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6 Ways to Get Fit as a Family This Summer

May 7, 2019

May is the month when we can finally begin to count on the great outdoors for some comfortable temperatures. It's also the month when most students begin their summer breaks and many families take their vacations. As our schedules begin to take advantage of the longer days, it can be overwhelming to think of May as National Fitness Month. "How can I take on ONE more thing this summer?" Well don't worry, you don't have to do it alone. Here are tips to help the entire family get healthier this summer. Engage in Group Activities One of the benefits of exercising with your family is that it can... Continue Reading

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How Are Allergies Linked to Your Immune System

April 30, 2019

Everyone is always so excited for the arrival of Spring, that is, until the pollen comes along with it. That’s because nearly 50 million people suffer from allergies in the United States, it’s the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the country, and costs $18 million annually . That’s an incredible amount of money to spend for what is essentially an overreaction on the part of the body’s immune system. Let’s explore how your hay fever and the immune system are intertwined, and whether or not you can do anything about it. What is the Body’s Immune System? The immune system is responsible... Continue Reading

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Getting Out and About is a Good Way to Help Others

April 11, 2019

When Wayne Smith of Stuarts Draft retired, he knew he would spend much of his new-found free time getting 'out and about'. He enjoys golfing and biking and being outdoors. But when he discovered that he still had a quite a bit of spare time, he decided to add volunteering to his schedule. As it turned out, volunteering at Augusta Health also provided Smith the opportunity to get 'out and about'. Every Monday morning, from 8 am until noon, Smith is the volunteer Shuttle Driver at Augusta Health. He spends the hours circling the campus in the Shuttle, moving from entrance to entrance, from... Continue Reading

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5 Healthy Holiday Recipes Everyone Will Love

December 13, 2018

It's that time of year to gather friends and family around the holiday table! With celebrations, visits, and lots on your "to-do" list, let us take the worry out of finding healthy meal options. Here are five of our favorite delicious and nutritious recipes that everyone will love! Low Fat Eggnog Total 20 min Prep 20 min Yield 6 servings Level Easy Ingredients 2 cups nonfat milk 2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest 1 vanilla bean 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish Directions Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a... Continue Reading

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The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

December 11, 2018

A thinner waistline, kicking your smoking habit, or taking up that hobby you've always wanted – when the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2019, millions of Americans will make promises to improve their lives. We may have lofty ideals of the changes we'd like to make for the New Year, but actually keeping those resolutions is more difficult. In fact, Forbes estimates that only 8% of people stay true to their New Year's Resolutions. Want to join the ranks of those with stellar willpower and determination? We'll show you how! Start Small to Achieve Big The most common way to derail your success... Continue Reading

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Give the Gift of Health with These Healthy Gift Picks

December 6, 2018

Health is the gift that keeps on giving! Simplify your holiday shopping list with these healthy holiday gift ideas. Feel good about giving presents that have a positive impact. Happy shopping! Tastes Great Hydration Need a taste boost to fulfill a daily water intake goal? Try a fruit infuser water bottle! These water bottles come with a cylinder fruit holder. Put your favorite fresh fruit inside and let it infuse your bland water with delicious flavor. Prices vary but start around $10.00. What a bargain! Keep the Kids Moving! Winter weather can put a damper on outdoor activities for kids. Don... Continue Reading

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Season change triggers SAD in some

December 4, 2018

The transition of seasons is a welcome change for many. However, for some, the seasonal changes can trigger a challenging condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For those that experience this disorder, the symptoms can be troublesome and even dangerous. Women and young adults are at heightened risk for SAD, and symptoms may increase from mild to severe over the course of the condition. So, how can you tell if you're suffering from SAD and what can you do to treat it? Keep reading to find out! What is SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that's linked to the... Continue Reading

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Improving mental health through community outreach

November 29, 2018

Augusta Health's most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified the top health needs of the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro (SAW) and provides what some may consider surprising results about the mental health of local residents. Findings show that 21.8% of SAW adults have experienced symptoms of chronic depression. However, only 14.9% are currently taking medication or receiving treatment from a doctor or other healthcare professional for some type of mental health condition. Between 2012-2014 there was an annual average age-adjusted suicide rate of 18.9 deaths per... Continue Reading

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Getting a fresh start on diabetes prevention

November 28, 2018

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way a body regulates glucose, or blood sugar. Everyone needs glucose to feed the cells in their bodies, and glucose needs insulin to enter the cells. There are two different types of diabetes, though. Type 1 Diabetes is when the body doesn't produce insulin at all. Most with Type 1 Diabetes are diagnosed as children. Type 2 Diabetes is when the body doesn't use the insulin it produces properly. It's been thought of as a condition that comes as we age. Sadly, in recent years, Type 2 Diabetes has become a disease of all ages. According to the... Continue Reading

The AMI farm at Augusta Health

A shared mission for a healthier community

November 27, 2018

The AMI Farm at Augusta Health is a partnership between Allegheny Mountain Institute and Augusta Health to improve the well-being of Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro residents through increased knowledge about and access to healthy foods. Through a sustainable production farm, a broad curriculum of nutrition education programming, and future plans for a demonstration garden the AMI Farm at Augusta Health is actively working to change health through healthy eating. Two specific uses of the produce harvested from the Farm are the Food Farmacy Program, a unique nutrition education program... Continue Reading