Walking is an easy, convenient and economical way to be physically active and build consistency. A brisk walk is a great way to lift your mood, lose weight and also help prevent certain ailments like high blood pressure. Increasing your distance is one way to reap more benefits from walking, and another is working high [...]

Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years, and in 2011, 13% of U.S. high school students were identified as obese. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat as a result of more calories being consumed than what is being burned. Childhood obe [...]

Being healthy is a personal daily and long-term goal for me. But what does being “healthy” really mean? To me being healthy means eating fruits and veggies, doing yoga, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and going to the gym. It’s often hard to do all of these “healthy things” when my f [...]

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer. Some prostate cancers will grow quickly and spread throughout the body, while others may grow slowly and will never impact a man’s health or life expectancy. Prostate cancer often has no symptoms unless the growth presses on the urethra. Getting regularly screened for [...]

The human brain is a complicated organ that only weighs 2-4 pounds. You may already know that the brain is responsible for all of the functions in the body, but did you know you can improve your brain health at any age? And it’s not so difficult to do. According to Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a renowned neurophysiologist and author of “Save Your Brain [...]

Remember that phrase "you are what you eat"? Sure, we all know it's important to eat healthful, nutritious foods for a healthy heart. But there's no reason heart healthy foods need to be bland to be nutritious – just to cut down on those unhealthy yet flavorful ingredients like salt. Here are some healthy ways to flavor foods, so you don't feel deprived. The [...]

Eating out in restaurants is a daily occurrence for many of us. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to find healthy options on restaurant menus—even in fast-food eateries! In fact, many restaurants remove the guesswork by promoting lighter, healthier meal alternatives with a special symbol or section of the menu. But what if you're faced with a menu without lighter, healthier options? Tha [...]

Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, but skin cancers can develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have: Fair sk [...]

I love dirt. Digging in the dirt. Planting in the dirt. Getting dirty. Always have. Probably always will. One of my favorite childhood memories was running through my yard in Asheville, North Carolina at dusk while my parents tended to our vegetable garden. That memory and the senses that it evokes (the smell of the summer mountain air, the feel of the wind, the grass beneath my feet and the comf [...]

I am 6 1/2 years into this adventure called motherhood and I continue to learn something new every day. My parenting is a fluid story and changes all the time. However, there is one thing I am committed to and that is making sure my children live a healthy and active lifestyle. Here are some tips I’ve used to keep my kids healthy and active during the summer: 1. Make food fun- [...]