| Posted On Mar 30, 2016 | By:

Colon Cancer and the Importance of Screening

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer – which is cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, because colon cancer is often not caught until it is in its later stages, more than one third die from the disease.

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| Posted On Mar 24, 2016 | By:

A Look at the New Dietary Guidelines

Every five years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are required to update guidelines that provide recommendations on nutrition to help adults and children ages 2+ consume a healthy, nutritionally acceptable diet. These guidelines provide the basis for federal food, nutrition and health policies as well as national nutrition education for the public, thus, influencing the diets of millions of Americans.

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| Posted On Jan 06, 2016 | By:

Exercise Safety: Achieving Results Without Injury

We all have them: friends who love all things exercise, routinely adopting the latest fitness program, posting their exercise regimens on Facebook and inadvertently making the rest of us feel guilty for watching another episode of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Their enthusiasm is infectious, especially at this time of the year when many of us – due to New Year’s resolutions or a bit too much pie and general merriment during the holidays – feel compelled to get off the couch and exercise.

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| Posted On Jan 04, 2016 | By:

Find Your Best Energy to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

It seems like a no-brainer. Eat right, maintain a healthy weight, be active, don’t smoke, and drink responsibly, and you can improve the state of your health. And yet, fewer than one in five adults, a mere 16%, report being successful at making health-related improvements such as losing weight, starting a regular exercise program, and eating a healthier diet. To help you succeed on this challenging path, we will offer a “virtual” Group Health Coaching Experience for Midlife Women beginning on January 26,

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| Posted On Dec 10, 2015 | By:

Holiday Season Shopping: Be Smart and Safe

December means decking the halls, holiday carols, getting together with family, and of course the height of gift giving each year. December also marks “Safe Toys and Gifts” month, a good reminder to keep safety front and center as you decide which toys from the wish list will indeed find their way under the tree.

One of the hottest gifts this holiday season is the hoverboard. While Marty McFly was a hovering pro within minutes and made zooming around town look like a piece of cake,

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2015 | By:

“Lewis, My Tree!”

Do you remember the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold’s massive and beautifully decorated tree catches fire and quickly disintegrates? Well, whether the cause is a dry tree or a wobbly menorah (or a misplaced cigar), we can all agree that no one wants to reenact that scene in our own living room this or any other holiday season.

While this is a busy and stressful time of year for many – between holiday shopping,

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2015 | By:

I think I can, I think I can…Quit Smoking for Good

If you are a smoker, you have no doubt been urged countless times by your doctor, spouse, neighbor or even strangers, to kick the habit – with good reason. Smoking is a dangerous addiction that harms nearly every organ in the body and is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can also lead to heart disease and stroke as well as other cancers and diseases. Every year close to half a million people in the United States will die from tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke.

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| Posted On Nov 03, 2015 | By:

Options for Involving a Family Member or Friend in Your Care

At Atrius Health, we respect the privacy of your personal health information and take great care to secure this information so that it is not shared with those who are not involved in your treatment.

However, we know that many of our patients do find it helpful to involve a family member or friend in their care.  We want you to be aware of your options so you can make your wishes known to us.

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| Posted On Oct 27, 2015 | By:

Understanding Your Health Insurance Options: Different Plan Types

As we highlighted in last week’s blog post about insurance terms and definitions, there’s a lot to consider when choosing a health insurance plan that will work best for you and your family. Knowing the meaning of the various cost components is important, but it’s also important to understand how different plans work so you know what costs you may incur when you seek care. For example, some plans require that you choose a primary care provider to coordinate your care in order to get the full cost coverage the plan allows,

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| Posted On Sep 23, 2015 | By:

Caring for Your Newborn

Expecting your first child? While your list of baby names may be short, your to do list certainly is not. It seems as if there are a million things you need (how can someone so small need so much stuff!), from diapers to portable bath tubs to tiny onesies, as well as cribs and strollers and car seats. Oftentimes, the excitement of preparing for baby is mixed with the realization that you actually need to use all of these things properly,

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