POLICY PULSE
March 2016
Health Observances 
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is used to bring awareness to one of many cancers that affects 1 in every 100 person, health wise. Although colorectal cancer can be preventable, it is among the list of cancers that affect both men and women. As one of the second leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States, c olorectal cancer  affects approximately 140,000 Americans who are diagnosed each year, leaving more than 50,000 people die from it. According to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the list below are ways to prevent this cancer:
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes at least five days a week
  • Maintain a healthy weight and waist size
  • Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day if you're a woman or two drinks per day if you're a man
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are good sources of fiber
  • Eat less red meat and cut out processed meat
  • Get screened according to guidelines
To find out more information regarding colorectal cancer ( cancer of the colon and rectum) visit their  Facebook  and Twitter also, Prevent Cancer Foundation
March is National Kidney Month. This month  is helping raise awareness about  chronic kidney disease (CKD) , a condition that one in every 10 adults (age 20 or older) in the United States has.  Kidney disease develops when the kidneys lose the ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. The harshness of CKD depends on how well the kidneys filter wastes from the blood. This process can progress quickly or take many years to develop. Those who suffer with  diabetes high blood pressure , cardiovascular disease and family history of kidney disease are put at a higher risk. The two leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. A ccording to the   National Kidney Foundation  , 1 in 3 with diabetes and 1 in 5 with high blood pressure have kidney disease. To learn more about National Kidney Month visit the links below.


National Nutrition Month  is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
This year's theme for the month is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions, appreciate the satisfaction, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. Visit the links below for more information on National Nutrition Month:

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year. The theme for the years between 2015 to 2017 campaign is:  Not Alone. The Not Alone   campaign provides information  to the Brain Injury Community, empowering survivors, promoting support services that are available, and removing the stigma of having a brain injury. The list below contains facts provided by the Brain Injury Association:
  • More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year, but the total incidence is unknown.
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of ABI and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
  • 2.2 million are treated in emergency departments for TBI each year. 
  • 280,000 are hospitalized for TBI each year. 
  • 50,000 die because of TBI each year. 
To follow Brain Injury Awareness Month, click the links below:
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