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 […]

Hepatitis C Cases Rising: Do You Need to Be Tested?

As the number of new hepatitis C virus infections keeps rising, federal health authorities are urging people at risk to get tested. Nearly half of people living with the virus don’t know they’re infected. Many people don’t have any symptoms. Left untreated, people can develop liver cirrhosis, which can cause liver cancer. They can also […]

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, […]

Healthy Eating Tips for Summer Cookouts

By Nicole Anderson, Registered Dietitian at Bon Secours In Motion. It’s that time of year again when we fire up the barbecue and have cookouts with friends and family. It may seem difficult to eat healthy at a cookout, but there are ways to enjoy yourself without overdoing it. Try these tips to help you […]

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 […]

Important Steps to Avoid Pool Germs

As you head to the local pool or water playground to cool off this summer, simple steps can protect you and your family from germs that could be lurking in the water. Chlorinated water kills most germs within minutes, but one parasite – Cryptosporidium – can survive up to 10 days in properly treated water. […]

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 […]