PreCheck Observes National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects an estimated 65 million people worldwide.  Several people living with epilepsy, like myself, are able to control their seizures with ongoing anti-epileptic medications. In this article, I’d like help those who aren’t familiar with epilepsy understand and remove any stigmas that are associated with the disorder. I hope you find this helpful as you may have a friend or family member who is living with this disorder or even maybe if you suffer from seizure(s) yourself.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014: Remembering Gloria Satcherwhite

Breast cancer has overwhelmingly affected many friends, families and colleagues here at PreCheck.  This year, we lost one of the bravest members on our team to this disease. Gloria Satcherwhite, PreCheck’s Sr. Human Resources Generalist/Compensation Analyst, started with PreCheck back in 2007. Not only was she our HR Generalist, Gloria served as a guide and mentor to many—someone you can confide in when there was nowhere else to turn.

National Recovery Month 2014

Millions of Americans struggle with drug and alcohol addiction every day. Substance abuse is widely recognized as one of the most complex and concerning issues facing today’s society. Illicit drug use in America has been on an incline from 2002 to 2012. In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans ages 12 or older had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication—such as pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer—in the past month; this is up from 8.3 percent in 2002.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccinations are an important step in protecting against serious, and sometimes deadly, illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis. They help reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to diseases. When germs invade the body, they attack and multiply. This invasion is called infection, which then leads to illness. After fighting the infection, the body is left with a supply of cells that help recognize and fight future diseases.

July is National UV Safety Month

As summer gets into full swing, many of us are excited to welcome the season with pool parties, beach trips, patio barbeques and picnics at the park. It’s during these warm summer months we spend most of our time outdoors with friends and family. Sun exposure is recommended because it’s our primary source for vitamin D—which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones; but like with everything else, moderation is key.

Mental Health Awareness Month 2014

Mental health problems remain a key issue amongst millions of men, women, children, teens and adults worldwide. We live in such a fast-pace and hectic world we often forget to stop and smell the roses. Work, family, money and illness are often found as leading causes of stress and fluctuating mood levels, and the impact derives from how we manage and cope with our issues.

National Public Health Awareness Week 2014

The choices we make every day impact our lives and those around us. From the types of food we consume to our routine physical activity, we become complacent and often forget the adverse effects our choices may have on our body and mind. Being cognizant of our actions and learning how we manage them can significantly amend health risks and improve our quality of life. These benefits include, but are not limited to, an increase in life expectancy and a reduction in preventable diseases.

Healthcare professionals play a significant role in providing answers and resources to the injured and chronically ill. These doctors, physicians, nurse and health professionals have dedicated their lives to protecting those in need. They are often placed at the forefront during life-threatening situations. Thus, having clear communication performing thorough examinations, and offering proper guidance is imperative.

To many, February is a month celebrated with heart-shaped candies, gifts and flowers, all in the name of Saint Valentine. As of 2009, President Obama also set February as the month to promote heart disease awareness across the United States. In addition, President Obama’s proclamation states that American Heart Month is reserved to “honor the health professionals, researchers and other heart health ambassadors whose efforts help all Americans live longer and healthier lives.”

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: What You Must Know

Recent reports estimate there are currently 1,660,290 different types of cancers in the United States and over 12 million worldwide. Cancer remains as the second leading cause of death in the U.S.—accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. Specifically, cervical cancer currently affects nearly 250,000 women in the United States and it is the culprit in over 4,000 deaths in the last year.