Sunscreen Protection

When you go outside during these hot summer days, make sure you put sunscreen on your visible skin! The sun emits harmful rays which can cause skin cancer. Check out this infographic created by the American Academy of Dermatology on how to choose the right sunscreen for you. Take into consideration the labels on the sunscreen bottle before buying or using one. Skin cancer is no laughing matter so protect yourself with sunscreen!

 

How to select a sunscreen infographic

 

Source:

American Academy of Dermatology – How to choose a sunscreen 

 

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Here are some information you should know about breast cancer:

The risk factors of breast cancer are gender, age, genetics, family history, weight, and race.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling of all or part of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge

Check out the infographic from Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, as it provides breast cancer statistics and things you can do to prevent breast cancer.

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If you would like to learn more about breast cancer, check out the links below:

Sources:

City of Hope – Breast Cancer Infographic

Julep – Infographic: Breast Cancer Awareness By the Numbers  

 

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and today we are bringing you 5 ways you can help someone who is being bullied from Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Listen and show support. Can you think of the time when you were alone and had no one to support you? How did you feel? Now think of a time when you did have someone support you? How did that make you feel?

Consider how simple it is to tell someone you care. Your support can be very meaningful! If someone is experiencing bullying, show them that you’re listening by allowing them to talk about their experiences. Help them come up with ways to talk to their parents and what to do it that doesn’t help. It’s okay if you can’t help fix the problem, you can focus on being supportive.

Tell an adult. Let your teachers or parents know about bullying so they can help. Bullying not only includes physical fights, but words too, both online and in person. Sometimes, the first person you tell may not be able to help you, but don’t give up! Keep telling someone until you get help. Adults do care about what happens to you and your peers.

Ask other to join together against bullying. Together with others, you can make a difference. You and your peers can team up and start a bullying prevention program or hold an event to raise awareness. Check out Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center website for ideas.

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Help them get away from the situation. If you see someone being bullied, instead of turning your back, help the student to turn her back to the bullying by walking to class with her. You can also tell her she doesn’t deserve what’s happening and that she has the right to be safe.

Request a governor’s proclamation. It’s easier for someone to be bullied when no one sticks up for him or her. Kids who are bullied often feel like no one cares. You can show them that they are not alone! Be a friend and invite them to hang out with you. Have lunch together, play together, or walk to class together.

If you see cyberbullying, write someone nice on the student’s wall or let the person bullying know it’s not cool to make fun of people online. You can anonymously report cyberbullying and many service providers will take steps to address the issue.

Have you ever been bullied or helped someone who has been bullied? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Resources:

Hold your own event

Tips to stop cyberbullying

Prevent Bullying

Sources:
You are not alone – Ways to be there as a kid or teen

 

 

 

6 Simple Healthy Eating Tips

We came across this infographic from the University of California, Davis campus’ Student Health and Counseling Services. This is a great resource for you all to apply these tips into your daily lives. Here are ways you can eat healthier by making simple changes in your diet.


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Click here for more information about this infographic.

 

 

Source:

University of California, Davis – Six Simple Ways to Eat Healthier

 

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month

Healthy Eating PlateHealthy Eating PlateSeptember is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month. Today, we are bringing you our Top 5 reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables from the Fruits & Veggies More Matters’ website. For their complete list, check out their website here.

  1. Fruits and veggies are delicious and nutritious. They come in all colors and sizes. Think of the rainbow when choosing your fruits and veggies. The more colors you have on your plate, the more nutrients and vitamins you are eating.  
  2. Convenience. Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice, so they’re ready when you are.
  3. Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy and healthy.
  4. May reduce disease risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
  5. Vitamins and Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.

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    Healthy Eating Plate

We’ve only mentioned some reasons here, but there are so many more! Check out these different resources listed below:

Choose My Plate – Nutrients and Health Benefits

Check out these great Fruit & Veggie Recipes.

Do you know what is a serving size of fruits and vegetables? Learn more here.

Learn how to eat more fruits and vegetables here.

What are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Share them in the comments.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

 

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Welcome to another Wellness Wednesday! August is Psoriasis Awareness Month so today, we are sharing some information about psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis (suh-RYE-uh-sus) is a long-lasting (chronic) disease  that causes skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin, forming itchy red raised areas (plaques) and thick scales. It can appear anywhere on the body, but is most commonly found on the scalp, knees, elbows, and torso. Overtime, psoriasis can get better or worse. It may go away completely before suddenly reappearing.

For some kids, psoriasis is just a minor inconvenience, but for some it can be quite serious. Psoriasis can lead kids to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Sometimes that affects their emotions, and some kids may develop low self-esteem and even depression as a result.

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Right now, there’s no cure for psoriasis, but there are many good options available to treat psoriasis symptoms. Lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy diet and weight, also can help ease the symptoms.

Causes

Doctors aren’t sure why people get psoriasis, but they do know how the disease works. Remember, Psoriasis isn’t contagious. Some people inherit the genes that make them more likely to having it. Many with psoriasis have an immediate family member who also has the disease.

Check out this infographic for more information:

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For more information, click here and here.

What topic would you like to see covered in our Wellness Wednesdays? Tell us in the comments!

Sources:
  1. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta
  2. Kids Health – Psoriasis
  3. National Psoriasis Foundation

Sunscreen Protection

When you go outside during these hot summer days, make sure you put sunscreen on your visible skin! The sun emits harmful rays which can cause skin cancer. Check out this infographic created by the American Academy of Dermatology on how to choose the right sunscreen for you. Take into consideration the labels on the sunscreen bottle before buying or using one. Skin cancer is no laughing matter so protect yourself with sunscreen!

 

How to select a sunscreen infographic

 

Source:

American Academy of Dermatology – How to choose a sunscreen 

 

 

World Hepatitis Day

Today, we’re bringing you information about Hepatitis in honor of World Hepatitis Day on July 28th.

What is Hepatitis?

Viral hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E.

Hepatitis-B

Type of Viral Hepatitis Mode of Transmission/Prevention
Hepatitis A (HAV)
  • Contaminated food and water.
  • There is a safe HAV vaccine.
Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Infected blood, sex, and needles.
  • From an infected mother to her newborn.
  • There is a safe HBV vaccine.
Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Infected blood and needles.
  • There is no vaccine.
Hepatitis D (HDV)
  • Must already have hepatitis B.
  • Infected blood, sex, and needles.
  • From an infected mother to her newborn.
  • Get the hepatitis B vaccine.
Hepatitis E (HEV)
  • Contaminated water.
  • There is no vaccine.

Facts

  • Worldwide, there are 240 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B.
  • Around 780,000 people die each year from hepatitis B.
  • Vaccinating children for hepatitis B is incredibly important. The risk of becoming chronically infected is as high as 90% for infants infected during their first year.
  • Some groups are more at risk for hepatitis B, these include
    • Prison populations
    • People who inject drugs
    • Close contacts of people with chronic hepatitis B infection
    • People with multiple sexual partners
    • Healthcare workers
    • Travelers to high-risk countries

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Prevention

Hepatitis B is vaccine preventable. It can help protect against liver cancer. The Hepatitis B vaccine is three or four separate doses.

To learn more about World Hepatitis Day, visit: http://worldhepatitisday.org/en.

Sources:
Hepatitis B Foundation
International SOS – Hepatitis
World Hepatitis Day