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Mental Health of America helps Americans live healthy lives

May 2, 2018

Mental Health of America is focused on helping Americans live physically and mentally healthy lives. Considering May is Mental Health Month, they have released special tools, materials, and fact sheets about mental health. There are many components to mental health, many of which are tied to physical health as well. All parts of a healthy lifestyle improve the health of the whole person. Below is an outline of Mental Health America's focus points for achieving a fit mind and body as well as some information about them. Have a healthy diet. Individuals who have diets rich in fruits, vegetables...Continue Reading

Congestive Heart Failure can make even light exercise exhausting.

Cardiology 101: What is Congestive Heart Failure?

February 2, 2018

If you've been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), you may be feeling apprehensive. CHF can be a scary and confusing diagnosis. It can be caused by genetics, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, infections, or heart attack. The good news is Congestive Heart Failure doesn't have to be a death sentence. By altering your lifestyle to minimize the impact CHF has on your health you can take back control of your life instead of letting CHF define you. What is Congestive Heart Failure Your heart's job is to pump old, oxygen-poor blood from your body and to the lungs for oxygenation,...Continue Reading

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Tipping the Scales: What is a Healthy Weight?

January 18, 2018

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what other factors play into being healthy? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and helps prevent you from developing several diseases or conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing serious health complications including heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, and certain cancers. Being underweight may compromise your immune system making you more vulnerable to illnesses such as the flu. Being...Continue Reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Cervical Health

January 3, 2018

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical health is one of the most sought-after health topics today, and as a woman, it's in your best interest to stay aware about cervical cancer and its potential threats. Fortunately, cervical cancer is preventable when you get the necessary screenings and follow your doctor's care recommendations. When doctors find cervical cancer early, there is hope for a cure, but it can still be life-threatening. Due to this risk, you should take the first step to ensure that you know the status of your cervix so that you can stay healthy. What is Cervical...Continue Reading

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National Take a Hike Day

November 17, 2017

The Shenandoah Valley offers the fortune of having the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to look at every single day. On November 17 th , we celebrate National Take a Hike Day. According to WebMD, hiking increases the amount of calories burned compared to walking on a flat surface. With the fortune of having mountains all around us, we have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this day, or any sunny day in the Shenandoah Valley. Days like National Take a Hike Day reminds us to get off of the couch and exercise. Some examples of health benefits to walking and hiking are: Reduces the risk...Continue Reading

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

September 22, 2017

How much time have you spent sitting today? If you're like most Americans, between working behind a desk, driving a car, and relaxing – you're spending a lot of time sitting down. Sitting is now under fire as a potential cause of increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression. In fact, some research suggests that sitting may be as bad for your health as smoking. However, not all medical professionals agree. Is sitting the new smoking, or has sitting gotten a bad rap? Downsides of Sitting One study reported by the Mayo Clinic links a staggering 50% increased risk...Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,...Continue Reading

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Stay Fit and Safe During Summer

June 1, 2017

Summer is finally here! It's a great time to enjoy all of your favorite activities outside, including your daily workout. But spending time outdoors also comes with risks and concerns. Follow these tips to beat the heat, stay safe, and get the best results: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during, and after exercise. Staying well hydrated is very essential to avoid illnesses such as heat stroke or exhaustion. Pick the right time to work out, preferably in the morning or evening. The temperatures are typically cooler during those times. Apply sunscreen to protect your skin. The American...Continue Reading

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Celebrating Screen-Free Week

May 1, 2017

This year an international celebration known as Screen-Free Week will take place from May 1 st - May 7 th . Screen-Free Week, formerly known as TV-Turnoff, is one week each year where people swap out technology and digital devices for time to get creative, read and play outside with friends and family! This week is also the 98 th anniversary of Children's Book Week, an annual celebration for young people and the joy that reading brings. Children's Book Week is also considered the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! You can still use devices during the week but if it...Continue Reading

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5 Things You Should Do in Your 30s to Make Life Better in Your 50s

April 18, 2017

With so much excitement in your twenties, many don't stop to consider that in the blink of an eye, you'll be turning fifty. It's easy to forget when you're younger, but it's also easy to wake up at the ripe old age of 5-0 and wonder just where have all those years gone? To make the most of these later years, it's important to begin taking care of yourself today. Get Rid of Bad Habits Weighing You Down If you smoke or indulge in eating junk food, now is the time to give up those bad habits. Don't wait for a health scare to motivate you to make changes. The changes you make now will build the...Continue Reading

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