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Financial Conversations for Couples!

Discussing budgets and savings goals may not seem romantic, however, they are important conversations couples should be having on a regular basis.  Achieving your financial goals means having shared objectives and being transparent with each other. Just like a successful marriage, it takes communication, compromise, and commitment to attain that perfect financial union. Learn tips […]

Exciting news about Weight Watchers!

The Commonwealth of Virginia and WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) are proud to partner together to help you improve you well-being! The WW discounted pricing for employees enrolled in a state health plan is changing as of July 1, 2019. This special pricing is for VCU employees. If you are a VCU Health System employee you […]

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What the Science Really Says About Grilled Meat and Cancer Risk

As backyard cookout season kicks into high gear, many people may be eyeing their sizzling burgers and dogs with suspicion. And for good reason: a number of studies published in the past two decades have turned up evidence that eating charred, smoked, and well-done meat could raise cancer risk—pancreatic, colorectal, and prostate cancers, in particular. […]

Two Hours a Week in Nature Can Boost Your Health and Well-Being

New research has given credence to the age-old wisdom that spending time outside is good for you. A study recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal found that people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature per week have higher odds of reporting better health and psychological well-being. Researchers at the University of Exeter […]

Why Spending Time With Friends Is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Health

When someone sets out to improve their health, they usually take a familiar path: starting a healthy diet, adopting a new workout regimen, getting better sleep, drinking more water. Each of these behaviors is important, of course, but they all focus on physical health—and a growing body of research suggests that social health is just […]

20 Fun Facts about the 4th of July!

On this federal holiday, also known as Independence Day, marking the Colonies’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from the Great Britain and its king, we thought it would be appropriate to share some fun facts about this historic day. We are already familiar with the fireworks, parades […]

Can an eye exam reveal Alzheimer’s risk?

Can an eye exam reveal Alzheimer’s risk? Kelly Bilodeau Executive Editor, Harvard Women’s Health Watch Looking for clues about the health of your brain? You might want to pay a visit to your eye doctor. Research increasingly links common eye conditions — glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy — to risk for Alzheimer’s and […]

Is Guacamole Healthy? Here’s What the Experts Say

BY CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE   AUGUST 22, 2018 Guacamole has a solid reputation as a crowd pleaser, for sports fans and health nuts alike. Even the Aztecs indulged in ahuaca-mulli, or avocado sauce. But is guacamole good for you? Here’s what the experts say. What’s in guacamole? Guacamole’s main ingredient is avocado, a creamy green fruit full of heart-healthy, easy-to-digest monounsaturated […]

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