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  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Prunes For Bone Health

    A new wrinkle in bone health could be as near as the dried fruit aisle. Eating dried plums (also known as prunes) may help preserve your bone density, according to researchers at Florida State University and Oklahoma State University.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack – Understanding the Differences

    Cardiac arrest is much different, and with different symptoms than that of a heart attack.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Summer Safety with a Safe Sitter

    Summer Safety with a Safe Sitter

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball Huhn

    Resting For Better Heart Health

    A heart healthy lifestyle includes getting the right amount of rest

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    No Bones About It

    When a person has osteoporosis, those pores become much larger and make the bones brittle and weak. As a result, bones can break from a minor fall.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Beta-Carotene Balance

    When you eat healthful orange and other brightly colored produce, your body converts the beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is essential for normal growth, good vision and a strong immune system.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    New Baby=New Shoes

    If you’ve given birth, science is now confirming what you’ve probably suspected: Your feet grew.

    Pregnancy may permanently change the size and shape of a woman’s feet, suggests a recent study published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Playing for Time

    Your children may have new partners when they play video games: their grandparents. Controlling a video game’s action with fingers on the keys is not only fun for seniors, it may also delay cognitive loss, according to a study from the University of Iowa.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Huhn

    Tips to ‘Spring Forward’ into Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time beings Sunday, March 9, 2014, are you ready?  It’s hard enough to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday mornings, but with these helpful tips, we can offset the Monday-morning drag.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Gains for Ex Smokers

    If concerns about adding unhealthy pounds have kept you from quitting smoking, your argument doesn’t carry much weight. Even if you gain a little, you’ll still improve your heart health overall when you put out your last butt, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Yoga and Pregnancy Depression

    Yoga may help alleviate depression for pregnant women, according to a new study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Banishing Belly Fat

    Although you can’t see it, visceral (deep abdominal) fat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. Now researchers suggest that the amount of visceral fat you can lose may be affected by the type of diet you choose.

  • POSTED BY: Andre Seballo

    5 Foods For Healthy Bones & Joints

    Your bones and joints support every move you make, it's easy to take them for granted. But just like your other organs, your skeleton is a living tissue in constant need of nutrients.  “A balanced diet rich in fresh, whole foods is a good foundation for healthy bones and joints,” says Juan Agudelo, MD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon at Florida Hospital East Orlando. Here, Dr. Agudelo shares 5 foods that promote bone health.

  • POSTED BY: Amber Ball Huhn

    Don’t Let Heart Disease Spoil Your Trip

    Heart disease should not ground your travel plans.  A little preparation will allow you to have a comfortable and heart-healthy vacation. If you were recently hospitalized or had a procedure, make sure your physician has cleared you for travel, and follow these tips.

  • POSTED BY: Hannah Ballew

    4 Tips for Having a Family Meeting on Media & Device Boundaries

    Have you ever felt concerned about the amount of time your family spends in front of screens? In today’s world, we can be inundated with them between cell phones, computers, tablets and television. According to Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt, licensed Florida Hospital for Children psychologist, a family meeting is a great way to kick-off cutting back on screen time and find more ways to spend quality time together as a family.

  • POSTED BY: Kara King

    5 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf Game

    Golf is a relaxing hobby which is something we all need. However, there are ways to improve your game.

  • POSTED BY: Sarah Hohman

    7 Foods to Fight Heart Disease

    One of the quickest ways to fight heart disease is to change your diet.

  • POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

    Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults: Real Concerns, Practical Advice

    The most dramatic increases have been observed in the 20-29 year olds.  New studies are showing that when it comes to their health colorectal cancer should be on their radar.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Taking Time for a Healthy Baby!

    If you’re planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to improve your health and the health of your baby before pregnancy.  Optimizing your health and preparing for your pregnancy can ultimately result in a healthier mom and baby! 

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    Healthy Eating, Healthy Baby

    If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are two simple things to focus on to improve your health and the health of your baby: nutrition and exercise. There is a lot of research showing that woman who exercise before and during pregnancy, and eat a balanced nutritional diet, have better pregnancies and better pregnancy outcomes.

  • POSTED BY: Colleen Monday

    What is a Perinatologist and When to See One

    Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but some women develop complications during pregnancy and need to seek a specialist for diagnosis and treatment of problems with their pregnancy. A perinatologist is a physician that works in conjunction with a patient’s obstetrician when pregnancy complications develop and is able to provide care for both the mom and unborn baby. A perinatologist has completed four years of medical school training, four years of obstetrics and gynecology residency program and two - three years of maternal–fetal medicine fellowship program.

  • POSTED BY: Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute

    Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

    For people with diabetes, the holidays can bring some challenges with all the cookies, cakes, and pies that are shared. If you are planning to spend the holiday season with friends and family, you’ll need to be prepared.

  • POSTED BY: Amanda Rayno

    Hear the Joy This Holiday Season: Why You Need to Get Your Hearing Tested

    Getting your hearing tested with a loved one may be the most precious and helpful gift you can give or receive this holiday season, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). No doubt, it will be among the very best things you and your loved one can do to safeguard an active, healthy, engaging lifestyle.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Book Teaches Kids to Eat More Veggies

    Proper nutrition is the foundation to a healthy lifestyle that should be taught at any early age.

  • POSTED BY: Christopher Thurston, PT, DPT, CSCS, TPI Certified Physical Therapist

    NBA Injuries: After Torn Achilles Tendon, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant Looking to Defy Odds in His Return

    Future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  He is recuperating from an injury that required surgical repair, and since has been sidelined by a torn Achilles tendon dating back to April 2013. At the age of 35, Kobe has numerous accomplishments that include NBA championships, NBA League MVP, Slam Dunk Champion and countless NBA All-star game appearances.  Bryant has sat out the start of the 2013-2014 season thus far and is looking to return to the court soon. 

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Palo

    Calorie Counting in a Fast Food Society

    At the end of the day, one of the first things that come to mind is food. What am I cooking for dinner, or better yet, where am I picking up dinner? Sound familiar? In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard to find the time to prepare a nice sit-down meal. 

  • POSTED BY: Julia Riola

    Suffer From Acid Reflux? 8 Indicators that it is a Serious Health Concern

    Shocking statistics show that up to 1 out of 5 U.S. adults are affected by GERD. Are you?

  • POSTED BY: Jessica Palo

    Fat Burners: Not What They're Cracked Up to Be

    To get in incredible shape you need to be disciplined. No legal supplement out there is going to do all the work for you while you sit on the couch and watch TV. You have to get up and get active. One of the most common ingredients in fat burning supplements today is caffeine. No, caffeine doesn’t burn fat, it gives you energy.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowksi

    DNA Based Diets

    Health experts may be able to create individualized diet plans based on DNA

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Can You Recover From Picky Eating?

    Even the pickiest eaters can change their palates with these eating tips

  • POSTED BY: Candie Swager, RN

    Staying Fit During the Holidays

    We love it when holidays become visible on the calendar.  Visions of turkey with gravy and ham with sweet potato casserole begin to tease our senses, especially our tummies. But we know in the back of our minds that January and resolutions will follow along with the word “diet.”

  • POSTED BY: Marie Ioime

    Foodie Fare: 3 Side Dishes for your Thanksgiving Table

    Everyone loves holiday side dishes and we’ve got 3 delicious and different side dishes – that just happen to be healthy!  Who says the turkey should get all the attention; try any or all of these side dishes and your family will be asking for them every holiday – or every day! 

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Four Things You Can Do To Make The Doctor's Visit Better

    After working in the health care business for several years and being a patient for my entire life, I’ve learned a little bit about “both sides of the fence”. As a patient I tend to be anxious, impatient and timid. If you struggle with doctor’s visits like I do, and you want to be part of the solution, here are a few things that Dr. Herdley Paolini, author of Inside the Mind of a Physician and director of Physician Support Services at Florida Hospital [], recommends.

  • POSTED BY: Milt Bedingfield, MS, CDE, Florida Hospital Tampa Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute

    An Excellent Reason Not to Keep Your Diabetes a Secret

    I can think of at least several good reasons for not keeping your diabetes a secret. The most important is that others may know you're having a blood glucose issue before you do.

  • POSTED BY: Julia Riola

    Caffeine: How much is too much?

    How much caffeine do you consume daily? Is it the first thing you reach for in the morning to get your day started? These days, I find myself waking up thinking I need a cup of coffee stat! And this is just the first of several cups for the day. As you start to calculate the caffeine you drink don’t forget any soda or tea as well as coffee.  It adds up pretty quickly!

  • POSTED BY: Melanie Diaz

    The Benefits of Group Exercise

    We all know that incorporating some sort of exercise into your weekly routine is an important aspect of living a healthy life. One popular trend in fitness is group workouts. What better way to get motivated then to join your friends for a fun and energetic exercise session. Learn more about the benefits of group exercise.

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Burton

    10 Minute Workout to Jumpstart Your Day

    With my sometimes very busy schedule, I often leave out what should be one of the most important activities of my day: exercising. On days when I can’t fit in my trip to the gym, I’ve started using body weight training at home. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes, and you can do it before you even get ready for work. All you need is you!  Here are some simple body weight exercises you can do in the morning while still in your pj’s! This circuit is recommended by Patrick Faulk, Certified Personal Trainer with The Fitness Centre & Day Spa at Celebration Health.

  • POSTED BY: Raquel Thompson

    Why I Walk

    According to the ADA, there are 26 million people diagnosed with diabetes and over 75 million people diagnosed with pre-diabetes it is becoming an epidemic.  For Krystle Nicely, participating in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Step Out Walk to stop diabetes is a no-brainer.  Krystle now leads a team of walkers at the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute and is looking forward to walking again on November 2, 2013 at Baldwin Park. 

  • POSTED BY: Alex Beasley, Guest Blogger, Medical Writer and Editor

    Wonders for your Wellness

    Having joy and fulfillment in your life does wonders for your wellness, and it is one of the goals of Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 program.

  • POSTED BY: Sydney Hirst

    Florida Hospital Teams Up with the Magic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Florida Hospital is teaming up with the Orlando Magic to take breast cancer awareness to the next level and honor breast cancer survivors at the same time.  You can make a difference too by just going to the game!

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    The Power of Pink

    Every October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are reminded of the importance of early detection and annual mammograms. But how many of us actually follow through on this advice? How many times do we say “I’ll get my mammogram done next year”?

    The numbers for breast cancer survival are encouraging. With early detection aided by advances in imaging, women are surviving breast cancer in increasing numbers and moving forward with their lives.

  • POSTED BY: Samantha Stinson

    My Mom’s Mammogram

    “Mom, one in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer.  American Cancer Society recommends a yearly screening mammogram starting at age 40…” I don’t think I stopped until I had to inhale. If you or someone you love is due for their screening mammogram, call (407) 303-7500 or visit

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Bradley

    When to Ask Questions about Your GYN Health

    Women deal with so many variables in their gynecologic health. It is important to know which questions to ask, but also to know how to get these questions answered. Many women go through hysterectomies, gynecologic surgeries and the life-threatening diagnosis of cancer with no one to answer their questions beyond treatment and surgery. Yes, the clinical questions and concerns are important, especially before treatment or surgery. But other questions, such as the ones regarding hormones, pain, hair loss and many other side effects are a sensitive subject for many women and are just as important.

  • POSTED BY: Alex Beasley, Guest Blogger, Medical Writer and Editor

    Don’t be Burned by Your Fears

    Overcoming self-doubt, taking chances and testing boundaries are how we gain confidence and move forward. Personal growth can lead to greater happiness and satisfaction, hallmarks of Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 initiative.

  • POSTED BY: Marie Ioime

    Foodie Fare: Party Hearty Without the Guilt

    Three great dips and other easy recipes that won’t leave you with “snacker’s remorse.” Check out these easy recipes and watch the episode at Healthy 100 Videos  for more party snack tips.

  • POSTED BY: Alex Beasley, Guest Blogger, Medical Writer and Editor

    Make Someone’s Life Amazing

    The quality of our relationships with spouses, partners, family and friends directly affects our outlook. The more we nurture those relationships, the happier and healthier we feel.

  • POSTED BY: Eric Schmidt

    How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life

    Anger can literally kill you, just like it kills others every day. Anger is often disguised by its symptoms, which include heart disease, depression, and histories of unhealthy and fragile relationships. A question worth asking is: Do you feel that you are an angry person? When confronted with this question, many of us will genuinely feel that we are not angry, but closer examination often reveals the contrary. Called To Flourish speaker Dr. Dick Tibbits, in his book Forgive to Live, states that quite often anger is the source of a plethora of problems.

    Dr. Tibbits will be speaking at the Called to Flourish conference on September 20th on how to reframe this grievance story so that the bad event is seen in a larger context and anger can be vanquished by forgiveness. Other speakers at this full-day conference include Dr. Sandy Shughart, Dr. Herdley Paolini, Dr. Des Cummings, Pastor Steve Reynolds and best-selling author Max Lucado.

  • POSTED BY: Alex Beasley, Guest Blogger, Medical Writer and Editor

    What’s on Your Bucket List?

    Garry and Christine Welsh had been considering ways to give back to their community. But then the unexpected happened, and suddenly there was no question about how they would help others.

  • POSTED BY: Eric Schmidt

    Claim Your Bod for God

    Do you think you’re physically healthy? Do you think you’re spiritually healthy? Do you think the first two questions have anything to do with each other? Most people don’t. But the growing trend is for these questions to be seen as just parts of a bigger question: are you healthy? Statistically, American Christians have the highest instances of obesity when compared with other religions. 

  • POSTED BY: Marie Ioime

    Foodie Fare: Your Nutritious and Delicious Seal of Approval

    Chef Mark Boor from Fulton’s Crab House joined me in the kitchen on Florida Hospital’s recent Lunch and Learn LIVE! web-cast.   He demonstrated his “Florida Grouper with Avocado Dressing” so you can make it at home in less than 30 minutes.