November Health Observance: American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Depending on your age, weight, and other factors, you may be at higher risk... Read More

May Health Observance: Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and... Read More

Life Expectancy Varies by County, but Healthy Lifestyle Helps

  Sébastien Marchand In a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article, researchers shared their findings showing between 1980 to 2014, the average life expectancy increased in the US. From 77.5 to 81.5 years for women From 70 to 76.7 years for men However, it varies by as much as 20 years between the worst and best counties around the country.  Several... Read More

January Health Observance: Cervical Health Awareness Month

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. (source) HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. HPV is also a major cause of cervical cancer. Each year, more... Read More

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.  As elementary, middle, high school and college students start the fall semester, and flu season is on the horizon, it’s time to think about vaccinations–for children and adults.  Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about vaccines required for schoolchildren and vaccines recommended to adults based on age, lifestyle, and travel.  Employers, take note:... Read More

Red Ribbon Week and Bullying Prevention Month – Healthy Kids, Healthy Parents

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Red Ribbon Week and Bullying Prevention Month – Healthy Kids, Healthy Parents Today begins Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, the annual drug use prevention awareness week sponsored by the Red Ribbon Campaign.  This week historically began as a grassroots effort to honor the work of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, who was murdered in the line of... Read More