HealthFocused

Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Diabetes Warnings from A to Z

August 28, 2019

Below we've listed—as alphabetically as possible—some of the warning signs, risk factors, and preventative measures that can be useful in identifying or preventing the disease. Adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have tripled over the previous 20 years - so it’s important to keep an eye out for the early warning signs that might increase your odds of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Blood pressure that is higher than normal can increase one’s chances of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so it is recommended to monitor (and reduce) your blood pressure through regular diet and... Continue Reading

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Hospice needs a few good men!

August 27, 2019

It's statistically known that more women volunteer than men. Hospice serves many male patients that would love to have some male companionship as most of their caregivers and hospice team members are women. If you are a male living in Augusta County, would you consider giving a little of your time to make this happen for someone? From the desk of Lori Showalter, Volunteer Manager: Meet Reese, a male hospice volunteer. Reese is a phenomenal volunteer that has made an incredible difference in the lives of many patients in his 7 years with hospice. He serves in the patient care role visiting... Continue Reading

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7 Habits for a Healthy Heart

August 26, 2019

When you want to describe someone as a good person you say they have “a good heart.” During an accident, when we check to see if someone is okay, we check their heartbeat. When we feel incredible sadness, we say our hearts are broken. Our condition can be defined by the condition of our hearts and nowhere is that truer than in examining our overall health. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. By fighting back against the contributors to heart disease, we build ourselves into being healthier people overall. In order to do that, we’ve prepared a list of seven habits that can... Continue Reading

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The Importance of Getting a Full Night's Sleep

August 23, 2019

We all know that feeling when our alarm goes off in the morning, but we just don't want to get out of bed! If you're like most Americans, the lack of a good night's sleep is impacting your energy level, your productivity, and could lead to serious health complications. Don't push your exhaustion to the side, pay attention to your energy levels throughout the day and your general well being as these could be signs of sleep deprivation. A study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that more than one-third of American adults are getting less than seven hours of sleep on a regular... Continue Reading

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A Guide to Local Mental Health Resources

August 21, 2019

Augusta Health believes in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the many resources available in our area. We encourage you to seek help or to pass this guide on to others who may be in need. Together, we can eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. The Valley Community Services Board The Valley Community Services Board is a publicly funded organization where citizens of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta and Highland Counties can receive behavioral health, substance abuse, and developmental services they need. The... Continue Reading

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What Causes Cataracts?

August 19, 2019

Did you know that by age 80, more than half of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had surgery for cataracts? That's an astonishing proportion of the United States. Maybe since it is often an affliction that strikes us when we are older, we do not give a lot of thought to what they are and how they might come about. The good news is that you can reduce the number of risk factors that seem to be linked to the development of cataracts. In addition, surgery for cataracts are common and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. What are cataracts? Cataracts are clouds on the lens... Continue Reading

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How to Avoid Accidents in the Home

August 16, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control , unintentional injuries are the third most common cause of death in the United States, and lead to over 29 million emergency room visits per year. Here are quick tips to avoid some of the most common injuries that occur at home. Avoiding Slips and Falls Among the most common type of accidents are slips and falls. Particularly dangerous to the youngest and oldest members of the population, falling can be catastrophic to the body and is a leading cause of injury for all age groups. For the elderly, slips and falls are responsible for 95% of hip... Continue Reading

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Mission Matters: Valley Mission and Augusta Health

August 14, 2019

Augusta Health's mission—to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care—requires partnership and collaboration with other organizations within the community. Valley Mission in Staunton and Augusta Health have been partners in caring for those in the community experiencing homelessness for several years. In the past year, the two have joined with several other partners—including the Department of Public Health and WARM Shelter in Waynesboro—in the Homeless Healthcare Connection, providing much-needed medical services to the homeless in our community... Continue Reading

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Mission Matters: Valley Hope Counseling and Augusta Health

August 12, 2019

The sign on the door of Valley Hope Counseling has a bright sun rising over the mountains and says, "Hope in time of uncertainty… Healing in times of stress". "There are barriers to accessing mental health counseling when it's needed," says Ginny Harris, LPC and Executive Director of Valley Hope Counseling. "The two biggest are the stigma of mental health and the accessibility based on cost. Our mission is to provide access to mental health services for all. We work on reducing the stigma every day. And we charge a sliding scale fee, based on income and family size, to make the cost less and... Continue Reading

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Healthy Alternatives to 4 Common Foods

August 9, 2019

There are a lot of diets out there—and a lot of people who fail them because they raise the bar too high. It's difficult to restrict one's diet for too long, it's why so many diets fail. But eating healthier doesn't have to mean dieting, it just means eating better. Here are four simple things you can eliminate from your diet, without having to completely overhaul how you shop. We've included some healthier alternatives to rely on as you make the switch. Soda We're sure you've heard this one before—they are bad for your health. How bad? Soda has been linked to increased weight gain by causing... Continue Reading

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