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Wednesday, May 03, 2017 5:00 pm

Ease Into Exercise To Benefit Mind, Body, and Soul

It’s time to break out those new sneakers and start an exercise program for a healthier mind, body, and soul. The calendar and weather are finally in sync, so there are fewer reasons to delay getting outdoors to begin low impact physical activity such as walking. If you have any health concerns, or it has been a long while since you have engaged in regular exercise, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before you initiate a new exercise program. It’s better to be aware of any precautions and follow recommendations so as to avoid injury and make...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 2:57 pm

Overcoming Challenges While Sustaining Health

Challenges…we all face them sooner or later, particularly when the focus is on health. While there are no guarantees that outcomes will be exactly as we hope, overcoming challenges typically make us feel happier, stronger, and healthier. It’s one way of taking control of our health outcome. We alone control the level of effort we are willing to exert, because we alone understand the degree of discomfort, pain, or other limitation we face. Keeping in mind that we each possess a powerful potential ~ the motivational influence within ~ can help not only as we begin, but also as we...

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:00 am
Staying Healthy With AppaGrapha

Improving Medication Adherence Scores, Health, and Well-Being

We all want to feel well and be well. Good health and well-being are common goals leading most of us to seek medical intervention when we suspect something may be not quite right. Receiving a diagnosis involving a chronic disease can be life-changing. With any diagnosis there can be new routines, new medications, and new challenges. All of this can seem overwhelming, especially early on in the journey. It is important to remember to reach out and ask for help whenever you need guidance, encouragement, or whatever your unique situation may call for. One of the greatest challenges we face...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:02 pm

Shedding Light on the High Cost of Low Adherence

Healthcare costs are top of mind these days for all of us: patients, providers, and legislators alike. This focus is for good reason according to the most recent available figures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report healthcare spending increased 5.8 percent in 2015, averaging $9,990 per person. These figures are derived from the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) official estimates on total U.S. healthcare spending.1 Of the nearly $3.2 trillion dollars we spend annually on healthcare goods and services, public health initiatives, government administration, insurance net costs, and health related investments, it is estimated one dollar for...

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:33 am

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day May 6 2015

Today is the launch of the American Diabetes Association inaugural National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day! According to the American Diabetes Association research has determined that people spend an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting at work each day. The Association recommends that all people get up and get move at least every 90 minutes. Physical activity is necessary for good health and well-being. Limiting prolonged lengths of time spent sitting is helpful in preventing circulatory, musculoskeletal  and other health issues.    

Monday, April 27, 2015 9:36 pm

Tick Season…A Watchful Eye Can Prevent Lyme and Other Disease

Spring… A time to embrace the great outdoors! The first few weeks of Spring often seem a blur as we scramble to rework our schedules to accommodate the sudden burst of outdoor activities. Sports practices, meets, and games Yard cleaning, pruning and planting Exercising, exploring, and sight-seeing Spring is an invigorating time of year. With so much that is new and exciting, it is no wonder so many of us get lost in the moment and momentarily forget that it is also Tick Season. Ticks… stealth opportunists of the great outdoors. Ticks are small arachnids belonging to the order Parasitiformes. They...

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Friday, April 17, 2015 6:00 am

World Hemophilia Day, April 17th

World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). It is an awareness day for hemophilia and other inherited and acquired bleeding disorders. April 17 was chosen in honor of WFH founder Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day. World Hemophilia Day, first observed in 1989, is a day of celebration and appreciation of the vast number of family members and other individuals who provide care, services and support for those living with Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The World Federation of Hemophilia launched the 2015 theme “Building a Family of...

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Thursday, April 09, 2015 1:52 pm

Contact Lens Care: Fundamentals 101

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses The decision to wear contact lenses is often more than just a cosmetic choice. For those who need vision correction to bring the world into focus,  contact lenses allow the wearer the freedom to engage in sports and other highly mobile activities without the hassles typically associated with eyeglasses. The freedom to pour all your attention into an activity without distraction is truly a game-changer for many. This is especially true for many young adolescents who struggle with the need to wear eyeglasses with protective sports eyewear. Good hygiene is paramount! Good hygiene is essential when...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:30 am

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, March 24

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, March 24, is a one-day event to raise awareness of the growing Diabetes epidemic. On this day, the American Diabetes Association is asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Take the test, know your risk, learn the facts about Diabetes. Diabetes awareness and education can make a difference in preventing this devastating and costly disease. Type 2 Diabetes can be stopped, please show your support. For more information, contact: American Diabetes Association | 800.342.2383 |