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Q: What is occupational therapy?

By Elizabeth Smoots, MD A: OT is a licensed profession that uses everyday activities, or occupations, to help people perform everyday functions they want and need to do. Occupational therapists determine and design customized therapeutic programs of daily activities to

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Interruptions Wrecking Your Work?

What’s keeping you from being at your productive best? The most common distractions on the job are using personal phones for texting, online searches and social media. According to a Gallup poll, more than 50% of U.S. smartphone owners admit

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Go on a Food Adventure

By Cara Rosenbloom, RD There’s no single food that contains all of the nutrients you need for optimal health. That’s why you’ll notice that healthy plate models always have proportions of different foods, such as ½ vegetables and fruits, ¼

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Patient Portals 101

Want faster access to your health care provider? Patient portals enhance and quicken communication between you and your medical care team. Portals also allow secure electronic access to your personal health information. If your provider offers a patient portal, make

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In the Know: Blood Donation

Donating blood is safe if you go through the proper channels and follow guidelines. The Red Cross uses new, sterile needles that are discarded after 1 use and uses safe blood collection techniques to prevent infection. While guidelines vary by

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Tween-Ager Anxiety: How Parents Can Help

Kids are tweens by age 11 or 12 — transitional years from childhood to teenager. Kids often struggle as they experience rapid changes, new emotions and challenges they’re not quite ready to handle. In fact, many of today’s kids are

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Cooking $mart

By Cara Rosenbloom, RD Maximize nutrition and ingredients without breaking your budget Some foods that are touted for their health benefits can also be expensive. Items such as chia seeds, quinoa and nuts are nutritious but not always affordable. The

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Exercise: Get More Outdoors

Why exercise with Mother Nature? It’s hard to argue with the many health benefits you can gain from regular exercise. And moving it outdoors offers some special benefits over indoor exercise, especially on beautiful sunny days. Let it broaden your

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Benefits of Family Dinners

Busy parents and kids may have a tendency to skip sit-down meals together. But research shows family dinners are worth the planning and effort because eating together regularly has a host of benefits for children and parents. For example, Emory

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Foods Your Heart Loves

By Cara Rosenbloom, RD What do salmon, berries, leafy greens and nuts have in common? They are all heart-smart foods that ably nourish the body and help combat unhealthy cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease. But it’s not just a single

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