Our Top Health Blogs of 2019

| Posted On Dec 26, 2019 | By:

As we look forward to a healthy 2020, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of 2019. Here’s a quick summary in case you happened to miss any of them!

Six Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Blood Pressure
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your provider may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. It’s important that you take your medication regularly and as instructed. In addition to medication, here are six key lifestyle changes that have been proven to reduce blood pressure.

Does What You Eat Affect Your Mental Health?
There is considerable evidence that eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. A healthy diet can also benefit your heart, your kidneys, and even your brain. Over the past several years, studies have shown that eating a healthy diet can also have a positive impact on depression.

Vegetables: Good for You and Tasty too!
Vegetables are essential in our diet for a multitude of reasons. They are packed with a ton of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help promote overall health and reduce the risk of many diseases. Here we share tips on how to select the best vegetables for freshness (and therefore flavor), how to prepare fresh vegetables, and some recipes that are as delicious as they are easy.

5 Ways to Handle Your Picky Eater
Mealtimes with toddlers and young children are NOT for the faint of heart. Picky eating is a very common behavior for kids between the ages of 2 to about 6 years old, but most kids who are picky eaters are growing and developing just fine. Dr. Sarah Crowley shares some perspective and suggestions she often gives to families to demystify the young-child diet.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Nutrition
Learning about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and its symptoms could help you or someone you care about who suffers from IBS. IBS affects 10-15% of Americans – and double the number of women than men. In this article, we share the different types of IBS and how nutrition and other lifestyle changes can make a difference.

Colorectal Cancer: Prevention is Possible
The sobering facts are that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. However, the optimistic news is that colorectal cancer can be prevented or caught and treated early in many people through the screening tools we have. Read more about risks, symptoms, and when to begin screening.

Top Five Reasons to Use Our Pharmacy
Atrius Health has pharmacies conveniently located in 15 of our Harvard Vanguard sites. Our pharmacies may be used by any Atrius Health patient to pick up prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Our goal is to always make your visit to our pharmacy friendly, helpful, and quick! Here are our Top Five Reasons to use a pharmacy at one of our Harvard Vanguard locations.

Living Life to the Fullest with Fibromyalgia
Many people can suffer for years with unexplained pain, fatigue, and sleep problems before they receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are many ways we can help you manage your symptoms by developing a treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes and medication.

Improving the Health and Well-being of Our LBGTQ Children
For LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) adolescents, lack of acceptance is not merely a social issue but a health risk. Parents have an opportunity to increase positive health outcomes for their children. Creating an open and affirming environment is crucial for our children’s health. So how do we do that? What do we need to do? There are some simple steps parents can take.

The Nutrition Facts Food Label Makeover
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated a redesign of the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages. The new design is meant to be easier to read and to provide more useful nutritional information that will help you make informed decisions about the foods you purchase and consume. Read the seven key changes that were made as part of the food label makeover.

Using Nutrition Labeling to Make Healthier Choices
There are two different sources of nutrition labeling information provided on packaged foods that can help you make more informed and better choices for a healthy diet – the Nutrition Facts label and the ingredient list. The Nutrition Facts label can help you make smart, healthier eating choices in 8 key areas of nutrition.

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