Health Minute

Tuesdays at 7:31 a.m. & 4:32 p.m.

Health Minute is a weekly, one-minute radio and digital program featuring information and strategies for living a healthy life. 

Health Minute takes a holistic approach to the definition of “health” including physical, emotional and mental health and wellness. It also addresses health and wellness across a person’s entire lifespan.

A collaboration between WPSU and the Penn State College of Nursing, the program draws on the knowledge of local educators and health professionals to share information that affects the daily lives of the people in our communities.  

Production support for Health Minute is made possible by Dr. Carline Crevecoeur and Dr. Michael Feffer

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The World Health Organization defines Palliative Care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness.” It allows patients to continue to seek medical treatments while obtaining pain management, and physical, psychological and spiritual support.

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Accidents involving common household products and outside activities cause over 100,000 eye injuries each year. Many of these injuries are caused by objects, particles, chemicals or radiation. They can result in temporary or permanent vision loss.

Safety glasses can prevent eye damage and are a must for any activity that poses a risk to the eyes. This protection includes sunglasses, which can shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

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The Great American Smokeout is this Thursday. It’s an annual intervention that challenges people to quit smoking and vaping for one day.  

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According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, preliminary research suggests that yoga has multiple health benefits. 

Yoga combines breathing, movement, and mindfulness. Practicing yoga may help with weight loss, improved sleep, stress reduction, and pain management.

Different kinds of yoga can be adapted to virtually any body type, medical condition, or physical ability. 

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November is National Family Caregiver Month.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, most family caregivers have a job in addition to assisting their family member. Over 50% of family caregivers are women and more than one million family caregivers are between the ages of 8 and 18.  Caregivers can struggle with feelings of inadequacy, compassion fatigue or burnout, depression, and lack of community support.

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence can include physical, sexual, psychological, or stalking behaviors used to harm or control a current or former partner. 

Domestic violence is common. Physical injuries, depression, substance use, and unstable housing are all linked to domestic violence.

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October is Bullying Prevention Month.

Bullying has lasting effects on a person’s development, their interactions with others, and their performance in school.

Bullying even impacts physical health, leading to increases in symptoms like headaches, sleep difficulties, and depression.

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As we live through this extended pandemic, there has never been a better time to understand the importance of being prepared for a disaster.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, you and your family can decrease the likelihood of injury or death if you plan for the unexpected and prepare an emergency disaster kit.

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Summer and early fall provide wonderful choices for fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables not only helps keep your weight in check, but can also lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and decrease your risk for heart disease and diabetes.

To increase your intake of fruits and vegetables:

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According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 34 million Americans, or about 10% of the population, has diabetes.  88 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes is a serious life-long condition and can cause many complications, including kidney damage, eye issues like glaucoma or blindness, and heart complications.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found only in men and the third most common non-skin cancer diagnosed in Americans. It is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among American men; and, the death rate is higher for Black men.

In its early stages, prostate cancer may not produce symptoms, so routine exams or specific antigen tests are needed for prevention and early detection. Prostate cancer is typically treatable if it’s caught early.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has dominated the news this year, but there are other diseases that can cause widespread illness too, like influenza, measles, and mumps.

Immunizations are the best tools modern medicine has to stop infectious diseases in their tracks.  

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“Contact tracing” is reaching out to people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Exposure includes being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes; being around someone 48 to 72 hours before they had symptoms and through the end of the infectious period; having direct contact with infectious secretions; or, being coughed on by someone with COVID-19.

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September is National Recovery Month. It’s a time to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance abuse, and to celebrate those who are recovering. 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 43 million adults in the United States suffer from a diagnosable mental illness; but, 60% do not seek treatment. And, nearly 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, but only 10% receive treatment.

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For most people, staying at home has been the best health advice over the past several months. But what do you do when home isn’t a safe place?

Intimate partner violence or domestic violence impacts 1 out of every 4 women and 1 out of every 7 men in their lifetime.

Stressful situations – like a global pandemic - have been shown to increase rates of violence in the past.

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In 2018, there were over 2 million poisonings reported across the United States. That equals one every 15 seconds.   

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According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans have Psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that affects skin. Psoriasis is not contagious, but can reduce quality of life.  

Here are some tips to promote skin healing and calm flare ups:

Moisturize after bathing to decrease dryness, itching, redness, soreness, and scaling. 

Take a warm bath with mild soap to soothe itchy spots and remove dry skin. Pat skin dry. 

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Being physically active is important, but the combination of high temperatures and humidity can put your body at risk for heat-related health emergencies.

The National Weather Service recommends some simple measures to take during extreme heat to reduce health risks: 

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Summer has arrived! And higher temperatures mean the need for summertime safety.

The CDC warns the sun’s UV rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes. To minimize your UV exposure and skin cancer risk, avoid direct sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

If you must be outside during these hours:

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It’s summertime! That means it’s time for backyard grilling. 

There are more grilling options now than in years past, and many of them are plant-based meat substitutes. These products are most commonly soy-, grain-, or pea-based, and can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions and needs, including kosher, gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. 

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Many swimming pools, lakes, and beaches are open. 

While water offers children an opportunity for outdoor exercise, it is important to know that drownings are a leading cause of injury and accidental death for children ages 1 to 14.  

Children need to be well supervised around any body of water. Adults supervising children should remain vigilant and avoid distractions such as reading or using electronic devices.  

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Many young athletes getting ready to resume sports during the summer months. According to the CDC, more than 2.6 million children are treated each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. 

Safety tips for youth sports include: 

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The longer we live, the more unique our health needs become. Receiving health care that respects individuals is at the heart of Age-Friendly Care, PA, a collaborative supporting rural, medically underserved parts of Pennsylvania. It teaches the “4Ms” framework to ensure older adults are understood and cared for in ways that optimize their health and well-being.

The 4Ms are: What Matters, Mentation, Mobility, and Medications.

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It’s likely that we’ll continue to wear masks regularly to protect ourselves from COVID-19.

Here are some tips on how to properly put on and take off a mask:

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It is never too late to start an exercise program for bone health.

With age, bone loss happens at a faster rate than bone formation, leaving bones porous, weak, and susceptible to fractures. Bone is living tissue and, like muscle, responds positively to exercise even as we age.

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans live with dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type.

Brain health is influenced by lifestyle choices. Here are some steps you can take that may lower your risk for memory and thinking problems as you age:

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Your vision and hearing need protection from injury just like the rest of your body.

You can protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses when you go outside, and by wearing safety goggles when participating in activities that could result in injury, such as yard work or playing sports. For those who spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, don’t forget to take breaks to rest your eyes.

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 88,000 adults and adolescents die each year from alcohol-related causes, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Here are some steps you can take to help prevent alcohol-related problems:

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Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a fun road trip, but safe driving is serious business.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving causes thousands of crashes each year, including up to 58% of teen crashes. In 2016, over 37,000 lives were lost on U.S. roads.

Here’s what you can do to practice safe driving:

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