Don’t let asthma knock the wind out of you. Asthma is a lung disorder that is characterized by sudden fits of wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who have asthma is continually growing.

Approximately sixty-five percent of adults currently have persistent asthma, and nearly sixty percent of children currently have persistent asthma. Research and other evidence found the following self-care and lifestyle tips can help minimize and control your risk of asthma attacks. 

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ADA Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) announced Tuesday, May 1st that Tracey D. Brown, MBA, BChE would serve as new CEO. She joined the ADA National Board of Directors in January 2018. Ms. Brown lives with Type 2 Diabetes and is an enthusiastic fundraiser and volunteer for her local chapter. Ms. Brown joins the ADA from Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, Inc., where she currently serves as Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Experience Operations.  She will take on her role on May 31st when the current interim CEO Martha Parry Clark returns to her seat on the board.

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Ultra-Processed Food

What is an ultra-processed food? We eat a lot of different foods. Some of these foods are fresh from the produce section while some may be processed. Ultra-processed foods are a particular category of processed foods. These foods tend to be sugary, high in saturated fat, and unhealthy for us. What are some of the ultra-processed foods we may eat and what alternatives do we have for them? Let’s take a look at what these foods are and how to avoid them.  

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Effects of Cardiac Rehab on Family

The patient’s family plays a vital part in the rehabilitation process. One of the most important factors in the patient’s recovery is family involvement and support.

What are the possible effects of disability on the family?

Family members are affected by the patient’s disability, and, many times, become co-managers of the patient’s care. They may experience many changes as a result of the patient’s disability. Family members often join the patient in a period of grief caused by a loss of function. Severe injury, chronic disease, or disability may mean a change in family roles.

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Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Established in 1987, the Department of Health and Human Services selected April as its advocacy month to help reduce stigma related with alcoholism, increasing awareness about causes, treatment, and recovery. The theme for 2018 is “Changing Attitudes: it’s not a ‘rite of passage’”. This is a month to talk to friends and family about alcohol abuse and take the necessary actions to prevent it. Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the body and health if left untreated.  

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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

The Garmen Forerunner 645 Music is a new smartwatch available for purchase. Starting at $449,  it features onboard music storage, which is a new feature for smartwatches. Instead of having to use your phone’s storage, the Garmin Forerunner has storage capacity. Garmin designed the watch for runners in mind, however with all of its features it can be compared to the Apple Watch or other serious smartwatches. Is this the right watch for you? Let’s take a closer look.  

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Re-Start Your New Year’s Resolutions in April

How are your new year’s resolutions going so far? Have you been able to continue with it for three months? If not, you’re not alone. Starting your New Years resolution in January can seem like a good idea, but there’s also a chance your resolutions may fail. If you’ve fallen short of your goals, don’t worry. Here’s a suggestion to help you get back on track: start your New Year’s resolution in April!

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How Your Lungs Get the Job Done

Your lungs work hard. Even when you’re resting, they’re diligently transporting oxygen into your bloodstream and moving carbon dioxide out. They’re part of a serious business run by an intricate structure of organs and tissues—aka your respiratory system. To keep you alive and breathing, your lungs are on the clock 24/7, 365 days a year. Breathing 12 to 15 times a minute, translating to 17,000 breaths a day or more than 6 million breaths a year. And no vacation days! 

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National Public Health Week

The first week of April is National Public Health week! National Public Health Week is a week long initiative by the American Public Health Association  to engage all communities and all sectors of health in a conversation about the role each of us can play to put good health within everyone’s reach. Each day of NPHW 2018 will focus on a different public health topic that is critical to creating the healthiest nation by 2030.

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