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We’re Getting Heavier

It’s not good news.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in August that the average American has gained 15 or more pounds in the last 20 years without getting any taller.  Children have also shown increases.  Eleven year old girls are seven pounds heavier tha
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New Shingles Vaccine in Development

A new clinical trial has identified an experimental vaccine against shingles that offers more effective protection against the virus than the existing vaccine.  Shingles is a painful rash that’s triggered by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox.  After a person is infect
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RVNA’s Cholesterol Challenge

Are you struggling to bring down your cholesterol level?  You aren’t alone.  Millions of Americans suffer from high cholesterol levels in their blood.  While your body requires cholesterol, it naturally produces all the cholesterol it needs.  However, cholesterol is also found in some
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Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that involves problems with the hormone insulin.  In a healthy individual, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use sugar (glucose) from the food you eat in order to provide energy your body needs.  Insulin regulates the amount of glucose, kn
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High Blood Pressure

A new U.S. study has shown nearly a quarter of Medicare prescription drug enrollees are not taking their blood pressure medications as directed.  They either skip doses or stop taking the medication entirely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Other research
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Flu Season is Coming

It’s the start of flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all individuals 6 months and older be vaccinated annually.  Flu can be a serious illness, particularly among young children, older adults and people with certain chronic conditions su
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Managing Food Allergies in School

If you have a child with food allergies, heading back to school can be a nerve-wracking time.  Food allergies and intolerances are a major health concern. The good news is that your child’s school cares greatly about the health and well-being of your child. Start a dialogue with the s
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Community Forum on Senior Issues

How do you maintain the highest level of independence as you age?  What choices are available and who can help you evaluate the options?  To answer some of these questions, RVNA is hosting a community forum focused on aging and decisions that need to be made to live an independent, fu
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Preventing Sports Injuries

As the school year begins, many students will be returning to school sports and other regular athletic activities.  For athletes and parents, it’s important to know how to reduce the risk of injury when participating in sports activities.  There are two types of sports injuries: acute
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Caregiver Group Being Formed

Are you a caregiver?  Do you feel overwhelmed at times and need someone to talk to?  Would you like to connect with others but find that difficult?  Caregiving can be tremendously stressful but it is also an act of kindness and love.  RVNA is starting a Circle of Caring-Caregiver Grou
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