| Posted On May 31, 2011 | By:

SMArt Kids Burlington: No Couch Potatoes Here!

The SMArt Kids passed May’s pop quiz with flying colors!

Question #1:  How many hours of screen time per day is recommended?
Their correct answer: Less than 1-2 hours per day

Question #2:  What room should you make TV free?
Answer: The Bedroom

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| Posted On May 27, 2011 | By:

Do you know if you have high blood pressure? You should.

It seems like every month is an awareness month, and May is no exception.  This month is Hypertension Awareness Month.  Although that’s not something that rolls off the tongue too easily, I feel it’s so important for everybody to understand it. 

So, if you are 18 or older, or know or care about someone who is 18 or older, listen up!  Give me ten minutes of your time – you may help save a life. 

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| Posted On May 24, 2011 | By:

What happened to my annual Pap test?

Guidelines released in December 2009 from The American Cancer Society and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists indicate that not all women need an annual Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer.  For most women, the guidelines now advise Pap testing at regular intervals – up to 3 years, for some – instead of every year, based on their age, risk factors, and previous cervical cancer screening test results.

While some women who dread this particular exam may cheer,

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| Posted On May 23, 2011 | By:

Osteoporosis: What you need to know to protect your bones

There was a time when osteoporosis was viewed as a normal consequence of aging – not much was in our control and this “silent” disease would go undetected until a painful bone fracture or break occurred.

Decades of research have taught us much about this disease.  And while osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood, there are steps you can take – at any age – to ensure your bones last a lifetime.

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| Posted On May 19, 2011 | By:

National Cancer Survivorship Day on June 2nd

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are approximately 11.4 million people in the United States who are cancer survivors. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship broadly defines “survivor” as any person who has been diagnosed with cancer. This includes people who have completed their therapy as well as those who are receiving ongoing treatment or those who have metastatic disease. For people who have completed their treatment,

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| Posted On May 18, 2011 | By:

We’re Keeping Children Safe, One Bike Helmet at a Time

May is National Bike Safety Month, and as summer approaches, it is important to remind everyone to ride safely. At Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, we provide bike helmets for children (patients and non-patients) for $10.00 each.  Massachusetts requires any child 16 or under riding a bike or using inline skates, a scooter or a skateboard to wear a helmet.

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| Posted On May 11, 2011 | By:

Technology & Healthcare: “…and the biggest winner will be the patient”

There has been great debate over health care reform, but one aspect that most agree on is the need for electronic medical records (EMRs). Although some doctors are reluctant to adopt EMRs and are skeptical of their benefits, patients are generally interested in using technology to enhance their health care experience. I believe that medical practices increasingly need to have health information systems that not only facilitate care,

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| Posted On May 10, 2011 | By:

The Changing World of the Nurse

The future for nurses and nurse practitioners in the ambulatory setting is not just about surviving the next round of health care reform, it is about thriving.   As accountable care organizations (ACO) align financial incentives to improve health outcomes, nurses and nurse practitioners should stand at the forefront.  The strength in ACOs lies in the development of new teams which leverage the talent and expertise of all clinicians from hospital to the office practice.

Nurses and nurse practitioners have played the role of care giver and coach for years.  

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| Posted On May 10, 2011 | By:

West Roxbury SMArt Kids: “Rainbow Foods”

Our April SMArt Kids session, which focused on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, could not have come at a better time, as we move into Spring and the warmer, more bountiful months in New England. 

We all enjoyed learning how to make a tasty and satisfying salad using Romaine lettuce (rich in Vitamin A, C, K and folate), strawberries (rich in Vitamin C), walnuts (filled with protein and Vitamin E) and a light raspberry vinaigrette dressing. 

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| Posted On May 06, 2011 | By:

Burlington SMArt Kids: Eating out the SMArt way

Kudos to our Burlington SMArt Kids! Not only did our returning SMArt Kids toil over their individual goals last month, but they also worked hard during our recent ninety-minute session…despite the beautiful seventy-degree weather outside!  With the timely arrival of spring, the SMArt kids are even more motivated to focus on the goal of at least 60 minutes of active play per day.  Consider biking or scooter riding, playing capture the flag with neighbors,

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