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Understand Heart Disease

Understand Heart Disease

It’s American Heart Month, and in honor of it, we want to help you better understand heart disease. Heart disease includes many problems caused by a substance called plaque building up in the arteries of your heart. This makes your arteries narrow, which makes it harder for blood to get through. Clogged Arteries   A heart attack is when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked by a blood clot in your arteries. If it cuts off blood flow completely, that part of the heart starts to die. How Heart Attacks Happen   The most common type of stroke is also caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain, which can cause brain damage. The longer those cells go without blood, the more damage it causes. Blood Clots and Stroke   Heart failure is when the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should be, so the cells in your body aren’t getting enough oxygen. The longer heart failure is untreated, the worse it gets. What's Heart Failure?   Heart arrhythmia is when your heart beat’s rhythm is off. It can be too fast, too slow, or just irregular. Learn more about arrhythmia. Understand Heart Arrhythmia   Heart valve disease is when your heart valves aren’t working correctly, like not opening enough, not closing properly, or bulging into a different part of the heart. Learn more about heart valve disease. Heart Valve Disease   Your yearly visits with your doctor should help identify risk factors or signs of heart disease. These screenings can help them find issues or recommend preventive steps.
Understand Cancer

Understand Cancer

In honor of World Cancer Day, we shared information to help you better understand cancer all week.

Cancer causes 22% of deaths in the U.S., second only to heart disease, and you have an over 30% chance of being diagnosed with cancer in your lifetime.

Your Risk of Cancer

 

Cancer can start almost anywhere in your body and is when your cells fail to grow properly. When abnormal or damaged cells survive and continue to grow, they can become tumors.

How Cancer Cells Grow

 

Malignant tumors are masses of abnormal tissue that can spread into other healthy tissues around it. As they grow, they can also break apart and travel through your body, spreading the cancer further.

How Cancer Spreads

 

Cancer is genetic, so you can inherit genetic changes that cause cancer. They also can be a result of damage to DNA from being exposed to environmental issues, like tobacco or ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Genetic Risks for Cancer

 

There are over 100 types of cancer, and they’re usually named for the tissue they’re in or by the type of cell that they’re made of. Breast, colorectal, and lung cancers are currently the most common.

Early treatment can reduce your risk of death from cancer, and screenings, like exams, lab tests, imaging procedures, and genetic tests, can help you catch it before you display symptoms.

Screenings to Catch Cancer Early

 

Common cancer treatments include surgery to remove tumors, radiation and chemotherapy to kill cancerous cells, and immunotherapy that helps your immune system fight back. Learn more about other types of treatment.

How Cancer Is Treated

National Hot Breakfast Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

It’s National Hot Breakfast Month, and a hot breakfast can be the perfect way to start the day, especially for your kids.

First up is beautiful Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream that only looks like a dessert.

Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream
Image and Recipe via Cookie and Kate

 

Start your day with these light Morning Breakfast Pockets.

Morning Hot Pockets
Image and Recipe via Keto Diet

 

Hot breakfast is still possible on the go with these Easy Microwave Scrambled Egg Cups.

Easy Microwave Scrambled Egg Cup Recipes

 

Whip up this Low-Calorie Breakfast Sandwich for a light and satisfying hot breakfast first thing.

Low-Calorie Breakfast Sandwich
Image and Recipe via Food Nasty

 

Use up your leftover rice with these Rice Bowls with Fried Egg and Avocado for an easy hot breakfast.

Rice Bowls with Fried Egg and Avocado
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

Impress the family with a pot of this gorgeous Quinoa and Chia Porridge with Stone Fruits.

Quinoa and chia porridge with stone fruits

 

These 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Pancakes are perfect for weekend brunch at home.

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month

It’s National Mentoring Month, and mentoring changes lives.

 

It’s easy to become a mentor in your community!

Become a Mentor!

 

Mentoring in your workplace is also a great way to encourage and foster young talent.

Fostering Talent in the Workplace

 

Learn more about advocating for mentoring in your community.

Advocate for Mentoring

 

Mentoring can both shape mentees and impact the community.

Impact Your Community with Mentoring

 

Mentoring is also a great way for mentors to grow and learn more about others.

Foster Personal Growth through Mentoring

 

While a majority of Americans think mentoring is important, most aren’t involved in actually making it happen. Donate or become a mentor now.

Donate to Mentoring

Healthy Slow Cooking Month Recipes

Healthy Slow Cooking Month Recipes

It’s National Slow Cooking Month, and to celebrate, we’ve got unique, healthy slow cooking month recipes that your whole family will love.

First up is a beautiful Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna.

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

 

Keep warm in the winter chill with this Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup.

 

Skip the food court with this easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies.

{Slow Cooker} Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies

 

Cozy up inside and stay warm with this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

Prepare for taco night or game day in a pinch with these Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos.

Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos
Image and Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven

 

Get ready for your Super Bowl party with these Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Teriyaki Wings.

Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings

 

Whip up these last-minute Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders for today’s parties.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders

 

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Keep your resolutions on track while you’re snacking with this week’s recipes for healthy grab-and-go snacks.

First up are beautiful, light, and easy Pesto and Turkey Cucumber Roll-Ups.

Low Carb Pesto & Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups

 

Prep these 10 healthy snacks in jars to grab as you leave the house in the morning.

10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

 

Craving sushi? Try these Tuna Salad Nori Wraps for an easy alternative that’s perfect for munching on the go.

Tuna Salad Nori Wraps
Image and Recipe via Plating Pixels

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Bites.

Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Bites
Image and Recipe via This Healthy Table

 

Build simple and delicious Kids Snack Bento Boxes for easy grab-and-go snacks for the whole family.

Kids Snack Bento Boxes

 

These Vegan Cucumber Pinwheels with Tomato Pesto are the perfect veggie-filled bite.

Vegan Cucumber Pinwheels with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

 

Get your fruit in a sweet bite with added protein when you try this High Protein Fruit Dip.

High Protein Fruit Dip
Image and Recipe via In Katrina’s Kitchen

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

It’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, and you can learn more about drug and alcohol use and its effects, especially among teens, along with us this week or at an event near you.

What’s the breakdown of drug and alcohol use among teens? Learn more about protecting your teens.

Drug and Alcohol Use Among Teens

 

Comorbidity can affect both substance abuse and helping get those suffering from substance abuse the treatment they need.

Comorbidity and Substance Abuse

 

The health effects of synthetic cannabinoids, popular among teens, are unpredictable, and they can be harmful.

Health Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

 

Driving under the influence of drugs can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

 

In the midst of the opioid crisis, drug overdose deaths are on the rise.

Overdose Deaths by Drug
Infographics via NIH

 

Get more facts about the effects of a variety of drugs, alcohol, addiction, and more from the NIH.

Understanding the Facts of Drugs