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If you need more incentive to exercise more and eat better, consider the results of two comprehensive new studies that found that an active and healthy lifestyle may be critical in helping to keep the brain healthy in old age. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, keeping weight down, not smoking and moderating alcohol consumption were all linked to a lower risk of dementia. And in those with dementia, exercise improved memory and helped people stay independent longer, a rigorous review of past studies found.

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The Louisiana Public Health Institute has been designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. LPHI received this designation because it provides time, space, and support for employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies.

Businesses that support employees who are breastfeeding have lower health care costs, lower turnover, higher productivity and morale, and positive public image in their communities. To qualify as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, workplaces must offer:

  • reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need to throughout the day;
  • one or more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private, and safe space with an outlet, other than a toilet stall that mothers can use for lactation when needed;
  • a working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment;
  • and lactation support communicated to all current and future employees.

The Mary Amelia Center recognizes businesses as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces to honor the work that family-friendly businesses are doing to support the health and well-being of women and children in our community.

For more information about LPHI or employment opportunities, click here.

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Even more frightening than Halloween itself can be the mountains of leftover candy that will take over offices across the country on Friday, November 1st. Many co-workers, trying to keep temptation out of their houses, bring candy into the office. You can run, but you can’t hide from the candy temptation. Here are a few tips to help you not be haunted by leftover candy.

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We’re all busy – one way or another. But eating well, healthfully, and balanced can be a challenge for those always on the go. For those of you who fall into this category, here are some helpful tips to perhaps make your meal planning more efficient, effective and – most importantly – healthy!

1) Prepare ahead of time – Prep is so KEY, especially when you’re busy!

2) Stay Hydrated – Put fresh citrus wedges into your water to infuse it with some natural taste.

Click here to read the full article and get the rest of the tips from LiveWell360.

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Here’s a cool new tool to help keep you on track and healthy! Google recently revealed its new nutritional information search function, which makes it simple to look up the calories, protein, carbs, and other nutrients in nearly any food or dish.

Google tech wizards have added nutritional data to the Knowledge Graph, a feature of Google Search that enables users to get information instantly. It’s simple: You enter a question about the nutritional content of a food or drink (for example: “How many calories are in a banana?” or “How much sugar is in a cupcake?”) and hit search. The answer will show up in a box at the top of the results, with the option to change the serving size for even more accurate information. Below Google’s result, the standard search results page appears with links to other sources and websites if you’d like a second opinion. The Knowledge Graph data includes full nutritional information: Calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals like sodium and potassium.

Click here to read the full story and to check it out.

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Louisiana has recorded its first case of the West Nile virus in a human for 2013, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. The case was confirmed in Caldwell Parish in the north central part of the state on July 22, and was determined to be a neuroinvasive case, the most dangerous form.

West Nile infections are characterized as neuroinvasive, West Nile fever or as asymptomatic. The neuroinvasive form occurs when the virus attacks nerve cells, and in older people may be very severe, with some cases resulting in brain damage or death, according to a health department news release.

Click here to read the full story from the Times-Picayune.

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Louisiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the country. According to the latest edition of America’s Health Rankings, Louisiana ranks 49 in overall health, ahead of only Mississippi.

Many Louisianians face barriers to accessing healthcare, which leads to poor health outcomes. Uninsured people are less likely to receive medical care and more likely to have poor health status. Health insurance facilitates entry into the healthcare system and can ultimately improve long-term population health outcomes.

When certain parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect later this year, there will be new ways for individuals, families and small businesses to access health insurance. Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, individuals in every state will be able to shop for health insurance and compare plans through newly established “marketplaces,” comparative shopping tools not unlike many of the web-based travel sites all of us frequent for deals on everything from airline tickets to rental cars.

Click here to review the five ways the new healthcare law impacts Louisiana specifically (www.healthcare.gov).

April is STD Awareness Month

April 10th, 2013

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Every year sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, cost the U.S. health care system $17 billion—and cost individuals even more in immediate and long-term health consequences. April is STD Awareness month, an annual observance to call attention to the impact of STDs and promote STD testing across the United States.

A new campaign targeted at Baton Rouge youth is helping to raise awareness about getting tested in Louisiana about these startling statistics. Check it out online here, or on Facebook for more information.

To read the CDC’s full story, click here.

New research shows that an age-old recommended stress-buster may actually work for this group of women: yoga.

Pregnant women who were identified as psychiatrically high risk and who participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention saw significant reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a University of Michigan Health System pilot feasibility study. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.

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While the effects of alcohol abuse are well known, “binge drinking is an important and under-recognized women’s health issue,” according to Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recent report looked at the drinking behavior of approximately 278,000 U.S. women aged 18 and older and 7,500 U.S. high school girls, and found that:

  • 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high school girls report binge drinking;
  • half of all high school girls who drink alcohol report binge drinking;
  • drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes 23,000 deaths among women and girls in the U.S. each year; and
  • 14 million U.S. women binge drink three times a month and consume an average of six drinks per binge.

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