Don’t Overlook Primary Care (Even When You’re Healthy)

The times of traditional healthcare are over. Younger generations, an increasing use of technology, and a fast-paced lifestyle are just several pieces to the new (and complicated) healthcare puzzle. In a recent survey through the Kaiser Family Foundation, 26 percent of adults said they didn’t have a family care provider. Of those, nearly half (45 percent) were 18 to 29-year-olds. It’s no secret that millennials (dare I say it – everyone has a varying perception) do not access care in the same way their predecessors do. The old way was simple – a family shared one primary care physician (PCP) – this was your family doctor. Now – people establishing care: Want care fast; Have a plethora of research at …


Fat Loss for a Healthy Summer!

The days have gotten longer and the weather has gotten warmer – summertime is here! It’s that time of the year where you can incorporate outdoor activities into your daily workout. Don’t have one? Don’t fret, there is still time to develop one and get into the healthy habit of exercising. Your next question probably is, what is the best type of exercise for me? Well, it all depends on the goal you want to achieve.  If your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you should look into cardio and strength workouts. Does one exercise have greater benefits than another? Research has shown that strength exercises can burn more calories, because of the after-burn effect (where you burn more calories …


The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Whether dark, blonde, decaf, or espresso, your daily cup of coffee carries some unexpected health benefits. Just remember to enjoy your java in moderation. The debate has lasted for years: Is coffee actually good for you, or is it just a vehicle for cream and sugar? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Scientists have found many health benefits linked to coffee consumption, but it’s important to keep an eye on the amount you drink each day. Joe Pros In the early 1990s, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled coffee a possible cancer-causing agent, but the agency has since changed its tune. In 2016, the IARC dropped coffee from its list of possible carcinogens after studies found the …


A How-To Guide for Fighting Obesity

Want to add years to your life? Learn how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese. Defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, obesity can place people at a higher risk for many serious health conditions, such as breathing problems, certain cancers, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, mental illness, sleep apnea, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While weight loss and maintenance can be challenging, making your health a priority can lead to a longer, happier life. A little patience and the following science-backed advice from the CDC will help you get on the …


5 Strategies and More to Prevent Food Poisoning

Arm yourself against foodborne illness with these five food safety facts. FACT 1 About one in six Americans will get sick from a foodborne disease every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people get sick annually in the U.S. from foodborne pathogens. While symptoms vary, common signs are diarrhea and/or vomiting. Other red flags include aching joints, abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, and nausea. These symptoms can appear anywhere from hours up to a week after your exposure to contaminated food. FACT 2 Certain populations are more prone to foodborne illnesses than others. Food contamination can affect anyone, but those more vulnerable to falling ill and experiencing severe symptoms include: Children younger than age …