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fiber blog

The facts on fiber

Posted on April 11, 2017

Fiber: We know it’s good for us, but it doesn’t really sound appealing. Appealing or not, though, fiber plays a key role in our health. First things first, what exactly is fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in the foods we eat that can’t be broken down by the body. Because of this, … »

health and houseplants blog

Your health & houseplants

Posted on April 7, 2017

You’ve always thought of that luscious Chrysanthemum in the front hallway as a way to bring a little beauty from the outdoors inside your home. But did you know that same plant can benefit your health? Well, it’s true. And an organization as significant as NASA says so! In the late 1980s, NASA conducted a … »

fruits and vegetables

How many fruits and veggies do your kids need?

Posted on April 6, 2017

It can be hard enough to get your kids to eat any fruits and vegetables. But how many do they actually need? Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet for everyone — and most people don’t eat enough of them. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that … »

Snap, crackle, pop…decoding joint noises

Posted on April 4, 2017

If you’re entering middle age, snap, crackle and pop may not just be noises from your Rice Krispies. You may also be hearing them emanating from your knees. Are those noises something serious? Well, the short answer is: Largely depends on the symptoms that accompany it. It’s likely that most people have heard their knees … »

asthma kids

A parent’s guide to asthma

Posted on April 3, 2017

Does your child have asthma? If so, he or she isn’t alone — more than 6.3 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with the condition. How much do you know about this common chronic condition? If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the condition. … »

endometriosis blog

The facts on endometriosis

Posted on March 31, 2017

One in 10 American women are affected by endometriosis, adding up to around 5 million total. In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Month this March, get to know the facts about this condition. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally grows inside a woman’s uterus — called the endometrium — grows outside of it. For women … »


Much ado about superfoods

Posted on March 21, 2017

Some days, it seems like everywhere you turn, someone’s talking about superfoods. But what’s the real story? Are these foods worth the hype? “Superfoods” earned their name because they contain high doses of things that are good for you, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. So, the quick answer is: Yes, they’re worth the hype. Incorporating … »

colorectal cancer blog

6 important things to know about colorectal cancer

Posted on March 18, 2017

This year, more than 3,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the state of Tennessee, according to the American Cancer Society. Are you in the know about the disease? While colorectal cancer is among the most common types of cancer, it is also among the most preventable. Here are six other things … »

exercise regimen blog

Finding the right balance of physical activity

Posted on March 15, 2017

You know you’re supposed to exercise regularly. But did you know that just logging minutes on the treadmill won’t do it? You need a combination of exercises to be at your best. The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (DPHP) recommends that American adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or … »

home sick blog

When to keep your child home sick

Posted on March 14, 2017

It may be one of the hardest decisions parents make: When should you keep your kids home from school? How sick is sick enough? If you face these questions a few times a year, you aren’t alone. In fact, a poll from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that most parents aren’t … »

family meal time

The importance of family meal time

Posted on March 10, 2017

At the end of a long day, sitting down for a family meal might be the last thing on your mind. But doing so benefits your family in a variety of ways. In the past, families spent lots of time together. Did you ever read Little House on the Prairie or watch The Waltons? If … »

back pain blog

When your back pain lingers…

Posted on March 6, 2017

Oh, my aching back! We’ve all been there — when it hurts to stand up after a long day at work. What can you do to reduce the ache? Most of the time, you can take basic steps to eliminate or reduce back pain. But occasionally, the pain may not go away, and the underlying … »

bacteria blog

Beneficial bacteria: Prebiotics & probiotics

Posted on February 25, 2017

When you think of bacteria, you probably think of the bad kind — those pesky germs that bring illness. But not all bacteria are bad. In fact, your gut is filled with what we’ll call “good” bacteria. This type of bacteria helps protect your body against harmful, illness-causing bacteria, and helps the digestive system run … »

flexitarianism blog

Is flexitarianism the next big thing?

Posted on February 15, 2017

OK, so you’re asking yourself, “What the heck is flexitarianism in the first place?” Well, it’s a way of eating that’s making waves in the United States. So, what does it entail? It’s pretty simple, actually. A person who’s a flexitarian eats a mainly vegetarian diet but still occasionally eats meat or fish. Many people … »

erlanger heart and lung institute

America’s Next Great Heart Hospital is Here

Posted on February 14, 2017

As Southeast Tennessee’s only academic heart center, The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute is known throughout the region for providing the latest cardiac care advancements. Last year, Erlanger Health Systems decided to build on the heart center’s success to help it compete on a national scale. With its recent $10 million investment, the new Heart … »

child medicine

The right way to give your child medicine

Posted on February 11, 2017

You’d prefer your little ones never get sick, so you’d never have to give them medication. But sickness and medications are a reality of parenting. How can you make sure you’re giving them medication the safest way possible? When your kids are sick, you logically want to get them the medication they need quickly to … »

heart disease aging

Stop heart disease as you age

Posted on February 8, 2017

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in Tennessee? According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of 4 deaths is attributed to heart disease in our state. We all know good habits, like regular exercise and a low-fat diet, can make a big difference to our heart health … »

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