Living Well Blog

It’s not news that exercise -- particularly aerobic activity – is good for your heart. And as long as your doctor approves, it’s never too late to begin working out to improve your cardiovascular health.  But a lot of people, once they get into the groove of their workouts, quickly go overboard.… See more
The summer heat can make gardening not only miserable but dangerous. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can raise the risk for heat injuries such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Fortunately, these injuries are preventable. Here are some steps you can take to stay healthy… See more
After having a heart attack, it’s common to make lifestyle changes. Get more exercise. Give up certain foods. Throw away the cigarettes. Another step that may help especially if you’re experiencing chest pains following a heart attack – also known as early post-infarction angina: Listen to more… See more
At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned Americans with chronic conditions to take extra precaution to lowering their risk for COVID-19. One of the conditions highlighted in this warning was high blood pressure, a serious condition that can damage your heart, brain and kidneys. This… See more
The number of Americans growing their own food has risen 200 percent since 2008, according to the National Gardening Association. Harvesting your own fruits and vegetables is often more affordable than buying organic produce and healthier than packaged foods. Gardening also is a great workout that… See more
Do you sneeze, cough, wheeze and have a runny nose throughout the year? Maybe you chalked it up to a pollen allergy. But it’s possible the real culprit is mold.  Mold is a year-round problem for homes -- whether it’s winter dampness, summer humidity, spring rain or autumn wind. But the worst time… See more
For some people, knowing if they’ve had COVID-19 is an important step to getting back to normal. If they’ve had the disease, they may have some immunity to future infections (though that’s not yet certain) and may be willing to take greater risks, such as dining out and visiting friends. But… See more
With the media focusing on COVID-19, you may have missed the news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced new nutrition fact labels. Next time you are grocery shopping, pick up a packaged food item and check out the updated label. They’ve changed to include information on potassium… See more
It’s a simple question: Can vitamin D protect you from the coronavirus? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple, despite recent research that shows a crude, but clear relationship between countries with high levels of vitamin D deficiency and high levels of COVID-19 cases and deaths.  In May,… See more
Mediterranean diet has been linked to lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes. One reason it works is by altering gut bacterium linked to healthy aging and lower inflammation in older people, according to a study published the BMJ… See more
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