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National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

It’s National Parkinson’s Awareness Month and we need your help in supporting those with Parkinson’s and finding a cure. Roughly 7 to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, and there still isn’t a cure. Let’s #EndParkinsons today!Green arrows with text over them.

Stress Awareness Month

Stress. Who needs it? Managing stress can feel overwhelming, but there are simple relaxation techniques doctors recommend. Whether that’s a yoga class or a long walk after work, your body and mind need time to relax. What’s your best tip to relieve your stress?

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World Health Day

Today is World Health Day so #LetsTalk . Depression has become center stage in 2017 for a variety of reasons, and it affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Mayo Clinic recommends several tips to cope with depression:

  • Simplify your life
  • Write in a journal
  • Read self-help books
  • Locate helpful groups

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World Autism Day

While the autism spectrum varies with each person, this condition now affects 1 in 68 children. World Autism Month supports all people affected by autism. Knowing the signs can help you communicate better with someone who has autism. Join Light It Up Blue to bring awareness to the condition that affects millions of people.

Multiple Sclerosis Education Month

More than 2.3 million people are affected by Multiple Sclerosis worldwide. MS impacts the brain and spinal cord, causing communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. While there is no cure for MS, there are many things people can do to raise awareness especially during Multiple Sclerosis Education Month. Mayo Clinic challenges you to participate in a walk or talk about MS with friends and family to help change the world for everyone affected by MS.

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Save Your Vision Month

With computers and tech devices in everyone’s reach, keeping your eyes healthy is more important than ever. Save Your Vision Month educates people about digital eye strain and the impact it has on your vision. Doctors recommend the 20/20/20 rule, which encourages people to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away. Keep your eyes healthy. After all, they are the only pair you have.

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March Madness

Is your bracket set? Which team is going to win it all? March Madness starts today, which means lots of TV and snacks are likely in your future. But instead of spending hours in front of the TV, get active and encourage kids to as well. Activities such as crunches, high knees, squats or stretching while watching the game can help you be more active. Mayo Clinic suggests that kids should get at least 1 hour of physical activity per day. So while jumping around or indoor hoops in the living room isn’t good for the furniture, it’s great for your kids.

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers? But only if you take the proper steps. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month educates and motivates men and women to know the facts, get screened and spread the knowledge. To help prevent colon cancer, doctors recommend:

  • Regular screenings between the ages of 50 and 75
  • Being physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting alcohol intake

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World Kidney Day

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. World Kidney Day focuses on educating the public, medical community and governments to encourage prevention and early detection. People affected by obesity have an 83 percent increased risk of CKD, making maintaining a healthy lifestyle even more important. Not sure where to seek help? Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program helps members find the right meal and exercise plan that’s best for them.

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National Sleep Awareness Week

Are you having troubles staying awake, even as you read this post? You’re not alone. Approximately 50-70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. Mayo Clinic and the National Sleep Foundation have tips to help you sleep better, so you won’t have to rely on caffeine to get you through the day.

  • Make time for the sleep your mind and body need
  • Leave a few hours between eating and sleep
  • Create a bedtime ritual
  • Put your troubles aside and relax

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National Nutrition Month

How many times have you heard breakfast is the most important meal? Well, it’s true. Even the American Heart Association recently found that meal timing can have an effect on your risk for conditions such as heart diseases, strokes and high blood pressure. Since National School Breakfast week is next week, Mayo Clinic has a few quick, flexible and most importantly, healthy options for your little ones.

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Transforming a Life: Mayo Clinic's First Face Transplant

"There are no words to express just how grateful I am for this gift,” says Andy Sandness. The 32-year old Wyoming man received the first-ever face transplant preformed at Mayo Clinic. “This is an extraordinary example of the teamwork, collaboration and compassion that we provide,” says Samir Mardini, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic's Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. In announcing details of the procedure, Dr. Mardini added, “I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”


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Eating disorders affect more than just a person’s appearance

Eating disorders are serious conditions that negatively impact a person’s health, emotions and ability to function normally. Spread awareness during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and seek help for loved ones who may be living with an eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Program educates and screens individuals for eating disorders and connects those who may be at-risk with local treatment resources.

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Shoveling snow could lead to a trip to the hospital

Are you shoveling safely? Each year, 11,000 people are hospitalized due to snow shoveling related accidents. Patients suffer from back and head injuries, bone fractures and sometimes even heart attacks. Minimize your risks by:

  • Using a quality light-weight shovel with a good grip
  • Shoveling straight ahead to minimize twisting and trying to push instead of lift
  • Wearing boots that are slip-resistant and putting down salt or sand on any standing ice
  • Bundling up and shoveling in late morning/early afternoon

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating violence is more common than many people think. It can be physical, sexual or emotional abuse by their significant other before they become adults. And remember that domestic violence can happen to both women and men, so know the signs and spread awareness to stop abuse. Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.

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Being a donor is a selfless act

Let’s thank all donors this National Donor Day – a day designated to raise awareness for organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet and blood donation. Today is about giving to those in need, so learn more about Mayo Clinic’s Living Donor Program. Also, consider other options such as checking the Organ Donor box or joining the Be The Match Registry®. Woman donating blood

Fact: Unlike candy hearts, yours could get heart disease.

It is not uncommon to see an abundance of hearts this time of year. While Valentine’s Day contributes to this, February is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news is that heart disease can be preventable by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Share the love this February by supporting the healthy heart movement.

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Rare Heart Condition Turns Young Athlete into Advocate

Growing up, Joe Meyer loved sports. In elementary school, he played basketball and baseball. The summer before he entered eighth grade, the Jacksonville, Florida, youth decided to give football a try. Before he took to the gridiron, Joe visited his pediatrician for sports physical. At that appointment, his doctor noticed a heart murmur. Joe, then 14, couldn’t be cleared to play until he went to a cardiologist. Since then, Joe has learned to manage his condition with the help of his Mayo Clinic care team. Now he’s working to spread the word about heart health.

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Unite to fight against cancer on #WorldCancerDay

On February 4, the world’s population unites to fight against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to prevent millions of deaths each year by getting as many people as possible around the globe talking about cancer and its effects. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. However, survival rates are improving thanks to advancements in cancer screening. By having discussions about cancer, more people are likely to get screened.

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Healthy Super Bowl Appetizers

Is the only healthy snack on Game Day appetizer table the celery next to the buffalo chicken wings? Mayo Clinic has a variety of healthy appetizer recipes such as tomato basil bruschetta, sweet and spicy snack mix and southwestern potato skins. Mix it up a bit to incorporate healthy, yet delicious snacks. Your guests will thank you!

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