The right way to talk about weight with girls

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

There’s no question that weight is a sensitive issue for nearly everyone. Whether someone is too thin or too heavy, other people’s words about body weight can have a lasting impact on an individual.

Young girls, especially, are susceptible to being hurt or embarrassed by the wrong type of comment about their weight. Because of societal pressures to look a certain way, many girls as young as age 9 feel pressure to be “beautiful” or “thin.”

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

5 qualities of people who get sick often

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

No one likes to be sick. Whether it’s a sniffle, an annoying cough, or perhaps something more serious, illness can throw a wrench in anyone’s plans. If you find yourself getting sick frequently, don’t just sit back and let it happen. Think about whether you might be falling victim to the following bad habits that can leave you susceptible to viruses and bacteria:

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Preventing foodborne illness during the holidays

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Holiday get-togethers mean fun, friendship, and usually, food. Enjoying festive holiday fare can be enjoyable, but food safety needs to be top of mind so you don’t end up with an unwanted gift — foodborne illness.

Without proper food safety measures, you could fall victim to a miserable bout of vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever. People with weakened immune systems, such as the very young, elderly, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions, are also more susceptible to serious complications such as dehydration or hospitalization. Here’s what you should know about food safety, whether you’re cooking or just partaking:

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Home remedies for flu symptoms

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Flu season is here, and if you catch it, you’ll likely be out of commission for several days with a fever, aches, sore throat, and cough. It’s unpleasant, and most people's schedules are too packed to stay in bed for a week.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary care, Stomach flu, Neighborhood health center

Lactose intolerance or milk allergy? How to tell

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM

More than four percent of all Americans have some kind of food allergy, and thousands more have various types of food intolerances. But despite the prominence of these conditions, many people still confuse the two.

Dairy allergies, in particular, are confusing because many people have symptoms after they ingest milk that seem to mimic an allergic reaction. But it’s important to know the difference and to recognize that an allergy is a serious condition that could warrant medical attention.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Children's Health, Primary care, Allergies

How secondhand smoke harms your health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Twenty years ago, it was common to see — and smell — people smoking in public places like restaurants, bars, and even workplaces. Although there is no federal ban on public smoking, most states now have strict laws against smoking in designated public places.

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Topics: Health, Children's Health, Primary care, Smoking, Neighborhood health center

Do I need the shingles vaccine?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Many of us remember the misery of catching the chickenpox before there was a vaccine. The itching, fever, and aches that lasted several days were a hallmark of many childhoods. Happily, most people who caught the chicken pox developed lifetime immunity, meaning they would never catch it again. And today, a chickenpox vaccine makes the disease much less common in our country.

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Topics: Health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Keep the school germs away

Posted by CarePoint Health on Oct 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Every fall, millions of kids head back to school to start a new year. This means homework, sports, activities, and, unfortunately, germs and illness.

School-going kids of all ages are a perfect recipe for spreading colds, flu, stomach viruses, and more. They typically don’t wash their hands as well (or as often) as they should, they put their hands in their mouths or on their faces, they touch numerous shared surfaces, and they’re in close contact with dozens of other kids. It’s no wonder that schools are one of the top places for spreading infectious illnesses.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

How having a pet can improve your health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Sep 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Pets are a big part of American life today. More than half of all households have pets, and whether you’ve got a Fido or a Fluffy, having an animal friend in your home could be providing you with real health benefits.

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Topics: Health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Helping your child with a healthy weight

Posted by CarePoint Health on Sep 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

You’ve likely heard about the rising numbers of overweight children in our country. Many children are, in fact, struggling with their weight and not getting the physical activity they need for optimal health.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Health, Children's Health