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Is It a Cold or the Flu?
How to Tell the Difference

Healthy Party Recipes
Having a sports party this fall? Check out these healthy party recipes

Finding Your Inspiration: Healthy Weight
What’s going to make changing your habits worth it?

Need an Afternoon Pick-Me-Up?
Low calorie, high energy snacks

Healthy Lifestyle
Ask Aatika! Important Reminders for September Health Awareness


Is it a cold or the flu?

How to tell the difference

According to the Centers for Disease Control, colds and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. And because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the flu is worse than the a cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. People should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Check with your primary care physician should you have questions or concerns If you need a primary care physician, call our Skyway team at 216-778-8818 for assistance.

Your Wellness Journey

Finding your inspiration: Healthy Weight

The wellness journey is a personal one; and each person’s motivation, inspiration and interest can be vastly different. And only you know when the time is right to try to make a change.

When it comes to having a healthy weight, maybe you’ve tried to lose weight before. If you’re thinking about making a change now, it’s important to know why you want to do it. What’s going to make changing your habits worth it?

Think about why this change is important to you. Having a reason can help you stay on track. Perhaps it is to feel healthier; perhaps it relates to future events or being healthy for your family. Whatever your personal reason is that’s motivating you, keep that in mind. Write it down. Let it inspire you. And think about what small step you could take today to start this new journey.

It’s all about making healthy changes in the way you eat and how much you move. For many people, taking that first step can be the hardest part. Now, as for how you get there, keep your reason in mind, and break it down into small goals. Maybe it’s eating a piece of fruit when you crave something sweet. Or starting your meal with a salad.

Pick something small that you know you can do. Or maybe your goal is to add more activity to your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking your car at the back of the lot to walk a further distance, or an early morning walk with a friend a few days a week.

Whatever your personal reason is that’s motivating you, keep that in mind. Write it down. Let it inspire you.

Now, set aside some time to work on these goals. What things will you do in the next week? Write it down. You can use a calendar, a notepad, or even a smartphone app. If you miss a day or a goal, don’t be discouraged. Just make your next choice a healthy one.

So, maybe now you have some ideas about how you can get started. It’s your journey and you get to plan it. Know your reason. Start with a small goal, then set your timeline and keep track of your progress. Step by step you’ll learn what works for you. And you can build on that.

How will YOU begin?

Here’s a fun, interesting resource:  Check it out for healthy food ideas and recipes!


Did You Know?

Did you know that you have one exclusive phone number for questions about MetroHealth providers, locations and services?  216-778-8818





Ask Aatika

As we come to the close of summer, we want to make sure that we continue to put our health first. That means making sure that you are up to date with your Health Maintenance Screenings. If you aren’t you will receive a letter from me or a MyChart message reminder. Look for those reminders, and don’t forget to see your Primary Care Provider.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
According to the CDC (2018), each year about 20,000 women in the United States get ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive sys-tem, but it accounts for only about 3% of all cancers in women. When ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment works best. There is no simple screening procedure for ovarian cancer, that is why it is very important to know your body and speak with your doctor.
Risk Factors: Family history, Genetic Mutation, History of Uterine/breast/colorectal cancer, Endometriosis diagnosis just to name a few.

Prostate Cancer News……
The prostate is a gland that is a part of the male re-productive system that wraps around the male ure-thra at its exit from the bladder. Common problems are BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis and chronic prostatitis (non-bacterial) (, 2018)

Your chances of getting prostate cancer are 1 in 3 if you have a close relative with the disease. About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. About 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2013. (  It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races and Hispanic origin popula-tions. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, pros-tate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. (,2018)

Do you have a Healthy Topic Idea for Aatika? Email with your healthy topic ideas!

Aatika N. Harris, BSN RN, is currently serving as the Care Coordinator for the MetroHealth Select group. Aatika believes in the mission and the vision of the MetroHealth Medical Center and believes with her drive, experience and passion for nursing she will help change many lives.

Having a Sports Party this Fall?

Check out these healthy party recipes!

News to Know…

MetroHealth’s exciting transformation continues! Read the latest updates at
• This includes a new seven-story, 1,500-space parking garage, which is on track to be completed by the end of September.
• Is there a medication you take daily? Have it delivered to your home by calling 216-957-MEDS (6337) or visit or use the MetroHealth RefillRx mobile app.
Did you know that MetroHealth accepts most insurances? Many times people think they can’t use MetroHealth if they did not choose the MetroHealth Select plan. This is not the case. MetroHealth accepts Medical Mutual, United Healthcare and many other insurances.
• Beautiful Inpatient Hospitals now at Cleveland Heights and Parma locations. MetroHealth has reimagined the hospital experience by opening two new hospitals in Parma and Cleveland Heights. These facilities are designed for the best experience possible for the patient. To find out more about our new hospitals, visit or
Quick, Quality Care for Urgent Issues. MetroHealth offers MetroExpressCare in 5 convenient locations for urgent medical issues. You don’t have to be a MetroHealth patient to use MetroExpressCare walk-in clinics, and your copay will be similar to what you’d pay at your doctor’s office. Check wait times, hours and location addresses at


Need an Afternoon Pick Me Up?

Low calorie, high energy snacks

Need a pick-me-up to get you through the afternoon, after-work errands and all the way until dinner time? Consider a lower-calorie snack with a protein punch.
• 4 oz. snack size container of lowfat cottage cheese 90 calories
• 21 raw almonds 148 calories
• 6 oz. container nonfat Greek yogurt 120 calories
• 1/2 cup shelled edamame 100 calories
• 2 brown rice cakes, 1 Tbsp. peanut butter and ½ banana, sliced 215 calories
• ¼ cup hummus with 1 whole wheat pita 275 calories
• 4 oz. water-packed tuna and 1 slice whole wheat bread 220 calories
• 4 oz. deli turkey, 1 soft cheese wedge and 1 apple 240 calories
For more healthy snack choices: 30 Healthy Snacks flier 



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