Healthy Living

Menopause symptoms: Expert outlines hormone and therapies

Menopause, the end of menstrual cycles, can produce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and mood changes. Women do not need to suffer in silence: Many treatment options are available. Jewel Kling, M.D., chair of the Division of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, describes hormonal and nonhormonal therapies. “We sometimes hear the question, ‘Do I […]

February is American Heart Month

Across America, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women and people of most racial and ethnic groups. Heart disease is a bucket term that refers to several types of heart conditions, but in the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease. With coronary artery disease, plaque (deposits of […]

New year offers fresh starts for families in crisis


The new year is a time for a fresh start. we take inventory of our lives and look for ways to do better, and sometimes, to be better. Fresh starts and second chances are true gifts, and they come easier to some than others. Many of our neighbors in Florida are still recovering from the hurricane. They are starting over […]

Two performances planned of Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing

Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of Second Street and Lee Street. It’s the 33rd anniversary of the hymn sing, which is an officially sanctioned event of the Edison Festival of Light. Sponsors […]

Whether you’re 19 or 90, weight training is good for you

Years ago, weightlifting was thought to be reserved solely for bodybuilders and athletes. However, there has been significant research on the medical benefits of lifting weights. Everyone benefits from stronger bones and muscles. Plan to incorporate weight training into your routine, regardless of your age, ability or fitness level. Weight training is a type of strength training that uses weights […]

February is time for ShorePoint Health’s 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 650,000 people each year. Th is year, ShorePoint Health is taking the entire month of February to help people in the community learn ways to reduce their risks with the 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge. Participants will receive a daily email with short, […]

A gift with no substitute: Donate blood regularly

January is National Blood Donor Month — a time to celebrate and recognize regular blood donors and encourage others to join the lifesaving cause. The recognition month was established on Dec. 31, 1969, when President Richard Nixon proclaimed January 1970 as the first National Blood Donor Month. In part, his proclamation said, “Genuine concern for his fellowman has always distinguished […]

Discuss senior living options with your parents

Sitting down with your parents to discuss long-term care options can be difficult. It is hard to face the fact that our parents, the people who took care of us, are getting older and considering their longterm care needs. While this topic may be uncomfortable to discuss, they are important conversations to have. The simple truth is that having this […]


Farmers market season is in full swing in Southwest Florida. The seasonal markets offer a wide selection of produce, seafood, plants, crafts, jewelry, tasty fare and more. FRIDAY Happy Hour Marketplace 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 361 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. (Bailey Brothers Park) in Punta Gorda. Live music, crafts, art, fresh produce and fruits, soul food, ice treats, […]

New year, new health goals to consider

Each new year brings new hope and many weight loss goals that often go unrealized. “The foundation of any weight loss program, whether it involves different types of programs, medications, procedures — it does get down to lifestyle and diet and physical activity. The way people go about this sometimes isn’t productive. Just starving and trying to exercise for a […]

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