Wellness

Body Image Healing as a Cancer Survivor

Body image is a complicated subject. Instilled at a young age, we become aware of our bodies, how we feel in our skin, what makes us who we are, and how we want others to perceive us. Personal body image evolves throughout our lives and can be affected by any number of events or situations—puberty...
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New Guideline Say Pain Meds Not Needed for Back Pain

Submitted by Dr. Ronald Sabbagh, MD

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints for Americans today. About a quarter of all U.S. adults have reported lower back pain lasting at least one day in the past three months, according to statistics published by PubMed. In 2006, costs associated with those seeking treatment for lower...
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Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

While February is American Heart Month, we should continue thinking about our heart health year round! As you make your grocery list and then when you head to the grocery store, think about choosing items that are heart healthy. Ornish Dietitian Deb Dobies has some tips on ways you can easily...
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Prevent falls and stay healthy longer

According to the CDC, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments each year for fall injuries with nearly 1 million resulting in some sort of fracture or head injury. When you understand the simple forces behind how falls happen, you can take steps to limit risks and reduce the...
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The Flu Requires Prevention and Extra Attention

If you haven’t had your flu shot now is the time to take this step to protect yourself and your family. Most people with the flu experience a mild illness and don’t need medical care. However, for some, it not only can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, but it can be life-...
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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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Goal Setting: Reflecting on the Authentic YOU

Submitted by Rita Karapurkar Williams, MA, CHES

For many, with the New Year comes time to set resolutions – resolutions to do better, to change something about ourselves or our behaviors. So when thinking about resolutions, it is essential to first take a step back and reflect on where we are in the present before throwing out one of the usual...
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Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

Submitted by Srujitha Murukutla, MD

The holidays bring celebration, tradition, and joy, but also obligation and expectation. This season can be stressful under the best circumstances, but add a cancer diagnosis or treatment into the mix, and the weight can become unbearable. If you or someone you love is navigating the merriment of...
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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. After a few high fat and sugary holidays, birthdays, and celebrations, those pounds add up. Gaining weight in adulthood increases the risk for...
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Easy Steps to Age Well Through Physical Activity

We have all been told that physical activity has many benefits for our aging bodies. Whether it is reducing the risks for heart disease, high blood pressure, falls, depression and weight gain, the evidence demonstrates a connection between regular physical activity and reducing age-related illness...
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