Fall Back, Clean Up, Calm Down

fall autumn leaves clean gutters

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.


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.


A Toast to Hydration

five blue glass water bottles

Staying hydrated also helps your body eliminate waste more efficiently, keeps your temperature in a normal range, lubricates and cushions your joints and protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues in your body. As our Carilion Clinic Family Medicine physicians explain, water is needed for cellular metabolism. In its absence, the metabolic functions slow down. 

In other words, water is an essential nutrient that your body needs to function at its best.


The Scooters Are Here!

photo of bike rack with one bike and several electric scooters

Just about everything is different this summer, and that goes for electric scooters too.

Our area has more scooters than ever, and they're being used by everyone from visitors to commuters to teenagers—including those who are too young to drive.

Scooters are a convenient car-free way to get around town. They're faster than walking and they don't require the exertion or change of clothes that bike riding calls for. 


Soothe Your Sunburn

woman with sunscreen on her sunburnt shoulder

This summer, we're spending more time at home than usual, and we often don't think to put sunscreen on if we're just going into the backyard or onto the balcony.

We're careful to use sunscreen when we're on vacation. Avoid sunburn by using it on your staycation too!


Backyard Fireworks: Burn Prevention and PTSD

night sky full of fireworks

For many of us, the holiday means fun times with family and friends, grilling out and fireworks, of course. But because of that last one, Independence Day is also considered one of the most dangerous holidays of the year.

This year, after months of social distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a very rainy spring and the cancellation of many professional July fourth events, people are more excited than ever to get outside and blow off steam—and fireworks.



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