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Gardening safety: Keep the aches away

The painstaking grounds and well-manicured flowerbeds of great gardeners can come at a cost. Many of the activities of gardening – if not done correctly —can put added stresses and strains on your body. Some of the most common complaints of avid gardeners are backaches, repetitive motion injuries, muscle soreness and blisters. Here’s how you … Continue Reading

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Walk your way to better health

Looking to get a jump start on your fitness this summer, but can’t find the right activity? Just grab your most comfortable shoes and go for a walk!  According to Dr. Penny Lane, pediatrician with Sentara Pediatric Physicians and founder of the Walk with a Doc program in Hampton Roads, “walking is an exercise that … Continue Reading

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Sentara: Creating a culture of safety

At Sentara, our focus goes beyond the basics of making healthcare safe for its patients. We’ve built a strong “Culture of Safety”  to reduce medical errors, which helps us deliver safe, reliable and effective care. The foundation of this culture is a strong accountability to perform habitual behaviors that reduce medical errors. Sentara staff uses guidelines known as “Safety … Continue Reading

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5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Walking or Running Program

By Jesse Cornelius, MPT, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center It’s never too late to start a new walking or running program. In light of Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 28, we’d like to offer up a few tips if you’re thinking about walking, jogging, or even participating in a race! 1. Listen to … Continue Reading

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Psychosocial Effects Of Stroke

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Having a stroke is a difficult ordeal – just ask any of the 800,000-plus Americans who suffers one each year. But “surviving” a stroke can involve work long past your ER visit and hospital stay. For many patients, additional rehabilitation is needed – for both physical and emotional support. Life After Stroke: What to Expect … Continue Reading

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5 Ways Seniors Stay Healthy

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By Dr. Kimberly Smith-Griffin As we age, it’s even more important to play an active role in our health. Here are some key ways to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. 1. Get tested Be proactive about having tests done. Have a physical at least once a year. Know your numbers and know what screening tests … Continue Reading

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Hurricane Season: Are you ready if the lights go out?

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Virginia is smack dab in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, an area often threatened by hurricanes. Are you ready, should a storm threaten our region? The time is right for planning. Virginians are offered a sales tax holiday May 25-May 31, 2014, in time to prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane season which starts June … Continue Reading

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Swimming and Arthritis

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By Amy Gardner, PTA, ATRIC Arthritis can be very painful, which makes it difficult to find pain-free ways to exercise. Swimming is an great way to exercise without irritating your joints. The best thing is it can easily be done year-round if you join a gym with an indoor pool. Top five benefits of swimming: … Continue Reading

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What is a Primary Stroke Center?

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If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, you might think that just getting to the hospital is all you need to worry about. And that’s partially true – immediate, or “acute” treatment (within the first 3 hours) is crucial. It identifies the location and severity of the stroke, and it greatly improves the … Continue Reading

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How to prevent stroke

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The word “stroke” might sound scary, but the reality is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Eighty percent! By either managing key risk factors ahead of time, or through medical treatment, you can greatly decrease your chances. So, what can you do to prevent yourself or your loved ones from suffering a stroke? Be … Continue Reading

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