World Sickle Cell Day – June 19th

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day! Sickle cell is a global public health problem. You can help by learning more, knowing if you have the trait, donating blood, and becoming a bone marrow donor or sharing about donating newborns cord blood to a public bank!

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Did you know?

  • Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. It is characterized by a change in the shape of the red blood cell from a smooth, donut-shape into a crescent or half moon shape. The half moon shaped blood cell can block blood flow in the body. This can lead to pain, bacterial infections, and other health problems.
  • Sickle cell disease is inherited and can only occur when both parents are carriers of trait genes for the particular condition.
  • It is estimated that 500,000 are born every year with this severe condition and that 50% of them will die before the age of 5 years.
  • SCD affects black populations from African origin and Arabic, Indian and Caucasian populations from Southern Europe.

Have a great weekend!

Sources:
  1. 3rd World Sickle Cell Day
  2. Sickle-cell disease and other hemoglobin disorders
  3. World Sickle Cell Day
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Fun Fact Friday – Sports Bra: The Origin Story

Hope you have enjoyed your week so far. We’re bringing you facts about the first sports bra made. Did you know that the first sports bra was created by women? The creators, Hinda Miller and Lisa Lindahl in the 1970’s wanted to develop something that would bring many women comfort and support. With the help of a another friend and seamstress, Polly Palmer-Smith, they created the sports bra back in 1977. Before the sports bra existed, women (especially in professional sports) wrapped their breasts binding them together. They used elastic / double up tape or just perform in everyday brassieres that were available during that time.

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During the 70’s, running and jogging became more popular as a method of working out. Although for women, running and jogging created a problem. They began having extreme pain on their breast while exercising. Lisa and Hinda got tired of inadequate breast support while exercising, they wanted to do something about it. The idea came from sewing two men’s jockstraps together. The first sports bra model was called “jockbra”, due to its material.

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Later, the name was changed to jogbra and was launched in 1978. Since then, the sports bra continues to change and develop to fit the comfort and support for women and girls everywhere. There have even been new developments in the last 10 years for women, who are more than a D size. Before, the largest size for women was a D cup. Sports bras are now available for plus size women and women of even larger breasts sizes.

spots-brasFrom the everyday women to the professional athlete, the sports bra has empowered women and girls for any and every activity. It has become the clothing item you can’t live without. This changed the history of women’s health because they solved how to care for their breast health. The whole process of how women and girls give themselves the provided support and comfort needed for their breasts changes and is forever changing.

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Have a topic you would like to see covered on our blog? Let us know in the comments!

Have a great weekend!🙂

 

Sources:

Revolution: A History of the Sports Bra:  http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/film-video-series/versus/season-2

http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/jogbra-providing-essential-support-title-nine-and-women-athletes

http://junkee.com/sweatbands-lycra-and-sportsbras-how-womens-sportswear-helped-push-gender-equality-forward3/64200

http://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/32382911

http://www.oldnavy.com/products/plus-size-sports-bra.jsp

http://plussizeposh.com/5-trends-in-workout-gear-for-plussize-gals/

 

Fun Fact Friday – International Day of the Girl Child

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In December 2011, the United Nations declared International Day of the Girl Child to be held on October 11th. It is a day to acknowledge girls’ rights as well as the challenges girls face around the world. For a common goal, activist groups gather to highlight, discuss, and take action to improve rights and opportunities for all girls.

 

Sources:

  1. United Nations – International Day of the Girl Child
  2. Day of the Girl US – October 11

Fun Fact Friday – Sports Bra: The Origin Story

Hope you have enjoyed your week so far. We’re bringing you facts about the first sports bra made. Did you know that the first sports bra was created by women? The creators, Hinda Miller and Lisa Lindahl in the 1970’s wanted to develop something that would bring many women comfort and support. With the help of a another friend and seamstress, Polly Palmer-Smith, they created the sports bra back in 1977. Before the sports bra existed, women (especially in professional sports) wrapped their breasts binding them together. They used elastic / double up tape or just perform in everyday brassieres that were available during that time.

jockbra-image

 

jockbra-creators
Creators of Jockbra with the first prototype sports bra.

During the 70’s, running and jogging became more popular as a method of working out. Although for women, running and jogging created a problem. They began having extreme pain on their breast while exercising. Lisa and Hinda got tired of inadequate breast support while exercising, they wanted to do something about it. The idea came from sewing two men’s jockstraps together. The first sports bra model was called “jockbra”, due to its material.

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Early 1970s-1980s jogbra advertisement

 

 

 

 

 

Later, the name was changed to jogbra and was launched in 1978. Since then, the sports bra continues to change and develop to fit the comfort and support for women and girls everywhere. There have even been new developments in the last 10 years for women, who are more than a D size. Before, the largest size for women was a D cup. Sports bras are now available for plus size women and women of even larger breasts sizes.

spots-brasFrom the everyday women to the professional athlete, the sports bra has empowered women and girls for any and every activity. It has become the clothing item you can’t live without. This changed the history of women’s health because they solved how to care for their breast health. The whole process of how women and girls give themselves the provided support and comfort needed for their breasts changes and is forever changing.

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Brandi Chastain, female soccer player celebrating moment after United States won the 199 World Cup.

 

Have a topic you would like to see covered on our blog? Let us know in the comments!

Have a great weekend!🙂

 

Sources:

Revolution: A History of the Sports Bra:  http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/film-video-series/versus/season-2

http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/jogbra-providing-essential-support-title-nine-and-women-athletes

http://junkee.com/sweatbands-lycra-and-sportsbras-how-womens-sportswear-helped-push-gender-equality-forward3/64200

http://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/32382911

http://www.oldnavy.com/products/plus-size-sports-bra.jsp
http://plussizeposh.com/5-trends-in-workout-gear-for-plussize-gals/

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Today, we are bringing you facts about domestic violence.

Did you know?

  • Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors in a romantic relationship or between family members. This may include abuse by a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or parent. The abusive behaviors can include physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse. (Prince William County Virginia)
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rates of domestic violence. (Prince William County Virginia)

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What can I do?

Domestic violence can impact everyone, but you can make a difference. If you are experiencing abuse, talk to someone you trust and consider getting help to end your relationship safely. If you know someone who is experiencing abuse, educate yourself to be an important source of information and support.

Check out these resources:

  1. Visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to learn more.
  2. To get help, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or go online to DomesticShelters.org.
  3. Domestic violence resources

Have a topic you would like to see covered on our blog? Let us know in the comments!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Sources:
  1. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  2. NCDV – New York
  3. Prince William County Virginia – Teenagers and Domestic Violence

Fun Fact Friday – Healthy Foods

Did you know there are some foods that look like the body parts they are good for?

Let’s look at some examples:

Foods and body parts they resemble

Isn’t this interesting?! For more information, check out this link and also this other link.

Why is this important?

This visual image makes it easier to remember which food associates with which body part. It is helpful if you plan to target a specific body part for better health. Try to eat foods that improve your health!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

 

Sources:

  1. Pinterest: Live Love Fruit – 10 Plant-Based Foods That Look Just Like The Body Parts They’re Good For
  2. Woman’s Day – Foods That Look Like Body Parts They’re Good For
  3. Academia – Fruits and Vegetables that Resembles to Body Organs and have Significant Role on them (Original Article)

Fact Friday – Immunizations

Immunization is the process where a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine (medicine).

Did you know?

  • Immunization prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year.
  • Most diseases prevented by vaccines are no longer common in the United States. If vaccines weren’t used, just a few cases could quickly turn into tens or hundreds of thousands.
  • In the past 60 years, vaccines helped eradicate (eliminate) smallpox and are close to eradicating polio.

Why is this important?

Immunizations help prevent diseases from spreading. They protect against diseases, are very safe and effective, and can save lives!

These are just a few quick facts about immunizations and vaccines. To learn more check out this link here.

Check out this week’s Wellness Wednesday post to learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month. Click here.

Sources:
10 Facts on Immunization
11 Facts About Vaccines

Fun Facts Friday – Sun Exposure

Did You Know?

  • Exposure to the sun is a source of vitamin D (helps our bodies absorb calcium which results in stronger, healthier bones), but it does not require much exposure to get the needed amount of Vitamin D.
  • The main source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation is from the sun. About 95% of UVA rays reach the earth while 5% are UVB rays.
  • Overexposure to the sun can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.
  • UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 4 pm, and during spring and summer months.

Sun Safety Tips:

  • Seek shade when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest
  • Cover up your skin, such as wearing hat with wide brim, long-sleeved shirt or long pants
  • Use sunscreen regularly
  • Wear sunglasses

 

Sources:

  1. American Cancer Society – Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation
  2. Kids Health – Sun Safety