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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Spring cleaning

May 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade tackles a different type of “spring cleaning” — the type that cleans up our daily lives. It is far more beneficial, she writes, to do an internal spring cleaning that leaves your mind feel uncluttered.

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Fitness Facts: Irritable bowel syndrome

May 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

By Connie Colbert Director, Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic You may have heard the term IBS (which is short for irritable bowel syndrome), however, many may not know the symptoms or its prevalence. According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects up to 10-15% of adults. It has a significant worldwide prevalence. Although IBS is not associated with an increased risk for life-threatening illness, it is associated with a significant health care and economic burden. Studies have shown that IBS patients have an increased number of outpatient health care visits, diagnostic tests and surgeries. IBS also can severely compromise a person’s quality of life. IBS is second only to the common cold as a cause of absenteeism from work.” IBS is described as a long-term and often intermittent disorder that involves a disturbance in the motility or sensation in the small and/or large intestines. The function of the intestine is regulated by the brain, thus this disorder is often called a brain-gut disorder. To learn more about this fascinating connection, see this article by Harvard Health. The symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating and change in bowel habits. For some, it can […]

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Home

May 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

By Dr. Deb Wade GCU Vice President, Counseling and Psychological Services Where does your mind go when you think of home? Whether the reference is the home you currently live in or the home of your family of origin, are your thoughts positive, reminiscent of happy times, or are they painful, reminiscent of harsh and difficult times? There is an abundance of snappy and sappy phrases that relate to Home: “Home is where the heart is.” “Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong, and laughter never ends.” “Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” “Home is where you hang your heart.” “Home – a place your feet may leave but your heart will always be.” Although these phrases may sound nice on a wall hanging or printed in a greeting card, for some people the home represented in these phrases is completely false and/or foreign. The family of origin home may have been wrought with conflict, with negativity, with condemnation, with anger – and the result was a conditioned response of staying out of sight, hiding, feeling fearful and shutting down. A child in this type of environment may have a low sense of personal […]

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Fitness Facts: Improving your physical fitness

April 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert alerts us to the fact that it’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It’s time to get active, and here are some ways you can be on the move.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Overcoming sadness

April 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade has some tips about a different kind of spring cleaning — ways to clean sadness out of your mood. Spring has sprung, and you can spring right along with it.

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Fitness Facts: Hydration

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert has all the facts on why hydration is so important, especially in hot weather. Here’s what to do the next time you go on a hike.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Setting goals

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade explores a topic that can be scary for some people — goal-setting. She stresses the importance of not letting negative voices affect your plans and suggests ways to turn those negatives into positives.

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Fitness Facts: Friendly foods for weight loss

April 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Jo Gott lists the foods that are best to eat if you’re trying to lose weight. This is your opportunity to find out which vegetables are cruciferous.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Relationships/marriage, Part 3

April 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade has the last of her three-part series on relationships and marriage. She has some interesting thoughts about what it really means to say, “I do” — and what it certainly doesn’t mean.

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Fitness Facts: Alcohol abuse

April 10, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, Connie Colbert has an extensive look into a problem that affects one out of every 12 adults in the U.S. and kills 90,000 Americans every year — alcohol abuse. This is Alcohol Awareness Month, and a big part of it is to point out the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse in general.

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