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Health Facts: Obesity as a Disease

Obesity is a term commonly associated with being heavy or overweight.  Not many people realize that it also describes a spectrum of medical conditions that are associated with excess weight.

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Making the choice to breastfeed

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH in Polk County (DOH-Polk) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) recognize August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. This is a

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Stick to your ‘healthy lifestyle’ guns

THE CONNECTION between poor diet, obesity, and cardiovascular disease is not one that is hard to trace. What is difficult, however, is changing one’s lifestyle to combat the dangers of

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Pop quiz on thyroid health and weight

Test your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between your thyroid and weight IT’S NO SECRET that our country has a problem with weight and obesity. According to the statistics,

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Men’s health through the generations

From grandfather to grandson, turning healthy choices into habits IT’S A HEALTH-CONSCIOUS AGE we live in, as study after study shows the short and long-term benefits of eating healthy, exercising,

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Debunking the myths of stroke

A STROKE or transient ischemic attack (TIA), also referred to as a “mini-stroke,” occurs when a blood vessel feeding the brain gets clogged or bursts. Neither that part of the

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Heart disease warnings for women

| Don’t believe you’re not at risk; do believe you can improve your odds | WOMEN HAVE A MEASURE of built-in protection against heart disease — as long as their

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Pop Quiz: Are you setting realistic fitness goals?

Nine questions to help you get on your way to success Diets, exercise, gym memberships… getting fit is a goal that many people share, yet few achieve. Obesity is a

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Long-term health: Considering your BMI

The importance of discussing your Body Mass Index with your physician Since 2003, Polk Vision has been bringing together community partners to work toward Polk County’s collective vision.  Going a

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Helping make the healthier choice, the easier choice

About the Building a Healthier Polk initiative Building a Healthier Polk is a group of community partners brought together by Polk Vision who are working towards the goal of reducing