Your Health

Your Health

February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health month. It’s a great time to make a pledge to yourself to keep your heart healthy and start good habits that will last throughout the year. Here are some tips on how you can lower your risk of heart disease:

Eat Healthy

A healthy diet can help lower your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with the right nutrients will keep your heart strong and healthy.

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Generic vs. Brand Name Drugs

Have you ever seen the words “generic” on the label of a prescription pill bottle? Or seen boxes of pain relievers that show the logo of the grocery store instead of the popular brand? Are you curious about whether these plain-vanilla products are viable alternatives to their fancier brand name counterparts?

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Become an Active Member of Your Healthcare Team

Knowledge is power, and this is certainly true when it comes to health. It’s not only healthcare professionals who need to stay in the know. Patients, too, can and should become more proactive about their own care.

The advent of the internet has certainly helped this trend. The healthcare industry itself has also been shifting in ways that support and accommodate patients taking more control of their health.  Studies show that informed, engaged patients actually experience better health outcomes than those who don’t. 

Follow these first steps to patient empowerment:

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of year is here again. Make your holiday season merry and bright by keeping your mind and body healthy. Here are our favorite tips for doing just that! 

1. Get enough sleep - The extra family, friend and social time during the holidays can take a toll on sleep. Make sure you get enough by scheduling a couple of relaxing days in-between late-night parties where you go to bed early and can sleep in a bit longer.

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Holiday Festivities With Less Stress

Five strategies to reduce stress this holiday season
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Flu Shot Basics -- Did You Get Yours?

The Latest Recommendations about the Flu Shot
 
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Quit It!

Gone are the days when cigarette smoking was portrayed as glamorous and elegant. Thanks to awareness campaigns, higher tobacco taxes and smoking bans in public places, Americans are gradually tamping out the habit.

If you’re interested in becoming a former smoker, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together some helpful information that can help you understand, connect and quit – for good.

Get the facts.

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Questions About Depression?

Life throws us curveballs. Our moods go up and down. We all have good days and bad days. But sometimes, the lows begin to last longer than the highs. When the everyday blues begin to deepen and endure, it may be a sign of depression.   

A Clearer Picture

Much has been learned in recent years about depression – what it is, what can cause it, what it does to us, and some of the things we can do about it. Depression can affect people very differently, and the best approach to managing it is unique to each person.

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Taking a Stand for Healthy Bones and Joints

Have you stood up today? Raised a cup of coffee to your lips? Walked a few steps? It’s easy to take these kinds of movements for granted, but we humans are incredibly agile creatures. And we’ve got our bones and joints to thank for much of that strength and flexibility.

One way to express our gratitude to these multi-talented body parts is to take good care of them. The first step in maintaining – and even improving – healthy bones and joints is knowing a bit more about them.

The Bones

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Staying a Step Ahead of Breast Cancer

Most of us have been affected, either directly or indirectly, by breast cancer. Given the statistics, it’s no wonder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States (behind skin cancer) and is the second leading cause of women’s cancer deaths (behind lung cancer). Approximately one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life.

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