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October 2014 Monthly Health Topics

 


Black and Beautiful: Celebrating African-American Women

By George Hulse, Vice President of External Affairs, Healthfirst

 

Obesity levels in the U.S. are on the rise in both adults and children. A sobering statistic that surprised me was that about four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese. This means that, compared to other groups in the U.S., African-American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese.

 

In our culture, weight is a sensitive topic. I don’t want to go into how much you should weigh because that is a very personal discussion that you should have with your doctor. What I want to focus on is how weight problems can bring on a number of health issues—one of the most serious being diabetes. More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. But diabetes is also a condition that can often be prevented; however, it takes time and effort dedicated to regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, and maintaining a healthy weight. Read More!

 


Save Your Sick Leave: Get Your Flu Shot

By Susan Beane, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director, Healthfirst

 

Yes, flu season is here again, and it’s important to take precautions to stay healthy this fall, because the flu can leave you seriously sick for up to two weeks! Don’t waste your valuable vacation days at home fighting a fever or taking care of a family member with the flu.

 

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. A CDC report estimated that the vaccine prevented 6.6 million flu-associated illnesses—a number equivalent to the population of Arizona—in the 2012–2013 season alone. It takes just a few minutes to get the flu vaccine, and it can save you many days of misery.           

 

Heard that you can get sick from the vaccine? Not true. My colleague Carlos Ortiz, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Flushing, Queens, dispels this myth and shares more about why the flu shot is so important.  Read More!

 

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