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3 Things for Better Health - May 7

Need to be motivated to start the week off on a healthy note? Just try one or more of three things to start the week off on the right path.

1. May is American Stroke Month. The Mayo Clinic notes this month can serve as a reminder on how to spot a stroke. The acronym FAST for face (drooping on one side when trying to smile), arm (weakness/one arm may be lower when both arms are raised), speech (difficulty/can the person repeat a simple sentence) and time (to call 911) is part of the message to get someone with stroke symptoms medical help as fast as possible. "During a stroke every minute counts," Mayo Clinic reports. Other symptoms include sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, loss of vision—particularly in one eye, severe headache, unexplained dizziness or a sudden fall. Are you at risk? High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and heart disease are all on the risk list and the risk increases with age.

2. Consider adding pomegranates to the menu. WebMD reports pomegranates taste good and can help keep arteries clear and protect the heart. "This fruit is a powerful antioxidant," WebMD states.

3. Need to work the core? Sit on the floor with knees bent and feet on the floor. Lean back slightly (or a little more if possible) to feel the body's core and middle section, abdominals, engage. Then reach up and imagine a rope extending down from the ceiling. Put one hand over the other to pull the imaginary rope down. Can't sit on the floor? Try it in a straight-back chair by sitting toward the edge so there is room to lean back and work the rope. Don't forget to breathe.

For more tips from the weekly Three Things list, check out the Monday Motivator page each week in the Dispatch or e-edition, or go to and go to lifestyle to reach the drop-down menu for health or search using the keyword Monday Motivator.

Questions or tips to share, contact Renee Richardson, managing editor, at or 218-855-5852.