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Listen to Your Legs: Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

How you can prevent PAD It’s easy to dismiss an aching hip or cramped legs as just part of getting older, especially if it flares up during walking or exercise. But, as with most pain, your body is trying to tell you something, and it’s best to listen. Pain in the legs or hip, especially while...
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Have Yourself a Mindful Little Holiday

Submitted by Kate Adamek, LCSW, Group Facilitator for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Trying to not just survive, but thrive during the holidays, can be trying. While there are no magic wands to fix this, some of the following suggestions may ease the way to more fun, less Grinch holiday. Set reasonable expectations: Hallmark Holidays rarely exist outside the imagination of greeting...
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Protect Your Skeleton's Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Our bones functions are to protect organs, to provide structure/act as the body’s frame work, to anchor muscles, and to store calcium. The optimal bone building years are childhood and young adulthood. As children grow and mature, their bone mass increases until it reaches peak bone mass or PBM...
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Healthy Recipe Alternatives Help Cut Calories

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Research shows that most of us gain at least a pound between November and January. The problem is the majority of us will not shed that extra holiday pound and after a few high fat and sugary holidays, birthdays, and celebrations, those pounds add up. Gaining weight in adulthood increases the risk...
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Foods to Pack for the Beach or Pool

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Summer and swimming make many of us hungry. The aromas from the boardwalk or concession stand can also stimulate one’s appetite. Although it is fun and convenient to buy food at the beach or pool it can be expensive. With some planning packing some healthy snacks or lunch the night before can save...
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Triglycerides & Your Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Triglycerides are a type of fat that accounts for about 95 per cent of all dietary fats. Both animal and vegetable fats contain triglycerides. Once digested, triglycerides circulate in the bloodstream to be used as energy by our cells. Any excess triglycerides are stored as body fat to fuel the...
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How Salt Affects Our Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

The words “salt” and “sodium” are often used interchangeably, but have different definitions. Salt, or sodium chloride, is a crystal-like compound found in nature and is used to preserve and flavor food. Sodium is a chemical element found in salt and is a mineral. Sodium is an essential nutrient...
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A Healthy Grilling Guide

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Although many individuals grill foods all year long, May is typically the month we start grilling. This favorite cooking method causes us to handle raw meat, poultry, fish, and plant foods. Cross contamination of raw and cooked foods may lead to food borne illnesses. In addition, according to the...
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Welcome Spring Into Our Lives

Submitted by Elizabeth White, LCSW

For most of us, it has been a long winter and allowing the cold days of winter to leave is a welcome relief. There seems to be nothing as dreary as cold, cloud filled days and wind that seems to blow coldness throughout our bodies. Winter has a way of keeping us in a state of hibernation and we are...
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Part Two: Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

This is part two in a two-part series examining the link between food and inflammation. Inflammation can cause a number of health issues – from arthritis to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A healthcare provider may recommend a diet that aims to reduce inflammation. This diet should...
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