Category Archives: Lifestyle

Considering Your Cholesterol

September 2nd, 2021
Consider this. Most people can tell you the number attached to their cholesterol level, but do they really understand what it means? What’s behind all those terms, and what is cholesterol anyway? What’s your cholesterol IQ? To help raise it a few points, here’s a quick refresher course in honor of National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is really not that complicated. It’s basically a waxy, fat-like substance made naturally by the body, in the liver. The liver alone makes enough…

Improving Employee Health

May 10th, 2021
In 1979, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition founded the National Association for Health and Fitness, which in turn created Global Employee Health and Fitness Month. The aim of this annual observance in May is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Almost half of all US worksites provide health promotion activities through some type of employee wellness program, an initiative within the organization…

Holiday Drinking: Time for Wisdom and Moderation

December 22nd, 2020
The holidays are marked by festive celebrations with family, friends and coworkers. Typically, alcohol flows freely at these celebrations, and it’s not uncommon to drink more at these events than you do during the rest of the year. But binge drinking has negative physical and emotional effects, and puts you – and others – at risk. Most people know that drinking too much is bad for your liver. Consistent heavy drinking causes different types of inflammation in the liver, such…

Highlighting Health Literacy

October 5th, 2020
One of the biggest problems that health care providers have to deal with pertains to health literacy, which is a person’s ability to understand health care information and navigate the health care system. Currently, health literacy in the United States is woefully deficient. So what exactly is health literacy? There are many definitions out there, but the concept behind them is essentially the same. An example comes from the American Medical Association Foundation, which defines health literacy as: “the ability…

Addiction Recovery Month 2020

August 31st, 2020
National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. With SAMHSA, we observe Recovery Month every September to increase awareness of substance use disorders and celebrate individuals in recovery. Alcohol and drug addiction are also referred to as substance use disorders. Whether the substance is alcohol, opioids, stimulants or sedatives, substance abuse has a widespread impact on life…

Stressed by the Headlines? There’s Hope

June 4th, 2020
Infections. Deaths. Racism. Brutality. Rioting. Looting. Shooting. Killing. It seems today’s headlines herald terrible news that the world we live in is in utter chaos. If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling somewhat frazzled by it all. And if you’re a news junkie, you may even be feeling downright depressed! There’s actually a name for that feeling. Psychologist Steven Stosny originally coined the term election stress disorder to describe the feeling of anxiety caused by the onslaught of news surrounding…

One Nation’s Gain

May 19th, 2020
America’s Obesity Crisis Intensifies. The number of people in the United States who are overweight or obese has been climbing for years, and that excess weight has serious and costly health consequences. So, the projections from a highly respected team of scientists about obesity in America’s future are disconcerting at best. After conducting national surveys and correcting for our tendency to underestimate our weight in surveys, the scientists discovered that in as many as 29 states, the prevalence of obesity…

Life Expectancy: We’re Losing It

May 11th, 2020
The US was on the upswing for a while. Between 1959 and 2014, life expectancy for Americans, which is the average length of time we are expected to live, increased by nearly ten years, from 69.9 years to 78.9 years. But something started happening in the 1980s, and the increase slowed considerably. By 2010, it plateaued. Then in 2014,…

Exercise For Mind and Body

May 6th, 2020
The benefits of exercise on physical health are pretty well established. It’s been shown in study after study that regular physical activity helps prevent heart disease and stroke, reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, control glucose levels associated with diabetes, manage weight and prevent obesity, avoid osteoporosis, and relieve many types of pain, including back pain. Regular exercise also helps us manage the stress in our lives. But have you given as much thought to the benefits of routine physical…

Florida Clinic Pitches In To Help Volusia Residents Fight Coronavirus

April 3rd, 2020 - Timothy Steflik, DC
The staff at Coastal Integrative Healthcare in Edgewater specializes in physical medicine and stem cell therapy, but when the impact of the coronavirus hit their community this week they put their skills to work in another way. After learning that many of the people in and around Edgewater were running out of hand sanitizer, the Coastal Integrative Healthcare staff created a homemade…