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Spring ahead: How to adjust to daylight savings

Written by Community Health Network on 3/11/2016 4:00:00 PM

By Anne Batson, NP, sleep specialist nurse with Community Physician Network

Health effects of spring daylight savings time

This weekend is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. This means we will lose an hour of precious weekend sleep when the clocks are set to “spring forward” by Sunday morning. This can be problematic for some who have difficulty adjusting to the time change. For those who are sensitive to the time difference, the culprit is mild sleep deprivation that can affect attention, vigilance, learning and memory. continue reading ...

Tags: daylight savings time , sleep | Posted in: Wellness

Savor the flavor of eating right for National Nutrition Month

Written by Health Coach Team on 3/8/2016 8:00:00 AM

By Erin Coleman, health coach and registered dietitian at Community Health Network

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to enjoy the great flavors and experiences of food traditions.

Grilled fruit kebabs

While it’s important to follow a healthy, well-balanced diet for everyday health, it’s just as important to ENJOY what you are eating! Fruits and vegetables in particular are often missing from our plates, but with hundreds of produce items available, the possibilities of creating delicious, flavorful dishes are endless!

Try these simple tips to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption without sacrificing flavor: continue reading ...

Tags: recipe | Posted in: Diet and Nutrition

Too cold outside? Try online fitness classes

Written by Health Coach Team on 2/10/2016 8:00:00 AM

Tara Canada, Community Health Network health coach and fitness specialist, offers a great way to exercise from the comfort of home.

Woman exercising at home on computer

When the weather outside is frightful, you can work out with expert instructors and never leave home! Online streaming exercise videos are the perfect solution for a satisfying workout when winter weather hits. Choose a simple walking workout, a tranquil yoga session or a calorie-burning boot camp. Exercise anytime, anywhere, on any device! You can even get the whole family involved. continue reading ...

Tags: exercise | Posted in: Fitness , Wellness

Tips for talking to children after a traumatic event

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 1/27/2016 12:19:00 PM

Tips to help grieving children

Children may have difficulty processing a traumatic event that they witness or see on TV. Here are some tips for talking to your child after a traumatic event:

  • Give children multiple opportunities to talk about their experience or draw what they are feeling.
  • Promote open communication by being a listener and a discussion facilitator so that they feel comfortable sharing their concerns.
  • Use helpful phrases such as: continue reading ...


4 tips to prevent hair loss after bariatric surgery

Written by Bariatric Services Team on 12/16/2015 8:00:00 AM

How to prevent hair loss after bariatric surgery

Hair loss can be a scary topic to discuss. Although hair loss can happen after bariatric surgery, it is not permanent, and your hair will grow back. So why does this happen and what can you do to help prevent it? One thing to note is that those who undergo gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedures are more likely to experience hair loss than those who have the Lap Band procedure. This is because those who undergo gastric bypass or sleeve surgery experience a more rapid weight loss and higher prevalence of nutrient deficiency after surgery. Because those who have the Lap Band procedure lose weight gradually, they typically have less hair loss. continue reading ...

Tags: hair loss , protein | Posted in: Bariatrics

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