Fat vs. Sugar: Which Is the Better Choice for Your Health?

Many Americans have a love affair with fat and sugar for some obvious reasons, such as adding flavor and smoothness to foods. However, there is a growing concern over the health risks associated with a high-fat, high-sugar diet. Eating foods with added sugar and fat results in excess calories, which can increase body weight, blood…

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which is better? sugar or fat? | healthy eating tips from Canton Mercy
Advice Hermey the Elf Would Give: Brush Twice, Floss Once Daily

With the holidays drawing near, I recently saw a clip from the old movie, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Hermey the Elf, a personal childhood hero of mine, decides that he will give up making toys to pursue a career in dentistry. Hermey’s boss was less than pleased and cringed at his announcement. What Makes…

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Hermey the Elf and the ADA team up for oral health in 2014
Feeling Stressed? Ask Your Employer About an Employee Assistance Program

A common question I get from my clients is, "What is an EAP (Employee Assistance Program)?" Most people are surprised to learn that EAPs have been around since the 1940s. They were first developed to provide professional help and support for employees with alcohol problems. Over the years, EAPs have evolved into what is called…

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History of Employee Assistance Programs in United States | Canton Mercy
‘Hop Off Pop’ and Reduce the Risk of Dental Cavities

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books growing up was Hop on Pop. However, my dad hated the book with a passion — probably because I liked to act out the pictures.  “We like to hop on top of Pop. STOP! You must not hop on Pop.”  Twenty years later, I find myself using these rhymes…

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What Satchel Paige Can Teach You About Hiding Your Age

Age is a situation of mind over matter… if you don’t mind, it don’t matter. ~ Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, Major League Baseball pitcher who made his debut for the Cleveland Indians at age 42 and finished with the Kansas City Athletics at age 59 Satchel Paige, the baseball Hall of Famer, was famous for being…

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22 Tips on Adding Fresh Herbs to Your Dinner Today

Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to add flavor to foods without adding a lot of salt, sugar or fat. A small amount perks up the flavor in recipes while providing an excellent source of natural antioxidants and many anti-microbial substances that help keep our food safe. Some Ideas for Fresh Herbs Use fresh leaves…

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Set an Exercise Appointment with Yourself

How many times have you had the best of intentions and life gets in the way of your fitness routine? Work schedules and kid’s schedules push that exercise routine to the back burner. You may often say, “There’s always tomorrow." For many of us, those tomorrows have piled up, and now we’re not too happy…

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3 Truths About Weight Loss You May Not Want to Hear

I’ve talk before about how I’ve seen diet programs, products and fads come and go. Many of them make big promises to you. Just drink this or stop eating that and you’ll lose weight like never before. That’s an appealing message. But here are three truths about weight loss that you may not want to…

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Is Your Desk Job a Real Pain? 3 Culprits of Sedentary Stress

It's just another day at the office. You sit at a desk. You answer the phone. You work for hours on your computer. You call it a day and drive home. Sometimes, however, this kind of work can be a real pain. That's because many people with office jobs deal with back and neck pain,…

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Do You Know How to Relax? Master the Balancing Act.

Guest post by Mark Jones. Mark is a certified, 200-hour-level Brahmrishi Yoga instructor in training for the 500-hour-level certification. Mark is registered with Yoga Alliance®, the national education and support organization for Yoga in the U.S.  He currently teaches yoga at our employee health & wellness center in Canton, Ohio. Relaxation. It’s a word we…

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Want to Lose Weight? Watch Body Fat Instead of Pounds [Case Studies].

When trying to lose weight, most people monitor body weight. That just makes sense, right? Well, not always. When you undertake a nutrition and exercise program to get in shape, what you’re attempting to do is to “re-shape” your body. This often is accompanied by an actual loss of body weight, but sometimes not. Although body weight is…

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How to Keep Weight Off After a Significant Weight Loss

If you’re one of the 108 million Americans on a diet or other weight-loss regimen and you’ve successfully lost all of your excess weight, congratulations! After working hard to accomplish this important goal, it is time to concentrate on part two: Keeping the weight off for good! As someone with more than 20 years experience…

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Meet Brian Walker, Physical Therapist at Mercy of Jackson/Massillon

We recently featured Mercy physical therapist Brian Walker on Facebook. Read the many positive comments his patients and their family members made about Brian’s outstanding care.   Meet Brian Walker, a Mercy physical therapist since 1998. He and his team at the Mercy Health Center of Jackson are dedicated to helping people of all ages…

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Four Fun Physical Activities that Benefit the Whole Family

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult to squeeze in exercise when you work full time and have a family to take care of. One of the best ways to ensure that physical activity part of your every day life is by exercising together as a family!…

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5 Simple Changes to Help You Lose Weight

Making the decision to lose weight is a big first step towards a healthier life. Instead of approaching your weight loss as a temporary diet that will be over when you reach your goal, make simple lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime and help you to live a happier and healthier life long-term. Here…

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Obesity Is Now a Disease & Why That’s a Good Thing

You may have already been diagnosed and aren’t even aware of it. Last June the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to officially declare obesity a disease, which applies to more than 78 million American adults and over 12 million children. These individuals now have  a medical condition requiring treatment. “Oh, they can’t mean me.” Well,…

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6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Exercise Equipment

This is a guest post by Sue Madden, a fitness specialist at the Mercy Health Center of North Canton. Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs can be daunting places for regular exercisers and non-traditional exercisers alike. Often the workout area is filled with lots of different types of exercise equipment – all controlled by a bevy…

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Gluten-free Diet: Is It Right for You?

Guest post by Brooke Barley, a Kent State University graduate student working on her master’s in nutrition. Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Ohio State University. Gluten. It’s all over the media. Many celebrities swear by it. Popular restaurants have added special, gluten-free menu-items. So, what’s all the buzz about gluten?…

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Why You Should Care About Preventive Health Screenings

Many changes are on the horizon for health care in the United States. Health care providers, businesses and other organizations now see value in making preventive healthcare screenings more widely available. This is changing the way our society views health care and emphasizes prevention of disease instead of treatment. So, what are preventive health care…

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Exercise Is Medicine: Why Physical Activity Should Be Prescribed [SlideShare]

I recently presented a free community talk on why exercise IS medicine, meaning it can be as effective as a prescribed medication for certain health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and others. This goes along with the blog post I wrote last week on the ways you may be able to benefit from a…

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6 Reasons a Medical Fitness Center Might Be Right for You

Because I work in the field of health, fitness and sports medicine, people sometimes ask me what’s different about a medical fitness center when compared with a traditional gym or fitness club. The key word, of course, is medical. At the gym, the emphasis is often physical performance and appearance. And while losing weight and…

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