According to Health.com, depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles.  But it can also be brought on by small choices we make every day that suck the happiness out of daily life, choices that we may not realize are impacting attitudes. … Continue reading “10 Worst Habits for Mental Health”

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That means one out of every 11 Americans has the chronic disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. It includes people whose bodies do not make enough insulin (Type 1 Diabetics), those whose bodies do not use insulin properly (Type 2) and … Continue reading “Managing Diabetes? We Can Help.”

Summer is officially here and we gladly welcome it with backyard barbeques, pool parties, beach trips and weekends at the lake soaking up those beautiful rays while spending time with our family and friends. Sun exposure is recommended because it is our primary source for Vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier … Continue reading “Safely Enjoying the Sunshine”

You probably knew exercise was good for lowering blood pressure–after all, it’s hard to find something that exercise doesn’t impact in a beneficial way! But did you know how, how much and what types of exercise can give you the biggest bang for your efforts? Thankfully, almost EVERY kind of exercise is good ammunition in … Continue reading “Keep Moving to Lower Your Blood Pressure”

A.J. Aycock is a star athlete who underwent a pre-participation evaluation during the 2016 Expo. The simple screening may have saved his life. General pre-participation evaluations are mandatory in the state of Arkansas for teens in grades 7-12. St. Bernards offers an EKG in addition to the screening. This test, paired with the health screenings, … Continue reading “Helping Students Stay Healthy with Pre-Participation Evaluations”

A new study from the Journal of the American Medicine Association found that nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients and overdo moderate levels with others. Researchers identified 10 dietary habits with strong evidence for providing … Continue reading “Just Do It! Ten Dietary Habits to Stop Today”

  Physical inactivity is now considered the leading cause of death in the United States. Research has shown that exercise is medicine and as little as 150 minutes per week can improve your health through treatment and prevention of conditions such as: Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Stroke, and more. Just … Continue reading “The Only Prescription with Unlimited Refills”

  My family has them, and yours does too—delicious treats that show up only for the holidays.  Part of the temptation to overeat is wrapped up in knowing they are here for a short time.  Thankfully, that works to our benefit.  Sometime in early January, the frenzy of cooking stops, and we return to more … Continue reading “Holiday Traditions That Outlast Food”

  There are some extras that go along with the holidays—parties, gift-buying, travel and pulling off family traditions.  When you add these to the rush of normal daily life, it can leave a major case of stress.  Did you know that stress can be aggravated by your diet?  Did you also know that many holiday … Continue reading “Eating to Reduce Holiday Stress”