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October Wellness Resources

Apples are a healthy food source

Apples not only taste delicious, but are good for you, as well. There are many different varieties to choose from, and many ways to eat apples: in a pie, in a bread, as cider, and, of course, right off the tree.

Each apple has its own distinctive flavor and this month, you are encouraged to try some different ones. Some of our favorites include (but are not limited to!): Braeburn, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Winesap.

Find out more about New York State apples and the many varieties below.



Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Each year an estimated 670,000 dogs are euthanized in United States animal shelters, according to the American Humane organization. To raise awareness of older dogs in particular, October has been designated National “Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog” month.

Many potential pet adopters tend to overlook older animals, according to American Humane. Dogs over age 6 or 7 tend to be less rambunctious than older dogs; are often already house trained; are a great fit for people with busy lifestyles; and love you unconditionally.

The organization advises you to talk to shelter staff to help you find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle.



Find out more about breast cancer

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Men can get it, too – according to the American Cancer Society, about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2019.

With these statistics, it is important that everyone is aware of the risk factors, types of breast cancer, treatments and research. For more information, click on the resource links below.



Domestic violence affects everyone

Someone is physically abused by an intimate partner every 20 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On an annual basis, this means over 10 million people are victims. Domestic violence affects everyone, everywhere and disproportionately affects women, particularly women of color. Men can also be victims of domestic violence – again, it affects everyone.

Below are resources you can use to find out more information.



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