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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.

Graphic representing amount of time spent looking at screens

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.

Basketball graphic shaped like a heart bouncing

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

Colon Cancer awareness picture and message

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.

Teen looking in the mirror

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

Shovel in snow

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.

statistic about teen dating violence

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.

candy hearts with words

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.

Joe Meyer talking about heart health

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!

Healthy appetizers

Songs of the Heart, For the Heart

Pediatric cardiac surgeon Joseph Dearani, M.D., is well known for his inspiring work treating kids with heart defects. But he's also extremely dedicated to another passion: music.

Musician playing the saxophone

Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

The first time Tehya Mrotek had a seizure during class, she just started high school. Her teachers weren’t very familiar with handling epilepsy and were not equipped to administer seizure first-aid. Around the same time her family was discussing the importance of epilepsy education, the school hired a new nurse and decided to bring in Mayo Clinic specialists to train staff and engage an advocacy group. “A training was initiated at the beginning of every school year for all the teachers,” said Tamra, Tehya’s mother and a timekeeping specialist at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. The school also initiated multiple training refreshers throughout the year. Soon after the training, Tehya’s classmates began to understand her condition. “People started to get a grasp of what epilepsy was and started talking to me and telling me they were there for me if I ever had a seizure,” Tehya recalls.

7 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure affects about 1 in 3 adults. Everything from genetics to stress can be a factor – and while medications can help, there are also ways people can bring it down naturally. Mayo Clinic physicians share some science-backed tips to ease rising blood pressure.

  • Exercising 30 minutes a few times per week can lower blood pressure and helps strengthen the heart, which is vital to pump blood.
  • Relax. Being overly stressed doesn’t do your heart any favors and can increase a person’s risk for heart problems. So if you’re feeling stressed, try relaxation techniques like yoga or meditating.
  • Put down the coffee and alcohol. Caffeine has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure. If you’re feeling off, reconsider that second (or third) cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Hit the slopes, not your head

Has watching the X Games inspired you to hit the slopes or break your snowboard out of storage? Winter sports can be a fun form of exercise, but it’s important to be safe while participating in them. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury seen in winter sports, and because the extent of TBI can vary, so can the symptoms and treatment options. Facing a traumatic brain injury can be just that – traumatic. So if you plan to participate in your own X Games, wear a helmet and practice safe X!

Cowboy Back in Saddle After Successful Treatment of Glomerulonephritis

Four years ago, Jack Rhodes, a retired rancher, had gained 40 pounds due to fluid retention that resulted in swelling throughout his body. He suffered severe shortness of breath and was unable to walk. Local doctors were unable to diagnosis Jack’s symptoms, so he visited with nephrologist Dr. Nabeel Aslam at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. After several tests, Dr. Aslam was able to give Jack a diagnosis—a kidney disease called membranous nephropathy. Jack began immunosuppressant medication, along with antibiotics to prevent any infections. After 15 months, Jack was able to stop taking the medication and is now in remission. His symptoms are well controlled, which has meant a marked increase in his quality of life. “Dr. Aslam has the ability to listen and concentrate on what the patient is saying. It appears to be vitally important to him that his patients improve as much as possible so they can enjoy their life,” Jack says. “He and Mayo Jacksonville are responsible for me being alive.”