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It’s Time to Rethink Heart Health

April 23, 2021 6:35 pm Published by Comments Off on It’s Time to Rethink Heart Health

On average, someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease (CVD) every 36 seconds, approximately 2,380 deaths each day, according to the American Heart Association. Each day, 405 deaths occur in the U.S. as the result of strokes, an average of one death every 3:33. More people die annually from CVD than from any other cause including cancer, COPD, diabetes, lung infections and the flu, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) 2021 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. Consider... View Article


How to Combat Social Isolation

April 8, 2021 3:41 pm Published by Comments Off on How to Combat Social Isolation

Even before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social isolation is especially prevalent in Americans over the age of 50. Despite the physical implications of a global pandemic, research shows the mental health stakes are high, too. A nationwide survey, commissioned by Barclays, found that half of... View Article


8 Ways to Reach a Healthy Blood Pressure

April 6, 2021 6:26 pm Published by Comments Off on 8 Ways to Reach a Healthy Blood Pressure

To take care of your heart, it’s important to know and track your blood pressure. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, but many don’t realize it or aren’t keeping it at a healthy level. For most adults, healthy blood pressure is 120/80 millimeters of mercury or less. Blood pressure consistently above 130/80 millimeters of mercury increases your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, eye damage, dementia and stroke. Your doctor might recommend lowering your blood pressure... View Article


National Doctors Day – Thank you!

March 30, 2021 6:22 pm Published by Comments Off on National Doctors Day – Thank you!

On Tuesday, March 30, we celebrate National Doctors Day. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our incredible providers – doctors as well as our advanced practice providers – for your many contributions toward improving the lives of our patients and their loved ones. Your medical expertise, leadership and dedication to our team members, patients and communities helps us achieve our shared mission to help those we serve live healthier lives and to make the health system... View Article


6 Things to Know About GMOs

March 2, 2021 8:38 pm Published by Comments Off on 6 Things to Know About GMOs

  You may have heard of “GMO” foods before, but what you may not know is the science and purpose behind them. “GMO” is a common term used to describe foods that have been created through genetic engineering. A GMO (genetically modified organism) is a plant, animal or microorganism that has had its genetic material (DNA) changed using technology that generally involves the transfer of specific DNA from one organism to another. Although GMO foods are widely available to consumers,... View Article


How to Raise a Healthy Eater at Every Stage of Childhood

February 22, 2021 10:14 pm Published by Comments Off on How to Raise a Healthy Eater at Every Stage of Childhood

Daily food choices can have a profound impact on overall health and well-being. Not only do healthy dietary patterns help maintain good health, they also reduce the risk of chronic diseases throughout all stages of life. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and nutrition experts agree it is vital to establish  healthy eating habits early and maintain them throughout childhood. “Research shows toddlers who eat a wide variety of foods are more likely to carry... View Article


The Best of Health Data and Health Policy Innovation

February 8, 2021 7:48 pm Published by Comments Off on The Best of Health Data and Health Policy Innovation

Join Kenneth Cohen M.D., Executive Director of Clinical Research, at the Health Datapalooza on Building System-Wide Efforts to Reduce Low-Value Care at the AcademyHealth virtual event. AcademyHealth is excited to once again offer the joint experience of the Health Datapalooza and the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC). Join us February 16-18, 2021 for three days of virtual, boundary breaking discussions about the latest and most important health policy issues facing our nation and the data and evidence that will drive innovation... View Article


A Fresh, Flavorful Take on Family Dinner

February 4, 2021 4:56 pm Published by Comments Off on A Fresh, Flavorful Take on Family Dinner

(Culinary.net) If your family ever gets stuck in a dinner routine rut, it can feel like you’re eating the same recipes over and over again. However, this fresh and unique recipe for Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca might inspire you to think outside the culinary box and give your family members the satisfactory flavor they desire at dinnertime. With fresh ingredients and a wholesome flavor, this meal is perfect to add to your dinner menu rotation. The chicken is full... View Article


Hearty, Wholesome Dishes to Support Immune Systems

January 28, 2021 4:56 pm Published by Comments Off on Hearty, Wholesome Dishes to Support Immune Systems

If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms – like many other fruits and vegetables – can also play a positive role in supporting a healthy immune system. Studies at Oregon State University concluded there are a variety of micronutrients important for supporting a healthy immune system. Consider that three of these nutrients... View Article


5 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

January 26, 2021 5:02 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

Keep your family safe and slow the spread of germs This year, as cold and flu season converges with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to take precautions to help prevent the spread of illness and infection both in and out of the home. The similarities between cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be confusing, and a spike in the seasonal flu could place additional strain on already tight health care resources.  To help ease confusion and provide guidance, Dr. Darria... View Article


Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine

January 21, 2021 8:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine

Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals and not cheating on sleep, can all benefit your heart. Because heart disease is largely preventable, focusing on improving your heart health is important. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women and men in the United States,... View Article


5 Steps Schools Are Taking to Help Feed Children During the Pandemic

January 8, 2021 4:18 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Steps Schools Are Taking to Help Feed Children During the Pandemic

Nearly 30 million children in the United States rely on school meals for a significant portion of their daily nutrition. Since the start of the pandemic, the number of food-insecure children has increased 20% to 1 in 4. Although many schools are operating remote or hybrid models, most are still open full-time for feeding students. An issue-framing report by GENYOUth, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating healthier school communities, addresses what’s at stake for schools today, progress that has been... View Article


New Year Nutrition

December 30, 2020 9:16 pm Published by Comments Off on New Year Nutrition

Take on 2021 with a sustainable, low-carb eating plan A new year brings with it new opportunities to better yourself in all kinds of ways, including your health. Start by evaluating your at-home menu to make sure it aligns with your nutritional goals. These recipes for Vegetarian Ramen Zoodle Bowls, Broccolini and Bacon Egg Bites and Flourless Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Atkins offer better-for-you options that fit within a low-carb lifestyle that can help you eat right... View Article


Building Children’s Emotional Resilience Amid Uncertainty

December 22, 2020 3:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Building Children’s Emotional Resilience Amid Uncertainty

For parents facing uncertain school schedules, new ways of working and concerns about the health and safety of their families, life in a pandemic is stressful enough. Add in the potential for children to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with the unfamiliar and many families feel they are in no-win situations. Keeping children home can help minimize potential exposure to COVID-19, but limits their contact with friends and teachers. On the other hand, sending kids to a center or... View Article


Eat and Drink Smart to Fend Off Cold and Flu Season

December 10, 2020 4:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Eat and Drink Smart to Fend Off Cold and Flu Season

It’s no secret that a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can deliver important vitamins and nutrients for better health, but many of your favorite foods can actually help support your immune system, too. In addition to precautions like avoiding people who are sick and washing your hands often, you can influence your immune system through what you eat and drink. Stay hydrated. Keeping well hydrated can be difficult during the winter months, especially if you spend most... View Article


An Easy Way to Make Your Holiday Healthier

December 8, 2020 9:16 pm Published by Comments Off on An Easy Way to Make Your Holiday Healthier

Planning your holiday menu? Dried cranberries are an ingredient found in many classic holiday recipes, but what you may not know is that they are packed with added sugars. Raisins, on the other hand, are naturally sweet with 0 grams of added sugars, making them a healthy alternative that can help enhance the flavor and nutrition of your favorite holiday recipes. Raisinsfit seamlessly into many family-friendly recipes, like traditional oatmeal cookies, stuffing and sweet breads. They also make for easy... View Article


5 Tips for Winter Travelers

December 4, 2020 9:42 pm Published by Comments Off on 5 Tips for Winter Travelers

Because of the pandemic, fewer Americans are taking to the skies, but a significant number likely plan to hit the roads to visit friends and family during the winter months. Whether a few towns over or a couple states away, many drivers will travel interstates, which are major logistics corridors often dominated by commercial trucks. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are approximately 3.5 million people working as truck drivers in the U.S. From keeping grocery store shelves... View Article


Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

December 1, 2020 3:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

Getting vaccinated for the flu is more important than ever. Not only will a flu shot help keep you and your family healthy, it can help reduce the strain on the healthcare system and keep hospital beds and other medical resources available for people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is no ordinary flu season; it’s a flu season amid a pandemic. With two dangerous viruses going around at once, it’s time for people to protect their communities by getting... View Article


Steps you can take to help kids manage feelings and adjust to new ways of celebrating holiday traditions during COVID-19

November 24, 2020 3:41 pm Published by Comments Off on Steps you can take to help kids manage feelings and adjust to new ways of celebrating holiday traditions during COVID-19

Uncertainty around the COVID-19 crisis can be upsetting for anyone, but kids and teens can have an even harder time handling this stress. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help them manage these feelings and adjust to new ways of celebrating holiday traditions.[1]     Adjusting to big changes in our regular routines can be difficult for anyone, but especially kids and teens. It’s important to recognize when your children may be experiencing serious stress. Signs may include:... View Article


The Heart Can’t Wait: What to know about AFib and COVID-19

November 17, 2020 11:45 pm Published by Comments Off on The Heart Can’t Wait: What to know about AFib and COVID-19

What to know about AFib and COVID-19 As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people with certain health conditions may be delaying or forgoing some healthcare. People shouldn’t ignore symptoms or delay seeking treatment, especially when it comes to progressive heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AFib). In honor of AFib Awareness Month these are some things to know about AFib amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Understand AFib AFib is an irregular heart rhythm that can increase the risk of... View Article


They Honored Their Commitment. It’s Time To Honor Ours

November 11, 2020 5:35 pm Published by Comments Off on They Honored Their Commitment. It’s Time To Honor Ours

“Whenever and wherever the nation has called – in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity – America’s veterans have been there…proudly carrying the torch of liberty for all to see.” – Gen. Colin Powell They’ve fought in wars, led peacekeeping missions, responded to disasters and delivered humanitarian aid. And this year – as COVID-19 spread around the globe – they rushed to the front lines of care – supporting our hospitals, clinics... View Article


Patients win when health insurers and providers work together

November 9, 2020 5:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Patients win when health insurers and providers work together

The Covid-19 global pandemic has upended the health care industry, bringing dramatic change in a short amount of time. The same holds true in the employee benefits space. Employers and health plans have been working together for years to find ways to make health care more affordable and accessible while also encouraging greater employee engagement in their health care, with the end goal being to improve health outcomes. With so many people and businesses in Colorado struggling with new financial... View Article


Improve Your Mental Health with Better Sleep

November 5, 2020 5:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Improve Your Mental Health with Better Sleep

For some, the holidays may be the happiest season of all, but for others the hectic pace and endless to-do lists can take a real toll on their mental health. This year, the impact is heightened by a global health pandemic. According to a survey from Mattress Firm, more than 60 million Americans say COVID-19 has worsened their quality of their sleep, and those losing sleep are often seeing their mental well-being and healthy habits worsen. Nearly half of respondents... View Article


Comparing Medicare Plans Can Save You Money

November 3, 2020 4:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Comparing Medicare Plans Can Save You Money

Medicare open enrollment is here. With plan premiums at historic lows, now’s the time to review your coverage options Medicare’s Open Enrollment gives people with Medicare the opportunity to sign up for health or prescription drug plans, or make changes to their existing health plans or prescription drug plans for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2021. But don’t delay – Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 7. Why compare plans for next year? Just as your health care needs can change from... View Article