The seven Regional Arthritis Centers (RACs) are part of a statewide network run by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program (MAOP). For Missouri Arthritis Program information, click here. Click on the map to go directly to each RAC's web page.
Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Million Hearts® and The Heart Truth® are two campaigns that help support American Heart Month here in the United States. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that works to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, while The Heart Truth® is a 28-day challenge during the month of February that encourages women to take action to lower their risk for heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there are three key risk factors tied to heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol (LDL), and smoking. 49% of Americans have one or more key risk factors linked back to heart disease. It’s not too late to make the decision to change! If you would like to change your lifestyle and reduce your risk of heart disease you can start by accepting The Heart Truth Challenge. Simply go to The Heart Truth® facebook page and accept the challenge of the day. Their page is a great resource and a simple way to share how you are making changes for the better in your life.
Although many believe Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, it is also a day that you can celebrate all the special people in your life. This year, remember to show love to your caregivers! A caregiver is an individual that can be a doctor, a home-health nurse, a friend, neighbor, or even a family member that assists in the treatment or prevention of illness or disability. These individuals play a crucial role in helping those with chronic health conditions achieve more. This Valentine’s Day, let’s give our caregivers some extra recognition! Traditional gifts given on Valentine’s Day include jewelry, chocolate, and flowers. While all of those are special, there are other ways to show your gratitude. For example, a simple thank you or a greeting card would be sure to brighten someone’s day! Even though it isn’t National Family Caregivers Month (November), here are some additional ways you can show some love for your caregivers. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to show your gratitude, but it is always great to make sure those around us know they are appreciated year-round. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Look in any store in February and you’re sure to find hearts everywhere. While the hearts in the store often symbolize delicious sweets and gifts for those you love, they are also a great reminder for us to be thinking about our hearts! The goal of American Heart Month is to spread awareness about cardiovascular problems. Even though heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it is still the leading cause of death in men and women. There are so many other chronic health conditions associated with heart disease, including different types of arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. There are also factors that increase your risk for heart disease including physical activity, diet, obesity, tobacco use, high sodium intake, and your genetics.
There are lots of resources available including tips and advice to improve your heart health. Check out some below!
Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up this Sunday, February 2nd. Whether you’ll be rooting for the Seahawks or the Broncos, you might be wondering what to make to enjoy during the big game. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has provided a few nutrition tips to help you plan healthier dishes this year. A few additional things to think about when choosing what to make for this year’s game:
Do any of your guests have any food allergies or sensitivities you should be worried about? If so, here are a few allergy-friendly recipes for your taste buds to consider.
Do you or anyone else have to monitor your diet due to other chronic health conditions?
Did you know that the average Super Bowl is approximately 4 hours, not including the pre- and post-shows? When you think about it, 4 hours is a pretty long time to be stationary. That’s why this year, you should take the Super Bowl Pledge to get moving during the game instead of being sedentary like last year. There are several ways you can be active while enjoying the game, and remember that exercise doesn’t have to be difficult to be beneficial for your health. Here are a few tips from the CDC on how to incorporate some physical activity in while watching the game as well as how to stay safe and healthy this Sunday.
Stay active, stay warm, eat healthy, and may the best team win!
It's been a cold few weeks here in Missouri. As most of the state has seen temperatures that barely broke 20 today (with windchills 20 below zero this morning and overnight), it's just downright cold. When it's cold like this, it can be hard to find motivation to do much of anything. When you don't have to leave the house, days like today keep you cooped up inside. But, as winter shows no sign of leaving anytime soon, hibernating can prevent us from getting our recommended physical activity (CDC).
So, with Mother Nature limiting the amount of time we want to spend outdoors, how can we still get physical activity indoors?
Here we are, mid-January! What that means for many of us is that we've stopped thinking of our New Year's resolutions and have instead resolved to forget that we set a goal in the first place. In fact, according to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 71% of people keep their New Year's Resolutions two weeks past the start of the new year. But, as we encouraged you in our three-part series (Eat, Move, Steps to Better Health) on making resolutions that stick, perhaps it's time for a shift in mindset regarding New Year's resolutions.
First, it's not too late to set a "New Year's resolution".
Happy New Year! In our last few posts (Eat Your Way into the New Year and Move Your Way into 2014), we touched on two of the more popular New Year’s resolutions that Americans make – eating healthy and exercising more/improving personal fitness. It can be difficult to be successful in keeping a set goal for an entire year though. So, we recommended that you be specific and include measures when goal-setting. Ask yourself questions about what you currently do, what you would like to do, and what is recommended by trusted sources.
So you’ve thought about it, and healthier eating or dieting isn’t the right New Year’s resolution for you. That’s okay, because there are plenty of other resolutions you can make! Another resolution that a lot of Americans make is to exercise more. In the same Harris Interactive survey with results published by Blue Diamond Growers, 36% of Americans’ 2014 New Year’s resolutions were around personal fitness. Perhaps you have been part of the 50% of people who make resolutions who break one or all of your goals by mid-January. But, when you think of setting a 2014 resolution for exercising more or improving your fitness, maybe you want to be in the 50% that succeed in keeping your goal.