Health & Wellness

string(11) "162x162.png"

Wellness Messages

  • Click to view printer friendly page
  • Text
Learn the facts about mammograms.
Myth: Exercise can hurt your back.
Fact: Exercise strengthens the muscles that support and stabilize your spine. A health care professional can show you exercises that can relieve symptoms of back conditions such as bulged discs or sciatica. Read more.
A flu vaccine and proper handwashing can help prevent illness, but if you get sick, you can care for yourself naturally.
Foods high in fiber are generally low in fat and calories, fill you up more, and keep you full longer. Plus, the same foods that are high in fiber tend to be high in essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and sometimes even protein.
Do you know the signs of a heart attack? Would you recognize if you or someone else were having a heart attack?
We all know we need exercise. Most health organizations agree that to prevent heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and certain cancers, we need to exercise at least 30 minutes a day five days a week. But actually doing it is another story.
Do you spend too much time using a phone, tablet or computer? If you cannot control how often or intensely you use your device – even when you know the negative consequences – you might need to make some adjustments.
If you gain a couple of pounds every holiday season, there may be some surprising causes. Making some small lifestyle changes can help keep your weight in check all season long.
The stigma around mental illness prevents people from seeking the help they need. When you fight that perception, you not only become an ally, you help people in need feel more comfortable seeking care.
You may have seen claims for products and diets can help you lose weight and get healthier. Friends and family may have amazing weight-loss or health stories about something new they’ve tried. How do you know if a product is safe and healthy – and if it works?
If you have diabetes, you may be more likely to develop complications that can hurt your health, especially if your condition is not under control. These conditions can be serious, so it’s important to make the lifestyle changes and get the screenings you need to prevent or delay the onset of these problems.
If you’re thinking of going vegetarian, you may be concerned that you won’t get the nutrients you need to be healthy. However, there are plenty of meat-free ways to get protein, calcium and iron regularly into your diet.
Back pain is a frequently diagnosed condition, but it’s often preventable and treatable. Your pain level doesn’t always indicate the severity of the problem, and with some self-care, you may feel better soon.
Stomach discomfort can have many causes, and various conditions can have similar symptoms.
Is there such a thing as “good stress”? Although “stress” is usually a negative term, positive stress, or “eustress,” is what you feel when you get a new challenge and can be a great motivator. “Distress,” meanwhile, is the constant feeling of being challenged or overwhelmed without any relief.

Is your health declining as you age? While some medical issues come with the territory of getting older, others may be cause for concern. Do you know what’s normal and what’s worth a discussion with your doctor?
Do you know how to lower your risk of common types of cancer? Take this quiz to get some insight.
Are you due for a preventive health screening? Common screenings, for individuals ages 18 through 50, can help you make decisions about your health.
Do you feel you have to choose between living a healthy lifestyle and being productive at work? Not necessarily – you can integrate small steps into your day that can add up to big results.
If you’re chronically tired, you’ve probably tried to solve your sleep troubles on your own. But what if your exhaustion is a symptom of something more serious?
If you have diabetes, you should know that according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), you may have a greater risk of developing depression than those without diabetes.
What do the changes in breast cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS) mean for you and your loved ones?
For many people, weight is a challenging topic to talk about. If you find yourself struggling with losing weight, discussing it with your doctor can be just as difficult as getting on a scale. However, seeing your weight as a reflection of your health may help you have a more objective and productive conversation with your doctor.
Contrary to common belief, osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. There are steps you can take at any age to prevent this bone disease and protect your overall bone health.
Stroke, which happens when blood flow is cut off to the brain suddenly, can happen to anyone. But if you have a chronic condition, your stroke risk may increase, and that’s all the more reason you should talk to your doctor.
Drinking too much alcohol can contribute to the risk of health-related injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease and some types of cancer.

Spring is in the Air, but Breathing it in can be Hard

Spring is often associated with the presence of common allergy triggers, but it can also be a challenging time of year for those with asthma, a chronic lung disease that impacts 26 million Americans, including children.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that causes damage to the optic nerve in the eye over time. There are steps you can take to protect yourself.