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10 Easy Tips for Holiday Safety

(NC) Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holidays lead to distraction and accidents. Whether you're hosting a holiday bake-off or an adults-only cocktail party, it's important to remember that safety comes first. To safeguard your home from potential fire hazards, follow these tips and protect your family and guests:

1. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly to make sure they are working. Replace the battery as needed. If the alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them.

Mindfulness Tips to Help You Deal with Holiday Stress

(NC) Planning, preparing, shopping and over-scheduling can leave even the best of us feeling overwhelmed. But did you know that even seasonal stress can have serious implications on your health? It can suppress our entire immune system and increase cortisol levels, which makes us more susceptible to becoming sick.

Holiday Baking 101: Top 3 Tips to Stay Safe in the Kitchen

(NC) Baking for the holidays is one the most fun family traditions — rolling out the dough, cutting the gingerbread men and candy cane shapes and mixing buttercream can bring a smile to the face of any aspiring baker. But it's important to understand and follow necessary safety measures.

Dance your way to better heart health

(NC) A diagnosis of heart failure can be devastating, especially for those without a support network. But it turns out dancing — whether it is ballroom, tap or line dance — might be a key to living better and longer.

According to Dr. Gavin Arthur, senior manager of Promote Recovery at the Heart & Stroke Foundation, keeping active at any age is important, but for people with heart failure, it is even more so. Just be sure to check with your doctor first.

Don't let age be an excuse to slow down

(NC) If you think a sore hip, painful knees or aching feet are a sign you should slow down, you're not alone. However, experts say reducing your activity levels may be the wrong decision, particularly if you are a senior.

Do you have a cold, flu or pneumonia?

(NC) Our ability to breathe is often taken for granted until it's compromised. When wintertime illnesses take the air out of your lungs, it helps to know what you have so you can treat it accordingly. While your healthcare provider is the best source of information for your specific disease, here is a cheat sheet from The Lung Association to help you sort through the symptoms and get back to breathing.