September 2015 
Health Observances 

There are 2.8 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer to date. The prostate is a small walnut-like gland in the male reproductive system. Statistics show that every 19 minutes, an American man loses his battle to prostate cancer, that's more than 75 deaths per day. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men and the most commonly diagnosed. The American Cancer Society has estimated that 220,800 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. ZERO Prostate Cancer  hosts Runs/Walks around the country to ensure that ZERO men have to struggle with prostate cancer. Click HERE to find an event near you. Those that are able, are encouraged  to participate to help stop the fight against prostate cancer.

Did you know...one in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese? Since the 1970s childhood obesity rates have soared from 5% to 17%, making it an epidemic. Today, over 23 million children and teens are considered overweight or obese and at risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and various forms of heart disease. However, there is good news! Childhood obesity can be prevented with the help of families, communities, and organizations. Show your support  for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month  by:
September 18, 2015

Human Immunodeficiency Virus  (HIV) is a sexually transmitted disease that weakens the body's immune  system.  Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome  (AIDS) is a more severe form of HIV that signifies a more compromised immune system. There are roughly 1 in 4 adults living with HIV over the age of 50.    (NHAAAD) was created to address the acute challenges faced by older adults living with HIV/AIDS. Adults over the age of 50 accounted for 17% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses and 45% of AIDS deaths in 2009, according to NHAAAD. Due to the assumptions and stigma related to HIV/AIDS, often times the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS in older adults go unnoticed. Help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS  by supporting the National AIDS Institute's  (NAI)  awareness campaign. Visit the NAI website to learn more.
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Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award number #1U54MD008608-01. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.