Simple Water Safety Steps Can Save Lives

Water SafetyYour greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many safety steps as possible. Adding an extra safety step around the water can make all the difference. You can never know which safety step will save a life – until it does.

My brother Mike, his son Andy and my dad, went fishing off a bridge on Memorial Day. They had brought all the necessities to fish; poles, bait, a bucket and snacks. Read more

Running Away from Me to Find Myself

Instead of coming from me, sometimes it’s better to hear stories directly from the people who are going through it. This powerful blog entry is written by a patient of mine during her battle with an eating disorder. She gave permission to share it. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please contact a health care provider. Check out National Eating Disorders Association for more information.

 – Paula Cody, MD, MPH

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Emergency Contraception

Emergency ContraceptionIt being National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (#NTPPM) and all, we’re going to continue the talk about….wait for it… pregnancy prevention! Emergency contraception is not something that people plan for, hence the name “emergency contraception.”  However, it is a safe, (reasonably) effective, and widely available second line of defense against unplanned pregnancies for when intercourse happened without contraception or the contraception failed for some reason (condom broke, missed a pill, etc).

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Healthy Lifestyles are a Family Affair

Healthy Lifestyles are a Family AffairEver notice how, as a parent, the more you talk, the less your kids listen?  It seems like the same thing happens the older they get.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still paying attention to you.  Your kids are likely watching your every move, so you can use this to your advantage.  This is especially important when it comes to behaviors involving food and physical activity.

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