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Reading Fact Labels for Heart Health

by Kimberly Hays February 9th, 2024 | Health Observance

Fact labels have been on food products for the past 20 years. They were put in place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow us make sound decisions on what we buy, as well as knowing the Percentage Daily Value (%DV) of vitamins and nutrients in foods. Using the Percentage Daily Values can help to maintain heart health.

High blood pressure is a concern to all of us, especially when considering that one in three people have high blood pressure, and

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Ahhh… My Racing Heart

by Lori Sciame February 2nd, 2024 | Health Observance

During February, the American Heart Association (AHA) has a series of promotions aimed at both men and women concerning optimum heart health. As I write this post, it is their Go Red for Women Day celebration. On this first Friday in February, men and women are asked to wear the color red to symbolize the toll that heart disease takes on American women.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States today? Because of this, the AHA hopes

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The Best Possible Start

by Lori Sciame January 5th, 2024 | Health Observance

I vividly remember the moment I read the positive pregnancy test. I felt awash with emotions, including immense joy at the news I would be bringing a new life into the world. Would my first baby be a boy or girl? Would he or she have brown or blonde hair? Dozens of questions ran through my mind. After the initial elation, my thoughts drifted towards more practical concerns, such as visiting the doctor.

My concerns about my child, however, began long

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Alzheimer’s and Men’s Health

by Lori Sciame November 17th, 2023 | Health Observance, Men's Health
Alzheimer's is a disease that causes the brain to shrink. In essence, the disease robs one of his ability to think clearly. An article in HealthDay Reporter by Denise Mann suggests that although Alzheimer's affects both men and women, the disease progresses differently in each sex. She states, "men seemed to have more problems with their thinking ability when diagnosed with Alzheimer's than their female counterparts did. What's more, men and women lost gray matter in different areas of their brain." While it's too early to tell why there is a difference between the sexes, one thing remains clear:
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Exercise: Good for Type 2 Diabetes

by Lori Sciame October 27th, 2023 | Health Observance
I'm not going to stop.  I'm never going to quit bugging readers to get off the chair or couch and to start moving.  The reason is simple - exercise improves health in many different ways.  This holds true for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes.  A University of Calgary and University of Ottawa joint study shows that working out in specific ways can help manage this chronic illness.

As outlined in Time Health and Family this university study showed, "...the combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is significantly better for controlling blood sugar than either alone."

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