High Blood Pressure: New Guidelines Affect Many

You know your age. You probably know how much you weigh. You might even know where you fall on the body mass index. But do you know your blood pressure? If you don’t, the few minutes it takes to have it read could save your life. High blood pressure is called “the silent killer” because […]

5 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Nearly half of all U.S. adults need to lower their blood pressure, according to new health guidelines. Whether you fall into this group, it’s smart to practice healthy lifestyle habits that have a direct effect on your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease and stroke. Taking care of yourself requires some commitment but […]

7 Sleep Guidelines Every Expecting Parent Should Know

One of the most important things every parent should know is how to keep their baby safe while sleeping. Infants spend up to 16 hours sleeping every day. It’s critical for their growth and development. Whether you’re expecting your first child or your third, make sure your baby’s sleep habits and environment do not pose […]

Forget Your Flu Shot? It’s Not Too Late

If you’re one of the many people who for various reasons didn’t get a flu shot last fall, go ahead and roll up a sleeve. It’s not too late. Flu season, which is in full swing, could last until sometime in May. After you get a flu shot, it takes about two weeks to build […]

Antibiotics: Use Wisely, Avoid Resistance

Nonstop coughing. A pounding headache. Sinus pressure. A bad cold can make you feel just as miserable as if you had the flu. After a week of feeling awful, many people wonder if they need an antibiotic to get better. Before you start hunting through your medicine cabinet, consider this: antibiotics don’t work on viruses. […]

Reach Your Weight-Loss Goals

Stepping on the scale feels pretty good when the pounds keep dropping. For most Americans, however, the numbers start to increase within a matter of weeks or months. Disappointed and frustrated, many of us eventually move the scale to the back of a cabinet or a closet where it’s out of sight. Losing weight – […]

2018: Resolve to Improve Your Health

In 2018, I’m going to lose weight. Come January, I’m going to quit smoking. This New Year, I’m going to eat healthier. New Year’s resolutions sound great when you share them with your friends and family. If you’re really serious about making some health-related changes, it’s time to bring in an expert: your primary care […]

Essential Oils: Consult Health Provider First

The lavender mist dancing from your diffuser may smell absolutely wonderful, but is it also making you feel calm? From the woodsy aroma of cedarwood to the clean scent of lemon, essential oils have become a staple in many homes nationwide. Chances are you either know someone who uses essential oils or you have a […]

Stay Healthy During Holiday Travels

The stranger you sit next to this holiday season for your flight home might be perfectly healthy, but the surfaces that surround you both can be teeming with cold and flu viruses. Without a doubt, the germs lurking on every plane and train and in every station and airport can wreak havoc on your holiday […]

Managing Type 2 Diabetes Never Takes a Holiday

By Nicole Anderson, Registered Dietitian It’s getting to be that time of year again – the time for holiday parties, socializing with family and friends, and lots of eating and drinking. It is easy for anyone to feel out of control with their diet when they’re constantly surrounded by tasty food and treats. However, if […]