Cigarette smoking is a life-threatening habit, decried by every major health organization across the globe. The tobacco epidemic is so pervasive that the World Health Organization (WHO) supports World No Tobacco Day, held annually on May 31. This day is meant to “demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries,” according to WHO.
The largest threat comes from preventable deaths, with about 6 million people dying each year from tobacco use.
One in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If the trend continues, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is, with sound nutrition and opportunities for physical activity, kids thrive.
Observed on the last week of April each year, Every Kid Healthy is a campaign to ensure that every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn.
The benefits of regular exercise are numerous and include increased lean muscle and bone strength, decreased body fat, a healthy weight, and improved psychological well-being. Children should get a mix of structured and unstructured physical activity each day. Structured activities include sports, games and gym classes. Unstructured activity is the type your child gets throughout the day. Activity needs vary by age:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. These simple suggestions make it easy to start shifting to healthier choices:
All food and beverage choices matter, which is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created MyPlate, a symbol for healthy eating that is designed to provide a simple visual reminder to help us make healthy food choices.
Tax season is fast-approaching, which means big opportunity for scammers. Are you doing everything you can to educate your employees about these risks?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published five common tactics used by scam artists over the phone. Keep an eye out for these strategies in case you’re targeted this tax season.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 610,000 deaths annually. Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in the cost of health care, medications and lost productivity.
In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for life-saving organ donation. And each year, the number of people on the waiting list continues to grow. National Organ Donor Day, observed each year on February 14, is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved.
Historically, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets and weight-loss products to achieve their goals quickly. While fad diets may prove effective initially, research shows that many people don’t find long-term success with these types of diets.
Instead of setting a goal to lose weight fast this New Year’s, set a goal to lead a healthier lifestyle. Common lifestyle New Year’s resolutions include the following:
Getting along with your co-workers can make the task of going to work more enjoyable and, according to recent research, can actually improve your health.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes —that’s about 1 in every 5 adults.
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day —smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life –one that can help lead to reducing cancer risk.
It’s not easy, but quitting smoking delivers immediate health benefits. The American Cancer Society lists a number of benefits of quitting over time:
The Great American Smokeout is a great day to quit; but really, any day is a great day to quit smoking. Once you have made the decision to quit, ask your friends and family for support. And steer clear of temptation with these tips:
The urge to smoke will come and go. Try to wait it out. Consider starting some new habits to help control your urges.
Remember the rewards, but don’t be discouraged if you slip up. One cigarette is better than an entire pack. But that doesn't mean you can safely smoke every now and then. Here are some tips for dealing with a slip-up:
For more resources to help you quit, visit www.cancer.org/smokeout or call 1-800-227-2345.
The third week of October is National Health Education Week, which aims to educate Americans on how chronic diseases can be prevented, delayed, or alleviated through simple lifestyle changes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. – 45 percent of the population has at least one chronic disease. Chronic diseases can be disabling and reduce a person’s quality of life, especially if left undiagnosed or untreated. But they are often preventable, and are frequently managed through early detection, improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.
In 2016, more than half of adults aged 18 or older did not meet recommendations for physical activity. And more than one-third of adults said they ate fruit less than once a day, while 38 percent of adolescents and 23 percent of adults said they ate vegetables less than once per day.
The amount of health information may seem overwhelming, but there are really only a few basic tips to keep in mind.
Eat healthy. Small changes in eating habits can make a big difference. A healthy diet means eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products, fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, beans, and nuts. It can also protect you from heart disease, bone loss, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
Get moving. Physical activity increases your chances of living longer; helps you control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight; raises your “good” cholesterol; and can prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. Start at a comfortable level, and once you get the hang of it aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity each week. If you don’t have time for 30 minutes of exercise at one time, get moving for shorter, 10-minutes periods throughout the day.
Watch your weight. To stay at a healthy weight, you need to balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat.
Get enough calcium. Calcium helps to keep bones strong and less likely to break. Adults ages 19 to 50 need at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily.
Manage stress. Worried, irritable, depressed, and unable to focus are common signs of stress. Other signs include headaches, trouble sleeping, weight gain or loss, and back pain. It’s important to manage stress in order to sleep better, improve concentration, get along better with others, and reduce neck and back pain.