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Health Tip: Help Prevent Stroke

Things you can do to lower your risk

Today's Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Calculator: Calorie Burn Rate Calculator
Podcast: Podcast: Large Jump in Imaging Scans Since 1996
Quiz: Infant Immunization Quiz
Risk Assesment: Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment
Video: Osteoarthritis

Health Tip of the Day

How to Use a Ladder Properly

  • Use the proper ladder for the weight it will carry; look for a label stating how much weight the ladder can carry.

  • Don't stand on the top step of a stepladder; don't stand on the top three rungs of an extension or straight ladder.

  • Don't extend your body too far to either side. This might cause you or the ladder to become unbalanced.

  • When using an extension ladder to climb a roof, make sure the ladder clears the roofline by about three feet.

  • Don't use a ladder in a strong wind and don't use it near power lines.

  • Make sure the ladder is level on the ground. On soft ground, use boards under the ladder to keep it level.

  • Set up the ladder at an approximate 75-degree angle to the wall.

  • Climb up and down the ladder facing it.

  • When working with tools on a ladder, wear a tool belt to keep your hands as free as possible.

Healthy Living

Back and Neck Care
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.

Health Centers

Heart Disease
Heart disease is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, you can keep it from getting worse. Here are the tools to get you started.

Your Family

Older Adult's Health
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.