March 16, 2018

Time to Get Outside – Safety Tips for Outdoor Exercise and Activity

With spring weather comes the opportunity to be more active outdoors, like hiking, running and biking. Regular exercise can help increase your energy and improve your balance, health and mood. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. Before you put on your […]

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March 7, 2018

Spring Forward, Rest Easy – 5 Sleep Tips for Daylight Saving Time

By Calvin Gardner, RPSGT, RST Mission Sleep Center  When the clocks “spring forward” for daylight saving time, many of us are understandably concerned about the impact it’ll have on our sleep. You might be worried about “losing” that hour if you can’t sleep in, or wondering how the time shift will impact your restfulness during […]

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March 29, 2017

Eight Reasons Laughter May Really Be the Best Medicine

In addition to starting off the month with April Fools’ Day, April is also National Humor Month. With that in mind, here are eight reasons why laughter is one of the easiest ways to improve your well-being and relieve stress: In only 10 minutes of laughing, you can burn as many calories as a half-hour […]

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March 27, 2017

Seven Tips for Avoiding Injury This Spring – Advice from an Athletic Trainer

By Mary Helen Letterle Manager, Mission Sports Medicine Springtime is upon us, and most of us are eager to get outside and get moving. But, before you jump in headfirst, here are some tips to help you avoid injury and keep you in the game this spring. Before your sport season begins, begin exercising about […]

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March 20, 2017

Healthy Recipe – Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes

Springtime brings warmer weather, longer days and – for many of us – a renewed focus on eating right and eating light. This light and delicious seasonal offering will complement any plate this spring. Quinoa-Stuffed Tomatoes Ingredients 4 medium (2½ inches) tomatoes, rinsed 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp red onions, peeled and chopped 1 […]

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March 20, 2017

Spring Training – Advice for Getting Back on Your Fitness Track

By Aaron Vaughan, MD As American musician Henry Rollins said, “In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” Well, the time to move has come, and doing a couple of simple things can help you get started in the right direction with some helpful tips to boost your progress and enhance your level […]

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March 16, 2017

Skin Safety – The ABCDEs of Potentially Cancerous Moles

By Robert A. Poarch Spring is a great time to start practicing sun safety to protect your skin from cancer. “Detecting skin cancer in its earliest stages ultimately saves lives,” said Trevor Austin, MD, a medical oncologist with Mission Cancer Care and Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, an affiliate of Mission Health. “You can […]

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March 9, 2017

Worried About “Springing Forward” for Daylight Saving Time? How to Stay On Your Sleep Routine

It’s understandable to worry about how your sleep will be affected when your clocks “spring” forward by one hour on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., but there are a few steps you can take to avoid disrupting your sleep routine. Transition into the time change a few days before Daylight Saving Time by going to […]

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March 1, 2017

Spring Edition of My Healthy Life Magazine Has Arrived!

We’re excited to share health information and stories of Mission Health making a difference in the well-being of residents of western North Carolina. Here’s some of what you’ll find in the spring edition of My Healthy Life magazine: Aaron Vaughan, MD, offers some great advice on preparing your body for re-entering a more active lifestyle […]

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May 17, 2016

Ask the Doc – Helpful Skin Care Tips for Spring

By Meera Dagli, MD, Mission Internal Medicine As the saying goes, spring comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. During this season, we may see a mix of cool and warmer weather. It is important to moisturize regularly during the drier, cooler weather to avoid cracks in the skin and prevent itching […]

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