Category Archives: Healthy Living

Sweater Weather – The Perfect Time of Year for Outdoor Family Fun

With the heat behind us, it’s time to throw on a sweater, grab your family and head outside! The crisp winter weather is perfect for interactive activities that will help you lead a healthier lifestyle and to get children off the couch, away from the computer and in tune with Mother Nature. With the latest…
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Healthy for the Holidays

The holidays are a beautiful time of year filled with family, celebration, gifts and of course, food. In order to stay happy and healthy while enjoying the season, we’re sharing tips on how to keep stress levels down and maintain a smaller waistline! Many people associate Thanksgiving with unhealthy casseroles and pies, which is typically…
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Jumping Over Holiday Crevasses

Lately it’s been cold, really cold. I am reminded of my days of living in Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and New York.  My father was an M.D. with the V.A. hospital system, and we tended to move every few years with his work requirements.  My current plan however is to never again live north of Interstate…
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The Pesky Problem of Pain

We’ve all felt it.  We may wake up one morning, put one foot on the floor as we get out of bed, and the first word that pops out as a heel touches the floor is “Ouch.”  Or, we may bend down to pick up a dropped pen at work, and think “Whoa, what is…
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My Ebola Perspective

Philbert J. Ford, M.D. Southeastern Center for Infectious Diseases www.mySCIDdoc.com EBOLA.  Just hearing the word brings about an "end of the world" type reaction from most people. In reality, it is not the end the world and humans, through our intellectual, scientific, resourceful and humanistic nature, we tend to always triumph.  FYI, Ebola isn’t a…
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Healthy Holidays

Christine Morse, M.S. Certified Personal Trainer Premier Health & Fitness Center [caption id="attachment_14536" align="alignright" width="240"] Christine Morse, M.S. Certified Personal Trainer[/caption] Is it possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season? Or better yet, is it possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the holiday season? I submit to you that yes,…
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Challenge Yourself If You Want To Improve

What are your goals for exercising? Do they include losing fat, lowering your blood pressure or getting your cholesterol under control? How are you doing? Being more successful may be a matter of challenging yourself to increase your volume of exercise. This week, I’m departing from the Wellbeing series to begin another occasional series on…
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Get Moving for a Healthy Heart!

Because the heart is a muscle, its performance improves with exercise. Regular exercise helps prevent heart attack and stroke by lowering blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, the bad kind). Exercise also makes blood-vessel walls more flexible and, in turn, helps prevent hardening of the arteries. Regular exercise also can reduce your risk for…
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How Women Can Manage Cholesterol

One in four American women has high blood cholesterol levels (240 mg/dL or higher), which is a major risk factor for CVD. Women with high cholesterol levels are more than twice as likely to develop heart disease as women with normal levels. Although excess weight tends to increase your blood cholesterol levels, heredity and diet…
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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Being overweight (20 percent over normal weight guidelines for your frame and height) can increase your risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other medical problems. Being obese (more than 30 percent above healthy body weight) doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease. Achieving a Healthy Weight If you’re overweight, develop a weight-reduction…
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