| Posted On Mar 28, 2013 | By:

A Pain in the Neck

As a physical therapist, I know that neck injuries, whether caused by something as severe as an accident or as seemingly innocuous as a simple at-home task, are no laughing matter and can cause neck pain and strain that interferes with your daily routine.

When you injure your neck, the pain can present itself in many ways.  Symptoms may range from a dull ache to a sporadic sharp pain located anywhere from the base of the skull to the shoulders and upper back. 

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| Posted On Mar 26, 2013 | By:

Not Just Menopause – There’s Perimenopause, too

If you’re a woman in your 40s, chances are you have either begun experiencing or have at least heard about the symptoms of perimenopause. But what exactly is the difference between perimenopause and menopause?

Perimenopause is the transitional phase that includes physical changes in the years before your final menstrual period. It can start as early as your late 30’s or as late as your early 50’s. This phase may last for 4 to 8 years.

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| Posted On Mar 20, 2013 | By:

Donate to a Food Pantry for National Nutrition Month

In a previous blog post, my colleague, Anne Danahy, shared that March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus on the importance of making mindful food choices and developing healthy eating and lifestyle habits.  It is also a time to think about people who may not have enough healthy food to eat on a daily basis.

Many people do not realize that hunger is a big problem in our country and that 1 in 6 people in the United States do not have enough access to food. 

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| Posted On Mar 14, 2013 | By:

Hearing Instrument Services at Harvard Vanguard

Approximately 36 million or 17% of Americans report some degree of hearing loss, making it the 3rd most common health problem in the United States.

Hearing loss can cause a breakdown in communication between you and the world around you.  It can have an effect on your personal relationships, job or school performance, and your emotional well-being.  Despite this, only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.

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| Posted On Mar 13, 2013 | By:

Eating out the SMArt Kids’ Way

Despite the distractions of Valentine’s Day and school vacation week, the SMArt Kids returned to our recent SMA motivated and focused on our SMArt Kids’ goals.

As usual, we reviewed all of the SMArt Kids goals but focused on the importance of reducing fast food intake. We discussed that fast food options are a poor choice for our SMArt Kids. Remember the quick at-home alternative to the McDonald’s Happy Meal? Try a piece of pre-cooked rotisserie chicken (skip the skin!),

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| Posted On Mar 05, 2013 | By:

National Nutrition Month 2013 – Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

It’s March, which means National Nutrition Month, and the message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is this:  there is no right or wrong, one-size-fits-all diet.  Instead, starting right now, everyone is encouraged to stop stressing about food rules, good vs. bad foods, and feeling like eating healthy means giving up your favorite foods.

Their recommendation is to Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day, and include the foods you love as part of a healthful eating plan. 

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| Posted On Mar 01, 2013 | By:

Caring in Our Communities

The staff at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates take pride in providing compassionate care for our patients, but their compassion does not stop at our practice doors. Throughout the year, our practices reach out to the local community to give back and help those who are less fortunate.

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