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Health Wise

Health Wise is our blog to help you be more informed about important health and wellness matters for you and loved ones.

Managing Your Weight the Healthy Way

The best way to take control of your weight is to shift your lifestyle habits to center on sound nutrition and sensible practices. Focus on your overall health and not exclusively on weight loss. You may be able to prevent or reverse heart disease. Read More

Understanding the Basics of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is often seen as a catch-all term that centers on surgical solutions for altering one’s physical appearance. However, it’s important to know the different areas within plastic surgery, and how they apply to the purpose you may be pursuing when considering such a procedure. Read More

That Gut Feeling: Tips for Improving Digestive Health

A healthy gut plays a big role in supporting heart health, brain health, and the immune system, and may also help prevent some cancers. Read More

Understanding the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Taking steps to maintain all-around good health is important for preventing serious or chronic disease. One of the best ways to better understand your overall health is to have an annual wellness exam that enables you to identify any potential health risks. Read More

Learn More about Breast Cancer and Early Detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There’s no better way to observe this than to get the facts about breast cancer and understand the importance of early detection. Read More

Your Children and Vaccines

There is no better way to protect children from infectious diseases than with vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), family physicians, and pediatricians around the country. For decades, children’s lives have been saved from deadly diseases by simply following a vaccine schedule. Read More

Breastfeeding: A Win-Win for Baby and Mother

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 25–31 is Black Breastfeeding Week—and the importance of the benefits of breastfeeding can’t be overstated. Read More

Questions and Answers on Bariatric Surgery

The following are frequently asked questions surrounding bariatric surgery that can help guide you in your decision on whether or not to pursue bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Read More

Creating Healthy Habits for Kids

A major challenge for many families today is instilling values and practices in children that lead to a healthy and active lifestyle. How do you help your kids develop lifelong healthy habits? Here are 10 smart and easy ways. Read More

Facing Menopause and Managing Its Effects

While it’s a normal and natural event in every woman’s life, menopause is still sometimes misunderstood. The changes it brings to one’s health are even occasionally perceived as an illness or disorder without better knowledge of the signs and factors surrounding it. The following outlines the medical definition of menopause, common symptoms, and ways to gain some relief. Read More

Finding the Right Pediatrician for Your Child

There’s no single model for a pediatrician that fits all families. If you’re looking to change physicians, have moved to a new area, or are still trying to make up your mind, be sure to gather the following information before making a final decision. Read More

Gynecologic Cancer: What All Women Need to Know

Every woman, unfortunately, is at some risk of developing gynecologic cancer. Approximately 100,000 women are diagnosed with a form of gynecologic cancer every year in the U.S. Read More

Preparing Your Child for Puberty

Getting a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty can go a long way in helping you provide the support your child needs during this period in their life. Read More

Weight Loss Surgery: A Patient's Story

For nearly two decades, Kay struggled with her weight. She tried various measures to get it under control, all without success, and increasingly found everyday activities such as walking or simply crossing her legs to be a challenge. Read More

Steps Leading Up to Weight-Loss Surgery

The most important element of the process for weight-loss surgery is consultation with a team of health professionals. In addition to your primary care physician, you will likely need to be evaluated by a surgeon, a dietitian, a psychologist, and possibly other specialists to ensure that you are fully prepared for the procedure. Read More