• Bringing Your Concentration into Better Focus

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    With streaming TV, constant social media pings and ever-present work and family responsibilities, is it any wonder many of us find it difficult to maintain our focus? Regardless of profession or lifestyle, we all need to concentrate to finish tasks and job requirements, recall cr...

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  • Shining a Light on Sunscreen & Vitamin D

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    Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Ensuring you receive enough vitamin D. It’s possible to accomplish both objectives. “When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it manufactures vitamin D, a nutrient essential for bone growth and the immune system,” said Lauren McGraw...

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  • Pet Therapy Barks Up the Right Tree

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things, including the value of our relationships—and this extends beyond human connections. Although contact with other people has been limited over the past year and a half, our furry friends have helped fill the gap when it comes to our ...

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  • Pelvic Floor Problems? Consider Physical Therapy

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    Most of us don’t think about our pelvic floors until there’s a problem, and when that happens, nobody is particularly eager to talk about it. “Dealing with pelvic floor dysfunctions can greatly impact one’s quality of life,” said Ellen Molenaar, physical therapist, Holland Hospit...

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  • COVID-19 and Women’s Mental Health

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    It’s been a long haul since the first cases of COVID-19 arrived… and not just physically. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the nation’s mental health, and women’s mental health specifically. “When day care centers close or schools go remote, or when kids are quarantin...

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  • Weight Maintenance in Trying Times

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    Because we’ve all been staying home more, stress, a lack of routine and constant access to snacks have created a perfect storm for weight gain. But knowing it’s a perfect storm is the first step in weight maintenance. Now you can make a plan. To address stress, make sure you’re p...

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  • Your Brain on Menopause

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    Estrogen is a powerful and pervasive hormone secreted mostly in our ovaries. Beginning in perimenopause, our estrogen levels fluctuate and decline until, several years post-menopause, we produce very little, if any, estrogen. This process is natural and sometimes disruptive. ...

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  • Understanding Stroke Could Save Your Life

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    Picture this: You’re at home, enjoying your favorite leisure-time activity without a care in the world. Without warning, your arm goes numb and your drink slips out of your hand. You try to stand, but dizziness drops you back to the sofa. You try to speak, but the words don’t flo...

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  • Best Food Choices to Beat Stress

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    When your stress is in overdrive, you might want to reach for a pint of ice cream or a bag of potato chips. While comfort foods definitely feel good in the moment, these choices are often high in fat, sugar and total carbohydrates. “Foods like these can become an unhealthy crutch...

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  • COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

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    If you’re expecting, what can you expect from the COVID-19 vaccine? Pregnant women have had to face a lot of uncertainty throughout the pandemic, and with vaccination now in full swing, moms-to-be have to consider yet another question: whether to receive the shot. To help weigh t...

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