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Recovery from mental and substance use disorders remains a pressing public health crisis – one that isn’t always discussed as openly and honestly as possible.

September has been deemed National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The month is designed to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the issue and celebrate the successes of those who are in recovery. It also acknowledges that those with mental and/or substance use disorders can live healthy, rewarding lives by getting treatment and mental health services.

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September’s designation as Healthy Aging Month is a perfect reminder that it’s always a good time to work on your health – no matter how many candles may be on your birthday cake.
Healthy Aging Month – now in its second decade of existence – is an opportunity to focus on the positive aspects of growing older and celebrating life after the age of 45. Here are some ideas for celebrating the aging process in healthy ways.

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Childhood obesity is on the rise, a trend that is creating a host of health problems in youth that previously were not seen until a person reached adulthood.

These obesity-related health conditions include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems and elevated cholesterol levels. In addition to physical ailments, overweight children are more prone to mental health issues including depression, low self-esteem and negative body image.

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The arrival of August means the sports physical season is upon us. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requires all youth wishing to take part in a sport to get the medical clearance of a professional prior to competition.

Sports physicals help ensure that student-athletes are physically prepared to take part in the sports of their choosing.

Sports physicals are similar to general check-ups with your doctor and typically include the following areas:

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Insect pests such as mosquitoes and ticks can hamper your outdoor summer fun activities.

Both insects are very active in Ohio and require vigilance in keeping them away from you and your children. Knowing how to prevent ticks and mosquitoes from biting you can ward off a number of diseases.

Keeping mosquitoes at bay

The most prevalent summer pest, mosquitoes in Ohio can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, La Crosse virus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus, and St. Louis encephalitis virus. Follow these tips to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer:

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With kids preparing to go back to school, August’s designation as National Immunization Month is a perfect time to learn about the importance of vaccinations.

The Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Immunization Program works toward the elimination of diseases among Ohio residents that could have been prevented with a vaccine. Immunization schedules for children and adults are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Image of a nurse giving IV medicine to patient.With more than 14 million people being diagnosed each year, cancer remains one of the world’s most challenging health care issues.

Fortunately, advances in cancer care are allowing people to live longer with the disease than ever before. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released Clinical Cancer Advances 2018, its 13th annual report on cancer progress, highlighting advances in the fight against cancer.

In the U.S. alone, more than 15 million people (approximately 1 in 20) are cancer survivors. This number is expected to grow steadily, with experts predicting it will reach 26 million by 2040, with nearly three-quarters of them 65 years of age or older. Meanwhile, cancer death rates are declining, with 64% of Americans diagnosed in 2005 living 10 years or more past the diagnosis, up from 35% for those diagnosed in 1975.

The progress is a direct reflection on investments in cancer research and advance discovery and care, all of which is growing rapidly. From November 2016 through October 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 31 new therapies for more than 16 types of cancer.

Image of man grilling brats and vegetables.Summer is prime grilling season. This year, mix up the usual suspects of hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts with some healthy, incredibly delicious –not to mention simple – meal ideas.

There’s something for everyone in these scrumptious dishes, so don’t be afraid to venture outside of the norm with your menu of grilled offerings this summer.

Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Sesame Asparagus and Rice

This recipe is sized to provide extra pork for dinners later in the week. To reduce the number of servings, simply use one pork tenderloin instead of two and halve the marinade. The rest of the recipe will work for four servings. The meatiness of the pork is amplified by the marinade’s soy sauce and fish sauce, while the brown sugar and maple syrup’s sweet notes help balance it. The latter two also brown the pork quickly in the grill pan as their sugars caramelize on the ridges.

Image of family on a boat, using summer safety tipWith its vacations, relaxed schedules and sunny skies, summer makes it easy to throw caution to the wind.

The hottest season’s mellow vibe can make it tough to remember that we shouldn’t forget about personal safety, however. Recreational opportunities in the great outdoors are best enjoyed with a dose of moderation and protection, no matter the season.

Here are some ways to increase both the fun and safety this summer.

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Heart attacks rarely strike a man without warning, but you may not recognize the signs if you don’t know what to look for. Knowing the warning signs of an impending heart attack can help you take action before you’re suddenly stricken by extreme chest pain.

Overcome by Extreme Fatigue

Take notice if your everyday routine suddenly feels like more work than it should. Overwhelming fatigue can indicate a problem in the heart’s left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.