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Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:23 PM

It’s a little more complicated than just “don’t eat cholesterol”

  • It’s a little more complicated than just “don’t eat cholesterol”

  • Just a quick check in, how are we doing with our 2018 resolutions to lose weight, get healthy again, and be more active?
  • This is a doozy of a cold and flu season. Some report that the flu vaccine has only been about 10 percent effective making it even more difficult to avoid an infection. Have you talked with your primary care doctor or visited the pharmacy for a strategy to treat a cold or flu?
  • Many homeowners may not realize that their landscape can increase the value of their home by 8 to 12 percent according to a study conducted by Alex X. Niemiera, an Extension Horticulturist in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. 
  • It’s a fact that one in two Americans has a musculoskeletal disorder.  As a doctor who diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal disorders every day, it’s no surprise to me why we struggle to keep our muscles and joints healthy:  we don’t move well, and we don’t move often.
  • Do you have health and fitness goals for 2018? Are you going to exercise more? Eat more vegetables? Drop a few pounds? If you’ve had difficulty meeting goals in the past you should try SMART goal setting. SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
  • Healthy and Active: Get a leg up on runners' injuries
    The weather has shifted, signaling one of our favorite seasons at MoveMend: running season!
  • Are the longer Spring days getting you back on the tennis court or into your garden?
  • To stay sharp, learn something new and difficult
    For baby boomers approaching old age, there is all sorts of advice available how to stay physically and mentally fit.
  • Back pain defined
    Back pain is troubling and often mysterious, showing up without any traumatic incident. Fortunately, most back pain is not serious and can heal without injections or surgery.
  • Preparing to run in the cold
    The benefits of running include stronger muscles and bones and a lower risk of cancer. But if running on a treadmill isn’t your cup of tea then you need to be prepared to brave the cold. 
  • What your gynecologist wishes you would do
    No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things — like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.
  • Providing full time care for a parent or aging loved-one within your home is an option. If you are considering this undertaking or are currently providing elder care in your home, it’s not my intention to discourage you. I want you to be mindful.
  • Don't shrug off shoulder pain
    Do you have a twinge of shoulder pain when you roll over at night or reach overhead to put on a shirt? If you do, you’re not alone.
  • Make your mental health a priority
    Many of us already ignore symptoms of physical ailments. We may also ignore signs of depression and other mental illnesses for a variety of reasons.
  • Dark days have you down? Light therapy could help
    For those who suffer from seasonal depression, autumn and the eventual onset of winter mark the beginning of a struggle because the progressive loss of daylight brings on a low mood and changes in sleeping and eating patterns.
  • A True ‘Turkey Day’ Celebration
    Last year, I added a new tradition to my Thanksgiving ritual and celebrated the symbolic birds of Thanksgiving — the turkeys.
  • Be proactive: Make a checklist for your well-being
    By being proactive, you can take steps to keep your well-being at its best.
  • Aging creatively
    Some studies have shown that open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity and creativity do in fact benefit the aging mind, and may even play a role in longevity.
  • Practice good yard work habits to save your back
    The change of season to fall means yard chores and leaves are piling up and summer furniture needs to be stored.
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