Start the “Mole Patrol”

Is it a freckle or is it a mole? Is it okay – or not?

If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, you’re not alone. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Skin cancer affects more than two million people in the U.S. each year. If caught early, skin cancer is often treatable and curable. If it’s spotted late or ignored, and it spreads, it can sometimes lead to major scarring or death.

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Just a Walk in the Park: Small Steps First Lead to Huge Health Benefits

Spring forward, March ahead… whatever adage one wants to use for Daylight Savings Time, the mere act of setting clocks one hour ahead kicks off (in a perfect world) the beginning of milder temperatures, plus longer days (in a good way). In short, there’s more time and energy with which to live, work, play—and exercise.

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Read What You’re Eating!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods in the works. While it’s still one year away (2018), the improved, easier-to-read design is being created in the interest of helping consumers make better food choices to get healthier. Bigger, bolder, and more reader friendly, it will spell out calories, servings per container, and serving size (including actual amounts), as well as a “daily value” percentage footnote within the context of a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet. There will be a focus on fats, “added” sugar content, realistic serving sizes, plus vitamin D and potassium (two nutrients that most people don’t always get enough of in their daily diets).

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Superfoods to the Rescue!

If the term “superfoods“ has you thinking of a carrot with a cape, you’re not far off. From beans to watercress, superfoods pack a punch when it comes to offering more antioxidants, fiber, protein, and vitamins in every serving than most other foods. In fact, many experts agree that we’re better off getting the nutrients we need on our plates versus popping a vitamin. With so many superfoods to choose from, it’s easy to use them as building blocks for flavorful, filling, and healthy meals or snack attacks (as well as an aid to weight loss and boosting nutrition with chronic conditions).

 

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Prevent Stroke: Know the Risks and Warning Signs

Nurse measuring patient blood pressure

Did You Know?

  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
  • Your risk for stroke doubles for every 10 years, after age 55.
  • Women’s risk of stroke is higher compared to men; more than 100,000 women under age 65 will have a stroke this year.
  • Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for African-Americans. For Hispanics, it’s ranked third.
  • Calling 9-1-1 when a stroke is suspected is crucial: If given within three hours of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called “tPA” (tissue plasminogen activator) can often reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

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Women, Heart Disease, and Taking Care of You

Mom with baby talking on the phone

“Hi, sorry to bother you, but I think I may be having a little heart attack.“

So begins the call to 9-1-1 from the kitchen floor in the short film A Little Heart Attack, directed by and starring Emmy-award-winning actress Elizabeth Banks for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® website.

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