Shave Off The Fluff and Get to the Root of the Problem: Men's Health

It's November: the time of the year where men of all ages sport that inexplicably creepy handle bar mustache in the name of a very good cause: men's health awareness. Men have a set of unique health problems including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and a significantly higher rate of suicide compared to women.  On average, men die 6 years earlier than women and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Now I'm all for raising awareness and money for research and educating people about appropriate screening methods and I'll never tell a man what to do with his facial hair, but perhaps a more effective method for not only raising awareness but also affecting change (in real time!), would be to educate people about the underlying issues (already proven by research!) that contribute to many of the health problems unique to men. Let me get to the root of them here.

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Break out the Broccoli, it's National Nutrition Month!

It's National Nutrition Month!  I'm sitting here in Ho Chi Minh City all excited because the area around my apartment in District 1 is a hub of healthylicious food (Hum Vegetarian, Pi Vegetarian Bistro and Kay Vegan are among my favorites).  Who would have thought?  Forget one blog post- National Nutrition Month deserves a whole series.  It's that important.  

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My Top 5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I've spent 29 of my 33 years in New England, so I know all about the Winter Blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  The struggle is real, especially once the holidays end and the promise of sun kissed skin seems an eternity away. The winters in the New England (and obviously other parts of the world- hello Arctic Circle!) are Long.  Dark. Cold.  Dreary.  As a child I loved the winter- sledding, skiing, building snow people, sipping hot cocoa and then heading back outside to frolic in the snow.  Then I grew older, started adulting and forgot the importance of play. My tolerance for winter and my mood dipped with the temperature.

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