• Healthy Kids

    Ways to encourage your children to eat healthy foods

    7/2/2015

    Children's habits form early, so it’s the job of parents and caregivers to teach about the benefits of healthy eating. In the short term, a nutritious diet helps children develop strong bones, grow, concentrate, maintain a healthy weight and stay active. In the long term, it could lower their risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart disease, stroke, joint problems, obesity and more.

  • Heart and Vascular

    How does sitting at a desk all day affect your health?

    7/7/2015

    You may want to stand up for this: Recent studies have shown that sitting at a desk for more than three hours a day can shave two years off your life expectancy and cause an increase in cardiovascular problems, cancer and type II diabetes. Sitting slows your metabolic system to a crawl, causing weight gain and the aforementioned health issues.

  • Healthy Eating

    Tips for managing sugar cravings

    7/8/2015

    Almost all of us have experienced the urgent craving for something sweet—that feeling that says, "I need sugar now and nothing else will do." For some of us, that sensation can lead not only to overindulgence in the moment, but also to unhealthy eating habits, poor dietary choices and weight gain.

  • Women's Health

    Health tips for women at every age

    7/10/2015

    Did you know that the leading causes of death among adult women in the U.S. include heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease? Those are the facts according to statistics compiled by the CDC, but there are steps you can take to guard your health against these diseases and conditions. In fact, many threats to your health are actually preventable.

  • Quit Smoking

    Quit smoking today: why and how to kick the habit

    7/14/2015

    Despite the fact that tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, one in five adults in America smoke cigarettes, according to The American Cancer Society. There are also more than 15 million Americans who consume tobacco products in other ways, such as cigars and pipes.
     

  • Healthy Eating

    How to reduce your sodium intake

    7/15/2015

    Whether cooking at home or dining out, most of us salt our food out of habit (whether or not it’s needed), and we often add extra salt to food that’s already high in sodium. While government dietary guidelines recommend that Americans limit their sodium intake to 2,300 mg (one teaspoon) each day, most Americans ingest an average of 3,400 mg of salt per day.

  • Wellness Awareness

    Helping a loved one deal with mental illness

    7/17/2015

    Mental illness—a category which includes conditions like schizophrenia and depression—affects tens of millions of Americans each year. However, only about half of people suffering from mental health issues actually receive treatment. This is because, despite their prevalence, signs of mental illness are often stigmatized and dismissed, which can exacerbate symptoms and affect personal and professional relationships.

  • Healthy Eating

    Making healthy food choices at the Elkhart County 4H Fair

    7/21/2015

    The Elkhart County 4H Fair, which runs from July 24 – Aug. 1, is coming soon, and you know what that means—deep fried food on a stick! But the aftermath of eating unhealthy fair fare isn't all fun and games. The calories, fat and grease inherent in most of these foods will follow you around long after you've left the fairgrounds. But are there even healthy options to be had at the Elkhart County Fair?

  • Heart and Vascular

    Stroke 101: Signs, risks and how to react

    7/22/2015

    No one is immune to stroke; they can happen to anyone at any time. And according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, there are more than 800,000 strokes each year in the United States. Not only is stroke is a leading cause of death in the US, but it also causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease.

  • Wellness Awareness

    How to prevent heartburn

    7/24/2015

    Have you ever felt like your chest and throat were on fire? Like you couldn’t escape the pain, even when lying down? Chances are that you’ve experienced heartburn. Though this digestive disorder is rarely a serious health concern, it can still be very painful.

  • Healthy Eating

    Why you shouldn't skip breakfast

    7/27/2015

    You probably grew up hearing the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and it still rings true. There’s a lot of science to suggest that breakfast can help you kick start your metabolism, maintain a healthy bodyweight and feel more energized throughout the day.

  • Wellness Awareness

    Overcome fears of cancer recurrence with a focus on wellness

    7/29/2015

    The moment a patient with cancer hears that his or her cancer treatment has been successful is a moment to celebrate! Even so, it can still be difficult to shake worries about the possibility of recurrence.  

  • Women's Health

    Breast cancer: what you can and cannot control

    7/31/2015

    While lifestyle choices can either lower or raise a woman's risk for breast cancer, certain risk factors—such as genetics—that cannot be controlled can increase a woman's risk for developing breast cancer. While great strides have been made in understanding breast cancer risk factors and how a woman's lifestyle can impact her risk, even women with multiple risk factors may never develop the disease. Furthermore, a woman’s risk for breast cancer can change over time, so it is always good to be aware of what can and cannot be controlled when it comes to your risk for breast cancer.

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