Posts by Brittany Barnes

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Keep Your Mind & Body Active to Lower Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a debilitating disorder affecting 5.6 million Americans aged 65 and older, as well as younger adults. However, there is hope! D ...

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In the Campground: Staying Safe

Summertime often means camping adventures, making preparation and mindfulness essential. Follow these American Red Cross tips to ensure a safe and enj ...

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in Children and Teens

All children and teens have some anxiety. It's a normal part of growing up. But sometimes worries and fears don’t go away. They may interfere with a c ...

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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) & Family History

If you have a parent or other close family member with a drinking problem, you are at a higher risk of having one, too. Knowing that you’re at risk is ...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Gut Check: Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is a disorder that affects your lower GI (gastrointestinal) tract. Your colon looks norma ...

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Add Variety to Your Vegetables

If you're like most people, chances are you're not consuming enough vegetables on a daily basis. Eating more of and a larger variety of vegetables ca ...

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How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

Why is heart disease still the number 1 killer among adults? A major reason is that most Americans eat too many high-fat, high-calorie foods. Learn ho ...

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Thyroid Cancer: Risk Factors

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Learn about the different risk factors for cancer.

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New Year's Resolution Quiz

Happy New Year! It’s time to look ahead to the next 12 months and see what you can do to maintain or improve your health. Find out more about healthy ...

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Start Some Healthy Holiday Traditions

December can be stressful. With added social and financial obligations, it can disrupt healthy habits and leave you feeling lonely or depressed. Learn ...

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The Truth About Triglycerides

You’ve probably had your blood tested for cholesterol by your healthcare provider. This test measures your total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol a ...

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Screen Time and Children

As children grow and develop, they can be easily influenced by what they see and hear, especially from digital media (TV, internet, and smart devices) ...

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Breaking the Link Between Chronic Illness and Depression

Living with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or Parkinson’s disease, requires a realistic but positive outlook. It’s natura ...

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Lifestyle Changes Can Help Kids Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was once diagnosed much more often in overweight adults. But it now affects kids who have poor eating habits and get little exercise. ...

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Your Child’s Separation Anxiety and School

As the school year starts, children may have some anxiety about going to school. This could happen even if they are not going to school for the first ...

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Quiz Yourself: Adult Immunizations

Find out what you know about getting immunized by taking this quiz.

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Get to the Heart of Oral Health

Research shows a link between gum disease and heart disease and stroke. Evidence is mounting that people with gum (periodontal) disease, a bacterial i ...

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Helping Someone with Memory Loss

Diagnosing memory problems can be puzzling. In older adults, it’s easy to mistake such problems as part of the everyday memory loss that some people h ...

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High Blood Pressure: Beyond the Numbers

In many ways, high blood pressure is a condition of facts and figures. After all, it’s defined by two digits: the pressure when your heart beats (syst ...

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Knowing When to Seek Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

Knowing when to seek treatment for mental health disorders is important for parents and families. Families, spouses, teachers, or friends are often th ...

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Alcohol and Your Heart

A number of studies have shown a link between moderate drinking and a lowered risk for heart attack, heart and blood vessel diseases, stroke, type 2 d ...

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For Parents: Bicycle, Inline Skating, Skateboard, and Scooter Safety

Bikes, inline skating, skateboarding, and scooters are very popular among children between the ages of 5 and 14. These activities are a great form of ...

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Carrying More Weight Longer Increases Colorectal Cancer Risk

New studies find carrying extra body weight increases the risk of colorectal cancer. The results show the more years you spend with a higher body mass ...

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Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

Stress is a normal part of life. Stress can come from physical, emotional, and even less dramatic causes. Your body’s response to stress is supposed t ...

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Heart Disease Prevention Starts in Childhood

You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not for your young children. But the CDC says obesity affects 1 out of every 5 U.S. children. ...

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How and Why to Keep a Training Log

A training log can help you get more from your workout. It will help you organize and save information about your exercise routine so you can work tow ...

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Finding Joy During the Holidays

While some people truly enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, many more feel anxious, stressed, and depressed when faced with all that the Holi ...

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National Diabetes & Smoking Cessation Month

Diabetes can lead to serious health complications, and so can smoking. Learn how to manage, delay, or even prevent diabetes. Also, learn five steps to ...

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, is a prevalent worldwide health problem. Let's learn the signs we should recognize.

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Being a Better Listener & Recognizing the Signs of Someone Who May Be Facing Suicide

Learn how to become a better listener and see those struggling with thoughts of suicide by recognizing the signs before it's too late.

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National Back to School Month: Setting Children Up for Success This School Year

The new school year will be here before you know it! Here are some suggestions to help make the transition back to school smooth.

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It's UV Safety Month! Increase Your UV Intelligence

While enjoying this time of year, remember to keep you and your family safe when you’re out in the sun and enjoying the pool, lake, or beach.

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Getting Outdoors

The health benefits of getting outdoors are valuable for both physical and mental health. Let’s talk about those benefits!

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The Importance of Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?

From arthritis to insulin to mood, Vitamin D plays an important role in your physical and mental well-being.

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10 Truths of IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that can cause various symptoms. Find out 10 truths of IBS.

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Fad Diets: How You Spot One & Knowing The Health Risks

It seems that there are fad diets at every turn, promising a quick fix for weight loss. Let's learn about fad diets and their health risks.

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Screenings: Heart Health & Cancer Prevention

February is National Cancer Prevention Month and American Heart Month. Heart health and cancer prevention share a lot of key factors.

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Thyroid Health

For Thyroid Awareness Month, let’s focus on the basics of thyroid health and the differences between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

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7 Creative Ways To Be Kind This Christmas

It’s that time of year for holiday cheer! Be creative in how you bring kindness and joy this holiday season with some tips and tricks.

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Feeling Alone in a Connected World

Advances in technology help us to stay connected to each other more than ever before. So then, why are people feeling so alone?

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Fitsgiving

Staying fit and healthy over the holidays is an attainable goal. Set yourself up for success and enjoy the blessings of family and friends!

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Diabetes & Lifestyle

Diabetes continues to be a significant health concern for many Americans. Learn how to manage/maintain your health through lifestyle change.

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Importance of Flu Shots

Influenza vaccination is important and recommended yearly for everyone 6 months of age and older, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting a f ...

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Tips for Back-to-School

The 2021-2022 school year is quickly approaching and bringing with it unique challenges to parents, students, and school staff. This year, along with ...

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