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Did you know...there are supplements you can take for your health?

Did your grandmother or neighborhood elder ever tell you about an herbal remedy for a headache or stomach problem by giving you some fresh herbs such as chamomile, peppermint, ginger or some tea mixture? If so, you have already experienced what is known as complementary and alternative medicine (known as CAM). It's common for herbal remedies to be used and shared in the African, African-American West Indian and Latino communities and these remedies are types of CAM.

Did you know...using a pedometer can help you count your way to 10,000 steps?

Get started with a pedometer!

Did you know research shows walking 30 minutes a day can help control your weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and improve your overall health?

Did you know...knowing the facts about type 1 diabetes can save your life?

What is Type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes means your body can't make insulin at all or makes very little of it. This happens because your immune system starts attacking the only organ that produces insulin: the pancreas.

Did You Know...that more than one in four adults in Central Harlem smokes?

That's about 39,000 people! However, recent research shows that about 7 in 10 of these smokers (about 27,000 people) tried to quit in the past year. Quitting can be really hard, but you are not alone.

Did you know...getting the facts about type 2 diabetes can save your life?

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes means your body is insulin-resistant. At first, your body produces insulin but does not use that insulin correctly. After time, your pancreas, which is the only organ that produces insulin, is no longer able to make it at all.

Did you know...litter and dirty streets can affect your mood as well as your health?

It's obvious that litter attracts pests such as rats and roaches. Food scraps or containers left on the street give these pests something to eat and a reason to stick around. These pests can affect health by spreading infectious diseases.

Did you know...there are ways to evaluate information about supplements? CAM Checklist

If you are thinking about using supplements, here are some tips to help you in making the best choices.

Did you know...in 2005, heart disease killed over 4,000 Black women in NYC?

Heart disease in East and Central Harlem is a big concern. In 2005, these two areas in Harlem had among the highest percentages of people who died from heart disease in all of Manhattan.

Did you know...Harlem has some of the highest rates of obesity and you can do something about it?

Harlem residents have among the highest rates of obesity in Manhattan. What is obesity and how can Harlem overcome these statistics?

Harlem residents have among the highest rates of obesity in Manhattan. What is obesity and how can Harlem overcome these statistics?

Did you know...there are ways to be safe when beginning an exercise program?

Safety first!

Preparing to exercise can be just as important as the actual physical activity. An injury when you first start exercising may slow down your progress towards a healthy lifestyle or halt your motivation all together.

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