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Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month this August

Each year, the month of August is set aside to remind everyone of the importance of vaccinating against disease. Indeed, routine childhood vaccination schedules have gone far to lessen the impact and prevalence of many previously common diseases. However, vaccination updates are important at any age or stage of life, and college students…, adults, and senior citizens benefit from immunizations against influenza, meningitis, whooping-cough, and shingles. Although there can be media attention to the contrary, vaccinations offer crucial protection against disease, and there are many positive reasons to ensure that National Immunization Awareness Month is a great success this year.

 
Week 1: August 4-10 -The first week is structured for off to college (young adults ages 19-26).
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  • news releases and articles
  • social media messages
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A new study by Harvard researchers on men 45 years and older has found that people who do not eat breakfast are 27% more likely to be at risk of a heart attack than those who do eat breakfast. The USA Today Article is found here. Here are some healthy, fast, and easy options for breakfast, or to prepare it the night before to grab when you are running out the door.

  1. Peanut Butter Waffle– Instead of pouring syrup over an entire waffle, try adding protein, and spreading peanut butter on top. You could also put raisins, bananas, blueberries, or peanuts on top for lasting energy.
  2. Smoothie– You can also mix these the night before,. Add a scoop or packet of breakfast powder (such as carnation), soymilk or low-fat milk, strawberries or another fruit like bananas, and a protein powder for lasting energy. This is also easy to drink while walking out the door. Thermos Ready Smoothie Recipe, Citrus Berry Smoothie Recipe, Green Smoothie Recipe
  3. Fruit, Cheese, and Nuts– This is an easy finger food, but is also balanced. Slice or bring an apple, slice or cube 1-2 ounces of cheddar cheese into a plastic bag, and lastly put about 1/4 cup of walnuts into a plastic bag.
  4. Energy Bar– Energy bars have fiber and protein. Try brands such as, Kashi, Odwalla, Luna, TruSoy, and Kid Z Bars.
  5. Yogurt and fruit– Greek yogurt will have more protein, and you can make it in a container the night before. Try adding a handful of fruit or granola to your yogurt for extra fiber and fruit for long-lasting energy.
  6. Breakfast burrito– If you have hard-boiled eggs, they are a great portable protein. You can slice them for a tortilla, add a piece of cheese, ham or turkey, and warm it up on the go.

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month.

Arthritis means joint inflammation, but can be in many different areas of the body. This includes joints, bones, muscles, cartilage, and connecting tissues that can halt the movement of those areas.

The most common type of Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) diagnosed to children younger than 16 years old. They have signs of swelling in one or more joints. No known cause has been shown, but there is some research on genetics showing genes from family members.

You can learn more about Juvenile Arthritis at arthritistoday.org or at kidsgetarthritistoo.org for more information.

The Arthritis Foundation has a vision to create a world free of arthritis pain, but also improve lives through leadership, prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and other diseases. This foundation provides resources on:

  • Understanding arthritis
  • Prevention and management
  • Disease Center-Common Arthritis Topics
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Research
  • Take Action
  • and more

Health Tip of the Day:

Excercise. Park farther away from stores and the office to walk more, and improve your health. This can add up over time, and create healthier habits.

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Health Tip of the Day:

Improve your health. Take the stairs one step farther every day. You can do it.

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