Author Archives: Woody Short

Why you should check your Social Security Statement

Why you should check your Social Security Statement

Has it been some time since you’ve reviewed your Social Security Statement? Most people probably haven’t checked the statement in a few years. That’s because the Social Security Administration (SSA) decided to stop sending paper statements in the mail because of budget issues. You can, and should, still check your recorded earnings and potential benefits

Asthma-free home

Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease. It affects almost 25 million Americans, including roughly seven million children. Although there is no current cure for asthma, it can be controlled through medical treatment and managing environmental triggers. To help those with asthma breathe easier in your home: Reduce dust buildup by regularly wiping

5 keys to quitting smoking

  GET READY. Pick a quit day and put it on your calendar. Remove all cigarettes, ashtrays, matches and other smoking items from your home, office, and car. Make a list of all the reasons why you want (and need) to quit. Keep the list handy so you can read it when you get the

Separating flu facts from fiction

Yep, it’s here. Cold and flu season.   Myth: You can get the flu from the vaccine. Truth: The vaccine is made from an inactivated influenza virus that can’t transmit infection. If people get sick after getting a flu vaccination, they were going to get sick anyway.   Myth: Healthy people don’t need to be

Your Family’s Past May Reveal Your Future

How well do you know your family’s health history?  Can you name any medical conditions that your grandparents dealt with during their lives? Do you know the cause of death for any close relatives? If you’re like most people, you don’t have a thorough understanding of your family’s health history and have never thought to

Become a freekeh fan

Freekeh (pronounced “free-kah”) is an ancient grain, enjoyed for centuries in countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. Now freekeh is gaining popularity in America. Want to join the freekeh fan club? Here’s what you need to know. Freekeh is made from young wheat and has a smoky, nutty flavor and a firm, chewy

Brush away tooth pain

If you experience pain while brushing or flossing, or wince in pain when eating ice cream, you may have sensitive teeth.   Having sensitive teeth is fairly common and can be brought on by: Tooth decay Fractured teeth Worn tooth enamel or fillings Gum disease Exposed tooth roots Recessed gums   Sensitive teeth can be

Cats, dogs, and cold weather

Always keep your dog on a leash when on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm — when dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Once you get back indoors, wipe off your dog’s paws, legs, and stomach. They can ingest salt, antifreeze, or other chemicals when they lick their paws. Keep cats