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Exercise: A prescription for reducing your chronic disease risk

When you hear the word “exercise” what comes to mind? Do visions of frantically running on a treadmill or being locked in a grueling gym session with a personal trainer flicker through your head? Take heart. Getting the regular exercise you need to stay healthy and...

What is a mini-stroke? What you should do about it.

How is a mini-stroke different from a stroke? Who is at risk? And, how can you prevent it? A mini-stroke is a name for what doctors call a transient ischemic attack (TIA). It occurs when part of the brain experiences a temporary lack of blood flow. This causes...

4 Ways Happiness is Good for Your Health

Have you ever wished a friend or relative health and happiness? If so, you may have been onto something that recent research confirms—happiness and health have a strong correlation. Scientific studies have verified that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our...

Why Your Brain Demands Sleep and How to Get More

Sleep. Glorious sleep. We all need it. Some of us wish we had more time for it. Most of us don’t get enough of it. The National Sleep Foundation reports forty-five percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once...

Arthritis: 6 tips to reduce your risk

Arthritis is an informal way of referring to more than 100 different types of joint diseases. According to the Arthritis Foundation: arthritis affects 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States people of all ages, sexes and races can suffer from...

Your Sun IQ: Skin cancer facts and fiction

The sun is shining, beckoning you to enjoy its warmth on your skin. We all know how good it feels to soak up its rays. We also know that too much sun over time can put us at risk for developing skin cancer. As the summer months ramp up and the sun becomes stronger,...

A stroke is a “brain attack” that can happen to anyone.

Many people think of strokes as a disease of the elderly, but it can happen to anyone at any time, even very young people. A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off depriving brain cells of oxygen and causing them to die. As brain cells die,...

Headaches: How to get rid of them

That throbbing, squeezing, unrelenting pain in your head can drive you to distraction. It can get in the way of your work or play—and in the case of a migraine it can lead to nausea and vomiting. Background: a little heads-up on your head There are actually about 150...

Spring is Here: 10 Fitness Tips

If your New Year’s resolution has become a distant memory, why not use this natural season of new beginnings—spring—to rev things up again. Leave the ankle-deep slush and puddles of the winter melt behind you. Get up, get out and make it happen with 10 tips that will...

5 Stress Relieving Techniques You Can Use Anywhere

It can happen anywhere: all of sudden you start freaking out about an upcoming work deadline, a presentation you have to do, a test, being on time for an appointment, having lunch with a new client or things that need to be done at home before guests arrive for the...

Can You Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

Even though cancer of the colon and rectum is a subject most of us don’t want to talk about too often, it is one that needs to be addressed for everyone, especially people over 50. Of the cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading...

Tips for Packing a Healthy Lunch

It's tough to stay motivated to pack and eat a healthy lunch. However, when you eat lunch out you’re often faced with large portions and fattening sides like french fries. When you pack your own lunch, you control your portions and choose healthy ingredients. But,...

Heart Month: What it takes to live a heart healthy life

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. February is also American Heart Month—making this month the perfect time to think about keeping your heart healthy for yourself and for those you love. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first...

How To Stay Healthy This Winter

Viruses thrive indoors during the winter months and it just so happens that’s where most of us hang out too. That's why it's essential to do what you can to ward off the very real threat of colds, flu, and other scary winter germs lurking indoors. Here are some tips...

Your Physical: A screening all women should have

The value of a yearly physical has been debated lately. For many women, an annual exam allows for peace of mind—knowing that they are as healthy as they feel. For others, a physical is a time to talk with their physician about health topics relevant to their age and...

Making and Keeping Manageable New Year’s Resolutions

You’re seeing commercials for weight loss programs, the gym is packed, and your officemates are swearing off morning donuts and after work drinks. That can only mean one thing—it’s New Year’s resolution time, that time of year when we all reflect and think about what...

Sleep and Pain: The Vital Connection

A 2015 Sleep in America Poll conducted by the Sleep Foundation found that 21 percent of Americans experience chronic pain. Of those who report experiencing pain approximately 65 percent reported having sleep disorders, such as disrupted or non-restorative sleep. A...

Stress Eating: What to do about it

When you get stressed, does junk food call your name? Do you kick the celery sticks, carrots, salad and protein shakes to the curb in favor of ice cream, cookies and chips? Stress eating, or emotional eating, may make you feel good in the moment, but the feelings that...

Health Experts: Who’s who when it comes to your health

Have you ever been confused by the titles of the doctors, nurses and specialists on your care team? Do you wonder what their role is in your care? Here is a helpful guide to some of the healthcare professionals who may be responsible for your care inside and outside...

Help Your Kids Develop Healthy Habits

We all want our kids to live happy, healthy lives. A great place to start is by being a good role model. Eat well yourself, get physical activity and let your kids know that healthy habits are important to you and to them. They will notice what you’re doing to be...

Small Steps: Leading a Healthier Life

Sometimes leading a healthier life may seem like a daunting task—something you don’t even want to get started doing because frankly you don’t have the time. But living a healthier life doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. It can be as simple as making small...

Why You Should Eat Brain-Healthy Foods

You’ve heard of them before. They’ve been described as super foods, heart healthy foods and brain foods. According to well-regarded studies, adding healthy foods to your diet can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain. Popular lists of healthy brain...

November is National Diabetes Month: Understand your risks.

Did you know that according to The Centers for Disease Control, at least one in three people will develop diabetes in their lifetime? Right now, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1—in which your body can't make insulin,...

Your Mental Health and the Shorter Days of Fall

As the air gets crisp and the leaves change color, the hours of daylight begin to dwindle. You may notice that you’re more tired, less interested in work or other activities, craving sugary sweets and comfort food. Is it an ancient instinct to hibernate or is it the...

Flu Prevention: What you need to know

Every year as the weather gets cold, the flu starts to make its ugly appearance. Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection in the nose, throat, and lungs. Each year 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population get the flu. If you don’t want to be one of the unlucky people...

Beyond Pie: The Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

October is the month of all things pumpkin. Everywhere you turn there are pumpkin lattes, breads, muffins, risottos, lasagna, ravioli and such—there are even pumpkin beers. What you may not know is that pumpkin is actually a super food. And whether you eat it mashed,...

Women: What’s your early breast cancer detection plan?

October is breast cancer awareness month. Even though breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, millions of women are surviving the disease thanks to early detection and improvements in treatment. According to the American...

Men, Pay Attention: It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

If you’re a man, this is the month to discuss prostate cancer with your doctor so that you can make informed decisions about maintaining your prostate health. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. About one man in...

Sleep Cleanse: What is that?

You may have heard of nutritional cleanses, where people challenge themselves to a strict diet in order to remove toxins from their body. But, have you ever heard of a sleep cleanse? Just like a nutritional cleanse, a sleep cleanse is a challenge to clean up your...

How to Find a Great Doctor

Choosing a primary care doctor is one of the most important health decisions you’ll make. Research suggests that people who have a strong relationship with a physician enjoy better health. It makes sense. People with a regular doctor have an easier time getting an...