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November Awareness
November: Prostate and Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer occurs when cells begin to grow out of control. Cancer of any sort can be a difficult and scary time for anyone. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, affecting about 2.8 million men currently. 30,000 men die each year from prostate cancer. Testicular cancer is also a major issue affecting over 9500 men in 2019 in the US. About half of testicular cases occur in men 20-34 years of age but can still affect men of any age. Any lumps or abnormalities should be directed to a physician immediately. Those with a family history of cancer should also know that they are at a greater risk.

Although there is no known way to completely prevent cancers, there are ways to reduce the risk of contracting these diseases.

  • Eat healthily
  • Get plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stay physically active
  • Stay away from any form of tobacco
  • Routine doctor checkups
  • Self-checkups

Early detection may be the best way to prevent cancer from getting to a more advanced more deadly stage. For more information on cancer please visit https://www.cancer.org/, http://www.prostatehealthguide.com/, https://us.movember.com/

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




October Awareness
October: National Spinal Health Month

Back pain is the most common reason people go to the doctor or miss work. At least 80% of people will experience back pain at one point in their lives. This shows how serious back pain should be taken and efforts should be made to prevent it.

Symptoms of back pain can include:

  • Dull aching pain
  • Sharp shooting pain
  • Pain shooting down the leg
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty sitting, bending, or lifting
  • Bowel and/or bladder problems
  • Weakness and/or tingling in the legs

Ease of access is the name of the game when it comes to increasing consumption:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Improperly lifting, sitting, standing
  • Smoking
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Stress

Ways to prevent/reduce back pain:

  • Exercise, both aerobic and strength training
  • Increasing muscle and flexibility
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Maintaining proper form when lifting, sitting, and standing
  • Stop smoking
  • Get adequate rest and reduce stress whenever possible

Back pain can be a serious problem, but it can be prevented and reduced with a little effort.

For more information on back pain go to https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20369906

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




September Awareness
September: Fruit & Veggies, More Matters

Fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a healthy diet and life. However, only about 1 in 7 adults get the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Produce is full of vitamins, minerals, fibers, and multiple other nutrients that we need every day to be our best selves.

Fruits and Vegetables help prevent and lower our risks of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some types of cancer
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke

Adults need 7-13 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Reaching this amount daily will improve health and reduce risk of diseases all while making us feel better and have more energy.

Ease of access is the name of the game when it comes to increasing consumption:

  • Have bowls of fruit on the counter for a quick bite
  • Pre-make your favorite salads for when you are running low on time
  • Ask for vegetables as a side dish when eating out
  • Dried fruits make a fast and easy snack
  • Adding fruit to yogurt, cereals, and oatmeal can add wonderful flavors all while helping you reach your daily goals
  • Steamable vegetables can be great in a pinch when you don’t want to take the time to prepare the food

For more information on fruits and vegetables please visit https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/fruits-veggies-more-matter

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




August Awareness
August: National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It is a great time to make sure your family’s vaccinations are up to date. Vaccinations play an important role in preventing the spread of serious diseases. It is important to keep your vaccinations up to date to protect yourself and others from disease.

Vaccines work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. Your immune system “remembers” the disease and later, if you come in contact with this disease, your immune system is able to respond more effectively. It is important to remember that vaccinations are dead or weakened versions of the disease. Vaccinations will not give you the disease or make you sick.

Vaccinations are important for babies and children as well as adults. Vaccinations can wear off as you age or you may become more susceptible to certain diseases as an adult. Certain jobs, such as healthcare workers, may need additional vaccinations to protect themselves as well as those traveling out of the country.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about any vaccinations you or your family members may be needing!

You can find immunization resources for pregnancy through 18 years old here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/protecting-children/index.html

You can find adult immunization resources here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/adults/for-patients/adults-all.html

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




July Awareness
July: National Hydration Awareness Month

80% of American employees do not consume enough water daily even though our bodies are about 60% water. The average person can lose up to 10 cups of fluid from daily activities and exercise. Even mild dehydration can lead to poor mood, difficulty concentrating, and headaches.

  • If you are thirsty, you may already be dehydrated.
  • Avoid coffee, cokes, sweet tea, and alcohol if thirsty, as these can make you feel more dehydrated
  • Carrying a bottle of water with you can be a great reminder to keep drinking and stay hydrated
  • Don’t like the taste of water? Add citrus or other fruit such as cucumbers to enhance plain water
  • When sick, staying adequately hydrated can help regulate temperature, alleviate fevers, and replace vital fluids lost due to diarrhea and vomiting
  • Water is the main component in blood, supplying cells with oxygen and nutrients and getting rid of waste
  • Water also helps to lubricate joints and cushion organs
  • 9-13 cups of fluid a day are recommended
  • Food also contributes to your daily water intake, especially foods such as fruits, vegetables, and soups

Whether you’re an avid fitness enthusiast, a weekend warrior, or just enjoy a stroll outside drinking water can keep you healthy, hydrated, and happy.

For more information on hydration go to: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.html.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




June Awareness
June: Stroke Awareness Month

Each year more than 200,000 Americans experience a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced. This deprives the brain of important oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die almost immediately. Fast action is important to reduce complications and prevent death.

Stroke Symptoms

  • Trouble speaking and understanding
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Headache, vomiting, dizziness, or altered consciousness
  • Trouble walking

If you notice any of these symptoms it is important to act “FAST”:

  • F: Face-ask the person to smile, does one side of their face droop?
  • A: Arms-ask the person to raise both arms, does one drift down or not rise?
  • S: Speech-ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T: Time-if you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately!

Stroke Risk Factors

  • Overweightness or obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Heavy or binge drinking
  • Use of drugs
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Family history of stroke or heart attack

Many stroke risk factors can be reduced or eliminated with lifestyle changes.

For more information about strokes, please visit: https://www.stroke.org.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




May Awareness
May: National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle, resulting in a higher risk of fractures. There are typically no symptoms of bone loss. Your doctor should start bone density tests for women after age 65 and men after age 70, repeating the test every two years.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors

  • Gender: women are at a higher risk than men
  • Age: as you get older your risk increases
  • Race: osteoporosis is more prevalent in white and Asian populations
  • Family History: a parent or sibling with osteoporosis puts you at a higher risk
  • Body Frame Size: smaller body frames have less bone mass to begin with
  • Hormones: too much or too little of certain hormones
  • Dietary Factors: such as low calcium intake, eating disorders, and gastrointestinal surgery all reduce calcium absorption
  • Steroids and other medications
  • Medical Conditions: celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer, lupus, multiple myeloma, and rheumatoid arthritis have all been linked to osteoporosis
  • Sedentary Lifestyle: weight-bearing exercises are beneficial for bones
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption: regularly drinking more than two drinks a day
  • Tobacco Use: contributes to weak bones

Osteoporosis Prevention

  • Protein: one of the building blocks of bone matter
  • Body Weight: it is important to maintain a healthy body weight
  • Calcium: adults 18-50 need 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, increasing to 1,200 milligrams for women 50 and older and men 70 and older
  • Vitamin D: helps improve your body’s absorption of calcium
  • Exercise: strength training is important for strengthening bones and muscles, and balance exercises are important in preventing falls

For more information on osteoporosis visit: https://www.nof.org.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




April Awareness
April: Community Service Month

Giving back to your community is one of the most rewarding things you can do. There are numerous organizations that need our help to continue serving our communities. Community service is a great way to help others, improve your community, meet new people, gain work experience, and experience personal growth. Here are some ways to help:

  • Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  • Donate your old clothes
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank
  • Donate old eyeglasses
  • Donate food to a food bank
  • Donate blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Ask for charitable donations instead of birthday gifts
  • Donate blood
  • Hold a bake sale and donate the proceeds to charity
  • Read books to the visually impaired
  • Help deliver meals and gifts to hospital patients
  • Run errands for an elderly neighbor
  • Plant a tree
  • Participate in a local clean-up day
  • Help train service animals
  • Help babysit for a family in need

There are many ways to volunteer your time and skills. Reach out to local shelters, food banks, and clean-up efforts to find opportunities. You can also follow this link to find volunteer opportunities in your area: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/search.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




March Awareness
March: National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. Use this time to focus your attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Healthy eating looks different for everyone and is shaped by many different things, but there are still some general rules that anyone can follow.

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition when choosing foods.
  • Choose foods and drinks with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
  • Support healthy eating for everyone.
  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat a variety of different vegetables.
  • Focus on whole fruits, not juice or smoothies.
  • Make half of your grains whole grans.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt.
  • Try a variety of different protein foods.

For more information on healthy eating, visit: www.choosemyplate.gov.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




February Awareness
February: Eating Disorders

Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder during their life with millions more struggling with food and body image issues. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that affect all kinds of people. These illnesses are widely misunderstood, and support is often inaccessible.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of an Eating Disorder

There are many ways that an eating disorder may present in someone struggling. These are some examples:

  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, and dieting
  • Skipping meals or taking small portions of food
  • Extreme concern with body size and shape
  • Depression
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Noticeable fluctuations in weight
  • Dizziness, fainting, feeling cold all the time, sleep abnormalities
  • Dry skin and hair, brittle nails
  • Extreme or excessive exercising to “burn off” calories

Early detection and initial evaluation are key for effective treatment and preventing an eating disorder sufferer from progressing to a more severe or chronic state. Eating disorder recovery is often a difficult and life-long journey and it is important to have a strong support system.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder you can call the National Eating Disorder Awareness hotline at 1-800-931-2237 or use https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-treatment/treatment-and-support-groups to find a treatment center near you.

For more information on eating disorders please visit: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




January Awareness
January: Blood Donor Month

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood donation. Only 10% of eligible individuals give blood annually. Blood donations are a lifesaving necessity for patients with cancer and other disorders, individuals undergoing surgery, and victims of accidents or violence. With the holiday season, blood donations often slow down. This January, consider making a lifesaving donation!

Tips Prior to Your Blood Donation:

  • Make an appointment
  • Eat iron rich foods such as: red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, and iron-fortified cereals
  • Get a good night’s sleep and drink extra liquids before you donate
  • Bring a friend to donate with you

Tips on Donation Day

  • Be sure to bring your photo ID
  • Know all your medications, both prescription and over-the-counter
  • Drink an extra 16 ounces of water before your donation
  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Wear a shirt with easy access to your inner elbow
  • Listen to music or read a book while you donate
  • Relax!

Tips for After Your Donation

  • Eat a snack
  • Tell others about your donation and encourage them to donate
  • Drink an extra 8 ounces of water and avoid alcohol for the next 24 hours
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day
  • Report any additional health information or if any problems occur after your donation

For more information on donating blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (VantageWellness@vhpla.com).




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