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Social media has turned into the primary hub for staying connected with the people, places and events most important to us. Johns Hopkins Medicine recognizes the importance and impact of social media, inviting people from all over the world to stay connected through various social channels like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Are you connected with Johns Hopkins Medicine on social media? What are your favorite social sites to use to connect? Cast Your Vote on all that apply and let us know what you like about Johns Hopkins social media sites  in the comments below.

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What Johns Hopkins Medicine Social Media Sites Do You Use?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Do You Eat Gluten-Free?"

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The gluten-free diet has surged in popularity in recent years. Many people are reducing or eliminating their dietary intake of the protein, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains. But did you know that only those with celiac disease should completely eliminate gluten from their diet? Others with gluten sensitivity may improve their health by simply decreasing their gluten intake. Learn more about the gluten-free diet, including symptoms of celiac disease and what foods to avoid at the Johns Hopkins What Is a Gluten-Free Diet? page.

Do you partake in a gluten-free or reduced gluten diet? If so, tell us what your diet consists of and how it may be helping to improve your health in the comments.

Do You Eat Gluten-Free?

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Research has shown that strong friendships can help us live longer, protecting against everything from heart disease to the common cold.

Johns Hopkins geriatric medicine expert Alicia Arbaje says that the effects of these friendships on our mental and emotional help, especially as we get older, is another key component to healthy aging. “It’s all about whether you have people in your life who meet your need for emotional, spiritual and other kinds of support,” says Arbaje.

While there is no universal magic number of a healthy number of friends, each person has a certain number of connections that keeps them happy and healthy at different point of their lives.

What do you think is a healthy number of friends? Tell us in the comments section if you think you currently have a healthy number. Visit Healthy Connections to learn more about this topic and for tips on ways to meet new people

What Do You Think is a Healthy Number of Friends?

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After years of being considered a serious public health issue in the United States, obesity was officially classified as a disease last year. While some have applauded the news and consider it a sign that more investment will be made into studying and funding the issue, others think that obesity is a lifestyle issue that can be solved without medical attention.

Do you think obesity should be classified as a disease? Take the poll.

Should Obesity Be Classified as a Disease?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Which A Woman's Journey Seminar Interests You The Most?"

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A Woman’s Journey, the informative and interactive conference featuring 32 seminars on present-day women’s health issues, will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. Johns Hopkins experts will each give a one-hour presentation on some of today’s most talked about topics at this 20th-year event.

Take a look at the five most popular seminars based on current registrations and share which is the most interesting to you, or visit the A Woman’s Journey page for the full list of seminars and leave us a comment about other presentations that you would like to see.

Be sure to register for the event to choose four of the 32 seminars you wish to attend. Don't forget, Johns Hopkins employees receive 10% off!

Which "A Woman's Journey" Seminar Would Most Interest You

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Strategies to Prevent Bone Loss and Osteoporosis
Women begin to lose bone strength as young as 30. Endocrinologist Kendall Moseley identifies risk factors that make women susceptible to bone loss, strategies for optimizing bone density, including common drugs—some now considered controversial—and emerging therapies to treat osteoporosis and prevent fracture.

New Recommendations About Multivitamins and Medications
Internist April Fitzgerald addresses significant changes in the management of elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure that were announced this year. She also talks about new results of research that impact the use of multivitamins and other supplements, as well as annual mammograms.

A Trip Down Memory Lane
As baby boomers age, it is estimated that the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple by 2050. Psychiatrist Dr. Constantine Lyketsos outlines the differences between normal changes in memory and those that are signs of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, new research and medically-based strategies to help preserve good memory.

Sage Advice for Aging Gracefully
Geriatrician  Ariel Green discloses what successful aging really means and explores the importance of social and cognitive engagement and physical activity. She also discusses the importance of primary care, medication management and screening tests to live the healthiest and most productive life as we age.

Top 15 Power Foods
Enhance your shopping list with foods that can help you age well by decreasing your risks of cardiovascular, bone mineral and circulatory diseases; macular degeneration; and even wrinkles. Dietician Lynda McIntyre offers a menu that includes nutrients from lutein to omega-3 fatty acids that combat these diseases and improve your health.

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The Johns Hopkins Strategic Plan is a five-year strategy that focuses on six core priorities that will help carry on the success and sustainability of the institution for years to come. Your commitment to these priorities helps maintain Johns Hopkins’ legacy as a leader in the healthcare industry.

Vote on which of the six priorities connect with your role at Johns Hopkins? Do you help with cost saving and operational efficiency? If so, you would fit into the "Performance" priority. Let us know where you connect by selecting as many that apply!

Which Strategic Plan Priorities Do You Connect With Most in Your Role at Johns Hopkins?

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September is Fruits and Vegetables More Matters Month – which promotes the importance of having more fruits and vegetables in our everyday diet. Where do you go to pick up produce for you and your family? Do you shop at the nearest grocery store? Do you grow your own? Perhaps, you make a trip during or after work to a local farmer’s market or one at your organization, such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital Farmer’s Market.

Where do you shop for fruits and vegetables?

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When Walgreen’s opened east of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, it agreed not to sell tobacco products. More recently, a large drug store chain has announced a more health-conscious direction with the most notable change being the elimination of tobacco products in stores effective immediately. Customers will see
nicotine gum and signs urging consumers to stop using tobacco. Take the poll to let us know what you think and share your stories on your attempts to quit or reduce a toabacco habit.

For tips on smoking cessation or facts about smoking and cardiovascular disease, visit the Johns Hopkins health library page at hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary.

Do you think this step by drug stores will lead to a decrease in tobacco use?

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Labor Day is about more than the end of summer or a day off. It's a day that pays tribute to working men and women. As we recognize Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1, what would you say has been the most influential contribution to the American workforce? Is it a 40-hour standard workweek, Family and Medical Leave Act, Equal Opportunity laws, or paid time off? Cast your vote in the poll below and leave a comment to share your thoughts.

What Do You Consider the Most Important Contribution to the American Workforce?

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Some of the key time sappers include responding to an email as soon as the alert pops up on your screen, participating in too many personal conversations and even multi-tasking. Take the poll below to share what do you do to be as productive as possible during the workday? Also share any tips to help you stay productive and on task.

What do you do to be productive at work?

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