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Just standing up every 20 minutes can make a big difference in your long-term health.
June 2013

How Bad is Sitting at Your Desk All Day? The Answer May Surprise You.

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acubeforeafter
April 2013

Some Points About Acupuncture

Pain? Weight loss? Quitting smoking? As it has become more mainstream, acupuncture is used to treat an ever-increasing list of ailments. Including: aging faces. I visited Christina Captain’s Family Healing Center for a demonstration of “cosmetic acupuncture” techniques—as well as an overview of acupuncture in general. Though I’ve encountered several people who swear up and […]

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The standard nasal CPAP headgear.
March 2013

Sleep Apnea

  I’ve always snored like a mofo. As a kid, I was tormented by fellow campers and sisters alike, who would wake me up to complain about the snoring when it seemed to me I hadn’t even fallen asleep yet. (My college roommate was deaf in one ear; small blessings.) And there’s a famous story […]

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livelygram
February 2013

The Institute for the Ages

By Hannah Wallace Last week, I got to work on a piece about Sarasota’s Institute for the Ages, which is hosting its annual Winter Forum this Friday—“Technology & Connections in Positive Aging.” I admit, going into it, I was a little confused about the essence of the organization. CEO Tom Esselman broke it down into […]

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lisaniemiswayze
February 2013

A Q&A with Lisa Niemi Swayze

By Hannah Wallace During Patrick Swayze’s two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi Swayze, served as his caregiver. After Patrick passed away in 2009, she became a public face for dealing with terminal illness and the loss of a loved one, and an advocate for pancreatic cancer awareness. Her new […]

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hannahbanana
February 2013

This Just In: Keep Cramming Potassium

The World Health Organization just released new recommendations for the consumption of sodium and potassium—two nutrients that factor heavily into your blood pressure. Potassium is the goodie: You’re now to consume at least 3,510 mg of potassium a day. (I really enjoy the specificity of that number—if you’ve only had 3,500, grab another banana.) Actually, […]

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flushot
January 2013

An Expert Weighs In: Get Your Flu Shot (Really)

No, seriously: do it. It’s amazing to me that the murmurs arise every year: “Are you going to get a flu shot? I’m not sure if I should. They say it can’t give you the flu, but my [friend/sister/waiter/cab driver] told me they got the flu from it and now they’ll never get one again.” […]

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hannah-hockey
January 2013

Calorie Burner: The Hockey Workout

By Hannah Wallace I’ll be enjoying one of my favorite kinds of fitness—ice hockey—in Ellenton this weekend, as our women’s team, the Gulfcoast Ms Conduct, hosts a tournament for the Florida Women’s Hockey League at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. Here’s a breakdown of the weekend-long workout. Time factor: We’ll play four games between Friday […]

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breastform
January 2013

A Trip to Bradenton’s Uniquely You Mastectomy Boutique

A little while ago, I visited Uniquely You, a new “mastectomy boutique” in east Bradenton. You can read overview of their endeavor in our December Health Report. I had trouble imagining the details involved in a mastectomy boutique—I had only the vaguest notion of breast prostheses and…well, that’s pretty much it. Of course, there’s so […]

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December 2012

How Do You Stay Motivated When it Comes to Exercise?

By Hannah Wallace A doctor once told me, “Exercise. If you don’t have energy? Exercise without energy. If you don’t have motivation? Exercise without motivation.” This time of year especially, it’s easy to find excuses not to exercise. Advice for accomplishing things often centers on goal-setting—a target weight, a distance to run or a time […]

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