Millions Of Children Set To Exercise Simultaneously In The 28th Annual Project ACES Event

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kidsexercisevectorOn May 4th, millions of children from all over the world will be fighting childhood obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes by exercising simultaneously in the award winning Project ACES event.

Since its inception 1989, Project ACES has been one of the most successful programs specifically designed to motivate children to exercise. This spring, the program will mark the 28th anniversary of a unique worldwide event known as the “world largest exercise class” by the media. Project ACES is the signature program of the nonprofit Youth Fitness Coalition.

On May 4th, 2016, millions of children from all 50 states and 50 countries are going to exercise in unison to promote world peace, unity, nutrition, health and fitness. Project ACES aims to educate children on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. The program has received recognition from many organizations including The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN), and The American College Of Sports Medicine.

The program was created by physical education teacher, Len Saunders of New Jersey who provides an exclusive comment about the event stating, “If I can get one child out of the millions who participate to exercise on a daily basis, the event is a huge success.”  Currently, the program is organized by Len and HJ Saunders, President of the Youth Fitness Coalition.

Since its start, millions of children from all over the world have exercised together to promote proper health and fitness habits. With the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, children’s fitness plays a major role in fighting the number one preventable killer in the United States, heart disease. Project ACES hopes to address these issues with its big event each May, as well as schools that participate in daily Project ACES Clubs throughout the year while promoting a healthier lifestyle for children and their families.

Heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and Project ACES is working every year to fight this preventable disease. Those interested in registering for the event or wish to show their support are encouraged to visit for more information.

To sign up, click here.

CDC Reports: Millions Of US Women Are Not Getting Screened For Cervical Cancer

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Thank you to PRWeb for sharing this article from the CDC. Please share your thoughts in the comments section…..

newsDespite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.

“Every visit to a provider can be an opportunity to prevent cervical cancer by making sure women are referred for screening appropriately,” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D. “We must increase our efforts to make sure that all women understand the importance of getting screened for cervical cancer. No woman should die from cervical cancer.”

Researchers reviewed data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine women who had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. They analyzed the number of cervical cancer cases that occurred during 2007 to 2011 from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. Cervical cancer deaths were based on death certificates submitted to the National Vital Statistics System.

Key Findings:

• In 2012, 11.4 percent of women reported they had not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years; the percentage was larger for women without health insurance (23.1 percent) and for those without a regular health care provider (25.5 percent).

• The percentage of women not screened as recommended was higher among older women (12.6 percent), Asians/Pacific Islanders (19.7 percent), and American Indians/Alaska Natives (16.5 percent).

• From 2007 to 2011, the cervical cancer incidence rate decreased by 1.9 percent per year while the death rate remained stable.

• The Southern region had the highest rate of cervical cancer (8.5 per 100,000), the highest death rate (2.7 per 100,000), and the largest percentage of women who had not been screened in the past five years (12.3 percent).

Using the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a primary prevention measure could also help reduce cervical cancer and deaths from cervical cancer. Another recent CDC study showed that the vaccine is underused; only 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys had received the 3-dose series in 2013. The HPV vaccine is recommended as a routine vaccine for children 11 – 12 years old. Modeling studies have shown that HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening combined can prevent as many as 93 percent of new cervical cancer cases.

Even with improvements in prevention and early detection methods, most cervical cancers occur in women who are not up-to-date with screening. Addressing financial and non-financial barriers can help increase screening rates and, in turn, reduce new cases of and deaths from this disease.

Learn more about recommended ages and tests for cervical cancer screening.

Learn more about HPV vaccine recommendations.

Vital Signs is a report that appears each of the month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

Trichotillomania: Hair Pulling Disorder Afflicts Millions

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Found this interesting article that was worth sharing on PRWeb about Trichotillomania, written by Clinical Psychologist and anxiety specialist Dr. Francine Rosenberg. What are your thoughts on this article?

familywalk2Many young girls and grown women play with their hair. Often they unconsciously twirl it around a finger, especially when they’re bored or tired. It’s a harmless habit. Of more consequence is trichotillomania, a disorder characterized by a recurrent, irresistible urge to pull hair out of the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes and other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, trichotillomania may affect as much as 4% of the population; women are four times as likely as men to be affected.* “Trichotillomania is not just a nervous habit,” says clinical psychologist Dr. Francine Rosenberg of Morris Psychological Group, “although it may be triggered or made worse by stress. In some people the disorder is mild and manageable but for many the compulsion to pull out the hair is overwhelming and if not treated can have serious consequences for health and well-being.”

Understanding Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is generally classified as an impulse control disorder, meaning it is driven by an uncontrollable impulse or urge to perform a harmful act. The individual feels increasing tension that can only be relieved by performing the act; afterward, there is often a sense of shame or regret. Depression and anxiety are common among those with trichotillomania, as are other body-focused repetitive disorders such as skin picking or nail biting. “People who pull their hair are not trying to hurt themselves,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “They have a neurologically-driven need to pull and although doing so acts as an immediate soothing mechanism, repeated episodes of hair-pulling and the disfigurement that results cause significant distress.”

It isn’t known exactly what causes trichotillomania but there may be a genetic component to the disorder; having a close relative who is affected increases an individual’s risk. An imbalance in the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine might play a role. It usually develops between the ages of 11 and 13 and while it is also seen in younger children – even as young as a year old – those cases are often mild and resolve after a year or so without treatment. For those for whom it is a lifelong disorder, complications include abrasions and infections in the area where the hair is pulled and digestive problems for those who eat the hair. “Emotional distress is a significant issue for most people,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “They try to style the hair to cover the bald patches or wear hats or wigs or false eyelashes to disguise the condition. Embarrassment and shame may cause them to shy away from social and job opportunities, leading to isolation, low self-esteem and depression.”

Treating Trichotillomania

While medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may reduce some symptoms of trichotillomania, the most effective treatment is a combination of education, medication and psychotherapy. The most successful results are typicall from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an approach in which patients learn to change their thoughts, feelings and behaviors so they can recognize and manage the impulses that lead to pulling without giving in to them. With CBT, therapists will use a behavioral technique known as Habit Reversal Training, a three step procedure designed to increase awareness, to teach relaxation strategies and to help identify a behavior that is incompatible with the hair pulling. This behavior, known as a “competing response” often involves using the same muscles as in the hair pulling but used in a discreet manner that would not easily be noticed if done in public. For example, clenching one’s fist and pressing their arm to their side are common competing responses for hair pulling.

“Trichotillomania can be a stubborn, chronic disorder,” says Dr. Rosenberg. For many people, it is a way of dealing with negative emotions such as anxiety, loneliness or stress, but the humiliation and embarrassment that result exacerbate those emotions. Early detection and intervention are important since, with the exception of very young children, the disorder seldom goes away without treatment. Psychotherapy can help manage the emotions and eliminate the impulsive behavior that wreaks havoc with health and quality of life.”

– Francine Rosenberg, PsyD., practices cognitive-behavior therapy, specializing in treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as stress, depression, anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders and relationship problems. Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents.