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Think Before You Pink: Where does your money really go?

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How did everything in the USA start to turn PINK, especially in October, the breast cancer awareness month? Where did the idea of the pink ribbon come from anyway?

 

The pink ribbon stands for a passion to prevent, treat and educate about breast cancer. Introduced by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a prominent charity, and then adopted by Estee Lauder, it has made fundraising for breast cancer a multi-billion dollar industry.  From pink socks to pink KFC buckets, the color and the message pervade everywhere: “Buy pink and donate to cancer research!

What went wrong? It turns out the original pink ribbon charity owns stock in and is heavily supported by the same firm which not only produces potentially cancer-producing herbicides, but promotes the drug Tamoxifen, which causes uterine cancer, as a breast cancer preventive for high-risk women. It also owns stock in GE, which makes mammogram machines, and teams up with a fracking “hydraulic fracturing” company. Does this make sense? Or are vested interests manipulating public sentiment to make big profits? Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 11.15.58 AM Continue reading

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Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer kills hundreds of thousands of women worldwide each year. Is there any way to predict your risk for this scourge of women?Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 5.35.11 PM

Actually, finding your risk is a numbers game – it tells you how many of a group of women with a specific risk factor actually get the disease, but doesn’t tell you which ones will.

So it’s important to know this: having a risk factor is not the same as knowing you’ll get the disease. Knowing your risk should make you watchful, not morbid or fearful. Being vigilant lets you catch it early so you can beat it!

 

Risk characteristics can be classified as personal, lifestyle-related and genetic factors.

Being a woman (only 1 in 100 breast cancers are found in men), white-skinned and over 45 years all put you at higher risk of this disease. However, at younger ages, at which breast cancer is less common, African-Americans are more commonly affected. This is pretty useless knowledge, since you can’t do anything about it! Let’s go on to useful tips. Continue reading

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Healthy Eating Tips for Teens

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Choose Wisely!

The concept of a healthy diet is important for several reasons. First and foremost, the intake of the right amount of food in the right proportion can help in optimizing your health. The requirement of different nutrients and overall calorie intake varies from age to age. For example adolescents require a higher quantity of micronutrients to help ensure optimal development (both mental and physical). Likewise, with advanced aging, the rate of metabolism decreases that is why older individuals require fiber rich, low calorie diets to prevent obesity and other related health issues.

 

What are some general guidelines for individuals of all age groups? 

-       Intake of daily diet should be coupled with a fair amount of antioxidants (in the form of nutritional supplements. Moderate daily intake of anti-oxidant rich foods help a great deal in decreasing the risk of developing malignancy, diseases, infections and related disorders by neutralizing free radicals and reactive oxygen species.

-       Maintain regular physical activity in order to assimilate and digest all the food we consume

-       Eat a balanced diet daily that include lots of vegetables and fruits

-       Avoid unnecessary snacking, and when you do snack make healthier choices

-       Consult a wellness coach, healthcare provider, or nutritionist/dietitian to check if your body weight falls under normal range. They can also guide you about specific nutrients and portion sizes that are suitable according to your age and weight.

Dietary habit of teens:  Continue reading

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How Obesity Affects Teens and What We Can Do About It

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month…but hardly anyone is talking about it.

What are the effects of obesity on the health of an individual?

We all care about the way we look and how others perceive us. The effect is even more prominent on teens who are more obsessed with impressing others with their physical appearance. It is always a good thing to have others like you but being too obsessed with it is bad for our health and a source of stress.

It is more important how you feel and how you want to see yourself. Instead of just following the crowd, it is more important to adopt good habits for healthy reasons.

 

What is obesity and how it affects the life of a teenager? Continue reading

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Do Schools and Universities Play a Role in Contributing to Obesity?

 

According to latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one third of the US adult population is obese (or has a body mass index of more than 30 kg/m2). The rate is even higher if over-weight individuals (with body mass index over 25 kg/m2) are included in the counting process.

 

P.S. Use the following formula (or one available online) to calculate your BMI: Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.54.38 PM

 

What are some factors that play an important role in increasing the epidemic of obesity?

It was once debated that genetic and racial factors play the most important role in increasing the risk of obesity in certain individuals due to abnormally lower rate of metabolism and other related issues like dietary preferences/choices in certain cultures. However, the research studies and surveys conducted in the past few years suggested that environmental factors are far more important in adolescents as a key contributor of obesity. In fact, the role of US schools and universities is highly criticized in this metabolic epidemic, considering the fact that the rate of obesity has increased 3-fold in the past 2 decades, and is continuing to rise according to a recent study performed by the CDC.

 

Here’s how: Continue reading

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Physical and Mental Effects of Being an Overweight or Obese Teen Revealed

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Obesity is becoming a global problem mainly due to increased consumption of processed junk foods and sedentary lifestyle. Most teens and adolescents are also becoming a victim of metabolic issues that occur as a result of weight gain. 

 

Physical health risks of obesity:

 

-       Poorly managed obesity in teens or adolescents is a leading risk factor for obesity in adulthood, which suggests that all the physical and psychological issues the teen is facing in adolescence are likely to get worse with advancing age.

-       Obesity alone is a recognized risk factor for certain cancers, especially malignancy of thyroid, ovaries, prostate, cervix, gall bladder, pancreas, kidney, esophagus, uterus, colon, breast and lymph nodes are more frequently reported in obese individuals.

-       Obese adolescents who become obese adults report joint and muscle issues, and injuries more frequently than thin individuals. For example, joint issues like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and injuries (fractures, muscle sprain, ligament tears) are more common in obese teens due to wear and tear damage and pressure related tissue destruction.

-       Obese individuals report metabolic issues like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular issues, atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the artery), and abnormal cholesterol levels. Continue reading

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How Parents Can Help Combat Childhood Obesity

 

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Believe it or not, childhood obesity is an emerging economic and social problem that should be tackled more seriously at an individual as well as community level. The role of parents is extremely important in this regard. Although, it is hard for most parents to keep an eye on the diet and physical activity status of their children (due to economical crisis, busy social and professional lives and other issues) it is our responsibility.

It’s imperative to understand that efforts and measures should be made to prevent obesity by incorporating and promoting healthy behaviors and habits within your family. Yet at the same time, if your child or adolescent develop weight issues, try to explore the cause and reasons in order to address the problem more efficiently.

Here are a few steps that parents can take: Continue reading

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10 Foods You Should Never Eat!

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Did you know that you could wreck your health simply by not being willing to cut back on or completely eliminate certain foods?  In this race, it’s just as important to choose between the good and the bad, in order to reach the finish line smiling!

#1

Highly processed meats- sausages and deli meats, fried bacon and hot dogs – are rich in sodium and nitrate preservatives. With a couple of servings daily leading to a whopping 42% rise in heart disease risk and a 20% chance of developing diabetes  – no way!

#2

Soft drinks contain high-fructose corn syrup. This calorie-rich stuff adds up. Moreover, these are ‘empty’ calories – foods that have no nutritional value, they lack micronutrients, which are important to help the body run smoothly.

Sodas also contribute to tooth decay AND they often contain BVO (brominated vegetable oil). Strangely enough, this is also found in flame-retardant plastics, and has been linked to poor brain function and skin disorders. Continue reading

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10 Secrets to Work-Life Balance

Stress at work has robbed many couples and families of their happiness. When you are doing overtime on the job, and possibly a hobby, spending time with family may be on the back-burner. Or possibly it’s the other way. You give all you have to your family and your employer, but your own needs are left out of the running.

Juggling the needs of your job and other high-priority areas in your life has been a headache for more decades than you could imagine. And it’s even worse now that smart technology tethers you to your work all day long, everywhere!

 

Why you need work-life balance

This is one of the most critical skills you need to master – not so you can be more efficient, productive, high earning and smart, but just because that’s the only way you’ll continue to be human. Sounds drastic, doesn’t it? But it’s true, because the moment you stop relating with people, and the moment you get out of touch with your own self, you’ve lost touch with reality to some extent.

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How to Cure Your UnHappy

Happiness is the way most of us choose to live. The right to seek happiness is one of our basic human rights. But what exactly is it?

Happiness includes good feelings based on the presence of joy, satisfaction, the positive feeling that one is doing well, and a sense of meaningfulness to life.

However, it is strange to think that only about 10 percent of this feeling is actually based on the ‘reality of life’. Many people who report that they are very happy are neither well enough, nor rich enough, or engaged in such worthwhile work that they ought to be very happy. But they are! So obviously this state is not just because of one’s life circumstances. Happiness is not the product of riches, success, beauty or popularity. We all know hundreds of people with everything – who are miserable all the same. Continue reading

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