In Good Health

    Diet and Exercise

      Being Active

        Five Fresh Forms of Indoor Fitness
        Cold weather doesn't have to put a chill on your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside.

        Why You Should Try Yoga
        Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you do with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. And since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.


      Eating Well

        Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby
        Getting enough folic acid can reduce the risk for neural tube defects (NTDs) and may also reduce the risk for other serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.


    Preventive Care


    Sexual Health and STD's

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's)

        HIV and AIDS
        AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, which kills or impairs cells of the immune system and progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.

        Immune System
        The immune system works to keep germs out of the body and destroy any that get in. It is made up of a complex network of cells and organs.

        Recognizing Gynecologic Problems
        Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your menstrual cycle. If you notice anything different or unusual, talk with your health care provider.

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      Anatomy of Female Pelvic Area
      The female pelvic area contains a number of organs and structures: the endometrium, uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, and vulva.

      Contraception/Birth Control
      You have a lot of options when it comes to birth control. Some methods don't require a doctor's visit, but others, like oral contraceptives, are available only by prescription.

      Safer Sex Guidelines
      The only safe sex is no sex, most health care providers say. But certain precautions and safe behaviors can minimize a person's risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.


    Well Being

      Eating Disorders

        Anorexia Nervosa
        Anorexia nervosa (or simply anorexia) is an eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and food. People who suffer with this behavior problem have a distorted body image and see themselves as overweight even when their weight is dangerously low. 

        Binge Eating Disorder
        Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing. It differs from bulimia because its sufferers do not purge their bodies of the excess food.


      Moms and Family Life


      Personal Safety

        Close the Door on Intimate Partner Violence
        CDC defines intimate partner violence as actual or threatened physical or sexual violence, or psychological and emotional abuse, directed at a spouse, former spouse, current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, or dating partner.

        Domestic Violence
        Abuse often begins with verbal behaviors such as name-calling, threats, and hitting or throwing objects. It can become worse, including pushing, slapping, and holding against the victim's will.

        Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse
        Physical violence is just one form of domestic abuse. If you have a partner who verbally humiliates you, demands all your attention, blames you for everything that goes wrong or threatens to harm you or your children, you’re also being abused.

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      Sleep Health

        Insomnia
        Insomnia is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.

        Overview of Sleep Problems
        There are many types of sleep disorders. They can interfere with health and quality of life. Sleep problems can range from insomnia to snoring.


      Stress and Depression

        Depression
        Depression is a whole-body illness. It involves the body, mood, and thoughts. Depression affects the way you eat and sleep. It also can affect the way you feel about yourself and things. It is not the same as being unhappy or in a “blue” mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. When you have depression, you can’t “pull yourself together” and get better. Treatment is often needed and many times crucial to recovery.

        Managing Stress
        A nutritious, well-balanced diet and exercise can keep your body fit and able to resist disease, and exercise is an excellent way to elevate your mood.

        Managing Work-Related Stress
        It’s not the job that creates stress, it’s the way a person responds to the urgencies and demands of each workplace environment that makes them stressed or energized.

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      Women and the Workplace


    You and Your Healthcare Provider

      Choosing a Hospital
      You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort.

      How to Be a Well Informed Health Care User
      The benefits of being an active medical consumer include better health, more effective health care, and lower health costs.

      How to Cut Your Hospital Bills
      Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses.

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