1 in 6 Americans will suffer from food poisoning this year. Here are simple foods safety tips to prevent it.

Diarrhea… vomiting… dizzyness… high fever… the symptoms of food poisoning are certainly no picnic but in the worst cases, food borne illness can even result in miscarriage, kidney failure or even death. The good news is that food poisoning is largely preventable with these simple food safety tips.

Can you guess what % of Americans have high blood pressure?

Nearly 1/3 of us! That’s according to researchers at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This means that 67 million Americans are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and more.

From data collected through telephone surveys by state health departments across the country, scientists found that blood pressure was higher among seniors, men, blacks and those with less education compared to younger people, women, Asians and people with higher levels of education.

Fortunately, high blood pressure is largely preventable. Preventive steps you can take include: manage your weight, stop smoking, drink alcohol only in moderation, avoid too much sodium and fats in the diet, and exercise regularly.

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When it comes to protecting yourself from the flu, how smart are you?

The NY Times had a clever quiz, testing our knowledge of how to guard against the flu. (It’s surprising that I’m not sick more often since I guessed correctly on only 2 of the 11 questions.)

Test your flu smarts at http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/the-well-flu-quiz/

And please share your score and feedback in our comments section.

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