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kids and exercise

Exercise for kids: Are your kids getting enough?

Posted on October 10, 2017

You know it’s a good idea for your kids to stay active. But just how much physical activity is enough when it comes to staying healthy and growing strong? You’re probably familiar with the recommendation that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. But while exercise is important for everyone, it’s … »


fall prevention

Finding balance—What to know about fall prevention

Posted on October 6, 2017

When we’re younger, falling down is seen as a natural part of development. When we’re a little older, falls might be seen as funny. But for seniors, falls are no laughing matter. As we age, falls become more likely, for a number of reasons. During the aging process, we typically lose some balance and mobility, … »


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5 facts to know about prostate cancer

Posted on September 30, 2017

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 161,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. Why not take some time during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September to get the facts about the condition? Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American men, behind only skin cancer. … »


sickle cell disease

The fast facts about sickle cell disease

Posted on September 25, 2017

You may have heard of “sickle cell” in the past, but do you really know what it is? September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, so let’s take a few minutes to learn a few key facts about the disease. Sickle cell disease affects around 100,000 Americans, making it the most common genetic disorder in … »


mind/body connection

Exploring the mind/body connection

Posted on September 24, 2017

When you aren’t physically feeling well, your entire body is often affected. That makes sense, right? When one part isn’t working at its best, none of the parts do. Well, the same is true when your mental health is impacted. When you aren’t feeling well emotionally, your entire body can feel the effects. But why … »


When you’re tired of being tired

Posted on September 19, 2017

If you feel like you never get enough sleep these days — or if you get plenty of sleep but still feel tired — you are not alone. As many as two-fifths of Americans report feeling tired on most days of the week. But what could be causing your fatigue? Well, let’s first divide tiredness … »


fruit juice blog

Juice or no juice: That is the question

Posted on September 12, 2017

A glass of juice for your little one with a meal might seem like a healthy beverage choice. But is it really? For years, all varieties of fruit juice — from orange to grape and everything in between — were seen as healthier alternatives to beverages like Coke and sports drinks. But earlier this year, … »


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Headphones & your child’s hearing

Posted on September 9, 2017

It may seem at times like headphones are a natural extension of your child’s ears. But the question is — Are those headphones hurting his or her hearing? The short answer: Probably so, at least on some level. As a child grows and develops, his or her ears require protection from sounds that an adult’s … »


hepatitis-c-blog

What baby boomers should know about hepatitis C

Posted on September 8, 2017

Are you a member of the baby boomer generation, born between 1945 and 1965? Did you know there’s a condition that you’re five times more likely to develop than other adults? It’s true. Adults born in those years are much more likely to develop hepatitis C than other adults. But why is that? Let’s take … »


thyroid conditions

Could it be my thyroid?

Posted on September 5, 2017

Most people never think about their thyroid. But when it goes haywire, it can affect nearly every part of your body. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland found just below your Adam’s apple at the base of your neck. The gland secretes the thyroid hormone, which travels throughout the body in the blood system. The … »


school-anxiety-blog

Oh, those butterflies — how to ease school anxiety

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School’s been back in session for a little while now. Are your kids starting to get back into the hang of the routine? Or do you have a little one who’s still feeling a little uneasy about the whole “school” thing? When it comes to school, some level of anxiety in kids is normal. It’s … »


contacts-blog

Are you wearing your contact lenses the wrong way?

Posted on August 30, 2017

Whether you’re an old pro at wearing contact lenses to correct your vision or are just getting started, there are a few tricks of the trade you need to know. Believe it or not, contact lenses have been in use since the late 1800s. Those first contact lenses were made of glass and covered the … »


teens meningitis

The connection between meningitis & teens

Posted on August 24, 2017

If your teen is headed to college this fall, you may have noticed that the meningococcal vaccine was either recommended or required. But why is that? Let’s first define what exactly the meningococcal vaccine protects against. The vaccine is designed to prevent meningococcal disease, which is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria. … »


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Gearing up for sports

Posted on August 14, 2017

With school about to get underway for the new year, that means fall sports aren’t far behind. Do you have the gear your child needs to stay safe and protected in his or her sport? While your child’s school or community team will likely provide some or all equipment, it’s important that you as a … »


solar eclipse

“It’s a total eclipse of…” the sun

Posted on August 9, 2017

Are you already making plans to watch the total solar eclipse on August 21st? It’s an exciting event, but while you enjoy the sight, you need to be sure you also protect your sight. A total solar eclipse, like the one occurring on the 21st, happens when the moon passes between the earth and the … »


brain food

Food for thought: 5 Brain-boosting foods

Posted on August 4, 2017

As we age, every part of our body does, too — including our brain. While mental decline is common as we age, there are steps you can take to limit the effects and protect your brain. Including certain foods in your diet can help the cause. Cognitive impairment and memory loss do not have to … »


menopause

Women’s health: Is this normal or not?

Posted on August 2, 2017

It probably wasn’t a subject of conversation at your latest girls’ night out, but no woman is immune from it. As we age, so do our bodies, including our most intimate parts. Unless you regularly examine your vulva and vagina, you may not realize the changes that occur. But just like with the rest of … »


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