Winter

January 26, 2017

Winter Workout Tips: Stay on Your Fitness Regimen and Avoid Hibernation

By Calvin Mabry Why is it that settling into the winter season comes so easy? Whether you’ve spent the last six months training or you’re just getting started after a long hiatus, as soon as the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, excuses surface more readily. When this happens, that little voice tends […]

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January 5, 2017

Be Prepared This Winter with a “Go Box” for Your Car

No one wants to get stuck in the snow…in their car. But it happens. So how can you prepare? Get your “Go Box” ready. Gabriel Cade, MD, Director of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital emergency department, says these essentials in your trunk could save your life: An extra blanket in your car Extra clothes, in […]

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January 5, 2017

Don’t Stay Inside All Winter, Just Follow These Outdoor Safety Essentials

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Each year as fall gives way to winter, people around the state decide whether to continue their beloved outdoor activities or retire them for the season. Fear of injury and cold-related illnesses keeps many people inside unnecessarily. Enjoying winter in western North Carolina doesn’t have to be intimidating — it just […]

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December 27, 2016

Ask the Doctor – Tips for You and Your Kids Heading Into the Winter Months

By Bruce Ulrich, MD Mission Community Medicine Old Fort Q: With the limited hours of sunlight in the evening hours during winter, should I worry that my child is spending too much time with their electronics? A: Regardless of the time of year, there is always a concern of too much “screen time” for children—including […]

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January 21, 2016

Skate Through Winter Safely: Precautions for Fun and Safe Outdoor Winter Activities

Old Man Winter isn’t always the safest playmate. Cold weather, limited daylight, and snow and ice can all pose dangers. But a little preparation can help keep you out of harm’s way as you enjoy all of the outdoor recreation western North Carolina has to offer. Keep an Eye on the Clock One of the […]

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January 21, 2016

Ask the Doctor: Preventing and Treating Frostbite, Cold Sores and Other Winter Conditions

By Thomas German MD, Family Medicine, Mission My Care Plus Candler Q: Why are cold sores more common in winter, and how can you prevent them? A: Stress, viral URIs, UV light and local trauma are all triggers of herpes labialis – often referred to as fever blisters – outbreaks. Another trigger is cold and temperature changes, […]

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January 12, 2016

Winter Workout Fun – Seasonal Activities That Also Keep You Fit

By Staci Hooper Community Director, YMCA of Western North Carolina It’s colder and there’s less daylight, which doesn’t help the motivation levels for working out during winter. If you’re tempted to hit the snooze button in the morning, remind yourself of the benefits of exercise: lower stress levels, more energy and an overall good feeling about yourself—rather […]

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