February 17, 2017

Fun Twist for a Healthy Side Dish – Garlic Braised Kale with Toasted Farro

It’s easy to get in a rut, cooking the same handful of side dishes for dinner. Add a little variety to your healthy options with this tasty side dish. Garlic Braised Kale with Toasted Farro Ingredients 2¾ cups Farro, dry 1 qt Boiling water 2¾ cup Kale, fresh, chopped 2/3 cup Leeks, fresh, chopped 1 […]

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February 16, 2017

Five Heart-Healthy Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

Just because you’re at the office, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some desk exercises to keep your cardiovascular health on track. Short bouts of exercise between conference calls and checking emails will help improve fitness levels and heart health while burning a few extra calories. In addition, a minimal amount of extra activity can […]

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February 15, 2017

Helpful Healthcare Hints: Four Ways to Save Time and Money When You’re Sick

We’ve reached that time of the year when it’s like Halloween for germs, viruses, bugs and allergies to sneak up on every individual they can find and play their nasty tricks on your immune system. One minute you’re feeling great and the next minute you’re hoping for a visit from the Grim Reaper. Reaching that […]

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February 13, 2017

Health Benefits of Chocolate – What Is Flavanol, and How Does It Help Your Heart?

By Laura Tolle Registered Dietitian So, you want to give your Valentine some chocolate. Go ahead, but keep it on the healthier side. Is that possible? Yes, here’s the why and how. The cacao bean is actually rich in a type of plant nutrient called flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in a variety of fruits and […]

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February 13, 2017

Babies Can Get Cavities, Too? Yes, But It’s Avoidable

By Katherine Jowers, DDS Mission Children’s Hospital I was talking about my rough day at work with a friend. When I told her I had to remove teeth from a one-year-old child in the operating room, she was stunned. “You mean babies can get cavities?” Yes. Yes they can. I see it every day — […]

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February 10, 2017

Adventures In Wellness – Change is Good

In this recurring blog series, Karen allows us to follow along on her journey toward better health. She has set her mind to losing weight and getting fit, and to help her reach those goals, she is tapping into a number of resources Mission Health has to offer.  By Karen Vernon “You never change,” my physician […]

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February 10, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 9 – Can Food Really Fuel Your Heart?

Picture this: actually taking the cholesterol out of your arteries. If you don’t think “you are what you eat,” think again. In this episode of My Healthy Life, we learn about the power of food as medicine in fueling our hearts, minds and bodies. Each February, which is designated as Heart Month, we recognize the […]

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