Gum disease and your heart

How many of us grew up hearing our parents say “brush your teeth” in the morning and evening? We replied we had when we briefly ran the toothbrush over our teeth or sneakily wet the brush without even brushing. But do you know the importance of brushing your teeth?

Autumn Wellness

Moving into the fall, we are invigorated by the cooler temps, changing leaves, and bright skies. A welcome relief from a hot and humid summer! However, transitioning to shorter and busier fall days can be challenging. Preparing for the fall into winter months can make this change of seasons easier. Here are some reminders that may help.

Short walks help your heart

Numerous studies support exercise and cardiovascular health protection. We know this, but putting it into practice is hard.

What should I ask at my annual physical?

You are in good company if you have postponed your check-ups—an estimated 32 percent of American adults delayed routine medical care during the pandemic. Now is the time to schedule your healthcare visits as it may take longer to get in with many seeking appointments.

Cool down your diet this spring

As the weather warms up, we begin to think of lighter foods. Eating light and choosing foods wisely carries the benefit of fighting inflammation in our bodies.

Health District releases community health assessment

The Farmington Valley Health District (FVHD) is the local health department that serves the town of Granby. It has recently released a community health assessment which uses data from more than 20 different sources to describe the health status of the population of  Farmington Valley.

Triggers for high blood sugar and prediabetes

Many of us are hearing that our blood sugar levels are in the pre-diabetes level. Often, we shrug it off, but we should not. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes.

Fighting viruses this winter

The new year offers new beginnings, but unfortunately, it is also a peak period for the transmission of colds, flu, Covid and other respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses. This year the trifecta of respiratory illnesses is especially hitting Connecticut. Being inside more, in dry air, with the proximity of other people leads to more infections.

Sleep habits and your weight

Going into the holiday season, we often start worrying about weight gain from all the delicious meals, desserts, and celebrations. One thing we often overlook is to try to get more sleep. Too little sleep appears to impact your hunger, dietary choices, and, ultimately, your weight.