Healthy Eating Ideas for Spring

spring eating

I think we can all agree it’s been a rough winter, but spring will come and we’ll be shedding some of those layers of clothes. When that happens, our thoughts often turn to eating healthier, so, in anticipation of the warmer weather, we’ve pulled together some of our most popular posts about nutrition. Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds, get tips to help you eat healthier or prevent or manage a chronic illness, we think this list includes something for everyone! Continue reading

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Endometriosis

4 female friends.shutterstock_121559449An often painful disorder that affects millions of women, endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is a condition where tissue that normally lines the uterine cavity or womb grows outside of your uterus or womb where it doesn’t belong. The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants.

When you have endometriosis, the implants of tissue outside your uterus act just like the tissue lining your uterus. During your menstrual cycle, they get thicker, then break down and bleed. But the implants are outside your uterus, so the blood cannot flow out of your body.

Although endometriosis growths are benign (not cancerous), they can still cause problems. The implants can get irritated and painful and sometimes form scar tissue or blood-filled sacs within the ovaries called cysts. Continue reading

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SMArt Kids Avoid the Aisles and Hug the Walls

child selecting fruits shutterstock_12162199[1]Need a helper at the grocery store? Tired of doing all of the shopping alone? Grab a SMArt Kid! After this month’s SMA, they are now well informed about the healthiest ways to shop at the local grocery store. They will remind you to keep in mind these simple rules before you and your family head out to the supermarket:

  • Be prepared (have a list and plan recipes for the week)
  • Don’t go hungry (you’ll avoid being tempted by free samples, freshly baked muffins, or treats in the check out aisle)
  • Look at labels (remember, look for low sugar, high fiber foods)

And of course, remember MyPlate.gov when choosing your family’s food. Encourage more fruits and veggies – they should fill at least half of your plate at each meal.

We reviewed the areas of the grocery store that are the healthiest to shop. What are those? Continue reading

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The PSA blood test for prostate cancer: When men need it—and when they don’t

PSA TestingFor years, doctors have used a PSA blood test to screen men for prostate cancer. The test measures a protein made by the prostate gland, called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

But the PSA test can do more harm than good. Here’s why: Continue reading

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Better Care for a Better Life: Kim

Patient Story - KimIn July 2014, Kim met with Heather Gangloff, her physician assistant (PA), for what was supposed to be a routine physical exam. But after feeling something unusual in Kim’s abdomen, Heather suggested that she see a gynecologist and promptly scheduled an appointment. Just two days later, Kim found herself in Dr. Farah Shafi’s office to discuss the results of an ultrasound.

Kim knew Dr. Shafi. Two years prior, an ultrasound revealed four non-cancerous fibroids that Kim and Dr. Shafi successfully managed without surgery. This time, however, was different – Dr. Shafi found six fibroids, much larger than before. Continue reading

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