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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December 4, 2017

Can Owning a Dog Truly Improve Your Health? Our Expert Weighs In on a Recent Study

By William R. Hathaway, MD, FACC Chief Medical Officer, Mission Health A recent study shows that owning a dog is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death. As a happy owner of dogs throughout my life – including my golden retriever, Beau, who is a therapy dog – I can’t say I’m […]

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June 8, 2017

Fidget Spinners – Helping Children Focus or Just a Trivial Fad?

By Gabe Bryson Fidget spinners – the relatively simple, easy-to-grasp objects – have taken over as the next big fad among children. Given their name, one may wonder if there is any practical purpose for the spinners outside of pure entertainment. “The use of fidgets has long been a support option for many children who […]

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May 26, 2017

Five Nutrition Pitfalls to Avoid and Five Nutrients to Include When Stressed

By Rachel Wyman Clinical Nutrition Educator Stress can have a very real impact on our diet, as many of us change our eating habits when our stress levels rise. Avoiding these pitfalls and including these nutrients can be beneficial to managing our stress and maintaining a healthy diet. Pitfalls Caffeine – Some studies suggest high […]

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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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January 24, 2017

De-Stress and Get Your Proper “Me Time” with a Massage

It’s stressful to juggle work, family and household chores. There never seems to be time to take a break for yourself. But there is a great way to treat yourself and de-stress, by getting a massage. “Chronic tension is often found in those of us who live a fairly stress-filled life, do too much and […]

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December 5, 2016

Stress: Another Healthy Reason to Pass on the Holiday Treats

By Brian Asbill, MD Asheville Cardiology Don’t forget that what you eat affects how you feel. For example, eating sugar increases the levels of stress hormones in the brain. This can in turn increase the likelihood of developing problems with anxiety or depression. Studies have also shown that a high-sugar diet increases the levels of inflammatory […]

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October 28, 2016

Vote Good Health: Elect to Make Simple Changes to Relieve Stress

By Erin Young Stressed out? Instead of sitting all day at your desk, get in a little stress-busting workout with these six exercises. 6 Desk Exercises, Office Relaxation and Stress Relievers   Paper Pushups – Good for: Strengthening arms How to do it: With both hands on your desk, walk your feet back to a 45 […]

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August 11, 2015

5 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

By: Staci Hooper, MPH Community Director YMCA Of Western North Carolina Don’t wait until fight or flight kicks in before minding your breath. Controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and help us de-stress. From the confines of […]

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July 15, 2015

Reduce the Stress of Everyday Life

I thought wellness was just about eating right and exercising. Then I went to my first acupuncture session with Chris Jacobs of MyHealthyLife WellConnectTM. Before the holiday season, I read a story about stress written by Chris. He said, “Stress is contagious.” This story helped me understand that I had stressors in my daily life. […]

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