(BPT) - September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and there has never been a more pressing time to discuss the number one issue facing veterans today: suicide. According to the National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, approximately 17 veterans take their own lives every day — totaling 6,000 each year. In fact, the rate of suicide for veterans is nearly double than that of civilian adults. And unfortunately, it’s not just veterans who are facing this crisis. Active-duty service members struggle, too. Suicide rates among active-duty soldiers in the Army have reached their highest point since 1938. What’s also apparent is that the stigma around asking for help is the greatest barrier. Far too many service members are suffering in silence. As a nation, it’s vital that we make it OK for veterans to ask for help when they need it. Despite this harrowing challenge, there is hope. That's why The American Legion is leading the charge to end veteran suicide and destroy the … [Read more...] about How you can Be the One to save the life of one veteran
(BPT) - When did you last have your vision checked? As we age, we become more likely to develop cataracts or other vision issues. While many doctor appointments are top of mind, eye health may be overlooked — but because cataracts affect over 24.4 million Americans aged 40 and older , it’s vital to know the signs and symptoms of cataracts to maintain healthy vision. Vision problems as people age not only impact their ability to remain independent and continue doing the things they love, but also can create safety issues. Research indicates that vision is a factor in the increased risk of falls in older people. Because cataracts develop and continue to progress over time, people do not always notice the symptoms until their vision has been significantly impacted. The good news? "Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed by an ophthalmic surgeon — I do over 1,000 cataract surgeries a year,” says Dr. Neda Shamie, renowned cataract, LASIK and corneal surgeon, and … [Read more...] about Top Tips to Know About Cataracts During Healthy Aging Month
(BPT) - You’ve probably experienced this: At the end of a stressful day, you step outside, take a deep breath, maybe sit in your yard and feel the sun and breeze on your face. Before you know it, you're more relaxed and centered. In fact, scientific research shows that sitting on a patio immersed in nature for just 10-15 minutes can drop stress levels 60%. This is the idea behind biophilic design — incorporating natural elements into design (inside or out) to help satisfy our innate need to connect with nature. "It's easier to fully relax surrounded by nature," said Joe Raboine, director of Residential Hardscapes, Belgard. "More homeowners today are taking full use of their outdoor spaces, making those areas a true extension of their home and a place to just enjoy being outside." Basic elements of biophilic design "Biophilic" means "love of living things," so biophilic design helps human environments feel more like part of the natural world. Here are some examples of … [Read more...] about How biophilic design in your outdoor living space can help improve wellness
(BPT) - There are many things to enjoy about fall. From cooler temperatures to the colors of the leaves, and all the fun activities that come with the changing of the season, it is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. But along with the changing seasons and a slight chill in the air, come the looming days ahead of increased respiratory infections. This fall, don’t let pneumococcal pneumonia get in the way of taking in all the things this season has to offer. Here are some fun, health-oriented activities to try this fall: Take long walks outside: One of the best ways to stay active as the weather changes is taking a long walk to enjoy the fresh, crisp air. Pick your own apples: Enjoy a healthy snack full of fiber and antioxidants by picking apples at a local apple orchard. Hit the farmer’s market: Take advantage of fresh, organic fruits and veggies at your local farmer's market, while supporting local businesses and farms. Find out if you’re at … [Read more...] about The leaves are falling, but your proactive health measures don’t have to—help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia.
(BPT) - Do you work from home? Did you know home fires can become deadly in just minutes? Your work building probably has a fire sprinkler system to help people escape safely and contain fires, but many residential homes do not have this important, life-saving feature. This is even more concerning when you consider the numerous ways the American home is evolving. Not only are more people working remotely and therefore spending more time at home, but multigenerational households are increasing, meaning younger and older people who are more at risk during a fire are all living together. What's more, today's homes feature open-concept designs and furnishings made from synthetic materials, which can be highly flammable. A fire can become deadly in less than two minutes, according to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), and synthetic materials burn quickly and produce deadly, poisonous smoke. If you have smoke alarms and are working from home along with your family, only having … [Read more...] about Working from home? This lifesaving upgrade protects you from fires
(BPT) - Being empowered often comes from being informed. And when it comes to diseases like blood cancer, having or not having information can make a significant difference in outcomes. This Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Lorna Warwick, CEO of the Lymphoma Coalition, is on a mission: to prove how early and informed decision-making can help make all the difference. “When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, it's scary. Everything we know about cancer says that you should be afraid,” explains Warwick. “Coming in as a new patient, you're trying to deal with that fear and cope with that fear, trying to understand all this new terminology, what's happening to you. It's a brand-new world.” Getting educated is one of the best ways to cope with this new reality. Part of that is understanding not only who to talk to, but what to say. Statistically, more people are living with cancer today than ever before, thanks to new treatment options. But these new treatment options often only make it … [Read more...] about Taking Charge of Your Care This Blood Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Did you know that cars actually ride on three tires? No, this isn't an article about tricycles. It's about a major misconception that takes place where the rubber meets the road. Most drivers have no idea that there are three kinds of tires — and what they don’t know might be hurting them. It's vital that drivers understand all three tire varieties, so they can choose the right fit for their weather and lifestyles. With that in mind, here's a helpful overview of all three: all-season, winter and a hybrid of the two — all-weather tires. The tires everyone knows Look beneath your vehicle. Chances are you're driving a set of all-season tires. They're the most common tire produced and driven in North America, and they’re likely what comes on your new car from the dealership. Their name — "all-season" — might lead drivers to believe they're built for all weather conditions. Surprisingly, they aren't! All-season tires are typically produced with durability in mind. That … [Read more...] about Did you know cars actually drive on three tires?
(BPT) - To help parents protect their homes from illness-causing germs and prepare for an unstoppable school year, Clorox conducted a recent swab study with parents of school-aged kids to determine just how many germs are hitching a ride home with kids. And you may find the results surprising. Clorox knows that parents can’t afford to be slowed down by illnesses like the common cold and flu, and is dedicated to educating parents on the importance of a holistic germ prevention strategy in helping keep their families healthy in the year ahead. This sponsored article is presented by Brandpoint. … [Read more...] about New Research Reveals The Germy Truth About Back-to-School [Infographic]
(BPT) - As the leaves begin to change color and the temperatures get a little cooler, it can be challenging to stay on track with your nutritional goals. Cooler months often come with less outdoor activity as you begin to hunker down indoors. But the change in seasons doesn’t have to mean giving up on your wellness — or sacrificing a sweet treat you enjoy. “There are many ways to follow a balanced lifestyle that allow you to live your best healthy life,” said Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Nutrition and Education at Simply Good Foods Company. “All it takes is a little planning, and snack options without a ton of sugar — that still taste delicious and fit into your lifestyle.” Heimowitz offers a few easy and tasty ways to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle this fall. 1. Smart candy bowl swaps As Halloween approaches, you may be looking for a little sweet indulgence while fighting the urge to eat the entire candy bowl. As an alternative, try swapping out … [Read more...] about 3 smart fall sweets swaps and tips