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Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?

Sometimes the perfect breakfast can get you going in the morning

The next time you're running late don't settle for an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich from a fast food place. Sometimes simple is better and healthier.

Grab yourself two slices of whole grain bread, toast them, top them with mashed avocado and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on for a beautiful rich base. Top that with two sunny side up eggs for a healthy dose of protein. You can stack them up for easy protein on-the-go or put them together for a delicious sandwich for the drive in to work.

Peanut butter banana smoothie

Smoothies are perfect for an on-the-go snack anytime a day. Try this one for a delicious treat.

Blend one pealed banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, one cup of almond milk and a few ice cubes. If this is a morning snack be sure to place it in a tight container and throw it in your gym bag. Otherwise, freeze it the night before and by the time lunch time rolls around and it will be thawed enough to eat.

If you're looking for an extra protein boost be sure to add a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.

A stroke can occur at any age

Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.

People of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health. In fact, the risk of stroke is increasing faster in individuals ages 30-45 than in any other age group. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Is it a TIA or a Stroke?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemia (loss of blood flow) – either focal brain, spinal cord or retinal – without acute infarction (tissue death). TIAs have the same underlying systems of a stroke however the symptoms can go away after a few minutes. When a TIA occurs there is a disruption of cerebral blood flow and are frequently referred to as mini-strokes.

Motivation

Let's face it we all need a little motivation. Many of us have fitness trackers whether it is an Apple Watch, a FitBit or even a Shine. These little things we wear on our body are totally relatable for us. A lot of times it helps us become what is called a "fitness freak".

Fad Diets

With so many fad diets out there it's easy to get wrapped up in the latest trend. Listen to your body instead of following fad diet trends. Find the foods that allow you as an individual to thrive and throw all the fad diets out the window where they belong.

There is no single diet that works for everyone. Diets are not meant to be a one-size-fits-all. Common sense is perhaps the best dieting tool you'll ever have.

For more information, call the Education Department at 620.665.2057.

Patience and Consistency Lead to Better Health

Fitness and nutrition are not black and white even though most consider them to be so. Many of us become frustrated with our diet because we feel as though we are unable to eat out, socialize, or indulge in anything we truly enjoy food wise. Healthy eating and diet plans can seem overwhelming to most because we give up everything we love.

Dieting and healthy eating does not require perfection. It instead requires consistency. The healthiest diet plans and most effective nutrition plans consist of research, consistency, sustainability, and patience.

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