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KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (BP, Glucose, Cholesterol)

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS  According to the World Health Organization, 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable by modifying risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking. “Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke and the most significant controllable risk…

Women and Heart Disease

HEART DISEASE AND WOMEN It’s just a little indigestion; it can’t be a heart attack!   The most common cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women is heart disease. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all cancers combined. Despite these statistics, many women…

Building Healthy Habits

BUILDING HEALTHY HABITS Habits and routines have the power to shape and redefine our lives   HABITS FORM ROUTINES A routine is essentially the pattern and manner in which you consistently perform tasks. Picture it as linking together various habits. However, those regular habits can either benefit or harm your well-being. Creating positive habits can…

Healthy Holiday Guide

It’s the holidays! While often associated with joy and celebration, the season can present unique challenges to mental health. Heightened expectations, pressure to create perfect moments, feelings of loneliness or grief, and financial strain are just some of the common stressors during this time.   If you are stressed or feel detached from the festive…

Medications to Aid in Smoking Cessation

GETTING HELP TO QUIT SMOKING   There are seven FDA approved medications designed to aid in smoking cessation. These medicines use distinct mechanisms of action, and all of them have been proven to be both safe and effective for adult smokers. The range of smoking cessation medications includes nicotine replacement therapies, such as the nicotine…

Basic Facts About Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer begins in the lungs but may spread to the lymph nodes and other organs. Lung cancer is usually divided into two primary types: small cell and non-small cell cancer. The more common cancer type is non-small cell and includes adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for…

YMCA Board Membership

The Alleghany Highlands YMCA is seeking committed and enthusiastic candidates for its Board of Directors! The Alleghany Highlands YMCA Board is an informed and inclusive group of professionals and stakeholders who advocate for the great work of the YMCA in our community. Members of the board are responsible for building awareness and supporting our mission…

Hypertension

High blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension is when the force of the blood on your artery walls is consistently too high. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because there may be no symptoms until a complication such as a stroke occurs. The increased pressure of the blood creates more work for the…

WHAT IS AN ADDED SUGAR?

Total sugars include sugars found naturally in foods plus added sugars which are sugars added during processing of the food. There is no Daily Value (DV) for total sugars because there is no recommended limit on the total amount of sugar a person should eat in a day. However, the DV for added sugars is…

Healthy Habits for Kids

According to the USDA approximately 41% of U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese. This puts our youth at immediate risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and glucose intolerance. Chronic obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and Type II Diabetes among other conditions. Causes of childhood obesity are complex and multiple. Genetics…