When life gets busy, it’s easy to take your health for granted. That’s why Men’s Health Month is celebrated each June as a reminder to bring well-being to the forefront for all men at every age and life stage.
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The summer season is synergistic with pool parties, picnics, graduations, and other outdoor celebrations. As you’re prepping for entertaining with family and friends, consider including healthy, enticing entrées, with savory side dishes, and delicious desserts at your next event.
For some, taking a stroll in the park, driving to the corner store, or walking through a shopping center are typical day-to-day activities, but for others, these seemingly simple tasks are extreme challenges. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are 2.3 million individuals worldwide living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system. As this condition impacts the brain, central nervous system, and optic nerves, common symptoms include lack of coordination, poor balance, slurred speech, difficulty with concentration and memory, extreme fatigue, and distorted sensations. These symptoms can be unpredictable, with intermittent effects that persistently worsen over time.
Cycling might be one of the most popular physical activities because it doesn’t feel like a chore. If you rode a bicycle as a child, you may recall the sense of adventure as you discovered new sights and scenery. In hopes of pairing our patients and the community as a whole with physical activities they’ll enjoy, we’re happy to share information about one of our favorites: cycling.
Getting a good night’s sleep not only helps you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, but it’s vital to maintaining good physical and mental health. Last year, NBC News reported a study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggests over a third of Americans do not get enough sleep. Adults who sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours per night are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, obesity, and mental health concerns. And if those risk factors aren’t alarming enough, the CDC cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s estimate that 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were caused by drowsy drivers in 2013.
According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), more than 330,000 people throughout Worcester County were employed each month during the first half of 2016. Regardless of which industry you choose or what hours you work, it’s important to regularly check in on your health.
Right now, there are 119,000 individuals on the national transplant waiting list, and approximately 20 will die each day as they wait for lifesaving news. For those who receive a second chance at life and for their families, April marks a time of celebration and remembrance. National Donate Life Month is a time to build awareness and encourage individuals to register as organ donors.
For the parents of a child with autism, a few moments of eye contact, tolerance to a new fabric, or an utterance of speech can bring extraordinary joy. These can be significant milestones for the 1 in 68 children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — milestones that the Autism Society has been working hard to increase through research, support, and therapy recourses since it declared April as National Autism Awareness Month, in 1970. Autism is the most rapidly growing developmental disorder in the country, and it impairs non-verbal and verbal communication, impacts social interaction, and causes rigid and repetitive behavior.