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Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Steve E. Bishop, M.D.
October 1st, 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide, annual campaign that highlights the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and research. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 833 (or about 1% of all breast cancer cases).

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Lifestyle & Wellness | COVID-19

By: Steve E. Bishop, M.D.
September 24th, 2020

You wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands frequently. You are doing what you need to do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. But what can you do to reduce your risk of having a bad outcome, think serious symptoms or hospitalization? 

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Lifestyle & Wellness | COVID-19 | Facebook Live Recap

By: Yvonne Bull, Certified Health Coach
September 22nd, 2020

Everyone loves a little fresh air. It's a good way to feel better quickly. But it's not the air that's particularly helpful when it comes to our immune systems. It's the sunlight. How does exposure to sunlight impact your immune system? What supplements can you take to provide a boost? PartnerMD's Owings Mills health coach, Yvonne Bull, explains.

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Lifestyle & Wellness | COVID-19 | Facebook Live Recap | OptimizePMD

By: Michael Stroud, Certified Health Coach
September 17th, 2020

Exercise helps boost your immune system through the release of your body's "feel-good" chemicals. It also helps you sleep better and lose weight, both of which contribute to a strong immune system. But how much exercise do you need? Is there such a thing as too much exercise? And what types of exercise should you focus on? 

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Lifestyle & Wellness | Facebook Live Recap | OptimizePMD

By: Michael Stroud, Certified Health Coach
September 15th, 2020

One way to boost your immune system against COVID-19? Exercise. Regular exercise helps reduce inflammation, relieve stress, and improve sleep, all of which combine to improve your body's defenses. Richmond health coach Michael Stroud recorded this video while doing a little exercise of his own (walking at a local park) to explain more. 

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Lifestyle & Wellness | Facebook Live Recap | HarmonizePMD

By: Jaime Monsen, Certified Health Coach
September 10th, 2020

A good night's sleep is vital to improve your immune system. Good sleep allows your body to recharge and reset, which helps you exercise and eat better, which all ties together to boost your immunity.

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Lifestyle & Wellness | COVID-19 | Facebook Live Recap

By: Jaime Monsen, Certified Health Coach
September 8th, 2020

Sleep. It's not just about sweet dreams and 8 hours. Your body needs sleep to regulate and strengthen its immune system, recharge its batteries, and relieve stress. During COVID-19, it's more important than ever to get a good night's sleep, because that will help boost your immune system and maximize your resilience to the virus. In this video, Midlothian health coach Jaime Monsen offers five tips on how to get better sleep. 

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Lifestyle & Wellness | COVID-19 | Facebook Live Recap

By: Lindsey Patton, Certified Health Coach
September 3rd, 2020

Eating nutrient dense foods and staying away from options that increase inflammation helps reduce your risk of contracting an illness, including COVID-19. A good diet leads to a good immune system. Richmond health coach Lindsey Patton went live on Facebook this week to answer questions about how diet and nutrition can help you maximize your resilience to COVID-19. Watch the video and read the recap below.