Every year, regardless of age, race, or socio-economic class, three million Americans will be diagnosed with scoliosis, the most common spinal deformity in the country. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 85% of cases will have an unidentifiable cause. So how do we prepare for a condition with no prevention methods, hazy risk factors, and unknown causes? The Scoliosis Research Society encourages early detection and education to raise awareness regarding scoliosis, especially throughout the month of June which has been named National Scoliosis Awareness Month.
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Dad. Daddy. Stepdad. Papa. Poppy. Grandpa. Grampy. Pepere. Abuelo. Uncle. Tío. Bro. Dude. Friend. Husband. Son. Nephew. Brother. Son-in-law.
Whichever name you answer to, your health matters – especially to those who love and depend on you. June is National Men’s Health Month, and it’s a perfect time to “man up” and make your own health a priority! Overall, men could do a much better job making their health a priority.
A well-built home has a strong foundation, constructed to weather the elements and the passage of time. Much like the beams and planks that make up a solid structure, healthy bones support the human body. Bones not only provide a framework for our bodies, but also play a vital role in the protection of internal organs, movement, and storage of important minerals. When the integrity of a building is compromised by termites and water damage, the same holds true for osteoporosis in the human skeletal system. It can impair our way of life. A home requires ongoing maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape, and so does the human body.
Women often tend to put the needs of others before their own and set their sights on being a good mother, stepmother, sister, daughter, or friend. During the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week, which begins on Mother’s Day and continues through May 16th, let’s remember that one of the best ways to take care of loved ones is to encourage them to take good care of themselves.
Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Every April, eager spectators flock to ballparks throughout the nation, filling every available seat hoping to see their favorite players lead their home team to victory. At Fenway Park, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline is piped through the stadium speakers, endless boxes of Cracker Jacks are consumed, and necks crane as number 34 steps up to the plate, year after year.
You may have heard the recent buzz in the news regarding the negative impact that sitting has on the human body. Today, 80% of Americans are spending the majority of their days sitting at a desk. While this is a necessity for most careers, new statistics point to the increased health risks associated with remaining in a sedentary position for too long. Let’s take a closer look at the way sitting impacts our bodies and how we can curb the myriad of harmful side effects from conducting business as usual.
National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the connection between winter sports and brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, brain injuries are becoming a serious public health problem in the United States which contributes to a large number of deaths and disabilities per year.
If you’re like many Americans, you lead a fast paced lifestyle, driving around a caravan of kids to sports and dance practices after a full day at work. After cooking dinner and helping with a pile of homework, sometimes it’s enough just to hop into sweatpants and slide onto the sofa for an hour of downtime before we press the repeat button and do it all again. Keeping yourself healthy through exercise may just be a distant fantasy. And, for some, swinging through the drive-thru seems so much easier than breaking out the pots and pans. Sometimes, you feel like you’ve run a marathon or lived on a treadmill. The good news is you don’t have to spend hours sweating at the gym (although kudos if you can!) to reap benefits that will impact long-term health. Even if you’re busy, adding a few small changes to your daily routine, you can enhance your overall health, and also look and feel better.
Most people are surprised to learn that unhealthy eating and a lack of physical activity are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. If you’re active, it’s important to know that poor or improper nutrition can have a detrimental affect on an athlete, and can result in numerous and potentially serious health issues.
In today’s day and age, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone without a Smartphone. Statistics from emarketer experts show that by the end of 2014, there will be 1.75 billion smartphone users worldwide. Smartphones are being used for much more than talking and texting, and have emerged into mini computers that have the capacity to do anything, including managing a person’s fitness routine.