Your Health Matters - September 2017

Your Health Matters - September

In this Issue

--Good'n'Healthy: Try Spicy Chili

--Everyday Health: Enough ZZZs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

--News Worthy: Chase Brexton in Mt. Vernon offered Nalaxone Training to Combat Baltimore’s Opioid Epidemic

--Health Awareness: National HIV/AIDS and
Aging Awareness Day

--Events:  Charm Ball 2017!

Try Spicy Chili!
This hearty and healthy recipe will brighten your day! This is the best comfort food you could ask for!Chili

1 Ib of lean ground beef, turkey, or vegetarian meat substitute
1 onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 T. chili powder
½ t. salt
2 t. cumin
¼ t. cayenne
2 cans of kidney beans
1 can of diced tomatos
28 ounce can of tomato paste
½ t. hot sauce (optional)
6 jalapenos, chopped and deseeded
1 t. sugar
1 c. dark beer
Shredded cheddar cheese, to taste
Sour cream or Greek yogurt, to taste

1. Cook meat/or substitute in a large pan for about 7 minutes – or until it is thoroughly cooked.
2. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, cayenne, and hot sauce of your choice.
3. Cook and stir mixture for about 5 minutes,until the onion is translucent.
4. Transfer to large pot and add beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, jalapenos, sugar, and beer.
5. Stir and bring to a boil.
6. Turn down the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occassionally, for 30 minutes.
7. Top your dish off with cheese and sour cream/yogurt!

Enough ZZZs a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
Did you know that 33% of adults in the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep? Sleep is like a reset button for our bodies – helping everything to work the way it should.Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can cause:
• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• Obesity
• Depression
• Injuries due to drowsiness or exhaustion
• Stroke

According to the CDC, the standard amount of sleep for an adult is 7 hours in a typical 24 hour period – but everyone is different and you may need more or less than that.

Having trouble? Here are some common sleep stealers:
• Inconsistent lifestyle
• Using technology late at night
• Irregular job hours or shift work
• Sleep apnea
• Anxiety

Here’s something: reduced sleep differs geographically. People on the East Coast sleep less than those on the West Coast. According to the CDC, 4 in 10 Maryland adults sleep less than 7 hours, compared to 3 in 10 Oregan adult.

Tips for better sleep:
• Have a consistent bedtime
• Make sure your environment is dark and comfortable
• Turn off electronic devices
• Avoid caffeine and large meals before bedtime
• Be active during the day
• If you’re struggling with sleep, call your provider to talk about why. Don’t put it off - you’re body needs it to remain healthy.

News Worthy

Chase Brexton in Mt. Vernon offered Nalaxone Training to Combat Baltimore’s Opioid Epidemic

For International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, Chase Brexton, with the support of Baltimore’s Health Department, offered a free training program and distribution of naloxone overdose rescue kits. Naloxone is an overdose-reversal drug that helped to save at least 500 people, as reported, in 2016.Nalaxone Training

The Baltimore City Health Department recently received extra funding in order to distribute Nalaxone, because there was an enormous shortage. Learning about this life saving drug is particularly important to the community of Baltimore. According to the CDC, Maryland is one of the top 10 states with this epidemic that has only increased over the years and in Baltimore the rate of deaths to overdose grew by 19% between 2013 and 2014. Additionally, recent discoveries about opioids in Baltimore revealed extremely dangerous poisons that the drugs are cut with, fentanyl and carfentanil, making the drugs more deadly.

Anyone could sign up for our special training, in order to learn the about the drug and help prevent fatal overdoses.

Important takeaways about Naloxone:
• Anyone can walk into a pharmacy and ask for a rescue kit – without a prescription
• 2 doses come in a pack
• There are several ways to administer the drug – inhalant, injection, and auto-injector are among them
• It is not harmful – it is safe for children and pregnant women
• It will not affect or cause harm to a person if they are not overdosing on heroin
• It stays in your body for 90 minutes
• It’s not 100% effective even after 2 doses
• The person that is overdosing may be extremely irritable because this medicine causes immediate withdrawal

For more information, please visit

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

To bring attention to and support for the challenges faced by our aging population with HIV, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is honored every year on September 18th.#NHAAAD

On average, 26% of those with HIV, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, are 55 years and older. And, those over 50 are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV in the later stages of the disease, making treatment more aggressive and a little more difficult.

Why is this? HIV symptoms can be easily confused with what seems like normal aging. On top of that, the idea of having HIV and fear of the stigma associated with HIV can make those over 50 less likely to get tested. HIV, like hepatitis C and other infectious diseases, are not a part of routine testing given by primary care providers (PCPs).

What can you do? If you are over 50 and have never been tested, it’s time. Walk in to Chase Brexton for a free test any day of the week. If you are under 50, reminder your loved ones of all ages that it’s important to get the test. We can all help to stop HIV.

For more information on HIV/AIDS and Aging, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Charm Ball 2017!

Join us on Saturday, September 23 from 6 PM – 11 PM for a ‘charming’ evening at the historic B&O Railroad Museum. Click here for more info.