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As we move from winter into spring, you may be inspired to get your house in order and start your spring cleaning. As you begin to tidy your cupboards and drawers, you should also think about “spring cleaning” your health. The days will start to get longer and warmer, spring is the perfect time to start new habits. Take initiative for you and your family’s health this year, and spring into some healthy habits.
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Endometriosis is a common health problem for women. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium (the tissues that line the uterus) begins to grow outside of the uterus. Same as the tissue in the uterus, it will continue to thicken, break down, and bleed each month in conjunction with one’s menstrual cycle. Typically, endometriosis is found in areas near the uterus like the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and on the exterior of the uterus, but it is possible for the endometrium to travel to other locations in the body.
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Sunday, March 10th, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. On this day, both local and national groups come together to show support for women and girls affected by HIV/AIDS. In the United States, there are 1.1 million people living with AIDS and nearly a quarter of them (25%) are women.

Heart Health Habits for the Whole Family

Adult and Child Holding Heart

February is American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to think about the heart health of those you love. If you’ve never thought about the heart health of your children, it’s time to consider what you can do to protect them from heart disease.

How Stress is Impacting Your Health

Stressed Business Woman

Stress is a common and inevitable factor in our lives. We may not know exactly what will stress us out in the coming weeks, but we know something will. Despite how often we find ourselves stressed or under stress, studies show most people don’t handle stress in a productive and healthy manner. Furthermore, stress’s effect on physical health, most notably the heart, are well-documented. Long-term stress can weaken your heart, exposing you to a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Protecting yourself against negative stress is one of the best ways to protect your heart.

Preventing Heart Disease in Women

Heart Disease Prevention

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In fact, one in every four women in the US will die of heart disease. While many may have heard of heart disease and these dismal statistics, there is a host of information that goes unnoticed. For example, there are several types of heart disease, including Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Coronary Microvascular Disease (MVD), and stress-induced cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome. 

Mother holding newborn baby
Each year in the United States, about 1 in 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Of those, congenital heart defects, spina bifida, cleft lip, and cleft palates are among the most common. While it’s impossible to entirely eliminate the risk of birth defects, there are steps you can take both before and during pregnancy to lower your risk.
Woman speaking with doctor
January is Cervical Health Month, so this month we’re focusing on ways to educate and help you protect yourself from all cervical-related health threats. One of the biggest threats to your cervical health is cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer for women, worldwide. It starts at the cervix, which is the narrow opening from the vagina to the uterus. Every year in the United States, roughly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Typically occurring in mid-life, cervical cancer is usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44.

HPV: The Top 5 Things You Should Know

Teen girl getting a vaccination shot
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States -- it’s estimated over seventy nine million people are currently infected. Although most cases of HPV cause no symptoms and are naturally cleared by the body’s immune defense, some strains of the infection can lead to genital warts and several types of cancer, including cervical. There are no treatment options for HPV, but regular screenings can eliminate your chances of the virus progressing into something more serious.
Family playing in the snow
The holiday season provides a fantastic opportunity to catch up with family, friends, and loved ones. Unfortunately, it can also provide a platform for an endless smorgasbord of tempting seasonal treats, including ones loaded with fat, calories, refined sugars, and processed ingredients. Holiday indulgence in food and drink can add a few inches to your waistline, not to mention cause tears of regret during that first visit to the bathroom scale on New Year’s Day. So what is a person to do?

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