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Reading Fact Labels for Heart Health

by Kimberly Hays February 16th, 2018 | Health Observance
Fact labels have been on food products for the past 20 years. They were put in place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow us make sound decisions on what we buy, as well as knowing the Percentage Daily Value (%DV) of vitamins and nutrients in foods. Using the Percentage Daily Values can help to maintain heart health.

High blood pressure is a concern to all of us, especially when considering that one in three people have high blood pressure, and this can lead to heart disease. Eating too much fat, salt, and high cholesterol foods raise our
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Ahhh… My Racing Heart

by Lori Sciame February 2nd, 2018 | Health Observance
During February, the American Heart Association (AHA) has a series of promotions aimed at both men and women concerning optimum heart health. As I write this post, it is their Go Red for Women Day celebration.  On this first day in February, men and women are asked to wear the color red to symbolize the toll that heart disease takes on American women.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States today?  Because of this, the AHA hopes to educate the public about the importance of a healthy heart on this
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Obesity and Birth Defects

by Lori Sciame January 19th, 2018 | Health Observance
What a woman weighs does matter - not so much to conform to society's definition of beauty - but to ensure a positive birth outcome. Scientists and other health professionals don't know exactly why, but babies born to women who can be categorized as obese have a higher incidence of birth defects. No mother wants to burden her child with health problems that could have been prevented, so it follows that those wishing to become pregnant should strive for a healthy weight before conceiving.  Exercise can help a woman obtain this important goal.

The Problem

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The Best Possible Start

by Lori Sciame January 5th, 2018 | Health Observance
I vividly remember the moment I read the positive pregnancy test.  I felt awash with emotions, including immense joy at the news I would be bringing a new life into the world. Would my first baby be a boy or girl?  Would he or she have brown or blonde hair?  Dozens of questions ran through my mind.  After the initial elation, my thoughts drifted towards more practical concerns, such as visiting the doctor.

My concerns about my child, however, began long before I conceived.  When my husband and I decided it was time to start a family, I
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HIV / AIDS Is a Manageable Disease

by Margot F. December 22nd, 2017 | Health Observance, Women's Health
There is no cure for HIV so if possible, take steps to reduce your risk of getting the disease. Practicing “safer needle use” and “safer sex” are recommended.

The term “safer sex” refers to using a latex or polyurethane condom or female condom correctly each time you engage in vaginal or anal intercourse, especially if you have multiple partners or are unsure of your partner’s HIV status. It is important to use a condom or dental dam (piece of latex used to cover the vagina or anus) when engaging in oral sex. Water based lubricants are recommended because oil-based ones
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