Ticks: Fight the Bite Year-Round

In Hampton Roads, ticks love to bite spring, summer and fall. They’ll keep biting in the winter, too, if the temperatures are above freezing. While there are several tick-borne diseases in Virginia, the two most common are Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Black-legged ticks – formerly known as “deer […]

Prostate Cancer: Know Your Risk

Prostate cancer affects one out of seven men. Although it can be a serious disease, most men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Fortunately, prostate cancer can often be detected with a simple blood test. The test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen in a blood sample. The blood […]

Student Athlete Concussions: Rest Prevents Longer Recovery

The last thing parents want to think about when they’re watching their children play sports this fall is whether they’re going to sustain an injury – especially a concussion. Yet concussions are one of the risks of playing sports – especially certain activities such as cheerleading, football, gymnastics, wrestling, field hockey and soccer.  To date, […]

Physical Therapy Program Helps Prevent Falling

Every 11 seconds, an older adult needs emergency care because they’ve injured themselves from a fall, according to federal health statistics. As we get older, many physical-related health issues make us more likely to lose our balance. Vision and hearing problems, medications that cause dizziness and not staying active all contribute to the risk of […]

Top Weight-Loss Myths Dispelled

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight and keep it off, you probably know it’s not as simple or as easy as some people claim. One reason you may not be making any progress is the amount of misinformation about weight loss circulating our society. From fitness celebrities promoting the latest weight-loss product, to your […]

Strong Core, Proper Form Help Prevent Back Injuries

Summer is a popular time to take a family vacation, move to a new home and get caught up on backyard projects. Although no one adds “back injury” to their to-do list, these popular summer activities can lead to injuries. About 4 million people head to their health provider for a back injury during the […]

Summer Exercise Tips: Train Safely for Sports Performance

By Joseph Ratti, MS, CSCS, PES, CES, CPT, LMBT Bon Secours In Motion Sports Performance Coordinator Summer is a popular season in our region to take your workout outdoors. With temperatures that often reach into the 90s, it’s critical to take steps to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. Everyone, including athletes, who exercises in extreme heat […]

Skin Cancer Prevention Starts at Birth

When it comes to protecting your children’s skin and health, simple choices and everyday habits could keep them from developing the deadliest form of skin cancer later in life. The decisions to cover up, sit in the shade and reapply sunscreen all make a difference in whether a child gets too much sun. Just one […]

Vegetable Entrees Invite Nutrition to Dinner

Steak and potatoes. Lasagna. Spaghetti and meatballs. For many decades, these types of traditional dishes have dominated our meals, especially at dinnertime. Unfortunately, it’s a style of eating that doesn’t help many Americans who are overweight or have Type 2 diabetes – or struggle with both. While most of us get enough protein every day, […]

Prevent Measles Infection: Check Immunity Before Traveling Abroad

If your future vacation plans take you abroad, make sure you check with your doctor to see if you need to be vaccinated for measles. A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that more than half of U.S. travelers who were not considered immune skipped the measles vaccine despite the risk of infection. Many […]