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: … »


prevent prediabetes

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. … »


dementia

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 … »


cancer exercise

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 … »


manage stress

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 … »


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 … »


arthritis pain

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, … »


muscle soreness

Am I sore or am I injured?

Posted on August 9, 2016

You worked out a couple days ago and are feeling a lingering ache. Did you accidentally pull something during your workout, or is it just normal, to-be-expected soreness? Aches after a workout can feel similar whether they’re caused by an injury or just the workout itself. However, there are a few simple ways to tell … »


primary care

5 reasons why primary care is essential

Posted on August 5, 2016

When was the last time you saw your primary care physician (PCP)? Do you see your doctor a couple of times a year, once a year – or even less frequently? As adults, we often lose sight of primary care because we’re short on time or we put the needs of our families first. We … »


What kind of headache is this?

Posted on August 2, 2016

When you have a headache, you just want it to go away. The key to effectively treating a headache? Knowing what kind of headache you’re having. There are approximately 150 different types of headache. But there are four types that are more common than the others. Tension headache Tension headaches are the most common type … »


bad cholesterol

A user’s guide to cholesterol

Posted on July 28, 2016

Maybe your doctor has told you that your cholesterol’s too high. Or you’ve seen commercials on TV for high cholesterol medications. But how much do you actually know about cholesterol? Well, first things first: Cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. Cholesterol, a type of fat, is a waxy substance produced by and used by the body … »


hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer: Does it really work?

Posted on July 25, 2016

You see it everywhere – at schools, doctors’ offices, public attractions, even grocery stores. But have you ever wondered how effective hand sanitizer really is? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking proof. On June 29, the agency issued a proposed rule requesting manufacturers provide additional scientific data to support the safety and … »


summer heat

Heat and your health

Posted on July 22, 2016

With temperatures hovering near 100, we’re experiencing classic summer weather for the South. But even though longtime southerners may be used to it, summer’s heat can still be dangerous. Fortunately, whether you’re outdoors all the time or go outside only sparingly, there are ways to beat the heat and stay safe. These tips can help: … »


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