October 29, 2020
What Are You Really Looking For?
Recently, I wrote a blog on Doomscrolling and how endlessly scrolling through social media reading news headlines can wreak more havoc on our mental health than we think. The point of this blog was to draw attention to how damaging some of the current headlines can be to our emotional wellbeing; and ultimately, our spirits. Since writing this blog, I have heard a lot of things about “hopequesting”. After doing some investigating, I learned that hopequesting is... Read More
October 28, 2020
Staying Healthy at the Polls
There is no disagreeing that this year’s presidential election will be absolutely historic. Between the pandemic, the current direction of our healthcare system, raging wildfires on the west coast; there is a lot at stake. Even though I will not be commenting on any candidate today, or advocating for different voting methods, I will be providing some safety tips to stay healthy at the polls this year if you have decided that you will be voting in-person at the polls... Read More
October 26, 2020
A Guide to Discussing Mental Health with Kids
Since the start of the pandemic in the United States, many people have started to be more open about discussing struggles with mental health. Now, it seems like people are talking about mental health more than ever as the pandemic has impacted all people in many different ways. But, is there someone who is being left out of the conversation? Most youth in the United States are attending school through either a hybrid or fully remote version this... Read More
October 25, 2020
How to Build a Self-Care Toolbox
Since the start of the pandemic, people have been talking about mental health more than ever. Self-care has also been of the frontlines of mainstream media in the past few years. But what is self-care and why is everyone talking about it?
Self-care has many different definitions and means different things to different people. I like to think of self-care as simply participating in activities that give you energy, not things that take away from your energy. This... Read More
October 21, 2020
How November Can Bring Change to the ACA
Since the 2010 passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the act has been highly controversial. Though the entire bill enacted many new changes to the face of healthcare in America, one of the biggest controversies of the bill was the tax penalty individual mandate for health insurance. The act mandated that all Americans have some sort of health insurance coverage by the end of the year that the act was passed. If you were found to have no health... Read More
October 18, 2020
Getting the Family Outside this Fall
Many parents all around the country now have kids attending school this fall remotely, via Zoom. Though school days for some may be shortened, there is no denying that screen time has increased significantly for all of the kids out there attending online school. In addition, with shorter school days, kids now have even more time for leisurely screen time like watching TV and playing video games. It also isn’t much help that local parks and businesses have... Read More
October 18, 2020
Current Recommendations for Physical Activity
In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services released the first edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for American. Similar to the way the government recommends we get certain amounts of various nutrients, the government also recommends that we get different amounts of physical activity at different stages of life. Today, I will be going over the current recommendations for adults age 18 - 65.
Before I get into the recommendations... Read More
October 15, 2020
How Food Can Boost the Immune System
We’ve all been told to drink a glass of orange juice if we feel a cold coming on. Unfortunately though, having this small dose of vitamin C is not enough to give our immune system the boost it needs to wipe any and all diseases from our system. Eating for immune health is more than just this single serving of a vitamin C-rich food every once in a while. It is eating an abundance of immune boosting vitamins and minerals, managing chronic stress, getting... Read More
October 11, 2020
Understanding your Cholesterol Panel
After the age of 20, most people in the United States will have a cholesterol screening once every 5 years. This cholesterol screening can be used as a tool to help predict the risk of development of plaque in blood vessels which lead to Heart Disease (or Cardiovascular Disease). After the simple blood test has been conducted at our physical, we get our results back from the lab, but what do they mean exactly?
A cholesterol screening measures the total... Read More
October 10, 2020
Exercise for Physical and Emotional Wellbeing
When you think of yoga, I’m sure you may start to think of crazy poses that seem almost impossible, trying to keep track of your breathing, and wondering if you are even doing the poses correctly. Although there are many known health benefits (physically and emotionally) associated with yoga, this practice can sometimes induce stress for those who are new to the practice. If you are one of those who finds yourself stressed out at the regular yoga... Read More