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If you have a history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should participate in a regular cardiac risk assessment. This can occur during a routine physical examination with your primary care physician, or during an office visit with a cardiologist.
“Our primary... Read more
For Meghan Cook, the turning point in her struggle with weight came last summer at her daughter’s softball practice. When the coach invited parents to scrimmage with their daughters, Cook fell on her way to first base because her size made it difficult to run.
“I was... Read more
Warm water can be quite soothing for people who suffer from arthritis. Saint Francis Medical Center's Fitness Plus offers warm water aquatics for arthritis patients every day of the week.
"When you exercise in water, you can improve your range of motion, relieve joint stiffness and build... Read more
In addition to keeping your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) level low, you should consider taking steps to boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) level if it is too low.
“A high HDL is associated with a lower risk for heart disease,” says Matthew... Read more
If you feel like you do not have enough time to exercise, think again: there are plenty of exercises you can do during your daily activities.
For example, while you are watching TV, try being physically active during commercials. “Instead of heading to the refrigerator, do some... Read more
No matter what the weather is like outside, you should aim to spend at least 150 minutes exercising each week. Look for indoor alternatives during winter months.
"Your risk for many diseases dramatically increases if you are sedentary," says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at... Read more
There are certainly people who smoke, drink and eat in excess and still live to be 95 years old. There are also people who win the lottery. Your odds of being either one are not good.
The good news is there are several great moves you can... Read more
One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free.
Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more
Pity the poor metabolism, which often gets blamed for our weight issues. “It’s not me, it’s my slow metabolism,” is a common complaint. But what do we really know about this complex bodily function? Let’s separate fact from fiction – and then look at a few... Read more
Walking is one of the best activities you can do, not just for your overall health but also for weight loss. For some of us, though, walking doesn’t provide the same sense of accomplishment as, say, doing 20 sit-ups or riding 2.5 miles on a stationary... Read more
Establishing healthy eating habits and getting regular exercise are essential to achieving your weight-loss goals. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center’s medically integrated fitness facility, Fitness Plus, offers a full spectrum of education and wellness programs to support you and keep you on track. This... Read more
Losing weight is easier when you have a friend sharing the journey with you. June Dunning and Mary Ellen Mohundro have been supporting each other since March, when they both joined Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy Weigh on the same day.
The Healthy Weigh is a... Read more
Losing weight takes discipline, commitment and education. That said, a few shortcuts never hurt. Here are a few secret weapons for winning the weight-loss battle:
Exercise in bursts. Research suggests doing two 30-minute workouts with a 20-minute break in between burns more calories than a continuous 60-minute... Read more
The 2018 Jingle Bell Run and Walk benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is now accepting registrations. Saint Francis Healthcare System is the main corporate sponsor of the 2018 Run and Walk in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, December 8. The event will include a 5K run and a... Read more
If your student athlete experiences an injury on the field or court, he or she may benefit from Kinesio taping. Kinesio tape is a special type of tape often used to treat and prevent sports injuries.
The elastic properties and adhesive ability of the tape are what... Read more
Is it safe to exercise in cold, wet weather? Only if you protect yourself first. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising outdoors. As long as you dress warmly and take other precautions, you can exercise safely all winter long.
Dress in... Read more
There is no bigger challenge to your diet than those fourth-quarter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Between Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving leftovers, office Holiday parties, Christmas bake sales, New Year’s Eve revelry and New Year’s Day bowl games, you face a two-month shmorgishborg that could knock... Read more
If you are pregnant, it is normal to gain weight; however, carrying too many extra pounds before and during pregnancy is unhealthy not just for you, but your unborn child.
According to a report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, babies of obese mothers (i.e.,... Read more
Take control of your health with Fitness Plus’ Eat, Move, Lose! program. This eight-week exercise circuit program helps you take the appropriate steps to make lifestyle changes in diet and exercise so that you have the tools you need to continue living
healthy — even after the... Read more
High cholesterol can be a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, which is why you should have your cholesterol checked regularly. If it is too high, you need to take steps to lower it.
High cholesterol is defined as a total cholesterol level of 200 milligrams... Read more