Women’s Health Week, May 2020

Women’s Health Week National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is being celebrated May 10-16. This campaign begins on Mother’s Day each year and serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority. There are several steps you can take today to improve your health tomorrow. Stay up to date with well-woman visits and preventative screenings Keep an eye on your health by visiting with your doctor for regular checkups and preventative care screenings. [...]

Working From Home: Mindful Snacking

Mindful Snacking With many of us sheltering at home, we tend to gravitate towards activities that keep us occupied. Sometimes we choose activities to escape the feeling of boredom. They give us a reason to break from work or serve as a distraction from stress and difficult emotions. During these times, snacking may become a frequent habit. It is important to recognize that snacking is not inherently “good” or “bad.” The choice to include snacks [...]

Immune Health: Can You Boost Your Immune System?, April 2020

Can You Boost Your Immune System? With the outbreak of COVID-19 many individuals have been wondering what they can do to “boost” their immune system naturally. Unfortunately, there is no single food, nutrient, or exercise that has been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19. A strong immune system is maintained by lifestyle habits, not single actions. You can work to support your immune system by practicing good nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management habits. All [...]

Try a New Move: Getting Active During a Quarantine, April 2020

Getting Active During a Quarantine Social distancing and self-quarantine are essential for stopping the spread of COVID-19. While many gyms and fitness facilities have temporarily closed their doors, there are still many ways to continue staying active at home and outdoors. Outdoor Activities Unless you are sick or have been directed by your state or local government to remain indoors, stepping outside for some fresh air is a great way to get active. Be sure [...]

Healthy Habits: Disrupted Routines, April 2020

Disrupted Routines Some research suggests that 40% or more of our day is based on habit. That means 40% of the decisions you make and actions you take are most likely being done subconsciously based on your normal routine. But what happens when your routine and habits are disrupted? With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and worldwide, everyone’s lives are anything but “routine.” Many people have transitioned to working from home [...]

Sleep Health: Sleep Soundly, April 2020

Sleep Soundly Sleep is an important part of health that is often overlooked. One out of three Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep. Most healthy adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night and school-aged children (6-12 years old) need nine to twelve hours each night. Sleep doesn’t just affect your energy, but it relates to your overall emotional and physical well-being. Not getting enough sleep is associated with an [...]

Try a New Food: Spring Into Fresh Produce, March 2020

Spring Into Fresh Produce Spring is just around the corner, which means a variety of in-season produce will become available and affordable. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense foods – loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and naturally low in fat and calories.  Eating a balanced diet that incorporates a variety of fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of [...]

Eat Right, Bite By Bite, March 2020

Eat Right, Bite by Bite March is National Nutrition Month® and the theme this year is to Eat Right, Bite by Bite. This theme reminds us that making small changes, one bite at a time, can help lead you to an overall healthier lifestyle. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages you during National Nutrition Month® to focus on the themes below. Week 1: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day! Include healthful foods [...]

Stress Less: Apps for Meditation and Stress Reduction, March 2020

Apps for Meditation and Stress Reduction Do you often get overwhelmed by stress? Not sure how to manage the rush of everyday life? You might consider giving mediation a try! Mediation is a well-established method for relaxation and stress reduction and may help improve sleep, concentration, anxiety and overall health. This practice helps push aside thoughts that may be distracting, negative, or stress-inducing, and focuses attention on the present moment. Thoughts of the past or [...]

Try a New Move: Strength Training, March 2020

Strength Training Many people are familiar with the recommendation to exercise for 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week. What many Americans neglect, however, is the importance of resistance (anaerobic or strength) training. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends generally healthy adults engage in muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week for all major muscle groups. Routine strength training has several benefits such as building and maintaining muscle mass, improving quality of life, and [...]

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