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Why is sleep so important?

August 18, 2021

Sleep is an extremely important part of human health. Effects of poor sleep quality or interruptions include sluggishness, low attention span, decreased sociability, depressed mood, decreased deep sleep, decreased caloric ... 

Why Should I Practice Meditation?

June 8, 2021

Meditation has been practiced for many years and is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation can help reduce stress, tension, worry and provide a sense of calmness to one’s day or situation. During meditation, you focus your attention...

What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

April 9, 2021

Prebiotics are fibers found in plants that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics are not digested, but they do pass through the digestive system to ultimately become food for bacteria. Probiotics contain live organisms that add to the heal... 

What is Strength Training?

February 25, 2021

Strength training uses weight machines, dumbbells, bands, balls, etc., to target specific muscle groups and increase muscular strength and endurance. Muscular strength is measured by one’s ability to lift a maximum amount of weight one time. Muscular endurance is... 

How To Keep Your Immune System Healthy

December 22, 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming cold and flu season, consider the following tips on keeping your immune system naturally healthy by making your defenses as strong as possible.


The foods you eat play a role in the health of your immune system. A diet high in added sugar, salt and fat will not provide the nutrition your body needs to function at its best. Make meals balanced with lean protein, whole grains, heart he... 

How do I understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label?

November 4, 2020

The FDA has recently updated the Nutrition Facts label seen on packaged foods and drinks. This is the first major update in over 20 years. The updated design and information is based off new nutrition research, scientific information and input from the public to ma... 

How Can I Be More Productive and Better Manage My Time?

September 8, 2020

With the recent pandemic, you may find yourself with more time, empty calendars and unplanned days while others may be busier than ever juggling multiple roles at once. Whether you are lacking productivity with less structure in your day or are looking for a way to... 

Why and how should I shop at my local Farmers’ Market?

July 7, 2020

Shopping locally not only supports the farmer. It also benefits the environment. With locally sourced food, the travel time for farm to table is much quicker allowing for a smaller environmental footprint. The farmer’s marke... 

What should I know about Hypertension?

May 15, 2020

Hypertension, also called High Blood Pressure, is when the force of blood against the artery walls is consistently too high. Statistics in 2018 from the American Heart Association show that over 100 million US adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure in... 

How can I do food planning during the coronavirus pandemic?

April 1, 2020

During a pandemic, you may be taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe and prepared, including making sure you have everything you need at home. This guide contains information on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.

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Why should I bring my lunch to work? 

February 12, 2020

Packing your lunch for work is often the last thing you want to do when running out the door in the morning. Whether you go to a restaurant, order-in, or run to your workplace cafeteria, this type of food typically takes a toll on your wallet and waste line. The average price of a purchased lunch... 

Should I Get a Flu Shot?

November 21, 2019

According to the CDC, an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect people from getting influenza. The flu vaccine prevents millions of flu-related doctor’s visits and tens of thousands of hospitalizations related to the flu each year. It can be life-saving in children or those with... 

What is a skin cancer screening?

June 27, 2019

A skin cancer screening is a visual exam of the skin that can be done by yourself or a health care provider. The screening checks the skin for 

How Do Poor Habits Effect My Health?

May 31, 2019

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’... 

Should I Do Cardio First or Weight Training First?

April 24, 2019

Everyone’s exercise programs may vary in one aspect or another. However, determining which to do first is ultimately based on your own exercise goals. You should focus your initial energy on whichever you prioritize more at the time. If you are working to build your endurance, do cardio first t...