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Mold Awareness Month

Mold Awareness Month

It’s Mold Awareness Month, and long-term mold exposure can cause serious and life-threatening health issues, from respiratory problems to cancer.

Health Issues and Mold

 

Some common symptoms of mold exposure are skin irritation, allergy, cold, and flu-like symptoms, trouble breathing, nose bleeds, headaches, and nausea.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

 

Check your home for mold. Look out for leaking pipes and plumbing issues that allow for too much moisture in small spaces.

Leaking Plumbing and Mold

 

Prevent future mold growth by drying out damp, small areas of your home with fans.

Prevent Future Mold

 

The longer mold is left to grow in your home and you’re exposed to it, the more likely you are to get sick from it. Clean up mold as soon as you spot it.

Cleaning Up Mold

 

While bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, small closets, and crawl spaces are the most common places for mold, also check around windows and air conditioners.

Locations Prone to Mold

 

If you discover a serious mold issue, seek help from a professional who can clean up the mold safely while protecting your family and home.

Atrial Fibrillation Month

Atrial Fibrillation Month

It’s Atrial Fibrillation Month, and atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is a type of irregular heartbeat that can raise your risk of other health problems. Learn more.

Making Sense of Irregular Heartbeat

 

For most people, their heart beats between 60 and 100 times a minute. Those with AFib can have heart rates as high as 175 beats a minute.

AFib can feel like drums or thunder pounding in your chest or even flip-flopping in your chest. Talk to your doctor if you’ve experienced this kind of discomfort.

How AFib Feels

 

If you’re experiencing AFib and other issues, like shortness of breath with light physical activity, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fatigue, your heart might not be getting enough blood and oxygen out to your body.

AFib and Other Symptoms

 

AFib raises your risk of stroke by 5 times. It can allow clots to form, which can cause strokes that can cause serious damage to your tissue and brain.

AFib and Your Risk of Stroke

 

Some people may just have to cut caffeine in their diet to improve their AFib. Others may need special medication and treatment to address the underlying cause.

Cutting Caffeine for AFib

 

If you suffer from heartbeat irregularities, changes in your lifestyle, like being physically active, quitting smoking, or managing stress and your blood pressure can also help.

Improving AFib

National Bake and Decorate Month

National Bake and Decorate Month

It’s National Bake and Decorate Month, and with these lightened-up recipes, you don’t have to ruin your healthy eating to participate.

First up is a gorgeous Banana, Almond & Chocolate Cake that will satisfy your chocolate fix.

Banana, Almond & Chocolate Cake
Image and Recipe via Green Kitchen Stories

 

These gluten-free Cherry Pie Bars are the perfect summer treat and easier to share than a whole pie.

Cherry Pie Bars

 

 

Raspberry-Currant Yogurt Crumble Cake is a perfect afternoon snack for your sweet tooth.

Raspberry-Currant Yogurt Crumble Cake
Image and Recipe via Dolly and Oatmeal

 

This Lemon Curd Tart with Blackberries is also low-carb if you’re cutting back.

Lemon Curd Tart with Blackberries
Image and Recipe via My PCOS Kitchen

 

This Carrot Cake uses Greek yogurt in place of butter for a lighter take on the classic.

Healthy Gluten Free Sugar Free Carrot Cake

 

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt are an elevated take on your favorite.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt

 

Make this beautiful Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Salty Date Caramel and Coconut Cream to impress.

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Salty Date Caramel and Coconut Cream
Image and Recipe via The First Mess

Eat Chicken Month

Eat Chicken Month

It’s Eat Chicken Month, and in honor of it, we’ll have light and healthy recipes with your favorite protein all week long.

Skip the dry chicken breast and eat this tender Herb Roasted Chicken Breast instead.

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
Image and Recipe via Budget Bytes

 

This Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken is perfect for dinner or a meal prepped ahead of time for lunch.

Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken
Image and Recipe via Cafe Delites

 

These Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups are the perfect single-serving of your restaurant favorite.

Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

 

Whip up these Meal Prep Greek Chicken Gyro Bowls for easy lunches this week.

Meal Prep Greek Chicken Gyro Bowls

 

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls are a great way to get your fix without getting takeout.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls

 

No need for huge appetizers when dining out, try these Healthy Chicken Nachos at home instead.

Healthy Chicken Nachos
Image and Recipe via A Healthy Fridge

 

This baked Ginger Chicken with Confetti Peach Salsa is a perfect combo of sweet and savory.

Ginger Chicken with Confetti Peach Salsa

Pain Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

It’s Pain Awareness Month. Many kinds of health conditions can cause chronic pain, and these resources can help you start managing that pain.

Resources for Your Pain

 

Almost all sufferers of chronic pain end up in the ER at some point. How can you be prepared and what can you expect?

E.R. Visits for Pain

 

Pain management programs and your pain management team are key to getting your pain under control.

Managing Your Pain with Your Team

 

If your pain limits your ability to perform these simple tasks, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

Pain Limiting Your Day

 

One of the most common types of chronic pain is back pain. This tool can help you describe your back pain in better detail and track your pain over time.

Migraines are a common cause of chronic pain. This guide can help you talk about your migraine pain with your doctor at your next visit.

Ongoing Headache Pain

 

Be ready to talk to your doctor at your next appointment about what’s happened with your last visit by filling out this summary.

Talking About Pain with Your Doctor

National Sweet Corn Week

National Sweet Corn Week

It’s National Sweet Corn Week, and it’s the perfect time to cook up healthy sweet corn recipes with the Midwest classic.

First up is a hearty take on your summer favorites, Grilled Peach & Sweet Corn Summer Grain Bowls.

Grilled Peach & Sweet Corn Summer Grain Bowls

 

This Arugula Salad with Tomatoes, Corn, and Burrata makes for the perfect summer salad.

Arugula Salad with Tomatoes, Corn, and Burrata
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes

 

Whip up a perfect seafood dinner with this easy Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce.

Trout with Sweet Corn Sauce
Image and Recipe via Sunset

 

Sneak in veggies for pasta night with light Zoodles with Creamy Corn Sauce.

Next Level Zoodles with Creamy Corn Sauce

 

Looking for a simple summer lunch? Look no further than Sweet Corn & Arugula Panzanella.

Sweet Corn & Arugula Panzanella

 

These Scallops with Grilled Sweet Corn Salad make a light but impressive meal.

Scallops with Grilled Sweet Corn Salad
Image and Recipe via Leite’s Culinaria

 

Get a hearty dish out of your summer corn with this Baked Sweet Corn Farro Risotto.

Baked Sweet Corn Farro Risotto

National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

It’s National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, slowly robbing them of the ability to walk, eat, and breathe.

SMA and Nerve Damage

 

SMA is caused by a mutation in a gene that produces a protein critical to our nerves. Nerve cells can’t function without it.

SMA Gene Mutation

 

SMA is also the number one genetic cause of death in infants. About 1 in every 50 Americans could pass it on to their children.

Genetic SMA Carriers

 

There are 4 types of SMA based on the age when symptoms begin and the highest physical milestone the victim reaches. Type 1 in infants is often fatal, while type 4 in adults is very rare and only leads to mild motor impairment.

Types of SMA

 

SMA is usually diagnosed through genetic testing, newborn screenings, or through prenatal testing.

Prenatal SMA Testing

 

In 2016, the first FDA-approved treatment for SMA was approved. After an SMA diagnosis, it is key to work through the coming decisions with your family’s team of doctors.

Treating SMA

 

Those with SMA still develop mentally despite their physical barriers, so finding more forms of treatment and prevention are key to the future of the disease and those who suffer from it.