Flu Symptoms? Stay Home or Seek Medical Attention?

The flu has a peculiar feeling. Some combination of your skin feeling weird, your head feeling like a balloon and your body aching. It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you feel it.

So what can you do about it?

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Roasted Veggie Mousakka Recipe

vegetable mousakka on a tableIt’s hearty. It’s gooey. It’s packed full of protein and nutrients.

But most importantly, it’s perfect for fall!

Our Kardia Café chefs have done it again. They have so many delicious, healthy dishes, it’s hard to keep up. This one, however, is unforgettable.

Make it and see if you agree!

Note: You will need one large casserole dish to accommodate this amount of mousakka.


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CPR in 3 Simple Steps


Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating and the victim loses consciousness and collapses. It isn’t always caused by a heart attack. Nationally, if a victim of sudden cardiac arrest collapses outside of a hospital, his/her chances of survival if a bystander does not start CPR immediately is less than 8%. You can double or triple a loved one’s chances of survival by starting CPR.

These are 3 simple steps to save a life if you see a teen or adult who has collapsed:

  1. Check to see if they are responsive and breathing normally. The best way to determine if someone is unresponsive and may need CPR is to tap the victim and shout “Are you OK?” while checking to see if they are breathing normally. Breathing normally does NOT include snoring, gurgling, or gasping.A victim must be on his/her back on a hard flat surface, preferably on the floor, for CPR to be effective.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Compress hard and fast on the center of the chest.Interlock fingers and place palm of one hand over the center of the victim’s chest.Keeping arms straight and elbows locked, push straight down hard – at least 2 inches. It is better to push too deep than not deep enough.The hands should not come off the chest or “bounce” between each compression, but downward pressure should be completely released to allow the heart to refill with blood.Push hard and fast in the center of the chest (about 100 times per minute) when doing compressions on an unresponsive victim who is not breathing, or not breathing normally once 911 has been called. Do not stop until help arrives, unless the victim begins moving or speaking.

Stop by our booth at the North Carolina State Fair October 12- 22, 2017, and we can teach you how to save a life!

NC State Fair 2017NC State Fair

Education Building (near Gate 12)
1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

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Tailgating without Regrets: 7 Tips

group of friend high fivingIt’s football season, and you live in the Triangle! Whether you’re cheering for the Wolfpack, the Blue Devils, or the Tar Heels, chances are that you might find yourself tailgating this autumn.

Why? Because it’s fun! Until the next morning when the massive burgers, wings, chips and high calorie drinks make you wish you had a chance to do it all again. But smarter.

The fact is, tailgating doesn’t have to make you feel horrible the next day.

Here are seven tips for healthy tailgating!

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22 Reasons Why YOU Love Bond Park

fred g bond park sign caryAn oasis of top notch recreation potential is hiding under your nose. It’s right in the middle of Cary, NC.

Fred G. Bond Park is this oasis.

In its 310 acres, you can do everything from adventure ropes courses to sailing to fishing to biking.

What a way to keep your body strong and mind content.

But don’t take our word for it.

Here are 22 reasons that Bond Park is a special agent of wellness in the Triangle, based on YOUR pictures.

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Solar Eclipse Safety: How to Protect the Eyes of Your Budding Astronomers

Boy watching sunset with fatherA solar eclipse is coming on August 21st. Are you ready?

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Make Summer Endless: Watermelon Slushie in December (Recipe)

We’re thinking this counts as a “life hack.”

Here’s the concept: You freeze a bunch of watermelon! Then, when winter has come, and the sweet juice of vine-ripened watermelon no longer dribbles down your sun-kissed chin, and you pine for the warm breezes of summer, YOU CAN HAVE A DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY WATERMELON SLUSHIE.

Watermelon slushies

You can win winter, in other words.

It’s so, so simple. Here’s how you do it.

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12 Reasons Why Umstead Park is Ummm… AWESOME!

In case you haven’t fully delved into the labyrinthine paradise that is William B. Umstead Park, here’s what you’re missing: extensive trails, pristine lakes for fishing and canoeing, campgrounds, picnic shelters, dappled sunlight through trees, breezes over lakes, little turtle and snake friends to say hello to, dog romps in the streams, majestic foliage, and just time away from the day-to-day grind.

umstead park walkway

According to outdoor enthusiast, triathlete, and Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery services at Rex Healthcare, Lindsey Sharp, MD, “Umstead Park, where you can hike, bike, or even canoe, is incredibly valuable to our community from a health standpoint. The health benefits in terms of reduction of stress, improvement in cardiovascular fitness, improvement in the management and maintenance of weight loss, et cetera, cannot be overstated.”

But the real testament to the value of Umstead Park is in YOUR photos.

Here’s what William B. Umstead Park means to you.

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The Best Hummus, from Our Kardia Cafe Chefs

hummus from kardia cafeHummus. So healthy, so delicious.

That’s why it’s a highlight of UNC REX Heart & Vascular‘s Kardia Café, where our award-winning chefs have free reign to pursue their vision of “a hotel style food experience within the walls of a hospital,” to use the words of Executive Chef Ryan Conklin.

Kardia Café’s hummus is both inspired and simple to make at home.

Here’s how to do it.

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening

Little Girl Gardening

According to the World Health Organization, good health means more than just the absence of bad health symptoms. It means the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, sense of community and happiness.  (WHO 1948)

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