May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Approximately 795,000 strokes occur in the U.S. each year. Recognizing the symptoms and acting quickly can help save lives and limit permanent disabilities. The National Stroke Association recommends the FAST technique for identifying potential signs of a stroke:

F= Face  Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?

A= Arms  Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?

S= Speech  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T= Time  If you observe any of these signs (independently
or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

Dining in the great outdoors

It wouldn’t be summer without grilling out. Remember to use a meat thermometer to make sure that you cook meat and poultry thoroughly. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these are the safe minimum cooking temperatures.

When the shoe fits

Have you ever bought new shoes that seemed to fit perfectly, only to notice days later that they’re tighter than you thought? Your feet naturally swell and grow larger over the course of the day, so the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends trying on shoes at the end of the day to find the best fit.

Ready for yoga?

The popularity and growth of yoga in America is on the upswing; more than 20 million Americans have picked up the practice. According to the 2012 Yoga in America study by Yoga Journal, the number of Americans who practice yoga has actually shot up by 29 percent in the past four years.

Summer vacationing

For an inexpensive summer vacation, look into exploring your own city or state. Many tourist destinations such as local parks and museums have family deals that local residents can also enjoy.