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Health organizations and providers recognize that health is more than the absence of illness or disease. Yet, there is no universal definition for health. One holistic way of thinking about health includes eight dimensions of wellness.
What influences health? People often think about the environment or lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, and sleep. What people may think about less is the effect family, friends, and social networks have on health. Relationships affect physical, mental, and social well-being. In fact, people with strong social connections live longer, healthier lives than those who have few or poor-quality relationships.
Historically, when talking about health, the focus has been on a single chronic disease, lifestyle factor such as nutrition or physical activity, and/or one's personal responsibility for health. However, many other factors influence health. Research shows that individual choices determine a person's health but so do the individual's surroundings.
Communities are powerful influencers of health. Community can describe people living in a specific place - like a neighborhood, zip code, county, or state. It can also describe a group of people who have shared attitudes, interests, or goals. Examples include connections through schools and religious institutions and social identities like gender, race, or political affiliation. These places and groups shape the ways in which people think and communicate about health.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. each year. Kentucky faces the highest cancer occurrence and death rates in the United States. Fortunately, through prevention and treatments those numbers can be reduced.
Talking to someone with cancer often creates fears of saying something inappropriate or making the person upset. As a result, many people talk in whispers or opt to say nothing at all. This publication will provide tips on ways to communicate and interact with someone living with cancer.
As a cancer patient's needs change with the course of the disease and/or treatment, a primary cancer caregiver may wear many hats. They may serve as a companion, home health aide, chauffer, chef, housekeeper, financial manager or appointment maker. This publication will help caregivers prepare for the evolving emotional and physical demands of cancer caregiving and highlight ways to take care of oneself.
Nutrition status affects cancer outcomes, tolerance to treatment, and quality of life. Cancer treatment can increase calorie, protein, vitamin, and mineral needs, but at the same time cause side effects that make obtaining adequate nutrition difficult. This article offers healthy ways to maintain body weight and muscle mass, including a recipe for a nutritional wellness shake.
A cancer diagnosis can be a source of considerable emotional stress on both you and your loved ones. You may experience feelings of depression, anxiety and fear after a cancer diagnosis. This article discusses normal reactions to a cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as signs that you might have a mental health concern.
So you've heard how blackberries are good for your health. Growing blackberry bushes as a garden project can be quite rewarding, especially if you do it as a group. Your local Cooperative Extension Office or non-profit organization may have the perfect place for planting the bushes where berries can be shared with an identified community. With a little sunshine and good drainage, the right variety, and proper blackberry plant care, a group can work towards a successful harvest.
Blackberries are fresh and in season during the mid summer months. But this does not mean you cannot eat them year round. In addition to buying frozen berries during the winter months, you can also plan ahead and freeze your berries when they're in season. Frozen berries are just as healthy and easy to use as fresh.
Pollution in the environment cannot always be avoided. However, eating for good health may help reduce the effects of pollution in the body. Choosing more nutritious foods, such as those high in phytonutrients, may reduce oxidative stress and protect the body from the negative health effects of pollution.