CDC Reports: Millions Of US Women Are Not Getting Screened For Cervical Cancer

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newsDespite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.

“Every visit to a provider can be an opportunity to prevent cervical cancer by making sure women are referred for screening appropriately,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D. “We must increase our efforts to make sure that all women understand the importance of getting screened for cervical cancer. No woman should die from cervical cancer.”

Researchers reviewed data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine women who had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. They analyzed the number of cervical cancer cases that occurred during 2007 to 2011 from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. Cervical cancer deaths were based on death certificates submitted to the National Vital Statistics System.

Key Findings:

• In 2012, 11.4 percent of women reported they had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years; the percentage was larger for women without health insurance (23.1 percent) and for those without a regular health care provider (25.5 percent).

• The percentage of women not screened as recommended was higher among older women (12.6 percent), Asians/Pacific Islanders (19.7 percent), and American Indians/Alaska Natives (16.5 percent).

• From 2007 to 2011, the cervical cancer incidence rate decreased by 1.9 percent per year while the death rate remained stable.

• The Southern region had the highest rate of cervical cancer (8.5 per 100,000), the highest death rate (2.7 per 100,000), and the largest percentage of women who had not been screened in the past five years (12.3 percent).

Using the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a primary prevention measure could also help reduce cervical cancer and deaths from cervical cancer. Another recent CDC study showed that the vaccine is underused; only 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys had received the 3-dose series in 2013. The HPV vaccine is recommended as a routine vaccine for children 11 – 12 years old. Modeling studies have shown that HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening combined can prevent as many as 93 percent of new cervical cancer cases.

Even with improvements in prevention and early detection methods, most cervical cancers occur in women who are not up-to-date with screening. Addressing financial and non-financial barriers can help increase screening rates and, in turn, reduce new cases of and deaths from this disease.

Learn more about recommended ages and tests for cervical cancer screening.

Learn more about HPV vaccine recommendations.

Vital Signs is a report that appears each of the month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

5 Winter Skin Care Tips To Banish Dry, Itchy Skin

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femalewashingfaceSkin guru and founder of the award-winning skin clinic FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness, Holly CaSaroll, is detailing several tips for dealing with dry, itchy skin during the winter season.

Holly CaSaroll, skin care expert and founder of FACE, an award-winning beauty clinic, is detailing several tips for individuals who suffer from dry, itchy skin during the winter season.

1. Exfoliate: “Your skin sheds thousands of dead cells on a daily basis, which can slow down as we age and cause a build-up of dry, itchy skin,” says CaSaroll. “AHA exfoliates adds moisture to the surface aiding in the repairing of sun damage and dryness. BHA exfoliates have anti-inflammatory agents beneficial to skin that is oily, acne and blackhead prone. I recommend exfoliating up to four times per week.”

2. Hydrate: Humectants work as a moisture magnet, pulling it from the air to the skin. According to CaSaroll, if there isn’t more than 70 percent humidity in a house then there isn’t enough moisture for the body to do its job properly. “Invest in a humidifier,” she says. “I also recommend using products containing hyaluronic acid because it’s water-binding and holds 1,000 times its weight in water which is vital for skin moisture.”

3. Use soothing agents: Looking for soothing ingredients such as aloe, oat bran, chamomile, cucumber, rose hip oil, burdock root, licorice root, and glycyrrhetinic acid. Incorporate toner or a spray mister in skin routines. “This step is often underrated, misunderstood and forgotten,” says CaSaroll.

4. Apply antioxidants: Antioxidants protect the skin from harmful free radicals. They also help protect from exposure to the sun, skin damage, signs of aging, and change in pigment. “Look for products that contain vitamins A, C and E, CoQ10, green tea, grape seed extract, plant oils, soybean sterols, and beta-glucan.”

5. Repair and protect: Products designed to repair increases moisture levels by providing an actual physical barrier, which prevents the loss of water from the epidermis. Look for products that contain pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil, ceramides, Shea butter, beeswax, silicone, cholesterol, fatty acids, and vegetable oils (think avocado or olive oil). “My favorite product is the new Avene Xeracalm. It is the most advanced cream for dry and itchy skin,” she says.

About FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness:

FACE is a multi-award winning beauty and wellness clinic that has been providing successful innovative solutions to skin conditions for over a decade. Founded by skin expert, Holly CaSaroll, FACE offers 24 laser and facial machines, liquid facelifts and body makeovers. Over 17 years ago, CaSaroll rebuilt her own skin, disfigured from cystic acne, and has since created one of the most extensive clinics around. CaSaroll is a go-to skin guru and has been featured on TV and a bevy of publications. She currently pens a monthly column in “My Magazine,” titled “Ask the Expert.” Their Skin Management Experts™ specialize in non-invasive therapies using their unique 3D Face Therapy™ approach to healing skin that accelerates results from a cellular level. Her wellness division, headed by Dr. Doug Cutler, a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, finds the root cause of imbalances in the body to create overall well-being from the inside out. To see what FACE can do for you, please visit http://www.facebeautyscience.com/.

Obesity Should Not Be A Hollywood Punchline

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obesityDr. Myo Nwe, author of the new weight loss book of 2015, “Fat-Me-Not: Weight Loss Diet of the Future,” says films and television programs do a disservice to the viewers by avoiding the real subject matter when overweight characters are usually played for laughs. She asks for a call to action from television program to take obesity more seriously and treat it as a disease, an issue she discusses in her new book.

Dr. Myo Nwe is the co-author of a new weight loss book “Fat-Me-Not: Weight Loss Diet of the Future” and co-founder of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in Rock Hill, SC. In her book, Dr. Nwe takes a broad look at the industry of weight loss, and how several fad diets cannot hold up under scientific scrutiny. On film and in television shows, however, she says the topic of obesity is usually emphasized mostly toward the social aspects and played for basic laughs, which she believes impacts whether Americans view it as a serious health concern.

“It’s rare to see weight management dealt with in an honest way,” Dr. Nwe says. “Most of the time heavier characters play secondary roles where their size is just another quirky attribute.

“Where are the storylines dealing with diabetes or heart problems?” she asks. “I know that’s not exactly sitcom material, but it’s noticeably absent from the dramas as well.”

Dr. Nwe says she understands that the entertainment industry has separate goals from healthcare providers, but she feels that the failure to address obesity in the popular arts points to a disconnection with real life problems.

“I always recommend a healthier diet to my patients,” Dr. Nwe explains. “And that includes their TV diet. Unfortunately, most of what’s on the menu is junk food.”

The doctor says she would like to see more shows that “edutain” on the topic—both informing viewers of the real issues of obesity, while also fun to watch.

“The subject doesn’t have to be a sad one,” Nwe adds. “Working in weight management, I see some of the most positive and inspiring experiences imaginable, especially when people stand up and meet the challenge.”

In her new book “Fat-Me-Not,” Dr. Nwe examines the many myths and misconceptions associated with weight loss and continually encourages readers to get to know the science involved.

“I’d like to see a program where losing weight isn’t just part of a reality show competition,” she says. “A show that exposes the best strategies and worst diets would be a great start.”

Getting A Nursing Degree Will Change Your Life And Maybe the World

Submitted By Katherine Smith

nurseIf you’re thinking of a career change, getting a nursing degree can transform your life. What’s more, it doesn’t have to take as long as would think. As a career, nursing is a rewarding option, pays really well and is a profession where demand far exceeds supply.

Rewarding Career

Economic philosophers like Tai Lopez say that there are three levels of business. Level one businesses make the human race worse. Level two businesses are neutral, neither helping nor hindering our species. Level three businesses benefit humanity. The work of the medical practitioners falls into level three work because the world is far better off with more caring people.

Nursing provides an invaluable service to humanity, and, as a nurse, you will feel good about your contribution to human welfare. Essentially, your job is to ease the suffering of people in distress and help to restore their well-being.

Compensation and Demand

According to Nursejournal.org, the average salary for a nurse ranges from $60,934 to $96,582. Numerous factors determine pay, like level of education, years of experience, and the state you live and work in. However, even those just starting out get paid much more than beginners in other careers. In addition, profit sharing bonuses can be about $19,866 a year.

Considering all these factors, it will actually be quite realistic for you to be making six figures a year within a relatively short time. Moreover, with older nurses retiring, there may be even more opportunity for higher compensation due to a potentially huge shortage of nurses in the future.

What’s more, from a career perspective, things get even better. Nursejournal.org shares some startling facts and statistics about career opportunities for nurses:

“The job outlook for family nurse practitioners is very good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected growth in demand for FNPs [Family Nurse Practitioners] is 19% by 2020, which is well above the national average. Furthermore, salary growth over that same period of time is believed to be 22%, again above the national average. This is mainly due to the fact that the world of primary health care is changing due to a significant shortage in physicians. In addition, the shortage becomes more acute because of the aging population.”

Accelerated Programs

The fastest route to become a registered nurse (RN) is to enroll in an accelerated nursing program. If you have already completed either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in another discipline, then you will have to take the accelerated baccalaureate in nursing. This can take as little as 11 to 18 months to complete, which includes taking prerequisites. If you’re already a nurse and want to advance in your career, you may want to take the fast-track master’s degree program, which will take an average of 3 years.

What It’s Like

Accelerated programs work as fast as they do because they are designed for older adults rather than young adults. Consequently, you can get credit for prior undergraduate education or work experience.

However, these are not leisurely courses and are only designed for those prepared to commit fully toward their career goal. Classes are often long and intense, sometimes with few or no breaks between sessions. This rapid pace is necessary because the same amount of clinical hours is packed into a shorter time frame, and students learn as much as those in slower-paced traditional, entry level nursing schools.

Since the work requires academic rigor, admission standards are naturally high. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to get through the strict pre-screening process. Administrators only select those students they believe will be able to do well in a fast-paced academic environment. While there is no restriction on working while studying, this is not really encouraged because it will take a tremendous amount of focus and discipline to graduate.

Employment after Graduation

Usually, students who go through an accelerated program tend to be older in years, more mature in attitude, and much more motivated than traditional college students fresh out of high school. These students also tend to have higher academic expectations of themselves than students in a traditional, entry-level nursing program. Consequently, they not only tend to excel in class but appear more eager to get clinical experience.

Employers recognize these attributes and accelerated program graduates are highly prized in the workplace. Past experience with graduates has shown that they are more responsible, possess a higher level of clinical skill, and are quick studies during job training.

Conclusion

Many employers are so impressed by the quality of nurses that come out of accelerated programs that many hospitals may offer tuition repayment to graduates as a strategy to recruit tap-caliber nurses. In addition, state and federal legislators are seeking ways to increase grants and scholarships to candidates willing to enroll in an accelerated nursing program because of the perceived shortage of nurses in the coming decade.

WordPress Plus Google Opens Portals to 1.2 Million Cities Through Travel Site

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googleA new tool for exploring the businesses of 1.2 million cities around the world has launched. Street View Maps .City is a worldwide geographical website application with 1,200,000 cities in its database.

The website incorporates establishments recognized by Google Maps API and then applies a sophisticated level of detail for each location. The website, developed on the WordPress platform has recently launched and, already being enjoyed by thousands of users.

With Street View Maps City users are able to enter a city and immediately begin exploring all its nooks and crannies. To begin, just type in the city to explore, or select one from the worldwide directory built into the site. Vector icons displayed along the right side of the screen display different categories of locations to explore, such as: Airports, banks, bakeries, car rentals, doctors, fast food, gas stations, grocery or supermarket, hair care, hotels, lodging, restaurants, pizza, shopping malls, spas, train stations, travel agencies, embassies, police stations, computer stores, fitness, places of worship, photos, playgrounds, parking, and universities.

The site has a very slick, intuitive design, and it’s exceptionally fun and easy to use. Just click on an icon on the right sidebar, and immediately see matching icons appear on the map. Click an icon on the map and the selection will appear in Google street view (where available). Users also have the option to see the surrounding area, get directions, or click a link to visit local businesses, or establishments selected.

Click and drag the map to quickly start exploring other places nearby. While moving around the map, new matching criteria will appear, giving instant, convenient access to whatever type of establishment searching for.
The website’s functionality also includes fully searchable locations if an existing location already known, or enter a specific address or area to learn more about it.

Google Place Types APIs (application program interface) is a set of APIs developed by Google which allow communication with Google Services, for developers and their integration to other services. As a result of opening APIs to third-parties, developers are creating apps which use these APIs to build upon the functionality of pre-existing services.

WordPress was created out as an alternative personal publishing software system built on PHP and MySQL. It’s licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). WordPress is an open source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on its progressive development. Currently WordPress powers 23% of the websites populating the internet.

Whether traveling, or to see the world from a desktop computer, iPad, tablet, notebook, or mobile device, Street View Maps .City gives users a better perspective of the cities that cover the world. Developed by Jason T. Shortes.

ToothacheSanDiego.com Launches New Website

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malesmileToothacheSanDiego.com launches new site highlighting teeth cleaning and preventative care education and maintenance.

Many adults have had a toothache at some point. While toothaches are never pleasant, many regard them simply as an annoyance to be tolerated or ignored altogether. A toothache, however, is an indication that any number of more serious oral health issues may be present. The new web resource http://www.toothachesandiego.com helps provide San Diego residents with information about toothaches, teeth cleaning, and general preventative oral health care.

ToothacheSandiego.com will provide a portal for local San Diego oral health specialists to educate the public on proper hygiene, and preventative, as well as corrective oral care when needed. San Diego dentist, Dr. Mark S. Richey is one of the early adopters of the new site. Dr. Richey utilizes toothachesandeigo.com in order to better equip patients to maintain ideal oral health, as he strongly believes that dental care is an integral part of optimal health and immune function. To date the site lists causes, side effects, and treatment methods of toothache, and emphasizes the possible health risks of allowing toothaches to go untreated. Utilizing tools like toothachesandiego.com allows local dental care specialist to reach a wider range of those suffering from a toothache or in need of general dentistry.

From causes of oral infections to solutions for cosmetic needs, toothachesandiego.com has answers to many commonly asked dental questions. While the site focuses primarily on causes of toothache and preventative care, Dr. Richey also posts periodic blogs detailing the various methods used to identify and treat all manner of oral health issues. It is, of course, important to brush and floss daily, however, scheduling regular oral examinations and cleanings is vital in preventing oral health issues like toothache from advancing to more serious stages.

About Toothache San Diego:

Hillcrest, CA. dentist, Dr. Mark S. Richey has been firmly rooted at the same dental office for over 20 years. Graduating from the University of Missouri in 1984 and from Northwestern University in 1988, Dr. Richey has been a member of the ADA, CDA and SDDS since 1990. Immediately after graduating, he completed a general practice residency program at the University of Nebraska medical center in Omaha, where he was trained to manage difficult medical-dental cases while working with medically compromised patients.

The Fluoride Controversy Explained

By Dr. Kimberly Dyoco

brushteethOne of the biggest challenges about keeping yourself and your kids healthy these days is that it’s hard to actually pin down what’s good for you and what’s bad for you.

Unfortunately, what we often hear the most are health extremists or those ubiquitous news stories with absurdly alarmist headlines like, “Find Out Why Vegetables Could Be Killing You!”

If you do your own research, however, and look to the facts, you can usually get to the heart of the matter. The same is true for fluoride.

In recent years, there’s been a bit of a backlash about the stuff and many people have been left wondering what the story is. Given the fact that it was so widely accepted as beneficial for so long, a lot of people are confused about what’s changed.

Before we get into the controversy, however, let’s learn a little more about what it is and how it became a part of our oral health regimen.

The Basics

The first thing to understand about fluoride is that it’s a very common, naturally occurring mineral. It’s not synthetic, it’s not a chemical and it appears naturally in some foods, the soil and water without us doing anything at all. The nature-made version is known as calcium fluoride.

It can, however, be created in a lab as well. And the fluoride that’s used in dental care products and added to water supplies is made by scientists and known as sodium fluoride, which is preferred because it’s more soluble than the calcium fluoride.

Fluoride & Teeth

No matter what you eat or how fastidious you are about caring for your teeth, acid builds up in your mouth constantly. Over time, this causes a demineralization process that results in enamel erosion and cavities. What fluoride does is stop this process to prevent damage to your teeth.

As you probably know from having gotten fluoride treatments and your toothpaste tube, fluoride is effective when applied topically. But, it can also be effective at preventing tooth decay when it’s ingested.

A Brief History of Fluoride

The biggest issue that surrounds the fluoride controversy is the fact that, in most places, fluoride is added to the public water supply. So, to understand that aspect, it’s important to know how this practice started.

It all began over 100 years ago with Frederick McKay, a young dentist who moved to Colorado from the East Coast. When he started examining patients there, he was shocked to find that many people had teeth that were both badly stained, yet resistant to decay.

Not long after, he discovered that the same issue was occurring for populations in other parts of the country as well. To get to the bottom of this unusual condition, McKay began doing research into possible causes, only to discover that the areas that had this dental problem also had a water supply that contained a lot of fluoride, which caused the brown teeth known as fluorosis.

This discovery made scientists wonder if there was a way to use fluoride to help people’s teeth become more resistant decay, without causing stains. What they found was that a small amount of fluoride did the trick. So they decided to test it out on a large scale by adding the right amount of fluoride to the public water of Grand Rapids, Michigan back in 1945.

The result was just what they’d hoped – cavity rates in children went down by 60%. And just 6 years after this first trial, it became part of public policy to fluoridate public drinking supplies.

Why It’s Good

childteethAdding fluoride to our drinking water was basically a no-brainer. Considering the levels of poverty in this country, a huge amount of Americans don’t receive proper dental care. This is especially problematic for children and older people. So fluoridated water was a relatively easy and cheap way to help prevent cavities and tooth decay in the general population, regardless of income level.

And given that it’s a preventive measure that costs much less than fixing dental problems after they occur, it makes sense. In a large city, for example, it costs a mere 31 cents per person, per year. The CDC has said that, over the course of a decade, it can save $3 billion in dental treatments.

Another point on the side of fluoridated water is the fact that it’s been officially endorsed by both the American Medical Association and the CDC, which called it one of the top ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, along with immunizations and contraception.

Regardless of current controversies, there’s no denying that adding fluoride to public drinking water has done a great deal for preventing widespread tooth decay in Americans.

Why It’s Controversial

In the last decade or so, we’ve begun to question a lot of what used to be conventional wisdom around health. In recent years, an anti-fluoride movement has taken shape and now, many individuals and communities are beginning to re-think the necessity of fluoridating their drinking water.

For some, the issue is an ethical one – they say that it’s not right for the government to administer a medical treatment to the entire population, regardless of their consent. It isn’t easy or cheap for people to entirely avoid drinking tap water, so it doesn’t really give people a choice of ingesting fluoride or not.

Also, because times have changed and fluoride can easily be administered topically, many say that it’s no longer needed in water. In addition to dentist’s fluoride treatments, you can also find the stuff in most toothpastes, which wasn’t the case when we began fluoridating water in the first half of the 20th century.

Perhaps what we hear the most about is the health problems that some studies have linked to fluoride. The misleading part, however, is that most of these problems are the result of very high levels of fluorid, much higher than the levels in our drinking water. Opponents say, though, that the amount of fluoride that people get depends on the amount of water they drink, which cannot be controlled by the government.

Conclusion

It’s a tough call to make. While a large percentage of the population no longer needs to be ingesting fluoride because of modern dentistry, there are still huge numbers of people who don’t get the dental care they need. And for them, fluoridated water can help prevent serious damage that can’t be undone.

Because decisions about public water are made at the local level, some cities are taking action to stop fluoride from being added to their water. Portland, for example, has repeatedly voted down water fluoridation and seems to be, on the whole, quite adamant about keeping it that way.

As a dentist, I tend to support the preventative health measure as there isn’t enough evidence to show that there are any real dangers in the small amount of fluoride that you get through tap water. Sure, it can be toxic in large quantities, but anything can be toxic if you take enough of it.

The benefits, especially to underprivileged children, seem to far outweigh any negligible health and ethical drawbacks the opposition finds.

- Dr. Kimberly Dyoco is a dentist and the founder of One Mag Smile in Downtown Chicago. She’s passionate about educating her patients and readers about the importance of daily oral health care and all things dental. To learn more about Kim and her practice, visit 1Magsmile.com today!

5 Tips For Achieving Better Health And Fitness

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joggerFor most people, the thought of overhauling their entire lifestyle to become healthier can be very daunting. In fact, it’s this mindset that often prevents people from taking the first step to achieve meaningful change. Luckily, when it comes to improving health and fitness, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. All it takes is a few simple changes and a little dedication to start seeing positive change.

The team behind Kardio-Xercise™, a premier lifestyle fitness brand, offers the following five tips for achieving better health. Overtime, these small modifications to a person’s daily routine can add up to create big change.

1. Drink plenty of water every day – On average, a person should drink approximately eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Water consumption is vital to keep our bodies functioning properly. People who consume the recommended amount of water on a daily basis can experience a myriad of benefits, including: improved skin tone and texture; naturally suppressed appetite; increased ability to metabolize stored fat; maintenance of proper muscle tone; decreased back and joint pain; and even decreased risk of certain cancers. A tip to get you started – Before you eat or drink anything else upon waking in the morning, drink one tall glass of cold water to jump start your day.

2. Eat several small meals each day – We’re all familiar with the basic three meals per day routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, the problem with that model is that people can tend to overeat because they are trying to consume too much food at one time. By adapting your eating habits to include five to seven small, healthy meals each day, you’ll experience greater energy levels, and it will become easier to prevent binge eating. Another bonus to eating several small meals each day is that your metabolism will remain steady, allowing your body to burn more calories throughout the day. A tip to get you started – While portion control is key, so is the quality of the food you eat. Choose whole foods to snack on throughout the day, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts.

3. Get enough sleep every night – While sleep needs vary from person to person, it is recommended that adults get seven hours of sleep each night. Most adults lead extremely busy lives, and unfortunately, sleep is often the first area we pull from to make more time for other activities. However, it has been shown that people who get too little or too much sleep experience impaired cognitive ability and performance the next day. Long term, sleep deprivation is associated with serious health problems including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. A tip to get you started – Choose a bedtime that will allow you to get seven hours of sleep. Set an alarm 30 minutes prior to that time, turn off all electronics, get ready for bed and go to sleep. Try it for a week and see how refreshed you feel!

4. Get active every day – The health benefits of regular exercise are plentiful. From weight control and improved mood to better sleep and reduced risk of developing health conditions, daily physical activity is a must for anyone looking to improve their overall health. Exercise doesn’t need to be excessive to achieve optimal benefits. By incorporating just 30 minutes of physical activity into each day or about three hours each week, you can start to realize your personal fitness goals, while boosting your energy and improving your well-being. A tip to get you started: Choose a time each day that works with your schedule and devote 30 minutes to nothing but physical activity. Incorporate a variety of activities throughout the week – anything from walking or yoga to strength training.

seniorexercise5. Track your progress – Holding yourself accountable to your daily commitments will help keep you on track to achieving your desired results. Studies show that people who track their fitness have an easier time staying motivated and maintaining their level of activity. For this purpose, Kardio-Xercise has developed the KX Fitness Calendar and “Eat Right. Be Healthy” Calendar to serve as an effective and easy-to-use tool for tracking health and fitness goals. A tip to get you started – Choose a method for tracking your progress that works best and is most convenient for you to use every day.

The KX Fitness Calendar and the “Eat Right. Be Healthy” Calendar are available for preorder via Kardio-Xercise’s website . With delivery scheduled for early December, the calendars are a perfect holiday gift for anyone who is looking to track their fitness goals. Limited quantities are available and calendars are expected to sell out.

About Kardio-Xercise™

Kardio-Xercise™ is a multi-faceted fitness brand that was established on the principle that the human body needs attention in order to be at its best. From its high-quality fitness apparel and accessories to its online meal planner and interactive Blog, Kardio-Xercise provides a variety of resources for individuals who are committed to improving or maintaining the health and strength of their bodies through fitness and nutrition. Furthering its mission to create a fitness movement, Kardio-Xercise donates proceeds from its online sales to organizations that are making a difference in people’s lives through fitness. Kardio-Xercise is more than a fitness brand. It’s a lifestyle. It’s pure passion. Kardio-Xercise, A Fitness Movement, The logo “K” with half “X” are all registered trademarks of KX Evolution, Inc. For more information about Kardio-Xercise, to purchase apparel or to access the online meal planner, visit http://kardioxercise.com.

Florida’s Youth Cigarette Smoking Rate Reaches An All-Time Low

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nosmokingNew data shows substantial progress since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007.

New data, released by the Florida Department of Health (Department), shows that fewer youth in Florida are smoking cigarettes than ever before. In 2014, only 4.3 percent of Florida’s youth, ages 11 to 17, are current cigarette smokers.

There are 59 percent fewer youth cigarette smokers in the state than before the Tobacco Free Florida program launched in 2007. This represents a decrease from 10.6 percent in 2006 to 4.3 percent in 2014.

“Tobacco Free Florida is a nationally renowned program that has set the bar for how other states can reduce cigarette use among young people,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “The state’s steady and significant reduction in youth smoking is saving lives and money, and creating a healthier, tobacco free generation.”

The new data from the 2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS) found that:

* 7.5 percent of high school students reported current cigarette use, meaning they smoked a cigarette at least once during the past 30 days, a 51.6 percent decrease compared to 2006

* Florida’s 2014 cigarette smoking rate among high school students was lower than the national average of 12.7 percent in 2013, the most recent equivalent national survey

* 2.3 percent of middle school students reported current cigarette use, meaning they smoked a cigarette at least once during the past 30 days, a 65.2 percent decrease compared to 2006

* Florida’s 2014 cigarette smoking rate among middle school students was similar to the national average of 2.9 percent in 2013, the most recent equivalent national survey

In 2006, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment requiring 15 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement fund be used for a comprehensive tobacco education and use prevention program. In 2007, the funding was used to launch Tobacco Free Florida, which is managed by the Department. Tobacco Free Florida’s efforts are supported by community interventions at the county level and a statewide media campaign driven by powerful advertisements that demonstrate the dangers and real-life consequences of tobacco use, encouraging more and more youth to never begin.

ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA

The Department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit resources, visit http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. During 2014, the Department is recognizing 125 years of public health in Florida with educational opportunities and events. Please visit http://www.FLHealth125.gov for more information.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov.

The Experts Discuss How To Reduce Toxicity In Your Kitchen

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Is your kitchen toxic? Gail Bowman, the owner of Health Food Emporium stated, “I checked with Dr. Don Colbert and Dr. Mercola (both are popular TV and internet doctors) to find out what can be done to lessen the toxic load on our bodies from our kitchens. Their answers were very interesting, and a little challenging. I thought surely my kitchen was safe, but I discovered that I still have a lot of work to do. ”

1. Dr. Don Colbert said, “Everyone should practice minimal use of their microwave, or get rid of it altogether. Using a microwave to cook your food is of three main concerns. First, harmful and cancer-causing chemicals can leak into your foods from heated plastic and paper containers. Secondly, microwaving alters the molecular structure of food damaging the nutrients and even generating harmful chemicals. Third, microwaves emit radiation. although it is controversial as to how much radiation, studies have shown correlations between microwave radiation in the home and effects on the heart and blood sugar.”

2. Nonstick cookware should be avoided according to Dr. Mercola: “Non-stick cookware is made using a carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which starts emitting toxic fumes, that you inhale, every time you cook with a non-stick pot or pan! At high temperatures, the coating of non-stick cookware will also break down into a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene. Your best friend in the kitchen may actually be your family’s worst health enemy. It only takes 5 minutes for non-stick cookware to emit at least six toxic gases. ”

3. “Get rid of all plastics including storage bags, cups, plates, silverware and containers,” said Dr. Colbert. “Dishes made of glass are ideal. Harmful chemicals in plastics can leach into foods, especially when heated or if the food is acidic. A common chemical found in plastics is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes. More and more plastic products are now appearing with a BPA Free label, but BPA is not the only harmful chemical in plastics.”

4. Avoiding canned foods is perhaps your best way to avoid BPA. Dr. Mercola states, “Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that canned foods and beverages can increase your BPA levels by a staggering 1,000 percent in a mere five days! The lead researcher noted that given this new finding, canned goods may be an even greater contribution to your BPA levels than plastics.”

5. Store nuts and oils properly. Dr. Colbert stated, “Nuts and oils go bad quickly with exposure to heat, light and air. Rancid nuts smell and taste bad and can be carcinogenic. Rancid nuts are linked to headaches and digestive upset. Roasted, chopped and ground nuts go rancid much more quickly than whole raw ones. Nuts should be stored in the refrigerator. Look for oils that are sold in dark tinted bottles since the packaging will help to protect the oil from oxidation caused by exposure to light. Oil should be used within 1-2 months to ensure its quality remains intact, even when stored properly.”

6. Use natural cleaners for dishes, appliances, floors and counters. Jordan Rubin, founder of Garden of Life and owner of Beyond Organic, said, “Carcinogenic contaminants are found in a variety of popular household products including cleaners. The less contact with kitchen cleaners, oven cleaner, glues, paints, pain thinner and other solvents, the better. Household products have changed radically in the last fifty years due to scientists’ ability to synthesize new chemicals from petroleum. I recommend using natural ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and commercially available natural cleaners to clean your home.”

- Gail Bowman is the owner of Health Food Emporium, an online health food store that has specialized in whole food supplements for over 10 years.