Adults Need Vaccines, Too, CDC Advises
As families prepare for the return of school, many parents are rushing to make sure their children are up to date with their immunizations. It’s also a good time for adults to find out if they also need any vaccines. Some adults mistakenly believe that the vaccines they received as kids protect them for life. Although this can be true…
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Adequate Sleep Helps Teen Academic, Sports Performance
Parents can help their children - especially teenagers - have a successful school year by making sure they get enough sleep every night. With just a few weeks to go before public schools in Hampton Roads resume classes, sleep experts say it’s important to start adjusting bedtime schedules now. The beginning of the school year can be particularly hard on teenagers…
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Poor Diet, Little Exercise Keep Kids from Ideal Heart Health
Sugary drinks, desserts and a lack of exercise are keeping the majority of American children from meeting the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health. Indeed, nine out of 10 children did not meet their nutritional needs because they received most of their daily calories from simple carbohydrates, according to a new scientific statement published in the AHA's journal Circulation. “A…
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Many Women Begin Pregnancy Overweight, Report Shows
More than half of women start their pregnancies weighing too much, potentially putting themselves and their baby at risk for complications and lasting health problems. A new federal report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 50 percent of women were overweight or obese when they started their pregnancies in 2014. Women who are not…
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Exercise May Counter Health Risks of Sitting, Analysis Finds
Commuting to work. Attending meetings. Working at the computer. It’s easy to rack up eight or more hours of sitting every day, which has been associated with a higher risk of early death. Here’s some good news for the millions of Americans worrying about sitting too much: an hour of physical activity every day may be all it takes to…
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Managing Your High Blood Pressure

Dr. Susan Szulc, of Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach, discusses strategies that can help those suffering from or at risk for high blood pressure control and manage their condition - beyond the doctor's office.