Breast Screenings

By Tracy Wright Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the United States behind skin cancer and third killer of women to heart disease. Beginning in the 1980s, breast screenings became a prevalent part of women’s health as they age. The most common screenings are mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs. While breast [...]

Combating Obesity

By Tracy Wright Obesity is a major health problem nationally. Almost 40 percent of American adults and 17 percent of children are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Factors related to obesity, including hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, are among the leading health problems. In Alachua County, approximately 25 [...]

Nailed It

By Isabella Sorresso & Lizzie Vasquez Whether you prefer nails that are long and painted or clean and trimmed, they can be visual tellers of your health. When there is a change to your nails, it could indicate health issues such as iron deficiencies, fungal infections or heart disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy [...]

Happy AND Healthy Hour: How Moderate Alcohol Use Can Be Good for You

By Tracy Wright We know that a glass of wine after a long day can help to relax us, and long-term research has shown that drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation can actually be good for you, red wine in particular. A study conducted at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center showed that moderate alcohol drinkers have [...]

Seeing Clearly: How Digital Eye Strain Impairs Our Vision

By Tracy Wright On average, Americans now spend seven hours a day in front of digital screens, either at home or working from an office, according to the American Optometric Association. Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, has been recognized fairly recently as a cause of ocular discomfort and eye strain. Some estimates suggest [...]

Here Comes the Sun: How Being Outdoors Can Benefit Your Health

By Tracy Wright We have all heard the term “getting a bit of fresh air,” to help clear the mind, but it turns out that being outdoors has been scientifically proven to improve mental and physical health! Physical Benefits One of the most obvious reasons for going outside is the abundance of vitamin D found [...]

First Aid Kit Essentials

By Elayza Gonzalez | Photos Courtesy of Manufacturers Outdoor adventures can be filled with fun, excitement and wonder, but they can also be dangerous. That is why it is important to be prepared for every possible situation by having a disaster-proof first aid kit ready at hand. Sometimes a small box containing the essentials can [...]