National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month

It’s National Donate Life Month, and one donor’s death can save 8 lives, restore 2 people’s sight, and heal more than 75 people. Register now.

More than 100,000 men, women, and children are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, and every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list for an organ, eye, or tissue donation.

Waiting for Life-Saving Donations

 

More than 36,500 organ transplants saved patients’ lives in 2018, but 22 people still die every day because the organ donation they needed didn’t come in time. Learn more about what you can do.

Organ Donation Saves Lives

 

More than 145.5 million people are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. You and your loved ones can help save lives.

How Donors Save Lives

 

More than 84,000 corneal eye transplants help people see again each year, and more than 1.75 million tissue transplants help patients heal each year. Read more inspiring stories of successful transplants.

Successful Transplants

 

2,000 children under 18 are waiting for a transplant. More than 500 of them are under 5 years old. Get involved locally.

Children and Organ Donations

 

83% of patients waiting need a kidney, and 12% need a liver. 3 to 5 years is the average wait time for a kidney. Living donors can help them.

Living Donation Options
Healthy Nopales Recipes

Healthy Nopales Recipes

As it gets warmer, you may be craving spicy foods perfect for summer, and these healthy nopales recipes will satisfy that craving while making the most of the in-season cactus paddles.

First up, make sure you’re preparing them correctly with this easy guide on How to Cook Nopales.

Image and Recipe via Mexico in My Kitchen

 

This light Summer Nopalitos Salad is a perfect side dish during warm weather.

These quick Nopales Slaw Tostadas with Pickled Red Onions are also vegetarian.

Boost your fruit or green smoothie with nopales cactus in your favorite flavors.

Why& How to Add Cactus to Your Next Smoothie
Image and Recipe via Care2

 

Grilled Cactus and Corn Salad is a tangy side dish perfect for summer barbecues.

Spice up your family gathering with Jalapeno and Cactus Tamales.

Jalapeno and Cactus Tamales
Image and Recipe via Nibbles and Feasts

 

This Low-Carb Cactus Salad is also perfect as a salsa substitute with guests.

National STD Awareness Month

National STD Awareness Month

April is National STD Awareness Month, and STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, have been on the rise since 2013. Know the facts about STD testing.

Untreated STDs can lead to serious health problems, and many have no symptoms. All sexually active teens and adults should be tested at least once for HIV.

Teens and Adults and HIV Testing

 

All sexually active women under 25 and those over 25 who meet the right risk factors should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year.

Women and STD Testing

 

All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B early in the pregnancy. At risk women should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Pregnant Women and STD Testing

 

Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares needles should get tested for HIV and other STDs yearly.

Those at the Greatest Risk of STDs

 

Talking openly with your doctor about your sexual activity helps them decide what STD tests are right for you. Here are some tips to start the conversation.

Talking to Your Doctor About STDs

 

The best way to protect your sexual health is by talking to your partner about your histories and getting tested for STDs and HIV. Here are some tips for starting those conversations.

Communicate with Your Partner for STD Protection
Healthy Jackfruit Recipes

Healthy Jackfruit Recipes

Jackfruit is an in-season fruit that’s been gaining popularity in vegetarian and vegan recipes because with the right seasonings and sauces, it can mimic the taste and texture of meat. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to incorporate more Meatless Mondays, these healthy jackfruit recipes can help you give it a try.

First up, your game day craving can go meatless with this Jackfruit Nacho Supreme.

These beautiful Vegan Bao Buns with Pulled Jackfruit look exactly like their meaty counterparts.

Never miss out on BBQ season with this Ultimate BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork.

Ultimate BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork
Image and Recipe via Organic Authority

 

This quirky Vegan Buffalo Jackfruit and Broccoli Rabe Flatbread is perfect for guests or a light lunch.

Skip the food truck at lunch with these easy and delicious Vegan Pulled Pork Banh Mi.

Bring guests meatless munching at your next gathering with these Jackfruit Taquitos with Southwest Dipping Sauce.

Build your own dinnertime favorite with Vegan Teriyaki Jackfruit Bowls the whole family will love.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

Sexual Assault Awareness

 

8 out of every 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows, like an acquaintance, boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse.

The Ones You Know

 

Every 9 minutes, a child is sexually assaulted in the U.S. How can you protect your child?

Child Abuse in America

 

Male college students, ages 18-24, are 5x more likely to experience sexual assault than men of that age who don’t attend college. Learn more about alcohol safety and staying safe on campus.

Men in College and Assault

 

Women in college who are 18-24 are 3x more likely to be sexually assaulted than women in general, and women that age who aren’t in college are 4x more likely to be sexually assaulted than women in general.

Young Women and Assault

 

Recovering from sexual violence is a process that can look different for everyone. Get help, hear survivors’ stories, and learn about reporting a crime.

Surviving Together

 

The National Sexual Assault Hotline offers confidential, anonymous support to survivors 24/7/365. Call 1-800-656-HOPE for help or volunteer to give back.

Healthy PB&J Recipes

Healthy PB&J Recipes

April 2 was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, and in honor of everyone who never quite grew up from the beloved classic, here are fun interpretations of healthy PB&J recipes.

First up are some healthy ways to elevate PB&J for your grown-up tastes.

PB&Js for Grown-Ups
Image and Recipe via Shape

 

Transform breakfast for your family with this PB&J Oats Power Bowl.

Whip up these PB&J Superfood Energy Balls for a quick snack on the go.

PB&J Superfood Energy Bars
Image and Recipe via The Healthy Maven

 

These No Added Sugar PB&J Baked Oatmeal Bars are perfect for breakfast or a snack for the kids.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding is an easy and delicious way to transform PB&J into a healthy breakfast.

Whip up this simple Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie to drink your childhood favorite.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie
Image and Recipe via Greatist

 

Make this easy Vegan Strawberry PB&J Granola for a healthy snack or breakfast.

Making Sense of BMI

Vantage Point: BMI – The Number of Dread

If you’ve ever had to step on a scale (begrudgingly) at the doctor’s office, you know that based on that scale’s number, the following conversation with your doctor may be about your body mass index (BMI).

For many years, as my age and weight increased, I wanted to hear less and less about this number. Not only did I already know that I had gained more than a few pounds, I was also very aware that my numbers (A1C, BMI, etc.) probably weren’t where they needed to be.

And honestly, I didn’t want to hear it! Luckily, my A1C surprised me. It was great. But my BMI could be better.

BMI is divided into these categories:

  • Underweight = Less than 18.5 BMI
  • Normal Weight = 18.5 to 24.9 BMI
  • Overweight = 25 to 29.9 BMI
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

So why get your BMI checked? Because for most people, it can provide a baseline for predicting the likelihood of developing serious illnesses in the future. We’re talking type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer, just to name a few.

Reba Karr, our quality improvement coordinator, says, “There’s not a lot any of us can do to change our height, gender, or age. But even a modest weight loss, between 5% and 10% of your current body weight, can have a strong impact on overall health. If you combined calorie reduction with a gradual increase in exercise, such as walking, you can enhance the improvement more rapidly.”

The next time you see your doctor, have them check your BMI just to start the conversation about specific actions you could be taking to improve it. You can also visit our health and wellness resources for more info on weight management.

 

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a small-town girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world.

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