Fun Fact Friday – Air Pollution

In honor of Air Quality Awareness Week (last week of April), we bring you a few interesting facts related to air pollution.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In a day, an average adult breathes 3,000 gallons of air.
  • Children and infants  have higher minute ventilation (the amount of gas inhaled or exhaled from a person’s lung per minute) and they have higher levels of physical activity. This makes them the most sensitive to many air pollutants than adults.

HOW DOES AIR POLLUTION AFFECT HEALTH?

Air pollution is a serious environmental risk to people’s health. Air pollution can cause stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma. By reducing air pollution, the population’s cardiovascular and respiratory health will be better both long- and short-term.

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HOW CAN YOU REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION?

Check the daily air quality forecast. When an unhealthy AQI (Air Quality Index) is forecasted, make sure you don’t do too much demanding outdoor activities. Check out “Air Quality Index – A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health” and your local air quality forecast by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

 

Sources:

  1. EPA – Particulate Matter Fast Facts
  2. Air Quality Index – A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health
  3. WHO – Ambient (outdoor) air quality and health

 

Don’t Worry, Just Shake it Off!…Shake it Off!

Do you ever worry? Get anxious? Have you experienced stress? Do you stress out all the time? If any of the answers to your question are yes, then these tips will help you manage your stress. If any of your answers are no, then these tips can also help you or someone else you know in the future.

 

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How Does Stress Affect Our Health ?

Everyone gets stressed once in awhile because of their lifestyle or have many responsibilities. When it gets to the point where it affects your body in a bad way, then you definitely need help. Stress can cause so many chronic diseases (such as, high blood pressure, etc.) if you’re not careful with  your body.

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How do you stay stress-free? Have any questions or comments? Please let us know in the comment section below. Remember to stay well!!!

 

Sources:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/tipsheets-2016_en.pdf#page=8

http://girlshealth.gov/feelings/stressed/index.html

 

Throwback Thursdays – Marion Nestle

For many, getting proper nutrition is the first thing they work on improving when trying to improve their health.

But it’s always hard to know what to believe – what’s good advice and what’s the hype?

This is where Marion Nestle helps. Nestle is a consumer activist (someone who speaks up for consumers and their rights), nutritionist (a person whose job it is to give advice on how food affects your health), and a professor at NYU who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice.

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On her website Food Politics, Nestle explains USDA rules and regulations (U.S. Department of Agriculture – department of the government that is responsible for creating laws on farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. They make sure that food is safe to eat, protect natural resources and forests, among with many other things), offers informed opinions on studies, popular diets, and trends. She is the go-to resource for many big names in food policy and culture, making her one of the most influential thinkers of our time.

Why is this important to our health?

It is important to know about the foods we eat and where they come from. For example, big corporations put a lot of salt, sugar, and fat into their foods because it is cheap, fast, and easy. Does this mean these foods are healthy? Nope! Making good food choices keeps us healthy and lead better quality lives.

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Have any questions or comments? Is there anyone you would like to know more about? Please let us know in the comment section below.

 

Stay Well & Empowered !!!

 

Motivation Monday: Michelle Obama

It’s Motivation Monday! Today, we want to share with you a quote from First lady Michelle Obama. Last month, Obama spoke about her own experiences with sexism during a speech on the power of education and her “Let Girls Learn” initiative in Argentina.

 

“I decided not to listen to the voices of those who doubted me and dismissed me. Instead, I decided to listen to my own voice.”

         – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

 

Obama spoke about how she had teachers who “would call on the boys instead of the girls, even though the girls had better grades,” and would ask her brother about his career ambitions while asking her what kind of man she wanted to marry. She also spoke about men who treated her as an object rather than a full human being with thoughts and feelings of her own.

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Obama emphasized the importance of education. She mentioned how she learned to think critically, how to write well, and how to present herself with confidence and authority so people would listen to what she had to say. Obama urges girls to get an education to help them make their voice heard in the world.

We’re encouraging you to do the same! Get out there and focus on your education. You’re not only helping yourself, but helping society as a whole too!

 

Check out the whole video here.

Check out the full speech here.

Sources:

Huffington Post – Michelle Obama Reveals How She Shook Off Sexist Haters

Remarks by the First Lady on Let Girls Learn to Argentine High School Students

 

What did you think of the video? Please tell us any comments or questions you may have in the comments below.  Stay Well!

Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repeat!!!

Even though Earth Day passed yesterday, it is important that we remember to take care of our planet everyday. Check out the image below for helpful tips for better environmental habits that will help earth in the long run. Remember to appreciate and take care of our world. Like our bodies, we only have one.

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How does this affect our health?:

  • Our environmental health is very important because it affects the health of every living thing (including humans)!
  • Our whole environment helps our bodies survive, thrive, and live the best way possible.
  • If we live in an unhealthy environment, it will be harder to live and do healthy things everyday.

 

Get Involved in your home & community today!

Happy Earth Day!

How do you plan to help out in your community ? Have a question or comment for us? Please tell us in the comments below!

Sources:

http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/

Hughes, R. E., & Thomson, S. L. (2016). The First Earth Day, 1970. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 28(3), 11-14.

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/10-tips-make-every-day-earth-day.html

Fact Friday: Need Help? Ask & Take Action

Today for “Fact Friday” we continue to give more facts on how sexual violence affect women and girls. The theme this year for Sexual Assault Awareness Month is “Prevention is Possible.”, and (if you can) there are ways to see warnings and prevent yourself from harm. Someone who is a victim of this abuse should know, it’s not your fault and you’re not alone! 

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Did you know?

  • In some regions, they are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV, and 1.6 times more likely to have syphilis, compared to women who do not suffer partner violence.
  • Women who have experienced partner violence have higher rates of several important health problems and risk behaviors; compared to women who have not experienced partner violence, they:
    • have 16 percent greater odds of having a low-birthweight baby;
    • are more than twice as likely to have an induced abortion;
    • are more than twice as likely to experience depression
  • Your voice matters ! If you reach out and speak to someone about your problem, you might save  your life.
    • If you can maybe a trusted family member, a friend’s parent, an adult neighbor or friend, an older sibling or cousin, or another experienced person who you trust.
    • If you can’t speak or open up to any family members or to the other types of people mentioned above, don’t worry.
      • Call an anonymous crisis line closest to you as possible. An outside source will help you decide your best options with you. We have a few options listed below.

Check out the image below for warning signs and next steps to take action.

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Need Help?

By checking out local sexual assault centers can provide help. In crisis situations, contact 1-800-656-4673. You can also visit www.nsvrc.org.

You can also check out this link for more steps to help yourself. Click here.

Have any questions or comments for us about today’s post? Please tell us in the comments section below or message us (check our contact us page)!

Sources:

  1. Get Domestic Violence Help
  2. Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  3. The National Domestic Violence Hotline
  4. WHO – Global report highlights impact of violence on women’s health

Throwback Thursdays: Billie Jean King

At age 11, Billie Jean switched from playing softball to tennis because her parents thought that she should try a more “ladylike” sport. In 1961, Billie Jean and her partner, Karen Hantze Susman made sport headlines as the youngest pair to win Wimbledon (tennis tournament in London) women’s double titles. Billie Jean continued to practice hard so that she could reach her full potential. In 1966, her dedication to being the best paid off when she won her first singles championship at Wimbledon. Billie Jean King continued to win several tournaments over the following years. In 1972, she claimed three Grand Slam titles in one year.

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Billie Jean King spoke up for what she believed in. She felt that players should get equal pay, regardless of their gender. In 1973, King formed the Women’s Tennis Association. In order to address the unequal pay, she threatened to boycott the 1973 U.S. Open. As a result, the U.S. Open became the first major tournament to give equal prize money to both genders. King and her husband, Larry King, founded the World Team Tennis co-ed circuit. Billie Jean was also one of the first women to coach professional male athletes.

Billie Jean King participated in the “Battle of the Sexes” in September 1973. Her opponent was Bobby Riggs, the 1939 men’s Wimbledon champion. She felt pressure knowing that if she lost the match that it would set women back 50 years as well as affect women’s self esteem. She also felt that it would ruin the women’s tour. With television audience of about 50 million viewer, King won the match against Riggs. During her tennis career, she had won 39 major championships (singles, doubles, and mixed-doubles), which include a record of 20 at Wimbledon. Later, she was the first female athlete to come out about her homosexuality and became a leader for the LGBT community.

Why Is Billie Jean King Important?

Billie Jean King worked hard to for all her accomplishments and never gave up. She was not afraid to speak her mind about gender inequality when it came to pay and created change in the U.S. Open. She proved that women are just as great athletes as men.

Sources:

Billie Jean King Biography

Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight

Today, in honor Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, we are talking about eye health.

Did you know?

  • 2/3 of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women
  • More than ¾ of visual impairment is estimated to be preventable or correctable
  • 1/3 of age-related macular disease and cataract may be due to smoking
  • 4/5 of blindness and visual impairment occurs in developing countries.

This video provides a great workout you can use to strengthen your eyes. (Bright Side)

Check out this great infographic on the steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy!

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Do you wear glasses or contacts? How do you take care of your eyes? Tell us in the comments!

Have a great day and stay healthy!

Sources:

  1. Infographic: 8 Tips for Healthy Eyes This Year
  2. The perfect workout for your eyes (Bright Side)
  3. Women’s Eye Health