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  • Dr. Downs Missionary Trip

    Dr. Downs Missionary Trip

    On November 8, 2014, Dr. J. Marcus Downs and his wife, Carol Lee, headed to Ecuador to participate in a medical mission trip with Medical Ministry International—the ninth time they have done so. Carol Lee is a physical therapist, and Dr. Downs is a Colorectal Surgeon. They began their service in Ecuador twelve years ago, and most of their trips have included their children, Colleen and Brian. However, this year’s trip was special, since Colleen graduated from medical school in 2013 and was having her first mission medicine experience as a physician.

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  • Common fitness myths, debunked

    Common fitness myths, debunked

    With our New Year’s Resolutions still fresh in our minds, healthy diet in place (for now) and gym membership purchased (again), we’re all looking to shed that winter layer before the rapidly approaching spring season.

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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Cold-Weather Workouts

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Cold-Weather Workouts

    Cold, wet and windy weather doesn’t have to mean putting your outdoor workout routine in the deep freeze. Follow these simple tips to stay active and fit right through the winter months.

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  • Common myths about sports injuries

    Common myths about sports injuries

    When it comes to treating sports injuries, everyone has an opinion about what works best. But most people aren’t doctors or specialists who work in the areas of sports medicine or physical rehabilitation, and some of the “tried-and-true” treatments you may have heard may not be based in sound medical knowledge.

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  • 5 Low-Impact Activities to Avoid Joint Pain

    5 Low-Impact Activities to Avoid Joint Pain

    No matter your age, exercise is always important. Regular exercise keeps your heart healthy and promotes strong bones and muscles. It also boosts mood and energy, helps you look better, fights depression and keeps you feeling younger.

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  • 10 Foods for Building Strong Bones and Muscles

    10 Foods for Building Strong Bones and Muscles

    Eating right is about more than managing your weight. You’ve got to take in the right balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep all the systems in your body functioning properly, and to keep your bones and muscles strong and healthy.

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  • How to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

    How to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

    The immune system is the body’s defense system against microorganisms that cause disease and illness. When you consider the amount of germs you are exposed to on a daily basis, it’s easy to see just how busy your immune system is. Occasionally, the immune system gets bogged down—it can’t keep up, and germs successfully invade the system, causing illness.

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  • Get the facts about runner’s knee

    Get the facts about runner’s knee

    It’s a moment every runner dreads: You’re midway through a training plan for your next race when you start to feel a dull, aching pain in your knee. The pain is at its worst when you take the stairs or sit at your desk for an extended period of time. Luckily, knee pain is a very common running injury that will usually heal on its own. However, it’s still important for runners educate themselves about runner’s knee should it ever affect them.

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  • The Female Athlete Triad: The Dangers of Disordered Eating and Excess Exercise

    The Female Athlete Triad: The Dangers of Disordered Eating and Excess Exercise

    The Female Athlete Triad is a combination of illnesses that can seriously endanger athletically-driven girls or women who feel intense societal pressure to stay thin. The triad’s three interrelated conditions—disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and premature osteoporosis—occur when a girl or woman takes dieting and exercise to an extreme. Women can develop one, two or all three components of the triad, and they all can seriously hinder athletic performance and damage long-term health.

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