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.

January Health Resolutions

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January marks a change for many things.

A New Year, new commitments, and new start! Make 2017 your year with whatever you decide you want to do in your life. Here are some tips to stay motivated and achieve your New Year’s Resolutions!

Be Realistic. Deciding on a New Year’s resolution that is realistic for you and your life is the first step towards being successful. For example, if you tell yourself you’re going to stay completely away from sweets but you have a huge sweet tooth and you know you’re bound to encounter some holiday treats somewhere, you may be setting yourself up for failure. Instead, challenge yourself to limit sweets to a couple times a week.

Start Small. Setting smaller goals more frequently can lead to a higher chance of overall success than setting one large goal. If we use our sweet tooth example above, we start by saying limit our sweets to once a week.  From there we can move to a three times a week and go from there. Being successful is the most motivating factor in keeping a New Year’s resolution. Also, the smaller the goal, the easier it is to stick to it. We can’t start training for a marathon by running 26.2 miles, but we can start with a 1 mile walk.

Reward Success. Positive reinforcement works for not just our kids and dogs, but adults too! Make sure to reward yourself for your accomplishments as long as it’s not counterproductive to your overall goal.  For example, if you are starting to train for a 5k and you were able to run for a full mile without stopping, go get a pedicure or take a day off from training and spend a day with your family. Doing these activities are especially rewarding because they have been earned through YOUR hard work.

Friends. Invite a friend or co-workers to join you in your New Year’s resolution. We find that people are almost 50% more successful when they have someone to hold them accountable. Help each other stay on track and stay healthy.

Don’t Quit. It’s almost unavoidable that you may have a slip up. Our lives and routines are always subject to change which can get in the way of your new routine and goals. Don’t quit! Change is hard and it won’t happen all at once. Stay positive and remind yourself why you set your goals and why they are important to keep up!

YOU can do this.

Check out these local runs and walks to get started on those resolutions! RUSA, SIERRA

Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their April 2016 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.

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Alcohol Awareness Month

Founded and sponsored by NCADD, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

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Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

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Each April, NCADD’s National Network of Affiliates and other supporting organizations across the country will use this opportunity to address the Nation’s #1 public health problem through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs and events in their local communities.

Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their April 2016 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.

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