Warm weather workouts require extra precautions
Warm weather workouts require extra precautions

If you walk, run or exercise outdoors, that means taking a extra precautions during warm weather to avoid heat-related stress.

A local minister serves God by helping others get fit

A local minister serves God by helping others get fit

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Jacotron Potts never set out to be a fitness instructor. But after listening to a sermon that stressed the importance of serving others, he formed an exercise group on his Facebook page.

CDC Reports: Most US middle and high schools start the school day too early

Fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began the school day at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later, leaving students struggling to get sufficient sleep.

Southern food tied to heart disease

Southern food tied to heart disease

People who like fried food, sweet tea and other foods synonymous with Southern stats may be at an increased risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.

3 Exercises to Strengthen Core Muscles

3 Exercises to Strengthen Core Muscles

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Qcity fitness instructor Sonda E. Z. Hines answers a reader's question about the core muscle group.

In North Carolina, prostate cancer attacks black men at a startling rate

In North Carolina, prostate cancer attacks black men at a startling rate

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Wendell Perry’s story is common in North Carolina, where black men acquire and die from prostate cancer at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

Local churches honored for meeting wellness goals

Local churches honored for meeting wellness goals

Ten women who attend the church Hispanos Unidos won this year’s Village HeartBEAT competition, with a combined weight loss of 80.9 pounds.

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A family commits to healthier living

A family commits to healthier living

For Slyvia and Melvin Austin, losing weight and embracing a healthier lifestyle has become a family goal.

Mecklenburg health officials seek more women for breast cancer screenings

Mecklenburg health officials seek more women for breast cancer screenings

Wednesday Wellness

Under a federally funded program, women from low-income households without health insurance can receive free screenings for breast and cervical cancers.

For Karen Rockhead, getting fit is a gradual process

For Karen Rockhead, getting fit is a gradual process

The registered nurse who joined the Village HeartBEAT program at New Zion Baptist Church said she was aware of how diabetes, heart disease and stroke are all associated with obesity and inactivity.

16 workouts to spice up your fitness routine

16 workouts to spice up your fitness routine

QCITY HEALTH

Sondra E.Z. Hines looks at 16 workout routines that will spice things up in the gym and outdoors.

Amelia Smith: Finding time in her busy schedule to exercise

Amelia Smith: Finding time in her busy schedule to exercise

QCITY HEALTH

Amelia Smith, a retired accounting technician, is part of the Village HeartBEAT team at Greater Salem Church. Her team leader calls her a model of consistency.

Village HeartBEAT Field Day

Village HeartBEAT Field Day

Members from 17 local churches met on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, April 4, to compete in the annual Village HeartBEAT Field Day.

A 'second birthday' for Henrietta McClain

A 'second birthday' for Henrietta McClain

After three years on dialysis, Henrietta McClain says she is now doing fine, thanks to a donor kidney. The experience has focused her attention on health.

Walking to end a family history of hypertension

Walking to end a family history of hypertension

HEALTH MATTERS

Janice Moss says she wants to get off the blood pressure medications she's been taking for about 10 years. She is part of a church team enrolled in the Village HeartBEAT wellness program.

Study: Sudden cardiac arrest more likely in African Americans

Black participants in the new study were more likely to suffer cardiac arrest, and at a younger age, relative to their white counterparts.

A medical program to assist those in need

A medical program to assist those in need

Last month, Qcitymetro fitness writer Sondra E.Z. Hines spent time helping out at N.C. MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy program that helps uninsured residents get the medications they need.

Who Can I Turn To? Navigating the Mental Healthcare Maze

Who Can I Turn To? Navigating the Mental Healthcare Maze

GUEST COMMENTARY

At least 20 percent of adults suffer from a mental illness each year. Knowing how the mental health system works is essential to proper treatment and recovery.

Cam Newton joins Carolinas HealthCare System in a campaign to battle childhood obesity

Cam Newton joins Carolinas HealthCare System in a campaign to battle childhood obesity

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was the surprise guest Tuesday at a kickoff event for a new local initiative by Carolinas HealthCare System to reduce the rate of childhood obesity.

FDA says artificial trans fat must disappear from the American diet

FDA says artificial trans fat must disappear from the American diet

In a final ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave food manufacturers three years to remove trans fat from processed foods, a move that is predicted to reduce the rate of heart disease.

Health officials say Norovirus caused the temporary closing of The Cowfish restaurant

The popular sushi and burger bar in SouthPark is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, June 15, after voluntarily shutting down twice in recent weeks after patrons who ate there became sick.

Harvard study: Daily orgasms reduce risks of prostate cancer

For men in their 40s, having an average of 21 orgasms per month equates to an a "significant reduction" in the risks of prostate cancer.

2015 Lupus Walk sets local record

More than 2,500 people took part in this year’s Walk to End Lupus Now: Charlotte event, helping the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter, raise more than $115,000 to support lupus programs and services.

Are colonoscopies still necessary?

Are colonoscopies still necessary?

Ask A Doctor

A reader wants to know whether an over-the-counter testing kit can replace the dreaded colonoscopy, an invasive procedure that requires fasting, cleansing and a doctor visit.

Sometimes it takes a Village to make a difference.

Sometimes it takes a Village to make a difference.

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

At 350 pounds, Rev. Jacob Teasdell knew he needed to make some changes. But after a friend had a heart attack and passed away, he went to a doctor, saying, “keep me alive 'til I’m 50.”

Donald Faulkner: A smoker no more

Donald Faulkner: A smoker no more

QCITY HEALTH
After nearly 40 years of smoking, Donald Faulkner, 64, decided to quit – cold turkey – on Thanksgiving Day 2014. He found motivation in a grandchild he had never seen.

5 questions for Christine John-Fuller

5 questions for Christine John-Fuller

Christine John-Fuller, president and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter, talks about the work her organization is doing and the group's upcoming Mardi Gras Gala.

Care for Sickle Cell Disease: Why is this so important?

Although there is no simple cure for sickle cell disease, it can be managed with medical care. It begins with education.

Battling obesity and high cholesterol

Battling obesity and high cholesterol

HEALTH MATTERS

Kathy Cuttino says she is determined to reach her weight-loss goal in 2015. She is part of a church team enrolled in the Village HeartBEAT wellness program.

CDC warns against drinking raw milk

CDC warns against drinking raw milk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeing more food-borne outbreaks related to unpasteurized milk, according to new study.

Top fitness trends for 2015

Top fitness trends for 2015

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

As they do each year at this time, members of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have gazed into their crystal balls to predict what fitness trends will be the rave next year.

County Health Department trains barbers to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS

County Health Department trains barbers to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS

The Mecklenburg County Health Department wants African American barbers to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

A dream comes true for a Charlotte fitness entrepreneur

A dream comes true for a Charlotte fitness entrepreneur

For Jeannine Sargent of Charlotte, her dream of owning a fitness studio for women began to take shape after she entered an online competition.

 
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