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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

Taking care of yourself today will lead to a better tomorrow

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

Walk with a Doc with Dr. Jessicah Collins in Waynesboro 2016

Walk with a Doc is Back!

March 30, 2017

Improving your health can be as easy as a walk in the park! Augusta Health started its Walk With A Doc program in 2016, in partnership with Staunton Parks & Rec and Waynesboro Parks & Rec. Walk With A Doc is free, and each walk is led by a local physician, and each walk begins with a brief medical note about a benefit of walking. Participants receive a free t-shirt and a free pedometer to track their steps each day. Because lifestyle has a major impact on health, and sedentary lifestyles increase health risks, Augusta Health joined with the national Walk With A Doc program to...Continue Reading

Shoveling snow can be taxing on your heart.

Before You Start Shoveling Snow, Consider Your Heart Health

March 13, 2017

When it comes to shoveling snow from their walkway, most people don't have anything to worry about. However, according to the American Heart Association, a small percentage of individuals already in high-risk categories may want to reconsider this winter chore, because it may raise their risk of heart attack. Individuals who are most at risk include: Sedentary people over the age of 55 Persons with high cholesterol or hypertension Current and former smokers Those diagnosed with a chronic heart condition People who have experienced a previous heart attack or stroke While shoveling snow can be...Continue Reading

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3 Fun Ways to Keep the Kids Active as the Temperature Drops

March 3, 2017

Fall is upon us which means it's time for our favorite pumpkin spice latte, football on the weekends, leaves changing colors, and colder weather. As the temperature drops, finding ways to keep your kids active and healthy can be a challenge and it's easy to fall into the trap of video games and other indoor activities. Fortunately, we've put together five of our favorite autumn weather activities to keep your kids on the move this fall. Autumn Nature Hunt Put together a list of your favorite fall nature items and turn it into a game by putting together teams and seeing who can find all the...Continue Reading

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9 Tips for Staying in Shape with an Office Job

February 9, 2017

Staying fit when you work behind a desk 40+ hours per week can be a real challenge. To make things even worse, our lives are busier than ever and finding time to go to the gym can seem impossible. However, a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on our healthy lifestyles and increase our risk of developing illness, and reduce our overall energy levels. We decided to put together some basic steps you can implement into your busy lives to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even at the office. Out with the Bad Consuming less unhealthy food throughout the day can make a dramatic difference in...Continue Reading

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