Author: Donna Fitzgerald

Tips for a Healthy Summer Commute

With the summer months just around the corner, your schedule is probably full of extra activities from taking a family road trip to enrolling your kids in summer programs. As always, you’re likely to spend a lot of time in the car. Here are some tips to have a healthier summer commute: Dress For the Weather   In the early summer months, the temperatures can be cool in the morning and sweltering in the afternoon. A full schedule rarely allows for a stop at home for a wardrobe change, so it’s important to have proper weather-related attire for everyone.   ... Read more

Positive Health Impacts of Volunteering In Your Community

As we progress farther into 2017, many new year’s resolutions may become less frequently followed. Among the top new year’s resolutions- volunteering- may have become less frequently visited or practiced as we progress further into the year. Our lives naturally become more busy, and we have many obligations that we must take care of. Our resolutions slowly begin to be placed on the back-burner, and we may completely forget about some of the positive health resolutions we have developed for the new year.   If you have been able to stick to your resolutions all year- congratulations! It can be ... Read more

The Negative Social Effects of Alcohol

Social drinking is not only acceptable in our society, but it’s often encouraged. Whether celebrating a win at a sporting event, toasting to a wedding, or getting together with friends at a party or festival, alcohol is often present, and a majority of the crowd partakes. Unfortunately, for some social drinkers, there’s a fine line between enjoying a few drinks during Happy Hour and having one too many and taking risks; many of these types of drinkers avoid or ignore the signs of problematic drinking. While drinking alcohol is present at most “social” events, alcohol can have negative social effects, ... Read more

Mental and Physical Health Considerations For Special Needs Individuals

Having a disabled family member can be challenging for all of those who are a part of his or her support system. Getting adjusted, and making changes to your daily routine and work, family, and leisurely time can take some time and practice when a disability becomes a part of a family’s reality. For family members who slowly develop a disability, families can have some time to prepare and adjust to the new needs and requirements for the individuals lifestyle. For other families, individuals are born with special needs which often force families to make changes more abruptly and with ... Read more

Your Body & Mind: 5 Negative Effects of Alcohol

If you are like millions of other Americans, you probably enjoy a few alcoholic during the week and maybe a few more on the weekend. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to a drunk driving accident and even social problems among friends, but it can also negatively affect your health.   Here’s what drinking too much alcohol can do to your body: Defining “Too Much” Before discussing the health risks associated with drinking too much alcohol, it’s important to define what “too much” means. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, moderate drinking is one drink a day for women and ... Read more

Veterans Health Conditions – What Are Some Of The Most Common Disabilities?

Veterans are critical for the health and wellness of all Americans throughout the United States. Without our fellow servicemen, stop to think about where we might be today. The hard work and extreme dedication that comes with their integrity and perseverance can be appreciated each and every day. As we wake up each morning in a free country, we should stop to think about why we enjoy the freedoms that we do each day. We sometimes take our safety and well-being for granted, because it’s been commonplace since we were born.   Now, more than ever, it’s important that we ... Read more

The Dangers of OTC Drug Addiction

Each year, hundreds of millions of Americans take over the counter (OTC) drugs to treat a variety of ailments from migraines and sinus problems to insomnia. Although these types of inexpensive and convenient drugs are designed to be safe enough for a diverse population, there is still a risk that OTC drugs can be hazardous, particularly if misused and overused. When many of us think about drug addiction, we often think about illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription drugs, but OTC drugs can be addictive, too. Here are some of the most commonly abused OTC drugs and ways to ... Read more

The Importance Of Gym Time During The Holidays

As we move into the cooler Fall and Winter months ahead, many fitness enthusiasts will begin to move their regular exercises and workout sessions indoors, if they haven’t already. With the Holidays right around the corner, it’s important to consider continuing with your regular fitness schedule despite the changing in seasons and climate. Though it may be tough to wake up before work and endure the colder climates during your commute to and from the gym, maintaining consistency is the key to staying in shape all year long. For many fitness enthusiasts, the late Fall and Winter months are common ... Read more

How Staying Fit Outside of the Workplace Can Keep You Safer at Work

Life gets busy. Some people make time for working out, others don’t. When you work 40 hours a week, have household duties on the weekends, and children with extracurricular activities, you probably find that your schedule is full, with little room for much else, let alone finding time to exercise. While it’s often hard to squeeze in time at the gym, you may want to make a little room on your calendar, particularly if you work at a high risk job where you are more likely to be injured at work. Believe it or not, staying in shape can make ... Read more

Creating An Action Plan When Diagnosed With Cancer

You just visited your family doctor for a visit because you noticed something odd about the way your body was functioning. You scheduled the visit to make sure everything was okay, only for your doctor to refer you to a specialist because of abnormal behavior he noticed. While impatiently anticipating your visit to the specialist, you begin to think of all the things wrong with your body that could possibly happen. Finally, the day comes where you are able to visit the specialist that your primary care doctor referred you to. After talking with the doctor, he advises that he ... Read more

Ways to Show Support After a Cancer Diagnosis

The National Cancer Institute reports that an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. during 2016, which means that you are likely to know at least one person who has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Although the survival rates continue to be more promising than they were decades ago, a cancer diagnosis, whether skin cancer or mesothelioma, can leave someone feeling scared, overwhelmed, and even alone. Here are some ways that you can share your support after a friend, family member, or even co-worker has been diagnosed with cancer: Make Yourself Available   When someone ... Read more