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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our country Rates for the issue have more than doubled since 1980, and one in three children are now either overweight or obese.

Fortunately, childhood obesity can be prevented and you can help raise awareness about how to make a difference for today’s youth. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so we’ve compiled some ways that you can help spread the word and encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle.

Image of boy with head in hands. Learn more about childhood obesity with these tips from Westshore.

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Back to School Immunizations: Are Your Kids Prepared?

It’s back to school season, which means you’re shopping for new notebooks and getting final appointments in before the first bell. Of course, you want to make sure that the only thing your children bring back from school is homework. 

Back to school shots will not only help your children stay healthy, but also their classmates and other members of your community. 

Dr. Chantal Dalencour explains the benefits of getting your children their immunization shots before heading back to school. Talk to a physician at Westshore to see if your child is up to date for his back to school shots. Image of smiling children sitting at desks.

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2015 FARE Walk

Food allergies affect millions of people in this country. In fact, an allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes. At Westshore, we’re taking steps to not only help our patients with high-quality care, but also by participating in and serving as the community sponsor for the 2015 FARE Walk for Food Allergy Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Cleveland Zoo. 

Westshore Primary Care is a sponsor of the FARE Walk.

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Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

Proper UV Safety is very important, especially now that we’re in summer. However, it’s important that you make sure that your skin gets enough sunlight to help your body produce enough vitamin D.

We’ve gone over UV safety tips and the signs and dangers of melanoma this month, but now we’re going to tell you how sunlight exposure isn’t the only way to get enough Vitamin D for your body.

Contact Westshore to learn more about how to manage sunlight exposure.

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Five Warning Signs of Melanoma

Your skin is your largest organ. It helps protect your body from outside elements, but problems can arise in the line of duty. 

Too much exposure to UV light can lead to melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma kills nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. annually and more than 135,000 cases are diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation

Earlier this month, we listed some ways to help protect yourself against UV light, but you need to know how to see if you may be suffering from skin cancer. Here are ways to look for the warning signs of melanoma.

Moles can be clear indicators of melanoma, be sure to check them using the ABCDE method.

Dangers of Tanning

What does it cost to look good? When it comes to tanning, it could mean your health.

Tanning booths may help people achieve a bronzed tone, but they also emit up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun according to the Melanoma Foundation. Before you head out for a tanning session, read on to find out the effects of tanning on your body.

Tanning can lead to dangerous health issues such as skin cancer.

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