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Links to Healthy Actions columns

The following links are to columns in the Healthy Actions series by Akron Beacon Journal/USA Today network Consumer columnist and Medical Reporter Betty Lin-Fisher. Many topics in 2018, 2019 and parts of 2020 also include video from a corresponding Facebook Live session with that month’s expert. The topics are in chronological order since the project launched in January 2018. This project stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic and relaunched in May 2022. The format will be slightly different and there will no longer be a Facebook Live component. A Now You Know, Akron podcast will usually be available so you can hear the interview with the expert and videos of the interview may also occasionally be available.

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2018 Project Launch and Topics:

Join Betty Lin-Fisher for a year of Healthy Actions

Healthy Actions: Follow these 5 tips to get fit

Healthy Actions: Health tips for women of all ages

Healthy Actions: Tips to keep young athletes injury-free

Healthy Actions: Health tips for men — and some for both men and women

Healthy Actions: How to recognize and avoid carpal tunnel syndrome

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about depression and ways to cope

Healthy Actions: Are you taking care of your skin in the sun? Expert lays down the rules

Healthy Actions: Can alternative and conventional medicine be combined?

Healthy Actions: Tips from a dietician to get you through holiday eating

2019 Topics:

Healthy Actions launches another year; psychologist helps us make and keep New Year’s Resolutions

Healthy Actions: Can the dreary weather affect our moods and cause depression? A discussion about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Healthy Actions: The importance of knowing what medications you’re taking and how they interact

Healthy Actions: Hospice care is not just for final days of life

Healthy Actions: Child and teen depression and anxiety are real

Healthy Actions: Men, let’s talk prostate health (June 2019)

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about Lyme disease, prevention and treatment (July 2019)

Healthy Actions: Healthy dieting requires thought (August 2019)

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about heart health (September 2019)

Healthy Actions: Hearing loss can be lessened (October 2019)

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about aches and pains (November 2019)

Healthy Actions: Holidays offer chance to size up aging parents’ well-being (also Nov. 2019)

2020 Topics:

Healthy Actions: The start of our third year, let’s talk about healthy habits (January 2020)

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about children’s sleep (February 2020)

(There was a hiatus with this feature in March-May 2020 for COVID-19 and then for the remaining time in 2020, 2021 and parts of 2022)

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about allergies (June 2020)

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about women’s urinary health (July 2020)

2022 Topics (series relaunched May 2022):

Healthy Actions: Let’s talk about youth sports, athletes and their mental health (May 2022)

Beacon Journal consumer columnist and medical reporter Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or [email protected] Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or and see all her stories at

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Betty Lin-Fisher: Links to Healthy Actions columns