Food & Eating

A Love Story

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications I am in a long-term relationship that’s really good for me, but it hasn’t always been like that. It was a rocky road for many years. The relationship I have now is healthy for me because I not only really enjoy our time together but also know [read more]

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Beyond Thirst: Signs You’re Dehydrated

The average human is about 60% water. True. Dehydration (when your body does not have enough water to function properly) can cause blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal health issues. That’s unfortunately true, too. In fact, even mild dehydration can cause problems, so everyone should know about the not-so-obvious signs of dehydration that don’t [read more]

Eat To Remember: The 10 best foods for a quick mind and strong body

by Healthbeat Committee at Southwest Health You think of food to fuel your workouts, but it also can improve your brainpower! A study from Rush University in Chicago found that adults who followed a heart-healthy diet reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50% compared to those who didn’t. The diet, a hybrid of [read more]

Pipe Full of Focus – how to do that which you can’t

by Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at Southwest Health |  My ignorance is sometimes a big plus. On specific occasions, I find it very helpful to dredge up some inner unawareness. Which is totally not hard for me, but the thing is, with it I can do just about anything. It’s a matter [read more]

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Cool Beans

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at Southwest Health. The magical fruit, as they’ve been dubbed in a school-yard rhyme, are indeed both fruit and magic. While some cultures have long eaten beans because they’re abundant and cheap, the world is now waking up to the true magic of the legume family – [read more]

Holiday and Healthy – Is it Possible?

By Southwest Health Healthbeat Committee In the midst of this holiday season, we must ask, “Is your healthy lifestyle surviving?” Are you looking for ways to keep capital H for “health” in the holiday season? The average person gains 0.4 to 1.8 pounds (per the New England Journal of Medicine) during the holidays. Unfortunately, this [read more]

5 Secrets to Aging Well

Aging, growing old, getting up there, past your prime; however you say it, it’s going to happen to all of us. It can be difficult too, and scary. Especially if you’re faced with aging alone or with limited assistance. Many people even have special needs as they grow older. The basics, however, remain the same. [read more]

A wake up call for everyone who eats

“It’s time to get real about food,” say the producers of the critically acclaimed documentary FED UP. The Huffington Post says it’s “A wake-up call for everyone who eats.” UNITE for Platteville, a group of engaged citizens working together for positive change in our communities, organized a public showing on Saturday of the movie to [read more]

Links between poor diet and health problems

Discover a wealth of knowledge from Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University. He’s among the top scientists worldwide in the field of nutrition. In this video he details the links between an inadequate and unbalanced diet and health probl [read more]

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Forget the fat. Focus on fitness.

America is obsessed with weight. You might say it’s an unhealthy obsession. But America’s obsession doesn’t have to be yours, too. A healthier and more productive focus for you is fitness. Instead of thinking pounds and inches, turn your attention to nourishing your body, to getting plenty of rest, to reducing your stress, and to increasing [read more]