Considerations for Increasing Calcium Intake

Our bodies need the mineral calcium to maintain strong bones, but what is the best form of calcium to take? Research shows that eating foods that are naturally rich in calcium is safer than taking calcium supplements, especially for older women. Older women who take higher amounts of calcium supplements, at least 1000 mg a day, may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke or kidney stones.

It's Just a Mouse

Last week I saw a mouse crawling around my kitchen stove.  The terrifying image of the furry, grey, creature scurrying around my stove has left a lasting mark in my memory.  The very thought of the germ-infested rodent makes every cell in my body shudder. Since then, I have been unable to eat, sleep, study, or focus. It has affected my daily functioning.  recognized that it was time to get help - not only with exterminating the rodent problem - but on an emotional level to manage my rodent phobia.

Can Chocolate Protect Your Heart or Your Brain?

If you only have 15 seconds to read this article – the quick answer is no; if you have a few more minutes here are some of the facts. It is actually the cocoa flavanols from chocolate that are being considered to have health benefits, not the chocolate itself. Studies have used anywhere from 750 to 900 mg of cocoa flavanols. It is almost impossible to get 750 mg cocoa flavanols just by eating chocolate without overdoing the calories.

Making Changes

The start of a new year prompts reflection and encourages fresh starts.  Promises we have only thought about making, are now inspired to come to fruition.  So we say things to ourselves like, “I am going to work out at least 3 times a week” or “This is the year I am going to really quit smoking” (or drinking, or overeating, or overspending).  And so we start afresh, motivated and hopeful, certain that the changes we make will stick… and then something flips.   Our old patterns start to fight back, seeking attention, afraid of being forgotten; we resist and resist, but comfort and ease wins

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

During the year, there are many special days such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and weddings that are difficult days for the bereaved.  And for many, one of the most difficult times can be the holidays that occur this time of the year.  There is no right or wrong way to handle the day. Some may wish to follow family traditions, while others may choose to change.  Here a few ideas and suggestions that others have found helpful in coping with loss during the holiday season…choose the ones that fit best for you.

Tips and Tricks for the Holiday Season

This time of the year is filled with holiday parties and plenty of fun-filled festivities.  Along with the socializing, laughing, fun and games often comes stress, over indulgence, and even some safety concerns.  Here are some tips and tricks the Behavioral Health and Wellness Team came up with to help you not only survive the holiday season but also stay feeling at the top of your game!