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Protecting your Skin May 24th, 2021

How does the sun affect your skin?  Being out in the sun can be good for you. Sunlight can brighten your mood and help you feel healthier. But getting too much of the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight or from a tanning bed can harm your skin. The damage may...

The Benefits of CBD May 21st, 2021

  What is CBD? Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana). CBD is used in medical marijuana, but it is derived from hemp (only a cousin of marijuana). CBD is one of the hundreds of components, and doesn't cause a "high." Instead, it gives...

Meal planning for Diabetes Apr 9th, 2021

Why plan your meals?  Meal planning can be a key part of managing diabetes. Planning meals and snacks with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat can help you keep your blood sugar at the target level you set with your doctor.  You don't have to eat special foods....

Exciting News: Vaccine Administration Apr 9th, 2021

Both Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines may offer protection against the Covid-19. Learning the difference is important when choosing the right vaccine for you! Method of Delivery The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA technology to deliver a tiny piece of code to your cells. This is a safe...

Alleviating Seasonal Allergies Mar 22nd, 2021

Allergies occur when your body's defense system (immune system) overreacts to certain substances. The immune system treats a harmless substance as if it were a harmful germ or virus. Many things can cause this to happen. Examples include pollens, medicine, food, dust, animal dander, and mold.  Your allergies are seasonal...

Cooking at Home: Healthy Tips Mar 2nd, 2021

7 Tips for Eating Healthy When You're Home All the Time  Make quick meals on busy nights. Try recipes that are simple to make and easy to clean up, like pasta, soups, or casseroles. These dishes can often be made ahead of time and are easy to reheat when you're...

Managing Diabetic Feet Feb 23rd, 2021

When you have diabetes, your feet need extra care and attention. Diabetes can damage the nerve endings and blood vessels in your feet, making you less likely to notice when your feet are injured. Diabetes also limits your body's ability to fight infection and get blood to areas that need...

An Exploration into Grief: Actual and Anticipated Jan 26th, 2021

Grief is your emotional reaction to a major loss. You feel grief when you lose a beloved person, pet, place, or thing. It is also natural to feel grief when you lose a valued way of life, such as a job, marriage, or good health.  You may begin to grieve...

Fast Facts: EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Jan 19th, 2021

Fast Facts: The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine EUA 1. The Moderna vaccine may prevent you from contracting Covid-19. There is no FDA approved vaccine to treat COVID-19.  2. The Moderna Vaccine is administered in 2 doses 28 days apart into the muscle  3. It is recommended in individuals 18 years or...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Coming Soon in January of 2021: New office opening in Madison, Virginia! Dec 22nd, 2020

Conveniently located at 1171 N. Main Street, Madison, VA, 22727 next to the Piedmont Deli! Looking for a new primary care provider? Health and Wellness Medical Services is opening an office in downtown Madison, Virginia. About Fannie Utz, FNP-BC Fannie Utz, FNP-BC is a board-certified autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner, who...

Food as Fuel Dec 22nd, 2020

A healthy, balanced diet gives your body nutrients. Nutrients are like fuel for your body. They give you energy. And they keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles working. They also help to build and strengthen bones, muscles, and other body tissues.  Your body needs three major...

What's the difference between COVID-19 and the Flu? Dec 15th, 2020

  How can you tell COVID-19 from the flu?  COVID-19 and the flu have similar symptoms. The two can be hard to tell apart. The only way to know for sure which illness you have is to be tested.  Since the symptoms are so alike, it makes sense to act...

Healthy alternatives to a few Thanksgiving favorites Nov 24th, 2020

While Thanksgiving is known for the delicious food and quality family time, there are a few ways to make classic dishes without feeling overly full. Also, many popular dishes lacking important macronutrients that your body needs for your overall well-being. Here are some easy substitutes that will make your holiday...

Exercising as an Older Adult Nov 17th, 2020

Why is being active important as you get older?  Being active is one of the best things you can do for your health. And it's never too late to start. Being active—or getting active, if you aren't already—has definite benefits. It can:  Give you more energy,  Keep your mind sharp. ...

Life as a Balancing Act Oct 27th, 2020

Do you ever feel like there is not enough time to do all of the things you have to do, and no time at all for the things you enjoy? If so, you are not alone.  On average, people in the United States have worked more and more hours each...

What if I'm Exposed to COIVD-19? Oct 16th, 2020

Stay Home! If in contact with someone who has tested positive, it's important to quarantine yourself for 14 days while monitoring closely for symptoms and signs of the virus. Do not go to work, school, or in public areas during that time, even if you feel healthy. If you need...

The Importance of Social Distancing Oct 6th, 2020

                                           What is it? Social distancing means putting space between yourself and other people. The recommended distance is 6 feet, or about 2 meters. This also means staying away from...

Eating a Healthy Diet Oct 6th, 2020

Eating healthy foods can help lower your risk for disease. It is one of the best preventative measures for your whole health. Making choices for nutrient-dense food gives you energy, keeps your heart healthy, your brain active, your muscles working, and your bones strong.  A healthy diet includes a variety...

What are the advantages of a house call, especially in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Sep 15th, 2020

What are the advantages of a house call, especially in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic?   If there’s one thing we know about the last six months, is that life is continually changing and can often be unpredictable. Personal safety in the healthcare field has moved to the forefront...