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Today is National "Get Fit Don't Sit Day".

The American Diabetes Association initiative encourages everyone to get out of their chair at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day. 

Beth Smythe, from the association's Rochester office, says the average person spends five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work and research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to obesity, and increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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Today is National "Get Fit Don't Sit Day".

The American Diabetes Association initiative encourages everyone to get out of their chair at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day. 

Beth Smythe, from the association's Rochester office, says the average person spends five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work and research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to obesity, and increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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 Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia takes a big physical and emotional toll, and, according to a recent study, it also carries a significant financial burden. 

In its 2016 Facts and Figures report, the Alzheimer's Association found that nearly half of caretakers have had to cut back on their own expenses for food, transportation and medical care to be able to afford dementia-related care for their loved one.

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A Rochester radiologist is part of a team of doctors encouraging people to switch to a vegan diet.

Dr. Ted Barnett says a plant-based diet is a prescription for combating chronic health problems such as obesity and diabetes.

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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has introduced legislation designed to help address an opioid abuse epidemic in the U.S.

On Saturday, Slaughter announced the legislation at an event with Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley and Police Chief Richard Tantalo highlighting the importance of National Drug Take Back Day. That’s a day set aside to provide a safe, convenient way to dispose of prescription medications.

Slaughter says new data shows that opioids, which include prescription pain medications and heroin, contributed to more than 28,000 deaths in 2014.

An ongoing effort to raise awareness about racism in the Rochester community is focusing on health disparities.

Area medical professionals and advocates talked about the issue during an event held at the Riverside Convention Center downtown on Friday as part of the annual Stand Against Racism effort organized by the YWCA.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley is beginning treatment for a type of cancer called multiple myeloma, a blood disease of white blood cells called plasma cells.

Doctor Jane Liesveld is a professor at University of Rochester's Medical Center. Liesveld says the disease is relatively uncommon, affecting less than one percent of all cancer patients, but no two patients are exactly the same.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York state will soon require health insurers to cover depression screening for pregnant women and new mothers. 

 The move follows a recommendation from a federal panel that insurers cover maternal depression screening without a co-pay or deductible. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the change will ensure that more pregnant and postpartum women can get the treatment they need. 

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 A Rochester pediatrician made a trip to Capitol Hill today, to advocate for Medicaid funding for telemedicine.

Dr. Kenneth McConnochie of UR Medicine says a virtual doctor's visit saves both time and money.

"An emergency department visit for what turns out to be an ear infection can take you four hours or even longer depending how busy it is.  That same visit for the same problem can be accomplished in your child's day care center or say, a retail pharmacy, takes no time at all."

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Heroin use has soared across the country in recent years, and new figures show evidence of the epidemic in smaller communities outside of Rochester.

In Ontario County, a recent survey of more than 2,000 teens and young adults showed that 3 percent used heroin within the last 30 days.

On Tuesday night, a community forum is planned at Finger Lakes Community College with a panel including law enforcement, treatment experts and parents.

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