Holiday Tips

December 28, 2017

Are You Making “SMART” New Year’s Resolutions? Follow These Expert Tips

By Morgan Rettig Clinical Nutritionist Educator With 2018 just around the corner, many of us will be making resolutions and setting goals for the coming year. Resolutions related to health improvements are often at the top of the list with popular picks including losing weight, eating better and exercising more. Unfortunately, only about 8 percent […]

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December 27, 2017

New Year’s Goal to Lose Weight? Why a Focus is Better than a Resolution

By Marit Weikel Behavioral Health Specialist Ah, the end of the year. Time for a brand new calendar and a reinvented life. But most of us who make New Year’s resolutions do not keep our resolutions past February. Our resolutions fail because we set too many, we were too vague, or the resolutions were unrealistic […]

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December 15, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Preventing Motion Sickness while Traveling

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers this common question about motion sickness while traveling. Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent car and airplane sickness? A: There are five simple ways you can prevent motion sickness:  Avoid caffeine, alcohol or big meals before […]

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December 14, 2017

Expert Advice – Avoiding Weight Gain over the Holidays

By Cassy Scott & Elizabeth Holmes Mission Weight Management The average American gains 5-10 pounds during the holiday season and often ends up keeping the weight on permanently. Here are some ways to stay healthy, help keep the pounds off and reverse weight gain and still enjoy the holiday season. It’s a holi-day, not a […]

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December 14, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Health Conscious Person on Your List

Finding holiday gifts for our loved ones and friends can be tough. These unique, wellness-focused gifts will bring a smile to their faces while helping them keep healthy this holiday season. Essential Oils – Create the spa experience at home with certified 100 percent pure, therapeutic grade Airomé essential oils. The Holiday Cheer blend is […]

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December 13, 2017

In the Spirit of Safety – Avoid Holiday Dangers

By Arielle Lankford Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tis the season … for a friendly reminder about safety. With traditions, celebrations and new toys being shared, it’s important for families to be aware of potential dangers. Decorating the Tree Decorate your tree with kids in mind. Start by securing the tree in its base. Kids are […]

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December 11, 2017

Pregnant during the Holidays? Tips to Embrace Celebrating without Alcohol

Amy Hendricks, the program coordinator for the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, offers expert advice on navigating holiday parties while pregnant, as seen in WNC Parent. It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We’re decorating, baking cookies, going to holiday parties, shopping in a frenzy for that perfect gift, gathering with family. Maybe squeezing […]

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December 11, 2017

5 Tips for Staying Healthy (and Sane) over the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again when everyone is on the go preparing for the holiday season. When we are especially busy, it’s easy to neglect some key factors that will keep our immune system strong during this already hectic time. Increase your water intake – It’s important to drink lots of water as a […]

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November 20, 2017

Don’t Let Diabetes Stop You from Having Happy, Healthy Holidays

By Stacy Eilers Clinical Nutritionist Educator, Mission Diabetes Center The holidays are traditionally a time to enjoy family, friends and food. Unfortunately, we have a habit of focusing too much on the food part, and Americans gain about one to two pounds during the season. That may not seem like much, but research shows that […]

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November 13, 2017

Grieving During the Holidays – You Are Not Alone, Support Is Available

By Tyra L. Goodman Bereavement Counselor and Clinical Social Worker, CarePartners The death of a loved one can cause tremendous grief, and the holidays often compound the experience of loss to an almost insurmountable feeling. Grief can have you feeling confused, mindless, overwhelmed, anxious, alone, fatigued, unmotivated, numb, moody, clumsy and restless. You might feel […]

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