Health

The 4-Letter Word That Could Change Your Life This Holiday Season and Beyond

The 4-Letter Word That Could Change Your Life This Holiday Season and Beyond

This time of year we all know that Santa is making a list and checking it twice.  Little does he know that this strategy he uses to pull off his 24-hour gift delivery without a hitch year after year is actually one that could help him ward off additional weight gain from the thousands of plates of cookies left behind by well-intentioned children.  How so?  Well, the key is wrapped up in a little 4-letter word known as plan.

Sure, we have all heard the advice around the holiday season to fill our appetizer plate at parties with mostly fruits and […] Read More

Type 1 Diabetes: A Life Changing but Manageable Disease

Type 1 Diabetes: A Life Changing but Manageable Disease

By Melissa Cross

In January of 2009 I thought I was doing well – in my job, in life and in my health.  I was slim and active and, except for some things that could be attributed to being in my early 50s, I felt good.  I heard about All About Women’s Health Fair at the Nashville Convention Center and thought I’d go to take advantage of the free osteoporosis screening, as my cousin had recently been diagnosed with it.

When I got there, the line for screenings was for all the different tests, so I went ahead and got them all […] Read More

Vitamin D: Fall's Most Important Accessory

Vitamin D: Fall’s Most Important Accessory

As we prepare for cold weather by dragging out our thicker clothes, we must remember to also prepare for winter sickness. Today’s post is about vitamin D, perhaps the most important preventative tool for winter sickness and undoubtedly the most powerful steroid hormone in the human body.

Many Americans are deficient in vitamin D, especially the elderly and those with darker pigmented skin. Vitamin D is antibiotic, anti-microbial, and is technically a hormone since it can be produced in the body itself. Imagine the inside of your body as school, with vitamin D is the overzealous schoolteacher. Vitamin D is constantly […] Read More

Use This Summer To Clean Up Your Diet

Use This Summer To Clean Up Your Diet

By Holly Ladd

Summer is here again and with it comes an excellent opportunity to clean up your diet. Over the winter we tend to eat heavier, bulkier foods to help us deal with the colder temperatures and they work, but now with the heat, our bodies are looking for lighter, cooling fare. Farmer’s markets are filling up with local produce and the grills are ready for the highest quality meats and veggies, so this is an easily accomplished goal.

Eating Seasonally
Our bodies tend to work better when we eat seasonally. By that I mean eating the fruits and vegetables that are […] Read More

You Look (and Feel) Good In Your Greens

You Look (and Feel) Good In Your Greens

By Nan Allison Nutrition Consulting

Did you know that adding just a big fistful (about 5 oz. of vegetables or a little over ½ a cup of cooked vegetable, or about the weight of a large tomato) increase more than just your nutrient intake? It just might increase your sense of well-being and keep you looking younger longer, not to mention feeling younger. Fruit and vegetable consumption has been found to predict well-being, curiosity, and creativity in adults in the workplace and also in young adults.

One of the best benefits to come out of researching the nutrients in fruits and vegetables is […] Read More

Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

By Erin Bruton

With summer just around the bend, we are all spending more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather and soaking up the sun’s rays. Being in the sun is beneficial to our bodies in many ways, such as boosting our mood and warding off depression, assisting in vitamin D synthesis, and increasing melatonin production. However, failure to take the proper safety precautions when spending time in the sun can wreak havoc on our skin. Skin Cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States affecting 1 in 5 Americans and is directly linked to sun exposure.  Melanoma, […] Read More

Well-Woman Visits Should Not Be Optional

Well-Woman Visits Should Not Be Optional

 By Leah Jennings

There are some things you’re better off not knowing. Your health, particularly in your nether regions, doesn’t fall into that category.

Well-woman visits are annual checkups with your doctor to make sure all your are lady parts and general health are in working order. In addition to the dreaded Pap smear and pelvic exam, doctors also screen you for certain potential risk factors and diseases, from breast abnormalities to the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Although statistics show women are more likely to make doctors visits than men, there are quite a few of us who don’t place preventative care appointments on […] Read More

Do you have to run a marathon to be fit?

Do you have to run a marathon to be fit?

 By Anita Royka

Everyone, everywhere is talking about getting fit . . . so maybe it’s time to jump on the bandwagon.  But what does that mean?  “Do I have to lift weights to be fit?  Do I have to do yoga to be fit?  Do I have to . . . gulp . . . run a marathon to be fit?  Is this getting or being “fit” thing even for me?”

 Yes, yes it is!  And yes, you should do pretty much all of that.  Well, actually, relax . . . you […] Read More

Stillness: Life After a Miscarriage

Stillness: Life After a Miscarriage

by Amy Green

It is my story, it may be your story, it is the story of some of my friends, and strangers I have yet to know. An undeniable and powerful common thread throughout history for women is the ability to become a mother. The journey to motherhood is where our differences begin, honoring and respecting each other, as we etch our unique story into our lives.
At a loss for words.  Silence.  Stillness.
These are some of the words that begin to describe the start of one of the most powerful and meaningful moments of my life. The doctor confirmed that […] Read More

Why Insure Tennessee is good for women

Why Insure Tennessee is good for women

by Nancy Anness
In roughly one week, Tennessee politicians will have an opportunity to vote for a plan that could drastically improve the health of women in the state.
 

On February 2, the Tennessee legislature will discuss Insure Tennessee, Governor Haslam’s plan that would enable about 200,000 Tennesseans to afford health insurance. According to a report from the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT, Knoxville, a little less than half of the people who would qualify are women.

Having worked as a nurse for about three decades, I have seen how the lack of access to care can harm women and […] Read More