Dr. Jannifer Harper

The Dangers of Not Taking Your Medications

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As a health care professional dedicated to helping people and communities achieve better health, I would like to take some time to share with you the severe implications of not taking your medications. This is called medication non-adherence in the health care world and there are some staggering facts and statistics regarding the negative implications of not taking your medication.

Kelly James

The Importance of Oral Health

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If asked what the most common chronic disease is in the United States, most people would likely respond with heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension. Very few people would respond with the correct answer – tooth decay – which a Commonwealth Fund newsletter defines as the most prevalent chronic condition among children and teens, and also affects nine out of 10 adults.

Michelle Schurman

Bring on the Heat! Tips for Healthy Cookouts

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Summertime and grilling go handin- hand. Barbecues are a great way to enjoy time with your family in the backyard or at a local park. When you grill, you should not throw caution to the wind where your health is concerned. Here are some tips to have the healthiest cookouts.

  • Before you set flame to the grill, make sure it’s clean. If it is still dirty from your last cookout, scrub the grates with hot soapy water. After it is clean, heat up the grates before cooking your food.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry and seafood. Trim the fat before you place items on the grill. Removing the fat will help avoid flare-ups while cooking.
  • Get creative! The grill isn’t just used for meat; add your favorite vegetables, such as zucchini, squash, Portobello mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, eggplant and cabbage as a side dish. Fruit can go on the grill too. Try pineapple, peaches and watermelon. The fruit can be a tasty addition to your meal or as a dessert. Cook the fruit on low heat for best results.
  • Marinades add a boost of flavor, and can also prevent charring. Charring is when the temperature gets too high causing the meat to blacken and burn, forming carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). Studies by the USDA show a link between charring and cancer. Choose a marinade with canola oil and citrus juice to tenderize the meat. Marinades with garlic and onion also help to reduce carcinogens.
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat is cooked to proper temperature and safe to eat. Get outside and light up that barbecue!

Ready, set…grill!!

Resources: WebMD.com, EatRight.org

Lacey Durrance

Creating Your Own Trail Mix

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Trail mix typically includes different nuts, seeds and dried fruits mixed together. It’s a perfect travel food because no refrigeration is necessary. Many people like trail mix because it’s easily portable and can also be a great alternative to chips, candies and cookies as a snack. Making trail mix at home is very easy and cost-friendly, although many companies sell pre-made mixes.

Rose Chisholm

What You Should Know About Vitamin D

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In recent years, Vitamin D has been the subject of more research, increased testing, and more than a few organizations devoted to extolling its virtues. In case all of that information is overwhelming, this article provides the basics of what you should know about Vitamin D.

Laura Asta

Protect Your Skin from Skin Cancer

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation may cause skin cancer, premature skin aging, cataracts, eye damage, and immune suppression. May is National Skin Cancer month.

The sun contains three kinds of ultraviolet (UV) rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC rays are blocked by the ozone layer and do not penetrate the earth’s surface. There is no such thing as complete protection from UV rays.

Florida Blue

6 Ways to Getting Your Family Around the Dinner Table

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Need help getting your family around the dinner table?

Gathering around the table for a meal may actually change your family’s overall health and wellness. In fact, studies show children and teens who regularly sit down to eat with the family are less likely to overeat and/or become overweight, more likely to make healthy food choices, and less likely to have an eating disorder. It may seem impossible to get the family together at the same time, but it’s not if you make it a priority. Start small, be flexible and forget perfection. Here are some tips to help you succeed:

Dr. Deborah Stewart

ICD-10: Less Than 100 Days Away – June OLF Podcast

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If you attended the June 19, 2015 Open Line Friday provider teleconference, you may have received the same messages I heard, which are, as a provider I really need to be getting ready for ICD-10. With less than 103 days to go, get your own house in order and focus on your internal processes; select your top three or so payers and test ICD-10 coded claims with them.