Healthy Living Tips

  •   Seasonal wellness

    Don’t hibernate this winter—stick to your exercise routine.

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    For most people, a Thanksgiving gathering wouldn’t be the same without traditional family recipes. However, swapping a fat-, salt- or calorie-rich ingredient or dish for a healthier one can help you enjoy holiday favorites even more knowing you’re paying less of a nutrition price.

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  •   Wellness

    An estimated 70 percent of smokers wish to quit, but—unfortunately—only a fraction succeed each year. Having a few strategies in place may give you the push you need to be free of this addiction.

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  •   General Information

    Confused by all the different health insurance terms and what they mean? When you buy a health insurance plan, you agree to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a variety of benefits. Here are some common terms you’ll often hear over the course of a medical visit.

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  •   flu, Seasonal wellness

    New research shows that up to 65 percent of influenza-related deaths among children can be prevented with flu vaccinations.

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  •   Wellness, flu

    Flu season, and the potential for missed time from school, work and family activities, is around the corner. Unfortunately, flu season begins early as October. 

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  •   Halloween

    Costumes, candy, black cats and full moons—October 31 can bring out the kid in all of us. Don't be deceived, however, because this spooktacular, kid-friendly holiday can present many dangers.

    Ensure your children stay safe this Halloween by making sure they follow these health and safety tips.

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  •   flu

    Flu season has arrived. Protect your family now against this year’s flu virus and get vaccinated at one of our 30+ locations. Most insurances cover the cost of the vaccination – so it’s FREE! If you are a self-pay patient, the flu shot is $30.

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  •   General Information

    While not everyone is sensitive to toxic plants like poison ivy, for four out of five people, accidental contact can result in a painful, lingering rash. Touching these plants can be dangerous or even fatal to those who are severely allergic.

    Walking in dappled sunshine under leafy trees is one of the most pleasant warm weather experiences — unless an encounter with a poisonous plant spoils the fun. Before you head outside this fall, learn to recognize common types of skin-irritating foliage.

    Identifying Poison Ivy 

    Most of us have heard the old adage, “leaves of three, leave it be,” but many plants have three leaves on a stem. Poison ivy can climb trees and structures like a vine, crawl in the shadows like an ordinary shrub, or trail along the ground beneath the undergrowth, making identification more difficult. To spot poison ivy, look for clusters of three leaves in a triangular arrangement at the tips of the stems. Poison ivy is red in the spring and fall. In the summer, the leaves turn a waxy bright green.

    Knowing Poison Oak Differences

    Poison oak also grows in a three-leaved arrangement, but while the leaves of poison ivy have smooth edges, poison oak’s leaves are divided into rounded lobes. The leaves are green in spring and summer, turning bright red or brown in the fall. Poison oak normally grows in a shrub shape, but some types grow in vine form.

    Spotting Poison Sumac

    Poison sumac is a shrub or small tree. Each leaf has a woody central stem with one pointed leaflet on the tip, followed by four to seven pairs of leaflets arranged along the sides. Poison sumac is green in spring and begins turning scarlet red in the summer.

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  •   flu, Wellness

    Flu season usually starts in October, peaks in December and February, and tapers off in the spring. Get a flu shot to help prevent this illness from interfering with your holiday fun.

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