Your Healthy Life

a stylized heart and a stethoscope September is Cholesterol Awareness Month . . .

Go on-line to American Heart to use free online tools to help YOU control your cholesterol.  Click your way to the latest cholesterol-related news, plus tips on eating out, heart healthy diet plans, and other resources regarding heart attack and stroke at this American Heart Association web site.

a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month . . .

Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,600 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year . . . the best protection is early detection.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. provides valuable information and direction.   You can link to information regarding signs and symptoms, myths, books that are available on breast cancer, saving lives by increasing awareness, plus other life-saving tips and news updates.

Area breast cancer awareness events:

Cabell Huntington Free Clinical Breast Exams

St. Mary’s Hospital Awareness Events

Path to the Cure 5K Team


a hand with a drop of blood on the index finger along with the text 'Stop Diabetes' November is American Diabetes Month . . . 

The American Diabetes Association offers extensive resources at their website, from an “All About Diabetes Overview” to Diabetes Camps for Kids to the link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  This site is a must-see for people with diabetes or with friends or relatives battling the disease.

Please access the links below for information on national Awareness activities as well as important West Virginia Statistics.

a woman wearing glasses in front of an vision testing chart January is National Eye Care Month . . .

Below are some helpful hints for taking care of your eyes as listed on the Healthy Living website.

  • Have a complete eye exam every 1 to 2 years. Most eye diseases can be treated  if detected early.
  • Have a test for glaucoma every 1 to 2 years.
  • Take extra care if you have diabetes or a family history of eye disease. Have an eye exam every year.
  • See an eye doctor immediately if you have any loss or dimness of eyesight, eye pain, double vision, extreme redness or swelling of your eye or eyelid.

Look to the Future: Get an Eye Exam to Save Your Vision from Glaucoma

a heart with a stethoscope February is National Heart Month . . .

The American Heart Association’s web site lists the warning signs for heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest, provides tips for healthy hearts, in addition to making “free” offers online.  Take the “Learn and Live Quiz” to receive “potentially live-saving resources such as free health programs and questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment.”

  • Marshall Health & Marshall Cardiology “Million Hearts” Newsletter
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center presents local event to benefit American Heart Association  . . .
Tri-State Goes Red for Women Celebration

Image of Colon Cancer Ribbon March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month . . .

At you will be able to access valuable information about this preventable disease provided by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.  Also, the American Cancer Society’s official web site at will provide you interactive help, News Center, and other valuable tools, such as “Rumors, Myths & Truths” (includes “Top 10 Cancer Myths in the US”), to help you get involved in the fight against cancer.

Image of definition of stress April is Stress Awareness Month . . .

Take time to unwind . . . no matter how busy you are.  Find what works for you, whether it’s listening to music, reading an inspirational message, getting a massage, or taking a 15-minute walk all by yourself.  Learn to look at the glass as half-full as opposed to half-empty because a positive outlook can help you strengthen your immune system as well as reduce stress.  Once you start to relax, you’ll find that your energy level increases and you’ll feel calmer.   Interestingly enough, April is also National Humor Month.  Check out Humor RX for Relieving Stress in the 21st Century (by Larry Wilde).  Learn why Founder Larry Wilde chose April as the month to celebrate humor at  You’ll relieve some stress just by reading it!

May is Stroke Awareness Month . . .

The National Stroke Association’s Home Page offers FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), common symptoms and treatments, questions you should “Ask YOUR Doctor” regarding prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

. . . And May is also Osteoporosis Prevention Month

Discuss with your doctor if it is time for a bone density test.  Strong bones are necessary for us to remain active as long as possible.  Get enough calcium and vitamin D from food (such as low-fat dairy) and/or supplements (ask your doc how much).  Do regular strength-training and weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and dancing.  If you smoke – STOP – because smoking reduces bone mass.  Check out the website of National Osteoporosis Foundation for more details about this debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated.  The site educates you on what it is, the risk factors, and other relevant information, including FAQs.

mens health June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. . .

Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.