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Whenever we talk about fitness, we think mainly about strength and endurance and tend to forget about the third component: flexibility!  Let’s face it - it’s hard enough to make time for our cardio and strength sessions… who wants to stretch?  It...

Siteman Cancer Center

It’s been said time and time again: Smoking is bad for your health. This phrase is repeated over and over, often beginning in middle school health classes, then through physician recommendations at annual check-ups, and through multiple public...

GWR YMCA

You’re on a roll, baby; NOTHING can stop you now!  Back-to-back weeks of sticking to your plan. Not that there hasn’t been temptation, but you’re super proud of yourself control and ability to stick to your goals. You’ve passed up the birthday...

Siteman Cancer Center

Picking the right insurance plans for you and your family can be challenging. Weighing monthly premiums and co-pays against yearly deductibles, and comparing the benefits different plans offer, can make your head spin.The less familiar people are...

GWR YMCA

As a child, I thought the best thing about Thanksgiving was the food: my grandmother’s green bean casserole, mashed potatoes with gravy, bread rolls, candied yams with marshmallows, pecan pie and turkey. When I reminisce about those traditions, I...

Washington University School of Medicine

Chronic hip joint pain can result in significant limitations in daily activities including walking, sitting and work-related and fitness activities. Chronic hip joint pain may be due to bony abnormalities within the hip joint, muscle imbalances or...

GWR YMCA

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.  Getting up at 5 am to work out, refusing to eat cake at your best friend’s birthday party, having ice water while your co-workers enjoy a drink at happy hour, it all boils down to this.  The scale.  The...

GWR YMCA

In short, no. Many people, perhaps similar to you, hesitate to start weight training because they fear becoming “bulky” or too muscular.  Understandable too, considering that bodybuilders and other large athletes have historically been the faces...

Siteman Cancer Center

It’s no longer news that a healthy lifestyle can prevent important diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. More surprising may be to read that many of the same steps that lower the risk of those diseases can also lower the risk of...

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

“Shin splints” or medial tibial stress syndrome is a common exercise-related problem in many athletes including runners, dancers, and military recruits.  Shin splints refer to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia).

GWR YMCA

Everywhere you look, there seems to be nutrition advice, research, facts, and opinions. Whether you’re seeking to better understand carbohydrates, fats, or both…Which are good for you? Which are bad for you? Which will best serve your wellness...

Siteman Cancer Center

Over and over, research studies continue to find that maintaining a healthy weight is good for us. Not only does a healthy weight reduce your risk of cancer, it also helps to reduce the risk of such chronic diseases as diabetes, heart disease,...

Alzheimer's Association - St. Louis Chapter

New Research Sheds Light on the Connection Between Lifestyle Factors and Alzheimer’s DiseaseNew studies presented at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference this summer contain significant findings on two primary areas of study...

Anne Schneider

School is back in session and the soccer field is calling!  Here are some of our favorite-at home drills to get your child ready for fall soccer. 

GWR YMCA

Am I working out too much?  Too little?  What should I being doing more/less of to get the results I want?  I don’t want to push too hard, but I also don’t want to go too easy on myself and not progress.

Siteman Cancer Center

It comes as no surprise that healthcare is expensive. Anyone who has been to a doctor may recall being charged a co-pay, receiving bills for lab work or paying for appointments not covered by insurance. And all of this likely is on top of paying...

GWR YMCA

Summer time. That time of year when families pack everything they can into suitcases and car trunks to answer the calls of destinations far away. It’s that time of year where road trips seem like an exciting adventure; plane rides are paths to...

GWR YMCA

Where to go? What to do? How do I make everyone happy? This is just the first in a long line of questions that many people have when they think about having a family reunion. In fact, quite a few people don’t understand the time and effort it...

GWR YMCA

You went through all the reasons you need to exercise (more energy, lose a few pounds, keep up with the kids, etc.) and have finally decided you are going to start exercising.  So, you put on your new gym shirt and shoes and suddenly it hits you: ...

Siteman Cancer Center

Like it or not, school is right around the corner for boys and girls, teenagers and young adults. In addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, don’t forget to make sure your child is up to date on vaccinations. July and August are great...

Siteman Cancer Center

In June, we typically think about the men we love in our lives, for Father’s Day. Husbands, brothers, fathers may all be significant people in your life. So think about the last time you asked each about his health. Is he eating a healthy diet? Is...

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Exercise and sports are a part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle for many girls. Research shows that people who play sports and exercise are healthier, get better grades, are less likely to experience depression and engage in risky behavior than...

GWR YMCA

Walking is one of the easiest and lowest impact forms of exercise, and can truly can be performed anywhere. Walking is free and requires no equipment. This form of exercise can be done individually, with a partner, or even a group! Learn five...

Siteman Cancer Center

May often is the unofficial start of summer. The days continue to be warmer and longer, children are out of school for the summer break, and weekends become filled with a range of activities. Some of these activities include being outside, such as...

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

When you play a sport, you make sure you have the equipment you need, like a glove for baseball, shin guards for soccer, and a helmet for football.  Good nutrition is needed to help your game from the inside out.  Athletes need to choose healthy...

Alzheimer's Association - St. Louis Chapter

Alzheimer's Caregiving is Exceptionally Demanding A new study released by the Alzheimer's Association shows that caring for someone with Alzheimer's often exacts a significant physical, mental and emotional toll on the caregiver.  According to the...

Siteman Cancer Center

Knowing Your Family Health History Could Save Your Life or a Loved One’sWe inherit many things from our parents – mannerisms, physical characteristics and, of course, genes. Because we have many genetic factors in common with our family members,...

GWR YMCA

It’s fair to say we’re all afraid of something at some point in our lives. Whether it’s bugs, heights, or water – they’re all valid because we’re all human! Water is one of the most common fears people have, specifically the fear of drowning. But...

American Diabetes Association

This was pregnancy number 2 for me. I currently have a healthy perfect, most days, 3 year old. I assumed as not having gestational diabetes for my first pregnancy, I would not this pregnancy either. I mean, I am constantly chasing after a toddler...

Siteman Cancer Center

Any cancer is hard to talk about, but colon cancer may be one of most uncomfortable to discuss.  So, many of us just avoid the topic altogether.But even though colon cancer may not get as much recognition as some other types, it’s important to...

American Heart Association

February is American Heart Month and it’s a good time to take charge of your health. To help you get started, the American Heart Association is offering up fresh approaches to get you started on the right track!

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

The running back makes a cut and feels a pop in his ankle.The center jumps for the basketball and lands with her foot turned in.Injuries to the ankle are all too familiar for anyone who has ever spent time around athletes and sports. The most...

GWR YMCA

February is National Heart Health Month! According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year in the US. Additionally, about 80 million adults have...

Siteman Cancer Center

One of the great findings from the last 30 years of medical research is that prevention works. Healthy behaviors that most of us can do can prevent half of cancers, as well as lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. In...

GWR YMCA

We’re in the middle of it now. The holiday season – that wonderful and stressful five-week stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s where at every turn, there seems to be food. And not just everyday food, but food of such amounts and enticing types...

GWR YMCA

Each January, approximately one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way by establishing a “New Year’s Resolution.” A much smaller percentage of people actually follow through on those resolutions. While about 75% of people...

GWR YMCA

Looking for a perfect gift for your child, one that they’ll love to receive and that will encourage them to be active? How about a ball for their favorite sport, or a new sport they will try next year? While many organizations like the YMCA...

GWR YMCA

As fall winds down, it’s time to start thinking about our winter gardens. Did you know you can also grow veggies indoors so your families can enjoy fresh food during the long Missouri winter? Three of my favorite indoor “gardens” include...

GWR YMCA

Taking Care of the CaregiverMore than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  During the month of November – designated as National Caregivers Month – the Alzheimer’s Association is hoping to...

GWR YMCA

The holiday season typically brings decadent desserts, rich beverages, and holiday festivities that interrupt our normal eating routine. Roughly 75% of annual weight gain takes place during the holiday season. Commit to celebrating with moderation...

GWR YMCA

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. In 2016, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 246,660 new cases of invasive...

GWR YMCA

Our older adults are valuable members of our families and communities. Let’s work together to keep them healthy and safe. On Falls Prevention Awareness Day (9/22), learn how to help your parent, grandparent, friend or neighbor reduce their risk...

GWR YMCA

You’ve heard it before, volunteering is good for you! But do you know some of the benefits volunteering has besides strengthening community?Here are 5 great reasons to volunteer:

GWR YMCA

Summer is peak season for vegetable gardens, but don’t dismiss Fall! YMCA community gardeners love fall gardens and have found that they actually offer many benefits and rewards. It turns out, we are not the only ones to enjoy the crisp air and...