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Awareness Matters. Each month Be Well Illinois provides educational resources about health awareness topics. Increasing awareness supports the prevention of serious health conditions and each awareness month creates the opportunity to learn more about how to keep yourself healthy.
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July’s focus is Stroke Awareness. A stroke can happen in an instant and it can be a life-altering event. A stroke can strike anyone no matter your age, ethnicity or sex.
Most of us know the sun is bad for our skin but did you know the sun wreaks havoc on the eyes, too? You may not be able to slather your eyes in sunscreen but you can help shield them.
June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Five of the most common health issues you face as a male can carry a risk of serious harm to your vision. Learn the ways your vision can be affected by each of these diseases and what you can do to help avoid them.
Migraines, even thinking about them may wipe you out. The pounding headache, the nausea, the light sensitivity. The first step in understanding your pounding, unrelenting headache is knowing which kind of migraine you have.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many people are feeling like stress or worry is their “new normal”. The long uncertainty of the pandemic has been a lot to handle. If you are feeling more anxious or depressed than usual, you are not alone.
Spring is in the air. The flowers, plants and trees are a welcome sight after a long, cold winter. However, to 35 million Americans with what are called "seasonal allergies," spring is not so beautiful.
You encounter stress every day, often without even realizing it. Whether big or small, these moments can cause your body to release hormones that put you into fight or flight mode, which affects the way you think and act.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, lifelong illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Normally, myelin protects nerve cells. Myelin is a fatty substance that acts like electrical wire insulation.
We all know you need regular exercise and a diet filledwith fruit, vegetables and whole grains. However, taking steps to strengthen your heart emotionally is just as important to good health.
We all try our best to avoid possible infections in even minor cuts and scrapes but did you know that according to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth decay is the single most common infectious disease affecting U.S. children?
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for women in the U.S. It’s now the most preventable gynecological cancer and the only one with both screening tests and a vaccine.
January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month, a critical time to raise awareness about the many benefits of being a blood or plasma donor. Donations are important because there is no alternative for blood; it cannot be manufactured.
The lack of sunlight and bitter temperatures can give winter a bad reputation when it comes to your health. You pull out all the tricks to try to stay warm and healthy, but some of your winter wellness habits may be based on long-standing myths.
Every year, one in four people over age 65 experience a serious fall. For seniors, falling is the primary cause of severe injury, such as a broken hip or head trauma.
What is type 2 diabetes? Having type 2 diabetes means your body doesn’t use insulin well and can’t keep blood sugar at normal levels. Diabetes can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease, blindness and kidney disease.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive medical condition. It is important to learn about the disease along with some simple steps that can help delay the potential onset or help facilitate an early diagnosis.
Taking care of your teeth and gums can mean more than just a healthy-looking smile. It can help reduce the chance of gum disease or decaying teeth, and the unpleasant side effects of poor dental hygiene.
Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes, and other parts of the lymphatic system.
While care coordination benefits and models can differ, the core of any approach is the same: to identify patients who require more coordinated care and facilitate delivery of the necessary healthcare services.
You can greatly reduce your risk for stroke by making lifestyle changes to help control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and, in some cases, by taking medication.
Celebrated each year during June, Men’s Health Month brings awareness to the health issues all men face. The month is dedicated to enriching men’s health and and wellness through a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns.
Your home is your castle, where you feel safe from the world’s demands and dangers. However, accidental poisonings, falls and fires cause almost half of all home accidents that can be fatal or lead to serious injury.
National Mental Health Month raises awareness about mental illness and related issues in the United States. In recent times, attitudes towards mental health issues appear to be changing.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate about these diseases.
World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7th, under the guidance of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.
Air pollution is a known environmental health hazard. We know what we are looking at when brown smog settles over a city, exhaust fumes swirl across busy highways, or a cloud that rises from a smokestack.
Cardiovascular disease, heart disease, coronary heart disease, what’s the difference? Because these terms sound so similar, people use them interchangeably. This information will help you understand how these conditions differ.
Developing your child’s health habits includes making good choices when selecting beverages. Help keep them on the right track by selecting the best beverage options for optimal oral health and overall wellness.