Nutrition Myth

Nutrition Myths Nutrition  Myth: Eating past 8 will make you gain weight.  Fact: There has been no direct link with eating past a certain time and gaining weight. Weight gain happens when you consume more calories than you burn, therefore the time of day that you eat does not matter. However, eating right before bed […]

Physical Activity Basics

Physical Activity Basics Physical activity is any body movement that requires more energy than resting. Exercise is only one type of physical activity, there are other forms that are less structured and planned. Being physically active is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.   Types of physical activity: Aerobic activity strengthens your heart and lungs muscles […]

Nutrition Basics

Nutrition Basics The public generally knows that good nutrition allows you to maintain a healthy weight. A well-balanced diet provides good nutrition by ensuring your body is getting all of the minerals, vitamins and nutrients needed to function properly. Below are nutrition basics to ensure a healthy diet:  Food Groups   Vegetables are an important source […]

Obesity

Obesity Obesity is a complex health issue resulting from a combination of different factors either within the individual’s control or out of their control. These different factors include: Hereditary factors/genetics   Medical science has shown that while not everyone that is obese inherited it from their parents, your genes can affect how you burn calories, […]

Mental Health

Mental Health Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act and also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make decisions. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood.  Mental health problems manifest in ways that affect your thinking, mood […]

Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness Chronic illnesses are life-long health conditions that may not have a cure. Common examples of chronic illnesses include:  Alzheimer disease and dementia Arthritis  Asthma Cancer COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)  Crohn disease  Cystic fibrosis  Diabetes Epilepsy  Heart disease  HIV/AIDS   To better understand chronic illnesses, let’s compare them to short-term illnesses.  Short-term illnesses […]

What is Cancer Prevention?

What is Cancer Prevention? Cancer prevention refers to any action that an individual takes to lower their chances of getting cancer. Beyond the physical problems and emotional distress that cancer causes patients, the high costs of care associated with cancer are also a burden to patients, their families and the public.  By preventing cancer and […]

What is Cancer?

What is Cancer? Cancer is the name that scientists have given to a collection of related diseases that are characterized by the abnormal and continuous growth of cells.  Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, affecting any age group and typically presents as solid tumors (masses of tissue) with the exception of cancers […]

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation Tobacco use can lead to tobacco dependence and other serious health problems. In fact, tobacco use is identified as the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the U.S.  Avoiding all tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookahs) as well as reducing exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to significant reductions […]