Best Practices for Celebrating the Holidays, November 2020

Best Practices for Celebrating the Holidays Read time: 1 min 55 sec This holiday season will inevitably look a little different than it has in previous years. Masks in place of mistletoe! While the holidays will always be a special time to connect with family and friends, this year we may have to change certain traditions in the interest of public health. In 2020 it may be that the safest way to celebrate the holidays [...]

Understanding Diabetes, November 2020

Understanding Diabetes Read Time: 2 min 2 sec November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a condition where people have higher than normal blood sugar (glucose). There are a few different types of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is by far the most common. Nearly 35 million Americans have diabetes; that’s more than one in every 10 people. Another 20% have prediabetes, a condition where sugar values are higher than normal, but not high enough [...]

Supporting a Healthy Immune System, October 2020

Supporting a Healthy Immune System Read Time: 2 min 54 sec Ways to boost immunity has become a hot topic as of late, but unfortunately, there are many factors about our immune system that we do not yet understand. To begin with, the immune system is an incredibly complex system and not a single entity. It is composed of multiple mechanisms throughout our body that recognize and destroy potential invaders like bacteria and viruses. Networks [...]

Mental Health Awareness, October 2020

Mental Health Awareness Read Time: 1 min 58 sec Mental health refers to your overall emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health is important at every stage of life and it reflects how we handle stress, relate to others, and the kinds of choices we make. A person’s mental health can change over time as they have added stress in their life. Part of mental wellbeing involves balancing ongoing stressors with proper coping strategies and [...]

Try a New Move: Pumpkin Kettlebell Workout, October 2020

Pumpkin Workout Read Time: 1 min 32 sec Who said Halloween was only fun when you’re young? This year we have a spooky-themed kettlebell workout full of witches, goblins, and creepy, crawly spiders. But don’t worry, the only scary part of this workout is how amazing you’ll feel when you’re done! Stirring the Witch’s Cauldron Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the kettlebell with an overhand grip. Keep your core, glutes, and quads strong [...]

Try a New Food: Pumpkin Breakfast Bars, October 2020

Pumpkin Breakfast Bars Read Time: 1 min 30 sec It’s the time of year again for pumpkin-flavored everything! From savory dishes to sweet desserts and lattes, there is no escaping the fall pumpkin craze. Unfortunately, many fall favorite treats not only have added pumpkin flavor, but they may also have a lot of added sugar. Research has shown that too much added sugar may increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease and makes it [...]

Spotlight: Back to School, September 2020

Back to School, Fall 2020 Read Time: 1 min 35 sec The global pandemic is presenting challenges to school systems across the country. In an effort to balance the benefits of on-site learning with public health, many school districts are moving forward with in-person classes or a hybrid of in-person and remote. Other districts favor completely remote learning. Each scenario presents new challenges but working together with your children’s teachers can help keep everyone healthy [...]

Social Media and Mental Health, September 2020

Social Media and Mental Health Read Time: 2 min 26 sec As the United States continues its efforts towards containing the coronavirus, Americans are still encouraged to practice social distancing and limit unnecessary gatherings. As a result, many people have turned to social media and other digital platforms to stay connected. More than seven out of ten Americans use some type of social media. Social media is a safe and beneficial way to stay in [...]

Identifying Credible Nutrition Information, September 2020

5 Tips for Identifying Credible Nutrition Information Read time: 3 min 9 sec Accessing nutrition information is now easier than ever with social media, television, and the internet. But with an onslaught of information comes the challenge of having to decide which sources you can trust. Our registered dietitians have provided their top 5 tips for identifying credible nutrition and health-related information.   1. Evaluate the Source Media and News Outlets: These sources often sensationalize [...]

Try a New Move: Desk Stretching, September 2020

Desk Stretching Read Time: 1 min 39 sec Many of us with desk jobs spend several hours each day sitting at a desk or in front of a computer. Sitting in the same position for too long and doing the same repetitive motions, such as typing on a keyboard, can result in muscle or joint soreness that simple stretches can help relieve. Stretches allow your muscles to move in all directions. This improves flexibility and [...]

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