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Health Tip: Help Create a Healthy Community

-- Where you choose to live can affect your health.

Nearby parks and woods can help boost your health, while close highways and thoroughfares can trigger air pollution and road noise that can take your health down a notch.

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Health Tip: Celebrate a Healthier Holiday

-- The holidays are typically full of tempting meals and desserts. The downside is the resulting weight gain.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sugests how to keep holiday weight gain at bay:

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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Mental Health

-- A healthy mental attitude helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices, the National Library of Medicine says.

But more than half of American's are diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in life, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Ice Skate Safely

-- Ice skating is a fun winter activity, and it's also great exercise.

The National Safety Council suggests how you and your loved ones can skate safely:

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Health Tip: Understanding Eczema

-- If your child has eczema, anything that aggravates the child's skin can worsen symptoms, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

While everyone's triggers may be different, common ones include dry air, sweat and stress. As a child grows older, triggers may change.

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Health Tip: Improve Your Sleep Habits

-- Sleep is a complex biological process that helps you process new information, stay healthy and feel rested, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Not getting enough sleep can trigger illness, poor performance in daily activities, memory loss and other health concerns, the agency adds.

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Health Tip: Understanding Bottlemouth Syndrome

-- Bottlemouth syndrome is a form of tooth decay that affects babies and young children. It is caused by prolonged drinking of sugary liquids from a bottle.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says children are at greater risk of bottlemouth if they are put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.

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Health Tip: Before You Get Help for Stuttering

-- Different speech therapists have differing approaches for stuttering, so it's important to evaluate your needs before choosing a therapist, the Stuttering Foundation says.

Before starting treatment, the Foundation suggests asking therapist candidates these questions:

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Health Tip: What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

-- A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head.

Symptoms of a concussion tend to appear soon after an injury occurs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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