Recognizing Health Risks During African American Heritage and Health Week

Black History Month is an opportunity to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans that have helped build our country and remember their deeds and sacrifices. However, it’s important to remember to honor your own life as you honor the men and women who have made a difference over the years.

Like Black history, your health is something you need to consider all year round. African Americans are subject to some health disparities, making some health issues more prevalent. Some of these major health risks for African Americans include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Image of man and child with a doctor. Contact Westshore about health risks more common for African Americans.


Current Research in Breast Cancer

There are millions of breast cancer survivors in the United States, and researchers are doing plenty of work to try and save even more women from the deadly disease. Here are a few of the initiatives that medical centers are studying to try and cure and prevent breast cancer.

Breast cancer research and treatments


The Stages of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has several different stages that can make a big difference in the severity and necessary treatment of the disease. Depending on when a person is diagnosed, the stage of breast cancer will dictate what treatment options are available. Early detection will help you catch breast cancer in an earlier stage, which greatly improves a person’s ability to fight the disease.

Different factors play into discovering what stage a person’s breast cancer is in, so we’ve created a quick guide to help you learn about the various stages.

The different stages of breast cancer


Early Breast Cancer Detection Tips

Early detection of breast cancer helps save thousands of lives each year. According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed throughout 2015. Being aware of the warning signs of breast cancer and going through regular exams can lead to an early diagnosis and successful treatment.

Early breast cancer detection signs and symptoms


Cholesterol FAQs

As of 2015, approximately 73.5 million adults in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL). What does that, mean, exactly? Well, it means that a large portion of U.S. adults suffer from a high level of what you may know as the “bad cholesterol.”

Cholesterol is one of those things that you may have heard about from doctors and TV commercials, but don’t completely understand. To help clarify everything, we have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions about cholesterol.

Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels.


Insomnia: What It Is and How to Treat It

Getting a good night’s rest is a great way to start the day, but that’s not always possible for some people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder, which includes sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia.

It’s not uncommon for people to occasionally not sleep well, but regular bouts with sleeplessness may indicate that you are suffering from a form of insomnia.


Family History of Alcoholism: How to Tell if You’re at Risk

It’s said that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The idiom applies to a lot of things, from your features to your personality. Your family has a major impact on the person you are in both good and bad ways.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. If you’re one of the millions of people who have a relative who suffer from the disease, you could have a greater risk of developing future dependencies.

Learn how genetics and family situation can impact your chances of developing alcoholism.


Five Fun Holiday Traditions

Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? You probably can, because the holidays are quickly approaching. 

And with the holidays come all the holiday traditions. Maybe your family hangs stockings, goes caroling, or watches your city’s tree lighting ceremony. There are many options to get you into the holiday spirit. 

We’ve pulled together five fun traditions you can add to your routine this winter. 

Image of a mom and son going down a sledding hill in winter. Add one (or all) of these five fun, healthy and active family traditions to your family routine this winter.


1. Donate to a Charity

This can be through a race, like a Jingle Bell 5k, or collecting toys or food for a needy family. Or even taking time as a family to volunteer together with a local organization. The holidays are a time to be thankful for what you have and give back to those who are in need.

Donating to a food bank?

Think about the types of foods you and your family would want for the holiday season. Food banks get a lot of beans, peanut butter, canned corn, and “Ramen”-type noodles.  To find out what’s most needed in your area, and when/ how you can donate perishable items like fresh produce, meat, and bread contact your local food bank.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank 


RSVP for the Healthy Holiday Program

How will you make this a healthy holiday season? 

If you could use a little inspiration to get started, stop by one of our Healthy Holiday Programs at Westshore Primary Care. 

The event is $5 per person (children are free) and RSVPs are highly encouraged. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Image of vegetables. RSVP for Westshore Primary Care’s Healthy Holiday program Nov. 21 or Dec. 19th to see cooking demos, try food tastings, and more. Put together by Dietitian Julie Wise.



  • November 21st 3:00pm 
  • December 19th 3:00pm 

What To Expect

  • Food demonstrations
  • Healthy recipes
  • Food tastings
  • Raffle prize drawing


Family Medicine Center

Westshore Primary Care

26908 Detroit Road, Suite 201

Westlake, Ohio 

Head up to the second floor and let the receptionist know you're here for the nutrition program. 

Plenty of parking available!


Call Julie Wise, Dietitian

(440) 250-8660

Only 25 spots available for each event so reserve your spot today. 

Food Allergy Warning: Food list will be provided. Please be advised, if you are allergic to any food products listed, consume at your own risk.