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May 08, 2014

The Importance of Keeping a Health History & What to Include

Keeping a personal health history is important. Not only can it save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures, it could also save your life.
Keeping a personal health history is important. Not only can it save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures, it could also save your life. Keep a card or sheet of paper in your purse or wallet with the following information:
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Wound Care

May 14, 2014

Principles of Wound Healing

In the United States, approximately 6.5 million people are affected by chronic wounds (wounds that fail to heal) each year. As a wound healing expert I am often asked, “Why do some wounds heal without any trouble and others not heal?”
In the United States, approximately 6.5 million people are affected by chronic wounds (wounds that fail to heal) each year. As a wound healing expert I am often asked, “Why do some wounds heal without any trouble and others not heal?” Several factors determine whether a wound will heal or not:
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May 19, 2014

Coping With the Anniversary of a Traumatic Event

For good mental health, it’s important to anticipate reactions to the anniversary of a traumatic event.
For good mental health, it’s important to anticipate reactions to the anniversary of a traumatic event. For children, the timing can be about a specific date something happened (for example, May 22, 2011), a key event that happens on an annual basis (a birth date or specific holiday) or seasonal (visual cues in nature or decorations people may use during the time frame). The anniversary of events such as these serve as a strong reminder — it may renew early feelings and spark worries that a similar event may happen in the near future.
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May 23, 2014

Starting an Exercise Program

The thought of beginning an exercise program may still seem unreachable in today’s busy world. However, please know that getting back to the gym or beginning an exercise routine doesn't have to be overwhelming. Remember to start slowly – begin with a sing
On the wall in my office, there is a photo of a woman running across the desert. The word DETERMINATION is written at the top, and the quote below reads: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu. Although these words shared by Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher and poet, were spoken many years ago, the message still rings true.
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Jun 05, 2014

Running Injuries What the Internet Can't Tell You

Sometimes, similar injuries can be caused by very different factors, and seemingly different injuries can be caused by similar circumstances. The internet might be able to tell runners about their injuries, but there is no way of helping them figure out w
What is one of the first things a runner does when he or she is injured? More often than not, the runner performs an online search before seeking care. This search is performed in hopes of learning what is wrong and what can be done to get rid of symptoms. The one thing that is missing from this approach is that the internet typically cannot tell someone why he or she was injured. Sometimes, similar injuries can be caused by very different factors, and seemingly different injuries can be caused by similar circumstances.
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Jun 12, 2014

Word Pictures

My favorite compliment is from a friend who says I’m the “queen of metaphors.” For myself, I think in pictures and then use words to help communicate my thoughts so others can see what I’m thinking — I call them “word pictures.”
Word Pictures
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Jun 20, 2014

You Are What You Eat...Sort Of

Many have heard the old adage, “You are what you eat,” and perhaps the response, “Then I want to eat a skinny person!”
Many have heard the old adage, “You are what you eat,” and perhaps the response, “Then I want to eat a skinny person!” While this is a humorous sentiment, the facts surrounding the joke’s punch line aren’t so funny:
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Jun 25, 2014

Cooking Flavorful Meals Without Adding Calories

It may not seem possible to prepare a great tasting meal without adding a lot of extra calories, but healthy meals don’t have to lack flavor.
Cooking Flavorful Meals Without Adding Calories Published: 06/25/2014   Posted by Kris Drake, RN, CHPD I ran across this quote from Andy Rooney that you may relate to, “The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books – how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook.”
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Grilled Vegetables

Jul 03, 2014

Summer Healthy Living Tips for those with Diabetes

Summertime brings barbeques, parties and trips, but it can also bring unhealthy foods and habits. The good news is that you can enjoy summer fun and stay on track with your healthy living goals. Try these tips!
Summertime brings barbeques, parties and trips, but it can also bring unhealthy foods and habits. The good news is that you can enjoy summer fun and stay on track with your healthy living goals. Try these tips! Lose excess body weight. Every pound of excess body weight lost improves your overall health. A modest weight loss of 7% can improve your blood sugar and reduce your risk of developing diabetes by 60%.
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Jul 11, 2014

Chronic Pain

Pain can be a sign of poor overall health and may not get better until the person improves his or her overall health.
In school, I imagined that being a physical therapist would be similar to being an auto mechanic for the human body. “My body is pulling to the left; it must be out of balance.” I could see myself looking at the deep connections and finding the one part to correct, “Ah, yes, well… if you were to just stretch this and move that here while you walk it would fix your problem.” Some days and some problems are simple like that, but usually problems are much more complex.
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