The Art of Health

Posted on Feb 3rd 2016 by Marilu Cristina Flores

Did you know that for several years doctors and health researchers have been exploring the relationship between how the creative arts affect various health outcomes? Specifically, the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression and expressive writing. While much of this dat [...]

Many of you who are in the Tampa Bay area are signed up or perhaps thinking about participating in the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The Gasparilla Distance Classic is a road race that is held this year on February 20-21 on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. Even if you’re not training for this race, I am sure many o [...]

If you’re not from the Tampa Bay area you may not have heard of Gasparilla. For those of you who live in Tampa, you may be very familiar with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in addition to all the amazing events that surround the season. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in Tampa and has been around since 1904. It is held in late January or early February and i [...]

In a recent study, researchers revealed that one in three healthy kids suffer a bone fracture at some point in their young life. The most common fracture is a distal forearm fracture, or a break in between the elbow and [...]

An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a non-invasive imaging tool that provides detailed 3-D images of the body without the use of radiation. The test uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to ma [...]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that 60 percent of Americans do not get enough exercise. For good health, adults should spend 2 ½ hours per week exercising, and kids should be playing or exercising 1 hour each day. The best way to improve our health is to make physical activity a normal part of your family’s life. Here are some tips to make physical activity fun for [...]

We all have times when we have no appetite, or when we seem to want to eat everything in sight. Occasional periods like this are not of great concern. However, the practice of consistently eating too much or too little may be signs of an eating disorder. Eating disorders affect both men and women of all ages. According to WebMD, [...]

Whether you’re planning a big dinner party, prepping for the holiday season or hosting a Fourth of July cookout, food safety should always be top of mind. Not having a clean kitchen or preparing foods in the wrong manner can l [...]

How long does it take to create a habit? I bet you answered that question automatically with “21 days.”  This idea came from observations from a plastic surgeon named Dr. Maxwell Maltz. He never actually did any research, but his observations of his patients led him to expound [...]

I’m just going to give you a heads up that this blog has nothing to do with Australia. Recently, I was having a conversation with a colleague and she shared her goal to lose 100 pounds before her trip to Australia. Wow! I think a trip to Australia could motivate me to make some big changes, too! But the question I had to ask is, what happens after Australia? We set goals for all sorts o [...]