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Did you know that on average, Americans gain a little over a pound in the week following Christmas? Would it make you feel better if I told you so do Germans and the Japanese? Misery loves company. And fudge.

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in September that found Americans aren’t the only ones who put on weight during celebratory times. But, a report in Nutrition Review suggests that pounds Americans gain can have long lasting effects: weight gain during the holiday season may be an important contributor to the rising prevalence of obesity.

What is your favorite holiday scent? Fresh baked gingerbread? Evergreen boughs? Candy Canes? Could smelling those things actually be good for you? Proponents of aromatherapy say if they are in the form of essential oils: yes.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.

When Nelson Mandela spoke at the International AIDS Conference in 2000 in South Africa, no one knew what the future held for the epidemic. 15 years later, the global AIDS response has been transformed.

Today is World AIDS Day. While 15 million people have been reached with AIDS treatment since Nelson Mandela’s speech, there is still much work to be done.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter stated, 

"There are four kinds of people:those who will become caregivers,those who are caregivers,those who were caregivers,and those who will need caregiving themselves."

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

Did you get your flu shot? It’s not too late.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that while influenza vaccination should begin soon after vaccine becomes available, usually in October, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue to be offered even in January or later.