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Free HIV STD & Hepatitis C Testing Available Recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Martin County – In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County is offering free HIV, STD and Hepatitis C testing. No appointment is needed and some results are available in about 15-minutes. Health Department staff will also offer education, counseling and connection to treatment, if needed.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was established to raise awareness, encourage testing and prevention methods in the Black/African American population, who are disproportionately affected by the virus.

Free HIV, STD and Hepatitis C testing events:
• Tuesday, February 7 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hitchcock Market, 15500 SW Trail Drive, Indiantown
• Friday, February 10 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Florida Department of Health, 3441 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart

Contact:
Renay Rouse Renay.Rouse@FLHealth.gov 772-631-6008

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HANDS Clinic of St. Lucie County Launches Mobile Healthcare Van

23 Jan Mobile Health

In Photo: The HANDS Clinic mobile van, Health on Wheels, is bringing free primary health care to uninsured residents of St. Lucie County right in their own neighborhoods

St. Lucie County - The HANDS Clinic of St. Lucie County is taking free health care on the road. A mobile van, called Health on Wheels, has been outfitted as a primary care office that can bring staff and equipment to vulnerable neighborhoods in St. Lucie County. “We know that many of the uninsured St. Lucie residents who are eligible for free care face transportation hurdles.

They may have difficulty in getting to our main office in Fort Pierce, and so may go without the services they need,” said HANDS Executive Director Lisa Hatch. “Our HANDS Clinic volunteers are now able to bring our quality care to these individuals right in their own neighborhoods.”

The mobile van is a partnership of the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, the St. Lucie Health Department, and the HANDS Clinic. Funding for the purchase of the van was made possible through CARE Act funds administered by St. Lucie County. It is staffed by three HANDS Clinic nurse practitioners. To launch the mobile van, the HANDS Clinic is holding a ribbon cutting in partnership with the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at In the Image of Christ on 7th Street in Fort Pierce. The community is invited. “This Lincoln Park neighborhood is the van’s first outreach location,” Hatch said, “so it seems the most appropriate site to celebrate its launch.” Health on Wheels will be at this location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the option to expand the schedule as demand increases. Other neighborhoods will be added over time.

Low-Cost Dental Services Available at Indian River State College

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Longtime Florida-Based Licensed Nurse Registry VIP America Acquired by Greater New York Nursing

23 Jan VIP America Multi

Acquisition seeks to expand successful New York-based service offerings to meet growing community demands in Florida

Stuart - VIP America, LLC, a licensed nurse registry catering to the needs of families across Central and South Florida for nearly three decades, announced today that it has been acquired by Greater New York Nursing Services (GNY), a leading Brooklyn, New York-based healthcare conglomerate.

The acquisition, which adds VIP America’s nurse registry to GNY’s family of companies, provides a key network of independent caregivers that provide at-home services throughout Florida.

“We are beyond proud of the impact that our company has made for more than 25 years in serving the growing demand for aging Floridians to remain independent in the comfort of their own homes,” said Jill Ball, President of VIP America. “In heavy contemplation of the legacy and future of VIP America, we could not be more thrilled to now be under the Greater New York Nursing umbrella that has established such a strong foundation and network of care in a major market and increasingly crowded healthcare space.”

VIP America’s founders Jim and Joan Collins, along with their daughter Juli, started the company after identifying a need for quality care for their local community and the surrounding counties.
Having served in management roles prior to founding VIP America – with over 40 years of combined experience – the Collins family filled a void in the home health space by establishing an agency of qualified caregivers. After two years of companion and homemaker services, VIP America, a women-owned and operated company, became a Nurse Registry adding personal care and nursing services to meet the ever-growing needs of the elderly and infirmed, enabling the company to refer a wide range of services to clients wishing to remain in their own homes.

“VIP America’s historic three generations of service across sixteen Florida counties is unparalleled in the at-home healthcare space,” said Michael Kochen, Chief Executive Officer of GNY. “We are tremendously proud and excited to build on their legacy and continue to innovate in ways that benefit a growing patient population that is seeking high level of home-based care.”

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Cancer Nutrition Consortium Releases Cookbook of Recipes Designed for People in Treatment

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Photos by: Cancer Nutrition Consortium
The holiday season is a time when food is central to many festivities. But for people fighting cancer, that can be a struggle as treatment often affects taste, smells, appetite, nausea and digestion. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for people undergoing cancer treatment is getting proper nutrition.

A new cookbook is now available with recipes created especially for people undergoing cancer treatment. Cooking Through Treatment contains 43 convenient, nutritious recipes tailored to meet the various needs of people during cancer treatment and recovery.

What makes this cookbook unique is that all the recipes were developed by chefs in conjunction with oncology dietitians at some of the nation’s leading cancer treatment institutions, including the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, New York University Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Based on the results of a groundbreaking multicenter clinical research study, each recipe was designed to address issues that cancer patients might face, including difficulty swallowing or the need for mild flavors, which often interfere with getting enough good nutrition. Using a system of nutrition indicators, each recipe is coded for specific nutritional needs, including heart health, high-protein, and energy boosting.

Cooking Through Treatment was developed by the Cancer Nutrition Consortium, a non-profit that works to promote and better understand the importance of nutrition for positive medical outcomes for patients during cancer treatment and recovery.

“The whole key behind the CNC is a scientific approach to maintaining good nutrition at any stage of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” said Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, a primary care physician in West Palm Beach and founder of the CNC.

Faced with questions about food and nutrition from patients fighting cancer, Moskowitz discovered how little research and science-based information existed. The CNC was created to develop and share that knowledge. In addition to working with nutrition experts at leading cancer institutions, the CNC also has underwritten multiple scientific research studies of food and nutrition in people undergoing cancer treatment.

“Whether you’re just diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or are a survivor, having knowledge-based information is extremely important,” Moskowitz said.

The Cancer Nutrition Consortium, Inc. is approved as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized in the State of Florida.

Learn more and find the cookbook at www.cancernutrition.org.

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HEALTHY RECIPES FOR 2023

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Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets

22 Dec Tartlets

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Vegetable oil, for brushing
1 large shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 1/2 ounces mild goat cheese, softened
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 large eggs, separated
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
Chopped chives, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Place 1 phyllo sheet on a clean surface (cover the other sheets with a damp towel), brush with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon parmesan. Cover with another phyllo sheet, brush with more butter and sprinkle with another teaspoon parmesan. Top with the remaining phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Cut the phyllo stack into 24 squares, about 3 inches each. Brush a 24-cup mini muffin tin with oil, then firmly press a phyllo square, buttered-side down, into each cup. Bake until golden, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until translucent. Stir in the flour, then add the milk and stir until the mixture is smooth, 1 minute. Add the nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in the goat cheese, lemon zest and vinegar until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and mix in the egg yolks, then the spinach.

Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the spinach filling. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into each phyllo cup and top with the remaining parmesan. Bake until the filling is set, 15 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan; remove and top with the chives.

Spinach Artichoke Baked Brie

22 Dec Baked Brie

Ingredients:
One 10-ounce box frozen leaf spinach, thawed, drained
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 small clove garlic, grated
1/4 cup canned artichoke hearts (about 2), drained well and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup shredded whole-milk mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
One sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce box), thawed
One 16-ounce wheel of brie
Crackers and crostini, for serving

Directions:
Put the spinach in a clean kitchen towel over a bowl or the sink and twist to squeeze out all the moisture. Coarsely chop.

Put the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and garlic in a large bowl; mix vigorously until combined and smooth. (If you prefer, you can use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.) Add the spinach to the cream cheese mixture, breaking it up as you add it. Add the artichokes, mozzarella and Parmesan, mixing to combine. Season with salt and pepper, then refrigerate until ready to use.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the egg with a splash of water in a small bowl. Roll out the puff pastry to a 13-by-12-inch wide rectangle. Cut a 1-inch wide strip of dough off the shorter end to create a 12-by-12-inch square, reserving the strip for decorating. Transfer the square to the prepared baking sheet. Place the wheel of brie in the center of the dough. Top with the chilled spinach-artichoke mixture. Fold the puff pastry up and over the brie, brushing the edges with a little egg wash and pinching to seal. Form the reserved strip of dough into a bow. Brush a little egg wash on the center of the pastry and gently press the bow on top to secure. Brush the bow and the entire exterior of the pastry with the egg wash, then return it to the refrigerator to chill, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes, then serve warm with crackers and/or crostini.

Prosciutto and Brie Crostini

22 Dec Crositant

Ingredients:
1 baguette, sliced diagonally into 1/4-inch slices (about 40 slices)
8 ounces Brie cheese
2 tablespoons honey
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-wide ribbons (about 6 slices),
Finely chopped fresh thyme leaves, for serving (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Arrange the baguette slices on the prepared baking sheet. Cut the Brie into 1/4-inch-thick slices and put 1 slice on each piece of baguette. Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
Drizzle the toasts with the honey and then top with some prosciutto and a sprinkle of thyme leaves if using.

BLT Salad Bites

22 Dec BLT Bites

Ingredients:
Chive Mayo:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

BLT Salad Bites:
3 ounces pancetta, cut into small dice
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 heads Little Gem lettuce (about 16 leaves)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions:
For the chive mayo: Mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt, chives, lemon juice, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; set aside. (The mayo can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.)
For the BLT salad bites: Saute the pancetta in a skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, chives, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Arrange the larger lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of chive mayo onto the center of each leaf. Top with about 1 tablespoon of the tomato mixture and some crispy pancetta. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Deviled Bacon and Eggs

22 Dec Deviled Bacon and Eggs

Ingredients:
6 slices peppered bacon
1 dozen eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, as needed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Paprika, for sprinkling

Directions:
Fry the peppered bacon in a pan over medium heat until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove to a paper-lined plate.
Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the eggs, then bring to a boil (without the eggs). Using a slotted spoon, gently lower the eggs into the boiling water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Run the eggs under cold water until completely cooled.
Peel the eggs, cut in half and scoop out the yolks into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the mayo, cream, mustard, sugar and vinegar. Add hot sauce if using and salt and pepper to taste. Whip until smooth.
Using a small spoon, fill each egg white half with a generous teaspoon of the filling. Lightly sprinkle with paprika. Cut the bacon into chunks and decorate the tops of the egg halves with a shard of bacon.

Tiny Tomato Tarts

22 Dec Tomato Tarts

Ingredients:
One 17.3-ounce package puff pastry, thawed
3 tablespoons basil pesto
4 Roma tomatoes sliced
Olive oil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured work surface, unfold the puff pastry and roll lightly to flatten. Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out pastry circles and place, evenly spaced, on the parchment.
Using a fork, generously prick (dock) the pastry circles to the edges.
Spread 1 teaspoon of the pesto on each circle, almost to the edge. Place a slice of tomato on top, and drizzle a tiny drop of olive oil over.
Bake until puffed and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

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What’s Causing Your Headaches?

22 Oct Grassam
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Article by: Healthy news and information from Grassam Family Chiropractic
Frequent headaches may be common, but they aren’t normal. If you suffer from them frequently, there are a few common causes that you should be aware of.

1. Dehydration: Dehydration causes your blood vessels to constrict, which can lead to pain.

2. Caffeine withdrawal: If you regularly drink caffeinated beverages and then suddenly stop, you may experience caffeine withdrawal headaches. These can be excruciating and may last for several days.

3. Skipping meals: If you go too long without eating, your blood sugar can drop, resulting in a headache.

4. Eye strain: Staring at a computer screen or other digital device for long periods of time can cause eye strain, resulting in a tense head and neck.

5. Spinal misalignments: Spinal bones that are out of alignment can cause pinched nerves and a host of health issues that often result in headaches. Find out how an adjustment can help by booking a visit with us.
For More Information Call Today:772-286-5433.
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7 Benefits of Custom Orthotics

22 Oct Grassam
22 Nov 9 Benefits of Orthotics Grassam

Article by: Healthy news and information from Grassam Family Chiropractic

Custom orthotics are designed to support your feet in a way that helps improve your overall alignment and reduces stress on your joints. By doing so, they can help relieve pain throughout your body and improve your overall mobility.

There are many benefits of custom orthotics, including:

1. Relief from foot, knee, hip, and back pain
2. Improved alignment and posture
3. Increased stability and balance
4. Enhanced athletic performance
5. Reduced stress on joints
6. Increased comfort while standing, walking, or running
7. Prevention of foot conditions such as bunions and calluses

Dealing with foot pain? Find out how we can help! We look forward to seeing you in the practice soon.

We’re grateful to serve you and your family.For More Information Call Today:772-286-5433.
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Telehealth Here to Stay - In This Month's In the Clinic

22 Oct communities

By Lisa McBride, RN, BSN
CCKids Nurse Care Coordinator

October brings good news for members of the Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan: Members have access to telehealth services all day and all week, including nights and weekends, via phone or video. Best of all, these services are available from the comfort of home - or away on vacation - through Teledoc at no cost to you!
You can schedule days and times that work for you and also have access for on- demand visits when your child is sick, day or night! You just have to set up an account by visiting Sunshinehealth.com and clicking "Benefits and Services". Follow the instructions from there, and you'll be set.

Medical issues available through Teledoc include pink eye, ear infections, respiratory infections, rashes, skin conditions, sinus problems, allergies, colds,
Flu and fevers.

But not every medical issue should be handled remotely. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, broken bones, poisoning, severe cuts, burns or bleeding that won't stop, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

Not sure? The Sunshine Health Nurse Advice Line is available at 1 (855) 463-4100. Experienced nurses can help answer questions about health issues, medications and whether you should go to an ER, urgent care or use Teledoc. They can also help you locate the nearest provider.

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Synergy Homecare Announces Newest Franchise in Port St. Lucie

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Port St. Lucie – SYNERGY HomeCare, the nation’s fastest growing in-home care franchise, and an Entrepreneur 500 ranked enterprise, has announced its newest location, SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St. Lucie.
The company is owned and operated by married U.S. Navy veterans, Lucille and Henry Menard. After their time in the military, the duo has dedicated themselves to helping their fellow veterans and community members receive the best possible care.
Headquartered at 1942 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd, in Port St. Lucie, FL, the company serves St. Lucie, St. Lucie West, Palm City and White City.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St. Lucie provides clients with a wide variety of non-medical care options, from companion care to personal care to specialized care for people with chronic health conditions or recovering from illness or surgery.
The Menard’s saw a growing need in their community for these services, particularly among Baby Boomers. U.S. Census statistics show that 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day and that by 2030, there will be more than 70 million people over the age of 65. A recent AARP survey found that 75% of those 65+ report they want to remain in their current residence for as long as possible.
Both Lucille and Henry have firsthand experience witnessing the impact of personalized care, as Lucille’s mother was a hospice certified nursing assistant for over 20 years, while Henry’s mother was a certified home health aide and a child care educator for 10 years. These shared experiences drew the Menards to the home care industry. The field represented the perfect opportunity for Lucille and Henry to not only continue their family traditions of caring for others, but it also allowed them to continue the call of duty to serve.
Following her medical discharge from the military, Lucille continued to find other avenues by which she could continue to aid her fellow service members. She worked closely with CareerSource Broward, which is an organization that provides veterans with the resources to pursue successful careers in the civilian sector. Lucille worked with countless veterans while she translated their military experience into career experience for their resumes. She also became involved with Operation Sacred Trust, a group that helps homeless veterans apply for and receive VA benefits and social services. After Henry’s military tenure, he became a licensed mortgage banker, before finally combining his and Lucille’s passions to start their own company.
“We may not be soldiers, but we can still continue to serve,” says Lucille. “Caring and serving are in our DNA. When our military careers came to an early end, the most natural response was to pivot to another career that can still make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. That’s exactly what we found with the opportunity to open a SYNERGY HomeCare franchise.”
SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St. Lucie’s main focus of in-home care is for older people who need some assistance in their home to maintain their independence. However, they will additionally provide child care services, post-operative care and a specialized memory care program. Given their backgrounds, Henry and Lucille also want to make veteran care a point of emphasis as they leverage their knowledge about veteran’s benefits programs.
According to the Menards, the majority of their clients lack a local support system and rely on their caregivers for assistance cooking, shopping, running errands, light housekeeping or going for walks. Some even require personal care such as help bathing, dressing or using the toilet. For these reasons, Lucille and Henry instill an “above and beyond” work ethic in each of their caregivers. Their military backgrounds have taught them the discipline required to operate a person-centered business, while their Haitian backgrounds have made them value the importance of upholding and respecting the cultures and customs of their diverse set of clients.
“Distance should not keep adult children from being in tune with their aging loved ones to help them maintain their quality of life while aging in place, something that can be accomplished through local in-home care,” Henry explained. “We want families to be comfortable knowing that we’re available around the clock and that we’ll always do everything in our power to help their loved ones enjoy the best quality of life they can.”
Lucille and Henry are currently looking to add to their team of diverse caregivers. While licensed Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are ideal candidates, the duo will provide training and certification for people looking to enter the field. Caring, compassionate people with a reverence for elders are invited to apply by visiting https://synergyhomecare.com/fl-port-st-lucie-34952/ or calling 772-300-9009.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Port St Lucie offers competitive hourly rates in addition to flexible shifts perfect for both college students or recent graduates as well as people who are retired and looking to stay active.
Learn more about the many homecare options available at SYNERGY Homecare of Port St Lucie’s website.

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OUT2NEWS HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH

10 Tips for Rein­vent­ing Your­self dur­ing January - Healthy Aging Month

2 Aug Aging

Do not act your age or at least what you think your cur­rent age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Pic­ture your­self at that age and be it. Some peo­ple may say this is denial, but we say it’s pos­i­tive think­ing and goes a long way toward feel­ing bet­ter about your­self.
(Tip: Don’t keep look­ing in the mir­ror, just FEEL IT!)

Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive.
(Tip: Stop watch­ing the police reports on the local news).

Have neg­a­tive friends who com­plain all of the time and con­stantly talk about how awful every­thing is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life. They will only depress you and stop you from mov­ing for­ward. Sur­round your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages and you will be hap­pier too.
(Tip: Smile often. It’s con­ta­gious and wards off naysayers.)

Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Come on. You can prob­a­bly do it. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling?
(Tip: Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.)

Stand up straight! You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you. Look at your­self in the mir­ror. Are you hold­ing your stom­ach in, have your shoul­ders back, chin up? Check out how much bet­ter your neck looks! Fix your stance and prac­tice it every day, all day until it is nat­ural. You will look great and feel bet­ter.
(Tip: Your waist­line will look trim­mer if you fol­low this advice.)

How’s your smile? Research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier. Your teeth are just as impor­tant to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing peo­ple notice, but good oral health is a gate­way to your over­all well-being.
(Tip: Go to the den­tist reg­u­larly and look into teeth whiten­ing. Noth­ing says old more than yel­low­ing teeth!)

Lonely? Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, land­line, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing: Vol­un­teer your time, Take a class, Invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee.
(Tip: Vol­un­teer at the local pub­lic school to stay in touch with younger peo­ple and to keep cur­rent on trends, take a com­puter class or a tuto­r­ial ses­sion at your cell phone store to keep up with tech­nol­ogy, choose a new per­son every week for your din­ing out.)

Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter.
(Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)

Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.
Find your inner artist. Who says tak­ing music lessons is for young school chil­dren? You may have an artist lurk­ing inside you just wait­ing to be tapped. Have you always wanted to play the piano, vio­lin, or tuba? Have you ever won­dered if you could paint a por­trait or scenic in oil? What about work­ing in wood?

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4 Remedies for Sciatic Pain

22 Aug Sciatic Pain Grassam

Article Courtesy Lisa Grassam - Grassam Spine & Wellness
Do you ever experience low back pain that sometimes radiates through your hips and legs?

While it can be grueling, there are a few ways you can manage the pain naturally and overcome it. As someone who wants the best for your health, give these tips a try and let us know how they work for you!

1. Stretch gently. While laying on your back, put one hand behind your knee and pull it toward your chest. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.
2. Change your position. Sciatica can flare when you’ve been sitting in the same position for too long.
3. Stay moving. Go for walks to keep your body and spine mobile. This promotes circulation, which is necessary for healing.
4. Schedule a visit with us. We see patients every day who are dealing with sciatica. Let us develop a custom care plan for you so that your pain is a thing of the past.

5 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

22 May Shoulder Pain

Article Provided by: Lisa Grassam - Grassam Spine & Wellness
Did you know that the shoulder is one of the biggest and most complex joints in the human body?

While a traumatic event or injury is typically the culprit of sudden shoulder pain, there are many other causes that can lead to tension and mobility issues.

Here are a few of the most common issues we see in the practice.

1. Rotator cuff injuries. This type of problem doesn’t always come from sudden trauma. In fact, years of wear and tear can lead to eventual rotator cuff tears. They typically occur in the dominant arm and are more common as you age.

2. Bursitis. All over your body, you have thin, sac-like structures called bursae, which helps to keep soft tissues from rubbing against your bones. Sometimes, bursa can experience too much friction, which leads to inflammation and ultimately, pain.

3. Arthritis. This can occur in any joint in the body. When a person experiences shoulder pain without a known injury, it may be caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this type of pain happens when the tissue surrounding the shoulder becomes tightened, which restricts movement and makes function difficult.

5. Spine problems. That pain you feel in your shoulder may not actually be caused by a problem in your shoulder. Herniated discs and misaligned spinal bones can cause pain to occur in the arms, hands, and even shoulder.

At our practice, we often work with patients struggling with shoulder pain through natural, gentle adjustments. If you’re interested in finding out more about how chiropractic care may help, contact us today.

How to Beat Headaches: Prevention Tips

22 May Headaches

Article Provided by: Lisa Grassam - Grassam Spine & Wellness

Did you know that 50-75% of adults experience at least one headache each year? Among those, roughly 30% have reported migraines. And as many as 4% of the world’s population are afflicted with headaches for 15 or more days every single month.

While most people focus on treating headaches after they happen, we’d like to offer some preventative tips to help you stop headaches from starting in the first place. In fact, we’ve helped many patients overcome headaches and migraines naturally through focused and gentle chiropractic care.

Here are a few tips for beating some of the most common types of headaches.

Cluster headaches: One of the most painful types of headaches, a cluster headache is typically felt on one side of the head near the eyes and lasts anywhere between 30 – 90 minutes on average. If you’re prone to cluster headaches, potential triggers may include bright lights, foods with nitrates like deli meats, a sudden altitude change, and alcohol or smoking. Try avoiding these triggers to see if your headaches improve.

Tension headaches: This type of headache doesn’t always throb, but instead feels like tightness or tenderness in the head and neck. To prevent a tension headache, take note of what you did just before the headache occurred. Sometimes, stress is a trigger, so practicing mindfulness or breathing exercises regularly may help.

Migraine headaches: Most research around migraine headaches points to environmental triggers, hormones, and genetics as the main culprits. Making sure you stay hydrated, avoid foods high in salt, and stick to a regular sleep schedule may help lessen their frequency. Other triggers may include bright fluorescent lights and strong smells.

Treasure Coast Hospice and Little Smiles of Florida Partner to Bring Joy to Pediatric Patients

22 May TC Hospice and Little Smiles Multi

Stuart – Treasure Coast Hospice announced today that it has partnered with Little Smiles of Florida to help bring smiles and special moments to the children and teens receiving care through its Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program.

Little Smiles of Florida, a nonprofit organization based in Palm Beach County, helps kids from Ft. Pierce to Miami be kids during difficult times. Founded in 1999, the organization brings smiles to the faces of children in hospitals, shelters, and other facilities through events, activities, and gifts.

“Treasure Coast Hospice is honored to be the first hospice organization to partner with Little Smiles of Florida,” said Director of Grief Support & Pediatric Services Jacki Nardone. “Our team is trained to provide the specialized care that pediatric patients need but it’s the extra things that they choose to do for our Little Treasures and their families that make their work so rewarding. Partnering with Little Smiles will give us more opportunities to create special moments that will become cherished memories for our pediatric families.”

“It is my pleasure to announce Treasure Coast Hospice as one of our pediatric partners,” said Little Smiles Executive Director Nicole Mercado. “Their pediatric program, Little Treasures, is truly a model in providing specialized palliative care for children and teens facing life-limiting illnesses and support for their families. Little Smiles looks forward to working with the

Little Treasures Team by helping them with individual requests or program-wide activities that will bring smiles to their pediatric patients.”
The first collaboration planned by the programs was a UCF-themed Tailgate Party for an Okeechobee patient. Since the teen’s plans to attend college have been put on hold, the Little Treasures Team wanted to do something special to lift his spirits. With the support of Little Smiles, this young student enjoyed a “game-day experience” at his home surrounded by family and friends.

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The Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Well as a Senior

22 Feb Sleeping Well Photo

Article by: Kimberly Thomas

The Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Well as a Senior

 As we age, sleeping steadily through the night may become more difficult for various reasons. No matter the cause, it’s important to know that there are ways you may indeed improve your sleep. Here are some tips and advice for getting better sleep -- brought to you today by Out2 News.

Finding the Best Mattress

To improve your rest at night, you may need to invest in a new mattress. Older mattresses may sag, or not give you the support you need to sleep undisturbed through the night. If your mattress is uncomfortable, it might be time to upgrade to a new one. You may want to start with foam mattresses. They disperse weight more evenly than spring-coil mattresses, which can be more comfortable.

Latex mattresses are gaining in popularity and are similar to foam mattresses, but tend to be easier for those with back problems as they are more firm. A new mattress type may take time to adjust, so try to find one that gives you a long trial period.

How to Prepare for Sleep

 As the night grows later, turn lights down to help yourself unwind. Cut back on liquids before bed, or you may find yourself waking repeatedly throughout the night to use the facilities. Prepare for a good night’s rest by turning off any mobile or computer devices a few hours before bedtime. These devices can interfere with how our brains prepare to sleep. An exception might be soothing music that you can play via a wireless Bluetooth speaker, and even set on a timer so that it’ll shut off just as you’re drifting off to sleep.

A routine before bed can help to trick your body into getting sleepy as well. Deep breathing for a few minutes at the same time every night can help. The BBC notes you should try to get sunshine during the day, as exposure can help your body sleep at night. It might be wise to lower the temperature of your bedroom as well, as cooler air can help your body stay asleep.

In addition to creating a routine, it’s important to make sure your bedroom is set up in a way to enhance sleep and to reduce stress. Ideally, you want to eliminate any clutter, which can spur anxiety, as well as tidy up your bedroom. Plants and blackout curtains can also be wonderful additions. Keeping your bedroom a sleep sanctuary is optimal for getting the rest you need.

The Best Diet and Exercise

 What you eat, and the amount of exercise you get, can affect how well you sleep. Avoid processed foods, caffeine and alcohol, especially as bedtime nears. SleepScore Labs explains that foods that are naturally rich in magnesium can aid in sleep, and calcium helps to regulate the natural process of creating melatonin. Exercising regularly can also impact the quality of your sleep, but make sure you don’t do it late in the day. Working out can help our bodies stay in deep sleep longer, which makes casually waking up less frequent. It also can relieve anxiety, which can prevent us from sleeping well.

Speaking to Your Doctor

If you make these changes, and you still do not sleep well, it may be time to speak to your doctor. There are plenty of sleep disorders that can interfere with getting adequate rest at night. Restless Leg Syndrome can keep us awake, as can sleep apnea, and a number of others. Doctors can aid in treating these conditions, so don’t hesitate to speak to yours.

Your doctor might recommend you take part in a sleep study so that your problem can be properly diagnosed. Be sure you're clear on what Medicare will cover. If testing is defined as “medically necessary” then Medicare will likely cover it. For example, CPAP therapy for sleep apnea may be covered for a short-term (three-month) trial. Check with your doctor and the clinic conducting the study to verify whether you’re covered.

There is no need to trudge through poor sleeping. You can make a few small changes, which may lead to big results.

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