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4 Positive Postures to Boost Your Mood

​Research has shown that your stance and posture affect more than just your back, they affect your mood too. Here are five active postures to help you start your day, and continue it, on a positive foot.

7 Foods Proven to Help Prevent Cancer

The causes of cancer are complex, but inflammation appears to be a primary culprit behind cancer growth, and part of the reason why tumors get started in the first place. Just as it is in heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, inflammation ...

Lift Yourself Out of Osteoporosis Pain? Weights Could Be the Answer For You!

When it comes to countering the effects of osteoporosis, there’s one tool that literally does a lot of heavy lifting. It’s a common barbell because, contrary to what you might think, putting weight on weakening bones is actually a good ...

Obstacle Courses Take Running to the Next Level

If you're not daunted by a workout that includes challenges with names such as Goliath and Everest, have no problem getting muddy or jumping over a fire pit, and pushing yourself to physical and mental limits is your idea of a good time, then ...

Caffeine - How Much is in Your Favorite Drink?

Caffeine is known for giving you a jump start - but what can lift you up can also bring you down if you consume it in abundance. Too much caffeine in the evening can disrupt sleep, and too much caffeine, period, can lead to a dependency that can ...

Hidden Risks of Heart Failure

Your heart naturally loses some blood-pumping abilities with age. However, weakened heart muscles can eventually lead to heart failure, a condition that affects 5.7 million adult Americans and is a contributing cause to nearly one in 9 deaths in the ...

Preventing SIDS

Shannon Bates, nurse manager in Covenant Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) shares with us an update on SIDS. “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a situation where an infant has an unsafe sleep environment that becomes ...

How to Prevent Just About Everything

“Wash your hands!” You may hear your mother’s voice echoing in your head, but according to Covenant Health infection prevention educator Lacey Kovar, it really is the best way to prevent the spread of many diseases and illnesses. It ...

Respiratory Care: Helping Patients Breathe Easier

Respiratory Care Week Begins October 22.​ Respiratory therapists are a highly educated group of health care professionals who take care of patients with chronic and acute conditions related to the cardio-pulmonary system. Those include, but ...

Flu Vaccine Not Only Protects You, but Your Family and the Community

According to the CDC, an estimated 310,000 Americans were admitted to the hospital for influenza during the 2015-2016 flu season. Annabelle Jordan, a family nurse practitioner at Covenant Medical Group’s Southwest Medical Park, says getting the ...

Arrington Comprehensive Breast Center Offers Latest Technology, Mobile Services

Availability of screenings gives women fewer excuses to not be checked.​ “We just want to encourage women to get in there and get your mammogram done,” says Lindsey Kennelly, manager of Covenant’s Arrington Comprehensive Breast ...

Sepsis: Save Lives by Knowing the Signs and Symptoms

Sepsis is a medical emergency that kills more than 250,000 Americans a year – one every two minutes – which is more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Jamie Roney, DNP, and regional sepsis coordinator for Covenant ...

School Backpacks: Pack it Light, Wear it Right!

As school gets underway across the country, the American Occupational Therapy Association celebrates National School Backpack Awareness Day annually on the third Wednesday of each September, this year on Sept. 20. Alison Chapa, occupational therapist ...

Back to Normal: Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Takes Time

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury to the brain which disrupts how the brain functions, usually caused by some outside force, such as a violent blow to the head, says Lee Ann Bryant, inpatient occupational therapist at Covenant Medical ...

Vaccinations: What to get when, and why they're important

“The takeaway message about vaccinations is that they’re very safe and effective, and we recommend all kids follow the immunization schedule that’s outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with the CDC and ...

Finding the Perfect Balance

Dr. Chandra Lasley, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate for Covenant Health’s Horizons Outpatient Clinic says when considering the balance between your work life and life outside of work, it usually doesn’t mean an even ...

Doctor's Advice Most Often Ignored By Patients

If you diligently heed your doctor’s advice, you may be surprised to learn you’re in the minority. According to CNN, patient noncompliance is an epidemic. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of short-term therapies, 50 to 60 percent of ...

Don't Let Temperatures Heat You Up

Back-to-school time brings youth back to daily football and other sports workouts, and musicians back for pre-season marching band practices. But Dr. Ron Skaria, sports medicine physician for Covenant Medical Group, warns to watch the heat index and ...

5 Foods You Should Try Grilling

Summertime is filled with family, friends, water activities, and of course, cookouts. Don't host a predictable cookout this year - spice up your gathering with these five surprising foods you can throw on the grill. 1. Grilled Watermelon ...

Prevention and First Aid for Summer Pests

With lots of outdoor activities on the calendar, you will likely encounter those bothersome summer pests – mosquitos, spiders, snakes and ticks. We visited with Annabelle Jordan, pediatrics nurse practitioner at Covenant Southwest Medical Park ...

What is Social Wellness?

Ashlee Bost, marriage and family therapist associate at Covenant’s Horizons outpatient clinic, explains what social wellness is and its importance in our overall health. “Basically social wellness is the relationships you have and how you ...

Keep from Knockin' the Noggin!

Covenant Children’s has teamed up this summer with Kohl’s for the Lids for Kids bicycle helmet giveaway. The event will take place on Saturday, July 15th from 10 a.m. - noon at Safety City, located at 4500 Avenue U in Lubbock, Texas. ...

Don't Get Caught Red, White & Burned

Dr. Michael Chamales, medical director for both Covenant Medical Center and Covenant Children’s emergency departments, discusses how to avoid injuries from fireworks, particularly burns, eye injuries and hand injuries, which are the most ...

4 Optical Problems Diabetics Should Keep an Eye On

"Blurry vision, seeing spots or experiencing pressure or pain in the eye are all symptoms of problems diabetics may be prone to," says William David Boothe, MD, an ophthalmologist at Covenant Health. "However, because these symptoms ...

Keep Your Cool This Summer

With the temperatures already spiking, we asked Dr. Stan Garrett, family medicine and medical director at Covenant's Northwest Clinic, for three tips to beat the heat when it comes to your kids this summer. Stay hydrated. Children already need ...

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