Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual health campaign organized by breast cancer charities to increase awareness for the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Every year, an estimated 40,000 women in the United States die from this disease.

Although the general assumption is that only women suffer from breast cancer, men can be at risk as well. Every year, more than 2,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed among men. As with female breast bancer, the risk for contracting this disease increases with age.

The best way to fight breast cancer is to detect it in its early stages, most often done with a mammogram. Women and men should not ignore any breast lumps or swelling and should frequently see their doctor. It is recommended that all women age 50 years or older have routine mammograms performed.

In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. At Filters Fast we want to increase breast cancer awareness and advocacy by urging everyone, especially those at high risk, to monitor their bodies for early detection and treatment. We invite you to feel free to share your sentiments, pay tribute to or write “in memory of” someone you lost to breast cancer in the comment section of this blog.

While Breast Cancer Awareness Month only lasts for 31 days, it is important to frequently raise awareness and educate ourselves about this disease. Do not neglect to have a routine mammogram performed. Above all else, always keep in mind to continue fighting and never lose hope.

Family Health and Fitness Day 2012

Family Health and Fitness Day 2012

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On September 29, 2012 the 16th annual Family Health and Fitness Day will kick off. This annual event is held to promote family involvement in physical activity. Around the country, local organizations such as YMCA’s, schools, park districts and more will hold health-related events with the purpose of not only promoting fitness but also fighting obesity and making important lifestyle changes.

These lifestyle changes center on developing a regular exercise routine for you and your family. Unfortunately, many routines never come to pass due to a lack of motivation. But what if you weren’t just exercising for you? What if you were also doing it for others as well? With The W3 Project’s “Walk for you. Walk for them” campaign, you can do just that. With every mile donated, The W3 Project will raise $1 for Wine To Water in an effort to bring clean water to those in need. Every mile donated will bring clean water to one person for an entire year. For more information on this charity effort, go to www.filtersfast.com/w3 .

There are many exercise routines that you and your family can take part of on a regular basis even after this event is over. Taking a long walk around your neighborhood, going on a hike or bike ride with your family are great ways to stay fit and live a more healthy life.

As our country’s obesity rate continues to stay at alarming levels, the importance of health and fitness has never been more important. This is your opportunity to find a health-related event in your area, gather your family and get fit.

Five Safety Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning & Foodborne Illness

Food Safety MonthSeptember is Food Education Safety Month, a month long initiative to encourage foodservice operators and restaurants to renew their commitment to food safety. One of the first things to remember is to always utilize filtered water to prevent waterborne contaminates from latching to your food.

The Everpure 7CB5-S Water Filter Cartridge reduces chlorine and other waterborne contaminants. This replacement water cartridge filters contaminants for beverage and foodservice applications which can have an unfavorable affect on taste.

You can also consider the Polaris UV-12C which is an ultraviolet sterilization system that is ideal for food preparation purposes. This UV system deactivates micro-organisms while producing little change in water temperature.

The kitchen is the mainline of defense between foodborne illness and your family. Let’s look at 5 safety tips for avoiding foodborne illness in your home.

1.)    Wash your hands often. Do not neglect to wash your hands front and back, in between fingers and under fingernails for at least 20 seconds with warm water before and after each step in food preparation.

2.)    Clean all food surfaces. Do this regularly to remove food particles and spills. Use hot, soapy water when cleaning. Wash the counter carefully before and after preparing food.

3.)    Do the dishes. Wash cookware and dishes in the dishwasher or in hot, soapy water. Always keep in mind that chipped plates and china can collect harmful bacteria.

4.)    Change dishcloths and towels regularly. Wash on the hot cycle in the washing machine and always allow them to dry in between each use. Damp towels and dishcloths are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Throw out dirty sponges or sterilize them by microwaving them for two minutes while wet.

5.)    Pay close attention to the refrigerator and freezer. This includes the shelves, sides and doors where food is stored. Consider using the Whirlpool Refrigerator Deodorizer for fresher, longer lasting food. Also consider using any one of our refrigerator air filters for other cost effective options.

It is important to incorporate proper home food safety habits into our daily routines to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses and food poisoning. In honor of National Foodservice Employees Day on September 26th, be mindful to thank all of the food service employees from around the world, who provide us with excellent service whenever we go out for a meal.