Public Health Careers

Jacob Delgado,  the Outreach Coordinator for PublicHealth.org shared that every day, public health professionals work at government bodies, research institutions, and nonprofit organizations in order to improve the quality of our lives. Their significance in promoting the health and vitality of our communities cannot be understated. And the rapid growth of the public health field means it’s more important than ever to encourage individuals in your community to consider this career path.

With this in mind, his team put together a series of guides that dive into the wide array of public health career paths. From biostatisticians to public policy makers, we provide relevant information on specializations and salary data to help aspiring public health professionals find their best fit. In addition, we researched a guide to Master’s programs for those seeking career advancement:

In a world of skyrocketing tuition costs, they also thought our financial aid guide for public health students would be helpful: https://www.publichealth.org/resources/financial-aid/

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How Better Sleep Can Help Maintain a Healthy Weight

Katie Phillips, the Managing Editor for MattressReviews.net asked her team to create an article for Healthy Lombard on the topic of sleep.  They wrote that that in the journey towards better health, it’s easy to see how diet and exercise keep kids moving in the right direction. But there’s a third factor—sleep—that acts as foundational support for all health goals. Sleep regulates appetite and food cravings while providing the body with the energy it needs to stay active. A focus on adequate sleep prepares kids to make good food choices and lead a healthier lifestyle

Sleep, Appetite, and Food Cravings

Willpower may be involved in controlling appetite and food cravings, but it has nothing over natural biological processes. The sleep-deprived body increases the amount of hunger hormone released. Consequently, when you’re tired, you feel hungrier even if you’re not burning more calories. And, while you’re busy eating more, the body releases less satiety hormone, which means it takes longer for your brain to get the “full” signal.

 

Not only are you prone to eat more when you’re tired, but the kinds of foods you choose change too. A 2016 study found that cutting sleep from 8.5 to 4.5 hours caused participants to choose snacks foods with 50 percent more calories and twice the fat. It was found that the brain’s “reward” center goes into overdrive when it encounters high-fat, sugary foods. Essentially, those cookies and candies that kids already want to become almost irresistible.

 

If adults who have more self-control than kids can’t make good food choices when they’re tired, how can kids?   Read more

What nobody tells you about breastfeeding

Anita Krajecki, RNC-LRNSpecialty: RN & Lactation Consultant wrote for the Edwards Elmhurst Healthy Drive Blog that if you’re planning to breastfeed, you may want to keep reading. Sure, you may have signed up for a breastfeeding class or two and asked some friends about it. Still, many new moms are blissfully unaware of what breastfeeding really entails.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend six months of exclusive breastfeeding as a target benchmark. Yet, research has shown that few mothers achieve this goal in the U.S. In fact, a survey published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that two-thirds of mothers nursing newborns are unable to stick with breastfeeding for as long as they intended.

Why do many moms stop breastfeeding within the first few weeks after their baby is born? Some common reasons include sore nipples, perceived insufficient milk production, concerns about baby’s nutrition and weight, and difficulties with breastfeeding.

It’s important to get off to a good start so you can maintain your breastfeeding goals.

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Bicycle Safety

Go For Life shared that riding a bicycle is not only a fun family activity, it’s also a great way to exercise. Some people even use their bicycle to commute to work, go to the grocery store, or visit friends and family. When you’re out and about on your bike, it’s important to know how to be safe.

Getting Ready to Go

  • For better control, choose a bicycle that’s the right size for you.
  • Make sure the brakes are working properly and the tires are inflated to the correct pressure.
  • To make sure motorists can see you, get a flashing red light for the rear of your bike and white light and/or reflectors for the front.
  • Wear bright, neon-colored clothing with reflective stripes and patches so that motorists can see you at night and in low-visibility conditions.

Riding Safely

  • Always wear a helmet that fits correctly.
  • Avoid riding your bicycle at night.
  • Obey all traffic laws, including stoplights, signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Ride your bicycle in the same direction as traffic, never against it.
  • Stop at all intersections before crossing the street.
  • Signal when you make turns.
  • Be careful near parked vehicles; someone might suddenly open their door.
  • Watch for vehicles going in and out of driveways.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Alert pedestrians when you’re close to them. Say “passing on your left” or use a bell or horn.

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Can’t sleep? Try this.

Priya Jimmy, M.D. with a specialty in Internal Medicine shared in the Edwards Elmhurst Healthy Driven blog that daylight savings time, or setting the clocks back an hour in the fall or forward an hour in the spring, has its pros and cons.

In the fall, the promise of an extra hour of sleep can be glorious. The earlier sunset — sometimes before you even get home from work — can be depressing.

Sometimes fall and winter bring more than increased hours of darkness. People with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which peaks in the fall and winter months, experience symptoms of depression, anxiety and other struggles connected with a possible imbalance of melatonin and serotonin — two chemicals that regulate a person’s sleep cycle, energy level and mood.

As for the fall time change — who’s looked forward to the extra hour of sleep only to wake up automatically at your usual time and not spend the extra hour resting? Read more

Allergies or a Cold? – An Early Allergy Season May Make It Hard to Tell

MedExpress Urgent Care Advises on The Differences and Symptoms

The sun is shining. And you’re miserable. Runny nose, aches, sneezing. This cold keeps hanging on but you aren’t sure why. But is it a cold? According to MedExpress Urgent Care, a neighborhood medical care provider with more than 250 centers in 20 states, an early allergy season paired with a late cold and flu season can cause symptoms such as runny noses, sinus pressure, and headaches to overlap − making it difficult to tell the difference between late winter colds and early spring allergies.

“It’s easy to understand how cold and allergies symptoms can be confused, particularly during ‘in-between months’ such as March and April,” said Dr. Dheeraj Taranath, Regional Medical Director, MedExpress. “If you notice that you typically develop a ‘cold’ during this time of year, your cold may, in fact, be allergies, which can begin as early as February.”

 

5 Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergy sufferers may have a few more weeks of reprieve before allergy season is well underway, but according to Dr. Taranath of MedExpress, individuals suffering from allergies can help prepare themselves for the upcoming season by:

 

  • Keeping windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from getting into the home once warm weather hits.
  • Showering and changing clothes before bed to remove allergens that might cause irritation overnight.
  • Regularly monitoring local allergy forecasts for high pollen counts.
  • Avoiding early morning outdoor activity − a peak pollen time.
  • Avoiding dry, windy days, which can send pollen flying into eyes and nostrils. A walk after a rainstorm can provide relief since rain washes away pollen.

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How To Camp With Your Dog

There are different regulations depending on where you go. While this guide is a good place to start, always make sure to double check with the specific park or camp area you are visiting to see the regulations. The last thing you want is to have to turn around with a disappointed family and pet in tow!

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Eating Well and Fighting Cancer

Dr. Alexander Hantel, a specialist in Hematology & Oncology share in Edward Elmhurst Healthy Driven Blog that good nutrition is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle and is even more important if you are fighting cancer. A healthy diet can help you feel better, fight infections and keep your body strong. A nutritious diet can also help you get through, and recover more quickly from treatments.A proper diet when you have cancer is different than following the guidelines recommended by the typical food pyramid. The National Cancer Institute says eating habits that are good for cancer patients can be very different from the usual healthy eating guidelines.

Depending on the type of treatment you’re undergoing, you may need to change your diet to help build strength and fight off side effects. This might mean eating things you don’t normally eat – like high fat, high-calorie foods. Your cancer team can help you determine a specific treatment plan for your type of cancer.

If you can, try to plan ahead before your cancer treatment begins by:

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Commitment to Connect 10 Million Children to Benefits of Gardening

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company today announced the launch of Gro More Good, a national initiative that will bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens and green spaces to 10 million children over the next five years.

From food deserts and poor nutrition to childhood obesity and nature deficit, the lack of access to gardens and greenspaces is impacting today’s children. To help find a solution to this issue, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is partnering with leading not-for-profit organizations and other partners across the United States as part of its Gro More Good initiative to combat pressing challenges facing today’s youth, improving children’s access to fresh food and increasing their time spent outdoors connected to nature.

Gro More Good is an enterprise-wide commitment for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company being largely implemented by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation. Funding for the Foundation comes through the sale of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s leading branded products, including Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, and Ortho®. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation will work simultaneously to elevate the critical need to connect more children to gardening and outdoor play.

“It’s important we provide as many opportunities as possible for children to connect with the natural world around them,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman, and CEO, ScottsMiracle-Gro. “As more and more children spend less time outside and have less understanding of where their food comes from, we have an obligation to help reconnect children to gardening and the outdoors for their positive growth and well-being.”

Supporting more youth garden and green space development comes at a critical time when challenges facing today’s youngest generation are significant, and problems with children’s physical, mental and social health are on the rise. However, ScottsMiracle-Gro’s work with communities over the past decade, as well as NGO and academic research, confirms that gardening and outdoor play provides a wide range of health benefits for children. These benefits include increased emotional well-being, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, more physical activity, improved relationships, and better academic performance. Read more

Heart-healthy benefits of red wine, dark chocolate

Edward-Elmhurst Health shared that adopting a heart-healthy diet? Take heart, you can still enjoy your favorite glass of red and some dark chocolate. Studies show that the antioxidants in red wine and dark chocolate can be beneficial for your heart.

Eating dark chocolate provides a variety of benefits for your heart, including better blood circulation, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and a lower risk for stroke. The antioxidants and resveratrol found in red wine also provide similar benefits, studies show.

But as with anything, portion control is key, says Mary Gardner RD, LDN, an outpatient dietitian at Edward Hospital.

Keeping your consumption of dark chocolate to one or two ounces is fine and be sure to stick to red wines, not white. Women can enjoy a 5-ounce glass a day while men can enjoy two drinks a day.

“You can have wine in moderation,” says Gardner. “However, in excess, the negative effects will outweigh any positive benefits.”

In fact, too much can have the opposite effect on your heart, causing problems with blood pressure and other problems, such as obesity or liver damage. Too much wine can also increase your chance for stroke according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Read more