6 ways to celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day

Mark your calendars – Family Health & Fitness Day is Sept. 28, 2019! This annual event, which takes place on the last Saturday in September, was created to encourage families to partake in physical activity together. “More than two-thirds of…

5 things that happen when you quit smoking

By Dr. Rashmika Potdar, hematologist-oncologist at Geisinger Medical Center Besides eating into your budget, smoking increases the risk of developing countless health conditions, including cancer and heart disease. But quitting smoking benefits your body in ways you might not expect. What happens…

Hand sanitizer: When and how to use it

These days, many of us aren’t leaving the house without a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Which is a good thing — hand hygiene is one of our best defenses against getting sick. “Keeping your hands clean is key when…

It’s’more than just s’mores

By Beth Kaszuba Maybe you tie a hammock between two trees, snuggle under a scratchy wool blanket and stare up at the stars. Or maybe your idea of roughing it is settling for 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets instead of 1,000…

How to cope with loss of taste and smell

Our sense of smell and taste play an important role in our day-to-day lives. Working together, they help us enjoy the foods we eat. And our sense of smell in particular can bring back memories from years ago. One of…

4 exercises to improve balance

The muscles that help you stay upright and balanced weaken gradually as you age. In fact, some people may feel their coordination starting to wane as early as their 40th birthday. Because of this, it’s important to stay active —…

Why it’s important to come out to your doctor

Each time you visit your primary care doctor or a specialist, you may fill out a questionnaire about health issues, habits and changes you’ve noticed. One question that is sometimes absent from those questionnaires could provide important information to your…

7 ways breastfeeding benefits mom and baby

Whether you’re about to have your first baby or your fourth, you’re faced with the decision of whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby. You’ve likely heard how breastfeeding can be difficult at the start. This can be true…

Coronavirus vs. COVID-19

In other words, the “new” — or “novel” — coronavirus is actually something healthcare providers, and all of us, have been dealing with for years. So, while there’s a lot to learn about the strain of coronavirus that’s causing COVID-19,…