Did you know that babies who breastfeed are less likely to become overweight? Or that moms who breastfeed their babies get back to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner? Those are just two of the many benefits that breastfeeding brings to infants and moms alike. Now during Breastfeeding Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to learn more about those benefits and what you can do to ensure success in breastfeeding your baby.
July is all about seeing the sights — vacation spots, parades, fireworks, flourishing gardens, ball games and every kind of festival under the sun. But it’s also a month that poses every kind of risk for eye injuries, from errant throws to errant bottle rockets and everything in between. Now during Eye Injury Prevention Month, it’s a good time to learn more about these injuries, how to avoid them, and what to do if one happens to you.
It’s the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. Between 25 million and 45 million people in the United States are living with it. It can lead to a poor quality of life, depression and anxiety. And its direct and indirect costs to society exceed $21 billion annually. And yet, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is rarely part of the overall healthcare conversation. That makes June, as Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, the right time to learn about this widespread and often life-changing issue.
Most people are aware of the damage that a stroke can do. But what many may not know is just how frequently that damage is done. Each year, more than 795,000 people in America experience a stroke. Nearly 140,000 of those victims die, making stroke the fifth leading cause of death. And those who survive often face lifelong physical, mental and emotional disabilities — stroke causes more disabilities each year than accidents, diabetes and nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis.
That’s why American Stroke month is the time to learn what you can do to prevent a stroke, and how to recognize the symptoms to minimize lasting, debilitating aftereffects.
Whether it’s home, work, bills or family issues, virtually all of us experience stress in our lives from time to time. While there is no official, clinical definition of stress, likely the best description is, “emotional, physical or mental strain or tension.” That description applies to millions of Americans, every day.