National Men’s Health Month

June 13, 2017

Every year during the month of June, we recognize and celebrate “National Men’s Health Month.” Throughout the month of June, we and many other organizations aim to promote the importance of maintaining good men’s health through screenings, health fairs, various media appearances, and other health oriented education and outreach initiatives.

Raising Awareness of Preventable Health Problems

The primary purpose of National Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness about health problems that could be prevented through early detection practices, as well as providing information about various treatments available for men of all ages.

 

Through the month of June, media, individuals, and organizations are given the opportunity to encourage men to seek regular checkups and medical advice in order to detect the early signs of disease and other injuries. Through early prevention, men can make health, dietary, or other lifestyle changes that will make recovery or further disease and injury prevention more successful.

What to Do During National Men’s Health Month

There are many things you can do to help promote a healthier lifestyle for yourself, for someone you care about, or for members of your organization. Below are just a handful of ideas to help you get started, no matter what day of the month it is!

 

  • Reevaluate your dietary habits.
  • Get a flu shot from your local doctor.
  • Organize a health fair (in nonprofits, wellness centers, offices, etc.).
  • Hand out informational pamphlets at local organizations (such as churches and wellness centers).
  • Wear blue clothing or accessories for a “Wear Blue Day” to help promote Men’s Health Month.
  • Get outdoors for fun and physically engaging activities (e.g., walking, bicycling, hiking, sports, etc.).
  • Visit your doctor for your regular wellness visit.

 

North County Health Services provides adult medicine and adult care services in order to help men of all ages maintain a healthier lifestyle. Through sick visits, wellness visits, medication, adult vaccinations (through our immunization clinic), early detection checks, and more, men will be able to stay at the top of their health while simultaneously increasing the chance of detecting more severe conditions in their earliest stages, when they will have the highest rate of cure or prevention.

National Cancer Survivors’ Day

June 4, 2017

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Every year on the first Sunday of June, we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. Taking place on June 4th, this year, we use National Cancer Survivors Day as a way to recognize and celebrate those that have won their battle with cancer.

National Cancer Survivors Day sheds light on this diseases by showing that life after a cancer diagnosis is possible. National Cancer Survivors Day brings hope to a situation which at first can seem insurmountable.

Finding Support for Cancer Treatment

Whether you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s absolutely crucial to stay close to your friends and family. The last thing anyone diagnosed with cancer wants to do is to bury themselves into their own secluded world.

Spend time looking around online and in your local community for groups of people that have already survived cancer and their treatment. Finding and being around survivors of cancer can greatly improve the cancer treatment process by giving the individual hope, which is sometimes a contributor to the rate of success with any kind of treatment.

Preventing Treatment Through Early Detection

One of the most effective ways to treat or even prevent cancer is to catch it in its earliest stages. Through cervical cancer screening or a pap test, for example, women and their doctors can spot the early signs of cancer development. When cancer of any form is detected in its earliest stages, it is easier to treat and has a much higher chance of the treatment being successful.

In some cases, it may even be possible to completely prevent cancer from developing any further, which is why it’s so important to visit your doctor regularly for cancer detection tests. Like the cervical cancer test or Pap smear, there are tests available for both men and women and for the various forms of cancer.

North County Health Services puts a large emphasis on cancer prevention and treatment. If you have not had your regular cancer screening this year or would like to set up a regular appointment, check out our cervical cancer screening page. You can give us a call to learn more or to set up your appointment.

Happy International Nurses Day!

May 12, 2017

Happy retired woman with a nurse while at the hospital

International Nurses Day

Every year, the entire world celebrates “International Nurse Day” on Friday, May 12th. This particular date marks the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Each year, this day is commemorated by the International Council of Nurses by producing and distributing a specially created “International Nurses’ Day (IND) Kit.”

Every year, the ICN creates a campaign with a specific theme to help equip nurses with necessary information while helping the public understand important medical topics.

In previous years, the IND kit included educational and public information materials made available to nurses everywhere. Last year’s theme was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience.”

The 2017 Theme: A Voice to lead

This year, the International Council of Nurses has decided upon the theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” for its IND Kit. Accompanied by ICN website, the toolkit for this year and the ICN’s campaign aims at raising awareness (to both nurses and the general public) about SDGs and why they matter.

“SDGs” is short for Sustainable Development Goals, which have been created by the United Nations Development Programme. The UNDP created the SDGs to highlight 17 important areas of focus in our modern world:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

The ICN hopes to inspire nurses, the general public, policymakers, organizations, and more to help raise awareness about the SDGs and find creative ways to push the general population of the world closer to achieving the 17 SDGs.

Contact us today to learn more about International Nurses Day, the Sustainable Development Goals, and how you can help the world take another step towards achieving them. Everyone from individuals to large organizations can play a part in helping the International Council of Nurses recognize their new vision.

Baked Strawberry Donuts!

May 11, 2017

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Strawberries are the freshest in the spring and nothing says Happy Mother’s Day like a delicious and fruity treat! These baked strawberry donuts are the perfect breakfast in bed treat for mom. Their light and airy texture closely resembles those mini strawberry shortcakes we use to make when we were kids (or if you’re like us, anytime you’re craving whip cream and strawberries).

These donuts are very simple to make and are free of all extra refined sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Feel free to top these babes with fresh jam, whip cream, or peanut butter for a PB & J bagel!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave or honey
  • 3 1/2 tbsp oil – If you don’t mind fat-free texture, you can use applesauce (35g)
  • 1 cup flour, loosely packed (works with all-purpose, spelt, or gf all-purpose mix) (125g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries, fresh or frozen-thawed (60g)
  • optional add-ins: pinch cinnamon, handful mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut

Instructions

Combine first 5 ingredients. Set aside. Grease a donut pan OR mini muffin pan, and preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together all remaining ingredients except strawberries. (For best taste and texture, I highly recommend the oil option.) Pour wet into dry once the oven is preheated, and stir until just evenly mixed. Don’t overmix. Stir in the berries. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until donuts have risen and the batter is no longer wet. Let sit 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Frosting ideas are listed earlier in this post.
recipe from: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

World Health Day!

April 7, 2017

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Every year the world celebrates “World Health Day” on April 7th. This global initiative is run by the “World Health Organization” (WHO) in order to raise awareness about a variety of different global health initiatives. WHO coordinates eight official global health campaigns (one of which is World Health Day), such as World Immunization Week, World AIDs Day, World Blood Donor Day, and others.

The 2017 Theme: “Depression: Let’s Talk”

Every year, the World Health Organization features a different “theme” to emphasize a certain area of health to try and improve upon. In recent years, WHO had themes called, “Beat Diabetes,” “Food Safety,” “Small bite, Big threat,” and others.

For 2017, WHO has chosen the theme to be “Depression: Let’s Talk” in order to raise awareness about depression.

Depression affects people of all ages, no matter where they originated, who they are, where they’re at in life. It impacts people many people on a daily basis and makes it incredibly difficult to get through life and business “as normal,” including even the most menial and “easiest” tasks we can consider.

Depression can affect more than just the individual who suffers from it. All people that are related to the individual can be impacted in small or large ways. Family members, friends, coworkers, and others can all be impacted as a result of a single individual’s struggle with depression.

At the worst, depression can get serious enough to cause the individual to self-inflict injury or even go as far as suicide. This is why it’s critical that we as a society choose to be open with the discussion of depression: to help those that are suffering realize that they are not alone and that there are options available to treat and overcome depression.

The more we talk about depression and the more people realize that it’s an issue of mental health and not just “feeling sad,” the more likely people who are suffering will start to seek the help that they need, and that it’s okay to get help.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, reach out to them and help them to find ways to get the professional help that they need to make an effective recovery. If you have overcome depression in your own life or have seen others close to you do so, make sure to share your story to encourage those that suffer.

Being open about depression, sharing experiences, and communicating to others will help to lower the negative stigmas around it and will help to promote a more open and welcoming community around this debilitating mental condition.

Contact us today at North County Health Services to learn more about depression, how you can get the help you (or someone you love) may need, and how to help to contribute to the World Health Organization’s mission to raise awareness about depression and mental health this year.

Green Clover Protein Pancakes!

March 16, 2017

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photo: mindovermunch.com

As everyone gets ready for the annual celebration of everything green, also known as Saint Patrick’s Day, we have a festive, healthy, and of course green St. Patty’s Day recipe for you!

These green clover pancakes are packed with protein and only have one gram of sugar. Not only do these pancakes have amazing stats, but the green hue is created naturally with the use of spinach! Yes, this leafy green is one of the easiest veggies to sneak into smoothies and other meals. Spinach is full of calcium, magnesium, iron and all kinds of vitamins and minerals that your body craves.

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Premier Protein Vanilla Shake

1 ¼ cups oats

1 egg

1 ½ cups spinach

½ tsp baking powder

Procedure:

Blend all ingredients together until well combined and smooth. The batter should be thick and green!

Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Spray the skillet with cooking spray. If you’re using a cookie cutter to create a clover shape, you want to make sure you spray down the cookie cutter for easy removal.

Allow to cook for about a minute, until the edges are set and you can remove the cookie cutter. Allow to cook on the one side until bubbles rise to the top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes on the other side.
Enjoy with syrup, peanut butter, berries, or your favorite toppings!

 

recipe by mindovermunch.com

American Heart Month

February 6, 2017

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Ever since President Johnson declared February National American Heart in 1964, our nation has dedicated the month of February to cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is America’s number one cause of death in both men and women. Luckily, there are steps we can take to help reduce our risk and improve our cardiovascular health. The most important things to consider when focusing on your heart health is healthy eating, physical activity and not smoking. If you are a current smoker, it would be in your favor to make this the month you quit. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, which leads to a buildup of fatty material that narrows the artery causing a heart attack or stroke. Yikes!

Another way to remember your cardiovascular health is to GO RED!

Get your numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

Own your lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthily.

Raise your voice: Advocate for women-related research and education.

Educate your family: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

Donate: Show your support!

According to the American Heart Association, building awareness is one the best ways to fight cardiovascular disease; eighty percent of cardiovascular-related deaths can be prevented with education and action. You can help raise awareness by wearing red during the month of February and using the hashtag #GoRedWearRed

Source: www.heart.org

Mes Nacional del Corazón

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Desde que el Presidente Johnson declaró febrero como el Mes Nacional del Corazón en 1964, nuestro país ha dedicado el mes de febrero a la salud cardiovascular. La enfermedad cardiovascular es la primera causa de muerte en hombres y mujeres en Estados Unidos. Afortunadamente, existen pasos que podemos tomar para ayudar a reducir el riesgo y mejorar nuestra salud cardiovascular. Lo más importante de tener en cuenta cuando nos concentramos en la salud del corazón es la alimentación saludable, la actividad física y no fumar. Si fuma actualmente, sería beneficioso para usted que este mes sea el mes para dejar de fumar. Fumar daña el recubrimiento de las arterias, lo que lleva a la acumulación de material de grasa que angosta las arterias, lo que causa un ataque al corazón o un infarto. ¡Oh Dios!

Otra forma de recordar su salud cardiovascular es PONERSE ROJO.

Conozca sus números: Pida a su médico que controle su presión arterial, colesterol y glucosa.

Controle su estilo de vida: Deje de fumar, pierda peso, haga actividad física y coma saludable.

Haga conocer su opinión: Defienda la educación y las investigaciones relacionadas con las mujeres.

Eduque a su familia: Haga elecciones de alimentos saludables para usted y su familia. Enseñe a sus hijos la importancia de mantenerse activo.

Done: ¡Demuestre su apoyo!

De acuerdo con la American Heart Association, crear consciencia es una de las mejores formas para luchar contra las enfermedades cardiovasculares; ochenta por ciento de las muertes relacionadas con afecciones cardiovasculares pueden evitarse con educación y acciones. Puede ayudar a generar consciencia vistiendo algo rojo durante el mes de febrero y usando el hashtag #GoRedWearRed

Fuente: www.heart.org

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