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According to the Autism Society, 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and affects one’s social, communication and behavioral skills. Behaviors associated with ASD include delayed language skills; inability to make eye contact and hold conversations; difficulty with reasoning and planning; and poor motor skills.

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April is National Donate Life Month, making it the perfect time to become an organ donor.

More than 114,000 people in the U.S. – including 3,000 in Ohio – are awaiting an organ transplant, according to Donate Life Ohio. Another person is added to this list every 10 minutes, and nearly 20 Americans die each day awaiting transplant.

Polls show 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor, although only 54% are registered. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives. A cornea donation can restore sight for two people, and a tissue donor can help heal up to 75 people.

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Testicular cancer can be detected in males of all ages, with 1 in 250 men being diagnosed with it during their lifetime. It is the most common type of cancer found in men aged 15 to 35.

This cancer can form as a tumor in one or both testicles. Most testicular cancer tumors are metastatic, meaning they can spread to other organs including the lymph system, lungs and brain.

Nearly 8,850 American men are diagnosed with the cancer each year, with more than 400 dying from it, according to the Testicular Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society states the average age of diagnosis is 33, with Caucasian men being about five times more likely to develop testicular cancer than African Americans. Hispanic men are diagnosed at a rate between that of Caucasians and African Americans.

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April is designated as Occupational Therapy Month, helping raise awareness of what occupational therapy is and who can benefit from this service.

When a health situation interferes with a person’s ability to perform daily tasks, occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants can answer the “Now what?” question. They help people who are recovering from an injury, illness or other health condition re-learn or improve their performance of activities that are part of their daily routines. They also serve the needs of pediatric patients from birth on to help them meet physical development milestones.

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an effort by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to encourage the public to make informed decisions about food choices and physical activity habits.

This event began in 1973 as a week-long campaign, but expanded to a month-long celebration in 1980. The theme reflects nutrition trends over the years, but always with its original purpose in mind: “To increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position Academy members as the authorities in nutrition.”

strawberry spinach saladLunch can provide the fuel you need to carry you through your day. While convenient lunch options are often high in fat, calories and preservatives, you can create healthy choices with a little thought and planning.

These affordable – and flavorful – lunch options provide the protein you need to feel full and satisfied without making you feel sluggish.

colorectal cancer screeningColorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, can be easily prevented or discovered with regular screening.

Cancer in this region of the body usually starts as a precancerous growth – known as a polyp – in the colon or rectum. These polyps can turn into cancer. Fortunately, colorectal cancer is 90% treatable when detected early.

colon cancer screeningA colonoscopy is the most reliable screening method for colorectal cancer. With the patient under light sedation, the physician uses a flexible tube and camera to examine the colon and rectum. Bowel preparation is required – typically patients are prescribed a laxative to clean out the colon. If found, polyps may be removed during the procedure. If no anomalies are discovered, this screening is repeated every 10 years.

Family Meal Time

Having a meal as a family may seem impossible in the hustle and bustle of today’s world. However, there may be good reason for why you want to make time each day to sit down and eat together.

Research has shown that family meal time can improve overall health for both children and adults. That’s because this time together promotes positive social skills, self-esteem and family relationships. In addition, children with families that eat together have also been shown to have higher grades.

AdobeStock 63916383 1Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. Roughly 38% of people die from the disease each year.

The best way to prevent becoming a part of this statistic is to take good care of your heart. Here is a list of the 3 unhealthiest and 3 healthiest behaviors for your heart.