February 2013 Blog Posts (28)

Are you sure you want fries with that?

Last week, the CDC told us that fast food from restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Pizza Hut accounted…

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Added by Purple on February 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Go Play in the Dirt!

 

If you fear what your kids might find digging in the dirt, splashing through puddles or making mud pies, stop worrying. A report from the National Wildlife Federation says letting children get dirty is good for them.

That explains a lot. I usually credit my kids' good health to their early years of breastfeeding—which I'm sure had something to do with it—but maybe now I can also relax about my poor housekeeping and generally lax rules on cleanliness.

When other moms…

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Added by Marcia on February 25, 2013 at 6:30am — 14 Comments

Healthy Habit #5 - Keep A Check on Things

Get Your Yearly Check-up!! - I am a huge advocate of appropriate health screenings and yearly examinations. I am amazed everyday by 50 and 60 year olds that boast that they are on no medications, but haven't been to a doctor "in years". I hate to say it, this doesn't mean their healthy, they usually just have their head in the sand. We are vigilant about taking our children to the doctor for their check…

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Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on February 22, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Pep Talk for the Waning Winter Months

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am not a fan of late February. I've never been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but I'm pretty sure I suffer from at least a mild form of it. Thankfully, I live in the Mid-Atlantic region, where winters are short and relatively mild, and that's a good thing, because I'm definitely a sunshine sort of person.

Confession: I leave up my Christmas lights well…

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Added by Marcia on February 21, 2013 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

Healthy Habit #4 - Get Some Sleep!

Get Some Sleep!! - I am always amused by people that tell me they only need about 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Well you know how much I like research, and studies show that people who sleep 7-9 hours a night actually live longer than those sleeping less. Also, sleeping on average 7-9 hours a night decreases your chance of obesity.

Tips to better sleep:

1) Have a regular…

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Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on February 21, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Low Carb Crustless Quiche Lorraine Recipe (Julia Child Inspired)

Saturday I baked a crustless quiche so that I have been able to eat low-carb on the go all this week. I intended it for breakfast, but I'm getting to the point where I don't feel hungry until about 11 so I eat it for brunch.

I have lost 7 pounds on my new low carb high fat (LCHF) way of eating. I say way of eating because I plan to make it permanent. I feel great. I'm sleeping well, waking refreshed, have energy to get through the day (and my workouts) and my brain feels alert and…

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Added by Sally on February 20, 2013 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Healthy Habit #3 - You Are What You Eat...sorry!

Eat Good Food!! - While this can be easier said, than done -- It WORKS!! Increase your fresh fruits and vegetables. I challenge you to remove white, processed items from your diet (I guarantee you will lose weight). Eat more whole grain, make sure your breads say 100% whole grain. I recommend when first starting this life style change, to simply cut out all breads for about 3-4 weeks, then slowly add whole grains back in. Many people have gluten allergies, and it will take this time to see…

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Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on February 20, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Eat Healthy to Sleep Well

Researchers found that certain nutrients may play a role in sleep duration. And they also concluded that people who eat a wide variety of foods (an indicator of an overall healthy diet) had the healthiest sleep…

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Added by Purple on February 19, 2013 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Healthy Habit #2 - Get Off The Couch!

Get off the Couch!! - I don't recommend people to start running, if they don't walk first. Start slow! For good health, we need about 30 mins of cardiovascular exercise 5-6 days a week. Do something that gets your heart pumping and blood moving. There are plenty of websites that will help track your progress. I will be honest, there is no way I can run 5-6 days a week. So, I try to run 3-4 days a week for about 1 hour. Are you interested in training for a 5K (3.1 miles), how about a…

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Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on February 19, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

My Health Habit # 1 - The Importance of Water

Drink Water!! - So, my top healthy habit has to be hydration and water. Water is good for you, calorie free, and free (unless you drink bottled water). How much do you need? Any easy rule of thumb is to take your weight in pounds, and divide it in half. So, if you weigh 120lbs (by the way, I don't) you need to drink 60 oz of water a day. Now I will tell you am not an absolute Water Natzi. Yes, water should be your main source of hydration. But fluid intake of juices and teas, are fluid none…

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Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on February 18, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Headache? Try Yoga or, "working it out".

Almost everyone calls chronic "bad" headaches "Migraines" however, true migraines are more rare, while almost all of the other types of headaches are more common, and can be very much chronic as well.





Vascular headaches can occur with nausea; this can happen in a migraine but a vascular headache can be independent of a migraine as well. They are not neurologic. (think "fever headaches).



Muscular are common and often cluster styled or "all over".…



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Added by Michele Paiva on February 15, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Stretching BEFORE Exercise is NOT Good (and Other Myths Debunked)

The American Council on Exercise this week shared four common myths about exercise:

Myth #1: Stretching before exercise reduces the risk of injury. – False. The scientific literature of the past decade fails to support…

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Added by Sally on February 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Know

Saw this in the Huffington Post so I thought I'd share. Love this list.

By 30, you should have ...

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase, and an…
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Added by CHealth on February 14, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Quick Weight Loss Just As "Sustainable" as Slow Weight Loss (and Other Myths Debunked)

It turns out that, contrary to what we are constantly being told, quick weight loss is no more or less sustainable than weight loss that happens over years. Research scientist David B. Allison, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, set out to explore some common notions about obesity and weight loss to separate myth from fact. His findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported on by the NY Times.…

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Added by Sally on February 13, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments

How to Feel Sexy During Menopause: the Dreaded Dry Vagina

The baby boomers may have been the generation of the sexual revolution, but for many slamming into menopause, sex is the last thing on their minds!  Both sexes can suffer from a declining libido as we age, but women don’t have a little blue pill to pop to get their mojo back. What’s a menopausal girl do to reignite the flame of desire?

After women pass through perimenopause into menopause, almost 50 percent are left with…

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Added by staness on February 13, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Mammogram of the Thyroid?

One day I was lying prone on a specialized table with surrounding xray machines in preparation for my stereotactic breast biopsy. I asked, "May I please have a thyroid guard?"

"Sure," the tech answered and promptly got me one. She wrapped…

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Added by DrWendy on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Eat Fat to Lose Fat?

I watched a documentary last weekend called Fat Head. Science writer Tom Noughton goes back in time to take a look at the food guide pyramid and it's heavy reliance on grains, looks at the traditional "lipid theory" that cholesterol causes heart disease (experts are realizing it's more complicated than just cholesterol) and a host of other dietary advice we've been hearing over and over for decades.

What I saw made me think of fat in a new light. It also made me realize that there is…

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Added by Sally on February 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Could Yoga "Wreck" Your Body?

An article in the New York Times Health reports that ironically the one exercise we've heard will be gentle and help us in every way could give us shoulder and back injuries.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?scp=1&sq=yoga%20wreck&st=cse 

If link doesn't work google NY Times Yoga Wreck. 

I…

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Added by Sally on February 11, 2013 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

The Emotional Challenges of the Sandwich Generation

If you have ever been on the way to visit your son at college when you get a call that your parent has fallen—You know about the Sandwich Generation.

If you and your wife have just arranged for your Mom to move in when your daughter asks if she, her husband and their dog can return home for just a month—You know about the Sandwich Generation.

According to the Pew Research Center, just…

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Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on February 9, 2013 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

BB Cream Breakdown: What Is It and Should You Try It?

In the last few months you've probably noticed BB creams popping up in all your favorite makeup shopping spots. It seems as though just about everyone has a version of BB cream these days from drugstore favorites like Garnier to department store mainstays such as Estée Lauder and Clinique. But, what is BB cream? And, more importantly, do you need it?

BB cream, also known as beauty balm or blemish balm, is basically a one-stop-shop for your face. Most formulas do three things:…

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Added by Bethany on February 8, 2013 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

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