Health & Wellness

Nov
13
2013

The Great American Smokeout is in November

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout each year on the third Thursday of November and encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Studies show that quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

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Sep
16
2013

September is Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month takes place each September and is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective of Healthy Aging Month is to provide inspiration, encouragement and practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.

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Aug
26
2013

September is Pain Awareness Month

Each September, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) observes Pain Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness about the 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. The ACPA is committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums and other sources so that chronic pain may be readily recognized, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed.

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Jul
19
2013

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

While many Americans believe arthritis is a condition that only affects older people, the reality is that nearly 300,000 children in America also receive a diagnosis of arthritis. To bring awareness to this condition, the Arthritis Foundation designated July as Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. With proper diagnosis and early treatment, serious and permanent damage to a child’s joints can be prevented, and they can go on to live an active, healthy life.

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Jun
14
2013

June Is Men’s Health Month

Each year in June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten awareness of preventable problems and encourage early detection and disease treatment among men and boys. The centerpiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law on May 31, 1994.

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May
17
2013

May is National Arthritis Month

Each May, the Arthritis Foundation sponsors a nationwide team event called the Arthritis Walk that raises funds to fight arthritis. The event typically takes place during the month of May in conjunction with National Arthritis Month and helps raise awareness for the approximately 50 million Americans who suffer from the pain, cost, and disability of arthritis. During May, the Arthritis Foundation calls on the nation to take action against arthritis, America’s leading cause of disability.

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Apr
12
2013

Occupational Therapy Month

Each April, the Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., celebrates Occupational Therapy Month. During this occasion, the importance of occupational therapists and the work they do is showcased. Occupational therapists help people, ranging from the babies and young children to the elderly, participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

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Mar
29
2013

Seasonal Allergies – Nothing to Sneeze At

Most people have one of two reactions to the end of winter and the beginning of spring: anticipation and excitement that the cold months are over and warmer weather is coming. Or complete dread because for them (40 million Americans) springtime equals seasonal allergies, a stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. While there is no out-right cure for seasonal allergies, there are steps to make the transition into spring a little more comfortable.

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Dec
21
2012

Learning about Chronic Pain

Sufferers of chronic pain no doubt cringe as the seasons change and the temperatures cool. Why? Chronic painful conditions get more intense and widespread in the cold months because nerves become more sensitive in the cold. Additionally, painful conditions feel worse in the winter because of the muscle and ligament stiffness that result from lower temperatures.

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Dec
07
2012

Tips for a Healthy & Safe Winter

Even when the weather turns cold, there is a still a lot of fun to be enjoyed outdoors for you and your family. However, just as summertime brings its own share of hazards to be cautious of, winter does as well, from sledding to ice skating to skiing. But these potential injuries can be navigated with some simple precautions.

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Nov
16
2012

The importance of diabetes awareness

Each year the importance of diabetes education prevention grows in magnitude. It is estimated that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, which is approximately 8.3 percent of the population. Of those numbers, about seven million are undiagnosed cases. In addition, experts estimate that there are approximately 79 million Americans suffering from pre-diabetes, meaning they have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

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Nov
02
2012

Have Fun and Stay Safe This Fall

With fall approaching, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of cooler weather before the winter months, and freezing temperatures, begin. Fun autumn activities are ideal for luring your kids away from computer or television screens and breathing some fresh air.

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