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Alcohol Strains Relationships

by Lori Sciame April 3rd, 2020 | Health Observance
Living in a state known for its high rates of drinking, I fully understand the negative ramifications of alcohol use on relationships.  In Wisconsin (the state where I reside), alcohol is included in almost every social gathering, from family holidays to backyard barbecues.   In fact, Wisconsin has more bars/taverns than grocery stores.  Because of this, adults and children alike are affected by the misuse of this powerful depressant.  Check out the following list concerning the negative effects of alcohol on relationships.

Parent/Child

Parents who drink heavily run the risk of harming their children in a number of different ways.  If a
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Reading Fact Labels for Heart Health

by Kimberly Hays February 14th, 2020 | 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 7th, 2020 | 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 17th, 2020 | 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

Information provided in a
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The Best Possible Start

by Lori Sciame January 3rd, 2020 | 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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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your healthcare professional.