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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 […]

Doctors Say Kids Need Flu Shot This Year, Not Nasal Spray

Parents, get ready to roll up some sleeves for this year’s flu vaccination. Health officials are not recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for children. Studies show the nasal spray offered little protection the past three flu seasons. Instead, all children ages 6 months and older should receive a seasonal flu shot for the 2016-17 season, according […]

Organic Foods – Does Buying Them Matter?

By Abby Forman, Registered Dietitian with Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance Throughout grocery stores nationwide, people often stop in the aisles of the produce section and question whether it’s worth it to buy organic foods when they typically cost more. The answer often varies by fruit, vegetable and who will be eating them. According […]

Expert Tips for Exercising in Hot Weather

By Erin Ludwig, MS, ATC, VAT/L; Supervisor of Athletic Training Services, Bon Secours Sports Medicine With the summer months upon us, whether you’re running, playing a pick-up game of basketball or going for a power walk, make sure you take care of your body when the temperature rises to avoid heat illness. Working out in hot […]

Lifting Weights May Help Older Adults Live Longer

Lifting weights can strengthen your bones and joints but a new study suggests another benefit – longevity. People over 65 who met strength-training guidelines at least twice a week lowered their odds of dying from any cause by 46 percent, according to a new analysis published in the journal Preventive Medicine. They also were 41 […]

Lifestyle Changes Help Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Fighting allergy symptoms in Virginia is more than just a rite of spring. The state’s long growing season and plentiful rain make seasonal allergies a year-long affair for many residents. While over-the-counter medications can help manage runny noses and itchy eyes, many allergy sufferers can get some relief by making lifestyle changes and avoiding what triggers their […]

Beginning a Running Program

By Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator Lee Beasley MSPT, OSC Before beginning a running program, many people like to set goals to keep them on track. Whether your motivation is independent or social, the right plan can go a long way towards your overall success. As with anyone beginning physical fitness, we […]

Not All Fats Are Created Equal

By Brittny Small, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator for Bon Secours Medical Group It’s now widely known (despite previous 90s diets) that fats are, in fact, good for us. That’s right, the days of stressing out over fat free this and low fat that are over. Nevertheless, not all fats are created equal. Some fats are beneficial […]

Cancer Prevention: Do Something!

A recent survey commission by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) revealed what health care workers have long feared, nearly 20 percent of American’s believe that there’s nothing that can be done to reduce their risk of getting cancer.  And, less than half of Americans (41 percent) understand that body weight affects people’s risk […]

One in 5 Youths Has Unhealthy Cholesterol, CDC Reports

Twenty percent of children in the United States who are over the age of 5 have unhealthy cholesterol levels, according to new federal health data. As a result, these children will likely be at greater risk for heart disease and stroke when they are adults, researchers wrote in a data brief by the federal Centers […]