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Fall into Fitness

Fall into Fitness

by Holly Foreman - September 29, 2017

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.

Vacation Time!

Vacation Time!

by Starr Long - July 31, 2017

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?

New Year. New You.

New Year. New You.

by Starr Long - January 04, 2017

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.

Tips for the Holidays

Tips for the Holidays

by Sarah Tambunga - December 08, 2016

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.

Choose to be Thankful

Choose to be Thankful

by Starr Long - November 15, 2016

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.

Childhood Pastime

Childhood Pastime

by Holly Foreman - August 26, 2016

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?

Healthy Skin is In

Healthy Skin is In

by Starr Long - June 23, 2016

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?

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

by Health & Wellness Team - April 26, 2016

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.

Summer Safety

Summer Safety

by Health & Wellness Team - July 07, 2015

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.

Vacation Hangover

Vacation Hangover

by Holly Foreman - July 01, 2015

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.

Real men go to the doctor

Real men go to the doctor

by Health & Wellness Team - June 19, 2015

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.

A Presence of Mind

A Presence of Mind

by September Summers - May 19, 2015

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.

Need a Good Belly Laugh?

Need a Good Belly Laugh?

by Becca Brannan, RN - April 20, 2015

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.

The Female Heart

The Female Heart

by Health & Wellness Team - February 18, 2015

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.

Christmas Truce

Christmas Truce

by Crystal Conner - December 23, 2014

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.

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

by Holly Foreman - November 24, 2014

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.

Health Insurance 101—What All Those Terms Really Mean

Health Insurance 101—What All Those Terms Really Mean

by Mary Cortez - October 06, 2014

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.

Snapshot of Your Health

Snapshot of Your Health

by Becca Brannan, RN - August 05, 2014

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.

Think About It

Think About It

by Holly Foreman - April 11, 2014

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 Madness

March Madness

by Holly Foreman - March 26, 2014

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.

The Dreaded “C” Word

The Dreaded “C” Word

by Becca Brannan, RN - March 11, 2014

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.

WOW March: Mindset Matters

WOW March: Mindset Matters

by Health & Wellness Team - March 03, 2014

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.

Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

by Holly Foreman - February 13, 2014

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.

It's Okay to be Childish

It's Okay to be Childish

by Holly Foreman - January 23, 2014

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!

No Excuses. No Problem.

No Excuses. No Problem.

by Health & Wellness Team - January 03, 2014

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!”

Healthy Balance, Healthier You

Healthy Balance, Healthier You

by Holly Foreman - December 10, 2013

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.

Wink-Wink, nudge-nudge

Wink-Wink, nudge-nudge

by Sam Allen - October 25, 2013

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?

Self exams are important, too

Self exams are important, too

by Health & Wellness Team - October 23, 2013

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.

Good Stress, Bad Stress. Reassess- What is Stress?

Good Stress, Bad Stress. Reassess- What is Stress?

by Holly Foreman - October 16, 2013

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.

Low Back Pain can be a real

Low Back Pain can be a real "Pain in the Butt"

by Garry Capers - September 24, 2013

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.

Zen vs. My Inner Rock Star

Zen vs. My Inner Rock Star

by Becca Brannan, RN - September 13, 2013

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.

Are You Up to the Challenge?

Are You Up to the Challenge?

by Health & Wellness Team - September 05, 2013

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.

Top Nine Point Five Reasons to Subscribe

Top Nine Point Five Reasons to Subscribe

by Crystal Conner - August 19, 2013

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