12 Surprising Facts for Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with one death every 34 seconds.  High blood pressure is the top risk factor for heart disease.  High cholesterol and smoking are the next most common risk factors for heart disease. Obesity can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol, not to mention […]

Inclement Weather Hours

Due to inclement weather and poor road conditions, some MANA clinics may have alternate hours. Check here for the latest clinic hours. Alternate hours will be posted here, on social media, and on local TV stations.  Friday, February 3rd Clinics return to regular business hours. 

The Importance of Iron

Iron is an essential mineral that is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen to all parts of the body. Iron is also necessary for energy production, DNA synthesis, immune function, and cell growth and repair. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. […]

Phosphorous: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We hear the phrase “vitamins and minerals” all the time and we can probably name some of them. Vitamin C and Vitamin D are familiar, and we know we need iron and calcium. But what about phosphorous? Phosphorous is good for us Phosphorous is used by our bodies to build strong bones and teeth. It’s […]

Meat Thermometers: A Food Safety Tool

Food safety — avoiding food-borne illnesses — is an important concern for everyone who prepares or serves food, whether at a party, in a restaurant or other public place, or at home. Meat thermometers are a useful tool for making sure the food you serve is safe.  While kitchen hygiene and hand washing are important […]

Expiration Dates on Medications

Do you check your medications for their expiration dates? An expiration date is the date after which a medication is no longer considered safe or effective to use. It is important to know the expiration date of any medication you are taking so you can be sure it is safe to use and will work […]

Do Mealtimes Matter?

Recent research supports an old idea: it matters what time you eat. The new field of Chrono-nutrition is finding confirmation for the idea that eating more in the early part of the day is better for weight maintenance and metabolism than eating later in the evening.  Nutritionist Adelle Davis wrote in 1954, “Eat breakfast like a […]

How Reading to Kids Improves their Health

If you’re still thinking about New Year’s resolutions, here’s a good one: read with your children. It’s fun, it’s easy, and you might be surprised at the fact that it’s good for your kids’ health, too.  Reading affects adult health Reading with your children improves their language development, helps them learn to love reading, and […]

Coping with Vertigo

Bob Dylan made headlines last year when he used a machine to sign books because he was suffering from vertigo. Vertigo rarely makes headlines, though. It is the feeling that you are moving or that the room you are in is moving. Almost 40% of Americans experience it at some point in their lives. For […]

GMO Foods and Your Family

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plants or animals that have had biotechnology applied to change the DNA of the plant or animal in ways that do not occur in nature. Should you feel concerned about GMOs?  Examples of GMOs There are not many GMOs grown in the United States. However, the few products that […]