Stop Smoking, Start Thriving

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More than half a million people die in the U.S. every year from smoking-related illnesses. Those deaths are preventable.

Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death. 
“Smoking affects every system in your body,” says Donna Bond, D.N.P., R.N., a Carilion Clinic certified tobacco treatment specialist. “Every time you take a puff on a cigarette, you are constricting oxygen and blood flow to every system and every organ in your body. Over time, the damage just adds up everywhere.” 


The Scooters Are Here!

photo of bike rack with one bike and several electric scooters

Electric scooters have arrived in our region, and with them the potential for falls and collisions that result in concussions, bone and joint injuries and serious cuts and bruises.

The scooters are a convenient car-free way to get around town, and they’re popular with commuters and tourists. They're faster than walking and they don't require the exertion or change of clothes that bike riding calls for. 


What You Can Do to Help With the Opioid Crisis

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  • Saturday, Oct. 26 is National Drug Take-Back Day
  • Carilion Clinic Pharmacies and hospitals accept unused medications year-round, including legal narcotics such as opioids
  • Carilion's MedSafe kiosks have collected over 1,800 pounds of unused medications this year, safely and anonymously

Did you know that most misused prescription drugs are obtained right from our medicine cabinets?


Fall Back, Clean Up, Calm Down

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Most of us have done some spring cleaning in our lives. Maybe it’s even something you do every year as a way to officially say goodbye to winter.

As we move into the cooler days of fall, consider what you can do around your house to improve your physical and mental health—just like spring cleaning can rejuvenate you for warm weather, fall cleaning can get you ready for the longer, cooler days of the year.


Stand up for Tree-Stand Safety

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What do you think of when you hear the words “hunting accident”?

If the phrase makes you think of an accidental shooting, you would not be alone—but you would be wrong. The most common cause of serious injury and death to deer hunters is tree-stand injuries.

According to the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA), approximately 3,000 tree stand-related falls resulted in significant injury or death in 2018.


Get Fit Fast Summer Routine!

a diverse group of women stretching in the park before a workout

Is your fitness routine in a rut? Or maybe you can't seem to get into a routine? Try my favorite summer workout and get back on track.

This total body routine is just two days of cardio and two days of strength training, but it will help you get in shape fast. The schedule is designed to strengthen and tone your entire body while also increasing your endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Get ready!


Summer Workout Part 2

man amd woman running and smiling on a pretty summer day

We are back with part two of our summer workout routine for you. This week's workout will challenge you, tone your entire body and increase your cardiovascular fitness, plus you will feel great after you complete it (sweaty, but great!).

Get on your workout clothes on and check it out. 



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