Healthy Habits: Don’t Wait for New Year’s

It is 30 days till New Year’s Day. One month. Are you thinking right now about your New Year’s Resolutions? If so, this might be the year to take action early.  New Year’s Resolutions don’t work… Over half of us don’t keep our New Year’s Resolutions even till the end of January. Just about 9% […]

Resistance Exercise and Weight Loss

Losing just 5% to 10% of your body weight can improve your health if you are overweight. For a 150 pound person, that can be as little as 7.5 pounds. For a 200 pound person, it would be just 10 pounds. But losing weight can be difficult. While there is recent research that challenges some […]

MANA Gives to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

The Staff Giving Program’s nomination for November is Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, sponsored by MANA Family Medicine Prairie Grove. With the contributions of staff members through the MANA Staff Giving Program, we donated $2,300 to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance. SDIA was founded in 2010 in Rogers, Arkansas, to help assist veterans, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS […]

Plastic in Chewing Gum?

Government figures show that 160.03 million Americans used chewing gum or bubble gum in 2020. That’s slightly less than half of all Americans, and the average gum chewer consumed 300 pieces of gum in one year.  So it might be a surprise that chewing gum contains plastic. The ingredient know as “gum base” in the […]

How Is ADHD Diagnosed?

All kids struggle with paying attention, listening, and following directions from time to time, but for kids with ADHD, the struggles are harder and happen more often. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and is a medical condition that affects brain development and activity. Because ADHD can affect a child at school, at home, […]

Lace up for Lungs: COPD Awareness Month

The 2022 theme for COPD Awareness Month is “Lace up for Lungs.” The focus is on early diagnosis and exercise to improve breathing and quality of life. “Wear orange, lace up and move for our mission!” says the COPD Foundation this month.  What is COPD? COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease of the […]

The Absolute Essentials for a Healthy Thanksgiving

You’ve made it through Halloween, and you might still be working on that last bag of fun size Snickers bars, but you haven’t yet reached the point where every day includes a plate of Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving is the next big temptation hurdle when you’re trying to maintain healthy habits during the holidays.  For too […]

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Risk

Parkinson’s disease is a lifelong, progressive condition that develops when the brain stops making dopamine, a natural chemical involved with controlling our body’s movements. It is classified as a movement disease, because it affects mobility with tremors, stiffness, and balance problems. It can also show other symptoms that are not associated with movement, such as […]

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The problem of diabetes is becoming so severe in the United States that it may be harder to overlook it this year than it was in the past. Look at some facts: While just one in 20 Americans had diabetes in the 1970s, now it’s one in 7. 37.3 million […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a predictable change in mood that comes with the change of seasons, usually hitting people in the fall. Some 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with this condition, and many more probably experience it without a diagnosis.  Sings of SAD include feelings of depression, cravings for comfort foods which […]