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Eating clean: Whole foods can improve health, ward off disease


One of the big buzz terms in the nutritional health field right now is “eating clean.”

Those wanting to lose weight, tone their muscles, detox their systems or just feel better are all advised that the first step is to begin to “eat clean.”

At first look, eating clean seems obvious. A few easy steps should take care of things: avoiding fast food burgers, French fries, deep fried processed chicken bits and carbonated, sugar-laden beverages.

Kenosha area is in need of more doctors


With the coming of new industries and multiple retail big-box stores into Kenosha County, it’s safe to assume that people will be moving into the area for the thousands of new jobs.

Beyond housing and transportation needs, one of the concerns could be medical care.

New tools for seniors


It’s Tuesday morning at Azura Memory Care on Kenosha’s north side, and the place is up for grabs. Some of the residents are singing; others are on their feet dancing to “YMCA.” Staff member Maria Gonzales is in the mix, modeling the letters of the song and holding hands with dancing residents.

A few miles south, at Brookdale’s assisted living residence in Pleasant Prairie, Bill Stein, using computer software, is working on his upper body strength while taking a virtual stroll along a trail in the Sonora desert.

Feeling groggy? Here’s how to wake up refreshed


DALLAS — When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m., before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street bearing the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school, it isn’t drudgery.

She slips out of bed, fills a hefty mug with coffee and listens to the birds chirping outside her Dallas home. Early morning sunlight streams through the window. For Phillips, this is the most peaceful time of day.

Hiring a caregiver


One of the challenges of aging is caring for the generations that came before you and, eventually, for yourself.

An option to senior care facilities is “aging in place.”

Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush and other gadgets for a healthier home


Controlling your environment goes a long way toward controlling, and improving, your health. And the market is exploding with new offerings designed to help you do just that.

“Consumers are demanding more,” said Jon Hall, senior brand manager for Whirlpool. “They want more flexibility. They want to be able to see more. They want personalization.”

Resetting the microbial environment


One of Dr. W. Harley Sobin’s favorite matters for discussion is one some might consider indelicate at best.

But for Sobin, a gastroenterologist with United Health Systems Kenosha Hospital, fecal matter is a matter of great importance.

Fit for a long life: At 90, Ed Stevens seldom sits stil


It’s hard to keep up with Ed Stevens.

Three days a week he works out at Atlas Gym II, where he stretches his leg muscles on a stationary bike or treadmill. Other days of the week he can be found at his Rotary Club meeting, or walking the halls and stairs of Kenosha’s museums or the Pollard Art gallery.

Good posture, good health


Remember when your mother told you to stand up straight?

She was right: optimal posture is good for your health. Bad posture can lead to chronic pain and strain of the lower back, shoulders, hips and knees.

A diabetes primer: 1 in 4 are unaware that they have this disease


More than 29 million people (9.3 percent of the population) in the United States have diabetes, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010.

The scary part is one in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

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