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is equally important

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Mind and body:
Your emotions can affect your health

When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something is not quite right. The following are physical symptoms that your emotional health may be off kilter:

• Back or chest pain
• Change in appetite
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Dry mouth
• Extreme fatigue
• General aches and pains
• Headaches
• High blood pressure
• Trouble sleeping
• Lightheadedness
• Palpitations — feeling that your heart is racing
• Sexual problems
• Shortness of breath
• Upset stomach
• Weight gain or loss

If these symptoms persist for several weeks and have no known medical cause, you should discuss them with your doctor.

Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

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Health screenings

435 Warren Street, Roxbury
Date: August 10
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
617-442-7400 x2278

United for Elders Expo
Central Boston Elder Services
Boston Sheraton Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston
Date: August 11
Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

South End Community
Health Center

1601 Washington Street, Boston
Date: August 13
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
617-425-2000 x3088

Health Care Revival
Mattapan Community Health Center
294 River Street, Mattapan
Date: September 10
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Upham’s Corner Health Center

Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road, Dorchester
Date: October 15
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Another good reason to visit the dentist

“All you have to do is open your mouth.”

— The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

The oral cancer examination is painless and quick … and life-saving. When cancers of the head and neck are found early, the cure rate is high. Annual screenings by a doctor or dentist should be a part of your regular physical or dental checkup. The provider:

• Inspects your face, neck, lips and mouth.

• Feels the area under your jaw and the sides of your neck, checking for unusual lumps.

• Asks you to stick out your tongue to check for swelling, color and texture.

• Using gauze, lifts your tongue and pulls it from one side, then the other.

• Checks the roof and floor of your mouth and the back of your throat.

• Feels and examines the insides of your lips and cheeks for red or white patches.

• Places one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, presses down to check for unusual lumps or sensitivity.

Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Awareness Week is May 8 – 14.

Photo by Vannessa Carrington/Mass. Eye and Ear

Get screened for head and neck
cancer. It’s free, quick and painless.

Boston Medical Center
Moakley Building Lobby
830 Harrison Avenue
Date: April 2
Time: 8 a.m. - noon

Tufts Medical Center
860 Washington Street
Date: May 12
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Date: May 13
Time: TBA
Dedham Family Dental
Dr. Helaine Smith
30 Milton Street, Dedham
Date: May 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mass General Hospital
Voice Center

One Bowdoin Square,
11th Floor
Date: May 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Remember to call ahead to confirm
time and date
of screenings.

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Blood Pressure

• Normal
Less than 120/80

• Pre-hypertension
120 to 139 / 80 to 89

• Stage 1 hypertension
140 to 159 / 90 to 99

• Stage 2 hypertension
160/100 and above

• Total — Less than 200

• HDL — “Good” Cholesterol
Greater than 40

• LDL — “Bad” Cholesterol
Less than 100
Less than 150
Blood Glucose

• Fasting
Less than 100

• Random (after eating)
Less than 140
Waist Circumference

• Women
under 35 inches

• Men
under 40 inches
Body Mass Index (BMI)
18.5 - 24.9

Take a good
look at yourself

Even if you’re feeling well, you should regularly see your health care provider to check for potential problems.

Click here for general guidelines for adults 18 years and older that can be personalized to one’s risk and health status.

Mind and body:

Your emotions can
affect your health

When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something is not quite right. More

Annual physical exams are integral to overall health — despite the critics

The debate on yearly physicals rages on. Are they the benchmark of good health or an expensive drain on the health care system?

Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, the chief medical officer of The Dimock Center, is clear on her opinion. “It is one of the more key visits,” she said. “It provides an opportunity to focus on the total patient.” More

Mental health is equally important

When most people think of summer, they conjure up visions of picnics, the beach or outdoor concerts.

But Dr. Nina Mitra, a licensed psychologist at The Dimock Center, has other thoughts in mind. “Summer’s a perfect time to do a mental health self-assessment,” she said. “There’s more sunlight, more daylight. If you’ve been thinking about recharging your batteries, now’s the time.” More

Back to school
health checklist

“Parents are great teachers,” said Dr. Jan Cook, medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “Help your children develop lifelong healthy habits by reinforcing a simple message: 5-2-1. Eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruit a day. Limit screen time to two hours a day. Get one hour of physical activity every day.” More