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Massage Therapy Benefits

Why get regular massage therapy? Compare the reason to weight management. You can’t manage your weight by eating right and exercising only once or twice. The same goes for massage therapy. It should become part of everyone’s wellness routine and should be viewed more like preventive maintenance rather than “just read more

Reflect On Reflexes

What happens when your health care provider taps on your knee with a rubber mallet? Your leg kicks forward, seemingly on its own. In a sense, your leg has a mind of its own ‑- in your spinal cord. When the mallet hits your knee, the tendon just below the kneecap read more

Top Five Cardiac Nutrition Myths Debunked

Here are the top myths Centegra dietitians hear from patients and the most current heart-healthy recommendations. Don’t eat eggs (or shrimp or shellfish) Patients are always excited to learn they can eat eggs. When looking at cholesterol levels, it’s the LDL (bad) cholesterol to keep low and the HDL (good) cholesterol to read more

The Value of a Second Opinion

When your health care provider recommends surgery or a major procedure or treatment, it's smart to get a second opinion from another expert. But, how do you know a second opinion is in order? And how do you go about getting one? Here are some answers to these and other read more

Cheers To Healthy Holiday Drinks

Change your beverages for weight management this holiday season The holiday season is here. If your goal is to maintain or lose weight over the next six to eight weeks, being aware of the calorie content of the beverages you drink can help. Soda pop, coffee drinks, eggnog, party punches, fruit juice read more

Get Limber with Simple Exercises

No matter what your fitness level, stretching is a great addition to your daily workout routine. Although stretching is simple to do, it's often the most ignored part of people's fitness regimens, according to the American Council on Exercise. Stretching can reduce your risk for injury and help you become more read more

Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure with These Tips

Have you talked to your doctor about your target blood pressure? In most adults, blood pressure less than 120/80 is considered normal. Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89. If your blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you have hypertension. You should take immediate steps to reduce your blood pressure read more

Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking

Many people enjoy an occasional drink with dinner or when they’re at a party. While everyone makes different choices about alcohol use, there are many consistent signs that signal alcohol use has become abuse. People who have alcohol dependence can't always predict how much they will drink, when they will stop, read more

Winter Fruit and Veggie Blues

The winter months can be an easy time to get off the fruit and vegetable wagon, since there are not as many fresh choices from which to choose. Often wintertime fruit and vegetables don’t taste as good simply because they are not in season. A solution to this problem is to read more

Holiday survival tips offered for those living with diabetes

Mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie...oh my. With the holidays just around the corner, many people look forward to spending time with friends and family and celebrating with food. Often, holiday parties also mean we have an increased exposure to calorie and carbohydrate-rich dishes. This can create a challenge for people who read more