Tips of the Month

June 2022

National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

As our loved ones age they are often struck with diseases that are hard to understand, Alzeheimer’s Disease is one of those diseases. It can be a challenge to see your once vibrant loved one turned into a fraction of who they once were. The best thing you can do when your loved one is experiencing such a decline is have a clear understanding of what is happening and how you can support her/him during the difficult time. Here are a few things you can do to support someone who is suffering from Alzeheimer’s Disease.

  • Be patient with her/him. They are going to need your love and understanding, but most of all they are going to need your patience. If you lose your temper or cannot stay connected because you are uncomfortable with the situation you may do more harm then good. Patience is the key to providing good support to your loved one in this situation.
  • Lend a hand. If the person who may be suffering with this disease is aging in place, in their home, you may be able to help by picking up groceries on your way over to visit, do some cleaning and tidying up around the house, or fix a problem that may be lingering along the way.
  • Just be there. One of the most important things you can do to show your loved one your care and support is to just be there with them when they need a shoulder to lean on or a friendly, familiar face. The more you can be there and be around, the better chance you will have to connect and support your loved one.

May 2022

National Mental Health Awareness Month

Spending time taking care of your physical health is extremely important, but your mental health is also vital as well. After over two years living with the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is a mental health crisis brewing and that is why this National Mental Health Awareness Month is one of the most important one to come along in many years. It is our goal to help remove the stigma associated with mental health and raise awareness for those who might be suffering through a mental health challenge. Some of the things you can do if you are experiencing mental health issues.

  • Speak to someone. Often just verbalizing your challenges is a good first step. If you do not have a family member or friend to confide in, you can seek out a member of the clergy, a community group or groups online.
  • Seek help. It is never to early in your journey to seek help. Speaking to a professional can help you deal with your mental health issues as well as work on ways you can resolve them over time.
  • Be patient with yourself. Struggling with mental health can be difficult and overcoming some of these challenges can be a long and painstaking process, so you will need to be patient with yourself while you work through it.

If you are someone who may not be struggling with your own challenges, you may want to reach out to family and friends as a general check in. Sometimes someone may be struggling silently and a call from out of the blue may help them to start taking steps forward.

April 2022

National Autism Awareness Month

If you’ve been seeing puzzle pieces floating around more frequently this month that is no coincidence as it is National Autism Awareness Month. The symbol that is often associated with awareness of this condition is the puzzle piece. Most often people will wear blue as well, as a way to show support of those who are autistic. What else can you do?

  • Read: There are a number of books that are about autistic children and can be read to your children or grandchildren to promote acceptance of those with autism.
  • Donate. With quite a few organizations focused on bringing awareness and acceptance to people with autism, you can find an organization that you believe in and lend your money to the cause.
  • Volunteer. Many of these same organizations are also looking for volunteers to do a variety of awareness activities, especially in the month of April. This is a great way to show your support.

You can also spread the word on social media and talk to your friends and relatives about the importance of acceptance and being inclusive of all people. This is a great opportunity to spend sharing with others the critical work around including those with autism in our daily lives.

March 2022

National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Recent years have brought new attention to the life altering impacts of brain injuries and each March we make it a point to highlight brain injuries and the damaging impacts they can have on you or your loved one.

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of balance
  • Speech issues
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

These are just some of the symptoms that you may experience if you or a loved one have been involved in a brain injury. You should familiarize yourself with this resource so you will know what signs you are looking for if an individual is hurt and you are there to work with her/him.

February 2022

National Heart Month

There are a lot of hearts swirling about the world in the month of February, chocolate hearts, candy hearts, stuffed animal hearts, but none are more important then the one that is beating in your chest. February is National Heart Month and we’re working with you to make sure you are taking care of the most important heart that you will be responsible for this or any other month. Here are three things you can do to greatly improve your heart health over February and the rest of the year.

  • Reduce your stress levels by taking up yoga or meditation
  • Move more. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to help improve your heart health
  • Improve your diet. Heart healthy recipes can lead to better overall heart health and they are delicious too.

If you want to learn more about National Heart Month you can visit the American Heart Association’s website, which you can find here.

January 2022

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Once one of the most common and deadliest types of cancer, cervical cancer has started to become very treatable with the advancements made in screening and treatment, but nonetheless it is important that each and every day we are getting the word out about this disease and the symptoms that it presents. These symptoms may often be mistaken as a woman’s period or a urinary tract infection (UTI) but they should be taken seriously as they can also be a sign of cervical cancer. Symptoms may include;

  • Unusual bleeding. This would be bleeding that occurred after intercourse or in between periods.
  • Pain in the pelvis area.
  • More frequent urination and/or pain while urinating
  • A vaginal discharge that looks or smells different then typical.

The best thing you can do if you notice any of these symptoms is to be seen by your medical provider. When caught early cervical cancer can be treated.

December 2021

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

As you you are running around getting some gifts for the holiday season it is important that you pay attention to the warning labels and age restrictions on the toys, especially for those that are little ones. These labels are critical in insuring the safety of the person you are giving the gift to.

It is important to pay special attention to the following types of toys to keep the kiddos safe;

  • Balloons
  • Magnets
  • Small balls
  • Toys with small parts
  • Scooters and other riding toys

After all gifts are opened it is important that all plastic wrapping is thrown away to avoid any choking hazards. It is also important that gifts given to older children are kept out of the reach of younger children.

November 2021

Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that diabetes is the #1 cause of disability and death in the United States? It is critical that you know what the warning signs are that you might have diabetes and also that you learn ways to keep yourself safe. This month we’re highlighting the need for prevention and symptom awareness.

Some symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include;

  • Being very thirsty or hungry
  • Being more tired then usual
  • Blurry vision
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Cuts that are slow to heal
  • Urinating frequently
  • Numb or tingly hands or feet

Prevention measures you can take to avoid getting Type 2 Diabetes include;

  • Being active
  • Watching your weight
  • Eating healthy

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes or are generally concerned about new or worsening conditions you should seek medical attention from your provider.

To learn more you can visit

October 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each year in October we spend some time discussing breast cancer and how to protect yourself from serious disease. The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and so it is imperative that you do self exams and get screened according to the advice of your medical provider.

Risk factors for breast cancer include;

  • Aging. The vast majority of breast cancer cases occur in those over the age of 50.
  • Gender. While breast cancers can affect men, the largest group of those affected by the disease are women.
  • Reproductive health. If you started your period early or entered menopause early you are at a greater risk of breast cancer.
  • Breast density. If you have dense breasts it may be hard for a mammogram to pick up any potential signs of disease.
  • Family history. Breast cancer can be hereditary so you should absolutely know your family history.

September 2021

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and for that reason many women who are diagnosed with it are diagnosed at an advanced stage. It is for this reason that while this type of cancer is rare it can often have devastating impacts for women and their loved ones if a diagnosis occurs. During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month we are working to shed light on this disease and accomplish goals such as:

  • Improving and promoting early cancer detection
  • Investing in cancer research
  • Ensuring that every woman has equitable access to the health care they need

To join us in this month of awareness and action, share this information with your loved ones and find more about this disease via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

August 2021

National Children Eye Health and Safety Month

You may not realize it, but eye health and safety are paramount to keeping kids healthy and learning in school, all the ball field, and around town. August is set aside each year to remind parents and caregivers that kids need attention paid to their eye health as well.

Some of the things you can do to make sure your child’s eyesight is healthy during this month include;

  • Schedule your child’s annual eye exam this month before they head back to school.
  • If your child participates in any sports activities, make sure she/he has the appropriate eye protection for that sport. Some sports wear eye shields, glasses, and even masks to help protect a child’s eyes.
  • Talk with your child about proper eye care and practicing eye safety to help them avoid dangerous situations for their eyes.

July 2021

National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

It is hard to believe, but there are over 300,000 young people who are afflicted with arthritis in the United States alone. Each July, we shine a light on these children who have been diagnosed with some form of the disease.

Some symptoms that may show themselves in a child include the following;

  • Stiffness in a child’s joints
  • Swelling in joints
  • Pain in joints
  • Fever

There are treatment options for young people who are afflicted with juvenile arthritis and they may include;

  • Managing pain
  • Improving joint function
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Preventing joint damage

June 2021

National Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

With over 50 million people impacted by Alzheimer’s it is important to understand this very difficult degenerative brain disease and the signs that you may start to see in you or your loved ones.

  • Memory loss that impacts your daily life
  • Removing oneself from work or other social engagements
  • Mood changes or personality changes
  • Bad judgement
  • Inability to retrace steps
  • New problems with speaking or forgetting words
  • Difficulty with spacial relationships and visual images

If you or your loved one experience any or all of these symptoms you should be seen by a medical provider who can refer you to the appropriate specialist to chart a course forward.

May 2021

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month Month

Each year the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition participates in National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. This year is a little bit different as the council has teamed up with the United States Office Of Disease Prevention to promote physical activity while remaining socially distant. The #MoveYourWay campaign runs all this month.

Move Your Way is an effort to encourage physical activity while still remaining socially distant. We thought we could chip in with a few ideas of our own. Want to get out and get moving but stay safe from COVID-19? Start with some of these activities;

  • Rent a kayak – this is a great way to move and enjoy the nature around us. Plus it can be done solo or at a safe distance.
  • Go for a walk – for something a little less strenuous and equally socially distant, you can head out with a friend or two, chat and get your body moving.
  • Do some yoga – keep those mats six feet apart and try to keep it outside and you’ll be moving and saying namaste in no time.
  • Go for a bike ride – If you want something that moves a little quicker, riding bikes is a great socially distant activity and promotes physical fitness for everyone involved.

There are so many activities you can do outside that are safe and great for your physical fitness. Whatever you do this month, #MoveYourWay and keep your eye on healthy outcomes.

April 2021

National Autism Acceptance Month

In previous years we have celebrated National Autism Awareness Month, but this year the Autism Society of America (ASA) is moving from awareness to acceptance as it is more important then ever to build an inclusive community where people with autism are able to fully connect and be accepted in everyday life.

Doing your part this April will help those with autism being recognized as fully connected to your community and will help you #celebratedifferences. One of the things you can do to help is to donate to the Autism Society of America here. The areas of our community that the ASA is hoping to impact include;

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Accessible Housing
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Long-term care and support

We hope you will join us in supporting the nearly 1 in 54 Americans who are on the autism spectrum and will benefit from a fully inclusive society.

March 2021

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer originates in the large intestine. The large intestine is the final part of the digestive tract. All month long we’re sharing information that we hope will help you with early detection and catch this terrible disease before it’s too late.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see a medical professional who can help you determine if further tests should be done.

  • Blood in your stool
  • Feeling that your bowel isn’t emptying
  • Change in the consistency of your stool
  • Abdominal discomfort including cramps
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Help us spread the word this month to make all of your friends and family aware of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. We can end this, but we need your help.

February 2021

National Heart Health Month

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the best things you can do to ensure your overall health is good. This month is all about celebrating heart health and encouraging good habits. See below for a challenge you can participate in to do your part for your heart.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is encouraging all Americans to participate in the #7DaysOfSelfCare initiative. Can you do it?

Day #1: Selfcare Sunday – create a self care checklist

Day #2: Mindful Monday – know your blood pressure numbers

Day #3: Tasty Tuesday – try a heart healthy recipe

Day #4: Wellness Wednesday – put your heart into your daily wellness routine

Day #5: Treat yourself Thursday – spend some time relaxing or having fun

Day #6: Follow Friday – share someone who inspires you on social media

Day #7: Selfie Saturday – spread the word on how you’re keeping your heart health on social media.

January 2021

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

With nearly 3.5 million people in the United States experiencing glaucoma and an estimated 58% increase in that number of people by 2030, the National Eye Institute is working to bring attention to this difficult affliction.

Here are some things you can do to raise awareness of this affliction during the first month of 2021 and year round.

1. Talk to your family and friends about glaucoma. This will allow them to become familiar with the language we use to talk about the affliction as well as be on the lookout for signs and symptoms in their own lives.

2. Bring attention to glaucoma through community events and fundraisers to raise awareness and funds in the battle against this affliction.

3. Refer a friend or family member for more information to the pen-ultimate website on glaucoma,

December 2020

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month

It’s likely that there will be less cars on the road this year during the holidays, but there is never a bad time to remember that drunk and drugged driving are killers and can cause serious injury and death. Spread the word this and every month.

Here are some ways you can participate in National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month

1. Designate a driver. First and foremost is keeping yourself safe. If you are drinking or doing any drugs, do NOT get behind the wheel of a car. Before you go out identify a person who will skip the alcohol and/or drugs and drive safely.

2. Encourage your friends to drink responsibly. If you’re with friends and they are drinking, a gentle reminder that they will need to get home and they should take that responsibility seriously may be difficult, but it could save their life.

3. Call an Uber. If you’ve been out drinking or doing drugs, don’t hesitate to call an Uber. You can return to pick up your car the next day when you have sobered up and you will stay safe.

4. Collect the keys. If you are having company at your house (please remember small gatherings this season) it does no harm to collect everyone’s keys before the festivities begin. At the end of the night you can call anyone who needs one a ride share and keep them safe.

November 2020

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer has long been one of the most preventable types of cancer that people face. This month it is important to spread the word about the things you can do to keep yourself safe from this type of cancer.

1. Don’t smoke. Smokers are overwhelming more likely to get cancer then those that do not smoke. If you avoid this terrible habit, you will have a significantly better chance of staying healthy.
2. Avoid secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke should be avoided at all costs. If someone near you is smoking regularly, ask them to stop. If they won’t then remove yourself from the situation.
3. Get your home tested for Radon. Radon can cause lung cancer and should be avoided at all costs. If you are currently living in a home, have it tested for Radon. If you are thinking about buying a property, make sure it is tested for Radon.
4. Get yourself screened. Even though lung cancer is very preventable, you should still get yourself screened periodically to make sure you have not been exposed to this type of cancer.

October 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nearly 270,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2020. All month long we are working to bring awareness to this disease and you can help, here are a few ways;

1. Make a donation: Donating to your favorite breast cancer charity is a great way to support research of new treatments and/or care for those suffering through this terrible disease.
2. Wear pink: Pink is the official color of breast cancer awareness and by donning a pink sweater or bandana or any other piece of clothing in the month of October you’re showing your support of the cause.
3. Share your story: Telling your story of your battle or your loved ones battle with breast cancer can be liberating for you and can also let other survivors know that they are not alone.
4. Volunteer: There are many non-profits that are helping to bring awareness to and find solutions for breast cancer and they can always use your help. If you have a few hours a month to spare, you can be a great help.
5. Tell your friends: Take to social media and spread the word that this is a disease worth fighting and one that affects us all.

September 2020

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

More than 14,000 women will lose their lives to ovarian cancer this year alone. Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult to detect early which results in 80% of those identified as having the disease finding themselves in the late stages. More has to be done to identify and treat this disease early.

During the month of September we are doing our part to bring awareness of this type of cancer to the forefront. There is no early detection test for this type of cancer.

To learn more about ovarian cancer click here.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

The numbers are increasingly staggering with 1 in 5 U.S. children considered to be obese. That is 19% of the U.S. population of young children.

Obesity in children can lead to a wide variety of health risks as that child gets older including, but not limited to, asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes.

There are so many things that we can all do to ensure that our kids grow up healthy and active and avoid this epidemic. Click here for some details from the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

August 2020

August is National Immunizations Month.

While scientists race towards trying to find a cure and vaccine for COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is reminding everyone to make sure that their vaccines for other communicable diseases are up to date. Vaccines are a central way that society, works together to control the spread of these awful diseases.

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages children and adults to always spend time focusing on their eye health and safety, but takes the opportunity in August to remind parents and children to take special care of their eye health. There are many resources available here:

July 2020

July is Juvenile Arthritis Month.

It may come as a surprise to many, but children can get arthritis just like adults can. In fact, in the United States today, there are 300,000 children annually that get afflicted with arthritis. During the month of July we are spreading the word on this affliction so you know how you can help with research and awareness.

Right now you can take two steps:

1.) You can share the following post on social media to spread the word about finding a cure:

“July is #JuvenileArthritis Awareness Month! Together we can #CureArthritis! Get involved today! #KidsGetArthritis”

2.) You can make a donation to Cure Arthritis by clicking here.

Whatever you are able to do is important as a way to bring about change in the fight against Juvenile Arthritis.

June 2020

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Each year during the month of June the Alzheimer’s Association encourages everyone to go purple in support of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. This disease can affect anyone that has a brain, so anyone. Here are some ways you can support this important cause:

  • Wear purple to work/school/the store
  • Go purple on social media by changing your profile picture to purple
  • Host a purple with a cause zoom call
  • Share your story or the story of a loved one

May 2020

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

The American Stroke Association invites you to spread the word that this month is Stroke Awareness Month and knowing the facts about strokes can help save you or a loved ones life. It’s easy to remember the symptoms of a stroke by using the word FAST.

To learn more about stroke related issues, visit the American Stroke Association here.

April 2020

April is National Autism Awareness Month.

For over 50 years the Autism Society has been recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month.

Nearly 1 in 59 children in the United States have autism, this number is a steep increase since 2010 when the number was 1 in 125 children. The purpose behind Autism Awareness Month is to bring attention to the following:

  • Signs of the disorder
  • Symptoms of the disorder
  • Opportunities for support

For more you can visit the Autism Society website here.

March 2020

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

While many are aware that colorectal cancer is one of the more curable forms of cancer, it also still requires early detection to have the best chance of survival.  Here are some statistics on survival rates based on when it is detected.

  • If colorectal cancer is detected at the local stage, the five-year survival rate is 90%
  • At the regional stage if colorectal cancer is detected, the five-year survival rate is 71%
  • When found at a distant stage, colorectal cancer has a five-year survival rate of 14%

Local stage = limited to where the cancer started

Regional stage = cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, tissues, and organs

Distant stage = cancer has spread to far away parts of your body

February 2020

February is Heart Health Month

One of the best ways you can take care of your health and live a long and happy life is to avoid these heart health risks according to the CDC.

1. Poor eating habits. Foods that are high in sodium can affect your blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. Replace high sodium foods with heart healthy fruits and vegetables.
2. Being sedentary. Being inactive can be detrimental to your heart health. While any physical activity can be good for your heart health, the CDC recommends that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
3. Obesity. Being overweight can cause undue stress on your heart and result in poor heart health.
4. High cholesterol. Having high cholesterol can be one of the biggest factors that lead to heart disease and stroke.
5. Smoking. One of the most damaging things you can do to your heart is smoking cigarettes.

As February is Heart Health Month, take this time to take stock in how you’re treating your heart and how that is affecting your long term health. You deserve to live a long and healthy life.

Happy New Year!

January 2020

Healthy Living Tips For The New Year

Whether you’ve already found your healthy lifestyle or you’re hoping to find it in 2020 we have you covered with some of these tips that are sure to get you on the right track.

1. Drink lots of fluids. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy.
2. Eat a variety of different foods.
3. Exercise each day. Just 30 minutes of physical activity everyday can help stave off certain ailments.
4. Get plenty of sleep. A well rested person is much more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

December 2019

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Month

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, eat, drink, and be merry, but it is also a time to be aware of your surroundings and make the best choices for you and your family. That is why supporting National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month is so important.

We encourage you to engage in the following behaviors this and EVERY month:

1. Volunteer to be a designated driver
2. Take an UBER if you do not have a designated driver
3. Avoid driving late at night as this can be one of the deadliest times of the day for drunk or drugged drivers
4. If you’re hosting a party, be aware of your guests and help them find a ride if they might need it

AIDS Awareness Month

While medicine has made great strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS there are still an estimated 1.1 million people living with this disease in the U.S. alone. Even worse, 1 in 7 people who are infected may not know they have been infected.
Here are some ways you can help raise awareness about this disease:

1. Volunteer at a local HIV service organization
2. Spread the word on social media
3. Share what you know with others
4. Participate in local events

If you are interested in spreading the word about this disease, you can get more information and resources here.

November 2019

Diabetes Awareness Month

Spread the word this month about diabetes. Make sure your friends and family know the facts. Here are four facts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) you can share:

1. 30 million Americans have diabetes.
2. 1 in 4 Americans do not know that they have diabetes.
3. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
4. 84 Million Americans have pre-diabetes.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

This month we are bringing awareness to prevention of lung cancer. One of the biggest things you can do to avoid lung cancer is to not smoke. In that vein, we are supporting the Great American Smokeout on November 15th. If you or a loved one are a smoker, we urge you to participate or encourage your loved one to participate.

October 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nearly 270,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2019. All month long we are working to bring awareness to this disease and you can help, here are a few ways;

1. Make a donation: Donating to your favorite breast cancer charity is a great way to support research of new treatments and/or care for those suffering through this terrible disease.
2. Wear pink: Pink is the official color of breast cancer awareness and by donning a pink sweater or bandana or any other piece of clothing in the month of October you’re showing your support of the cause.
3. Share your story: Telling your story of your battle or your loved ones battle with breast cancer can be liberating for you and can also let other survivors know that they are not alone.
4. Volunteer: There are many non-profits that are helping to bring awareness to and find solutions for breast cancer and they can always use your help. If you have a few hours a month to spare, you can be a great help.
5. Tell your friends: Take to social media and spread the word that this is a disease worth fighting and one that affects us all.

September 2019

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

There are roughly 1 in 5 children who are obese in America. This serious health condition is something that all of us need to take seriously and be educated about. Here are some things that contribute to this epidemic.

1. Children who spend too much time being inactive, often end up obese.
2. When there is easy access to sugary, high caloric foods.
3. If not given places to go in the community to get physical activity, children my end up obese.
4. Lack of sleep is one factor that is often overlooked but may lead to obesity in children.

For more information on how to prevent childhood obesity in your kids, visit this page on the CDC’s website.

National Suicide Prevention Month

The mental health of people young and old is a critical matter and requires immediate attention. All month long, we’re bringing awareness to the issues surrounding suicide.

1. Someone who is having difficulty sleeping may need to speak with someone.
2. As people start to withdraw from certain social situations this can be an indicator of depression which could be a suicide indicator.
3. If someone you know is engaging in dangerous or harmful behavior they should speak with someone.
4. When someone you know begins to put their “affairs” in order and starts to make plans for when they are no longer here, this may be a sign.
5. The most telling sign is someone who is threatening to kill themselves. While not ALWAYS an indicator, it is a tell tale sign that someone needs help.

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

August 2019

National Children Eye Health and Safety Month

As kids head back to school in less then a month, don’t forget their eye health. Here are some things you should look out for if your child’s eyes need attention.

1. Eyes turn in or out
2. Red or crusty eyelids
3. Watery eyes
4. Your child is rubbing or itching their eyes
5. When watching TV the child tilts their head to one side
6. Frequent blinking
7. Holding book too close to his/her face

An annual eye exam is important for your child and especially so if any of these symptoms or behaviors are present.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Every August is National Immunization Awareness Month and it’s the perfect time to get the vaccinations that you or your child is in need of. Immunizations prevent serious illnesses that keep you and those you come in contact with safe throughout the year.

National Wellness Month

Here are some tips on how to practice wellness this month and moving forward.

1. One of the most important things you can do to practice wellness is to eat well. Load up on fruits and veggies and you’ll be well on your way to being well.
2. Spending time meditating can be a great way to clear your mind and practice wellness.
3. Get a good night sleep. This can be one that is challenging for some, but a good night sleep is the key to wellness.
4. Exercising is the best way to get your blood circulating and begin to feel healthy. This is a key component of practicing wellness.
5. Find a hobby and practice it. A hobby is good for your mental and physical health.

July 2019

UV Safety Month

Fun in the sun doesn’t have to come at a cost if you take the appropriate precautions.

Here are some tips when enjoying the beautiful weather that the summer months bring us.

1. Stay in the shade whenever possible. The more exposure you have to the sun, the greater the chance that you will have unwanted exposure.
2. Wear a shirt/beach cover-up.
3. Using sunscreen is a must, especially in these hot summer months. The higher the SPF the greater the protection.
4. Wear a hat. Don’t forget the top of your head can be a great target for sun exposure.
5. Wear sunglasses as they help protect your eyes and the skin around them.

June 2019

Men’s Health Month

Men are 100% less likely to get their annual checkups at the doctor then women.

Here are some tips men should keep in mind to stay healthy.

1. Make regular checkups with your primary care physician annually.
2. Learn and know your family medical history.
3. Get regular exercise. Exercise and eating right are the best ways to prevent serious illness and live a long and fulfilling life.
4. Get enough sleep. At least 7 hours is recommended for most men.
5. Pay attention to your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

May 2019

National Stroke Awareness Month

When you or a loved one suffers a stroke the longer it takes to get medical attention, the graver the risk of the stroke doing lasting damage to your brain. That is why every minute counts and it is so important to know the signs and symptoms of a potential stroke so you or your loved one can seek medical attention in a timely manner. Here are some of the symptoms you should be on the look out for:

  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes that comes on suddenly
  • A severe headache that comes on suddenly and cannot be attributed to anything
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking all of a sudden
  • Speech difficulties including trouble speaking, confusion, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, which will especially happen on one side of the body

Speed is a critical component in identifying a stroke and getting treatment. The faster you act, the better chances of a full recovery. Remember to act F.A.S.T. to identify symptoms and use this test to confirm that the symptoms are related to a stroke:

F–ace: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop down?
A–rms: When the person raises both of his/her arms does one side drift downward?
S–peech: Have the person you’re speaking with repeat a simple phrase, if his/her speech is slurred this is a good indicator that they may be having a stroke.
T–ime: Call 911 if any of these signs appear.

April 2019

Stress Awareness Month

Stress can have an undue negative effect on your short term and long term well-being. In the short term it can lead to chronic headaches, sadness and anger. In the long run it can have serious impacts on your mental health and well being as well as being very bad for your heart and blood pressure. While mindfulness and relaxation can be beneficial in combating stress, so too can some foods being added to your diet. Here is a list of some of the foods that can contribute to your low-stress diet:

  • Whole grain breads, pastas, and breakfast cereals
  • Oranges (vitamin C can help manage stress)
  • Spinach
  • Fatty fish (like salmon and tuna)
  • Black Tea
  • Pistachios
  • Avocados
  • Almonds
  • Raw vegetables

Utilizing your diet to help reduce stress is one way to combat the short term and long term effects of this unhealthy mental state that so many of us often find ourselves in.

March 2019

National Nutrition Month

Eating healthy year round is as important as anything you can do for your health and well-being, that’s why this month we’re taking an opportunity to share with you some easy ways to eat healthy even with a busy lifestyle.

1. Prep ahead of time

Eating healthy can be just as easy as not, but it requires a little work at the start of the week. If you find yourself snacking towards the end of the day and grabbing something unhealthy, prep a nutritious snack. This can be as simple as adding a handful of healthy nuts and a few slices of cheese to your lunch and saving them until you get that late day snack craving.

This same thing can be true for meals. If you have something prepared you’re much less likely to take the non-nutritious route.

Eat the Rainbow

We tell our kids all the time, eat the rainbow. If you’re eating the rainbow you’ll be loving your nutritious lifestyle. This is a relatively simple task. Fill your plate with lots of veggies and fruits and you’ll be well on your way to eating the rainbow and your healthy eating goals.

Drink lots of water

Water will be key to unlocking National Nutrition Month. If you get a full 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water each and every day you will have more energy, be less hungry, and have clearer looking skin. Drinking the right amount of water will keep you healthy and happy for years to come.

Eating a nutritious meal or snack and drinking the right amount of water is one of the best ways you can remain healthy. That’s why this month we’re celebrating the goals of #NationalNutritionMonth.

If you’re eating healthy, share how you keep nutrition at the forefront of your mind on social media. Join us on Facebook or Instagram and share a pic.

February 2019


We’re recognizing Heart Health Month with some tips on how you can keep your heart healthy in this coming year.

1. Eat Well

  • Look for American Heart Association’s mark of approval on restaurant menus and in grocery stores to certify that you’re purchasing heart-healthy foods.
  • Cut back on packaged, processed foods to limit sodium.  Aim for less than 1500mg of cholesterol per day.
  • Read food labels.  Aim for less than 300mg of cholesterol per day.
  • 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies each day.

2. Get Moving

  • Most Americans are overweight
  • Exercise sends oxygen to your brain and makes your memory sharper
  • Goal: 150 min/week of moderate exercise or 75 min/week of vigorous exercise
  • 2 days per week: muscle-strengthening activity

3. Get a check up

  • Check blood pressure: GOAL: Less than 120/80 mmHg
  • Check cholesterol: less than 160 mg/dL (low risk), less than 130 mg/dL (intermediate risk), less than 100 mg/dL (high risk), less than 70 mg/dL (very high risk)
  • Check fasting glucose: GOAL: Less than 100 mg/dL

4. Maintain a healthy weight

  • Men: aim for a 50 inch or less waist circumference
  • Women: aim for 35 inches or less waist circumference
  • Aim for a BMI of under 25

January 2019

Avoiding Cold and Flu Season

1. Get Vaccinated: It’s not too late to get yourself vaccinated for the flu and this is a critical component to staying healthy during cold and flu season.

2. Keep your hands washed: Keeping germs away is one of the best ways to keep the cold and flu away. Use soap and water or if necessary hand sanitizers.

3. Avoid people who are sick: This one can be easier said then done, but if you can, stay away from anyone who is coughing and sneezing. This will help you avoid getting germs transferred to you.

4. Stay home: If you happen to get sick, stay home if you can. Resting and avoiding others is the best way to get yourself back on your feet and feeling like yourself again.

December 2018

Stay Healthy This Holiday:

1. Exercise everyday: The tip here is that you don’t need to exercise for an hour and sweat like crazy. A simple stroll with your family or a few sit-ups before bed will do the trick. Keep yourself in a routine and you’ll maintain that healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays.

2. The just 1 rule: Let’s be real, when that plate of holiday cookies comes out you’re going to have a hard time saying no completely. If you follow the just 1 rule, you can still have a cookie or a piece of pie, without the guilty. Take just 1 and you’ll stay healthy.

3. Drink responsibly: Alcohol is where empty calories go to hide. If you’re trying to stay healthy carry over the just 1 rule to drinking too. This will save you some calories and you can even be your party’s designated driver (hero.)

4. Keep a journal: We’re talking about mental health here too. What is better for your mental health then keeping a running journal of your holidays. You don’t have to write everyday, but a few times a week should do the trick.

5. Keep calm and holiday on: Stress will definitely make your holidays miserable and will drag your health down with it. It can be hard to ignore stressful situations, but do your best and you’ll get through the holidays as a much happier and healthier person.

We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season.

November 2018

American Diabetes Month: 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes. Know the signs and ways to reverse it. Learn more about Type I and Type II Diabetes and help us spread the word about this disease all month long.
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Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important medical functions. The degeneration and death of a person’s brain cells will cause a decline in mental function and memory.
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Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Lung cancer is any cancer that originates in your lungs. The disease claims more lives each year then colon, prostate, and breast cancers combined.
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October 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will get invasive breast cancer throughout her life. Self-screening and regular mammograms can help detect this terrible disease.
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National Bullying Prevention Month: When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.
More from Dr. Young on bullying here…

September 2018

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease.
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Healthy Aging Month: September is Healthy Aging® Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 45-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.
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August 2018

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month: Back to school is sneaking up and along with a school physical, your child should also be seen for a comprehensive eye exam.
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National Immunization Awareness Month: August is the perfect time to remind you that getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages.
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June 2018

National Men’s Health Awareness Month: Making men aware of the need for early detection and frequent screenings for preventable health problems is the purpose of this national month of awareness.
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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month: Friends and family members are encouraged to wear purple throughout the month of June to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.
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National Dairy Month: Treat yourself to an ice cream cone (an extra one) this month in honor of National Dairy Month.
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