Entries by Jay Wojcik

What personality traits put you at risk for smartphone addiction?

Tara Bahrampour wrote for The Washington Post that when the Trump-affiliated firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users, it used the “Big 5” or “Five Factor Model” personality test to target them with ads designed to influence their votes in the 2016 election. The test scores people on five traits […]

Drinking Water Week

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention shared that Drinking Water Week (May 6-12, 2018) is observed each year in May to recognize the critical role drinking water plays in our daily lives. This year’s theme, “Protect the Source,” encourages people to learn more about the source of their drinking water and why its protection is […]

Understanding Prediabetes and How to Prevent it

Julie Sanfilippo, RD, LDN, Lifestyle Coach for the Diabetes Learning Center EDWA wrote for Edwards Elmhurst Health’s blog that  chances are you or someone you love is living with prediabetes. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates one in three Americans have the condition. But close to 90 percent of those with prediabetes don’t know they […]

Bathroom hand dryers may leave your hands dirtier than before

Eli Rosenberg wrote for The Washington Post that hand dryers may leave your hands significantly more dirty than before, according to a new study. The study, the results of which were published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, found that plates exposed to 30 seconds of a bathroom hand dryer gained at least 18-60 […]

The health benefits of volunteering

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital shared that when you think about activities that help with stress, depression and even physical health, a variety of ideas may come to mind: yoga, meditation or even a trip to the gym. But recent studies show another activity is also associated with positive health benefits: volunteering. Studies have long shown […]

Strokes May Lead to Epilepsy

The Center for Disease Control shared that a stroke happens when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.1 About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.1 It is a major cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.1 Signs that someone […]

Moms Can Help Girls Get Moving

 Nicole Greene, Acting Director, Office on Women’s Health shared on www.womenshealth.gov that being a parent is an awesome responsibility. We’re our kids’ first — and most important — role models, and we’re their biggest cheerleaders. But when it comes to getting exercise and being physically active, are we cheering our kids on enough? Unfortunately, data suggests […]

Brain Health Is Connected to Heart Health

The Center for Disease control shared asks, “Did you know that the health of your brain and your heart are connected?” By keeping your heart healthy, you also lower your risk for brain problems such as stroke and dementia. Learn more about the connection between the heart and brain and steps to take to keep […]

The Importance of Sleep

Dr. Michael Twery shared in a post for the Office on Women’s Health  why sleep is important, how much you need, and what might be keeping you from a good night’s sleep.   He wrote that it can be tough to make time for sleep, especially when you’re trying to juggle family, friends, work, and your […]