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Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

posted on: 3/6/2017 3:34:51 PM

 

March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

The amount of sugar in beverages:

  1. 1. 20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar
  2. 2. 16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar
  3. 3. 20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar


Some alternatives to sugary beverages:
  1. 1. Water
  2. 2. Non-fat or low-fat milk
  3. 3. 100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day)
  4. 4. Unsweetened iced tea
  5. 5. Seltzer


About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

posted on: 3/6/2017 3:29:33 PM

 

March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

The amount of sugar in beverages:



  1. 20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar


  2. 16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar


  3. 20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar


Some alternatives to sugary beverages:

Water

Non-fat or low-fat milk

100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day)

Unsweetened iced tea

Seltzer

About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

posted on: 3/6/2017 3:27:54 PM

 

March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

The amount of sugar in beverages:

20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar

16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar

20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar

Some alternatives to sugary beverages:

Water

Non-fat or low-fat milk

100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day)

Unsweetened iced tea

Seltzer

About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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Sugar Sweetened Beverages Pose Significant Health Risks

posted on: 3/6/2017 3:26:52 PM

 

March is National Nutrition month; it is a good time for a refresher on the potential health risks of consuming too many sugar sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks are a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States; they have been linked to poor diets, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Soda is the number one source of added sugar in our diets.

The amount of sugar in beverages: 20 oz of soda 17 teaspoons of sugar 16 oz of sweetened tea 15 teaspoons of sugar 20 oz sports drink 9 teaspoons of sugar

Some alternatives to sugary beverages: Water Non-fat or low-fat milk 100% fruit juice (limit juice to ½ cup/day) Unsweetened iced tea Seltzer

About half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes a sugar sweetened drink every day. More men than women drink soda; teens and young adults drink more than any other age group. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3 cans of soda/week.
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Friday February 3, 2017 is national “Go Red for Women” day. People are asked to wear red to raise awareness about the rate of heart disease in women.

posted on: 1/30/2017 9:43:06 AM

 

Friday February 3, 2017 is national “Go Red for Women” day. People are asked to wear red to raise awareness about the rate of heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. In fact, more women than men die each year from heart attacks. 1 in 3 women die from heart disease or stroke every year while 1 in 30 women die from breast cancer. Women may have different symptoms than men and are often not aware that they are having a heart attack.

The symptoms that women are likely to have are:

  1. Pain or discomfort in the arms, back of the neck, jaw, back or stomach.
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Cold sweat
  4. Nausea
  5. Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  6. Unusual fatigue


A symptom more common in men is an uncomfortable pressure or squeezing or pain in the mid chest that lasts longer than a few minutes. This symptom can also be present in women. If you develop any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

The risk factors for heart disease are:
  1. High cholesterol
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Diabetes
  4. Cigarette smoking
  5. Obesity or being overweight
  6. Poor diet
  7. Lack of physical activity
  8. Alcohol use


To reduce your risk of developing heart disease:
  1. Exercise 30-60 minutes on most days
  2. Maintain a healthy weight
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Eat a heart healthy diet that is low in fat, cholesterol and salt.

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CDC's Tips for a Healthy 2017

posted on: 1/3/2017 3:37:02 PM

 

The New Year has arrived and with it, many resolutions and goals to set for ourselves. Improving health is always high on the list, but it can seem like a big task. Becoming healthier in 2017 doesn’t have to be hard; here are some tips from the CDC that take 5 minutes or less to do and can drastically improve your health:

  1. 1. Wash your hands
  2. 2. Fight the urge to smoke or use tobacco (urges usually pass within 2 minutes)
  3. 3. Protect your skin (use sunscreen with SPF 30 and insect repellent with DEET)
  4. 4. Buckle up in vehicles
  5. 5. Protect your hearing
  6. 6. Read food labels
  7. 7. Test smoke alarms
  8. 8. Know your numbers (blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol)
  9. 9. Be up to date on vaccinations
  10. 10. Place infants on back to sleep


For more information go to cdc.gov/healthynewyear. Continue to follow North End Waterfront Health for more health and wellness tips and information.
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National Hand Washing Week is December 4-10, 2016

posted on: 11/28/2016 12:47:04 PM

 

Hand washing is the most important step you can take to avoid getting sick and stopping the spread of germs. There are 5 steps to hand washing:

  1. 1. Wet under running water.
  2. 2. Lather with soap.
  3. 3. Scrub for 20 seconds.
  4. 4. Rinse under running water.
  5. 5. Dry hands with towel or air dry.


You can us an alcohol based hand sanitizer. It should be at least 60% alcohol. Apply to hands and rub until dry. Hands should be washed:
  1. After sneezing/coughing/blowing nose.
  2. After using toilet.
  3. Before and after eating.
  4. After handling waste/emptying trash.
  5. After touching money/handles of shopping carts/railings.
  6. After playing.
  7. After touching animals.
  8. Before handling food.
  9. After touching raw meats, poultry and fish.
  10. When arriving at work.
  11. Anytime you change tasks (go from one thing to another)

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Thanksgiving Food Safety

posted on: 11/21/2016 10:19:02 AM

 

Thanksgiving is a time to share good food with friends and family. Here are some tips to make it a safe and healthy day:

  1. 1. Thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator or microwave. It can take 2 to 5 days to thaw a 20 pound turkey in the refrigerator.
  2. 2. Do not wash the turkey. This can spread bacteria in your kitchen.
  3. 3. Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 degrees on a food thermometer.
  4. 4. Keep raw turkey away from other food.
  5. 5. Use different cutting board for each food.
  6. 6. Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before touching food.
  7. 7. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  8. 8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
  9. 9. Do not store stuffing in the turkey.
  10. 10. Do not eat leftover food that is more than 3 days old.


For more information go to foodsafety.gov
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Flu Shot Available at MGH

posted on: 10/20/2016 4:14:08 PM

 

For anyone who has a Mass General record number, there are still 3 weeks you can get a flu shot at their public flu shot program:

Wang Bldg Main Lobby – Monday-Friday, 8AM – 6PM, Last day is November 11th

Blum Center, White 1st floor – Monday Dec 5th -Wed Dec 7th, 8AM – 4PM

No appointment is necessary
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Flu Shot Available at MGH

posted on: 10/20/2016 4:13:21 PM

 

For anyone who has a Mass General record number, there are still 3 weeks you can get a flu shot at their public flu shot program:

Wang Bldg Main Lobby – Monday-Friday, 8AM – 6PM, Last day is November 11th

Blum Center, White 1st floor – Monday Dec 5th -Wed Dec 7th, 8A – 4P

No appointment is necessary
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Emergency Preparedness Month

posted on: 9/19/2016 12:11:12 PM

 

September is “Emergency Preparedness Month;” it’s a good time to review or make a safety plan. Everyone should have an emergency family plan; a plan is needed for all emergencies not just for a terror emergency. There are weather emergencies such as hurricane or blizzard and emergencies related to loss of power or water. Every family should have a plan that is specific to the needs of your family. Once you have a plan be sure to follow it.

Your family plan should include the following:

1. Establish a family meeting place.

2. Have all emergency phone numbers (fire, police, MD, hospital) in your phone.

3. Have a family emergency contact person. This can be an out of town person because they may be easier to reach than someone closer to the emergency.

4. Have all of your important documents together in a waterproof, portable container. These documents should include birth certificates for all family members, passports, social security and insurance cards, bank and housing documents.

5. Have a family emergency kit. This should include 1staid supplies and all of your family’s medications. You will need to have a supply kit ready that should include infant formula, water, and non-perishable food for 5 days. Be sure to check your supplies every 6 months. Replace any supplies that have passed their expiration date. You should have a flashlight with extra batteries and a battery powered radio.

6. Remember that the family car should have a full tank of gas, a flashlight and emergency flares. It is also a good idea to keep the car stocked with water and snacks. In the winter, keep blankets in the car.

7. Have cash and coins as ATMs may not be accessible.

8. Don’t forget about your pets.

9. Plan to commit a weekend to updating telephone numbers, buying emergency supplies and reviewing your emergency plan with everyone involved.

For more information go to: Ready.gov. Continue to follow NEW Health for the latest health and wellness news and information.
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Heat Safety when Playing Sports

posted on: 8/16/2016 11:55:15 AM

 

Summer heat and humidity can be dangerous for athletes as they get ready for the fall season. Here are some steps that coaches can take to keep the athletes safe:

1. Schedule practices during the coolest part of the day; early in the day or in the evening.

2. Have the athletes take frequent and longer breaks when it is hot.

3. Take a water break every 20-30 minutes.

4. Have athletes wear lighter clothes and limit the amount of heavy equipment used.

5. Have the athletes inform coaches when they do not feel well.

6. Know the signs of heat related illness or emergencies.

Signs of heat related illness:

1. Headache/dizziness

2. Rapid pulse

3. Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

4. Skin is red and dry or cool and pale

5. Shallow breathing

6. Muscle cramping

7. Seizures

8. Loss of consciousness/collapse

Basic treatment for heat related illness:

1. Call 911

2. Move athlete to a shaded area or air conditioned room

3. Remove equipment and unnecessary clothing

4. Apply ice packs to neck, arm pits and groins.

5. Have athlete drink fluids if able.

Follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.
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NEW Health Celebrates National Health Center Week, August 7-13

posted on: 8/9/2016 11:52:57 AM

 



North End Waterfront Health is part of a network of more than 1500 “federally qualified” health centers nationwide serving more than 24 million Americans. They provide a range of preventive primary care services- including screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer – to one in 14 Americans. For more than 50 years, our mission has been to meet the health care needs of our diverse patient populations.

Health centers go beyond traditional health care to address the factors in the community that may cause disease: stress, nutrition and food insecurity, unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, mental health and much more. In addition, NEW Health as a patient centered medical home provides most services under one roof: primary care, pediatrics, adolescent care, geriatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, vision, dental, podiatry, lab and x-ray, behavioral health and substance use disorders. Seeing the tremendous need for health care in the Charlestown Public Housing Development, we established health centers there and at Charlestown High School with federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act.

The Board of NEW Health is always looking for community input into what additional services should be provided or how to improve current services. Our aim is to not only provide affordable care, but approach health in the broader context of community and population health. It is working — we see improved health outcomes and a healthier overall community for our residents.

We are proud of our role in keeping communities and people strong and healthy and invite you to visit our health center during National Health Center week from August 7-13.
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Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

posted on: 8/9/2016 11:52:46 AM

 



The warm weather is back, and with it: seasonal allergies.

About 20% of people have allergic rhinitis. Symptoms may include runny nose, itchy watery eyes and nasal congestion. People with asthma or a family history of allergies are at a greater risk of developing allergies. People may suffer from either seasonal rhinitis (symptoms at various times of the year) or perennial rhinitis (symptoms all year long).

Pollen can send the immune system into overdrive. The immune system releases antibodies that attack the allergens which lead to the release of histamine. Histamine causes all of the allergy symptoms.

The most common triggers are trees, grass, ragweed, weed and mold. During the pollen season, people should stay indoors as much as possible and keep the windows closed. Below is a list of the pollen seasons for the New England area:

Tree pollen: March to June

Grass pollen: May to August

Weed pollen: July to October

Ragweed pollen: August to October

Mold is present all year. Mold spore levels change due to weather conditions such as wind, rain or temperature. Mold grows in warm and damp places. Indoor mold can be controlled by getting rid of the cause.

There are several things that you can do to help your allergy symptoms. It can be helpful to run the a/c in your home and car during allergy season. It’s a good idea to stay indoors on windy days. There are several over-the-counter medications that can be used to treat the symptoms. They include oral antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays. Always check with your health care provider before taking any new medications.

You should see your health care provider for severe symptoms that don’t respond to over the counter medications. You may need skin testing or blood tests to find out what is triggering your symptoms. These test results will help your health care provider find a treatment for your symptoms. Follow NEW Health for more information and tips on health and wellness.
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NEW Health Charlestown is Hiring!

posted on: 7/18/2016 8:29:14 AM

 

NEW Health Charlestown, a health center set to open this fall at 15 Tufts Street, is hiring for several clinical and administrative positions.

The health center is a satellite of North End Waterfront Health, a federally funded health center located at 332 Hanover Street in the North End. NEW Health Charlestown will provide a number of comprehensive services, including adult primary care, adolescent primary care, pediatric primary care, behavioral health care, vision care, and dental care. The health center also offers other specialty services, such as OB/GYN, podiatry, laboratory, radiology, social services, interpreter services, and transportation.

NEW Health Charlestown is looking to fill customer service, facility support, medical assisting and other clinical positions and more.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Clinical Social Worker, LCSW. Click here to view position.

Nurse Practitioner (MSN). Click here to view position.

Clinical Social Worker, LCSW – Part-time. Click here to view position.

Substance Abuse Staff Nurse. Click here to view position.

Patient Service Coordinator – . Click here to view position.

Patient Service Coordinator – . Click here to view position.

Triage Staff Nurse – . Click here to view position.

Medical Assistant. Click here to view position.
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