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Diabetes and Eye Health – Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes and Eye Health - Diabetic Retinopathy

If you have diabetes mellitus, you know how your body’s inability to use and store sugar can affect your health. When your blood sugar gets too high, it can damage the blood vessels in your eyes. This damage may lead to diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is associated with many ocular complications, but diabetic retinopathy is by far the most serious complication …

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YMCA: Helping parents help kids grow healthy, strong, confident

For most people, the YMCA means swimming laps in the p’ool, lifting weights, a pickup game of basketball or maybe even a yoga class. But for many, when they hear YMCA, they think “child care.” The YMCA of America is one of the largest providers of child care services in the U.S., with programs across the country designed to help kids …

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Salute JA Warriors During Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Salute JA Warriors

July may be best known for watching fireworks, eating ice cream and splashing in the pool. But it’s also the month when we recognize that one out of every 250 kids in the United States lives with some form of juvenile arthritis (JA).Early detection is important, and determining the type of arthritis a child has is the first step. Remission, …

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Freedom is Never Free

By Ross Johnson, Lead Pastor, Gathering Pointe Church Among the Mural Wall, and the nineteen stainless steel statues, and the United Nations Wall of the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. is the Pool of Remembrance. This shallow Pool (thirty feet deep) is lined with black granite and is surrounded lushly by a grove of linden trees. The wall includes …

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Is it time for new hearing aids?

new hearing aids

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A If you have been on the hearing aid journey, either personally or with someone you care about, you know how difficult it can be. First the denial. Then the bargaining. And finally, the recognition that being able to hear clearly is just as important as being able to see, maybe more so After being asked …

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Children deserve healthy feet, too!

By Dr. Nicole Freels, FACFAOM I’ve said it before, but it definitely bears repeating – your feet are the foundation for everything you do. Without healthy, strong feet, life can be challenging. This is especially true for children, who have so much to learn and so many skills to master between the time they take that first step and the time …

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God Our Father – A Father’s Day Tribute

God Our Father - A Father’s Day Tribute

By Ross Johnson, Lead Pastor, Gathering Pointe Church Growing up, I idolized my dad. He was a man’s man. He was hard working, working two jobs for many years of my childhood. He is a Vietnam Vet having served two tours, awarded a Purple Heart and Uncommon Valor. His hands, scarred and calloused from years of turning wrenches as a …

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This summer, the Y can help you help your kids stay on the move

This summer, the Y can help you help your kids stay on the move

The end of the school year is joyous time for kids. But for parents, it presents new challenges as we search for ways to keep them safe, healthy, and active. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that elementary-age children get at least 30, and preferably 60, minutes of physical activity five or more days a week. This should …

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Why Should You Invest In Healthy Feet?

Healthy Feet

By Dr. Brian K. Bailey, Podiatric Physician & Surgeon Have you ever thought about the important role your feet play in your daily life? On face value, your feet touch the ground whenever you’re standing, walking or running, and they are extensions of the legs, which help move you. But your feet are much more than that. After all, they …

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Practically Perfect Gift Ideas for Dad

Practically Perfect Gift Ideas for Dad

If you’ve heard giving practical gifts is a no-no, scratch that advice because when it comes to dads, functional gifts that show you appreciate their personal interests may actually be the safest bet this Father’s Day. Consider the hobbies and activities that dad treasures most then look for ways you can turn those pastimes into gifts that he can not only …

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Marijuana Part II

Marijuana Part II

By Frank G. Vice, DVM, BS Pharm The Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, was founded in 1973 during President Richard Nixon’s administration and from the beginning, its mission has been to enforce the controlled substance laws and regulations of the United States. Currently cannabis, often called marijuana, is registered or classified with the DEA as a scheduled l controlled substance, which …

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What Men Really Need to Know About Their Health

Most guys find it easy to discuss sports, vent about work or deliberate current events. But talk about their health? Nope, that’s not happening, well, at least not for the majority of men, reports a Cleveland Clinic men’s health survey of 500 men ages 18 to 70. The national telephone survey found that 53 percent of men do not talk about …

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Guard Your Feet Against Complications of Diabetes

By Brian Bailey, DPM – Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center If you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is essential. The most basic and critical thing one can do to avoid the complications of diabetes is to control blood sugar levels. But that isn’t enough. People with diabetes are at high risk for developing sores on their feet that won’t …

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Senior Driving and Traffic Safety

Senior Driving and Traffic Safety

While traffic safety is important for all drivers, seniors experience physical changes that can affect their driving abilities. Although some seniors can drive well into their 70s, 80s and 90s, others cannot. It can be a tough adjustment for people who are used to using their cars to visit friends and family, attend doctor appointments and go shopping. Seniors often …

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It’s Time to Make a Stand Against Arthritis

It’s Time to Make a Stand Against Arthritis

Although we often think of arthritis as one disease, it involves over 100 forms, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout. Arthritis in all its forms impacts more than 50 million Americans – one in five adults and more than 300,000 children. Countless families are affected by arthritis, too. It is the No. 1 cause of disability in …

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