Facts You Should Know About STDs

By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

teensApril is STD awareness month so there is no better time to remind adults of the facts about sexually transmitted diseases, and to inform teens about the facts. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the U.S. according to a 2014 report. That’s more than 54,000 new cases each day, so the chances of getting infected are high. In a recent survey with Planned Parent, 95% of women surveyed rarely or never used protection during oral sex, and 58% of them had sex without the use of a condom. This is especially alarming when you take into account that these are not monogamous couples.

The importance of educating women and men to have the sex talk with their partner before sex ever begins cannot be overlooked, and it all begins with straight talk. Women surveyed were more reluctant to bring up the topic of condom use, and taking the pill or using a barrier to prevent pregnancy does nothing to protect from an STD.

According to the American Social Health Organization, one in four teens in the U.S. becomes infected with an STD each year. By the age of 25 half of all sexually active young adults will get an STD this especially scary since not all STDs can be cured.

How to prevent an STD:

* Practicing abstinence is the only sure way to prevent STDs. Don’t have sex until you are ready to deal with every possible consequence that may happen.

* Talk about sexual health with your partner before you have sex.

* Use a condom.

* Practice monogamy. This means you agree to have sex with only one person and they mutually agree to only have sex with you. If you don’t trust them, why are you sleeping with them?

* Get checked for STDs if you have any concerns. Don’t risk giving the infection to someone else.

* Don’t use alcohol or drugs before you have sex as it distorts your thinking and decreases your ability to make healthy choices.

How to stop the spread of STDs:

* If you have an STD, stop having sex until you see a doctor and are treated.

* Follow your doctor’s instructions for treatment.

* Return to your doctor to get rechecked and don’t resume sex until you are cleared of your STD.

* Be sure your sex partner or partners are notified and get treatment.

* Always insist and be adamant that your health is first and listen to your doctor instead of your partner.

If you are concerned about having an STD, the best thing you can do for your health is to ask your healthcare provider for an STD screening. It may be embarrassing but it may also save your life. Many STDs can be easily diagnosed and treated. If either you or your partner is affected, you will both have to be treated at the same time to prevent getting re-infected. Your health must never take second place to your feelings of embarrassment or fear of losing your partner.

Please review this site for more information about STDs:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/28749816/what-you-should-know-about-sexually-transmitted-diseases.

- Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

Good Dental Health Means Good Overall Health In Pets

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walkingdogFebruary marks National Pet Dental Health Month, a time for pet owners to recognize the importance that dental health has on a pet’s overall well-being. Just as people maintain oral health by brushing daily and visiting the dentist, pets should receive at-home dental care in addition to an annual cleaning from a veterinarian. Pets often try to disguise pain, so even if you’re not seeing signs of discomfort in your pets, an annual dental exam may expose hidden problems.

The common complaint of bad breath in a pet can be a sign of dental disease. Without proper dental care, plaque builds up and hardens, causing periodontal disease and leading to damage of the gums, ligaments and bones surrounding the teeth and eventual tooth loss. Also, the bacteria in plaque can lead to infections that enter the bloodstream and airways and that are potentially associated with infections and inflammation in other organs, such as the heart valves, lungs, liver and kidneys.

The most effective dental cleaning is one performed by a veterinarian under anesthesia. Some establishments may offer anesthesia-free services that might help remove tartar and plaque from teeth; however, it is nearly impossible to perform a thorough dental cleaning and obtain X-rays on an awake, squirming and likely nervous pet.

“As a veterinary dental specialist, I strongly believe that a lifetime of good dental care—both home care and professional care—can improve the health and quality of life of pets as well as their lifespan,” said Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC, a TVMA member and board-certified veterinary dentist who practices at Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Flower Mound, Texas. “Veterinary dental care is a like a team sport with the pet, pet parent, veterinarian and technician or veterinary nurse all playing a role.”

In addition to a yearly professional treatment, pet owners should provide home dental care for their pets. Your veterinary team can help determine the best options for home care for you and your pet based on your pet’s disposition. Daily brushing with toothpaste designed specifically for dogs or cats is ideal, but there are other options for pets who won’t tolerate brushing, such as dental chews, oral solutions and water additives. For more information on pet dental health, visit https://www.texvetpets.org/article/basic-dental-care-for-your-pet or watch TVMA’s National Pet Dental Health Month video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CP7hF4TcRI&feature=youtu.be.

About the Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a professional association composed of more than 3,700 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit http://www.tvma.org.

The Top 9 Reasons To Get A Personal Trainer

malepushupFind Your Trainer reveals the top 9 reasons getting a personal trainer is the best way to reach fitness and weight loss goals faster.

Exercise is great in any form. The only “bad” workouts are the ones that don’t happen. But for people with little free time to spare, specific goals to reach or not knowing where to start, working out with a personal trainer is ideal.

Here are 9 ways personal trainers reign supreme when it comes to getting the best results fastest:

1. No B.S.
Everyone seems to have an opinion about fitness. Whether it’s when to stretch, where to train or why a specific technique is best, opinions about exercise are endless and often contradictory. Personal trainers are able to cut through the noise and act as a voice of reason. Speaking based on education and experience, rather than emotion and fads, personal trainers can offer unrivaled and unbiased guidance on how to reach your fitness goals.

2. Maximize Your ROI
Time is money, right? Personal trainers aren’t free, and neither is your time. Maximizing the return on your time and money is essential. Personal trainers are the ultimate time-saver. Because they know how to maximize every workout, you’ll get better results faster. While it’s possible to meet fitness goals on your own, working with a personal trainer can definitely reduce the time it takes to achieve certain results.

3. You’ll Stay Safe & Injury Free
With comprehensive knowledge, experience and expertise in fitness, personal trainers teach you the best techniques and the safest way to do them. Proper form is everything when working out. When training on your own, it can be very easy to lose track of your form, which is the quickest way to injury. Personal trainers help ensure proper form and execution every time so that you get the most out of each workout and stay injury-free.

4. You Are What You Eat (and Drink)
Nutrition is one of the most important factors in how you feel and in determining your body’s response to exercise. Eating better means something different for each person based on your body, as well as your weight loss (or weight gain) goals. Personal trainers can provide extremely valuable diet and nutrition guidance that will make a world of difference in how you look and feel.

5. You’ll Get a Personalized Training Experience – Every Time
There’s no such thing as an “one-size-fits-all” ideal workout regimen — different techniques and training styles work better for different people. Personal trainers tailor exercise programs to meet your individual needs and circumstances. Working out alongside a trainer gives you someone to communicate openly with and provide real-time feedback to so that your exercise program is constantly evolving.

6. You’ll Stay on Track and Accountable
When you decide to work with a personal trainer, you suddenly have another person to keep yourself accountable and make sure you keep training. While it’s easy to come up with excuses to skip a trip to the gym, it’s much harder to come up with valid reasons to actually cancel an appointment with a personal trainer.

exerciseball7. [Insert Cliche Motivational Saying Here]
Seriously though – we all need some external motivation. Knowing when and how to provide it is critical. When working out just doesn’t seem worth it, a personal trainer will be there to remind you that it is and why. When you’re tired and want to quit, a personal trainer will be there to support you so that you stay the course and get the results you want. That expert encouragement can make all the difference between reaching your goals and giving up.

8. You’ll Be Supported
The path to reaching your fitness goals will inevitably be lined with bumps along the way. When confronted with transforming your body, a host of anxieties can run rampant, whether you feel overwhelmed, unconfident, intimidated, confused or all of the above. By supporting you every step of the way, a personal trainer can alleviate such anxieties. Consider them therapists for the body and mind!

9. What Plateaus?
Following a regular workout routine isn’t easy, but even those who manage to do it aren’t set for life. Oftentimes, people with an established exercise regimen find that after a while they don’t reap the same benefits that they used to and their progress plateaus. A personal trainer is the perfect person to help you take your body to the next level. Your trainer will amp up or modify your program to keep getting you the results you want.

About Find Your Trainer

Based in New York City, Find Your Trainer is an online marketplace that helps consumers achieve their fitness goals faster by connecting them with personally vetted trainers at leading health club and studios. Users are able to research, book and pay for personal training sessions anytime for their phones, tablets or computers. Because of Find Your Trainer’s unique partnerships, users are able to train at the largest selection of gyms in New York without a gym membership, buying a package or paying a guest fee. Users can also book a trainer to come to their home or building gym. To learn more, visit findyourtrainer.com.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

Children’s Hunger Fund Reports Over 22 Million Meals Distributed To Children

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applevectorsmallChildren’s Hunger Fund reports that in 2014 they delivered over 22 million meals to hungry kids in the US and around the world – a new record in the charity’s 24-year history. Not content with that record breaking number, Children’s Hunger Fund has launched a new initiative, ‘Think Inside the Box” which aims to deliver 25 million meals to suffering families in 2015.

“We are so grateful to our supporters, corporate donors, churches, and volunteers who enabled us to distribute such an extraordinary amount of meals to children in crisis. We are humbled by their generosity and sacrifice,” says Dave Phillips, President and Founder of Children’s Hunger Fund.

Children’s Hunger Fund uses a unique method of distribution to get the food and other aid to hurting families. The Food Pak box contains about 20 pounds of non-perishable food, which will create about 48 meals for a family. This food is packed by volunteers (over 25,000 in 2014) who serve at Children’s Hunger Fund’s Distribution Centers in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Chicago. Food Pak boxes are then hand delivered to needy families by trained volunteers from churches within the families’ own communities, both in the U.S. and in cities around the world.

Children’s Hunger Fund calls the initiative ‘Think Inside the Box’ because food is not the only component found inside the box. Intangibles like hope, love and faith are the built-in components that lead to change lives.

“One aspect of ‘Think Inside the Box’ that I find compelling is that a meal can be sent for only 25 cents,” continues Dave Phillips. “This creates an easy opportunity for American kids and families to reach out and help hungry children. Just 1 dollar sends 4 meals ”

For almost 25 years, Children’s Hunger Fund has delivered over $1 billion in food and other aid to kids across America and around the world. This is done with a lifetime average of 99% efficiency because of corporate donors and willing volunteers.

More information and how to get involved is available at ChildrensHungerFund.org/THINK.

About Children’s Hunger Fund

Children’s Hunger Fund was founded 24 years ago in Los Angeles to serve needy children. Since then, 99% of total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—has been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and 72 countries around the world. Over 25,000 volunteers are utilized each year to maximize their reach and impact while minimizing overhead. Children’s Hunger Fund strives to operate with total financial integrity and efficiency and is listed by CharityNavigator.org, MinistryWatch.org and Forbes.com as one of the most cost-effective charities in the nation. More info can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org.

Beat Stress, Increase Success!

By Dr. Rubina Tahir

6 Stress Management Techniques You Should Utilize Each Day.

stressedwomanStress can be productive, keeping you on schedule to accomplish your daily tasks. Or it can be hair pulling forcing you to operate with a lack of energy. No matter the scenario or emotion you feel, the same cellular response is turned ON inside the body. It is called The Fight or Flight response. Here is how it works:

If a hunter encounters a bear, there are two likely outcomes. Either get safely away from the bear, or become dinner. Either way the stress response that was turned ON is shut OFF. In current times, life presents itself with different stressors that don’t operate like a light switch. We leave our stress response on cruise control, and the longer it’s activated; the harder it is to shut off. Instead of leveling off once the crisis has passed, your stress hormones, heart rate, and blood pressure remain elevated. Symptoms of a prolonged stress response include: high blood pressure, headaches, stomach upset, muscle pain, fatigue, chest pain, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, decreased athletic performance, increased oxygen demand on body, decreased productivity in business, diabetes, and arthritis. Current research indicates that between 70% and 80% of all health-related problems are either precipitated or aggravated by emotional stress.

Here is how to turn OFF stress and turn ON success day to day:

1. Deep Breathing: This is a highly effective way to calm the body and the mind. This best part is you can do this exercise anywhere. Start with 10 repetitions of a deep breathe in and exhale out the stress.

2. Physical burst of activity. Simply do 25-50 jumping jacks and repeat 3 times. You will notice an instant change in your mindset. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine which are the feel good chemicals

3. Drink water: Stress can cause dehydration, and dehydration can cause stress. It’s a vicious cycle. Beat stress by hydrating your body throughout the day.

4. Power foods should be utilized daily to control stress responses in the body. Here are a few examples to stock up on:

Brazil nuts
Excellent source of selenium, a mood-boosting mineral that can keep you from feeling anxious or depressed.

Tofu
Rich in protein which increases energy levels, and improves concentration. Tofu contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which boosts brain chemicals that elevate mood.

Eggs
An excellent source of zinc, which helps you feel more awake and energetic by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.

Chocolate
70 percent cocoa contains magnesium, which wards off high blood pressure and acts like a natural antidepressant.

5. 60 second time management. Time yourself and make a to-do list each day. This helps with control and consistency. Even if you do not check off your entire list, it helps paint a more realistic picture of your goals vs. feeling panicked.

happyteens6. Laughter Therapy! WHY? It instantly reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body such as adrenaline and cortisol. This powerhouse stress buster also increases the level of Natural Killer T cells which is the body’s first line of defense against disease. So set a timer for 2 minutes and laugh away your stress!

Practice makes perfect, so try these easy tips to keep your mind and body balanced! With balance there comes an increase in productivity and you are less likely to be susceptible to common stressors.

- Rubina Tahir has a Doctorate in Chiropractic, is an Author, and professional speaker. She writes about health and lifestyle topics to inspire others to fulfill their health and wellness goals.

10 Symptoms Women Should Not Ignore

Submitted by Angela Zito Crawford

Spectrum Health Regional Cancer Center

womanarmupWho knew that switching to stretchy pants or having a tight shoe could signal serious health problems? Don’t assume these issues will just go away. Your life could depend on it. Life is a balancing act for many women today. Between an active family, aging parents and a demanding job, they hardly have time for themselves. So it’s easy to brush off symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue or irregular bleeding.

Symptoms often evolve gradually, so they are easy to discount. But many can be signs of the most common gynecologic cancers: endometrial, cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar.

Below are 10 symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored. Having these symptoms doesn’t mean you need to panic, but it does mean you should check it out. If you see yourself on this list, call your gynecologist or primary care doctor.

1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge

2. Unexplained weight loss

3. Can’t stay away from the bathroom

4. A bloated belly or pain in your pelvis or abdomen

5. Constant fatigue

6. Swollen leg

7. No appetite or a feeling of being full

8. Feeling queasy, having nausea or fighting indigestion

9. Vulva problems including color changes, itching or burning

10. Pain in the pelvis, abdomen or back

Can Pinhole Glasses Improve Your Vision Naturally?

By Frank Foley

eyePrescription lenses use magnified glass to correct any refractory eye issues, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. These issues occur when light doesn’t get interpreted by your eyes in the proper way. For instance, the light may be hitting your eye in front of the retina, instead of inside the retina. Pinhole glasses offer a more natural way to improve vision. Instead of having to look through glass, these glasses give you the opportunity to change your eye sight by looking through small holes. Here are some more details on pinhole technology.

What are Pinhole Glasses?

Pinhole glasses are typically plastic, with small perforations that are lined up in several rows across the two front lenses. These perforations look like tiny dots, and the light that passes through each individual dot can only come towards your eyes at a particular angle. This makes pinhole glasses a natural alternative to traditional glasses, because the light is affected by the shape of the holes, not an artificial material like glass. These glasses are good for people who are sitting or standing still, and can be worn by people of most ages. In fact, the earliest traces of pinhole glasses date back hundreds of years.

Cost

Pinhole glasses are significantly less expensive than regular eye glasses. While you will need to invest in a prescription set of frames for driving and long term use, if you only need glasses for viewing television or reading pinhole technology is a much cheaper solution. Since one set of glasses can be used for viewing objects both near and far, you won’t have to invest in bi-focals or tri-focals if you are using pinhole glasses. You don’t need to be individually fitted for pinhole glasses, which also saves you on eyewear costs.

Clarity

One of the main advantage to using pinhole glasses is that they make objects appear far more clear than they do when you aren’t wearing glasses. If you are used to seeing blurry images on a television screen or in your textbooks, they will appear much more true to life through the view of pinhole glasses. Since the brightness of objects is also improved by pinhole technology, the images you view are also more likely to appear less dim or faded by shadows. These benefits can make any number of activities more enjoyable.

Pinhole glasses are becoming more popular, thanks to their financial benefit and the fact that they don’t require an individual fitting. For people with vision problems that include nearsightedness and astigmatism, pinhole technology can offer great relief for stationary activities. You may be able to read the daily newspaper again, or enjoy a movie in the theater for the first time in years. Look out for the honeycomb effect, in which you can see each individual perforation on the lenses. This may be a sign that your vision issues are too severe to use pinhole technology, though sometimes the honeycomb effect can be reduced over time when your eyes get used to the glasses.

- Frank Foley is a naturopath. He loves to share his findings for natural alternatives to medicine on health and fitness blogs. Visit pinholeglasses.com for more information about these glasses.

5 Tips Of Preventing Children From Electronic Damage

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kidsIn a world where technology keeps developing more over time, what can parents do to protect their children from the proven screen damage?

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), http://www.jama.jamanetwork.com found that the more television a child is exposed to at 29 months, the more likely he or she is to have problems in school and poor health behaviors.

JAMA reported that each additional hour of television a toddler watches can potentially result in a seven percent unit decrease in classroom engagement and a thirteen percent unit decrease in weekly physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov), children today are three times more likely to be considered obese than they were just a generation ago. Children now spend more time with the media than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.

In addition, kids who spend more time with media devices reportedly have a lower risk of personal contentment, and have a tendency to get in trouble more often. They also reported feeling more sad or bored than their non-media-obsessed counterparts.

In what ways can parents supervise kids’ electronic use without pushing them to crave it more? Here are 5 simple ways of reducing the amount spent online or in front of the TV:

· No TV in the bedroom – Children need to learn to associate their beds with sleep and nothing else. As long as there is a TV, iPad, or any other electronic device in the room, they would be tempted to get on it before sleep, become restless and miss out on essential and early sleep that they need in order to function fully the next morning.

· Limit the screen time – Reducing the screen time to up to 2 hours per day quality time would keep children content and leave them enough time for other activities.

· Control the Internet content – We can all find some useful contents online, so why not take advantage and direct our children to the right kind of web sites or games that would develop their skills and broaden their knowledge? Using the kids’ curiosity is a great way to get them interested in learning new things.

· Sign them up for lessons and outdoor activities – The more time a child spends outdoors interacting with other children and becomes passionate about a new hobby, the less he or she would feel the need or desire to go online all the time.

· Don’t forbid and create rules – The more controlled and limited children feel, the more they would not listen and try to secretly do what they want on purpose. Not setting obvious rules and forbidding games would be more beneficial than creating boundaries and it gives parents the chance to make the experience more knowledge-worthy and keep the time-frame short.

It is impossible to completely limit or eliminate the excitement children get from the electronic world, but as long as the quality is more valuable and time is reduced to minimum, children would be able to only get the best out of this world and won’t forget that the social interaction is more important than any virtual world.

References:

http://www.allaboutvision.com

http://www.babycenter.com

http://health.usnews.com

http://life.familyeducation.com

3 Top Disney Travel Tips For Families

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familywalk2One of the best-loved destinations in the world for families is Disneyland, and each and every year thousands flock to the Park and its sister California Adventure for family fun. Jeanette Bunn knows that this year will be no different for the popularity of the park, especially as it begins its 60th anniversary celebrations in May. For those who want to enjoy the Disneyland experience with their families this year, Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, shares some tips for navigating the park and enjoying the trip to the fullest.

1. Give each kid some input: When traveling with a large family, it is important that everyone has a say in what they want to do on the trip. However, families want to avoid arguing during the park day by planning ahead. Jeanette Bunn recommends that families have a list of must visit rides and areas of the park for each family member before entering the park. This will help the family make a plan that will please each member and help everyone have their perfect vacation without disagreeing.

2. Avoid overspending on merchandise: It is always tempting to buy a lot of souvenirs while in the park. However, costs for these items can quickly add up, especially for large families. By buying some new Disney products from stores near home or online before the trip, and then presenting it to kids on the way, families can avoid the high park prices while still getting the kids some Disney merchandise to remember the trip. Parents can also give each kid a budget so that they can pick a fun item that they want to bring home from the park.

3. Dine smart: For those with big families, Jeanette Bunn of Travel To Go knows that it can be inconvenient to deal with crowds during meal times. However, if families are a little flexible and visit the restaurants during irregular meal times, there will be more space for the family to sit together and shorter lines to contend with. However, be sure to pack some snacks for the kids before heading into the park. Granola bars and packs of crackers are good choices that can prevent the family from wanting to spend money on park snacks. Also, never be afraid to leave the park for a couple of hours for a picnic lunch or fast food outside the park to cut down on meal costs.

Planning a Disneyland vacation is always a thrill. When using tips like these from Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, families can easily navigate the park, save money, and ensure that everyone has the Disney vacation that they dreamed of. For more information on planning a family getaway in 2015 visit http://www.traveltogo.com/.

Why Regular Eye Exams Can Help Prevent Serious Heart Events

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eyeDr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN explains why eye exams provide clues to heart and blood vessel health. “During a comprehensive eye exam, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists are able to identify heart related diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Heart Awareness Month is an appropriate time to learn more about how a comprehensive eye exam can help prevent serious heart events.

Eyes and Heart Connection

During a thorough eye examination; an eye doctor can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can also predict a more serious systemic disease including high blood pressure, stroke or heart failure. Using advanced digital retinal imaging, eye doctors can detect and monitor blood flow in the retina.

Affecting almost 65 million people, high blood pressure (hypertension) is known as a “silent” disease as many don’t experience any symptoms. During a comprehensive eye examination, an eye doctor will check for subtle changes in the retina resulting from high blood pressure, also known as hypertensive retinopathy. Changes may include narrowing of the small blood vessels in the retina, arteries pressing down on veins and flame-shaped haemorrhages, among other complications. If these changes are detected, it’s imperative that a patient contacts their primary care physician to receive appropriate and timely treatment.

Vision loss may occur when blood obstructs the retina, the eye is deprived of sufficient oxygen or the macula swells. Once the central retinal vein becomes blocked, significant vision loss may occur. Artery and blood vessel obstruction in the retina can be temporary or permanent and can also cause vision loss when a blockage disrupts blood flow in the eye. More specifically, Transient monocular vision loss (TMVL) is an important warning sign that should not be ignored because this complaint may predict risk for a major cardiovascular event.

Promoting Healthy Vision, Healthy Heart

Most everyone is aware that a healthy diet and lifestyle will improve one’s overall health. Researchers show that the following risk factors link heart health with vision health and they include: smoking, obesity and high cholesterol.

healthyheartExercising and eating a heart healthy diet rich in omega-3s, antioxidants and soluble fiber will help improve both heart and eye health. It’s recommended to consult with a primary care physician before beginning any exercise or diet program. Don’t forget to visit your eye doctor annually or as recommended by your eye care professional.

According to the Department of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tennessee. Together, heart disease and stroke account for 1 out of 3 deaths in Tennessee each year. “It is imperative to help raise Heart Health Awareness, as well as the importance of regular eye exams,” says Dr. Shofner. Eye exams not only help prevent vision loss but also potentially save lives.

About Dr. Shofner

Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center

Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.