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Be Mindful – And Healthier

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Daily life can bring many stresses and strains such as family demands, financial pressures, and occupational tension. These stresses can cause fatigue, lack of sleep, and other physical conditions than can harm our health.

One approach to dealing with these conditions is called mindfulness. Begun more than 30 years ago, the practice of mindfulness is now entering mainstream medicine.

Lose it for the Library!

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Have you been thinking about getting in shape in 2016 or turning the page on a healthier diet after the holidays? CrossFit Resilience (CFR) has just the program for you: “Lose it for the Library!” - a weight loss challenge for Hopkinton starting January 7, 2016.

Women and Heart Disease

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Here’s what may be a surprising fact to many: Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in American women. It kills more women each year – some 400,000 lives -than all cancers combined.

Yet nearly half of women – some 44 percent according to the American Heart Association – are unaware that it’s the number one threat to their health.

Why such a lack of awareness? One reason is a lack of research.

Mindful Self-Care during the Holiday Season & Beyond

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On Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 PM, Mary Starr Green will introduce a number of simple but powerful stress-busting practices that can be used anytime at the Hopkinton Public Library. These “self-care tools” can be especially helpful during the busy holiday season. The evening will include breathing exercises, gentle stretching (can be done while sitting in a chair) and a variety of guided meditations. Although the practices are based on Kripalu yoga and mindfulness meditation, absolutely no prior experience is necessary! A handout and resource list will be provided.

Can you hear me now?

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From left, Dr. Bruce Karlin, Dr. Theodore Mason, and Dr. Jeffrey Brown, this month on Physician Focus discussing hearing loss

If you have trouble hearing, you are not alone. Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent medical conditions affecting Americans of all ages.

More than 30 million Americans age 12 and older have some level of impaired hearing. Among older Americans, hearing impairment is the third most common chronic condition, and can lead to social isolation, functional decline, and depression. And an increasing number of young people are experiencing hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises, many from personal listening devices.

The “Big Problems” in Children's Health

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Lynda Young, M.D., (left) and Elizabeth Goodman, M.D. discuss the major health risks children face in the October edition of Physician Focus.

What are the biggest health risks facing children and adolescents today? The C.S. Mott Children Hospital of the University of Michigan Health System has some answers.

For nine years, the hospital has conducted an annual survey of adults about what they think are the “big problems” in children’s health.

It’s hard to argue with the poll results: obesity, bullying, and drug abuse are the top three in the 2015 poll (a repeat of the top three from last year), with child abuse and neglect, smoking and tobacco use, and school violence also included in the top ten.

Hopkinton Police Drug Take-Back Day September 26th, 10am-2pm

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The Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pull abuse or theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Hopkinton Police Headquarters at 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, Saturday September 26th between 10am and 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Increase Your Medicare IQ

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Are you approaching your 65th birthday? Are you over 65 and still working? Needing information for your parents?

If you will be signing up for Medicare for the first time...
- What does Part A cover?
- What isn't covered?
- What are the deductibles? Copays?
- And what about Parts B, C, and D?
- I've heard about Medigap. What is it?

If you are on Medicare now...
- Have your prescriptions changed?
- When did you last review your options?
- Has your physician network changed?

A Matter of Balance at the Senior Center

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

A Matter of Balance at Golden Pond

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

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