My Healthy Life

6 gotta-dos to avoid sports injuries

The last thing anyone wants is to be laid up for weeks or months with a sports injury. You want to enjoy your sport, not your sofa and a pack of ice. Although there is no fool-proof way to avoid all issues when you’re active, you can reduce your risks. Nix the idea of just [read more]

Start Your Summer Story Here

Summer comes, and your hair and your heart get lighter. Water gets warmer. Drinks get cold. Windows open. Music gets turned up. And nights get longer. Throughout our lives, the wonder of each summer always comes with its own story. As the sun shines and green things grow, every one of us, no matter our [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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Battling Depression with Mindfulness

by Katie Grady, MSW, CAPSW, Social Worker at Southwest Behavioral Services |  If you have anxiety and/or depression, at one time or another I am sure that you have desperately wished you were able to turn your thoughts off, even if just for a minute or two. This seems impossible since our thought processes are [read more]

The “E” Word

by Kerri Sue Stange, MPT, Director of Rehabilitation at the Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health |  The “E” word, exercise, for some the word elicits excitement and for others, it causes feelings of dread and hopelessness. Whatever your body type, exercise is important for your health. It’s just as important to know that it doesn’t [read more]

How to not let your health take a back seat in winter

by Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at Southwest Health |  I don’t care what groundhogs saw or did not see last week. Spring will come when it’s good and ready. In the meantime, life is too short and far too precious to hibernate. Waiting out winter is no strategy for staying healthy. Instead, [read more]

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]

Give Your Bad Day a Makeover

Work isn’t working. Your kids are crabby. That painful paper cut.  And last night’s dinner is disagreeing with you. Sometimes life just throws things in your way. Truth is, bad days happen to all of us. Even the small stuff can overwhelm us and trigger a downward spiral of negativity that may quickly turn you [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]