11 Health Habits From the Pros

strong woman hiking outside to stay fit and healthy

Do you ever walk into a wellness or fitness facility and wonder what the people who work there do to stay fit and healthy? You might think that it is second nature for them, but that is not necessarily true.

Even though being fit and living a healthy lifestyle is a big part of my job as the manager of Clinic Training at Carilion Wellness, I still have to put time and effort into it each day.

For me, the top three things I do regularly to stay well are:


Adults Need to Play Too!

happy woman with outstretched arms crossing a stream

How often do you let go of responsibilities and just enjoy an activity for fun? Focusing on something we enjoy rather than what we have to doplayingis as important for adults as it is for children. Incorporating play into your everyday routine is a proactive way to manage stress. It turns out that stepping away from our responsibilitiesfor a little while at leastis good for us!


7 Tips to Lose it and Keep it Off 

green apple, measuring tape and hand weights

As we all know there is no magic bullet for weight loss. It takes time, consistency and a lot of determination to make the numbers move on the scale, but it is possible and it does not have to be difficult or complicated. Below are my top seven tips for a successful weight loss journey.   
1. Set small goals for small victories
Setting small goals will not only help you lay out a plan to lose weight, but it will also help keep you motivated along the way. When choosing your goals, go with the S.M.A.R.T. method.


Stand up for Tree-Stand Safety

hunter climbing tree stand

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 4,000 tree stand-related falls resulted in significant injury or death in 2017.


5 Habits to Stay Healthy

healthy senior paddling and enjoying life

Being healthy is not just part of my job, it is a big part of my life; however, it is something that I have to work at every single day just like everyone else. Take a look the five things I try to do every day to stay healthy mind, body and soul.

1. Have a game plan
We have plans for our work life and for activities with family and friends, but what about a personal game plan? I have found that it is much easier to take charge of my day when it is planned out.

I think about:


A Look at the Flu

young girl getting her flu shot

The fall is known for its crisp weather and rich colors. Something else that begins in the fall, however, is flu season.

Every year, up to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of it. While the statistics can seem intimidating, knowing about the facts, the symptoms and the vaccination can help you and your family to best prepare for this year’s flu season.


8 Tips for Starting an Exercise Program

woman walking on a trail with hand weights

Starting an exercise program might seem like a daunting task. You might have been thinking about it for a while…now is the time to take charge and actually do it!
If you mention to someone that you are thinking about starting to exercise, you will most likely be given lots of advice about what you should do and how you should do it. 
There are a ton of nutrition and exercise trends, and figuring out what’s right for you can be overwhelming and confusing. But starting an exercise program doesn’t have to be stressful.


Back-to-School Routines

african american girl standing in front of a chalk board with math on it at school

The new school year is upon us. Are your kids ready? We talked with Carilion Clinic providers to see how they help their kids make the transition from the lazy days of summer to the structure and routine of the academic calendar.

They say that for kids of every age, the right supplies and the right routines are necessary building blocks to school success. Specifically:



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