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From The Blog

Gut check: Colon cancer risks and screening

Are you at risk for colon cancer? You can find out by answering a variety of questions with our colon cancer screening tool.

May 24, 2018

6 tips for managing back pain

If you experience back pain, you should know there are tips and tricks for easing the pain rather than making it worse. Don’t let back pain slow you down.

May 23, 2018

Taking the first step: Starting or restarting an exercise program

When you're starting a fitness program, one thing is true: the first step often is the hardest. We have tips, a 5K training plan and foam rolling details to get you started right.

May 22, 2018

Overcoming adverse childhood experiences

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are negative events in a child’s life that can have lasting effects on health and well-being. There are multiple ways to build and strengthen a child’s resilience and help lessen the consequences of ACEs.

May 21, 2018

Gluten-free: What does that mean?

A gluten-free diet helps manage symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. It's important to know how it can affect your overall nutritional needs.

Judy Nichols, N.P. By Judy Nichols May 17, 2018

Don’t be fooled by glaucoma — the silent sight thief

Glaucoma, commonly called the silent thief of sight, is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is critical for good vision. Learn what to do to protect and secure your sight.

Matthew Cooke, M.D. By Matthew Cooke May 16, 2018

An introduction to probiotics

As a nutritionist, I often answer questions from patients looking to know more about probiotics and their publicized health benefits. While medical science works to further understand the role the human microbiome plays in our daily health, there are a few questions we can shed some light on to help you gain a better understanding of probiotics.

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin May 15, 2018

Juuling and teenagers: Cause for concern?

Your 15-year-old son is getting a ride home from school with one of his friends. His buddy pulls out a device that looks like a USB flash drive. But it isn’t a computer device at all. It’s a Juul, a trendy vaping device among teenagers and young adults, and he asks your son if he is interested in trying it.

Joel Cassingham MD By Joel Cassingham May 11, 2018

Staying on track with your training

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-time runner, training for an upcoming race can be difficult — both physically and mentally. In fact, it’s pretty common to have the excitement wear off and to have to remind yourself of why you ever wanted to complete this race in the first place.

May 8, 2018

Medication disposal: Why and how to safely clean out your medicine cabinet

Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases. But when those medicines no longer are needed, it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce risk from accidental exposure or intentional misuse.

May 3, 2018

How to create happiness

It may seem hard to believe, but there is a lot of truth behind the idea that happiness is a choice. It's unrealistic, of course, to snap your fingers and decide to be happy. So, just how can you do that?

May 3, 2018

5 ways to get better sleep

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you're not alone. The first step toward getting better sleep is to observe sleep patterns, then try these strategies to help improve your sleep.

May 3, 2018