• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Start a walking group

June 19, 2017

three smiling young women walking vigorously along a city sidewalkTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Walking group: Banish boredom, boost motivation
Do you need some motivation to get more steps in each day? Walking with others can make it more enjoyable and help you stick with your health and fitness goals. Reach out to family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to start a walking group.

Allergy medications: Know your options
Pills, nasal sprays, shots — with so many options, how do you know which medicine will ease your sniffling and sneezing? Here's a guide to the different allergy medications available and which ones might be right for you.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Are opioids safe for older people with arthritis?
An opioid isn't the first choice for treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, and some side effects of opioids may be particularly concerning for older people. Learn more from Dr. Paul Takahashi, a Mayo Clinic primary care physician.

Could my diet affect my asthma symptoms?
There's no diet that will eliminate asthma symptoms, but eating a balanced diet and avoiding known trigger foods may improve your symptoms and overall health. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergy specialist.

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Grilled flank steak salad with roasted corn vinaigrette
Cauliflower mashed 'potatoes'
Pasta primavera
Strawberry mockarita

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Are you doing everything you can to stay healthy?
You're watching your weight, eating healthy and exercising. But, there's something else you need to do. See your doctor for recommended vaccinations and screenings. By getting regular screenings, you give your doctor a chance to detect problems early — when they're easiest to treat.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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