Health Blog

Everyone can use a little healthy advice from time to time. That’s why we created Health Tips—blogs packed with great information to help you and your family stay well. Here you’ll find our doctors and healthy living experts sharing advice in areas like nutrition, exercise, heart health, cancer prevention and more.

Stay Healthy All Season Long

Don't let the flu get you this year! The best possible way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccine every year. Not only will it lower your chances of getting sick, but it will help those with compromised immune systems in your community.

Every year, thousands of people die from the flu -- and many more come to the hospital because the virus has made them so ill.

Peanut Friendly Snacks

Behold the mighty peanut! It’s high in fiber and protein, pairs beautifully with chocolate or jelly and is a staple at American baseball games.

But peanuts also are one of the most common, and particularly dangerous, allergies out there. Even the nut dust can be enough to trigger allergy attacks in some people.

And because those with peanut allergies often can’t breathe when they come in contact with them, many schools have become nut-free. That’s a challenge for chronic PB&J kids who often don’t like other foods.

Healthy School Lunches

We can help you make school lunches a breeze this year! Packing lunches for your crew can be quite the chore, but there are ways to lighten the load. Consider including your kids in the process. As a bonus, you might find less food is being wasted because they are an active part of making their own food choices.

Belly Sensitivity

Even if you don’t have Celiac Disease, your belly still might feel better without gluten! Research is inconclusive, but doctors believe some people are gluten-sensitive, though they may not be struggling from Celiac.

About one in 100 people have Celiac, but as many as six in 100 might be gluten-sensitive. Both conditions include symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain and fatigue.

Those with Celiac find that their immune system attacks the lining of their intestine when they eat gluten, the protein that makes bread rise.

Heart Happy Health

We can help make your heart happy! High cholesterol is an indication that your heart might be working harder than it needs to. It increases your chance of both heart disease and heart attacks.

Your doctor can provide medication to help, but a few basic diet changes will go a long way toward reducing your cholesterol naturally -- and that will make for a happy, healthy heart!