back and tell your doctor if you have any concerns.

Dr. Faris Hawit, Calvert Dermatology, Prince Frederick: https://calvertdermatology.com, 410-535-4561

Think LEAN in 2016

Being overweight has significant impact on your health and wellbeing. Weigh in by January 15 with Calvert Memorial Hospital’s Biggest Loser Winter Challenge and we will help you reach your healthy weight with weekly weigh-ins, weight-loss tips and support from our registered dietitian. Lose the weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer — and win a chance at a Total Wellness Package to keep it off. Go to www.calverthospital.org and see other classes and programs for a healthy lifestyle.

Margaret Fowler, Director of Community Wellness, Calvert Memorial Hospital: www.calverthealth.org, 410-414-4573

Help Yourself to Home Care

You may be used to handling everything yourself, dividing up duties with your spouse or relying on family members for help. But as circumstances change, it’s good to be aware of all the home care services available that might be of help.