healthy travel

Your game plan for staying healthy while traveling

Posted on November 22, 2016

Are you one of the millions of Americans traveling during the holidays? Holiday traveling is getting underway, but you don’t have to leave good health behind. One forecast predicts more than 103 million Americans — the most on record — will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, including 93.6 million by car. Whether you choose to hit … »

cultivate gratitude

4 ways to cultivate gratitude and giving as a family

Posted on November 21, 2016

The holiday season can sometimes seem like one long string of “getting,” from good food and treats at Thanksgiving to gifts galore for Hanukkah and Christmas. But the biggest gifts of all actually come when we give. If you’ve ever spent time volunteering or donated to a charitable cause, you’re probably familiar with the good … »

holiday food safety

4 steps to holiday food safety

Posted on November 19, 2016

With so many dishes being prepared for your Thanksgiving table, you may have pots on the stove, on the counter, in the fridge and in the oven — all at the same time. Follow these tips to make sure your food makes it safely into hungry bellies! Each year, one in six Americans gets food … »

shingles causes

The facts (and just the facts) about shingles

Posted on November 9, 2016

One in three Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, but how much do you know about this common condition? While it’s common, it’s also largely preventable — and a new vaccine may make it even more preventable. Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about the infection. What exactly is shingles? Shingles … »

time change

3 tips for managing the time change

Posted on November 5, 2016

An extra hour of sleep — it sounds heavenly. But the end of daylight saving time, just like the beginning in the spring, can wreak havoc on your sleep. Fortunately, there are ways you can ease the transition. Daylight saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, meaning it’s time to roll … »

weight loss tips

Ten easy tips to lose weight

Posted on November 4, 2016

Didn’t lose the weight you wanted to lose this summer? Maybe you tried a fad diet, and didn’t see the results you hoped for. While many of these diets can provide seemingly fast results, long term weight loss is more about consistency and making small changes that you can manage each day. Here are some … »

heart health

Got 5 minutes? Try these heart-healthy habits.

Posted on October 27, 2016

You know the basics of keeping your heart healthy — exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet and don’t smoke. But beyond those big lifestyle habits, there are some smaller steps you can take to promote heart health that only take a few minutes. We know life’s busy. But taking some steps to protect your heart … »

eye health

What the eyes reveal about your health

Posted on October 22, 2016

It’s often said that the eyes are the window to the soul. It turns out, they’re also a window to your health. Many diseases that affect the body show up first in the eyes. In fact, certain diseases are often first detected during an eye exam. A study conducted by a vision care company in … »

food cravings

What your food cravings could mean

Posted on October 20, 2016

Craving a sinful, chocolatey dessert? You might just be craving the deliciousness, but sometimes cravings can be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin deficiency is actually fairly common in the United States. In fact, more than 40 percent of American adults don’t get enough vitamins A, C, D or E, calcium, or magnesium. Deciphering … »

testosterone deficiency

Do you have TDS?

Posted on October 15, 2016

Most people know about the hormonal changes women experience when they reach menopause. But did you know men also go through hormonal changes that can severely affect their livelihood as they grow older? TDS or testosterone deficiency syndrome is common and highly treatable. Yet many men do not know they have the condition or that … »

flu shot

The flu vaccine: A shot of prevention

Posted on October 14, 2016

If you’ve ever had the flu, you know you don’t want it again. And the best way to prevent it? An annual flu shot. Let’s take a look at some common questions about the flu vaccine. Q: Why should I be vaccinated? A: The flu, also called influenza, is a contagious illness that affects the … »

skin cancer signs

Is it a mole or skin cancer?

Posted on October 12, 2016

As we age, our skin continually reminds us of how much time we spend in the sun. Laugh lines deepen and mysterious spots begin to appear from nowhere. How do you know if a spot is safe or a possible sign of skin cancer?      Even though skin cancer is the most common type of … »

behavioral health

Behavioral health: a look at the numbers

Posted on October 4, 2016

body shape

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 … »

Ironman triathlon

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 … »

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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