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On Friday We Wear Red: Raising Awareness for Heart Disease

February 6th probably doesn’t come  across your mind as a significant day. It’s Friday, so you’ll probably be getting out of class or work, and ready to dedicate a weekend of some intense reflection (we sure will be) on Katy Perry’s half-time show. In all seriousness, there is a reason why this Friday is important. Since 2003, the American Heart Association has been celebrating National Wear Red Day every first Friday of February in an effort to raise awareness about heart disease among women. To #GoRed is a reminder to people that heart disease and strokes don’t just affect men. They’re affecting just as many women every day, or as their website says, “Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.” With such a large number of women possibly crossing paths with heart disease, the campaign to “wear red” has only become more important to the public in recent years. For the 12th anniversary of National Wear Red Day, it won’t only be women wearing red. Over in New Jersey, …

Stay focused and Survive the Cold!

It’s that time of year again. Sure, you get to finally wear your cute sweaters, scarves and boots again, but the changing weather also brings something else to worry about: getting sick. But don’t worry! Here are some tips to help you beat the cold this season: 1. Prepare your immune system. Before you feel that cold coming on, support your immune system by taking all natural vitamins and supplements. Getting plenty of Vitamin C is important. Adding the supplement Emergen-C to your water is an easy and yummy way to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of Vitamin C and other important vitamins. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or antioxidant-rich green tea. Also make sure you’re combating germs by washing your hands periodically or keeping a small container of hand sanitizer in your purse or backpack. 2. Minimize stress. Stress can have a negative effect on you, mentally and physically. Stress can cause fatigue or lack of sleep, which makes it even harder for your body to protect itself from getting sick. Exercise can …

Yoga Improves Both Health and Self-Esteem

Living a healthy lifestyle is one way to boost self-esteem and confidence. Noreen Kohl, a group exercise and yoga instructor at Rowan University, shared with us her experience with yoga as it relates to both health and self-esteem. YHM: What are the benefits of yoga health wise? Self-esteem wise? Noreen: Health wise, benefits include improved circulation, less stress and stress induced ailments, and more energy. It eases joint and muscle pain as well as headaches. Yoga is low impact when done properly. Self-esteem wise, yoga is great because it is not a competition, it’s all about doing what is best for you as an individual and honoring your body’s limits while challenging yourself! By Maria Lattanzio | Photo: Patrick Hendry

Weight Brings Pressure

There is pressure to be a certain way is ever-present in our society. Generally for women, the focus is weight. Many women are exposed to pressures of what my weight “should” be. Many females struggle with this pressure every day via different media outlets. YHM asked someone in their 20s and someone in their 50s what their feelings are on the emphasis we put on weight. How do you feel about the pressure that the media puts on weight loss for women? Katherine Andrews: I feel as though the pressure the media puts on weight loss for women is too much. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for either a way to lose weight for women or a food product that notes the amount of calories it has (usually 90 calories). Constantly being bombarded with these messages seem that obsessed with weight, forces a person who doesn’t even need to be thinking about her weight to question her lifestyle. I think being conscious of your weight is important for health reasons, …