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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

Debunking Your Seat Belt Excuses

Debunking Your Seat Belt Excuses

By Amanda Brown

Wearing a seat belt seems like an obvious thing to do, right? Well, for nearly 14% of Tennesseans, it isn’t a habit. In an observational study commissioned by our office and performed by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research, only 86.2% of drivers in our state buckle up. I’d like to debunk a few of the myths and argue some of the seat belt criticisms I hear each day.

The first one I hear frequently is “I have an air bag.” Air bags are not a substitute for seat belts. Most air bags will not be beneficial […] Read More

Why is Lupus Known as "The Cruel Mystery"?

Why is Lupus Known as “The Cruel Mystery”?

By Tracy Rode, President and CEO
Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Capter

The Lupus Foundation of America recently added a tag line to its logo: “Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery.” Today, cells are analyzed down to their DNA for use in planning treatments. So why do we still talk about a disease as a mystery? How does lupus still evade scientists searching for possible treatments and cures?

Lupus is a disease that provides no simple answers. First, it can be very difficult to confirm a diagnosis of lupus. Patients – 9 out of 10 of whom are female – often first visit […] Read More

Human trafficking in Tennessee? Nashville? My own zip code?

Human trafficking in Tennessee? Nashville? My own zip code?

By Ondrea Johnson
Director of Education and Community Relations End Slavery Tennessee

You’ve had a privileged childhood in a comfortable Nashville suburb. You graduated from a local private school and are accepted to the college of your choice. But the next thing you know you’re being bought and sold for sex?

That is exactly what happened for one human trafficking survivor we recently met.  The man who exploited her used a common lure among traffickers.  He became her “boyfriend.”  He sold her a dream; then he sold her for sex. At first his demands seemed harmless enough (“Let me take a nude photo […] 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

Get Ready. Set. Vote.

Get Ready. Set. Vote.

By Nancy DeKalb

The upcoming Metro General Election has more impact on the day-to-day lives of Nashvillians than any other election.

On Thursday, August 6, Davidson County voters will go to the polls to elect a new Nashville mayor, vice mayor, five at-large Metro council members and about half of the Metro council. These elected officials will drive the future of our city. And, with some close races predicted, every vote will count.

 

Here are four things you can do to make sure your vote counts:

1. Get Registered to Vote

July 7 is the last day to register to vote in the August […] 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

Women Who Inspire honoree: Andrea Willis

Women Who Inspire honoree: Andrea Willis

All About Women Honors Andrea Willis at 2015 Women Who Inspire Celebration

 NASHVILLE – All About Women will honor pediatrician and health care executive Andrea D. Willis, MD May 12 at the 2015 Women Who Inspire celebration. Willis is senior vice president and chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and an advocate for women’s and children’s health.

“Andrea Willis has dedicated her career to improving health care for women and children, including those with special needs, and expanding access to care for vulnerable families,” said AAW President Kimberly Vinson, MD. “Her personal and professional mission to help connect women […] Read More