Holiday Tips

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 a Happy and Healthy Holiday

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 overwhelming feeling. Grief can have you feeling confused, mindless, overwhelmed, anxious, alone, fatigued, unmotivated, numb, moody, clumsy and restless. You might feel angry, […]

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January 4, 2017

You Can Do It! How to Succeed with New Year Wellness Goals

By Marit Weikel Mission Weight Management Center The turning of the calendar is a great time to set a wellness goal. Check out these simple tips to help you set the right goal and stay on track all year long: Choose a meaningful goal. People often make resolutions that don’t accurately reflect what matters most. Often […]

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December 23, 2016

Ten Tips to Avoid Asthma Issues Over the Winter Holidays

Dr. Stephen Julius, a pediatric pulmonologist at Mission Children’s Hospital, offers expert advice on managing your child’s asthma during the holiday season, as seen in WNC Parent. The holidays are a time to rejoice with friends and family. Your celebration should not include sleepless nights caring for your child’s asthma or trips to the emergency […]

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December 21, 2016

Holiday Advice for Moms-To-Be and New Moms

Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, coordinator of MotherToBaby NC, answers questions for moms-to-be and new moms. I’m pregnant. Is an occasional glass of wine okay? There is no “safe” level of alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol has a direct effect on your baby’s brain development throughout, and even after, pregnancy. Avoid risks by choosing nonalcoholic beverages. What […]

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December 15, 2016

New Year, New You! Five Tips for Keeping Your Weight-Loss Resolution

When weight loss tops your New Year’s resolutions, making a fresh start can lead to a healthier you. Think of your resolution as what you’d like to achieve and mini resolutions as how you’ll reach your goal, said Sonia Humphrey, MD, medical director for Mission Weight Management. Set a reasonable weight-loss target. Most obesity-related conditions […]

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December 14, 2016

Sorrow in Times of Celebration – Coping with Grief During the Holidays

For most people, the holidays are a time of counting blessings and spending time with family and friends. But for many others, this time of year serves as a reminder of what they’ve lost. How do you cope with grief during the holidays? Diane Brooks, MACE, manages the Safe Harbor Grief program at CarePartners Hospice […]

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December 5, 2016

Shopping to Do? Eight Thoughtful – and Healthy – Ways to Say Happy Holidays

Make your holiday gift giving a way to help loved ones stay healthy all year. Where to find them? Mission Health, of course. Check out shopmissionhealth.org! We’ve got eight wellness ideas for everyone on your list: How about an Essential Oil Diffuser. Nothing like a little peppermint wafting through the air. We’ve got the Fitbit […]

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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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