Juvenile Arthritis Awareness

July 19, 2011

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, so we wanted to spread some light on this topic! Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.


Arthritis typically affects joints, but juvenile arthritis can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well.

Who Gets JA?

No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop the disease. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition,


There is no cure for juvenile arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, control pain and help improve quality of life. Most treatment plans involve a combination of medication, physical activity, eye care and healthy eating.

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Therapeutic Recreation Week

July 12, 2011

This week marks National Therapeutic Recreation week, which was established by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society. The purpose of this week is to spread awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services, and expand recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions.  These activities are designed to develop and use their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

Recreational sports can provide many benefits, both psychological and physiological. Some commonly used therapeutic recreations include: aquatic therapy, tai chi, and animal assisted therapy. Check your local papers for activities in your community.

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Firework Safety

July 1, 2011

The Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high for children ages 10 to 14 as for the general population.

The good news is you can enjoy your holiday risk-free by following a few simple safety tips:

  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers, can be extremely dangerous- they can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (hot enough to melt gold).
  • If you decide to give children sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothes and hair.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and make sure to keep water near by in case of accidents.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Wear some sort of eye protection
  • Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket – the friction can set them off.
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud.
  • Soak all fireworks in water before throwing them in the trashcan

In addition to these tips, take a look at the following video for more fireworks safety tips from leading news source HealthWatchMD:

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National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2011

Today is National HIV Testing Day! Each year on June 27, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) organizes National HIV Testing Day, in partnership with other national and local entities across the country. NAPWA was one of the first AIDS organizations to advocate that people at risk of infection should seek out voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

Today, CDC estimates approximately 21 percent of the 1.3M Americans living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. NAPWA believes voluntary HIV counseling and testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health, hence their message: “Take the Test, Take Control.”

One of their big partners is, Greater Than AIDS, who has been running campaigns called “My Deciding Moment.”

They list 5 ways to be greater than AIDS:

  1. Know– Get the facts about HIV/AIDS
  2. Talk-Start the conversation
  3. Protect– Use a condom
  4. Get Tested– Find an HIV testing center
  5. Take action– Get involved locally

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Home Safety Month

June 23, 2011

June is Home Safety Month, and this year the Home Safety Council’s theme is “Hands on Home Safety.” The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home injuries. HSC suggests simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury: falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking or suffocation, and drowning.

According to the Home Safety Council, 5.1 million injuries resulted from slips and falls on average each year, with falls accounting for more than one-third of all unintentional home injury deaths.

The Home Safety Council urges families to follow these safe steps:

Prevent Falls:

• Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.

• Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.

• Have lots of lights at the top and the bottom of the stairs.

• It is easy to trip on small rugs.  Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.

• Keep the stairs clear.

• Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.

• Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.

• Have grab bars in the tub and shower.

• Wipe up spills as they happen.

Protect Young Children from Falls

• Use safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.

• Use a safety gate to prevent falls from balconies.

• Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window.

• Don’t put cribs, beds and other furniture close to upstairs windows.

• Put away ladders and step stools after using them.

• Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.

Take a look at this video about preventing hazardous falls from breaking health news website HealthWatchMd:


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Men’s Health Week

June 14, 2011

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to Father’s Day, in hopes of encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. According to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men. On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.

Men’s health is truly a family issue because of its impact on mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. So, this week encourage the men and boys in your life to get a checkup and do something good for their bodies!

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National Cancer Survivors Day

June 6, 2011

National Cancer Survivors Day is a worldwide Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. It is typically held on the first Sunday in June.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer-from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

The National Cancer Survivors Day is a great way for survivors, to celebrate their victory over a serious health threat, with the people that they love and with their communities. It is also a time for continued education, inspiration and encouragement.

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Lupus Awareness Month

May 31, 2011

Every 30 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with Lupus. May is Lupus Awareness Month, so we wanted to help spread awareness of this unpredictable and potentially life threatening disease.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys.

  • Lupus affects mostly women age (15-44), however men, children and teenagers can develop lupus too.
  • Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.
  • People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.
  • Lupus can range from mild to life threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.
  • Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone.

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Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

May 23, 2011

The American Academy of Dermatology has designated May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, to raise awareness of melanoma, a potentially fatal skin cancer, and to encourage early detection. Melanoma has a high cure rate, with early detection.

Who gets skin cancer?

Anyone can develop skin cancer, however, Caucasians are at higher risk than people of other races, especially if:

  • You have more than 50 moles, large moles or atypical moles.
  • A blood relative has had melanoma.
  • You have fair skin.
  • You have red or blonde hair.
  • You have blue or green eyes.
  • You have had skin cancer before.
  • You have had other cancers, such as breast or thyroid cancer.

We would also like to share this video where real people address their 16-year-old selves by sharing stories about their struggles with Melanoma.

For more information visit:  http://www.melanomamonday.org/

Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 16, 2011

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we urge everyone to learn what can be done to prevent the spread of hepatitis. Many forms of hepatitis are preventable and many more can be treated if detected early.

What are the common types of viral hepatitis?
In the United States, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are the most common forms of viral hepatitis. Over 5 million Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis today and many more who do not know it.

How can hepatitis be prevented? 

Taking the following steps and encouraging others to do the same can prevent viral hepatitis:

  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Practice safe sex
  • Use only clean needles for tattoos and body piercings
  • Do not share needles
  • Do not share razors, toothbrushes, or other personal items
  • Get medical care if you are exposed to blood or needle sticks

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