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National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

What is MHAM?

June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

The headache, migraine and cluster communities work together for our diseases to be recognized. A disease awareness month plays a vital role to raise public knowledge, address stigma and build a stronger community of patient advocates.

The headache, migraine, and cluster communities are working together to increase awareness during National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). This year’s theme is Myth, Truth, Action.

National Headache Week was initiated by the National Headache Foundation (NHF).

The U.S. Federal Government officially recognized National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month as a National Health Observance in June 2018. This recognition effort was led by Patient Advocate, Jeannette Rotondi and Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc.

Purple became the official color of MHAM in 2012. The National Headache Foundation and Teri Robert began the #MHAM Blogging Challenge, which created daily prompts for bloggers to jumpstart an article related to the day’s topic and theme.

What is Migraine?

Migraine is a neurological disease characterized by recurrent episodes of moderate to severe headaches, often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. These attacks can last anywhere from a few hours to several days, significantly impacting the daily life and functionality of those affected.

Beyond the physical pain, migraine can have far-reaching consequences on patients’ well-being. It can disrupt work, school, and social activities, leading to decreased productivity and quality of life. Additionally, the unpredictability of migraine attacks can cause emotional distress, anxiety, and depression in people who live with migraine.

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June is Men’s Health Month

Bringing Awareness to Men’s Health

Celebrated each year during June, Men’s Health Month brings awareness to the health issues all men face. The month is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness through a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns.

Men’s Health Month is focused on raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Did you know that men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women? Part of the reason is that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor, according to menshealthmonth.org.

Here are some screening tests recommended for men age 40-65 as directed by a physician:

  • Blood pressure
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Cholesteral Screening
  • Dental Exams
  • Diabetes mellitus, type2
  • Eye Exams
  • Immunizations
  • Infectious Disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Physical Exams
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Skin Exams
  • Testicular Exams

It’s important as a man to brush up on your health facts, listen to your body and be sure to get regular checkups. Even if you don’t feel sick, it is important to see your doctor regularly and schedule annual exams. Not only will you live longer, you’ll have a better quality of life

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Chicken Zucchini Poppers with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

You’ll love this recipe because:

  • It’s a quick 20-30 minute meal.
  • Chicken zucchini poppers are awesome for meal prep, and can easily be frozen.
  • These make an easy dinner that can sneak in some extra vegetables for kids…or dads.
  • Made with chicken and zucchini, it’s a really healthy high-protein snack.
  • The sauce that comes with it can be doubled and used as a dip for steaks, grilled chicken, or roasted vegetables.
  • This recipe can easily be made keto, dairy free, low carb, whole30, gluten free, and migraine diet friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken (at least 7% fat recommended)
  • 1-2 medium zucchini squash (about 1½ cups shredded)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil for cooking

Creamy Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 small garlic clove (or more depending on preference)
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Instructions

  • 1.- Combine cilantro, garlic clove, mayonnaise, cottage cheese, and vinegar in a food processor and blend till combined. Pop in the fridge to thicken and let flavors combine at least 30 min. You can also just chop the cilantro small and mix everything together by hand. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2.- On a cheese grater, grate the fresh zucchini squash into small pieces and place on a paper towel. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of kosher salt and squeeze to remove excess moisture. Place into a large bowl with chicken, garlic, chives, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt and a sprinkle of fresh black pepper. Form mixture into 3 inch patties, you should have 6 total.
  • 3.- Prepare a large nonstick or cast iron skillet with oil and bring to medium heat. Cook chicken patties on each side for 4 minutes until browned on both sides and cooked through. If they’re not quite cooked through but getting really brown, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 minutes or so.
  • 4.- Serve warm with dipping sauce or top each popper with a little bit of the sauce.

Notes

  • If you can’t find fresh chives, substitute green onion.
  • I prefer ground chicken thighs, which are more flavorful and juicy than ground chicken breast, but both will work for this recipe. It helps the flavor to have chicken breast with some fat – I use one that’s 93/7% fat.
  • If you want to make this sauce dairy free, paleo, Whole30, leave out the cottage cheese and replace it with mayo. Cut back on the vinegar to 1-2 teaspoons to taste. Mixture might be a little more thin.
  • Store in the fridge or in the freezer for long term.