It’s National Stalking Awareness Month

Natl stalking monthIs someone watching you a little too closely?

 

Despite the fact that stalking is a crime in all 50 states, 7.5 million people each year are stalked and harassed according to The National Center for Victims of Crime. In fact, a study by Pew Research Center reveals that 65 percent of young Internet users have been the target of online harassment at some point. Continue reading

Cervical Health Awareness Month: About the HPV Vaccine

cervical health awarenessThe HPV vaccine: A gift to your teen or an open invitation to have sex?

 

About 4,100 women will die from cervical cancer this year. That’s a heartbreaking number considering experts say it doesn’t need to happen.

 

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers we have. The fact is that nearly all cases of it are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus), a virus that as of 2006 (2009 for boys) we have a vaccination for. Continue reading

Sneezing and Headaches and Chills, Oh My! Flu Prevention is Key

woman getting flu shotFever. Cough. Runny nose. Watery eyes. Muscle aches. There’s no mistaking these symptoms for influenza — especially if they come calling between December and February. The flu is a common illness that can stop you in your tracks and can make you feel like a train wreck for days¦ sometimes even weeks. Continue reading

Skincare: How Safe are Those Potions and Lotions?

Let’s face it: there are a myriad of “miracle” skincare products lining drugstore shelves and dotting department store counters. And, because we’re bombarded with skincare ads promising to make us look younger, feel fresher and be happier, we fall prey to scooping up just the right products at the perfect price.

But there’s a problem with this. Not all skincare products are created equal – no matter what the campaign tells you. The only way to truly know what you’re slathering on your skin – the largest organ on your body – is to do your homework before heading out and read the labels before buying. Continue reading

American Diabetes Month: Schooling Your Child on his Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

stopdiabetis-largerShock. Fear. Confusion. These are often the feelings parents have when a child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Perhaps the biggest immediate concern is how your child will manage all the monitoring that will have to happen during school hours. Continue reading

It’s a Drag Being Addicted to Nicotine

GASO_15If you’ve never smoked – or have since quit – you can breathe easy knowing your risk of lung cancer is greatly diminished. But since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of The Great American Smokeout on November 19, Health Net encourages you to light a little fire of your own under a co-worker who has expressed the desire to kick the nicotine habit. Continue reading

Keeping Breast Cancer at Bay

White House_Breast cancerCall them whatever you want but, if you have breasts, they need your attention. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Health Net hopes women will use this post as a reminder to discuss – based on history and lifestyle – the right plan for their breast health care.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, all women should have a yearly mammogram after forty years old. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Breast cancer awareness starts long before a mammogram is due, and continues alongside any screenings you have well into your forties … and beyond.

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Women’s Risk of Developing Ovarian Cancer: an Update

beat ovarianWhen the last calendar page of 2015 has been turned, some 15,000 women will have lost their lives to ovarian cancer. During this same period, more than 20,000 women will have received an ovarian-cancer diagnosis. Given these statistics, it’s not surprising to learn that ovarian cancer is the most deadly of all female-reproductive-system cancers.

 

No woman is immune from this often deadly disease, so those in the XX category need to become educated. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so now would be an optimal time to do just that. Continue reading

Is Your Small Business Disaster-Ready?

NPM15_logo_v6Final-nationalFrom wild fires to wild weather, natural disasters are an unwanted but unavoidable part of life. While natural disasters are equal opportunity destroyers, small businesses are especially vulnerable. Are you and you employees prepared? Continue reading

September Is National Recovery Month

Natl Recovery MonthDid you know September is National Recovery Month? This health observance is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrating those who have overcome them.

Most of us know someone who has struggled with substance use or mental illness. One in four of us are living with mental illness, and 22 million of us have a substance use disorder, according to the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness’ Stamp Out Stigma website.

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