How to Get the Most Out of Your Annual Exam
Whether you dread or look forward to your health report card and check-up, if this is the one time you see your doctor each year, try to make the most of it!Read more
A healthy body starts with the right food and activity. Balancing your diet will ensure that your body is getting everything it needs for strong bones, immune system, organs, and mental health. Every woman’s body is unique. A diet that may work for one person may not be right for another.Read more
Lifestyle coaches may help you achieve your wellness goals. Whether you are trying to quit smoking, obtain and maintain a healthy weight, or deal with stress, a supportive lifestyle coach can work with you to make better choices for your health.Read more
Ask Sofia: How Do I Know if I Have Depression or Just a Case of the Blues?
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, it’s not uncommon to feel a little blue, fatigued or wistful for warmer, brighter days. However, if your brief bout of sadness or tiredness deepens, begins to interfere with your daily life or leads to loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, you may be experiencing depression. About 19 million Americans experience depression each year, according to WebMD, with women accounting for nearly twice the cases as men.Read more
Ask Sofia: Why Do I Have to Be Tested for Gestational Diabetes?
Characterized by high blood sugar or glucose levels and generally developing between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, gestational diabetes is different from a type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosis before or after your pregnancy. It occurs in about five percent of all pregnancies and is caused by increased levels of hormones in the placenta that lead to higher blood sugar levels.Read more
Social Media and Relationships
Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media sites (not to mention texting), do you spend more time gazing at your phone or tablet than looking at the important people in your lives? New research indicates that couples who use more than five social media sites report a decrease in marital satisfaction, according to the Daily Mail, and that 20 percent of adults said the internet had a mostly negative impact on their marriage or partnership, according to Pew Research.Read more
How Can I Boost my Low Libido?
Valentine’s Day and a low libido are not an ideal duo. Loss of desire peaks between the ages of 35 and 64, according to WebMD, particularly before and after menopause. Libido can dip due to hormonal changes, stress or lack of sleep, loss of
confidence and a host of other reasons, but it does not have to be a permanent change.
A New Take on New Year’s Resolutions
While nearly half of us take the time to make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent of us are actually successful in sustaining them for the long term, according to the University of Scranton. Whether it’s getting more organized, saving more money or exercising more often, our resolutions often fall by the wayside before the groundhog has a chance to see his shadow on Feb. 2. So this year, how about a New Year’s resolution with a twist? Rather than focusing on a perceived negative (“I need to stop eating junk food” or “I need to stop making bad decisions”), set a positive intention for 2014.Read more
Strategies for Beating Fatigue
After Daylight Saving Time, it gets dark at 5 p.m. And the rush of the holidays tends to have most of us racing around from morning until night. If you’re a little fatigued this time of year, it’s no surprise. During the darkest, coldest days of the year, we are busier than ever, which can lead to tiredness, frustration or depression.
If you find yourself fatigued, consider the following strategies for re-energizing your days and nights.Read more
Ask Sofia: What Can I Expect as I Enter Menopause?
Menopause, the end of menstruation for women, affects every woman at some point – it can start as early as age 40, although the average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51. Menopause comes with a variety of physical and emotional symptoms and issues.Read more
Putting More Fun in Your Schedule
There’s still more time to enjoy summer and have fun!Read more
While January is typically the month for hats, horns, and hopes of change for the new year, July is also a wonderful time to slow down, take stock and determine what you’d like to work on, change or enjoy during the second half of the year. You never have to wait until January 1 to […]Read more
Are You Too Nice?
Are You Too Nice?Read more
Defeating DiabetesRead more
The Almost Painless Period
The Almost Painless PeriodRead more
Alcohol: Dangerous or Healthy for Women?
If you’re making a toast to your sweetheart, yourself or the good things in your life this month, then, with all the conflicting studies on the topic, you might wonder whether that glass of alcohol is more healthy or harmful to you. And the answer is: It depends.Read more
Try Something New in 2013
Eleanor Roosevelt encouraged others to “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Have you taken a risk lately? What changes, new things or adventures would you like to embark on in 2013? Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or simply a desire to make a change, trying something new can bolster your brain power, […]Read more