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Fuel your body to maximize perfomance, recovery and reduce injuries

Posted by Marielle Gatenby, MA, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Aug 23, 2016 12:49:16 PM

Food is fuel for your body. Your "fuel" choices influence how well your body will handle the stress of your workout, activity or competition. In other words, not only does it matter what you eat but when you eat and how much you eat. If you are like most people, our busy lives do not always allow for us to time our meals. We need to re-think our food choices and reduce binge eating. It's easy to assume that calories are calories and if you work-out hard, you can eat whatever you want and whenever you want it. That is not entirely true.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Your guide to college health insurance in 2016

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

College is all about new experiences. But while pursuing your studies, making new friends and living away from your parents for the first time, you could get sick or injured.Or injured. What will you do? How will you pay for physicals, prescriptions or other health-related needs such as reproductive protection or counseling if you need someone to talk to? It’s time to talk about college health insurance.

There are several ways you can obtain coverage, although the potential cost and what is covered can vary significantly.

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Topics: Wellness

Try these 10 tips to get your child back on a regular sleep schedule for the school year.

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 9, 2016 8:23:57 AM

Although adults typically require seven to eight hours of sleep per night, teens and younger children need more – perhaps as much as nine to 10 hours. And the quality of their sleep matters just as much as quantity. That makes it even more important that your children move successfully from late summer bedtimes to an earlier hour to be ready to learn each morning.

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Topics: Wellness

What are the eight most important things you can do for your health?

Posted by Dr. Sheila N. Seats, Family Medicine provider, Ridgeview Westonka Clinic on Aug 3, 2016 8:02:39 AM


I am asked every day by my patients what they can do to feel better and improve their health. Most of us are stressed, tired and could eat healthier and exercise more. Despite already knowing about the basics, it is often helpful to have an "outsider" with some medical authority and education to remind us what we should be doing every day to improve our health.

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Topics: Wellness

Try setting successful outcomes to achieve weight loss.

Posted by Sally Simcox, Therapeutic Coach, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Clinic on Jul 26, 2016 9:20:50 AM

Moving from your current state of health to your desired state of health involves more than just writing down goals. While setting goals can be useful, there is a much more effective method that goes way beyond mere "goal setting" and moves you into "programming" your mind to propel you towards your goal of achieving weight loss.

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Topics: Wellness

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

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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