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Cholesterol Screening: Why it is Important to Have a Cholesterol Test

Cholesterol builds up silently, slowly choking off blood supply to your heart and brain. Get your cholesterol checked. You see TV commercials, ads in magazines, and pamphlets lining your doctor's office walls - all touting the dangers of high cholesterol. But you feel healthy, and have never worried about your cholesterol or heart...

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Healthy Eating in September – Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Add cholesterol-lowering vitamin E to your day with papaya, a bright yellow fruit that also contains magnesium and potassium, which have been shown to lower blood pressure. Eat half a papaya with a squirt of lime juice for breakfast, or chop up some papaya to make the zippy fresh salsa in this chicken dinner. Ingredients 4 skinle...

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Artificial Sweeteners- Too Good to be True?

Artificial sweeteners are everywhere. We know the main sources: diet soda, sugar-free foods, and those little colored packets next to the sugar at Starbucks… But what are they actually doing to our bodies? Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener, discovered accidentally in 1879. This sweetener gained popularity during World War I when sugar...

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Workday Workout

Glazed eyes? Tense muscles? Feel like you’ve been at your desk for days? Though we feel – and perform – better when we exercise, finding time to squeeze exercise into our busy workdays isn’t always easy. This quick workout is designed to clear the mind and stretch the body. All you need is five minutes and a chair. If you feel pain or dis...

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Ways to Exercise When You Don’t Have Time

You know exercise can help improve your health and lose weight. Yet, 1 in 4 adults doesn't exercise, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Hectic schedules may be to blame. It can be tough to exercise when juggling work, school, family, and more. It's worth squeezing it in, though, because regular exercise can relieve daily stress and lift your m...

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A big warm heartfelt THANK YOU to all of my clients over the past few years as well as to the amazing staff at Vita Physical Therapy and Fitness! I can’t even begin to express how appreciative I am for all that I have learned from the knowledgeable Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers here. It was great to work amongst individuals that shar...

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All in a day’s work. Ways to stay fit at the office

For some people, fitness is all in a day's work. They get exercise because their jobs require physical activity. That's a good thing, given the health and calorie-burning benefits of staying active. But, if you have a desk job or other sedentary job, you may need to be creative to find ways to keep your body moving at work. How much? Most general...

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Sitting and Your Health (you may want to stand up to read this)

Sitting and Your Health (you may want to stand up to read this) It seems everywhere we turn we are hearing about the adverse physical effects of too much sitting.  For most of us, this conjures up images of “couch potatoes”, snacking on chips while watching TV. What we don’t realize is that, if we really think about it, the majority of us s...

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The Fourth of July congers up a variety of sensations: the smell of the grill, the sounds of family members laughing, the taste of a good hot dog and the vision of fireworks overhead. The Fourth is a day to spend time with those we care about, honoring those who gave us the freedom to do so. Unfortunately, all too often we confuse the enjoyment we ...

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