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The beginning of every new month offers a blank canvas when it comes to health and wellness. As we flip the calendar to June, we are encouraged to explore health topics like cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, migraines and scleroderma. Now is a great time to help raise awareness for those organizations that are working hard to find cures and offer treatments for many diseases and conditions.
We’ve outlined a few below, but a quick internet search will yield many more results. Take control of your health by finding a few that speak to your personal situation today.
According to the National Recreation and Park Association, Family Health & Fitness Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in June each year. Local parks and recreation centers are encouraged to invite families to participate in fun physical challenges, health fairs or fun runs. Take this one step further in your own backyard or neighborhood and plan to gather friends and family for a bike ride, walk, hike or swim. Then commit to making this part of your regular routine for a way to stay connected while enjoying better health.
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Thousands will go purple this month in honor of those who have been or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association created the movement in an effort to bring awareness to the disease that affects 50 million people. The organization shares that Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease that robs victims of memory, causes difficulties in completing routine tasks, creates confusion and can lead to mood and personality changes. Early detection is key, so be sure to schedule an appointment today if you suspect a loved one is suffering from dementia.
Men’s Health Month
Celebrated each June, Men’s Health Month aims to “heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys,” according to Men’s Health Network. As health care providers, we always encourage an annual physical and subsequent screenings. There is no better way to prevent disease from taking lives than by catching signs and symptoms early. Things that may go undetected by everyday people could be a red flag for a trained professional. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physical today if you haven’t already done so and, if you have young men in your life, be open and honest about the diseases, conditions and risk factors that men face. Teaching young men to visit a trusted doctor on a regular basis can form healthy habits for years to come.
National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
Migraines aren’t your everyday, run-of-the mill headache. They are debilitating, one-sided pain that bring with them nausea, light sensitivity, visual disturbances and a slew of other symptoms that can put a stop to everyday tasks for quite a while. The National Headache Foundation describes more than 20 different types of headaches, from those caused by sinus congestion and caffeine withdraw, to those brought on by tension and problems with jaw alignment. If you are suffering from regular headaches, the best thing to do is make an appointment with your primary care physician to receive a proper diagnosis. You may be instructed to see a specialist who can offer additional options regarding treatment and alleviation of pain for your specific type of head pain. Knowledge is power (and relief!)