Health

Wellness Jackie’s Way: Turbo charge your immunity

What can we do to fortify ourselves against the winter cold and flu season? Well, besides obsessively washing our hands, the #1 source of germ transmission, there are a lot of tactics we can implement. And it revolves around the foods we choose to eat on a regular basis. Let’s look at two categories: Foods with Phytonutrients and Fermented Foods. Phytonutrients: Just ...

 
 

Flu shots: when and why

The arrival of fall and cooler weather means flu season is on its way. To decrease your chance of getting the flu this year, prevention is best—which starts with getting a flu shot. While each flu season is different, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized or die from flu-related causes every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the ...

 

Mind Matters: The APA and the state of the nation

“No matter their age, more than half [59 percent] of Americans believe this is the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.” This is the notable finding of the American Psychological Association’s August 2017, survey, “Stress in America: The State of Our Nation.” The APA has been examining stress in America for over a decade in conjunction with ...

 

5 Healthy ways to get energized

Feeling sluggish is a feeling most people probably know all too well. From getting up first thing on a Monday morning for work to staying up late with friends, everyone can feel like they need an energy boost at some point in their day.While you may feel the urge to reach for an energy drink or cup of coffee when you feel this way, these are not the only ways to get ...

 

Understanding childhood obesity

Across the U.S., obesity is still a nationwide problem affecting both adults and children. For children, being obese at a young age can lead to other serious health risks, both during childhood and into adulthood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five American kids between the ages of six and 19 are obese. If you're worried ...

 

Mind Matters: Awake or asleep

In 1967, just seven months before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered an historic address to the American Psychological Association Convention. At that time, MLK pointedly urged social scientists to confront “race-based problems plaguing the country.” On the 50th anniversary of this keynote, the APA Monitor on Psychology published the reflections of ...

 

Avocados: delicious and heart healthy

Avocados are the latest food trend both for healthy eaters and foodies. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans are now eating almost four times as many avocados today than in the mid-1990s. However you choose to eat them, they taste great and have the added bonus of being great for your health. “Avocados offer a lot of vitamins and nutrients,” ...

 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: What’s for dinner?

Are you perpetually asking yourself, “What’s for dinner?” Believe it or not one of the first things I ask myself upon waking is, “What am I going to prepare for dinner?” I don’t think enough credit is given to whoever makes this decision day in and day for the average family. It’s a big job. A lot of time and preparation goes into the final outcome. It’s a decision I ...

 

What really causes stomach bugs?

It’s likely you’ve had a stomach bug at some point in your life or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are on average 19 to 21 million cases of stomach viruses annually in the U.S. While you can get a stomach virus from contaminated food, this is not always the case. “Anyone can get a stomach bug—either from ...

 

Chester County walks one billion steps

Chester County residents of all ages contributed to the WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge, hitting target number of a billion steps in six months. In April of this year, during National Public Health Week, Chester County launched WalkWorks ChesCo!, the challenge to walk one billion steps. County residents embraced the challenge and recorded more than a billion steps in ...

 

Is vaping a healthier alternative to smoking?

While it is general knowledge that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, many Americans still continue to smoke. In recent years, e-cigarettes have been introduced and marketed as a healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes. There is a belief that smoking e-cigarettes can be less dangerous than smoking regular cigarettes.“While e-cigarettes are tobacco-free, there ...