Exercise

January 14, 2020

Staying Safe on the Slopes: Tips for Skiing and Snowboarding

By Trisha McBride Ferguson For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, winter sports make the months of colder temperatures more bearable. Speeding down the slopes brings a rush of adrenaline, a feeling of freedom — and all too often, injuries. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe on the slopes this season. Know the Risks […]

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January 7, 2020

Understanding Obesity by Talking to Your Child’s Doctor about Weight

By Evelyn M. Artz, MD About 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Overweight and obese children are at risk for weight-related problems as they grow. Part of providing excellent healthcare for children and adolescents involves discussing weight at doctor’s appointments. How Do We Define Obesity? Children and adolescents should have both their height […]

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December 11, 2019

5 Worst Ways to Derail Holiday Health: Try These Tips to Stick to Your Weight-management Plan

By Sonia Humphrey, MD It seems inevitable to most people: You will gain weight during the holidays. It’s a season that offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in fattening food while at the same time offers challenges to physical activity. But this can be the year you don’t gain weight during the holidays. To combat […]

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December 5, 2019

Tips for Exercising and Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

By Benjamin Heyen, MD, Primary Care Worried about cold or flu impacting your exercise regimen? It can be frustrating when you’re feeling under the weather and don’t have the energy to work out. And sometimes, that cold weather may increase your motivation for a cozy night in instead of making it to the gym or […]

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October 7, 2019

In the Red Zone: Swelling and Heat Are the First Signs of Overuse Injuries

“No pain, no gain” is a common mantra among dedicated athletes. Sometimes it’s best to give it a rest. Building muscles or bones starts by stressing these tissues first. “With time to heal, muscles and bones rebuild themselves stronger and better than before. That’s how the body works,” said Elise Hiza, MD, orthopedic surgeon at […]

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August 29, 2019

Pedaling On: Robotic Precision Gets Longtime Biker Back into the Race after Two Knee Surgeries

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Seasoned triathlete and retired Mars Hill University sociology professor Tom Plaut knew nine years ago that the pain in his left knee meant his many years of running, biking and swimming had taken a toll on his body. “The wear and tear on my knee resulted in bone landing on […]

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August 8, 2019

Feet First: 4 Things to Consider before Choosing Running Shoes

Whether you’re training for your first 5K or already have several under your belt, the proper shoes and training techniques can mean the difference between pain and gain. Thomas Starnes, MD, a runner himself and a primary care sports medicine physician at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, explains how to kick-start your running habit with the right […]

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July 18, 2019

Why You Should Always Wear a Helmet – Bike Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

By Beverly Hopps Did you know that properly fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent? It’s a true, hard fact, yet less than half of children age 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet. Like we were here to tell you that, yes, sunscreen is cool, wearing […]

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June 27, 2019

Work Hard, Rest Hard – Common Soccer Injuries and Finding a Balance between Rest and Play

By Elise Hiza, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon Billions of people around the world are tuning in for the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup, which is in full play. You can’t help but be amazed at the level of athleticism, power and strength that’s required of soccer players – especially at the professional level. As you watch […]

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June 17, 2019

5 Fresh Ideas for Weight Loss: Top Tips to Attain and Maintain Your Weight Goals

If you’re like many people, weight loss is always top of mind. Yet, attaining and maintaining a healthy weight is a goal that seems just out of reach for many. Whether you have a few pounds to lose or a more significant goal, try incorporating these expert tips from Garth Davis, MD, Medical Director of […]

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