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National Women and Girls HIVAIDS Awareness Day

Join Us in Recognizing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday March 10th, 2017 marks the 12th year that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office on Women’s Health will be observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This national recognition day was created to raise awareness of the impact that HIV and AIDS has on our the women and girls of our nation. In observance of this day and our dedication to taking part in the campaign to help women and girl protect themselves from getting or transmitting HIV we’re sharing some facts and tips about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in our communities. THREE FACTS ABOUT HIV/AIDS & WOMEN According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in four people living with HIV in the United States are...

Exercise and Breast Cancer Prevention

Physical activity is the cure and prevention for many ailments. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month we outline the connections between exercise and breast cancer prevention. Research proves adopting a physically active lifestyle reduces a woman's breast cancer risk. According to epidemiologists, physical activity should start during a woman's adolescence to reduce her chances of premenopausal breast cancer. If you were a couch potato in your younger years, don't fret! Long-term activity has been linked to reducing instances of post-menopausal breast cancer as well. The overall evidence regarding physical activity and breast cancer risk highlights the importance for women, young and old, to adopt a physically active lifestyle. So get moving! Have a daughter? Work out together with these family fun fitness ideas and reduce both of your...

Diet Changes to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Diet changes are often linked to weight loss. What we put in our bodies however is an important factor in how our bodies operate. For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we examine how diet changes can reduce breast cancer risk. Like abs and fabulous hair breast cancer prevention starts in the kitchen too. While no food or dietary approach can flat-out prevent breast cancer, some diet changes can reduce the risk of developing the disease. U.S. News & World Report found that women who eat a plant based diet lower their odds of developing estrogen receptors present in about a quarter of all breast cancers and reduced their likelihood of breast cancer by 20%. Smart choices: Fruits and veggies high in carotenoids, the same nutrients found in...

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Breast Cancer Early Detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While it's important to know the status of your breast health year round, you can start practicing these 3 steps of early detection today. Early detection or finding cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body provides the greatest outcomes of successful breast cancer treatment. The first step of early detection according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation is Breast Self-Awareness. Breast Self-Awareness Breast Self-Awareness is familiarizing yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Knowing this will help you identify any potentially alarming changes. Changes to look for include: A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area A change in the size or shape of the breast Dimpling or puckering in...

Dive Into Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

If you suffer from fibromyalgia pain, relief is a welcomed luxury. Researchers have found that hopping in the pool can cut your pain intensity in half. Few diseases bring as much generalized pain, fatigue and frustration as fibromyalgia. Luckily, relief can be as close as the nearest pool. Swimming has been linked to improving fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain and quality of life. Researchers found swimming for 50 minutes three times a week can decrease pain intensity by 50% and increase your mental health and social interaction. The same study found that walking for the same amount of time also provides fibromyalgia pain relief. Swimming however is the preferable choice as those walking through their symptoms reported knee problems. As the quest for fibromyalgia treatment continues, pain...

Body Weight and Cancer Risk

A revolutionary study takes a look at the effects of a woman's weight and her risk for cancer. Big boned? BBW? Pleasantly Plump? If these adjectives describe your body type, listen up! It's time to transform your lifestyle and shed excess weight. New research shows as the pounds drop off, so does your risk for certain cancers! The study was conducted to determine a woman's duration of obesity with her incidence of breast cancer or endometrial cancer. Here's what they found: For every 10 years of being overweight, the risk of developing obesity-related cancers increased by seven percent. The postmenopausal breast cancer risk rose by five percent for every 10 years of being overweight and the risk of developing endometrial cancer jumped by 17 percent. With these...