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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

By Chikoti Wheat, M.D. F.A.A.D. Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the United States — one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. During medical school, I was surprised to learn how many of my colleagues had never seen a dermatologist for a skin exam. Yet most of them recalled spending countless hours …

Celebrate March Mat-ness

In honor of March “Mat-ness” we’re bringing you a series of mat exercises to target your core and abs. We recommend performing each move 8-10 times in a series — one movement after the other — and repeating the series three times for maximum benefit. Knee Crawling Plank Start in a plank position. As you bend your elbows out to …

Healthy Aging

Aging gracefully Although some symptoms of aging are genetically predetermined, it may be a relief to know that the choices that we make can improve our health. In fact, in people 65 and older, lifestyle is a larger determinant of health than genetics. Aging well means living to old age with vitality of body and mind. Despite the advances in …

Stay Cool and Fit in the Pool

Stay Cool and Fit in the Pool Although many think of summer as a time to relax and unwind outside by the pool, you should remember that the pool is also a great place to get in a nice workout — and you don’t have to swim laps to take advantage of it! While you’re hanging out with your family …

Stress Awareness and How It Benefits You

How Stress Awareness Benefits You Steve Gaeng, Ph.D., a psychologist with Crossroads Psychological Associates and a member of CA’s Medical Advisory Board                    The connection between stress and illness is well-documented. Emotional stress, particularly chronic stress, is a major contributing factor to the six leading causes of death in the U.S.: cancer, …

Three steps to better health for World Health Day

Three steps to better health for World Health Day By Jim Crowder, CA personal trainer At its core, health equals energy. If you are healthy, you feel better, and you have more physical and mental energy throughout your day. Many people feel like they lead a healthy lifestyle, but there is a difference between just being healthy, and actively seeking …

March Madness Workout

Get Ready for March with a March Madness-Inspired Workout! Columbia Association personal trainer Michele Fox walks you through some basketball-influenced moves to help you prep for a great March — no matter what activity you’re participating in! Click here to view the workout. Basketball plank and push-up Begin in a kneeling position and place both palms on a basketball.            …

Sleep Apnea: What Is It and How Do You Know If You Have It?

Sleep Apnea: What Is It and How Do You Know If You Have It? By Dr. Kevin Carlson, board-certified internist and geriatrician Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of my patients. When diagnosing the cause of fatigue, I ask about the quantity and quality of sleep the patient gets. If the sleep is disrupted or unrefreshing, sleep apnea …

What Does Overfat Mean?

How Can We Tell if We Are Overfat? By Dr. Harry Oken, M.D. Changes in lifestyle have led to 70-90% of us having too much fat; we are overfat. Even if we may have a normal body mass index or our hip-to-waist ratio is within normal limits or the scale tells us we are at our high school weight, we …

Check Your Heart in 2018

Be Smart in 2018 — Check Your Heart Dr. Sean Gloth, board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, is a member of Columbia Association’s Medical Advisory Board. As you prepare for February and Valentine’s Day, be sure to remember that it’s also American Heart Month — a perfect time to get your and heart and blood pressure checked. Heart …