Monthly Focus Archive
Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month
Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.
However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week begins on Mother's Day each year. It is a reminder to women to take care of themselves, and to make their health a priority.
Visit the CDC website for more information.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.
Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day. It's the day to wear your favorite red clothes or accessory - a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous red handbag - put on red lipstick, or sport a red tie and red socks. Go red in your own fashion to show your support for women and the fight against heart disease. Protecting your health and supporting others. Now that's great style that touches all of our hearts.
Often heart disease is preventable, your doctor is your partner in managing your health. Go to http://www.goredforwomen.org/talking_to_your_doctor.aspx to view a list of questions to ask your doctor at your next visit.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
For more information about folic acid visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/about.html
The December focus is depression.
Factors and events that can lead to depression are complex. While you can't control things like family history or your environment, you can control certain factors related to your lifestyle--the choices you make each day about what to eat and how to care for yourself. These are areas of your life where you can take proactive steps to help prevent and treat depression and enhance your overall health.
Other Risk Factors:
While lifestyle changes alone cannot treat depression, talk with your health care provider if you think the factors above may be affecting your mood, thoughts and behavior. Every small lifestyle change you can make, in conjunction with the treatment plan laid out by your doctor, can enhance your overall health and help enhance the effectiveness of medical interventions.
This information was provided by sparkpeople.com. To Learn More:
• Frequent urination
• Excessive thirst
• Extreme hunger
• Unusual weight loss
• Increased fatigue
• Blurry vision
It is reported that 2 out 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke. To view other complications related to diabetes you can visit http://www.diabetes.org/
October is Breast Cancer awareness Month for men and women.
1. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women excluding skin cancer.
2. In 2008 more than 182,000 new breast cancer cases in women were expected to occur in the United States and about 2,000 new breast cancer cases were expected to occur in men in 2008 (American Cancer Society).
3. An individual's best chance for surviving breast cancer is early detection. When found early, the survival rate is 96% (American Cancer Society).
For more information visit:
Seasonal Flu is upon us.
Peak season for flu is January but can occur as early as October. It is important to get vaccinated for the flu this year. CDC guidelines on who should get a flu shot are:
Take these everyday preventive actions to protect yourself.
For more information on influenza go to the following web site:
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