Tobacco Free Florida Can Help You Quit Smoking

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(Information taken from At this point, most people know tobacco is really bad for them. Every now and then someone tells us about their superhero uncle who lived to be 112 years old and smoked, but unlikely things like getting struck by lightning also happen. In reality, tobacco use is the leading cause of disability, disease and preventable death in the United States. Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand smoke is to those around it.

Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Smoking causes lung cancer and lung diseases including COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.

Smoking also causes the following cancers

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
  • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the uterus



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Women: Stay Healthy At Any Age

Get the Screenings You Need

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and mammograms are examples of screenings.

You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor’s office. Others, such as mammograms, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office.

After a screening test, ask when you will see the results and who to talk to about them.

Breast Cancer

Ask your health care team whether a mammogram is right for you based on your age, family history, overall health, and personal concerns.

Cervical Cancer

Have a Pap smear every 1 to 3 years if you are 21 to 65 years old and have been sexually active. If you are older than 65 and recent Pap smears were normal, you do not need a Pap smear. If you have had a hysterectomy for a reason other than cancer, you do not need a Pap smear.

Chlamydia and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases can make it hard to get pregnant, may affect your baby, and can cause other health problems.

  • Have a screening test for Chlamydia if you are 24 or younger and sexually active. If you are older than 24, talk to your health care team about being screened for Chlamydia.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse whether you should be screened for other sexually transmitted diseases.

Colorectal Cancer

Have a screening test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened earlier. Several different tests can detect this cancer. Your health care team can help you decide which is best for you.


Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Talk to your health care team about being screened for depression, especially if during the last 2 weeks:

  • You have felt down, sad, or hopeless.
  • You have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things.


Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medication for high blood pressure.

Diabetes (high blood sugar) can cause problems with your heart, brain, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts.

High Blood Pressure

Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure can cause stroke, heart attack, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.

High Cholesterol

Starting at age 20, have your cholesterol checked regularly if:

  • You use tobacco.
  • You are obese.
  • You have diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You have a personal history of heart disease or blocked arteries.
  • A man in your family had a heart attack before age 50 or a woman, before age 60.
It’s Your Body!

You know your body better than anyone else. Always tell your doctor or nurse about any changes in your health, including your vision and hearing. Ask them about being checked for any condition you are concerned about, not just the ones here. If you are wondering about diseases such as glaucoma or skin cancer, for example, ask about them.


Talk with your health care team about HIV screening if any of these apply to you:

  • You have had unprotected sex with multiple partners.
  • You have injected drugs.
  • You exchange sex for money or drugs or have sex partners who do.
  • You have or had a sex partner who is HIV-infected, bisexual, or injects drugs.
  • You are being treated for a sexually transmitted disease.
  • You had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985.
  • You have any other concerns.

Osteoporosis (Bone Thinning)

Have a screening test at age 65 to make sure your bones are strong. If you are younger than 65, talk to your health care team about whether you should be tested.

Overweight and Obesity

The best way to learn if you are overweight or obese is to find your body mass index (BMI). You can find your BMI by entering your height and weight into a BMI calculator, such as the one available at: BMI between 18.5 and 25 indicates a normal weight. Persons with a BMI of 30 or higher may be obese. If you are obese, talk to your doctor or nurse about seeking intensive counseling and help with changing your behaviors to lose weight. Overweight and obesity can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Take Preventive Medicines If You Need Them


If you are 55 or older, ask your health care team if you should take aspirin to prevent strokes.

Breast Cancer Drugs

If your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer, talk to your doctor about whether you should take medicines to prevent breast cancer.

Estrogen for Menopause (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

Do not use estrogen to prevent heart disease or other diseases. If you need relief from symptoms of menopause, talk with your health care team.


  • Get a flu shot every year.
  • If you are 65 or older, get a pneumonia shot.
  • Depending on health problems, you may need a pneumonia shot at a younger age or need shots to prevent diseases like whooping cough or shingles.
  • Talk with your health care team about whether you need vaccinations. You can also find which ones you need by going to:


-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Tiny Seed Is Super-Food.

Have you heard about Chia? Not the Chia ‘Pet’, but the latest buzz about the Chia seed and all the amazing benefits it has to offer. Chia is called Nature’s Complete Super-food and is the highest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber and protein. The Chia seeds were first used as food as early as 3500 BC and were one of the main dietary components of the Aztecs and Mayans.

Chia Info:

  • Has high levels of calcium
  • Is rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Is high in fiber
  • Contains iron and magnesium
  • Is a powerful antioxidant

Also talking Chia, is Purewow where you can find these really interesting drinks and more.

Mamma Chia This beverage is the most widely distributed of the chia drinks we tried (it’s available at Whole Foods and specialty stores around the country) and is most notable for its gelatin-like consistency and subtle fruit flavors. (Blackberry-hibiscus is our favorite.) Though the chunkiness takes some getting used to, we like the idea of a good-for-you drink that’s filling.

ChiaVie Rather not chew your juice? Try ChiaVie, which is made from a blend of fruits and chia powder (rather than whole seeds), for a texture that’s kind of like a smoothie. Find the California-made beverage in various specialty stores and soon online.

Synergy Kombucha Finally, the meeting of super-seed and fermentation, Synergy Kombucha (which, alas, is currently available primarily in the L.A. area) has just released a drink that pairs the thick chia texture with a tangy kombucha flavor. Health-food junkies, rejoice.

1 In 10 Kids Lives With A Parent Who Has Abused Alcohol: Report

In many homes, the sole caregiver has a drinking problem, researchers say.

THURSDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) — About 7.5 million American children under the age of 18 live with a parent who’s struggled with alcohol abuse over the past year, a new government report finds.

That’s equal to 10.5 percent of children across the country, say researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which issued the report.

“The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as studies have shown that the children of parents with untreated alcohol disorders are at far greater risk for developing alcohol and other problems later in their lives,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release.

According to the report, 6.1 million of children living with an alcohol-abusing parent live in two-parent households, while the remaining 1.4 million reside in single-parent homes where that parent has struggled with alcohol over the past 12 months. About 1.1 million children living in a single-parent home live with a mother; the remainder live with a father, the SAMHSA report said.

The report is based on data from SAMHSA’s 2005-2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey involving 65,000 people nationwide aged 12 and older.

Hyde said that help is available for people with drinking problems, and her agency and other groups “are promoting programs that can help those with alcohol disorders find recovery not only for themselves, but for the sake of their children.”

More information

There’s more on this issue at the National Association for Children of Alcoholics External link.

(SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, news release, Feb. 16, 2012)

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