Spotlight on Health – September
This month Arkansans are hoping to receive some relief from the summer heat as we start thinking about fall traditions, sports and school festivities. With the thoughts of fall and winter, we hope you receive a renewed desire to eat healthy, exercise and to receive your immunizations.
The hot summer months may have kept you inside, but it’s time to break out of your air-conditioned oasis and try some activities outside. Consider implementing an outdoor game or activity with your children at least three times a week. Try playing kickball, jumping rope or flag football. Whatever the activity, remember to have fun as a family this month.
September is dedicated to ovarian cancer awareness. Ovarian cancer grows from cells within the ovaries. However, not all tumors found in the ovaries are cancerous. Certain factors can make one woman more likely to get ovarian cancer than another woman.
Some risk factors are out of a woman’s control and some risk factors are lifestyle choices, which can be controlled. Here are some of the possible risks for ovarian cancer:
- Having two or more close relatives (mother or sister) who have had ovarian or breast cancer
- Having had previous breast or colon cancer
- Being older than age 55
- Never having been pregnant
- Being obese
- Having used talcum powder on the genital area in the past
- Using estrogen replacement therapy for more than 10 years
Contact our Gynecology Cancer Clinic for more information.
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Check out August’s Wellness and Fitness newsletter: 4 Tips for Summer Transitions.
Since September is Cholesterol Education Month, UAMS has many different low cholesterol recipes for you to choose from. We offer main dish recipes as well as snacks and desserts. Find anything from a blueberry banana smoothie to pasta salad and herb roasted potatoes. See our entire selection of low cholesterol recipes.
Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare many full meals that meet most dietary needs.
Can cell phones damage your hearing?
Most of us would admit that we can’t go a whole day without our mobile phones. Our phones are like our little lifelines to the world — they allow us to connect instantly with our co-workers, friends and family members. Surely something as seemingly harmless as our phones couldn’t hurt us, right?
Find out if cell phones can cause permanent hearing damage here.
215-Pound Weight Loss Changes OBU Athletic Director’s Life
Standing behind a chain-link fence with a casual acquaintance watching the Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) Tigers practice football late last summer, OBU Athletic Director David Sharp’s life took a drastic turn. With his weight at the heaviest it had been, nearing a hefty 440 pounds, the acquaintance turned to leave and muttered, “You really oughta’ think about doing something about that,” making a motion that clearly referenced Sharp’s weight.
Here’s to Your Health
About 16 percent of adult Americans, and 40 percent of Arkansans, have elevated cholesterol levels. Elevated cholesterol levels have been tied to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Generally, you can manage cholesterol levels through diet and exercise. However, elevated cholesterol levels may require medication to lower your cholesterol to a healthy level. Learn more.