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Goals for the care of Cardiovascular Disease

February 5, 2018

Great strides have been made in the last several years for the care of those with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Immediate action to enter emergency medical care continues to be the number one goal to save lives. Even 15 minutes can be the difference between death and disability, and returning to a fulfilling life. The second goal is primary and secondary prevention of the causes surrounding CVD and reducing these risk factors. Goal #1: Immediate Action Two of the most common reasons of cardiovascular emergencies are heart attack and stroke. The cause for a heart attack or stroke is similar...Continue Reading

Teens and Drug Misuse

January 22, 2018

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ® (NDAFW), January 22-28, 2018, is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs! Over 18.5 million persons 12 and older have misused prescription drugs in the past year. When asked how they obtained prescription opioids, a majority of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or they bought them from a friend or relative. These statistics are particularly worrisome as youth who misuse prescription medications are more likely to report use of other drugs. Monitoring the Future is an...Continue Reading

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Cope with Stress and Depression During the Holidays

December 1, 2017

The holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving through New Years, can be a time of joy, celebration, gatherings with family and friends and reflection of blessings. This is not the case for all, as many people reflect on their current situation, be it financial, relational, spiritual or other. They look at the past with disappointment and to the future with uncertainty. Holiday Depression and SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder are two distinct mental health conditions that are real during this time of year. According to Mental Health America, many factors can cause the "holiday blues":...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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Teeth are Essential to get Vital Nutrition

October 2, 2017

Teeth are an essential piece to individuals getting vital nutrition. Without teeth, we would not be able to enjoy a lot of the foods that we eat. Have you ever thought about how well you take care of your teeth? Many of us can still hear our moms in the back of our heads nagging us to brush our teeth before bedtime. But sadly, there are many people that are skipping out on the necessary measures that need to be taken when it comes to oral health. Fluoride is a paste that the dentist often uses on our teeth right before we leave the dentist's office, but only getting fluoride at the dentist's...Continue Reading

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Chronic Pain Awareness

September 1, 2017

Chronic pain is pain that usually persists for months or even years. This type of pain is experienced by nearly 100 million Americans every year. Two of the most common types of chronic pain are lower back pain and headaches. September is Pain Awareness Month , a public awareness campaign launched in 2001 that is led by the American Chronic Pain Association . The goals of Pain Awareness Month are to educate the community on the severity of this health issue, spread awareness about treatment and encourage community members to get involved with pain awareness programs. It is estimated that...Continue Reading

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August 2, 2017

With school starting back soon, it is important to make sure your children, younger siblings and their friends are all in good health. Back to school time can be overwhelming between orientation forms, schedules and immunizations but it's important to make sure their eyes are also checked. August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, bringing forth education and awareness to the health and safety of children's eyes. This initiative is in connection with the American Academy of Ophthalmologists and Prevent Blindness America. Routine vision screenings are crucial in preventing long-term...Continue Reading

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

Raise Awareness to Eliminate Hepatitis

July 12, 2017

The liver plays many important roles in the body including filtering toxins, storing minerals, and producing bile to help digestion. This organ is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. Hepatitis is considered an inflammation of the liver. The World Health Organization explains that this condition can be caused by many different factors including infections, toxic substances (i.e. alcohol or certain drugs) and autoimmune diseases. The most common cause of hepatitis is the hepatitis virus. Although there are five specific hepatitis viruses that scientists have identified and...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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