After some investigation, I purchased a fitness tracker that also monitored my sleep. Sleep tracking was at the top of my list when searching for a wearable device.
Is it just me or did summer fly by in the blink of an eye? Now that fall is here, it is time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, over-sized sweaters, and football. Just as important, it is time to get back into a routine.
Research suggests that taking a vacation is actually good for your health. Did you know that most American workers aren’t taking any vacation time?
Year after year we set ourselves up for failure as we create outlandish and unattainable New Year’s resolutions. However, it is important for us to remember that New Year’s is a time to reflect on our past year’s behavior and how we can make positive lifestyle changes in the year to come.
Thanksgiving is officially over and the holiday season is in full swing! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the time of year when we tend to overindulge.
From time to time, I can’t help but define my life as a “mess”. With everything that goes on in our lives – from work, kids, school, anxiety, relationships, personal perceptions, etc. – it’s hard not to.
Do you ever think back to the activities you participated in as a child? Playing outside for hours on end, using your imagination in everything you did, or creating an art masterpiece?
The sun’s rays make us feel great, and they can also give us that gorgeous tan we all love. But, will our love for the sun come back to haunt us?
Birds singing, flowers blooming, and lots of sunshine means spring is finally here! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year and with the days warming up and getting longer, I can’t wait to ditch the sofa and sweats and get outside. What better way to enjoy the changes happening around us than to immerse ourselves in them.
Talk about a positive perk: By cultivating a spirit of gratitude, you actually end up with more to be thankful for.
Oh, the joys of summer – pool parties, cookouts, lake days and vacations! As summer continues and we plan activities to enjoy the outdoors, we must keep sun safety in mind.
Summer is here and vacations are something to look forward to. Vacation, or even a stay-cation, is the perfect way to de-stress, unwind, relax, and sometimes indulge.
Each June, Men’s Health Week begins on Father’s Day. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness and promote healthy living in men of all ages. Women might neglect their health because they are busy making sure everyone else in the household is healthy, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year.
Some days I feel so overwhelmed I think my brain might catch on fire. I know you have felt the same way. It happens on those days when you have way too much going on and you find yourself mentally juggling all the things you must do, should do, and want to do.
A few months ago I started looking around for places to buy natural, organic, “Paleo” approved foods and beauty products. It isn’t always easy to find products locally or all in one place.
One of my very favorite quotes is by the great Milton Berle. He said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” The first time I came across it I was floored by the simple truth of it.
If you’re a woman, perhaps one of the most important things you need to know about heart disease is this: You don’t need gray hair to get it—or die from it.
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” –Bob Kerrey
The Christmas season is such a joyous time, except when it’s not. We say to one another, “Peace on Earth and Good Tidings to All,” yet for many this time of year is the most hectic and emotionally unsettling.
22 hours per day. 150 times a day.
Those are two statistics about cell phone usage.
Slumbering. Snoozing. Sawing logs. No matter what it’s called, a good night’s sleep never becomes tiresome.
I was at a luncheon last week and Christmas décor was in full effect… 10 days BEFORE Thanksgiving! Don’t get me wrong, the holidays are my favorite time of year, but it seems like people are skipping right over Thanksgiving and moving straight to Christmas.
Someone you care about is facing cancer, and you want—very much—to support your friend. But you don’t know what to say or do. You’re hardly alone with how you feel.
As we work through the health care insurance maze, some of us are entering a world which has been expanding without us. There are terms and conditions and even though we WANT health insurance and NEED health insurance we are uncertain what each term may mean and how it applies to our situation.
Are you looking for health and wellness events happening in San Angelo? Look no further… We have added a new feature to the website, an Events page!
Do you know your numbers… the ones that count the most? We all have numbers floating around our minds like birthdays, deadlines for work, miles we walked this week, how much money is in the bank, the price of that really cool purse you saw a few days ago or the scores from your favorite sports team.
Maybe this question has been on your mind: Can my mental state affect my physical health?
Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer. Think vacations. Think school breaks. It seems like a good time for the entire family to just chill and not do any heavy mental lifting.
For some of us, nothing feels as good as basking in the warm sun. But keep this in mind:
If you bask more than just a little, you’re exposing yourself to some big health risks.
When it comes to stroke, remembering the acronym FAST can be life-saving.
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TIME is important
There are pictures of the kids. There are my clothes. There is my bathroom. It’s a big bathroom.
When you hear “I want to get fit,” or “I exercise 3 times a week,” it is a common assumption that these people are exercising from the neck down.
What about our brains?
March has many health & wellness observances including nutrition awareness, but if you are like me, you think of March Madness every year when this month rolls around. It’s the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and it guarantees madness, upsets and surprises.
As a member of the Health & Wellness team at Shannon Medical Center, I spend a good deal of time out in our local community teaching about prevention and talking about wellness. And, it never fails— as soon as I mention preventive screenings I hear moans and groans coming from the audience. They know what is coming. They are dreading the big “C” word.
Do you approach situations with a Debbie Downer or Sally Sunshine demeanor? Your mindset has a cause and effect hold on your perceptions and actions. Find out how you handle situations and learn some tips to turn your attitude around.
Are you looking to strengthen your immune system and boost your energy for free? Laughter is a great medicine for the mind and body to relieve stress, pain and conflict.
February is known for two things: heart health and love. So let’s love our hearts and combine the two for a decadent treat… dark chocolate! It’s time to have a heart-healthy diet without trashing the chocolate stash. A heart-healthy diet is your first defense to prevent heart disease.
Heart disease is a friend to no one. It does not discriminate between gender, race or even age and continues to claim the lives of more American women than cancer or any other illness.
There are many things we learn as kids that help us remember certain concepts: ROYGBV, Never Eat Sour Watermelon, even the song “Fifty Nifty United States”… My sixth grade teacher would be so proud that I can still sing that song!
Lofty or little, any goal is worth setting and achieving. Let us help you turn into a determined goal-crusher so you can jump into January & the rest of the year feeling positive & refreshed.
Have you ever asked someone for something and they gave you an excuse that doesn’t really hold water?
Working in Health and Wellness, we often hear many excuses about why people cannot make healthy changes. The number one excuse seems to be: “I don’t have time!”
Health and Wellness would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness is more than just eating right and exercising regularly. Wellness includes the whole self and can include a list of healthy behaviors that lead to living well.
Surely you’ve seen the Monty Python sketch where the guy says “nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more, say no more”. So what does that have to do with health and wellness?
Every October, we remind women of the importance of receiving and scheduling a mammogram. We talk so much about the screenings, because they are extremely important in the detection and prevention of breast cancer.
Work, school, kids, homework, finances, family, friends, or just stress about all your stress – you are stressed. Stress is almost impossible to avoid in this crazy, busy world in which we live.
If that is the case, it is important to determine ways to handle stress that will maintain productivity, effectiveness, and your personal life.
How many of us are suffering from low back pain (LBP) for which the cause and cure are unknown? Well, from 1975 to 2010, I was one of you. You know what I’m talking about; that constant nagging ache or even worse, that shooting pain that radiates down your leg when you sneeze or move suddenly.
Since I was a teenager, I had this quest to master the art of meditation and yoga. As a typical female that worries way too much about way too many things, the thought of quieting my mind through meditation and practicing yoga held great appeal.
The second annual Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge begins on September 1st and ends November 1st. This eight-week competition challenges cities, towns, and communities across the state to compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.
What’s the most important lifestyle change you can make to become a healthier you?
A change you will commit to. A change you enjoy. A change that will last a lifetime!
1. It will raise your Wellness IQ.
2. We live here, we work here. We understand the challenges.
3. Reading our blog burns calories.
4. You’ll receive weekly updates to encourage you and keep you on track.
5. You’ll feel more confident.