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Holiday Eating

11/13/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. It is a time to catch up with family and friends. It may also be a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, people tend to gain an extra pound or two every year. It does not sound like much, but holiday weight gain can really add up over lifetime. You can avoid weight gain by focusing on healthy and balanced meals and staying active with family and friends. Here are some tips for holiday eating to help you stay healthy…

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5 Fall Sports to Keep You in Shape This Season

10/26/2015 | WellnessExercise

It’s tempting as temperatures decline to put your exercise routine on hold. It can be hard to motivate yourself to get out and get moving when it’s cold. Fortunately, fall also brings with it fall sports- some of which can be played outside and some of which can be played indoors. Whether you choose to exercise outside in the crisp air, or inside where it’s warm, here are 5 fall sports to keep you in shape all season: 1. Football. Football is the most popular sport in the United…

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Standing Desks- Are They Really Healthy?

10/21/2015 | Wellness

Recently, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggested that sitting for extended periods of time is unhealthy. Several other studies have come out with similar findings. Significant numbers of people sit for 8 hours or more at a desk in their jobs each day. Per this study, sitting for long periods of time increases incidence of disease, hospitalization, and mortality. So, is sitting really that bad for you and should you, like thousands of other Americans, switch to a standing desk?…

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Heart Healthy Halloween: 3 (Not-So) Scary Recipes

10/21/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

As an adult celebrating Halloween, you may be planning on having a party with friends or family. Finding healthy recipes on Halloween can be scary. Here are 3 ideas for recipes for your Halloween party this year that are good for your heart: Pumpkin Soup Serves 4-5 Ingredients: Olive Oil 1 can  pumpkin puree 1 half an onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock Salt and pepper to taste In a large pot, set heat to medium and add olive oil to coat…

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Lupus

10/19/2015 | Wellness

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about 1.5 million Americans are affected by Lupus, an autoimmune disorder that causes painful inflammation of joints, tendons, organs and other bodily tissues. While Lupus can affect anyone, 90 percent of those afflicted with the disease are young women between the ages of 19 and 45. Lupus also disproportionately affects African American, Latino and Asian American women. What is the Cause of Lupus? Lupus causes the body’s autoimmune system to attack…

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Cool Running: 6 Ways to Keep Warm When Jogging in the Fall

10/06/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you maintain a regular jogging routine, the cool weather of fall and winter can be challenging. Cold air makes it less comfortable to run outdoors but you don’t want to let it keep you from exercising outside altogether. Here are 6 ways to keep warm when jogging in the fall and even into the winter: 1. Warm up inside. Before you head out into the cold, warm up indoors. Stretch, run in place, and do jumping jacks. Warming up will decrease the likelihood of injury from cold muscles. When your…

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5 Heart Healthy Recipes Your Family Will Love

10/06/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When you get home after a long day, you want to put together healthy, hearty meals for your family’s dinner.  Here are 5 recipes that you can make quickly that are also delicious and healthy. Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 16 oz container of your favorite salsa Salt Pepper Instructions: Before you leave for the day, toss 4 chicken breasts (lightly seasoned with salt and pepper) and 1 16 ounce jar of salsa into your slow cooker. Set to low…

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How Increasing Your Water Intake for 30 Days Can Change Your Health

10/01/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Water is an essential part of your body. According to the United States Geological Survey, water makes up the majority of your body. This is why drinking plenty of it has such a positive impact on your overall health. In order to improve your health, set yourself a challenge - drink 1 to 2 more glasses of water per day for a month. If you complete this challenge, here are some positive health changes you might see: Better joint function. According to the Center for Disease Control, water helps your…

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