Health & Wellness


Stay up-to-date with health and wellness information from the experts at Sentara to help you improve health every day.


Don’t let heel pain keep you off your feet!

By Erin Bertani, DPT, CSCS Are you experiencing heel pain that makes it difficult to do your job or doesn’t allow you to participate in workouts? One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. So, what is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia is a thick tissue attaching to your heel bone, and … Continue Reading


The 411 on Vertigo

If you are experiencing symptoms of dizziness or balance / spatial orientation you may be struggling with vertigo. Meet Kimberly Croteau-Sparks, AuD, with Sentara Hearing & Balance Center on the campus of Sentara Princess Anne in Virginia Beach. Specializing in balance disorders, Dr. Croteau-Sparks has provided some useful tips on vertigo and the steps you … Continue Reading


Top 10 Questions to Help You Find a PCP Who’s Right for You

Celebrating Doctor’s Day Having a comfortable relationship with your doctor can lead to better health. The first doctor – and hopefully the only doctor – you’ll need to build a working relationship with is a primary care physician (PCP). They’re sometimes called family doctors. He or she is your first contact when you need medical … Continue Reading


Pull a muscle after working out? Think RICE

Written by: Shaun Knight, ATC How are those healthy New Year’s fitness resolutions going? Have you met your goals or any new benchmarks? Sometimes in our fervor of hitting the gym or starting a new running routine, we can actually end up hurting ourselves. In that case, it’s important to remember the RICE principle. RICE … Continue Reading


How do I reach my training potential?


Written by: Robert J. Riek, DPT, MBA, ATC, CSCS With the increased popularity of running and triathlon, I am often asked how should I train? My answer is quite different for someone just starting out compared to an individual who has been an athlete for a number of years. Running and triathlons can be very stressful … Continue Reading


Women and Colon Cancer


Women, listen up. According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. that affect both men and women. In fact, both men and women are at equal risk of diagnosis. While a colonoscopy may not be the most lady-like thing to talk about when you’re out having coffee … 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


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

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