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  • What is Your Heart Telling You

    Posted 2 February 2016 by Summa Flourish
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    February is American Heart Month, sponsored by The American Heart Association. The best way to ensure a healthy heart is knowing your numbers – and what they mean. Consult with your doctor, especially if one or more of your numbers are not within recommended guidelines. Important numbers to know include: • Cholesterol • Triglycerides • Blood pressure • Body Mass Index (BMI) • Fasting Glucose Here is some valuable information to help you interpret your own numbers*:...

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  • What I Ate Wednesday

    Posted 27 January 2016 by Nicole Dannemiller, RDN, LD
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    As a registered dietitian, I am often asked what I eat in a day. I know it is difficult to make good food choices throughout the day, so let me give you a peek into a typical Wednesday for me and how I navigate a busy day. Let me start out by saying my Wednesdays are a little chaotic. It’s my day off from work, which means I am home with three rambunctious, yet adorable, children ages five, three and eight months. So, naturally, I start my day off with coffee. After taking my oldest to sch...

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  • Let a Physician Help You in Your Weight Management

    Posted 26 January 2016 by Kenneth W. Wells, M.D.
    Ken Wells, M.D.

    I have been a physician for many years, and found a passion for obesity medicine through a research project back in 1990. Every day I see patients that are struggling with their weight. For some, it is a life-long issue. It’s a fact; weight loss is complex. So what advantages are there to seek out a physician trained in obesity medicine? I know many of my patients have tried all sorts of solutions on their own… fad diets, powders, the latest exercise equipment, many with promises th...

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  • Healthy Party Eating

    Posted 19 January 2016 by Tess Lockhart, RD, LD
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    The holidays may be over, but you still may have some celebrations to attend. When it comes to parties, they can be a blast. But they can also offer temptation in the form of food choices. The good news is that it is not impossible to get through a party happily, healthfully and without adding any extra weight. These simple tips can help: Never arrive hungry. Try to avoid skipping meals and snacks, as doing so can lead to overeating. Remember to take a healthy snack with you so you don't arrive ...

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  • 4 Ways to Help Reduce your Risk of Gynecologic Cancer

    Posted 12 January 2016 by Dr. von Gruenigen
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    Early detection and prevention of gynecological cancers makes an important impact to overall survival and effectiveness of treatment. Gynecologic cancer originates in a woman’s reproductive organs. The five most common gynecologic cancers include cervical, ovarian, endometrial, vaginal and vulvar. While every woman is at risk for developing gynecologic cancers, the rate of occurrence increases with age. These 4 simple guidelines will help aide in early detection and/or prevention of certai...

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  • Your Body is Talking to You

    Posted 5 January 2016 by Summa Flourish
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    There are many ways your body can tell you if something is wrong. Unfortunately, we often ignore what our body is telling us. We tell ourselves the symptoms we are experiencing are just temporary or are insignificant. It’s often difficult for the average person to differentiate between what is medically serious and what is routine. That’s why you should visit your primary care physician as soon as you experience any signs or symptoms that are out of the ordinary. Here are some common...

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  • Missing Gloria

    Posted 31 December 2015 by Dr. von Gruenigen
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    It was 1992 and I was a second year resident in OB/GYN at Summa Akron City Hospital. The second year schedule is designed to be the toughest year in residency, as young physicians become obstetricians by “running the board.” At that time, before the safety of teams, you were expected to know and manage every woman in labor listed on a grease board and on the high-risk obstetrical unit.  During that era, there were no duty hour restrictions and I was working in the hospital for 3...

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  • What Was Your Favorite Book for 2015?

    Posted 30 December 2015 by Dr. von Gruenigen
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    It’s that time of year again! It’s time to reflect back and think about your favorite books for 2015. Surprisingly, this blog last year received the most comments for the entire year. And, from peeps I didn’t even know read the blog! For me, reading is the ultimate form of relaxation and helps stop all of the words in my head to focus on others words. I took some online classes this year so the list of books I read in 2015 is shorter than usual. I try to read at least a book a...

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  • Healthy Food Swaps

    Posted 29 December 2015 by Summa Flourish
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    SWAP THIS FOR THIS Sugary Soda & Fruit Juices Fruit Infused Waters or Sparkling Water (read ingredients to avoid artificial sweeteners) Milkshakes Protein Packed Fruit Smoothies- Try an apple pie smoothie:  &frac1...

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

    Posted 22 December 2015 by Summa Flourish
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    When we’re stressed, hormones like cortisol flood our systems and produce the “fight or flight” response which spikes heart rate. We breathe more heavily and blood vessels constrict. Since our bodies can’t tell the difference between a life-threatening situation and a terrible traffic jam, our stress response is most often triggered when there’s no imminent danger. When this occurs repeatedly, the process contributes to chronic conditions and mental health concerns....

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