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Scientists Tune Into Brain to Uncover Music’s Healing Power

Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist strums an Irish folk tune for a patient in intensive care. Music increasingly is becoming a part of patient care – although […]

How to stay health-motivated during the holidays

Winter is creeping in—and it’s usually when we indulge more and become less active. The average American gains between two and eight pounds during this time of year because calories are up and usually the frequency and intensity of our workouts tank. “During the holidays, everyone is stressed out and they make excuses of reasons […]

Behavior issues? Here’s what not to feed your kids

With so many options and so little time, we tend to reach for the fast and easy. But, not so fast. What you’re feeding your kids could be interfering with their development. Experts at Brain Balance Achievement Centers focus on a holistic, drug-free approach to address troubled kids who struggle behaviorally, socially or academically. Here’s […]

Why are we always ready to nap after eating our Thanksgiving meal?

We’ve all been there.. too much food on Thanksgiving, and you end up falling asleep.. only to wake up to the sound of a football game in the background. You have probably heard that it’s all due to the tryptophan in the turkey, which can make people feel tired. But it’s not really just the […]

Safety First When Dealing With Dementia

The first step is to take an objective look at your loved one’s abilities and how they might change in the future. Remember to consider the common safety concerns as we all age or deal with health problems, but with the added layer of cognitive impairment. Evaluate the home, and determine what changes need to […]

Study: watching sports can be hazardous to heart health

Watching a sporting event may stress your heart just as much as playing in the game yourself, according to a recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. The study concluded that spectator’s pulses increased by 75% when watching a hockey game on television, and by 110% when watching the game in person. According […]

Exercise: A blessing or a job?

Most of us have a love hate relationship with exercise mostly because it has been sold to us as a gateway to reach our ideal physical appearance as if our current physical existence is not enough. But the truth is exercise has and will always be an opportunity to love your body for what it […]

A fighting chance & A big heart

After an almost two-year battle with cancer, a local Zumba instructor can shout from the rooftops that she is cancer free. Nancy Ayala, 31, of Rice, who teaches Zumba at Javy’s Fitness on Kaufman Street several days a week, battled uterine and pelvic cancer. But on Tuesday she received a certificate clearing her of the […]

Locals place first at Big Sam

A field of 11 area fishing pairs, each having qualified for 2017 Ennis Bass Club two-day championship tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn, was won by a couple of local anglers, Jeremy Elliott and Brandon Slovak. Together they brought in a combined 30 pounds of bass. Finishing second for the third straight year was the Ennis […]

Helping children respond and recover from disasters

We have seen it again: community disaster. Events such as the recent hurricanes and the Las Vegas massacre can be traumatic for children and adults and time is needed to process it. Children often experience violence different than adults and they must have developmentally appropriate language when trying to explain it. According to Kansas State […]

Napping: Do’s and don’ts for healthy adults

Napping isn’t just for children. Understand the pros and cons of napping and the best way to take a nap. According to the Mayo Clinic if you’re sleep deprived or just looking for a way to relax, you might be thinking about taking a nap. Napping at the wrong time of day or for too […]

Successfully determining and obtaining the best weight for your body type

“How much should I weigh?” is one of the most common questions asked by people dedicated to improving their quality of life through exercise and nutrition. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, decrease body fat, or improve performance; understanding how to recognize what weight suits your personal body type for optimum wellness […]

H2O in the fall: Rehydrate your body

North Texas has had some relatively tame summers the past two years. With the arrival of fall, our bodies may not feel thirsty even after working several hours under the glare of the sun — but that doesn’t mean you aren’t on the verge of dehydration. Anyone who loses a significant amount of water due […]

Think fall when starting a workout regimen

Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because it will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. Briana Garcia, of Anytime Fitness, said their space in downtown Ennis is a great place to get started where you can meet like-minded individuals who may have the same workout […]

Flock to safety this flu season

Influenza season is right around the corner, and getting an annual vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from getting infected with the flu, according to registered nurse Mandi Atchley. “Getting the flu vaccination can reduce the likelihood of getting sick, doctor’s visits, missed work or school and can […]

Friends of ERMC to Host Celebrate Seniors Health Fair

Friends of Ennis Regional Medical Center will host their second annual Celebrate Seniors! Health Fair on September 28, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Family Life Center, 1200 Country Club Rd. Vendors, flu shots, lunch and games available. Please call 1-855-875-3762 by September 26 to reserve your place. Read the full […]

Students at Travis Elementary in Ennis were welcomed back to school on Thursday

It is amazing how quickly summer comes and goes. Before you know it, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning and the sweaters are coming out of the back of the closet. With “back to school” time in Lion country, there comes a little more routine and therefore the capability for a consistent fitness […]

Local nurse offers health tips as kids head back to school

While back to school routines generally consist of sack lunches, school zones, bus stops and monkey bars, parents may need a gentle reminder about the not-so glamorous side of the school year: dreaded back-to-school illnesses. Back-to-school bugs are synonymous with kids sharing close quarters with one another in classrooms, among other causes. However, families can […]

What different protein powders can do for you

Protein can help promote a healthy weight and help muscles recover after a good workout. But what exactly is protein, and when it comes to supplements, which type of protein is best? Protein is a macronutrient found in many foods such as meats, dairy products, nuts, and beans, to name a few. Whey protein (a […]

Obesity and diabetes in adolescents

In recent years, rates of pediatric obesity have increased dramatically, along with Type 2 Diabetes in youth has also been diagnosed more frequently and at younger ages than typically seen before historically. With the current generation of youth in the United States being significantly more overweight than previous generations, and the fact that Type 2 […]

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