Top 10 Threats to Women’s Health

Top 10 Threats to Women’s Health

To the surprise of many women, breast cancer is not the number one health risk they face. Heart disease, which accounts for around 27 percent of all female deaths, kills more women in the United States than all forms of cancer combined — nearly 500,000 women annually.

Cancer, the second most dangerous threat to a woman’s health, accounts for 22 percent of female deaths and kills almost 270,000 women in the United States each year. However even in this category breast cancer is not the most deadly threat. Rather, lung cancer claims the most lives each year — approximately 70,000 annually — mostly due to smoking; breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

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Study Says Carbs, Not Fats, Are Bad for You

Study Says Carbs, Not Fats, Are Bad for You

But don’t give up on fruits, vegetables and legumes — they’re still good for you
By Dennis Thompson  HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A large, 18-country study may turn current
nutritional thinking on its head. The new research suggests that it’s not the fat in your diet that’s raising your risk of premature death, it’s too many carbohydrates — especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs — that may be the real killer.

The research also found that eating fruits, vegetables and legumes can lower your risk of
dying prematurely. But three or four servings a day seemed to be plenty. Any additional
servings didn’t appear to provide more benefit.

What does all this mean to you? Well, a cheeseburger may be OK to eat, and adding
lettuce and tomato to the burger is still good for you, but an excess of white flour
burger buns may boost your risk of dying early.

Dehghan suggested that “the best diets will include a balance of carbohydrates and fats, approximately 50 to 55 percent carbohydrates and around 35 percent total fat, including both saturated and unsaturated fats.”

All foods contain three major macronutrients essential for life — fat, carbohydrate and protein. The optimum amounts a person should eat has been the focus of debate for decades, with the pendulum swinging from low-fat to low-carb diets over time.

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High Gas Prices?

 Check Out These Apps!

Remember when $2 would fill your tank? Well, now $2 won’t even buy a gallon of gas! Here are some apps that may help you find the lowest gas prices.

  • Gas Buddy
  • Gas Guru
  • Waze
  • Dash
  • Fuel Finder (iPhone only)

  4 Habits Costing You at the Pump

  1. Going to the same gas station without looking for better prices
  2. Waiting to fill up until your tank is almost empty
  3.  Read the rest of the habits HERE

30 Ways to Save at the Pump 

  1.     Keep your tires filled with the right amount of air
  2.     Keep your clutch adjusted
  3.     Use the manufacturer’s suggested engine oil and maintain the level and cleanliness
  4.     Choose the route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops
  5.     Use your air conditioner sparingly
  6.     Remove unused bike and luggage racks to make your car aerodynamic
  7.     Keep the windows closed when traveling at high speeds
  8.     Work earlier or later to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic
  9.     Remove heavy objects from the car
  10.   Bike, walk, or use public transportation whenever possible

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Faith in Action

Faith in Action! Developing a Faith Based Power Organization

Imagine what life in our greater Hartford region could be like if our religious institutions actually possessed the moral force to make it a more just and equitable place? For one year, CAC’s staff visited scores of clergy across fifteen towns to seek out such imagination.

The fruit of that exploratory work led to the formation of the Greater Hartford Sponsoring Committee. From their initial meeting in September 2016, this group of over 50 imams, rabbis, priests and ministers has been meeting regularly to build relationships of trust, discuss issues of common concern, and explore the architecture of building a faith-based organization in the region.

“When I moved here, I was very excited to learn about CAC,” stated Rev. Kari Nicewander of Immanuel Congregational Church, “this process has helped me learn, grow, and be a better pastor.” Rev. Amanda Nelson, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, stated, “I can now see how change IS possible. The relationships I have gained will sustain me in ministry for a long time.”

If these clergy succeed in inviting their congregations into leadership together, the force for change that they unleash could change Hartford in major ways and introduce a new power to be reckoned with.

Pet Treats

Pet Treats

 

Candy is NOT good for your dog or cat. They can choke on wrappers and sticks, and have seizures from eating chocolate. What should you give them instead?  Here’s a treat our dog LOVES:

Take 2 cups of whole wheat flour, an egg beaten like you’re going to make scrambled eggs, and 2/3 cup of beef or chicken broth and mix them in a bowl until smooth. Add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal, either quick or regular, but not the kind that comes in those envelopes with sugar and stuff. Add just 1 teaspoon of garlic or onion powder. Form it into a ball. If it’s too sticky, sprinkle a little flour on it.  Using a pasty cloth, silicone mat, waxed paper, or just a clean kitchen counter, lightly flour your surface and roll out your dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out just like you’re making sugar cookies or biscuits. Reroll the scraps and keep making shapes until you’ve used all the dough. You can make little bone shapes, but really, your dog won’t care. Microwave on high for 10  minutes or so. Check after 8 minutes. You want them to be firm but not hard enough to break teeth. They get harder as they cool. Put in a ziplock bag when cool and store in the refrigerator. Your dog will thank you.