Winter Diabetic Foot Care

Winter means dry cracked feet for many people. If you’re managing diabetes, you are at an increased risk of developing issues with your feet.  Diabetes increases your risk of dry skin, calluses, corns, bunions, blisters and ulcers.  And while these issues aren’t a big problem for the general population, your high blood sugar means they can become… Read more »

Exercise and Brain Health

You know the wide-ranging benefits of exercise.  Physical fitness is important for weight loss, bone strength, heart health and more.  Now there’s research to suggest that staying physically fit can help improve brain health as well and it doesn’t matter when you begin. Research has demonstrated that just three hours of light exercise weekly can lead to… Read more »

Breakfast Ideas for Healthy Bones

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best ways to keep your bones strong and reduce the risk of fractures. Since bones are living tissues that are made up of a thick outer layer shell, a well-balanced diet consisting of calcium, vitamin D and minerals is especially important to increase bone strength and rigidity…. Read more »

Your Winter Workout Survival Guide

The weather outside may be frightful in many parts of the country…but that doesn’t mean you have to skip your winter workout!  In fact, there are many health benefits to continuing your fitness routine even in the chilly temperatures.  Here are some tips to keep you moving, when everything around you is frozen. Acclimate – It takes time to… Read more »

Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

Unfortunately, about 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to mood swings, depression, lack of energy, chronic skin conditions, and other chronic diseases. You may be deficient if… You don’t get enough sunlight. Time spent with bare skin exposed to the sun used to be enough.  However, most… Read more »

Trim Down Your Favorite Comfort Foods

The New Year is approaching and those resolutions are brewing.  Diets and healthier eating are often at the top of the list.  But it can be hard during the winter months when you’re craving your favorite comfort foods.  Here are some tips to trim down those recipes. Skip the Cream – Beware of white sauces made with heavy cream… Read more »

How to Keep Your Holidays Healthy

The holiday season is in full swing.  This year brings different challenges for many of us.  Maybe you’re not celebrating with your family.  Or perhaps you’re stressed about money due to job uncertainty.  But you don’t have to let the typical holiday stress, lack of sleep, and overeating take their toll.  You can still find joy this time of year… Read more »

The Health Benefits of Gift Giving

Recently, researchers have been measuring the benefits of giving, and their findings reveal that giving and volunteering help reduce stress and depression. They also promote healthy social connections and a sense of purpose among other health benefits. Some scientists suggest that giving is just as important to maintaining health as exercise and a healthy diet…. Read more »

Keep Your Winter Workout Fun

We get it.  The cold weather has arrived in much of the country and it makes you want to curl up on the couch and hibernate.  But exercise is so important, and it shouldn’t be a chore. By changing things up and maintaining a positive attitude, you can keep your winter workout fun and productive! Try these tips… Read more »

Reduce Cold Weather Arthritis Discomfort

Winter is almost here and with it comes that arctic winter air.  Unfortunately, for those suffering from chronic pain and arthritis, the cooler temperatures can actually cause an increase in discomfort. A recent study of people with osteoarthritis (OA) published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders asked participants if and how weather influenced their pain. Of the 712 people who answered the… Read more »