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Male Hormonal Health

Male Hormonal Health

By Karina Hammer As men age – nearing 30 and beyond – certain issues become more common for them. This includes hormonal imbalances and prostate issues, which are the most prevalent. Besides that, men may encounter a lack of energy and libido, as well as impotence. Male Hormones There are three hormones that come into play for men’s health: • ... Read More »

10 Facts You Must Know About Heart Disease  

It kills more men in a year than any other ailment. But you can protect yourself, starting now By Mike McMullan 1. Heart disease refers to several different types of heart conditions, starting with coronary heart disease. That’s when plaque builds up and narrows the walls of your arteries, which pump blood to your heart. It’s the most common kind. ... Read More »

The Ease of an Open Hand

The Ease of an Open Hand

By Will Graybeal CP/LPO, Bristol Orthotics and Prosthetics What I love about the field of prosthetics, is that I am constantly learning from both my clients and the profession itself.  Lately, working with clients with prosthetic hands has taught me a lot about learning to let go. When teaching a new arm amputee to use their prosthetic hand, most of the ... Read More »

Runners and Shin Splints

Runners and Shin Splints

By Results Physiotherapy Running season is always occurring. Throughout the year people will be hitting the track, roads and trails.  With the start of a new year many will add running to their fitness plans. Whether you are brand new to running or an experienced runner, increased intensity, mileage or terrain can take its toll on your legs.  As mileage ... Read More »

Top 5 Things Your Husband Needs from You

By Cassandra Soars My husband is a great man. He’s kind; he’s humble; he has a gift of hospitality, which means he’s happy to serve the people around him, and he rarely complains. But this often translates to him not telling me what he wants or needs. So it’s taken some guess work on my part to understand what he wants from me. After almost nine years of marriage, I think I’ve started to figure out what he wants and needs. Are you wondering what things your husband wants from you? After talking to a number of couples, I noticed some common themes. While each man is different, here are the top 5 things your husband might want from you. 1. Recreational companionship: There are different types of intimacy, and recreational intimacy is one of them. Many men connect best over an activity or sport. There are no negative emotions involved, just a healthy and fun sense of competition. On your next date, try engaging in a sport or activity you both enjoy. 2. Trust: Part of being in an intimate relationship is a sense of trust. He wants to know that you trust him–that you trust him to make good decisions and be your equal. Sometimes I tend to give my husband advice as if I know better than he does. I grew up as an older sister to younger brothers, and he was the youngest child in his family. This dynamic often doesn’t contribute to making him feel like I trust him, but I’m working on it. I have started asking him for his advice on the things I’m working on, and I realize just how valuable his strategic input is. This helps build my sense of trust in him so I’m better able to show him that I trust him. Many wives question their husbands about why or how he does things, making him feel like he has to justify himself. All he really wants is to know you trust that his way could work too. 3. Sexual fulfillment: Many husbands feel like this part of their lives is lacking. My counsel to wives who struggle with spouses not feeling fulfilled sexually is always to work on their own sexual fulfillment. This will ultimately lead to their husbands being more satisfied. You can’t do something all the time for someone else. When sex is mutually satisfying, both partners will feel more content. 4. Appreciation: Your husband wants to know that you appreciate him. Especially for those things he does for you that you might naturally take for granted like taking out the garbage, changing light bulbs, mowing the lawn or other little things he knows you want him to do. Acknowledgment shown through thanking him will go a long way in helping him feel appreciated. (And when your husband feels appreciated, you might just find he helps out even more.) For some ideas on how to affirm and appreciate your husband, see the inset. 5. Space: Sometimes your husband just needs a little space. He wants, even needs, a few hours or even a whole day where he can just be, where he doesn’t have to work or do anything for anyone else, where he can just take care of his own needs. This will be good for both of you. Affirmation and Appreciation Words of affirmation go a long way for all of us, but especially for the man in your life. Men really do like hearing compliments – especially from their wives. So, today, try to compliment your husband at least once. 1. Compliment Him on the Physical. Compliment his strength, his eyes, or his hands. Compliment the way he walks (I recently saw my husband walking in the distance, and noticed he walked with confidence and purpose. When he reached me, I said, “You have such a strong walk.”). Tell him he looks great or handsome when he leaves for work, for church or to work out. Compliment his profile, his back, his shoulders. Compliment him for something physical that only you would know. 2. Compliment Him on the Mental and Emotional. Tell your husband he’s smart, witty or wise. When he’s done a good job figuring something out, or putting something together praise him for it. Compliment him for being a rock emotionally. Give him a compliment for being mature, steady and dependable. 3. Compliment Him on His Father/Husband Role. Praise him for his success at work. Compliment him when he has a good day on the job, or when he earns more than he expected. Compliment him as a father for the way he relates to your children; the way he plays with them; or makes time for them. 4. Compliment Him on the Way He Treats You. Say, “You really hear me when I talk” or, “I really appreciate the way you’re always there for me when I’ve had a bad day.” Men like hearing that they are being successful in making you feel loved and secure. Try this one: “I always know that as long as you’re around, I’m safe.” Try to give your husband a sincere, specific compliment every day. Doing so will help you focus on your husband’s positive traits, and it will make him want to be around you even more.

By Cassandra Soars My husband is a great man. He’s kind; he’s humble; he has a gift of hospitality, which means he’s happy to serve the people around him, and he rarely complains. But this often translates to him not telling me what he wants or needs. So it’s taken some guess work on my part to understand what he ... Read More »

Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is an unpleasant, yet surprisingly common, disorder that can severely disrupt an individual’s life. As with any problem, psychological or physical, it is important first to understand what it is. Having found out all you can about its nature and causes you can begin to seek out treatments. What is IBS? IBS is a disorder ... Read More »

Could Your Diet Be Causing Your Insomnia?

Could Your Diet Be Causing Your Insomnia?

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders in the West, with chronic insomnia affecting one person in ten. While there can be several reasons why people suffer from insomnia, scientists have discovered that what we eat plays a significant part in our ability to sleep well. What is insomnia? Insomnia is a sleep disorder wherein people are unable to ... Read More »

Wellness: It’s Social, Too!

Wellness: It’s Social, Too!

By Abigail Weaver At the Y, a supportive community is a big part of wellness. At every age and every level of activity, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of ... Read More »

June is Lightening Safety Month Lightning Myths and Facts

Lightning Myths and Facts

Summer hails longer days, homemade ice cream, pool parties. . . and thunderstorms!  Lightening strikes the United States about 25 million times a year.  Alhtough most lightening occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of the year.  Lightening kills an average of 47 people in the US each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.  Be ... Read More »

Painkillers Killing People: The Epidemic of Prescription Drug Addiction

Painkillers Killing People

America’s most fatally abused drug is legal and sitting in the medicine cabinet. Every day, 52 people die from opioid pain medications. Every year, 47,000 die from a drug overdose, mostly from prescription pain medications. Opioids are being overprescribed. And it is not children reaching in medicine cabinets who have made drug poisoning the #1 cause of unintentional death in the ... Read More »

How ASD Promotes Resiliency In Our Region’s Rural Areas

How ASD Promotes Resiliency In Our Region’s Rural Areas

By Sylvia Crum Does rural matter? We sure think so! But sometimes researchers or those who work to move people and places out of poverty have a difficult time creating strategies that recognize the differences between urban and rural.  Rural metrics just can’t compete with urban metrics. Often, rural areas do not receive funding and support simply because the population numbers ... Read More »

Looking Glass Rock is a Carolina Icon

Looking Glass Rock is a Carolina Icon

By Johnny Molloy Looking Glass Rock, one of North Carolina’s iconic peaks, is within easy driving distance of Johnson City. This monolith rises nearly 2,000 feet above the surrounding forest floor to an elevation of 3,969 feet. Sheer granite walls curve around the peak on three sides, giving it an unmistakable appearance. The summit provides wonderful views of the surrounding ... Read More »

Failing Forward

Failing Forward

By Bill Peel, DMin Some people refuse to use the word failure. Instead, they substitute words like slip-up, setback, glitch, mistake—or at least frame the failure in a positive light. Take IBM founder Thomas Watson, for example. He was legendary for his ability to turn a serious mistake into a learning opportunity. On one occasion, a young executive lost $10 million ... Read More »

May is ALS Awareness Month JOSH WANDELL MAY HAVE ALS BUT ALS DOESN’T HAVE JOSH WANDELL

JOSH WANDELL MAY HAVE ALS

Dr. Josh Wandell, former principal of East Side Elementary School in Elizabethton, is approaching the fourth year of his ALS diagnosis. To say he has surpassed the deadline he was given is a gross understatement. His motto of Faith Over Fear has never been put to the test more than this past year. Josh was hospitalized the day after Christmas with ... Read More »

‘Superfood’ or Superhype?

‘Superfood’ or Superhype

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Whole, natural food has incredibly powerful properties and contributions that scientists have yet to discover. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and types of fiber are just the tip of the iceberg of benefits in whole foods that aid in our development and growth as children ... Read More »

May is Arthritis Awareness Month Arthritis — A Complex Health Challenge For All Ages

A Complex Health Challenge For All Ages

Arthritis is very common, but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of refer ring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it’s the leading cause of ... Read More »

5 Steps to Optimum Eye Health

5 Steps to Optimum Eye Health

By Johnson City Eye Clinic Your eyes are your windows to the world – so celebrate this month by encouraging friends and family to make eye health a priority. Below are five aspects of eye heath to focus on in order to keep your eyes healthy and safe: 1.    Get a Dilated Eye Exam.  Routine eye exams can detect vision ... Read More »

IT Band Syndrome and Runners

IT Band Syndrome and Runners

By Brittany Endres, PT, DPT, Results Physiotherapy It is that time of year again. Winter is winding down and runners are hitting the pavement and trails, many of them in preparation for upcoming races. Injuries and pain with running typically come on with a significant increase in training. Over the past decade, the popularity of running marathons, half marathons and ... Read More »

Sunscreen 101

Sunscreen 101

By Dermatology Associates Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. One of the easiest ways to help protect yourself is by using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.  Summer is almost here, and when ... Read More »

Ahead of the Curve: The Kingsport YMCA uses technology to help members achieve their wellness goals

The Kingsport YMCA uses technology to help members achieve their wellness goals

By Chris Sanders, CSCS The YMCA’s cause is to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The healthy living focus means the Y encourages improvements in physical health, which sometimes equals thinking ahead of the curve and using technology to facilitate change. The Y wants to support its members in living a healthier lifestyle and reaching their goals—losing ... Read More »

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