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Benefits of Gardening for Your Mental Health

Those that love to garden, know that spending time amongst the petals provides numerous mental health benefits such as reducing stress, becoming closer to nature and enjoying peaceful, alone time. Let’s explore what makes gardening so healing. Promotes exercise Gardening is a great way to get exercise. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins into […]

Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is now offering oral cancer examinations for free with your dental exam visit. These examinations are carried out by our new VELscope system. VELscope is a safe and easy dental tool that uses fluorescent light to detect early signs of oral cancer and infection that go unnoticed to the naked eye. […]

Problem Foods for Healthy Teeth

Most people know that some foods, like sweets, can be a problem for maintaining healthy teeth. What you eat can play a big role in your overall health. However some types of food and drink can cause more problems for your oral health than others. Be aware of these eight foods that can cause problems […]

Building a Fairer, Healthier World

World Health Day, April 7, was started in 1950 to create awareness of priority concerns in world health. This year the World Health Organization has decided to focus on health equity, with a slogan, “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone.” This message is one that resonates deeply with the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic. This […]

Routine Checkups Help Maintain Your Good Health

You’re feeling OK, so why get your routine checkup? Often when you are not feeling sick, it’s easy to push back a doctor’s appointment or skip it altogether. But continuing to get annual, and sometimes more frequent, screenings are important for maintaining good health. As we age, our health needs change. As do our recommended […]

What Does Depression Look Like?

Depression is a mood disorder that millions of Americans suffer from each year. It is also the leading cause of disability in ages 15-44. Depression often presents as deep sadness, depleted energy, and suicidal thoughts. Sometimes it can be hard to identify depression, even in ourselves. Here are five lesser known symptoms that may indicate […]

Why It’s Important to Use Sunscreen in the Spring 

Springtime means gardening, afternoon walks and sunshine – but you better use sunscreen! Ninety percent of the sun’s ray can penetrate through clouds- meaning even on a cloudy or cool day, you can get sunburned. Here are some helpful tips to protect your skin this spring.  Use sunscreen that is SPF 30 or greater and water-resistant with broad spectrum coverage. The number indicates that if you […]

Food for Your Mood: How Your Diet Can Affect Depression

Most people are aware of the link between physical health and nutrition, but your diet can affect depression and your mental health as well. Habits like skipping meals and over consuming sweets can worsen depression and brain function. Conversely, eating healthy foods can improve your mood and sharpen your thinking. For instance, serotonin, the hormone […]

Has COVID Negatively Impacting Your Relationship?

Has COVID Negatively Impacting Your Relationship? You’re not alone. While COVID, on its own, has no actual effect on your personal relationships, everything about our lives has been changed in a matter of months – which does have a huge effect on your relationships, as well as your mental health. It Has Amplified Prior Stressors […]