News Category: Health and Wellness

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Building Bright Smiles: Why Healthy Teeth Matter for Your Little Grinners

Sun’s out, tongues out – every day is a good day for a carefree smile! But for growing kids, keeping those teeth in tip-top shape goes beyond aesthetics. Healthy teeth play a crucial role in a child’s overall well-being, impacting everything from speech development to self-esteem and even academic performance. Setting the Stage for a…

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Health Eating During the Holiday Season

Want to enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty? Here are a few suggestions. 1. Avoid Temptations Holiday goodies in plain sight are hard to resist. Bypass the holiday treats in the break room and keep healthy alternatives within easy reach (fruits, veggies, and lightly salted nuts). 2. Buffet Dos and Don’ts Before loading up your…

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Three ways you can raise awareness about mental health

Mental illness hides among us with approximately 1 out of 4 individuals suffering from a mental health condition in the United States. While highly prevalent, this country still has a significant stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders. Brushing mental health under the rug is not the answer, and as a society interested in progress and well-being, now…

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Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and TSU Back to School and Neighborhood Centers Health Fair

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and TSU Present the Annual Back to School and Neighborhood Centers Health Fair Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and Texas Southern University (TSU) are proud to present the annual Back to School and Neighborhood Centers Health Fair!

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What Everyone Should Know About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It causes cervical cancer as well as head and neck and penile cancers. Every year, HPV-related cancers affect approximately 44,000 people in the United States. In Harris County, Hispanics have the highest cervical cancer rates. The HPV vaccine is effective at preventing…

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Diabetes Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2020, there are over 4.2 million Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 88 million with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition characterized by slightly elevated blood glucose levels, indicating that a person is at risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes. Texas has one…

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A Healthy Heart, A Healthy You

February is American Heart Month, a great time to commit to managing your heart’s health. While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s often preventable through healthy lifestyle choices and the management of health conditions. According to the CDC, the leading risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high…

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Houston Infectious Disease Physician: Worst Thing You Can Do Is Minimize Concerns around COVID-19 Vaccine

On Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters” program, Dr. Charlene Flash addressed skepticism in parts of the African American and Latino communities around receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, which would help prevent illness from COVID-19, which has killed more than 350,000 Americans. “The worst thing people can do is minimize the concern. It is really…

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Don’t Regret Your Thanksgiving

As the number of COVID-positive cases rises in the region, Dr. Charlene Flash, CEO of Avenue 360 and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, echoed the public health guidance issued Tuesday from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “I know COVID fatigue has set in,” said Dr. Flash, an infectious disease physician. “But we must…

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Time for Your Flu Shot!

Getting a flu shot is an easy way to help protect you and your family. We are offering the flu vaccine at six of our clinics. Make an appointment by calling (713) 426-0027 or click here. Walk-ins are welcome at our Southwest and Heights clinic. We continue to take enhanced safety measures to protect all…

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Today is World Social Work Day.

Today is World Social Work Day, and we want to thank our hard working social work team who day in and day out help confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential. We hope to make the community a better place to…

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Say Cheese! October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Fresh breath, strong teeth and healthy gums are all part of oral health. That’s why it’s important to brush every day, and also to get regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist’s office. There are four basic steps to caring for teeth and gums: Brushing Flossing Rinsing…

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Children’s Vaccinations

  Today, children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, thanks to years of immunization. Children must get at least some vaccines before they may attend…

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Heat Exhaustion

With the summer temperatures soaring here in Houston, be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms.  Keep your family hydrated and cool. Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It’s one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke…

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July is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

  Hepatitis refers to an inflammation of the liver cells and damage to the liver. There are different types and causes, but the symptoms can be similar. The liver’s functions include detoxifying the blood, storing vitamins, and producing hormones. Hepatitis can disrupt these processes and create severe health problems throughout the body. At least five viruses…

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Mental Health Awareness

  Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you…

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May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can’t eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It may also be in other products…

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March is National Nutrition Month

  The purpose of nutrition month is to help the public become aware of the importance of good nutrition and a healthful eating plan. Here we have assembled the materials that allow you to learn the importance of a nutrient-dense diet that promotes health. Individuals can do that by being aware of how to eat a balanced…

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HWH-Healthy Women Houston

  A coalition of health organizations launched an initiative Friday to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in the Third Ward and Sunnyside, areas where women die after giving birth at much higher rates than compared to other parts of Harris County. Healthy Women Houston members said that making sure women READ MORE

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

  If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or…

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National Birth Defects Month Dec 17

What you need to know to prevent birth defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  Join the efforts to raise awareness and prevent children being born with defects. Some babies are born with special differences called birth defects, which can affect any part of their body in big or small ways. These differences can impact how they look, move, or even breathe. Depending…

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12-18, 2018

The United States Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is an annual observance that highlights the steps everyone can take to improve antibiotic prescribing and use. Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics…

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Nearly one in five American adults are diagnosed with a mental illness each year.  Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.   The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram –…

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October is National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.

    October is National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.  Sudden Death Syndrome or SIDS, is an unexplained death occurring during sleep of an otherwise healthy infant under 1 year of age.  SIDS is also known as crib death since infants die in their crib. Although the cause is unknown, it appears that SIDS might be…

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Childhood Immunizations Schedule

Many of us know our children need immunizations, but many of us do not know at what ages the vaccines are needed.  Immunizations prevent serious diseases and spreading those diseases to others. Doctor’s have found that due to Children’s immune system that vaccines will work best when they are given at certain ages of your…

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Healthy Travel Snacks for Kids and Adults


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Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke?

Heat exhaustion is a result of your body overheating. The summer months in the Houston heat, we all need to be aware of the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stoke.  Heat Exhaustion is one of three heat-related syndromes that we can suffer from.  Heat Cramps are among the mildest and Heat Stroke is the most severe….

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Easy Meal Prep 101 for Beginners


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Congenital Cytomegalovirus – CMV

What you need to know about Congenital Cytomegalovirus What is Congenital Cytomegalovirus? Medical News Today states, Cytomegalovirus is a common herpes virus. Many people do not know they have it, because they may have no symptoms of herpes. But the virus, which remains dormant in the body, can cause complications during pregnancy and for people with…

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4 Easy Summer Salad Recipes


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June Is Men’s Health Month-10 Vital Health Tests for Men

  Did you know there was a month entirely dedicated to raising awareness for issues impacting the health and wellness of men and boys? The month also coincides with Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), a special awareness period created by Congress, and the #ShowUsYourBlue campaign on June 16 where men and women are encouraged to wear…

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June Marks Men’s Health Month-Prostate Cancer

  Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to increase awareness of issues impacting the health and wellness of men, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, skin cancer, heart disease, colon cancer and hypertension. Prostate Cancer Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers in men.  1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer…

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Mental Health Signs, Myths, and Facts

What is Mental Health? Mental health is our condition in regards to our psychological, social and emotional well-being.  Our mental health is all about how we think, feel and behave.  The term “mental health” is also used to mean the absence of a mental disorder. Early Warning Signs According to  if you or a loved one…

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Healthy Meal Prep Ideas


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Healthy Eyes Month

  Do you want to keep your eyes healthy?  Having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is one of the best things you can do for your vision.  If it has been a while since you have had one or if you have never had one, it may be time.   What is a comprehensive dilated eye…

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May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

[youtube] Get Your FREE How to Be a Skin Cancer Hero Infographic Here     The information contained in this Avenue 360 Website is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment, and Avenue 360 recommends consultation with your Avenue 360 doctor or health care professional.

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Stroke and the UT Stomp Out Stroke Festival

Stroke U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health states, each year more than 140,000 people die from a stroke in the United States alone.  Stroke leads all others in long-term disability in the U.S.  Each year approximately 795,000 people will suffer from a stroke and of those 600,000 are first attacks. Approximately ¼ occur…

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What is Sepsis?

CDC Center for Disease Control states Sepsis is an infection and those with chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Each year in the U.S., more than…

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