Advance Medical Directives Help With End-of-Life Healthcare Decisions

Recognizing Sentara Advance Care Planning Week, April 14 – 18, and National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 By David Cochran, MTh Every day in hospitals, nursing centers and private homes, patients, residents and families make pivotal decisions about medical care at the end of life. These decisions range from demanding every high-tech tool in the … Continue Reading


Healthy Colon Shopping List

Beans, beans. They’re good for your … colon. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to start off on the right foot than to stock up your pantry with colon-healthy food! A healthy diet rich in antioxidants, folic acid, calcium, vitamin D and fiber is vital in the prevention of many diseases, … Continue Reading

What your heart doctor wants you to know

What Your Heart Doctor Wants You to Know

Brad Rash, MD, FACC, a cardiologist at Sentara, gives it to us straight. What he (and his fellow heart doctors) wish people would know and do about heart disease: Do. Not. Smoke. The absolute, number 1 best thing you can do to keep your heart healthy, says Dr. Rash? You guessed it: Don’t smoke. To put … Continue Reading


Masks Help Stop the Spread of Flu

Most flu this season is caused by the same virus that caused the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. And this year, we’re seeing some of the same groups not normally hit so hard by flu having severe complications. Pregnant women and middle-aged adults are some of the hardest hit this flu season. Regrettably, these groups also have … Continue Reading


Staying safe in cold weather


Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, so it looks like we’ll be bracing ourselves for six more weeks of winter (whether we like it or not). While some of us are fans of the cold, and others are counting down the days till summer, we all need to take a moment to take … Continue Reading


Snow Shoveling and Your Risk of Heart Attack


When cold weather hits and it’s time to head out and start clearing a path out your front door, it’s important to realize that cold weather can often play a role in cardiac events. Increased physical activity during cold weather (such as shoveling snow) significantly increases the workload on your heart, which can uncover previously … Continue Reading


Going Vegetarian in the New Year


By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE A vegetarian diet might be just the ticket this year for improved health. If you are working on lowering cholesterol, reducing your blood pressure or just plain ole losing weight for better health, eating some meals without meat are worth the consideration. A landmark study of 96,000 participants, … Continue Reading


What You Need To Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder


Written By Matthew S. Angelelli, MD Christmas is over, you rang in the New Year and holiday cheer has come to an end. So, now what? With less sunlight, shorter days and frigid temperatures, it’s common to feel slightly depressed as you patiently wait for the first blooms of spring – leaving many to wonder if … Continue Reading


New Year, New You & injury Prevention Too


Written by: Robert J. Riek, DPT, MBA, ATC, CSCS It’s that time of year again that many of us make a New Year’s resolution to exercise. We all have different reasons; for some it is to lose weight and for others it may be completing your first 5K or even a marathon. It is easy to … Continue Reading

healthy eating after the holidays

Weight Management After the Holidays


By Rita Smith Okay, the holidays are just about over, and whathave you been left with – maybe a few unwanted pounds? Well, not to despair. It’s back on track with healthy foods choices. A few days of overeating or eating higher-calorie foods does not make or break anything. Here are a few reminders to help … Continue Reading

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