May 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Happy Summer: 6 Simple Steps to a Sunnier Season (of Life)

I am one of those people who loves summer—even the crazy-hot, humid days we have in coastal Virginia. So, when I saw that author Todd Patkin had advice on how to give your life a lift during this sunshiny season, I had to read it. 

Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man's Quest to Beat…

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Added by Marcia on May 22, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Mission Messiah Helps Trouble Women and their Families

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Drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships, crime … poor choices can destroy lives and often lead to jail or life on the streets. When young mothers find themselves in these predicaments, the thought of being separated from their children while they re-build their lives can be heart-wrenching. The staff of Mission Messiah (www.missionmessiah.org) want these women to know that there is an alternative. Mission…

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Added by Gail Anderson Brandt on May 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Prenatal Exercise Can Lower Risk of Cesarean Birth

About one in three women give birth through Cesarean deliveries, a startling fact that reflects an increasing national trend since the early 1990s, according to the Center for Disease Control. Women who have C-sections are more likely to return to the hospital, and their babies are more likely to require neonatal intensive care.

However, a recent …

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Added by Micky Marie Morrison on May 22, 2013 at 12:28pm — No Comments

When Couples Stop Talking: Reasons and Remedies

Most couples know the positive sounds of silence--the mutual experience of sharing time and space together without needing words. Be it walking the dog together, cooking side by side or listening to music--it is the silence of connection and love.

Many couples also know the silence that reflects tension, conflict or disconnection. Unable to speak beyond the necessities of daily life, these couples report, “ We just don’t talk anymore!”

If we recognize “ talking together” as a…

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Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on May 21, 2013 at 1:22am — 2 Comments

Managing Menopause Boils Down to Eating Right & (Not) Smoking?

I am probably 2 years from Menopause. My Mom was 50 at onset and I am 48. I'm starting to see the disruption in what was a very regular menstrual cycle (my gyno has ruled out other reasons) and sleep cycle. So I'm very interested in lifestyle tips.

Does anyone have tips to offer?

Womenshealth.gov offers these recommendations to help minimize menopausal symptoms:

  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, making an effort to limit caffeine and alcohol.
  • Quit…
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Added by Sally on May 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

QUICK BROCCOLI CARROT SLAD

BROCCOLI CARROT SALAD

6 CUPS BROCCOLI FLORETS

1-4OZ.JAR PIMENTOS,DRAINED

1/2 CUP CHOPPED RED ONIONS-MY FAVORITE!

1 CUP CARROTS,GRATED

1/2 CUP SHREDDED SOY CHEDDAR CHEESE

DRESSING- KRAFT OLIVE OIL-MAYONNAISE

2TBSP. SEASONED RICE VINEGAR

1TSP SALT

2TSP. SUGAR

1TSP.GARLIC POWDER

COMBINE VEGGIES AND CHEESE. MIX WELL. MIX TOGETHER ALL INGREDIENTS FOR DRESSING. BLEND WITH A WHISK UNTIL SMOOTH. POUR…

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Added by Healthy on May 10, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments

Don't Let Food Allergies Keep You Away From Summer Cookouts

In many parts of the country, the weather is finally getting warmer, and we're thinking about barbecues, picnics and eating outdoors. That mak es it a good time for some safety reminders.

All of us need to be aware of the basics of food safety: not eating foods that sit out in the heat for too long or are…

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Added by Marcia on May 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hidden Lactose in Your Food

I have schooled myself to look for hidden sugar, and now comes this news about hidden lactose...

Lactose is an enzyme that is typically found in milk and other dairy foods. It's also added to many non-dairy products, which is bad news for people who can't digest the enzyme properly. The condition is known as lactose intolerance.

The American College of Gastroenterology says foods that may be harboring lactose include:

Baked goods, including breads and processed breakfast…

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Added by Sally on May 9, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

My "Alarming" Breast Exam

I recently had my first-ever mammogram. At the age of 39, it was high time to get one anyway, but I also needed to go because my 44-year-old sister was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer. I'm happy to report that she's now finished with her treatment and has been given a clean bill of health.

Her experience was definitely a wake up call. My two other sisters were promptly checked after the diagnosis and then all eyes were on me to do the same. I dragged my feet a bit before…

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Added by Community Manager on May 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The Importance of Positive Support in Successful Marriages

Recently the American Psychological Association reported the latest findings on what makes love last in a marriage. The results of one series of studies by Shelley Gable and colleagues were particularly interesting because they were unexpected. They invite speculation and…

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Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on May 4, 2013 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Give a Mother's Day Card That Gives Back

Shopping for the perfect present for Mom? Look no further. The editors of HealthyWomen.org have rounded up some healthy -- and affordable -- Mother's Day gifts ideas. Prices start at under $10!



Now that you've got the gift squared away, don't forget the card!…

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Added by Community Manager on May 3, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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