Health Blog

The Importance of an Annual Preventive Visit

Most people think about going to their primary care provider’s office when they are sick, but did you know it’s also recommended to visit your health center, on average, once per year when you are healthy? This is commonly called a “yearly physical” or “annual preventive visit.” The goal of this visit is to promote Read More

Eyes on Digital Devices

Did you know that digital devices can negatively affect your vision? On average, Americans spend seven or more hours a day looking at their screens. Digital devices give off a high energy blue light that can contribute to many eye-related problems. This overexposure to blue light can lead to sleep problems, blurred vision, eye strain, Read More

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to maintain normal levels of blood glucose using a hormone known as insulin. Currently, more than 100 million people in the U.S. are diabetic or prediabetic. If this trend continues, almost 1 in every 3 people will have this condition (Centers for Disease Control Read More

Understanding Health Literacy

Are you confident you can compare premiums and deductibles to find the best health insurance plan for you and your family? Can you use a nutrition label to calculate how many grams of sugar are in a bowl of your breakfast cereal? Are you able to locate the medical services you need, when you need Read More

Protect Our Species: Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is approaching and presents an opportunity to celebrate nature and show it some much needed love by participating in environmental action. As many of us may be busy on April 22, here are a few options for environmental action during downtime or on breaks throughout the day. Energy conservation: Be mindful to turn Read More

Is your Home Poison Safe?

National Poison Prevention Week is observed in the United States the third week of March every year. Over half of the 2.4 million cases of poisonings reported to poison control centers each year involve children less than 5 years of age. To help keep your little ones safe, please check out these tips below: Put Read More

Bite into a Healthier Lifestyle this National Nutrition Month

The month of March means it is time for another celebration of National Nutrition Month! This annual campaign was created by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help inspire people to learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce chronic disease. The idea focuses on the importance of improving lifestyle eating and exercise Read More

The Words We Use

The way we speak often impacts the way we feel and changes the lenses in which we see the world. One area in which this has impacted those suffering from substance use disorders are common terms I hear of being either clean or dirty to describe one’s using status. These terms are used widely to Read More

Good Night, Sweetheart

Anyone who has ever had a bad habit to break knows that life would have been easier if they had never started the habit in the first place. Bad sleep habits in young children can cause fatigue for the care givers along with irritability and learning difficulties for the child. The following are tips for Read More

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Q: Does diabetes really affect my teeth? A: If you are one of the nearly 30 million people living in the U.S. with diabetes, you have special oral health needs. As a dentist practicing in Grand Rapids, I see first-hand how diabetes affects the mouth. It can lead to gingivitis, an early stage of gum Read More