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ACAESUSFree Virtual Public Health Series: Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention

 

 

 

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 The Asian Culture and Education Society USA invited Dr. Zhiyong Li, M.D., Ph.D. to give the Asian community a 1-hour presentation titled “Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention” for its Virtual Public Health Series. 

 

First, Dr. Li talked about cancer’s impact on society: over six hundred thousand deaths in the USA in 2020. On a positive note, 80% of cancer risk factors are avoidable, including tobacco use, alcohol use, lifestyle choices, exercise, and diet habits. Among these risk factors, diet habits have the most serious impact, accounting for 35%, while tobacco use accounts for 30%, and familial factors account for only 3%. Therefore, if we practice healthy eating, we could better avoid health concerns, such as cancer.

 

Furthermore, Dr. Li recommends a few options for the prevention of cancer. First and foremost, due to the serious impact of diet habits, Dr. Li suggests that one should eat a variety of foods and focus on five important points: five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, foods high in fiber and low in fat, using healthy cooking techniques, seeing a registered dietitian for guidance, and being mindful of food choices. Another recommendation involves maintaining a desirable weight, and Dr. Li demonstrated how to calculate BMI. More of the population is overweight rather than underweight due to eating out, as most convenience foods are higher in fat and calories than homemade meals.

 

Additionally, Dr. Li connected the relationship between smoking and lung cancer, as smoking accounts for 87% of lung cancer cases, and one out of every five smokers develops lung cancer. In the United States, there are about 228,820 new cases and 135,720 deaths due to lung cancer annually. Dr. Li warns that there is no safe form of tobacco product; thus, it is important to promote the cessation of smoking and the avoidance of tobacco products. 

 

More than 50 people from the Asian community attended this Virtual Public Health Series, and participants asked questions enthusiastically during the Q&A session. The ACAESUSA community deeply appreciates Dr. Li for his lecture on promoting good health and answering all of the questions patiently. We will remember Dr. Zhiyong Li’s recommendations and remind friends to live a healthier life!

 

“Welcome new members! It is easy to feel powerless in the face of COVID-19, but together we can make a difference! We will continue to help the community in need,” said Jan Xie, the president of Asian Culture and Education Society USA. “Please join and support the ACAESUSA.”

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Writer: Katherine Tang 

Editor: ACAESUSA media team

 

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On December 5th, Asian Culture and Education Society USA invited Dr. Riva L. Rahl MD to give the Asian community a presentation entitled “Your Rx for a Healthy Life: the ABCs” for its 9th Public Health Series.  

 

First, Dr. Rahl prescribed a set of recommendations for a healthy life using the ABCs. “A” was for “avoid tobacco” since tobacco is responsible for more death and medical problems in the United States today than any other substance.  

“B” was for blood pressure. Because blood pressure affects so many organs, it is important to know and monitor one’s blood pressure. In the case of abnormal or unhealthy blood pressure, there are several measures that may be taken. One measure is exercise, which is an effective method to lower blood pressure by 6-10 points as soon as the activity is begun. Another measure is sodium intake since the blood pressure in approximately one out of three people is affected by the amount of sodium consumed. Therefore, to maintain healthy blood pressure, it is imperative to reduce daily salt intake and exercise regularly.  

“C” was for cholesterol. Dr. Rahl discussed three kinds of cholesterol—high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)—as well as triglycerides. Maintaining a healthy diet, performing aerobic activities, and controlling one’s body fat are all effective ways of increasing our good HDL and reducing bad LDL and triglycerides. 

 “D” was for diabetes, a disease that 14.1% of the US population possesses at present, making it a severe national health crisis. Like high blood pressure, blood sugar concentration affects many organs in our body. We learned about five traits that determine one’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes: blood sugar, waist size, HDL, triglycerides, and blood pressure. If three out of five of these conditions are outside of their normal ranges, it will greatly increase one’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  

“E” was for exercise, which is Dr. Rahl’s favorite thing. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an adult should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (300 minutes is better) alongside 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercise every week, and kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. There are three main objectives of exercise: to increase our oxygen intake through aerobic activity, to enhance our strength, and to improve our flexibility. The frequency, intensity, and duration of our exercise affect its quality. Thus, when we choose the styles of our exercises, we need to consider how it contributes toward these three components. Dr. Rahl emphasizes that exercise only lengthens our life by 1-2 years but may extend the period of our independent quality living by 8-14 years.  

“F” was for fat, and it simply meant to avoid obesity. The more overweight one is the higher one’s risk of diabetes.  

Dr. Rahl highlighted the health risks of regularly overindulging in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a double-edged sword: while an appropriate amount may help to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia, too much alcohol will increase blood triglycerides and cause major health issues such as cirrhosis and pancreatitis. Alcohol also significantly raises the risk for many kinds of cancer, including oral, colon, livers, esophageal, and breast cancers. According to one study, women who drink 3 servings of alcohol each week have a 25% higher risk to contract breast cancer compared to those without drinking alcohol. 

Next, Dr. Rahl talked about stress. According to some sources, 85% of medical problems may be stress-related. Our mind and body exist as an integrated circuit, and our every thought stimulates a hormonal response. When our minds experience stress, our bodies release two hormones: adrenaline and cortisol.  

Dr. Rahl also provided us with some tips to maintain health:  

1) It is critical to eat breakfast and put fuel into our bodies in the morning, to get a solid lunch, and to keep healthy snacks on hand to maintain a stable blood sugar level throughout the day.  

2) Deep breathing, making sure to move around every hour, stretching, and listening to music helps to manage our stress in small ways.  

3) Begin with 10 minutes of exercise a day, and slowly increase duration and intensity. Dr. Rahl also suggested for us to diversify our exercises and perform “flight” and “fight” stimulating exercises. FLIGHT simulators such as walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming, as well as FIGHT simulators such as weightlifting, using resistance bands, and calisthenics can help us to burn off stress.  

4) Balance the amount of love we give with the love we receive and live as if people were of the utmost importance.  

5) Plan for vacations. Vacations can add as many as 8 years to our life.  

6) Respect the power of sleep and get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Regular exercise improves sleep quality. 

 The ACAES community deeply appreciated Dr. Rahl for her informative talk. In the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic, she has given us tools to maintain our wellbeing and the integrity of our immune systems, which are of first priority for everyone. We will heed Dr. Rahl’s recommendations and make a concerted effort toward a healthier and happier life! 

“It is easy to feel powerless in the face of COVID-19, but together we can make a difference! We will continue to help the community in need,” said Jan Xie, the president of Asian Culture and Education Society USA, “Please join and support the ACAESUSA” 

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Writer: Yun Xi 

Editor: ACAESUSA media team 

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Over the past month, the Asian Culture and Education Society USA (ACAESUSA) has delivered 398 hot Chinese meals, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), swimsuits, sheets, and pillowcases to those in need within our community.

 

They have generously lent their time and services to Parkland Hospital, Medical City in Plano, Family Place in Dallas, Clements University Hospital, The Dallas County Hospital District Police Department, University Park police officers and firefighters, Mexican American workers in the state of Virginia, and outstanding community students. 

 

We are gratified to see more and more members of the Chinese community join the efforts this month, including Coppell Chinese American, Valley Ranch Chinese American, UP Chinese American, HP Chinese American, and US Bank. Furthermore, we are grateful for the cooperation and compassion of the following participating restaurants: Ming Place China Bistro, Panda Express and Taste of Chengdu, Rice Pot Asian Cuisine, and Sichuan Folk.

 

We would like to thank our volunteers: Hongjian Li, Arnold Yan, Courtney Chen, Zhao Hong, Wendy, Xiu Hua, Qiu Mei, Wang Yan, Gao Yang, Luke Wu, Samuel Wu, Jessica Wu, Yan Wang,  Zhang Rong, Jack Sun, Liping, Jayson Ho, Jake Ho,Xixi, Luo Qin, Song Wei, Linda, Sheila, Jing Ye. Special thanks to our honorable volunteers: Gendap President Beverly Hill, Dr. Joseph Hill, Hongjian Li, US Bank Arnold Yan , JunYi & XuYan and Nancy Lin.

 

 

Also, we would like to say thank you to our individual donors for their continued support! Silver donors for those events: Liping & Jay Ho, Bronze donors: Xinlei Wang, Xie Yang, Bingxi Li, LingHua Kong, Rui Xu General support: Nancy Lin,  Wendy Zhao, Chieh Ju Chen, Chengfeng Ling, Chenglie Pan, WenChuang Hu, Hong Zhang, Lin Jing, Fan Xiaomeng. Zhou Hong and Zong Hui.

 

Mr. Hiren Parikh, Jill Hassmann, and Nicholas Hendren write the thank you letters to Jan Xie, the president of the Asian Culture and Education Society. "On behalf of my team and UTSW hospital, I would like to thank Asian Culture and Education Society for the kind donation of meals for our Chemistry Department staff," said Hiren Parikh, "The food was delicious and we enjoyed it very much." 

 

"Thank you for Asian Culture & Education Society’s recent gift-in-kind donation of 120 meals to support our staff at Parkland Health & Hospital System during this public health crisis. Your contribution allows the dedicated members of Parkland’s healthcare delivery teams to take a break and to properly nourish their bodies and minds so they can continue to heal the patients they are serving," said Jill Hassmann.

"Lunch was delicious and a welcomed moral boost in this current COVID-19 climate. We thank you for everything you do in the community and for your support,” said Nicholas Hendren from UTSW Cardiology Team.

 

Since the beginning of the recent COVID outbreak, Asian Culture And Education Society USA has been collecting PPE and donating to the front lines. They have also been supplying food to hospitals and families in need. They will continue the efforts with the Chinese American Community to provide charitable support to the people and institutions impacted most by COVID-19. 

 

"To help dissolve the hate with love, we will continue to deliver meals and PPE to front line health care workers and to the community in need,” said Jan Xie, the president of Asian Culture and Education Society USA, "Please join and support the ACAESUSA!"

 

Editor: Courtney Chen 

Writer: Samuel Wu

Picture: Luke Wu

 

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The Asian Culture and Education Society USA provided 100 meals and PPE to the VA North Texas Health Care System Emergency Department for frontline health workers on the memorial holiday weekend. Panda Express supported this effort.

 This is one of the many events that are being celebrated in a hundred cities across all 50 states during May, as part of the United Chinese Americans “Food of Love Day”. The United Chinese American DFW youth council and Asian Culture and Education Society youth council organized the memorial  “Food of Love Day”.  We would like to say thank you to our youth volunteers: Samuel Wu, Jingying Alice Cao, Renyi Richard Cao, Joan Ye, Jessica Wu, Zack Yang, Maddock Zhang, Tiffany Zhang, Jennifer Hou, Katherine Chang, and Joseph Hou. They have been raising money on gofundme, baking cookies, designing flyers, and working hard to show love to VA hospital frontline health workers. VA hospital worker James Calhoun (Army Veteran) Wood Badge 129 (Beaver) appreciates the youth generosity and support! 

"Panda Express will try hard to support the food of love day" said Panda Express manager Joshua Hou in Allen. He chose to support and prepare food for VA Hospital frontline health workers on the same day as his birthday. 

Samuel Wu, a St. Mark's School of Texas student, led this project. "Youth is our future. I am so proud to see Sam, our youth leadership council founding member, taking the lead helping out with the relief efforts. Job well done!” said the United Chinese American President, Haipei Shue, in Washington DC. 

 This is not the end of the story. The president of the Asian Culture and Education Society USA, Jan Xie, left her two DSLR cameras outside the Panda Express restaurant which made the food for VA hospital frontline health workers. When she arrived at the VA hospital in Dallas and started looking for her cameras in her car, she received a phone call from police officer Mark Smajstria who informed her that the cameras had been found. “I appreciate Mark and Joshua. They really made my day. The price of those cameras was over ten thousand dollars. More valuable were the six thousand pictures on the memory card" said Jan Xie. Police officer Mark said, "The food of love" is a great project!” Gendap President Beverly Hill, Jing Zhang, and Luke Wu were also volunteers who helped out at this event.

 Asian Culture and Education Society USA started collecting PPE and donating to people working on the front lines since the beginning of the pandemic. They will continue their efforts with the Chinese American Community to provide relief and charitable support to people and institutions hit hardest by COVID-19. 

 

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Asian Culture And Education Society USA provides 120 meals to Parkland Hospital Emergency Department 05/14/2020.

 

Thanks Texas Representative Matt Shaheen District 66 (R-Plano) helped delivered the meals to the hospital. Thanks for the participated Chinese restaurants: Hello Dumpling. Royal Sichuan, Ming Place China Bistro. They working hard prepared the meals. 

  This is one of the events are being celebrated in a hundred cities across all 50 states during May, as part of the United Chinese Americans “Food of Love Day”


  Asian Culture And Education Society USA starts Collecting PPE and donating to the front lines since at the beginning. ACAESUSA had been delivered the foods to hospitals and families in need too. It will continue the efforts with the Chinese American Community to provide Charitable support to the people and institutions hit hardest by COVID-19.

 

 

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  With cases of the novel coronavirus on the rise in Texas, the DFW area is anticipating shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) — masks, gowns, gloves and eyewear. We started to collect extra PPE and purchase PPE that would be donated to frontline health-care workers on March 18. We distributed about 30,000 PPE to hospitals, doctor's offices, senior citizen centers, or police offices. 

This week we were able to secure and distribute surgical masks and face shields in the  #ParklandHospital and #DallasPoliceDepartment#MDAnderson.

Here is a picture of our volunteer Jessica with Dallas police officers. On the right side of the picture is Senior Corporal Brockford who returned to duty after a full recovery from COVID-19. On the left side is Officer Duba. Corporal Brockford and Officer Duba thanked Jessica for delivering the masks. Corporal Brockford also kindly offered to give Jessica a tour around the police station once life gets back to normal.

Our front-liners deserve all our support and adequate supplies as they take care of us and help us fight COVID-19. 800 face shields were donated by #CCCFC - Collin County Chinese Fellowship Church. 3,200 masks and 4,000 gloves were donated from the ECLAT foundation. We received a donation from UCA, OCA-DFW, MPWF, Jinnan Stomatological Hospital Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Qingdao Shengfeng LLC Mr. Yuanming Wang, YXZ Fortune Management LLC, New Star Chiropractic & Acupuncture, etc. Besides friends in the DFW area, we also thank our donors Peng Zhang, Ying hong Li in Delaware, Linda Yu from California, Geng Tian from Pennsylvania, ZongMing Xiu from Houston and Linqin Shao and Yuanming Wang from Shandong...

 

Needed items include:
Eye protection, including face shields and goggles (glasses are not effective)
N-95 respirator masks
Masks
Gloves
Gowns
Opened cases or other containers are acceptable but NOT used items. 

 

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