National Cancer Survivors Day is June 4th

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National Cancer Survivors Day is June 4th
Whether you are still in treatment or have been cancer free for years, take some time on June 4th to celebrate National Cancer Survivor day. There are more than 15.5 million children and adults that have survived cancer. By 2026, it is estimated by the American Cancer Society that this number will increase to 20.3 million; almost 10 million males and 10.3 million females. The treatment for cancer can vary for individuals however, this can be a very physically and mentally draining process for everyone involved. To see more cancer survivor facts or information go to www.cancer.org.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving can come in many forms – texting, talking on the phone, listening to music, being tired, taking a picture, sending an e-mail, using an App, or even talking to a passenger ALL while driving.
Because technology continues to advance, the rate of distracted driving goes up. 
Thousands die every year due to distracted driving and it can be 100% prevented. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year or 1 out of 4 car accidents. Pledge to drive cell free and share the distracted driving message with those around you.

March – Colon Cancer Awareness Mont

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed for both men and women in the United States.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 40,000 cases of rectal cancer in 2017.  The risk for developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 21 for men and 1 in 23 for women.

The rate of colorectal cancer has been steadily declining for both men and women due to the amount of screenings being done. Screenings detect any colorectal polyps that are present and are removed if necessary before they become cancerous.

As a result of more frequent and advanced screenings, there are now more than one millions survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States!

What you can do to be aware:

  • Get screened if you are between age 50-75 regularly
  • Be physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke

Quick Facts:

  • The risk for developing colorectal cancer increases with age.
  • More than 90% of colorectal cancer occurs in people aged 50 and older.
  • Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms at first
  • The type and frequency of screenings can be different for everyone so consult your doctor about what is right for you.

Tech Savvy apps for your health

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Fooducate
Fooducate is a food coach that goes way beyond a simple calorie counter. Achieve your weight loss, health, and fitness goals by learning to eat REAL food.

True Food
Did you know that up to 70% of packaged foods on our supermarket shelves contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients? The True Food Shoppers Guide gives you valuable information on common GM ingredients, brands to look for—and look out for—and common sense tips to keep you in the know and help you find and avoid GM ingredients wherever you shop.

From your
Wellness Coordinator

Please feel free to contact me with suggestions, questions, comments or to have me come to your district to initiate a Wellness Challenge. I love to see people healthy and happy!

Yours truly,
Kendall Taylor
Valley Schools Wellness Coordinator

February Workout Challeng

American Heart Month
February Daily Workout Challenge
10 burpees
50 squats
100 jumping jacks
50 lunges
10 push-ups
100 high knees
50 mountain climbers
10 star jumps
100 butt kickers
50 crunches
10 burpees

Cervical Health Awareness Month

 

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Take time this month to raise awareness about cervical health and how women can protect themselves from HPV and cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that spreads through sexual activity and is one of the major causes of cervical cancer to date.
Over 79 million Americans have HPV and many don’t know that they are carrying the virus. Currently, there are more than 12,000 women in the United States that have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and one-third will die as the result.

Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular screenings and can also catch abnormal cells early before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care. HPV vaccines are also available.

Remind the women around you to get their annual well woman visit and remember that wellness exams are covered 100% by most insurance plans.