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National Walking Day - Tips for Heart Health

Once upon a time, walking was merely a mode of transportation - used to get us from point A to point B. There’s been a lot of advances in technology since then and as such, many people now only consider walking or running as forms of exercise. But walking is one of the simplest, positive changes you can make to effectively improve heart health.

Steps to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

While certain breast cancer risk factors can’t be changed - like having a family history of the disease or being a woman - there are some protective steps you can take to reduce your risk as much as possible. In a word: lifestyle.

Is This Cancer?

Cancer is complicated, there is no absolute sign or symptom that announces its presence. But staying informed on what to look out for, paying attention to body changes, and reporting unusual symptoms to your doctor is key to maintaining a clean bill of health.

Stroke Risk Linked to Working Long Hours

The phrase “working yourself into an early grave” may unfortunately hold some truth, a recent study suggests. People who work 55 hours or more per week have a 33% greater risk of stroke and a 13% grater risk of coronary heart disease than employees working standard hours.

Celebrate National Running Day!

Whether you are a seasoned runner or are just starting to add this to your fitness routine, you have one thing in common: the possibility of injuries. Some estimate that nearly 80 percent of runners are injured each year, mostly due to overuse. Sudden changes in training intensity, whether newbie or vet, can also cause damage. Learn more here about how you can prevent these injuries from occurring:

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. As the month of May brings skin cancer into focus, we wanted to help in increasing public understanding of the disease and its prevention.

May is American Stroke Month

Stroke is the no. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Every year, about 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke; which means on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Risk factors are traits and lifestyle habits that increase the risk of stroke. Learn which factors you can treat or control - and those you cannot - and what you can do to lower your risk of stroke.

#WellnessWednesday - Natural Ways to De-Stress

With the pressure of our society, jobs, technology, and relationships - stress has become a common part of the human experience. While some stress is normal, feeling constantly overwhelmed can actually compromise your health. Stress is linked with insomnia, disrupted hormone production, heart attacks, and more which is why de-stressing is a critical part for our overall health.

Cheerleading Safety Month

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month, an opportunity to spread the word about cheerleading safety and to make sure cheer programs follow the recognized progressions and safety rules. Over the past several years cheerleading has changed - becoming more skill oriented, competitive, and focused on talent. One thing that has not changed? The need for the program to provide a safe environment for the athletes as well as the need to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries. With all the tosses, throws, flips, jumps and pyramids existing in cheer routines, countless injuries are occurring during practices.

Brain Awareness Week 2015 - Tips for Brain Health

It’s Brain Awareness Week, a global event dedicated to raising public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Founded in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations from around the globe to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and the promise of brain research. As you age, there are many simple lifestyle habits you can adopt to maintain or potentially improve your health. These habits in the physical health and fitness, diet, cognitive activity, and social engagement categories can help to keep your brain and body healthy, potentially reducing your risk of cognitive decline: