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Health in November 2012

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen and Everything In Between:

Check Alarm Batteries                

  • Install a carbon monoxide battery operated near your bedrooms.
  • Check or change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly. For smoke alarms that use regular alkaline batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year. For smoke alarms that use lithium (long-life) batteries, replace the entire alarm unit every 10 years or sooner if it chirps or stops working.
  • Make a disaster plan. Know where 2 meet other family members in case of an emergency.                         

Be Smoke Free

  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Illness-producing bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, so refrigerate foods that tend to spoil faster (like fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, and meats) within two hours. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wash hands, utensils, surfaces, and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.
  • Wash produce before you eat it.
  • Take a few extra minutes to make sure meat, poultry, and eggs are cooked thoroughly.
  • Report suspected foodborne illnesses to your local health department.
  • Check CDC’s food safety website and foodsafety.gov, your gateways to federal food safety information.                                     


    Know Your Family History

    Keep Foods Safe                    Get an HIV Test

    DC Government 2013 Open Enrollment Benefit Health Fairs. 

    November 14, 2012       

    Metropolitan Police Department
    300 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 3115
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Vendors Onsite

    November 14, 2012

    Online Benefits Enrollment Assistance
    DCHR Answers Office
    441 4TH St, NW South Lobby
    2:00P to 7:00PM
    Provided by DCHR Benefits Staff

    Other Benefit Health Fair Locations: 

    2013 Open Enrollment Benefit Health Fair


    DCHR Benefits
    (202) 442-7627


    R U Addicted to love??

    Dopamine is the brain’s pleasure chemical. It plays a role in gambling, drug use, and, well, love.

    When we fall in love, dopamine is released, making couples feel elated and energetic about each other.

    “That someone takes on special meaning to you and you focus on this individual because the dopamine system has been activated,” says Helen Fisher, PhD, a biological anthropologist. “It is what triggers very goal oriented behavior, where no one else matters but your new partner.”

    Dopamine can be present in both early-stage and long-term romantic love.

    Foods that are good for you in specific ways:

    Peppers: Boost your metabolism.

    Whole Grains: Burn calories twice as fast.

    Lean Meats: Calories are burned while your digesting.

    Low Fat Dairy Products: Rich in calcium and vitamin D.

    Green Tea: Helps you lose weight quickly.

    @MarshayH and @MarshayModels

    Adios Amigos, Until Next Time

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