strawberry spinach saladLunch can provide the fuel you need to carry you through your day. While convenient lunch options are often high in fat, calories and preservatives, you can create healthy choices with a little thought and planning.

These affordable – and flavorful – lunch options provide the protein you need to feel full and satisfied without making you feel sluggish.

colorectal cancer screeningColorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, can be easily prevented or discovered with regular screening.

Cancer in this region of the body usually starts as a precancerous growth – known as a polyp – in the colon or rectum. These polyps can turn into cancer. Fortunately, colorectal cancer is 90% treatable when detected early.

colon cancer screeningA colonoscopy is the most reliable screening method for colorectal cancer. With the patient under light sedation, the physician uses a flexible tube and camera to examine the colon and rectum. Bowel preparation is required – typically patients are prescribed a laxative to clean out the colon. If found, polyps may be removed during the procedure. If no anomalies are discovered, this screening is repeated every 10 years.

Family Meal Time

Having a meal as a family may seem impossible in the hustle and bustle of today’s world. However, there may be good reason for why you want to make time each day to sit down and eat together.

Research has shown that family meal time can improve overall health for both children and adults. That’s because this time together promotes positive social skills, self-esteem and family relationships. In addition, children with families that eat together have also been shown to have higher grades.

AdobeStock 63916383 1Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. Roughly 38% of people die from the disease each year.

The best way to prevent becoming a part of this statistic is to take good care of your heart. Here is a list of the 3 unhealthiest and 3 healthiest behaviors for your heart.

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Clearing snow off your driveway may not seem like a dangerous task, but the activity sends thousands to the ER each year.

It’s a strenuous, physically demanding activity that involves bending and twisting your body in unnatural ways while moving more than 15 pounds of snow with each shovelful.

Joint pain and pulled muscles are the most common snow shoveling-related injuries we see here at Southeastern Med, but some people may experience trouble breathing or cardiac distress.

Stretching

Do you experience stiffness or aches in your joints throughout the day? Don't write it off as something that comes with getting older or putting in a hard day at the gym.

Follow these tips to take care of your joints.

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You probably don't notice all the ways you use your joints every day, but they help you do everything from waving and turning your head, to climbing steps and lifting objects.

Aging and injuries – even the way you sit – can cause wear and tear on your joints that can lead to arthritis and other joint pain. These five tips will help you keep your joints and the muscles and tissue that support them in good shape.

emergency flu

While the flu is a common ailment during the winter season, it’s also a very serious one.

Each year, thousands of people die as a result of the flu and thousands more are hospitalized. That’s why it’s important to know when you can treat the illness on your own, or if it’s time to see a physician.

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Flu season in the United States usually starts in late October and can last until May.

Anywhere from 5-20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year, but most people have trouble identifying whether they have a common cold or the flu.