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Health tips for summertime and anytime travel

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about summertime travel.

Summertime is travel time for most Americans. Whether you travel abroad, across the country, or plan a staycation to enjoy more local sites, staying healthy is a top priority.

One of the benefits of taking a vacation is breaking free from the daily grind of everyday life. Exploring new locales lets us discover new sights, sounds, tastes and smells. These stimulate the senses and open the mind to new experiences. Meeting new people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, hearing new languages and dialects, experiencing new customs and lifestyles all provide experiences that are invaluable for personal growth.

To make the most of all the benefits of travel, it is important to stay healthy and alert. The simple things can make all the difference between a dream vacation and a travel nightmare.

Start each day with a healthful breakfast. This supports the physical and mental vitality needed to enjoy every moment. Carry healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruits to avoid hunger and keep your energy up.

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Celebrate National Peach Month with Berry-Peach Cobbler recipe

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(image by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about peaches.

Back on June 15, 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared August National Peach Month.

The United States was the greatest producer of the world’s supply of peaches at the time of the proclamation, producing 250 million pounds each year–benefiting the economy by generating revenue of approximately $325 million annually, according to U.S. Presidential Proclamation 4947.

What is not commonly known is that the peach originated in China in approximately 1,000 B.C. The peach tree was considered by the Chinese to be the Tree of Life and a symbol of immortality.

Peach trees were brought to the United States in a variety of ways: by Columbus during his voyage, by the French who brought them to Louisiana from South America and by the English settlers who came to America and brought them to Jamestown.

California produces 50 percent of the total American supply of peaches.

Peaches are a popular summer fruit and become available in the markets from approximately June through the end of August.

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Tips on having fun in the sun and avoiding skin cancer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about skin cancer.

August is Sun Safety Month. With longer days and warmer temperatures, most Americans delight in the abundance of outdoor activities they have access to. However, with all that sun, comes some serious risks.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with more people having skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

But fear not, it is entirely possible to enjoy the great outdoors while also practicing sun safety. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 9,500 Americans are diagnosed each day with skin cancer meaning that practicing sun safety is a necessity.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 9,500 Americans are diagnosed each day with skin cancer meaning that practicing sun safety is a necessity and easy when following some common sense guidelines.

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What you need to know about Senator John McCain’s glioblastoma

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about glioblastoma.

Senator McCain is an American hero and political icon and when news of his brain tumor was recently announced, it sent shock waves throughout our Country.

Captured by the Vietnamese and brutally tortured in their prisoner of war
camp, the Hanoi Hilton, McCain refused his privilege as an Admiral’s son, which would have allowed him to leave, instead choosing to remain for five years with the soldiers he commanded.

He returned to the U.S. as a celebrated war hero, exemplifying courage and
service above self.

Elected to Congress in 1982, he later won a seat in the U.S. Senate, where
he has faithfully served until this day.

McCain’s brain tumor, a glioblastoma, was discovered while having surgery
for a blood clot over his left eye. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, a glioblastoma is a highly malignant brain tumor which forms from astrocytes, star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain and that tend to reproduce quickly.

As a brain tumor, glioblastomas account for approximately 15.4% of all
brain tumors, and they are most prevalent in men and those of the age 45
to 65.

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Blueberries: Good for the palate and your health with this cobbler recipe

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about blueberries.

Pleasing to the palate and low in calories, blueberries are considered a superfood.
Delicious and beautiful blue-purple hued blueberries are one of America’s favorite fruits.

Along with only 84 calories per cup, a serving of blueberries contains 4 grams of fiber, 24 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C, 36 percent of the RDA for Vitamin K, and 25 percent of the RDA for manganese.

They may also provide significant protection from the damage caused by free radicals and are considered to have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all commonly known fruits and vegetables.

Blueberries are thought to protect the body against cancer, aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, urinary tract infections and more.

In fact, there are some who believe that blueberries just might be the key to the fountain of youth!

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Protect your pet from heat and sun during dog days of summer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about summer pet care.

Part of what makes summer enjoyable and fun is sharing it in a variety of ways with our beloved companions, whether traveling, going to the beach, swimming and playing games in the family pool or playing outdoor games of throw and catch.

What is not widely known is that dogs are prone to sun-related skin cancer. Believe it or not, the family dog needs protection from sun and heat all summer long!

According to Dr. Horvath-Ungerboeck, a veterinary dermatologist from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, animals like dogs that enjoy lying on their backs and exposing their bellies to the sun are particularly susceptible to sunburn.

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The enduring spirit of our veterans on the Fourth of July

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Celebrating Fourth of July is a yearly spirited American tradition. Also known as Independence Day, July 4, 1776, is the day the Declaration of Independence was signed after all 13 colonies came together in one strong voice saying America will be united and free.

The birth of America must have been a joyous time, following years of turmoil with Britan, for those living through this historic experience.

Today, 241 years later, celebrations to commemorate the fourth range far and wide as fireworks blaze in the sky, parades are marched up and down our community streets and parties and gatherings abounded.

It would be all too easy to forget that the freedom Americans enjoy has not been free.

American freedom has been won through the hardships of many historic wars
and battles, costing many lives or loss of limb.

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Men’s Health Month message needs to last all year long

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about Men’s Health Month.

As the national celebration of Men’s Health Month comes to a close this June, it is critical that the subject of men’s health continues as part of the national health care discussion.

According to Dr. Gremillion, published in menshealthnetwork.org ,

“There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”

It is estimated that men die approximately 5 years earlier than women.

Here are morbidity rates by top disease processes which compare men and women, published by Men’s Health Network:

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The Solstice heralds the official start of Summer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about Summer Solstice.

Summer is coming to America! When the Sun is at its most northern point from the equator, summer solstice begins. It is also the longest day of each year, and the brightest having the most
hours of sunlight!

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer solstice in the Northern
Hemisphere occurs Jun 21, 12:24 A.M., Eastern Standard Time; Tuesday, June
20, 11:24 P.M., Central Standard Time; Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 P.M.,
Mountain Standard Time; and, Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 P.M. Pacific Standard
Time.

As the Sun is at its highest point in the sky, its rays hit the Earth more
directly, therefore causing a warming trend.

Most of us love summer as a time to soak up the Sun by swimming, camping,
visiting parks and participating in other forms of outdoor recreation.

It is also a time when most families travel, and many take to the
highways, byways and scenic routes while enjoying the sense of freedom
and camaraderie of the great American road trip.

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American Lung Association breathing life into awareness of lung disease

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(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about The American Lung Association

Established in 1904, the American Lung Association is one of oldest and among the most venerable non-profit institutions in America.

They began their efforts in 1904 by successfully battling tuberculosis. Later, they discovered the gene which causes cystic fibrosis.

The American Lung Association is responsible for leading the charge to drive down smoking rates and for advocacy efforts which resulted in smoke-free laws.

According to the National Institutes of Health, “People with lung disease have difficulty breathing … millions of people in the U.S. have lung disease.”

As the American Lung Association continues its important work of ensuring clean air to breathe and healthy lungs with which to enjoy it, they also embrace advocacy and research for lung cancer.

Lung cancer represents approximately 14 percent of all cancer diagnoses in the U.S. Every 2.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer. Over 220,000 people receive a lung cancer diagnosis each year, making it the leading cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths in America.

Over 156,000 annual deaths are attributed to lung cancer, about 85,000 of them men, 72,000 women.

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