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American Heart Month
Getting struck by cupid can trigger an undeniable heart flutter, but that’s not the only heart condition that should be recognized this February. February also represents American Heart Month, a health holiday that is dedicated to raising awareness about the glaring public health threat posed by heart disease, otherwise known as cardiovascular disease.
Read on to learn more about heart disease and how to shine the spotlight on your own heart health this month.
National Donor Day
On February 14th this year, do more than eat a box of chocolates: Showcase your love of life by observing the 23rd annual National Donor Day. This important health holiday exists to raise awareness about organ donation, a process that is absolutely critical for the well-being of the nearly 114,000 people in the United States who are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.
Read on to learn more about organ donation and why it is important.
5 ways to Celebrate African Heritage & Health Week
February 1st-7th is African Heritage & Health Week and the first week of Black History Month. African Heritage & Health Week is the ideal time to learn more about your heritage. This week also offers a great opportunity to take a closer look at your health. Taking steps to protect your health helps your family and your community flourish.
Birth Defects Prevention Month
Your obstetrician can determine whether your child is at risk of birth defects. He or she can also recommend lifestyle changes that support a healthy pregnancy.
Using Yoga to Rediscover the Healthier You
The medical field has made substantial investments in developing new, ground-breaking pharmaceuticals designed to support those on a path to health and wellness. Though, a one-dimensional emphasis on external sources of therapeutic help doesn’t take into consideration one of the most powerful tools available.
Understanding your Mammogram
Every two minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women other than skin cancer. The good news is that since about 1990, the chances of surviving breast cancer are continuing to improve, probably due to early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment techniques.
Children and Older Adults Most at Risk for Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries
Most people hearing the term “TBI,” or Traumatic Brain Injury, may automatically assume the cause is a catastrophic car collision, or perhaps a fall from a ladder.