6 Tips for Safe Shoveling

Shovel safelySnow shoveling season is here. It’s time to get your equipment – and your back – ready for some heavy lifting. “People tend to get deconditioned during the winter due to weight gain and because they stop exercising,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) chiropractor Gary Tarola, DC, with Chiropractic Associates of LVPG. “That can cause problems when you’re shoveling snow, because it makes you more susceptible to injury.”

It’s important to warm up your body before any strenuous activity. Shoveling snow can cause injuries like muscle and joint strain or disc herniation. Taking a few minutes to stretch helps your body handle the stress and allows your muscles and joints to move through their full range of motion.

To keep your back safe and your body pain-free this winter, follow these tips from Tarola. Read More »

3 Tips to Lose Weight in 2015

Lose 1 pound a weekYear after year, losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. Yet an alarming 69 percent of American adults are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These statistics suggest that we want to lose weight, but we just can’t seem to do it.

If you want to lose weight in 2015, advice from Lehigh Valley Health Network primary care physician Robert Budinetz, MD, with Lehigh Area Medical Associates of LVPG-CMA, can help you. “You can lose weight and reduce your risk for serious conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease if you do three things,” he says. Read More »

4 Steps to a Healthier Life

Typewriter - 2015 - time for changeAccording to statistics from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association, two out of three deaths that will occur in the U.S. in 2015 will be the result of cancer, heart disease, diabetes or stroke. That percentage would be significantly reduced if Americans would make healthier food choices, exercise regularly and stop smoking.

“Let’s take those first steps together,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gynecologic oncologist Martin Martino, MD, with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists. “It seems like a simple formula. But many of us know it’s not that easy. At LVHN, our doctors and nurses are all on the same team. We are here to help patients develop a personalized plan.  We’re here to help you make that commitment to yourself, and to your health.” Read More »

Ladies: Is Your Health a Priority?

Save the date for your gynoIn the hurry of every day, it’s easy to put yourself last, but Lehigh Valley Health Network gynecologic oncologist M. Bijoy Thomas, MD, with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists, says women need to make their annual GYN exam a priority. “These appointments are important for the screening tests you may have and for the conversation with your doctor,” he says.

Observe and share

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At your exam, be sure to share observations about your health over the last 12 months, and especially bring up symptoms that you might brush off as unimportant. “No symptom is too trivial to tell your doctor about,” Thomas says.  For example, ovarian cancer has very subtle and seemingly unrelated symptoms like bloating or low back pain. So those symptoms might add up to something your doctor will recognize as a warning of potential problems.

And in the case of cancer, the earlier it’s detected, the better. “In many cases, we have an 80 to 90 percent cure rate when cancer is caught early,” Thomas says.

Before your appointment, think about your own family history as well as symptoms you might experience that may be related to any of the five types of gynecologic cancer. Read More »

Fruits and Vegetables Go a Long Way in Creating a Healthier You

9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily make a big differenceWhether you’re looking to lose some weight or you just want a healthier lifestyle, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) internal medicine physician James Wertz, DO, with Muhlenberg Primary Care has two words for you: fruits and vegetables.

“Nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day can make a big difference,” he says. “They’re naturally low in calories and loaded with nutrients. Vegetables are largely carbohydrate-free, and while most fruits contain carbohydrates, they offer fewer calories. With fruits and vegetables in your diet, you’re just going to feel better.”

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