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Blount Memorial Health Column

  • Why do we need a social worker? Published 3/2/2011 at 1:15 p.m. 0 comments

    As a hospice social worker, “Why do we need a social worker?” is a question I hear almost daily. It’s a very valid question. Some people ask because they want to know what I can offer them. However, most of ...

  • Rediscover life in the midst of death Published 2/23/2011 at 2:17 p.m. 0 comments

    The pain of losing a loved one is something that most of us experience at some point our lives, and the grief can be overwhelming. It wasn’t until a friend of mine started to describe the depth of his loss, ...

  • Borderline does not mean ‘it’s fine’ Published 2/16/2011 at 3:55 p.m. 0 comments

    During a recent conversation, a friend told me that she didn't have diabetes. Her doctor told her that she was "borderline," so she assumed that it was nothing to be concerned about. This article is written in response to her ...

  • Health matters for men Published 2/9/2011 at 1:54 p.m. 0 comments

    Health screenings, disease prevention, nutrition and exercise tips -- these are just a few of the reasons to schedule regular visits with a primary care physician and, yet, according to a recent men’s health survey, more than a quarter of ...

  • As obesity becomes more prevalent, are we seeing an increase in arthritis? Published 2/3/2011 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments

    The obesity epidemic is harming the health of millions of adults and children. According to Trust for American’s Health, “Two-thirds of adults are overweight, and nearly one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.” Our home state of ...

  • Baby steps to weight loss in the new year Published 1/26/2011 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments

    New Year’s 2011 has come and gone. New Year’s resolutions have been set…. and possibly already broken. It is believed that less than 10 percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. This year, I want to ...

  • Pain, pain, go away Published 1/19/2011 at 4:22 p.m. 0 comments

    We all experience pain at some point in our lives. But, when does pain go from normal, everyday acute pain to chronic pain? Below I discuss the causes and symptoms of chronic pain, and how the 76 million Americans who ...

  • Losing weight takes effort, paying of dues Published 1/12/2011 at 2:51 p.m. 0 comments

    Now that the holidays are over, many Blount Countians are looking at that waistline and possibly may be regretting all of those wonderful holiday favorites - the homemade goodies, the egg nog and the family feasts. When we discover that ...

  • Lucky Seven: Tips to keep you on the path to lasting weight loss resolutions Published 1/5/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments

    New Year’s Day has come and gone, but it doesn’t mean that the resolutions you vowed to make - and keep - have to go, too. The No. 1 resolution is to lose weight. Unfortunately, 95 percent of people making ...

  • Be selective and savor foods at New Year’s parties Published 12/30/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone, but the tempting treats continue through the new year. As the New Year’s Eve parties begin, make sure you focus on eating mindfully. Focus on really enjoying your food. Eat slowly and savor ...

  • Give yourself the gift of better health Published 12/22/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    What if you could give yourself the gift of better health? Wouldn’t that be better than any monetary gift that you could ask for this Christmas? Although good health is never guaranteed in life, there are certain things that you ...

  • Be aware of food safety during holidays Published 12/15/2010 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments

    The holidays are here, and over the next couple of weeks we will feast on many wonderful foods at parties and family gatherings. According to the American Dietetic Association, nearly half of all Americans will spend more time cooking and ...

  • Protein strengthens body, provides energy Published 12/8/2010 at 4:48 p.m. 0 comments

    Proteins are the basic building blocks of the human body. They are made up of amino acids, and help build muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs. It is an essential nutrient that performs many important roles, including:

  • Is weight-loss surgery right for you? Published 12/1/2010 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments

    Some of us have tried it all - every fad diet and exercise program known to man. And although lifestyle changes have been made, it still may feel like nothing is working. So, how do you know if weight loss ...

  • Mindful eating during the holidays Published 11/24/2010 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Tis’ the season of sugar, sweets, cookies, pies and cakes. Or maybe it’s large helpings of turkey, dressing and gravy that suits your seasonal food desires. Whatever tempts your taste buds this season, overindulgence seems to be the common theme ...

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