Category Archives: Health Awareness

National Health Awareness

Hearts Actually Can Break

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 13, 2017 IN: Health Awareness Heart Health

Broken Heart SyndromeI remember paying close attention to the news when Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23.  I, like others my age, was alarmed that she died at 60 years old after suffering a heart attack, three days later. The shock continued when Carrie’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds’s, life expired too.  My question is, did Debbie Reynolds die from broken heart syndrome? It sounds like there is truth to hearts actually can break. Continue reading

Lady in Red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 30, 2017 IN: Health Awareness Heart Health Lady in Red

February is American Heart Month.  In honor of this, please allow me to introduce you to my latest lady in red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp. I met Merrill on social media, specifically Instagram, where I observed Merrill’s beauty from afar. I couldn’t help but notice her bio, which said she is a two-time stroke survivor.  

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women every year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

Lady in Red: Merrill Janszen-Kramp. Stroke Prevention. Image credit: American Heart/StrokeAssociations.

 Fortunately, we have the power to change that statistic with healthy lifestyle changes. How? Prevention is key. Be educated and aware. Please keep reading and allow Merrill’s story to motivate you to include a healthy diet and exercise in your lifestyle. 

(For further inspiration, please read about another lady in red, jeweler Nina Forrest, who survived a heart attack.)
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Pink Ribbon

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 IN: Breast Cancer Health Awareness

Pink Ribbon
Since 1991, the pink ribbon has stood for the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness, thanks to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  The pink ribbon is the well-known symbol adopted by many organizations including the National Football League to help promote awareness for breast cancer.

Pink Ribbon

It’s October again, so you know what that means, hundreds, if not thousands of products are branded pink with a promise of a small portion of the total cost being donated to support breast cancer research.
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Got Menopause?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 26, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Got Menopause?
September is National Menopause Awareness Month. But I bet women who are also a part of the baby boomer generation don’t need this reminder. I first experienced menopause symptoms almost twenty years ago. Are you a baby boomer who is embracing “the change?” Have you started menopause?

Got Menopause?

The dictionary defines menopause as “the end of monthly cycles.”  A better description is a natural decline in reproductive hormones when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s. Both accounts are accurate, and no two women are alike. My mom, who is  soon to be eighty,  has never had a hot flash.
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Mouth Matters

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Mouth Matters
I escaped into classic elegance earlier this month when I explored the lives of the ultimate costumer, Edith Head and one of fashion’s greatest couturiers, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Now, it is time to get back to health awareness. Let’s look at mouth matters, specifically flossing.

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Sneaky Creatures

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 11, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Sneaky Creatures
My recent Colonoscopy follow-up appointment with my gastroenterologist (GI) revealed interesting information: I had some sneaky creatures inhabiting my stomach called H.pylori.

Sneaky Creatures

Before my actual Colonoscopy, the bowel preparation was worse that the actual procedure. In fact, I don’t remember the process.  Anyone remember Propofol? I can see why Michael Jackson used that drug to get to sleep. You quickly nap and wake up at a moment’s notice.
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Longest Day

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, June 20, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Longest Day
Monday, June 20th is the summer solstice — the official start of summer and longest day of the year.  The sun will rise early and set late. Today will be a  great day for fun in the sun: some yard work, a day at the beach or a perfect time for me to get in at least 10,000 steps.

Longest Day

Actually, because of my commitment to health and wellness, the focus this month is Alzheimer’s disease. I am doing my part to fight Alzheimer’s by educating myself and others in my age group and participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day.

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Getting the Blues

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, June 6, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Getting the Blues
Why is the color blue associated with depression?  Does anyone know why this color is affiliated with being in a funk?  Let’s examine what ‘having the blues’ really means.

Getting the Blues

In my Just Do It post, I shared the checklist for important screenings and check-ups.  When I compiled the list, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of notations associated with mental health. That’s because physical and mental health are closely connected.
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Say What?

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 16, 2016 IN: Health Awareness

Say What?

I must admit, I occasionally consult the Urban Dictionary for a better understanding of terminology that I hear Millennials using, most recently I looked up “say what?” The website told me that saying derives from a video game and an MTV show that aired from 1998 to 2003 with the same name.
Say WHat?Today’s focus, however, is slightly different. Let’s talk about hearing loss. The health and wellness tips I feature on The Age of Grace are not only for you, the readers, but for myself as well.  My post, Just Do It reminded me that as an adult, I’ve never had my hearing checked.

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