May is Stroke Awareness month. In the U.S., stroke is the fourth leading cause of death. It is predicted that 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one occurring every 40 seconds. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age. Did you know that approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year? The good news…Up to 80% of strokes are preventable; you can prevent a stroke! Continue reading
Walking meetings are a great idea as is any reason to get yourself up off your seat at regular intervals throughout the day. Recent studies about the health risks associated with too much sitting are startling. Who would have believed that sitting could be just as dangerous to your health as smoking?
Just how dangerous is too much time sitting down?
o Researchers from the University of Missouri suggest that sitting most of the day may put individuals at higher risk for diabetes, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease — even with daily exercise.
o A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who sat six or more hours a day were nearly 40% more likely to die over a 13-year-stretch than those who sat less than three hours. For men, sitting for more than six hours a day was linked with an 18% higher risk of death.
o Sitting may be responsible for more than 170,000 cases of cancer yearly — with breast and colon cancers being the most influenced by rates of physical inactivity.
o People who sit most of the day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack.
What can you do to reduce your risk?
o Take a 10-minute activity break at scheduled times each day.
o Park farther away from the places where you work, shop, play, study and worship.
o Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
o Put printers a short walking distance away from your work or study space instead of right next to it.
o Replace desk chairs with stability balls, or use a standing desk to get rid of the chair entirely to burn more calories while working.
o Fidget, stand up and stretch at intervals during meetings and prolonged desk work.
o Be creative in finding more ways to fit in light exercise and walking throughout the day, like a walking meeting!
Taking small steps (literally) to add more movement and activity into your day will improve your health.
You’ve done all the research and finally made a decision about which camp is best for your child. Now comes the hard part, getting both of you ready to go. Camp is an exciting time in your child’s life. It is a time to meet new friends, learn new skills, play games and make lifetime memories but leaving the safety of the nest can also be stressful and full of scary unknowns. By following the tips below, you can prepare your child for a cheerful camp experience. Continue reading
The warmer weather has finally arrived and with the seasonal change comes a change of wardrobe. Unfortunately, many of us are trying on our shorts and finding them to be a tad tighter than they were last year. Rather than heading to the mall for a more comfortable fit, make a plan to drop the excess pounds by eliminating the empty calories that come with satisfying our food cravings. Continue reading
Blue Sky MD is proud to support the Children & Family Resource Center’s Marvelous Mom’s Night Out on April 25 at First Citizens Bank, Main Street Lobby and Terrace, from 6-9pm.* Continue reading
The weather is getting warmer, flowers and trees are in bloom. After a long, gray winter, it’s time to get outdoors and dig in the garden, take a hike or pack a picnic lunch. Although the temperature may be mild, and the sun feels great on your face, it can still cause irreparable damage to your skin.
It’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner when the air is still cold and snow flurries swirl by, but it’s almost April and spring is here! Spring is a time for renewal. It’s time to put always the warm heavy sweaters, or at least some of them, and pull out bright, light weight clothes. It’s time to show a little more skin and spend more time outdoors. But let’s face it, as you look in the mirror, the thought of showing more skin may not be so appealing. Cold, dry, winter weather can wreak Continue reading
In today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking world, it seems a new food group has emerged, the bar. Call it what you want, a granola bar, energy bar, protein bar. No matter the name, they are everywhere and the choices are endless. You can purchase them at the grocery store, the gym, gas station, coffee shops or even customize them online to suit your own personal tastes. There are high- Continue reading
Dr. David LaMond and his staff celebrate the opening of their newest Blue Sky MD clinic with an Open House on Thursday, March 21st from 4:30-6:30pm. Guests will have the opportunity to book special packages and tour the Arden facility while enjoying refreshments and getting to know the staff. Continue reading
A couple weeks back, we talked about hypothyroidism and the challenges of accurate testing and diagnosis. The most recognized type of hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is underactive and is not producing enough thyroid hormone. In these cases, the standard TSH test will reveal the problem. However, in ‘tissue or cellular’ hypothyroidism, the thyroid produces enough hormones but other factors like stress, chronic illness and inflammation prevent cells from using the hormones. This type of hypothyroidism is extremely common and tremendously under-diagnosed. Continue reading