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Eating more homemade meals may reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes

Posted by Sally Simcox, Therapeutic Coach, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Clinic on Jul 19, 2016 2:03:18 PM

If you eat more meals prepared at home, you may reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2015.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Top reasons from a physician to schedule your child's annual physical

Posted by Gretchen Soberay, DO on Jul 13, 2016 8:12:36 AM

It’s the middle of summer and the start of school is still a month-and-a-half away. So why should you be thinking about scheduling an annual physical exam for your child? Board certified family medicine provider Gretchen Soberay, DO, shares her reasons why children should have an annual exam.

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Topics: Primary Care

Seven tips to help reduce injury in youth sports

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, ATC. on Jul 5, 2016 2:22:43 PM

Today’s youth are more involved in organized sports than ever before. It is estimated that more than 46.5 million children participate in sports each year in the United States alone. Participation in organized sport has proven to be beneficial in many areas, including physical development and weight management, and improving self-esteem and social interactions, among others. However, along with increased participation has also come a rise in youth sport injuries. 

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Living with cancer? Consider the STAR Program for help

Posted by Carol Thurston, MPE, ATC, ATR, EMT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jun 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Most of us know someone who has had cancer.  Unfortunately, cancer or cancer treatments can cause physical and emotional challenges that can linger for years. Have you heard “you will have to get used to a new normal?” But what if you didn’t have to? Or what if the “new normal” wasn’t as challenging as you first thought? 

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Topics: oncology

Four tips to help you enjoy outdoor hikes this summer

Posted by Rachael Harter, DO on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Summer is around the corner and with the pleasant weather, comes plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I recently joined the Ridgeview family as an Internist after training and serving in the U.S. Navy for nearly eight years. One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking. I first got the hiking bug while stationed at the Naval Hospital in Guam where I enjoyed “boonie stomping,” (the term for hiking in Guam) in my free time. While I was ill-prepared for my first off-road adventure measured by several abrasions, dehydration, and arthritis from an infection, the same does not have to happen to you.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Prevent unhealthy snacking in the evening by eating a protein-rich breakfast

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jun 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but did you know up to 60 percent of American young people, ages 18-20, consistently skip it? Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, which could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S., according to a study from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Six frequently asked questions about strength training

Posted by Sandra Hanson, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jun 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As part of a well-rounded exercise program, cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility are necessary components. In my experience, most questions stem from strength training, as most people can easily accomplish their cardio regimen but struggle to have a comprehensive strength program Below are the answers to six frequently asked questions regarding strength training.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Quality, not quantity, counts most in exercise and diet

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on May 31, 2016 8:37:21 AM


Current recommendations for exercise and diet can be complex, contradictory and confusing. If your goal is to lose weight and maintain optimal health and fitness, the quality of your exercise and diet regimen matters more than the quantity, according to the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Can yoga improve your mindful well-being?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 24, 2016 2:51:36 PM


I first heard the term mindfulness only about five years ago. I was listening to MPR on the car radio while they reviewed a book about mindfulness. Ironically, I don't remember the name of the book because I wasn't paying attention. The concept was fantastic in its simplicity.

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Topics: Wellness

Can yoga reduce lower back pain?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 17, 2016 10:00:20 AM

Back pain is tricky. It's frustrating for both patient and physician. It's no wonder we, as primary care providers, end up referring back pain to physical therapists, chiropractors, pain management specialists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. We'll take help wherever we can get it, in the hope of making our patients feel better.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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