For years, decades even, Hilton Head Health seemed to exist behind a veil of secrecy for locals. It endured on the fringes of our community conscience, the setting for the latest celebrity sighting rumor mill. This starlet was here to dry out after a bender. That movie star was here to shed a few pounds.

“Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.”

That anonymous quote is everything you need to know about how to live life to the fullest in 2016.

However, a little outside help doesn’t hurt. This year, instead of trying to do everything yourself, turn to the experts. From dentists, masseuses, personal trainers, plastic surgeons and more, the pros can provide you with services to make you look and feel your very best.

A look back at how Hilton Head became a world-class destination for indulgence

Hilton Head Island had many amenities that helped it reach and maintain its world-class vacation destination status back in 1993. Wide pristine beaches, top-ranked golf courses and tennis facilities, award-winning restaurants, three-and-four star luxury hotels, wildlife and forest preserves, water adventures and bike trails.

You better watch out, you better not ask why but it’s time to get honest about this jolly old guy. Santa Claus is one of the most beloved and recognized figures in the world. Also well-known are his sometimes unhealthy habits and lifestyle – like his weight. Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way. Hilton Head Hospital has health advice for you so you won’t need sick pay: 


Families sometimes don’t recognize that they can choose among hospices. Why is this so important?

The U.S. hospice industry has changed dramatically in the past two decades because of the growth of for-profit hospices. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports 66 percent of hospices held for-profit status in 2013, an increase of 15 percent from the 51 percent reported in 2011. 

After Jeffrey Newton’s tragic death, Audi of Hilton Head gives back in his honor.

As he did every morning, 30-year-old Jeffrey Newton arrived at Audi Hilton Head on Aug. 26 and said “hello” to everyone in the dealership. An hour later, he fell to the showroom floor and began to seize. His colleagues called 911. The paramedics arrived just a few minutes later, but Newton was taking his last breath. 


Psychiatric service dogs can be powerful allies for recent veterans recovering from the traumatic effects of war.

“There isn't enough medicine in the world to make myself or other veterans feel as safe as we do with our four-legged battle buddies,” said veteran Zachary Pennington, who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and is recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Sometimes human beings can't heal what dogs can.”


Have you ever had trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or getting restful sleep even though you had the opportunity? Sluggish and irritable insomniacs understand all too well that problems with sleep can affect your work and family life, make you grumpy and just make you feel yucky all day.

Insomnia begins as an acute condition but quickly can become chronic and often debilitating. Those with insomnia typically complain or grumble about their quality of sleep. Many report an inconsistent duration of sleep. Often, they feel like they don't sleep at all or that their sleep is light and not restful. Some may find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep.

The new fall clothes and sneakers have been purchased, notebooks have been organized and kids throughout the region have settled into what families hope will be a successful new school year. However, according to the latest statistics, one in five children ages 13 to 18, or 20 percent of youth in this age group, have or will have a serious mental illness — causing significant functional impairment in their day-to-day lives in school, at home and with peers.  Childhood mental disorders include a range of disorders that can be diagnosed and begin in childhood, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders and substance use disorders, among others.     


In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of Monthly, we offer 30 facts and tips to increase breast cancer awareness: