How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween

Are your little monsters hyper enough? Halloween is a time for free candy and frightful fun but all of the unhealthy treats can spook any parent. Below are a few ways to keep your kids on track. Continue reading “How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween” »

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

This year marks 54 years of newborn screening in the United States. Throughout September, the newborn screening community rallies together around the principle that all babies deserve a healthy start.  Continue reading “September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month” »

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds the breastfeeding campaign in hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding. Research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses; they may also be less likely to develop childhood obesity. Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Awareness Month” »

Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep

July is International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carries GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed become infected but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. It can cause miscarriage, stillborn, premature birth, extreme illness, lifelong handicaps, or death. Even babies born to mothers testing negative can become infected by Group B Strep. Continue reading “Know the Symptoms of Group B Strep” »

Tobacco: A Threat to Development

Every year, on the last day of May, a worldwide initiative goes into action to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, as well as advocate for policies that will reduce tobacco consumption. Continue reading “Tobacco: A Threat to Development” »

Lupus Awareness: Don’t Ignore the Signs

Plenty of people have heard of lupus due to the popularity of the phrase “It’s not lupus” on the TV show House. Do you know why only one character on the show was ever diagnosed with the disease? It typically takes an average of six years to diagnose properly, as it can disguise itself as many other diseases. May is Lupus Awareness Month and the 10th is World Lupus Day, providing an excellent opportunity to bring up some important information. Continue reading “Lupus Awareness: Don’t Ignore the Signs” »

National Nutrition Month: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Every March, the campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing and maintaining healthy eating and physical activity habits. Continue reading “National Nutrition Month: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”” »

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Holiday food is lusted after all year, no one can wait for that first piece of pumpkin pie or thick slab of glazed ham, but with mouth-watering deliciousness come anxiety about health and weight. Many Americans don’t know that they gain about a pound during the holidays and for those already overweight the average gain is about five pounds, and most people will not lose it. Continue reading “Stay Healthy This Holiday Season” »

Thanksgiving is Family Health History Awareness Day

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When we are asked about family health history we think about major diseases like cancer or heart problems about as far back as our grandparents. The Surgeon General declared every Thanksgiving since 2004 to be National Family Health History Day to encourage families to write down health problems that run in families. Continue reading “Thanksgiving is Family Health History Awareness Day” »

Don’t Forget Your Health This Holiday Season

With seemingly endless to-do-lists piling up this month — buy and wrap the gifts, trim and tidy the house for guests, plan, purchase, and prep for the many holiday meals, swing by the Plaza, Christmas in the Park, or the Magic Tree to see the lights — there’s bound to be a few things that Kansas City residents let fall to the wayside.

For too many people, that thing tends to be their health.

We understand that the stress of the season can lead you to certain unhealthy habits, from overeating to struggling with sleeping. But when you let your health fall low on your list of priorities, it actually only makes the stress much worse.

ARCpoint Labs of Overland Park is sharing some easy ways for you to keep your health on track this holiday season!

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