Sacred Heart Health System, part of Ascension, and the St. Joe Company, held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a new Ascension Medical Group facility in the Watersound Origins community in South Walton County. The new healthcare facility will be located along Highway 98 at the...

Healthy Rx

By Melanie Stewart How many times a day do you eat, or think you should eat? Are you worried that if you skip breakfast your metabolism will slow down? Do you think it’s important to snack throughout the day to keep that metabolism going?  Well, this might come as a...
TESTOSTERONE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT IN WOMEN!  Did that get your attention? Is that even true?  Most people mistakenly make the assumption that testosterone is for men and estrogen is for women. In fact, some physicians would probably support the idea that testosterone is primarily a male hormone and estrogen...
By Christine Rushford, Coastal Counseling Last month we talked about how to prevent your child from throwing a tantrum. Some of you may have thought, “That’s great, but what do I do in the midst of a melt down?” You’ve already made sure your child has been fed and had...
By Beth Jackson and Capt. Hunter Ray Why would a 60 something retiree and a 30 something boat captain spend their free time helping Safe Water for Walton—a non-profit just shy of 2 years old—be successful? It’s simple: They know local history, and know that our past and our future rest...
By Melanie Stewart In my 10 part series, Digestion by Design, the focus was on what and how to eat to enhance digestion and maximize nutrient absorption. As the foundation for the environment of our cells, food is even more influential than our genes because it influences which genes express...
This May, Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) will unveil a new and improved mobile dental clinic, allowing the organization to more efficiently serve students in Okaloosa and Walton County Schools. In 2018, CVHN was forced to retire its beloved mobile dental clinic, Just for Grins, after it sustained previously...
By Lisa Turpin, Health and Fitness Coach You’ve probably heard of cross-training before. Not to be confused with Cross-Fit, Cross-training just means to do a variety of exercise modalities so as to gain strengths and benefits from each to work synergistically for your entire body. Modalities include cardiovascular training (Cardio),...

What is Normal?

By Dr. Richard Chern, MD How many times have you been told, "Labs look normal, see ya next year?"  But that voice inside says "I don't feel normal."  Why is that?  Well, because it’s normal to age, get tired, gain weight, have achy joints, thinning hair, move slower, and have...
By Melanie Stewart Well, we’ve reached the end of our journey, literally and figuratively, as we approach our final organ of digestion, the super sexy colon! Ideally, once our food has traveled the length of the small intestine and all the nutrients have been removed and sent to the liver;...

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