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Medications for Alcoholism

by Lori Sciame April 9th, 2012 | Health Observance
Most understand that being an alcoholic severely impacts a person's health status; however, many do not know that excessive alcohol use can be blamed for approximately 79,000 deaths in the United States each year.  This sad statistic makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in our county (Centers for Disease Control).

In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, this post will feature a brief discussion of available prescription medications that can assist an alcoholic in quitting drinking.  Although stopping drinking can be extremely difficult, there is hope.  Read on to learn more about the drugs available to
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Women, Alcohol, and Prevention

by Lori Sciame April 2nd, 2012 | Health Observance
As an English teacher, I often host guest speakers on topics designed to make my students think critically. This was the case last week when I invited my college’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Education (AODE) Coordinator to speak on the issue of alcohol.

In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month this April, I’d like to share some insights with you concerning not only college students and alcohol, but alcohol and women.

First, when asked if they drink regularly, every student in my classroom raised his or her hand. My students range in age from 18 – 40, and they do not live
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Heart-friendly Foods for Nutrition Month

by Jessica B. March 20th, 2012 | Health Observance
In a recent study published in the Archive Journal for Internal Medicine, Harvard scientists presented the results of a study that found consuming red meat on a regular basis was not ideal for heart health, and it even led to an increased chance for cancer.

So what are the ideal foods for your heart? What can you eat more of to make sure you are eating healthy for the long term?

Nuts:

The study showed that people who consume nuts as a key source of protein had a 20% reduced mortality rate. Not to mention, nuts are pretty tasty. So which ones
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Your Multi-Vitamin and Nutrition Month

by Jessica B. March 13th, 2012 | Health Observance, Vitamins
It’s time to celebrate National Nutrition Month, and what better way to honor it than to review one of the basic elements to healthy eating we often take for granted, a multi-vitamin.

I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes I find I rely a bit too heavily on my multi-vitamin. I mostly eat a very healthy, balanced home cooked diet, but some days, I get a bit too busy. I don’t have time to get everything done, so I grab something quick instead. I just say to myself, "that’s ok, I took my multivitamin. I should be
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