• Monthly Focus Archive


    Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month

    Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.

    However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

    • Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
    • Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.

    Monthly Focus

    National Women's Health Week
     National Women's Health Week begins on Mother's Day each year. It is a reminder to women to take care of themselves, and to make their health a priority.
    Visit the CDC website for more information.


    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

    The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.


    Friday, February 5, is National Wear Red Day. It's the day to wear your favorite red clothes or accessory - a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous red handbag - put on red lipstick, or sport a red tie and red socks. Go red in your own fashion to show your support for women and the fight against heart disease. Protecting your health and supporting others. Now that's great style that touches all of our hearts.

    Often heart disease is  preventable, your doctor is your partner in managing your health. Go to http://www.goredforwomen.org/talking_to_your_doctor.aspx to view a list of questions to ask your doctor at your next visit.

    January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
    If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.  Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.  
    For more information about folic acid visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/about.html
    The December focus is depression.
    Factors and events that can lead to depression are complex. While you can't control things like family history or your environment, you can control certain factors related to your lifestyle--the choices you make each day about what to eat and how to care for yourself. These are areas of your life where you can take proactive steps to help prevent and treat depression and enhance your overall health.
    Other Risk Factors:
    • Your diet. Food can affect your mood. A diet too low in iron, healthy carbohydrates, and calories can cause symptoms of depression. Eating plenty of calories, whole grain carbohydrates, Omega-3 fatty acids, and iron-rich foods can improve symptoms.
    • Your activity level. Inactive people tend to have higher stress levels, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and mood swings. Regular exercise produces "feel good" chemicals in the brain, enhancing the benefits of antidepressant medications, and producing similar results.
    • Your alcohol & drug use. For many, depression and substance abuse are closely connected. Alcohol and illicit drugs can interact with medications, worsen depression and its symptoms, and prevent recovery. If you think you have a problem, seek help.
    • Your sleeping patterns. Changes in your sleeping habits and the quality of your sleep can be closely related to your mood. A lack of sleep can cause many symptoms similar to those of depression.
    • Your medications. Several types of medications can cause depression. If you think your medication may be contributing to your symptoms, talk to your doctor about finding an alternative medication without this negative side effect.
    • Your stress levels. People with uncontrolled, chronic stress are more prone to developing depression. Taking time to relax and relieve stress through exercise, meditation, yoga or other techniques can help.

    While lifestyle changes alone cannot treat depression, talk with your health care provider if you think the factors above may be affecting your mood, thoughts and behavior. Every small lifestyle change you can make, in conjunction with the treatment plan laid out by your doctor, can enhance your overall health and help enhance the effectiveness of medical interventions.

    This information was provided by sparkpeople.com. To Learn More:


    Diabetes is caused by the body not producing enough or any insulin. The body needs insulin to make energy from sugar and starches we eat. The cause of diabetes is unknown, but genetics , obesity and lack of exercise play very important roles.


    • Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce any insulin.
    • Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin or the body fails to use it correctly.
    • Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and it is reported that 5-10% of women with gestational diabetes is usually found to have type 2 diabetes.
    • Pre-diabetes is when a person’s blood glucose levels run higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2.
    • Frequent urination
    • Excessive thirst
    • Extreme hunger
    • Unusual weight loss
    • Increased fatigue
    • Irritability
    • Blurry vision


    It is reported that 2 out 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke. To view other complications related to diabetes you can visit http://www.diabetes.org/

    October is Breast Cancer awareness Month for men and women.

    Get the facts:

    1. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women excluding skin cancer.

    2. In 2008 more than 182,000 new breast cancer cases in women were expected to occur in the United States and about 2,000 new breast cancer cases were expected to occur in men in 2008 (American Cancer Society).

    3. An individual's best chance for surviving breast cancer is early detection. When found early, the survival rate is 96% (American Cancer Society).

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    Seasonal Flu is upon us.
    Peak season for flu is January but can occur as early as October. It is important to get vaccinated for the flu this year. CDC guidelines on who should get a flu shot are:
    • all children aged 6 months--18 years should begin as soon as the 2009--10 influenza vaccineis available.
    • Annual vaccination of all children aged 6 months--4 years (59
      months) and older children with conditions that place them at increased risk for complications from influenza should continue to be a primary focus of vaccination efforts as providers and programs transition to routinely vaccinating all children.
    • The elderly with chronic health conditions and
      healthcare personnel should also be vaccinated.
    Take these everyday preventive actions to protect yourself.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick.
    • While sick, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
    • Visit the CDC website at (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/)
      to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.
    For more information on influenza go to the following web site: