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What to expect at your first mammogram

Although recent studies have offered varying opinions on what age a woman should begin getting mammograms, many medical professionals suggest to start testing at age 40. Visit with your doctor to discuss the best option for you. No matter the age, if it’s your first scan, you likely don’t know what to expect.

Rest assured. We’re here to help you prepare for your first mammogram with a few ideas of what you can expect before, during and after your scan. Here’s what you should know:

Before your appointment

  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you only have to remove your top. You will receive a gown to wear throughout the scan.
  • If a doctor ordered the mammogram, bring the name, address and phone number of the physician’s office so the facility can send the doctor your report.

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Vegetarian diet choice

Is a vegetarian diet right for you?

Have you been considering ditching meat and going for a greener plate when it comes to your diet? Educate yourself on whether a vegetarian diet is right for you.

At first glance, choosing to enjoy a vegetarian diet can be as simple as forgoing meat. However, vegetarianism offers a wide range of diets. Some vegetarians choose to eliminate only red meat from their diets, while others omit eating any products that come from animals. Continue reading → Is a vegetarian diet right for you?

Tips to help you eat more whole-grain foods

September is Whole Grains Month. Do you include plenty of whole grains in the foods you eat? If not, you may want to consider making some changes. Whole-grain foods are packed with nutrients that can add a “layer” of protection to your health.

Bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals, tortillas and grits are all examples of grain-rich products. Whenever possible, choose whole-grain versions of these foods. Whole grains are healthier than refined grains – providing more protein, fiber and many important vitamins and minerals. Doctors urge adults to eat at least half of their daily grain intake as whole grains. Continue reading → Tips to help you eat more whole-grain foods