BEING ACTIVE PROMOTES STRONG OVERALL WELL-BEING

The dawning of a new year is the perfect time to give yourself a boost. Being active is essential to feeling great mentally and physically. Here’s why routine exercise will improve your well-being.

The dawning of a new year is the perfect time to give yourself a boost. Being active is essential to feeling great mentally and physically. Here’s why routine exercise will improve your well-being.

Taking fitness to the next level can be a grind, but the Lowcountry has some of the top professional trainers who are motivating and help us reach our goals.

These experts teach us how to work out safely, hold us accountable and understand that optimal wellness is a lifestyle. Inspirational and supportive, these trainers guide us on our journey to stay fit for life. 

IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK TO IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE

Don’t be a slouch. Sit up straight. Stand up straight and tall. Keep your head above your shoulders and your shoulders over your hips. Let your arms hang naturally at your sides.

It seems like there are many steps to take to achieve good posture. But experts say if you tweak your habits and explore some exercise routines that are designed to specifically improve posture, it can become an achievable goal.

GET MOVING TO STAY FIT THIS WINTER

Lowcountry living boasts sunshine and mild, sub-tropical weather year-round. With December temperatures averaging 52 degrees, your outdoor walking routine need not be interrupted. Often described as the “perfect exercise,” walking keeps your blood pumping with compelling health benefits. 

Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. 

TAKE STEPS TO HELP SUPPORT LOVED ONES

 More than 95,000 South Carolinians live with Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that impairs a person’s cognitive functions.

In addition to those suffering, nearly 200,000 individuals throughout our state are responsible for caring for their loved ones who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and other dementiarelated illnesses. Luckily there are resources available throughout our community to raise awareness and provide support to both Alzheimer’s patients and their families, who are dealing with the daily realities of the disease.

ANGIE GILLESPIE HELPS PATIENTS NAVIGATE BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS

No one wants an abnormal mammogram. Not only can it mean one may be facing the dreaded “C” word, but you feel like you are standing on the precipice of the unknown. 

But thanks to Angie Gillespie, a certified breast imaging navigator and market lead mammography technologist at Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, those diagnosed with breast cancer are not alone. 

Hailey Niclaus was just 3 years old when she succumbed to childhood leukemia. Her strength still inspires

There is little more terrible darkness than when a parent loses a child. Those who have children know the animal instinct with which we protect our young, and the extraordinary lengths we will go to keep them safe. When that protection simply isn’t enough, when a monstrous force like childhood leukemia proves insurmountable, it can be devastating. 

SENIOR LIVING TIPS TO FIND THE BEST LEVEL OF CARE IN THE GOLDEN YEARS

The idea of senior care has evolved in the last few decades, encompassing a wealth of options as diverse as the seniors who live them. Opportunities abound, whether that means continuing to live in your own home or taking advantage of more specialized care to suit your particular medical needs. 

Options include assisted and independent living options that truly make your golden years shine. 

HEALTH SCREENINGS FIND PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY START

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We all need to have regular health screenings to make sure we are healthy. Having regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start, and they can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and a cure are better. 

GUIDELINES TO HELP KEEP YOUR SKIN SAFE

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It’s clear that excessive exposure to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer and premature aging of the skin, yet general knowledge about sunscreens — how they work, how much to use, and what brands are safe — seems to be a bit hazy. 

Here are a few guidelines to increase your sunscreen know-how and help you make better decisions about protecting your skin.