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Pinterest Pin ItHelping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Helping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Posted on 02/01/2016  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Nearly one baby out of every 33 U.S. births arrives in this world with a birth defect. Birth defects can impact almost any body part, affect how a body part looks and/or functions, and can affect your baby’s life span. In fact, birth defects account for 20 percent of all infant deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although not all birth defects can be prevented, you can increase the chances of having a healthy baby by planning ahead and adopting certain habits during the nine months you carry your child. We spoke with San Francisco obstetrician Tirun Gopal, M.D., of California Pacific Medical Center, to learn more about what you can do to prevent birth defects and have the healthiest pregnancy possible.


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Pinterest Pin ItA Happy, Healthier New Year

A Happy, Healthier New Year

Posted on 01/04/2016  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Welcome to 2016!

If you're like most people, you'd Women and girl playing airplanelike to be healthier than ever in the New Year. 

We probably all know the basics: eat well, exercise regularly, keep a healthy weight, quit smoking, etc. So we won’t cover that ground here.


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Pinterest Pin ItIn the Mood Series: Sadness vs. Depression

In the Mood Series: Sadness vs. Depression

Posted on 12/23/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Meaningful occasions such as holidays and birthdays can make us feel nostalgic for the past, intensifying our longing for loved ones we’ve lost or for simpler times in our lives. Sometimes such reminiscing can leave us feeling sad and downtrodden during a time that is supposed to be joyful.

It’s common for many of us to feel blue around the holidays, given increases in stress, work deadlines, family dysfunction and poor eating habits. But at what point do the holiday blues move into the more serious category of clinical depression?


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Pinterest Pin ItIn the Mood Series: Appreciating Animals

In the Mood Series: Appreciating Animals

Posted on 12/21/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Sixty-five percent of U.S. households have at least one pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s 79.7 million homes where at least one family member is of the non-human persuasion. Various studies have shown animal interactions can have a positive impact on human health and wellbeing, even from actions as minor as petting an animal (which can lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety).


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Pinterest Pin ItIn the Mood Series: Reducing Holiday Stress

In the Mood Series: Reducing Holiday Stress

Posted on 12/14/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

In case you missed it — the holidays are here. No matter your family structure or the ways you celebrate at this time of year, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed.

As with most things, “the best defense is a good offense.”

Los Altos psychotherapist and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor Renée Burgard, L.C.S.W., of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, shares some stress reduction practices you can use during the holidays to keep your mood positive.


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