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Learn about ways to stay healthy and stay well with regular articles from Florida Hospital.
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    What Is Whole-Person Care?

    It takes more than a healthy body to truly feel your best. That's why we're about more than just physical health. Here's what the AdventHealth promise of whole-person care means for you.

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    The Importance of Spiritual Care in Health Care

    We feel strongly that spiritual support is an important part of your healing process.

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    The Importance of Maintaining Your Spiritual Well-Being

    Hectic days filled with long to-do lists leave us little room for down time and reflection. Read more on the amazing benefits of tending to your spiritual well-being.

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    Say Hello to Wellness. Say Hello to HelloWell™.

    Talk to a doctor via Facetime? View your medical records on your phone? It's possible. HelloWell is changing the way we connect with you.

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    National Day of Relaxation: How to Relax in 60 Seconds

    Stress is a normal part of our daily lives, but can have negative effects on our health if we don't manage it. Take a quick break and relax in 60 seconds.

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    Carrie Underwood Baby News: How We Care for Moms 35+

    The risks of infertility and complications do increase as we get older, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a perfectly healthy pregnancy as you get older. We asked Florida Hospital maternal-fetal medicine physician and high-risk pregnancy specialist Dr. Rachel Humphrey to help explain what to expect when you’re expecting — at age 35 and over. 

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    Infant and Child CPR: When Seconds Matter

    Instead of spending those seconds waiting for emergency responders to arrive, you can use them working to save your child. Learning infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, can prepare you to give your child the best chance at recovering from an emergency, whether it be choking, drowning or a breathing problem like asthma.

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    Women’s Health: When Should I See My Doctor?

    You should have started from the time you were a young woman, but it’s not too late to begin the following simple, routine screenings.

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    Dancing for Birth™ Gets Moms Moving, Feeling Empowered

    Dancing for Birth is a new fitness class (even for those who feel like they have two left feet) and an education class for women who don’t want to sit still. Education, fitness and camaraderie contribute to what Collins says is a major theme of the course.

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    Protect Your Child From Sun Damage Now to Prevent Cancer Decades Later

    Like a snowball growing as it rolls down a hill, your risk for skin cancer grows with each bad sunburn, starting in childhood. Studies show that five blistering burns increase your lifetime risk of melanoma by 80 percent. 

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    Healing Your Pain: Choosing PT Over Opioids

    The three types of pain are known as acute pain, subacute pain, and chronic pain.

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    Summer Sun and Skin Safety for Kids

    To learn how you can protect yourself and your children from the sun’s damaging effects we talked to our own board-certified pediatric specialist, and medical director of pediatric dermatology at Florida Hospital for Children, Tace Rico, MD, about tips and tricks for staying safe and healthy this summer.

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    Identifying Cognitive Disabilities in Your Child

    Dr. Michael Westerveld is leading the charge in one such arena, children’s behavioral psychology at The Center for Neuropsychology at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. We felt it was important to focus on this for the sake of the children, the parents desperately seeking answers, and the schools and communities which we serve.

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    Pumping 101: Tips and Tricks

    Not all new mother’s can or want to breastfeed and that is a choice every mother must make on her own. The long-term physical and mental health benefits of breastfeeding babies are well documented, but only a mother can decide what is right for her and her child. That said, Goldberg suggests that new moms who are breastfeeding to feed her baby at the breast each time for the first 3-4 weeks.

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    The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

    Prenatal yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and decrease several common negative side effects associated with pregnancy. To learn more, we spoke with our own prenatal yoga instructor, April Eckwielen.

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    Healthy Food, Healthy Brain: How Eating Right Can Help You Avoid Alzheimer’s

    Multiple studies have established a connection between healthy food and lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease. One 2015 study found an eating plan focusing on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts lowered Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 53 percent.

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    A Network of Care - In the Palm of Your Hand

    With three easy-to-use tools, you can stay connected and help us ensure that you always get the best possible care. Our goal of providing you with complete physical, emotional, and spiritual care starts with giving you quick access to us through a few convenient apps right on your phone.

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    Playing Sports in the Heat

    From golf to basketball and beyond, the summer weather lends itself to a wide variety of outdoor sports and leisure activities. 

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    Sound Health: Protect Your Hearing From Loud Fireworks

    Damage to hearing can come from multiple lifetime exposures as well as a one-time blast or extended exposure of up to eight hours. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, loud noise over 120 decibels can cause immediate harm to hearing.

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    Back to School: Teacher’s Edition

    Since you make enough lists during the year, we’ve compiled a top ten list of ways to take care of yourself and make the most out of summer for you. 

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    Prepare More, Worry Less This Hurricane Season

    But often, the best antidote for anxiety is preparation. So we’re sharing a few key hurricane prep guidelines to help you feel calm and confident about the season ahead. 

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    How Do I Know When My Loved One Needs Hospice or Palliative Care?

    Both hospice and palliative care are given by teams made up of diverse specialists who support your whole well-being. The physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both you and your family are provided for by a physician-directed and nurse-coordinated team approach to care, along with the daily primary care offered by loved ones.

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    5 Simple Habits Can Protect Your Child From Hot Vehicles

    The heat doesn’t need to be sweltering to be dangerous; children have died in cars with outside temperatures in the 60s. But on hot days, the greenhouse effect created when sunlight passes through car windows can intensify that danger. On a 90-degree day, temperatures inside a car can be fatal for children in just 10 minutes, according to a report from the National Safety Council.

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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 6: How Aging Affects Sleep

    Where we once might have naturally stayed up late, our bodies become ready for sleep earlier at night. In the past, sleeping late on weekends may have been one of life’s little pleasures; now, you find yourself waking up even before the rooster crows. 

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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 5: The Top 10 Signs You’re Sleep Deprived (Plus Tips to Save Your Sleep)

    Sleep expert and neurologist Holly Skinner, DO, says insufficient sleep can take many forms that vary across the life-span.  For example, children who are sleep deprived many actually become hyperactive or have other unwanted behaviors such as aggressive. School performance may deteriorate as well.  In adults, sleep deprivation may change eating habits, mood, work performance and even pain levels.  

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    The Secrets of Sleep, Part 4: What Chronic Sleep Deprivation Means for Your Health

    The consequences of insufficient sleep can have a serious, widespread toll on your health, in ways you may not even realize. When talking about insufficient sleep, it’s important to know just what “insufficient” means. 

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    Do Kids Need Supportive Shoes for Spine and Joint Health?

    With so many shoe choices on the market today, it can be confusing to know how to choose the right pairs for all your kids’ different activities. We turned to our own Dr. Raymund Woo, M.D., board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeon for advice.

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    Exercising Too Hard: Rhabdomyolysis

    In most cases, overexertion will lead to pain and possible injury but in rare cases, it can lead to rhabdomyolysis which can be deadly. However, if it’s caught early enough the outcome is usually a full recovery. To find out more we talked to one of our physical therapy specialists, Sheila Klausner, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS.

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    Top 3 Beach Safety Tips for the Family

    Incidents like these are a reminder that for all the beaches’ beautiful views and fun times, there are certain risks you should always be aware of. To help keep your family safe, healthy, and happy on your next coastal getaway, we asked Dr. Paul Mucciolo, medical director of the emergency department at Florida Hospital Flagler, for advice on a few beach safety tips. 

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    What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

    According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the prevalence of food allergies among those under age 18 is somewhere between 1 and 10 percent. Applying this figure to the U.S. Census July 2014 estimates, there may be three to seven million children with food allergies in the country.

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    Struggling with Mental Health: You’re Never Alone

    Many people who hesitate to seek help spend far too long struggling in silence. And there are many: According to the World Health Organization, more than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses. We want to work toward breaking the stigma associated with the discussion of mental health issues.

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    Heart Health in the Heat of Summer

    Those working toward heart health, especially those over the age of 50 years, and the overweight need to take extra precautions when exercising in warm weather. You should always consult your physician before beginning a new exercise routine. 

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    School starts soon. Is your child vaccinated?

    Over the past 50 years, vaccines have led to the protection of millions of children against serious diseases. “In some cases, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exists especially in other parts of the world,” she says. “Your child may be exposed to these diseases if he or she travels to areas where the disease is still present or if they’re exposed to people who travel to the United States from areas where the disease is still present.

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    FDA Declares Teething Remedies with Benzocaine Unsafe

    When your little one is in pain, you’d do anything to make them feel better. Many parents have turned to a remedy that’s commonly used to treat oral pain in adults: topical numbing creams. But the FDA warns that medications containing the numbing agent benzocaine should not be used on babies and toddlers due to potentially deadly side effects. 

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    Does My Child Have a Postural Deformity?

    Postural deformities are a common problem among children. In fact, many adults’ aches and pains are the long-term effects of poor posture or bad alignment that started in childhood. There are many reasons why this happens, including bad habits not broken in time, bad diets and a lack of regular physical activity. Diagnosing postural deformities at an early age makes treatment possible, which may prevent serious postural abnormalities.

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    Stayin’ Alive: Best Songs for CPR

    There are a wide variety of other songs that fit into this category, too. To help you understand and remember proper chest compression pace, we’ve compiled a whole list of popular songs to think of if you need to perform CPR.

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    Whole-Health Summer Travel Tips for Your Family

    Here are some tips to plan, pack and sit back and fill your heart and soul with summer joy.

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    Save a Life With the Hands-Only CPR Playlist

    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a public location could be saved by receiving immediate CPR from someone on the scene. 

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    The Benefits of Crawling Volume 1: Tummy Time

    In this first of three blogs on the benefits of crawling we'll be discussing all that is learned and developed through a baby's time spent on the floor before to learning to crawl.

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    The Benefits of Crawling Volume 2: Crawling

    Once the baby has everything they need in place, they'll begin to crawl. Crawling helps strengthen the center of the body, the neck, hips, back, shoulders and the arms, which builds a stable base to support the development of hand and finger skills.

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    The Benefits of Crawling Volume 3: Developing the Other Senses

    The adage, “You must learn to crawl before you can walk,” is one of the oldest and truest for a good reason. Scientists and doctors keep finding new evidence to support that crawling is crucial to the development of not only a child's ability to later walk, but to many other aspects of development, as well.

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    Hear Better, Live Better: Advice From an Audiologist

    In honor of Better Hearing & Speech Month this May, we encourage you to address any hearing loss you or your loved ones may be experiencing. According to a 2016 study by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69 have some trouble with hearing. Audiologist Dr. Annette Marie Garced-Santiago explains why you shouldn’t hesitate to make an appointment — so you can get back to experiencing and enjoying sound to the fullest.

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    5 Things Millennials Should Know About Colon Cancer

    It can be particularly devastating for younger victims precisely because it is so unexpected. Routine testing for the disease in healthy people — which can find colon cancer before symptoms appear, when treatments are more effective — does not typically begin until age 50.

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    Huey Lewis Suffering from Meniere's Disease

    Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News fame was recently diagnosed with Meniere's disease after finding himself unable to perform at a show in Dallas. The singer of such great hits as, “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “If This Is It,” and “Hip to Be a Square,” recounted the moment he knew something was wrong: "As I walked to the stage, it sounded like there was a jet engine going on. I knew something was wrong. I couldn’t find pitch.”

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    Get That Pro Basketball Player Physique

    Here are some ways to improve your fitness levels while becoming a better basketball player. One of our athletic trainers who works with the Lakeland Magic, Jenn Scallin Perez, gives you the tips you'll need to make next year's roster.

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    Shaquem Griffin: An Inspiring Story of Determination

    He's the one-handed UCF Football alum who was recently drafted onto the Seattle Seahawks at this year’s NFL Draft. His story of overcoming hardship and his disability is truly inspiring.

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    How to Workout During the Game

    With conference semifinals, finals, and the NBA finals happening in May, we know you'll be spending a lot of time watching the games. Here are ten ways to make sure you're still keeping your fitness in check without missing a minute of the action.

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    Staying Safe In Extreme Heat: Tips to Prevent Heat Illness

    Despite afternoon thunderstorms, Florida temperatures continue to spike above 90 degrees. As the mercury rises, so too does the potential for heat illness.

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    Healing the Loneliness Epidemic with Human Connection

    As a culture, we’re communicating more than ever. But according to recent studies, it turns out we also feel incredibly isolated and lonely. A nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna found that nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). But that heartbreaking statistic has a solution: the formation of genuine, meaningful human connections. 

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    Emergency Prep 101: Stay Informed and Have a Plan

    With a plan and all of the important supplies you may need, you can enter each new season calmly and confidently. 

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