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Preventing Colorectal Cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews early warning signs, preventive tips, and ways you can reduce your modifiable risk factors for colorectal cancers. She also includes a healthy recipe for cauliflower and potato curry.

The Pros and Cons of Licorice

Licorice is an herb that is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. It is often found in herbal teas, cough remedies, hard candies and other food products. While licorice is a common flavoring agent, it has also been used as an herbal supplement in alternative medicine. However, the medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA.

Nutritional Properties of Leeks

Leeks are a good source of many nutrients and have antioxidant, anti-microbial, and liver-protecting properties. With a slightly sweet flavor, they make a great addition to many dishes. Learn how to easily incorporate them into your diet in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

Kidney Cancer & Lifestyle

In 2016, there were 62,700 new cases of kidney cancer, representing 3.7 percent of all new cancer cases. 1 in 63 adult Americans will develop kidney cancer during their lifetime. Its incidence has increased rapidly over recent years. The causes seem to be multifactorial, including some non-modifiable risk factors like height and genetic predisposition, modifiable risk factors such as smoking, weight, alcohol consumption, exposure to chemicals (including pesticides and anti-pressure medicines), and other factors including chronic health conditions like high blood pressure and advanced kidney disease.

Why do you need 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day?

You may have heard of the campaign “5 A Day”. This is based on the World Health Organization’s recommendation of eating a minimum of 14 ounces, or 5 servings, of fruit and vegetables per day. This increases the nutrients your body receives and reduces your risk for a wide range of health issues, including heart disease and cancer.

Improve Your Heart Health during American Heart Month

Most people who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous diagnosis of heart disease and no previous symptoms. That is why since 1963, the American Heart Association (AHA) has designated February as American Heart Month. Through this campaign, AHA encourages Americans to join the battle against heart disease. Read this article to learn how you can take action to improve your heart health.

Fresh, frozen, or canned produce?

Find out which type contains the most nutrients, and the best ways to preserve your fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s National Cancer Prevention Month – do you know your risk factors?

In 2017, 1,685,210 new cancer cases are projected to occur in the United States. Although our genes influence our risk of cancer, most of the differences between people’s cancer risk are due to factors that are not inherited. Find out what you can do to reduce your cancer risk in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

How to Maintain a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

For years, vegetarian and vegan diets have been classified as extreme diets that are followed by few people. However, a new position paper by the Association of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that plant-based diets may be actually beneficial for various stages of life. Well-planned plant-based diets can satisfy nutritional needs and offer many health benefits.

Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

Traditionally, risk for prostate cancer has been associated with age, race, body fat, and family history. However, a recent study has discovered a strong link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

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