Wellness

Soothe Your Sunburn

woman with sunscreen on her sunburnt shoulder

Maybe you left the sunscreen at home. Or maybe you went for a swim and didn’t reapply it. Or—a common oversight—you didn’t realize how long you were working in the garden. Well, the yard looks great but you ended up with a bad sunburn.

These tips and remedies from the Skin Cancer Foundation can help ease the pain and speed healing. Drape a cool, damp towel around your pink shoulders and read on:

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6 Ways to Prevent and Treat Poison Ivy

poison ivy covering the ground

It is that time of year–summer! That means sun, fun and plenty of time outdoors. However, if you spend a lot of time outside, you just might end up with a case or two of poison ivy at some point. 

Plants in the poison ivy family are found in just about every state in the Continental U.S., and the plant itself is very hard to get rid of. Poison ivy is found just about everywhere from wooded areas to open fields to roadsides and riverbanks and even in your own backyard.

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Exercise Is Good for Your Brain, Too

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Exercise burns calories to reduce your waistline and strengthens your heart to improve your endurance, but it also has a huge impact on your emotional and mental well-being.
 
“Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep yourself in a good state of mind,” said Patrick Dunham, clinical training manager at Carilion Wellness. “It can not only make you feel good, but it can actually improve your brain function.”
 

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Mental Health on the Job

stressed young businessman in corporate office

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

While we all have days where we question our abilities or feel overwhelmed, significant mental health challenges can take many forms, and recognizing and addressing them sometimes “takes a village.”

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Fight the Bite! Manage Mosquitoes at Home

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Are you growing mosquitoes in your backyard? After the nearly endless rains we’ve had recently, you might be. Standing water is the ideal mosquito breeding site; they mature in 10 to 14 days and can breed in less than a single ounce of water!

The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Pick-A-Day to Fight-the-Bite initiative encourages people to inspect their property once a week for standing water and empty or change it wherever they find it.

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Does Sunscreen Expire?

mother putting sunscreen on young girl

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Neighborhood pools are about to open (except Carilion Wellness, which is already open - woohoo!) and for many of us that means pulling swim suits, floaties and of course that stockpile of unused sunscreen out of storage.

The question is will that sunscreen be just as effective the second time around?

To make things interesting, a lot of sunscreen bottles are not printed with an expiration date.

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