2015 Monthly Wellness Topics

JANUARY - Cervical Cancer Awareness
Human papillomavirus, HPV, is considered the most common cause of cervical cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, it's also preventable and it's easy to screen. A combination of traditional screening techniques and tests to detect HPV make early detection simple and painless. Learn more about why HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer and how to prevent it.

FEBRUARY – Five Ways to Be a Better Health Consumer
It may seem strange to think of yourself as a "shopper" of health care, but it's true. As with any other service you consume, there are things you can do to be a better health care consumer. Learn five things you can do beginning now to rein in expenses and in the future. In doing so, you'll automatically become more engaged and in control of your health care decisions.

MARCH - Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Polyps. They're tiny, pimple-like growths found in the colon that – if left undetected – can be cancerous and grow benign and malignant tumors. These tumors can then spread throughout the body if nothing is done to screen, prevent or treat them. The good news is there are many great screening techniques that are, let's say, far less squeamish than they used to be. Learn what you can do to promote a healthy colon and the latest ways doctors can help detect polyps and colon cancer at the earliest stages.

APRIL - Get Off the Couch
Amateur runners have a saying: "If you're moving, you're running laps around the person who's sitting on his couch." It's true. Know what else is true? No matter what diet fad, supplement craze or smoothie program you buy into, the real guide to weight loss is a balance of calories in and calories out. Learn how to juggle calories and exercise, plus get meal planning tips and how to fit in exercise throughout the day.

MAY - Mental Health Awareness
Everyone feels down time and again. But when depression and anxiety begin taking control of your life, it's time to get help. Depression and anxiety are real diseases, just like diabetes and heart disease. There are many precautions you can take to protect your mental your mental health. There are also FDA-approved medications that can help improve certain chemical messengers in the brain that are found to be missing in people who are depressed. Get up to date on the latest, best techniques, therapies and drugs to help anxiety and depression.

JUNE - Migraines & Headaches
Dull ache or debilitating pain, migraine and headaches affect millions of Americans every day. Learn the science behind the common headache, versus the more serious migraine form, and how both affect brain function and daily activities. Also, find out simple ways to curb headaches and what you can do if a migraine strikes.

JULY - Summer Food Safety
Potato salad and picnics are sure signs it's finally summer. Everything is fresh and new. But is your food? Learn how to keep food fresh and healthy during the warm weather season. Get tips on temperature control and proper outdoor food storage.

Remember when recess was your favorite time of day. When did exercise become a chore? Learn how to recapture that anticipation with a simple paradigm shift. Moving is not only fun, but it boosts cognitive function, helps attention spans and supports learning as well – no matter how old you are. Learn about ways you can add little recess sessions into your days and how to make being active a way of life. Plus, find out why it's also important to take periodic "brain breaks," too.

SEPTEMBER - Spine Health
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 80% to 90% of American suffer some form of back pain from time to time. Are you one of them? Learn what you can do throughout your day to prevent back pain, correct posture, and help heal back issues through diet and exercise.

OCTOBER - Breast Cancer Awareness
Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer. And every year, the medical community learns more about this disease. Get the latest information on prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

NOVEMBER – Tobacco
We all know the dangers of tobacco. So why is smoking, chewing tobacco and other forms of tobacco still so common? And what about electronic cigarettes? Find out what doctors are saying and what people are doing to effectively eliminate tobacco use today.

DECEMBER - Goal Setting - "Be Holiday S.M.A.R.T"
S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. This common acronym to describe how to define a specific goal or achievement is a valuable tool, especially when it comes to health. Find out how setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help you safely cut down on unhealthy habits and pick up some life-giving behaviors.