Health Minute

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 

 

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The benefits of cultivating a connection with the natural environment grow over time. Later in life, this connection can be a source of strength as age-related challenges emerge.

Research shows nature can be a source of joy and relaxation. It can nurture mental and emotional health, and provide comfort in times of stress or recovery. Nature can elicit a sense of freedom and openness, and serve as an ideal setting for reflecting on life while preparing for the journey ahead.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 

 

You can enhance your health with something you do every day -- eating!   

 

 

You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 

National HIV Testing Day is this Sunday. It’s a time to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing, early diagnosis, and treatment. 

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing

An infected blacklegged tick the size of a poppy seed is responsible for the transmission of Lyme Disease. The tick attaches to a human or animal and injects harmful bacteria. It may take 36 to 48 hours of attachment to become infected.

Symptoms of infection include fever, headache, and fatigue. In 70% of cases, a rash shaped like a bull's eye will appear.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

June is Men’s Health Month. Let’s take a minute to talk about two forms of cancer that only impact men.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, and becomes more prevalent as men get older. Testicular cancer is not as common, but generally impacts younger men between the ages of 20 and 35.

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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month.

About 7 to 8 % of the U.S. population will develop PTSD after witnessing or experiencing a distressing event.

People struggling with PTSD experience symptoms that can last for months or even years. Symptoms may include nightmares; flashbacks; difficulty sleeping; jitteriness and hyper-alertness; inability to trust; avoidance of people, places, and things that remind them of the event; and other life-altering challenges.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. To recognize the signs, remember the acronym F.A.S.T.:

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The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is an excellent time for older adults to focus on preventative care, and to communicate their unique health goals and preferences to their healthcare provider.

If you’ve had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you may qualify for a free annual wellness visit. While you’re there, you and your care provider will develop or update your personalized health plan.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Food poisoning peaks in the summer. Here are some tips to make your grilling season safer:

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Warmer weather in central Pennsylvania means it’s time for people to trade in their boots for sneakers and sandals.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, about 20 percent of Americans experience at least one foot problem each year. 

Stretching your feet, ankles, and lower legs daily keeps your muscles strong and can prevent foot problems.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

April is National Donate Life Month.

There’s a critical shortage of organ and tissue donors. In the United States, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. A national computer system and strict standards make sure organs are fairly distributed to those in need.

If you’re 18 or older, you have the power to help save lives by registering to be an organ donor. Be sure to talk to your family and friends about your wishes.

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According to the American Heart Association, almost half of U.S. adults aren’t active enough to maintain good health.

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April is STD Awareness Month. Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

One in 5 Americans have an STD. Teens and young adults account for nearly half of new cases each year. STDs can cause health issues, including infertility and cancer, but all STDs can be prevented and treated. Most can be cured.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Have you ever found yourself mentally reviewing the past or worrying about future events that may never happen?  When we let our thoughts run unchecked, we miss out on living our lives more fully in the present.

Mindfulness is a simple meditative practice. It relieves the anxiety shown in research to contribute to many stress-related conditions. 

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is this week. The average age children begin to experiment with drugs is 13 years old. By 8th grade, 28% of adolescents have consumed alcohol and more than 16% have used marijuana.

It’s important for parents to talk to their kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol. Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are half as likely to use as teens who don’t.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

It’s important to keep your routine medical and dental appointments during the pandemic.

Routine appointments are an important part of preventative health care. They ensure you’re up-to-date with vaccines and medication management.

There are steps you can take to keep yourself safe during appointments. Ask if there’s an option to meet with your provider virtually via telemedicine as an alternative to an in-person visit.

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Did you know that there’s a vaccine available for people between the ages of 9 and 47 that can prevent several types of cancer?

According to the CDC, human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It can cause cancer and genital warts.

Regular cervical and oral cancer screenings can help with early detection.

The #1 defense against cancers and health problems caused by HPV is the vaccine. 

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

World Tuberculosis Day is in March. It’s a time to raise public awareness about a deadly contagious disease that’s still prevalent in many countries, including the United States. 

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease spread through droplets in the air. It can affect the brain, bones, and lungs. If left untreated, TB may be fatal. Symptoms include night sweats, coughing up blood, fever, and malaise.

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic underscores the challenges of communicating factual health information. As our understanding of the virus evolves, so does the guidance for keeping ourselves COVID-free.

Health-related messages are most successful when they include a call to action based on people’s beliefs about a health threat, when people perceive the action to reduce the threat as effective, and when people feel they can carry out that action.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Many people are working or attending school from home during the pandemic. Sitting for extended periods of time in spaces that aren’t designed for office work can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The COVID-19 pandemic is entering its second year of impacting all our lives. It's perfectly normal to feel fatigued by the extended disruption to normal life activities.

Pandemic fatigue can be helped by establishing daily routines to support your health. This includes regular outdoor exercise such as visiting a local park for a walk, hike, or run; getting a good night's sleep; and balancing work and personal time.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in cooperation with local health care systems, has started distributing the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts believe the vaccine may help keep people from getting seriously ill, even if they get COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated may also help protect those around you, especially those who may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

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January is Radon Action Month. Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that can seep into homes and other buildings via cracks in concrete, floors, or siding.

Radon is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water. Exposure to radon can cause lung damage and cancer. The best way to know if there is radon in your home or building is to have it tested by a professional in your area. In addition, you can purchase a do-it-yourself radon detection kit at a local hardware store.

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Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that’s produced when fuel is burned in gas stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, or vehicles. The gas can build up in closed areas and poison people and animals who breathe in the vapor.  

Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to headaches, weakness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and even death.  

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

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:

 

  

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The past few weeks have been challenging as we continue to take precautions to slow and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Here are some tips to help you stay connected to your family, friends, and community:

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As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it’s important to take the time to wash your hands properly to prevent the spread of germs.

For proper handwashing:

1. Wet your hands with running water, then lather with soap.

2. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. To ensure accurate timing, hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice from beginning to end. 

3. Finish by rinsing your hands with running water and drying them using an air dryer or a clean towel.

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With the holiday gift-giving season approaching, many ask how to choose the right toy for a child. Play is important for children’s cognitive, physical, and social development.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends choosing toys that engage children socially and physically and urges limiting electronic toys.

You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, taking measures to avoid getting influenza and pneumonia is more important than ever. Catching either on top of Covid-19 can increase the severity and duration of illness. Each year, 35 million people in the United States are sickened with influenza and 1.3 million are diagnosed with pneumonia.  

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