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January 2021  |  Volume 2, Issue 1

Cheers to the new year and your health!

You probably had a lot of time to reflect and think about yourself this past year and are looking forward to hopefully new and improved times this year. One thing we have been reminded a lot these past few months is that taking care of our health is very important and there are many steps we can all take to stay healthy as well as how we can protect those around us.


Health a priority picture

"Make yourself a priority once in a while. It's not selfish. It's necessary."

Unfortunately, when you're not feeling well, those around you might be next. Whether it's physical, mental, or social- emotional ailments that you're struggling with, how you feel can affect your health and those around you. This month we're focusing on how you can help others in a time of need as well as a spotlight on a special gland that makes important hormones: the thyroid.

January is National Blood Donor and Thyroid Awareness Month

According to the American Red Cross, we are currently in a season that is considered "one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood product to meet patient needs." This is due to the cancellation of blood drives due to inclement weather as well as slow turnout from busy holiday schedules. And, the winter months also bring seasonal illnesses like the flu that prevents donors from giving.

Since 1970, every January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. This important observance raises awareness around the benefits of donating blood in saving lives and improving the health of so many. The decision to donate your blood can be "the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person--the gift of life." 

For opportunities to donate blood in the City of Fontana, visit the American Red Cross website.

Source: https://www.mds-foundation.org/

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the lower front of the neck. The function of the thyroid is to make hormones that are then secreted in the blood and transported throughout the body. The thyroid hormone helps the body use energy and helps keep your brain, heart, muscles, and other organs function as they should.

There are a few diseases related to the thyroid that people should be aware of:

  • Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone. Symptoms can include extreme tiredness, depression, forgetfulness, and weight gain.
    • Hashimoto's disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism where the immune system attacks and damages the thyroid gland.
  •  Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces the thyroid hormone in excess and can lead to irritability, nervousness, muscle weakness, weight loss that can't be explained, disruption in sleep, problems with vision, and eye irritation.
    • Graves' disease is a type of hyperthyroidism that affects the immune system. It only affects about a percent of the population but occurs when your own antibodies attack the thyroid gland and cause it to produce too much of the thyroid hormone.
  • Thyroid cancer may not be as prevalent as other cancers and few patients actually die of the disease each year, but certain thyroid cancers can spread to other organs and cause serious problems.

Educating one's self about the different diseases related to the thyroid can help bring more awareness and prevention of more serious illnesses. A simple blood test can help you determine if you have thyroid disease and possible treatments. 

Sources: https://www.thyroid.org, https://www.healthinaging.org/


Healthy Fontana Wants to Hear From YOU!

Healthy Fontana began its journey over 17 years ago with the mission of providing a program that enriched the quality of life for all Fontana residents. 

The four core components of Healthy Fontana includes: nutrition, active living, smart growth, and community partnerships. Healthy Fontana has partnered with many organizations and individuals over the years to bring programs such as Healthy Junior Chef cooking classes, the 'Eat Healthy, Fontana!' cooking show, Let's Move on the Trail, Fontana Walks! and more.

Over the years, thousands have signed up or participated in Healthy Fontana programs, activities, and events. We are always looking to improve and want to hear from you about what you would like to see in the future for Healthy Fontana. If you're willing to provide your feedback, please contact Healthy Fontana. Any feedback is appreciated and will be compensated with incentives.

Healthy Fontana Interview Flyer

Seasonal fruit recipe: Citrus Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 10 cups fresh greens (lettuce)
  • 1 red onion (small, sliced thin)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions

1. Cut fruit into bite size pieces.
2. Toss with lettuce and onion. Mix remaining ingredients for dressing. Drizzle over salad and toss just before serving.

Source:

Ponichtera, Brenda RD
ScaleDown Publishing, Inc., Quick and Healthy, Vol.II, 1995, p.100

Grapefruit

Grapefruit sections are a great addition to fruit or green salads.

Grapefruits can be found and eaten fresh, canned, or as juice. If selecting fresh, choose grapefruits with thin, smooth, firm, blemish-free outer peels that are heavy for their size. 

Grapefruits are...
Free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They're also a good source of vitamin A and high in vitamin C.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin found in foods and is an essential part of everyone's diet.

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and 'might help prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases.' 

Vitamin C also plays an important role in immune function.

Citrus fruits, like grapefruit, are a major contributor of vitamin C for many Americans, but can also be found in tomatoes, potatoes, red and green peppers, kiwi, and fortified breakfast cereals.

Source: National Institutes of Health


Upcoming Events:

  • January 16th: Virtual Fontana Walks!**
  • January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Community Services is closed in observance of the holiday

** Email pictures to healthy@fontana.org by the following Monday to be featured on the program webpage and on our social media outlets

 

In January, we also observe the following:

  • Cervical Health Awareness
  • Glaucoma Awareness
  • National Birth Defects Prevention