Health Fest 2010 in Raleigh,NC

The Wake County Medical Society and Alliance are proud to present… 

Health Fest 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010 
10 am - 2 pm 
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School 
2600 Rock Quarry Rd Raleigh, NC 27610 

Offering FREE Health Screenings and Education to include: Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Assessment BMI Screening Smoking Cessation Counseling Nutrition and exercise information Mammography appointments for Free Screenings Flu Shots for certain individuals Physician Consultations Information on Medicare choices and plans Safe Kids and SAFETeens .....and much, much more

Contest: Share your Breast Cancer Survival Story

As the month comes to a close, we’d like to remind the women readers of our blog to sign up for their annual mammogram. October is National Breast Cancer Month. And we’re giving away some items that will definitely make you think in pink! Please share with other readers your story of survival or the story of a loved one to be entered for a chance to win a bag of Breast Cancer merchandise.
Ladies AND gentleman should remember to take the time out to routinely check your breast health. Here is a link to an article on the correct way to do a Self Exam from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

PAWS: What Vaccines are Really Needed?

Emailed from Dr. Jon & The Dog Crazy Newsletter…

Some people are under the misconception (or they have been given the wrong information) that when they acquire their puppies or dogs they have already been given all the vaccines they need – for life.

This is NOT true. You would not believe how many puppies I’ve seen over the years that became sick with some preventable disease. They received some vaccines but not everything that they needed.

Some people are concerned about over-vaccination. Is it possible to over-vaccinate? Yes it is. For those of you that want to know more, I have the perfect article for you.
What Vaccines Does Your Dog REALLY Need? This article will tell you. 
Until next time,
Dr. Jon

P.S.  Here is another very good article – The Irreverent Veterinarian Speaks Out – What Vets Don’t Want You To Know. 

Fresh Fitness Tips from SELF

Join SELF magazine for some Fresh Fitness Tips . Designed to help you participate in some of your favorite childhood activities, this is a great way to tone-up your body and kick up your calorie burn.

While on their site you can also enter to win a pair of Brook’s Running Shoes. It’s worth a try! But be sure to select NO when it asks you to sign up for a trial subscription.

PAWS: Foods you should NEVER give your dog

Many pet parents are guilty of treating our animals to some human foods, but did you know there are several items that you should NEVER give your furry friends?  Here is a listing of just some of the foods the book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know by veterinarian Karen Halligan, DVM, director of veterinary services for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

Avocados and their pits       Chives
Garlic                                Onions
Chocolate                          Macadamia Nuts
Peach pits                          Apricot pits
Apple Seeds                        Raisins and Grapes
Uncooked dough                 Xylitol (found in gum, sweets)

But there are a couple of items that are ok in moderation for your pets, these foods include:
Eggs (thoroghly cooked)
Meats (well done, boneless and skinless)
Vegetables (carrots and broccoli are full of soluble fiber)

If you suspect that your four-legged friend has consumed something that has mad them sick, contact your vet or the ASPCA’s poison control center at 1-888-426-4435.

Neighborhood News: Brains & Bodies Workshop

Advocates for Health in Action will be hosting a Brains and Bodies Workshop October 12th from 10-12 at the Cameron Village Library.  The workshop is designed to provide parents with the knowledge and tools to generate ideas that create healthy changes in our schools.  If you would like to attend, please email Laura at

This notice received from: 

Laura Aiken, MA, MHA
Director, Advocates for Health in Action
Community Outreach, WakeMed Health & Hospitals
(919) 350-8366 (office)
(919) 630-2095 (cell)

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Bed bugs have been a hot topic in the news as of late. Do you know how to identify them? How to get rid of them? Or how to treat them? Me either, until I found this very informative article on the subject. 

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