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How body shape impacts your health

Posted on September 24, 2016

You know that excess body weight can have negative effects on your health. But did you know that where you carry that body weight makes a difference? Maybe you’ve heard others talking about whether they have an “apple” or “pear” shaped body. Or read an article on how to dress for your body shape. While … »

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Be your own IRONMAN

Posted on September 22, 2016

This weekend, IRONMAN Chattanooga will play host to hundreds of athletes competing for 40 qualifying slots in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The race will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, followed by a 116-mile bike course heading south of town through North Georgia, and a 26.2-mile run through … »

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5 ways to keep back pain away

Posted on September 20, 2016

Feeling that familiar twinge of pain in your back? You aren’t alone. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. But there are things you can do to help prevent it. Back pain has many causes. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and is often caused by a … »


Getting to know (and avoid) the norovirus

Posted on September 16, 2016

Now that school’s back in session, keeping your family healthy can be tricky. One particular concern? The norovirus. If someone in your family has ever had the norovirus, you know exactly why it’s a concern. Here’s what you should know about this common, contagious stomach virus. The norovirus is very common, with the CDC estimating … »

effects of caffeine

The ups and downs of caffeine

Posted on September 12, 2016

How much caffeine do you have each day? Most people reach for their morning coffee or afternoon soda with little thought about how much caffeine they’re having or how it could affect their health. The fact is, caffeine can be good or bad for your health. It all depends on what you’re having and how … »

types of fat

Making sense of fats

Posted on September 8, 2016

Not all fats are created equal. When you’re scanning nutrition labels, you may try to limit your intake of fat. But avoiding fat may leave your diet lacking in the types of fat that are actually good for you. How are you supposed to know what foods contain good-for-you fats? Here’s what you should know: … »

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Defining prediabetes

Posted on September 6, 2016

At a recent checkup, your doctor told you that you have prediabetes. You’ve heard about Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. But what is prediabetes? To clearly explain what prediabetes is, let’s first take a look at Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. … »

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Breakfast’s role in a good day at school

Posted on September 1, 2016

Before you send your kids on their way to school, it’s important to help them fuel up for the day. In the chaos of getting ready for the school day, it can sometimes be difficult to fit in a healthy breakfast. But doing so is vitally important. As the first meal of the day, breakfast … »


An eye on dementia

Posted on August 30, 2016

With the loss of legendary Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt earlier this year, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia were all over the news. As you age, what you should know about dementia and how to protect your brain health? Dementia is common across the world. The World Health Organization reports that 47.5 million people have … »


The Internet and your kids: A safety guide

Posted on August 29, 2016

These days technology is everywhere. And while it can be great and educational for kids, there are also hidden dangers. Cyberbullying, inappropriate content, online predators and a lack of privacy are all pitfalls of the Internet. So how can you strike a careful balance between allowing your kids online and keeping them safe? Here are … »

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Exercise & cancer: What’s the impact

Posted on August 25, 2016

The state of Tennessee has the 14th highest obesity rate in the nation. Up to a third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Add those two facts up, and you have a lethal combination. Fortunately, you can take positive steps to reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, you can … »

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The facts on stress

Posted on August 22, 2016

When’s the last time you felt stressed? Might not have been too long ago. Let’s take a look at stress, from the good to the bad and everything in between. Everyone experiences stress at one time or another. So what exactly is it? Stress is defined as “something that causes strong feelings of worry or … »

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Kids & sports: Too much of a good thing

Posted on August 19, 2016

Your daughter loves soccer so much that she wants to play it year-round. While the physical activity is great for her, the stress on her body from doing the same thing over and over might not be. Years ago, most young athletes played several sports, skipping from one season into the next. These days, though, … »

health screenings

A guide to women’s health screenings

Posted on August 17, 2016

From mammograms to pelvic exams, colonoscopies to bone density tests, health screenings provide an important way for doctors to detect and treat potential health problems early on. But how do you know which tests are recommended — and when to get them? One simple way is to schedule a wellness check with your primary care physician … »

postpartum depression

Demystifying postpartum depression and anxiety

Posted on August 15, 2016

You’ve probably heard of postpartum depression, but did you know that new moms can also experience postpartum anxiety? Read on for answers to some common questions about the two conditions. Q: How do I know if I have postpartum depression? A: Postpartum depression occurs anywhere between a few days after delivery to months after. The … »

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Answering common questions about arthritis

Posted on August 11, 2016

When you were young, you may have heard your grandmother complain about the ache in her hands as “her arthritis acting up.” These days, you may be feeling its effects yourself. How much do you know about the condition? Arthritis is common in the United States — more than 50 million Americans have the condition, … »


Calming your child’s dr. fears

Posted on August 10, 2016

Very few kids love going to the doctor. But some react with anxiety or in downright terror. Fortunately, there are ways to help calm their fears. Kids fear a trip to the doctor’s office for many reasons, from simply thinking about experiencing the pain of a shot to worrying that there might be something wrong. … »

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