The Pros and Cons of Soy

By Elayza Gonzalez Soy is a high-protein and nutritional food source derived from soybeans. According to, the legume is cholesterol-free and low in fat, plus it can be used as a replacement for animal-based proteins and is found in a number of foods, including edamame, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy flour and meat substitutes. [...]

2017 Well-Being Rankings: How does our community stack up?

By Christy Piña In Gallup-Sharecare’s State of American Well-Being 2017 Community Well-Being Rankings, Gainesville is ranked 108 out of 186 communities across the country. This is quite the drop from its rank of 45 in 2016. The annual rankings are divided into five parts: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. The purpose rank is dependent [...]

The Low Down on Coconut Oil

By Christy Piña Apart from fulfilling our island sentiments, coconuts have gained a reputation for providing us with a healthy substitute for those not-so-healthy oils we use in cooking. Coconut oil is rumored to help your heart and thyroid, as well as skin care, hair care, weight loss and protect against Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and [...]

A Guide to Local Pet Parks

By Elayza Gonzalez Outdoor activities and exercise are just as important for pets as they are for us. There are countless benefits to spending time outside with your pet, including good health and behavior. Research shows a lack of sufficient outdoor activity can lead to problems such as destructive chewing or digging, rough play and [...]

Get the Scoop on Coffee

By Christy Piña If you are sitting there with your morning coffee and wondering if your daily cup is damaging to your health, worry not! According to a November 2015 study in “Circulation,” the American Heart Association’s scientific journal, coffee consumption was associated with an 8–15 percent reduction in the risk of death. Similar studies have found [...]

Beyond Childhood Vaccinations

By Elayza Gonzalez Vaccinations are not just for your childhood. According to the Immunization Action Coalition, the nation’s premier source of childhood, adolescent and adult immunization information, getting vaccinated can be a lifelong job. You are never too old to strengthen your immune system and protect yourself from disease. These are the top vaccinations recommended [...]