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5 tips for navigating changing holiday traditions

Traditions play a big part in our lives during the holidays. However, it can be difficult to maintain the same traditions each year due to family changes, such as a lost loved one, unemployment, a new family member, divorce/separation or a move. Here are five tips to help you navigate changes to your family holiday traditions.

November 22, 2017

Create your plate: Healthy serving sizes for the holidays

The holiday season is the most wonderful — and least healthy — time of the year for many people. Luckily, creating your plate with health in mind does not need to be complicated. Here are six easy tips to make eating during the holidays fun and simple.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter November 21, 2017

Screen time and body weight — is there a connection?

Studies show that excess TV viewing in childhood predicts risk for obesity well into adulthood. For example, kids who have TV sets in their rooms are more likely to gain excess weight when compared to those who don’t have TVs.

November 21, 2017

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the only available treatment for severe obesity that consistently achieves and maintains substantial weight loss, and improves health and quality of life. Let’s review some misconceptions.

November 16, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: I just had a baby — what's wrong with my moods?

Having a baby is one of the most important, joyful, exciting and tumultuous times in a woman's life. Just as a joyfully anticipated pregnancy can still have its ups and downs, so too can the birth of a new baby.

Caitlin Dunham MD By Caitlin Dunham November 14, 2017

Currents of grief: Finding balance through the holiday season

When a significant person in your life has died, it may feel as though your center of gravity has been upended. Reactions may be even more prominent given the changing seasons and approaching holidays.

November 9, 2017

How nutrients impact physical performance

Many physiological and nutritional demands occur within the body during exercise. The human body requires a continuous supply of energy to perform its many functions. As energy demands increase with exercise, additional energy must be supplied or the exercise will end.

November 7, 2017

Tips for living well with Type 2 diabetes

It can come as a shock to be diagnosed with a long-term illness. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, but it’s important to know how to manage those feelings and learn how to cope with the daily stress of living with Type 2 diabetes.

November 3, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: An update on Pap tests

The guidelines about when women should have a Pap test have changed. Studies about HPV and cervical cancer conducted over the last 10–20 years have identified no advantages to having an annual Pap test over the current recommendations.

Cynthia Haugsdal NP By Cindy Haugsdal November 2, 2017

Yuck, I have the flu — now what?

Got the flu? Don’t worry quite yet. There are ways you can self-manage.

Ann Bischel, N.P. By Ann Bischel November 1, 2017

How you can enjoy the empty nest

Sending children off to college or into the real world is usually a proud time for parents. But there also can be sadness, especially when it's the last child to leave home.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso October 31, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome: When to consider treatment

You might think that carpal tunnel syndrome is a new condition of the Information Age, borne from long hours of computer keyboarding. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is nothing new.

John Sauer MD By John Sauer October 25, 2017