Get SMART

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Smart Goals

Each year, we make our New Year’s resolutions and many of us feel motivated to eat better, exercise more and decrease stress levels.  This year, consider making your goals SMART.  Don’t think of it as a resolution you try for a couple weeks, but more of a lifestyle adjustment so you’re sure to stick with […]

6 Tips for Soothing Winter Skin

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Winter Skin

Old Man Winter took it easy on Kansas City the past few years. Unfortunately, this year he’s back in full force. If the seemingly endless days of sub-zero wind chills aren’t enough to make you want to pack your bags for warmer places, maybe the dry, itchy skin that comes with winter will. Don’t fly […]

6 Flu-fighting Foods to Start Eating Now

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Natural flu fighters

Superheroes are super trendy right now, but even they aren’t tough enough to fight off cold and flu viruses that prey on people during the winter. Ancy Maruthanal, MD, an internal medicine physician with Meritas Health North Kansas City, recommends eating these six superfoods to wage an effective battle. Superhero Secret Brussels sprouts boost your […]

Diabetes: Myth vs. Fact

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Diabetes: Myth vs. Fact

November is American Diabetes Month®, and to help raise awareness for this chronic condition, the American Diabetes Association wants to debunk some myths and provide a few facts that can help you prevent diabetes or manage your symptoms. Myth: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop Type 2 diabetes. Fact: Being overweight is a […]

Get the Lowdown on Diabetes

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Do I Have Prediabetes

November is American Diabetes Month®, and to support the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to put this chronic disease in the spotlight, our diabetes educators, Mary Beth and Melissa, answering some commonly asked questions. Q. What is prediabetes? Mary Beth: Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar […]

Eat Better, Eat Together

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Family Dinner

Families who eat together benefit physically, emotionally and psychologically. But, once you’ve managed to get the family around the table, it’s not always easy to get the conversation flowing. Asking “How was your day?” typically gets you, “Fine.” We challenge you to dig a little deeper and create more meaningful family time. Choose at least […]

A Feast For the Eyes

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Fall Leaves

Our vision helps us see the beautiful fall leaves and their splendid colors this time of year. To ensure your eyes stay in the best shape possible, eat a well-balanced diet. Here are a few of the top foods for your eyes. Fish Fish, particularly salmon, can be a great food to consume for eye […]

8 Health Benefits to Drinking Wine

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8 Health Benefits to Drinking Wine

The health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two 4-ounce glasses a day. Reduces Heart Attack Risk Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30% less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease Red wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect […]