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Back to School? Keep Kids Healthy and Happy

At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, we'd like to set you and your children and teens on a path to a healthy school season, with some helpful reminders and tips about sleep, stress, food safety and the importance of "downtime." And some advance planning can help to smooth the transition to the school year regardless of whether you kids are in preschool, high school, or somewhere in between.

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Prescription for Better Health: Community Health Centers Like CHP

National Health Center Week 2018, from Aug. 12-18, provides an opportunity to learn more about community health center (CHCs) and witness, firsthand, why we are at center stage in a changing health care landscape.

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Symptoms of Summer

Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.

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Colonoscopies: A Worthwhile Effort

There are multiple screening tests available for colon cancer. For people of average risk, most doctors recommend a stool test every year, a stool DNA test every three years, and a colonoscopy every 10 years. Although colonoscopy is an invasive test, it is especially effective at detecting colon cancer. Plus polyps and lesions can be removed during the test.

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New 'Boutique Bridal Show' Offers Couples Quieter, Personal Meetings With Vendors

Boutique bridal shows allow for couples to meet with various trusted vendors under one roof - without the hectic, sometimes impersonal environment of a traditional bridal expo.

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Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It

In fact, the time between when a new antibiotic is introduced and when resistance starts to be noticed among bacteria has fallen from 10 years to just 1. These developments have given rise to the "super bugs." These bacteria can be resistant to nearly every antibiotic developed to kill them.

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Last Minute Gift Guide

If you've been procrastinating your holiday shopping, don't worry there are plenty of thoughtful gifts still available that you can pick up locally.

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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu

According to a recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control, flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 percent to 60 percent. By taking other precautions, like hand washing and avoiding close contact with those who are ill, in addition to getting a flu shot, you get excellent overall protection.

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Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food

If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.

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Getting Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter

If you had fuel in the gas tank at that time and haven't thought about it since, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you want to use it again.

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5 Unique Pizzas You Need to Try Today!

If you're looking to try a new slice of pie, here are five unique pizzas made in the Berkshires that you'll totally want to order this weekend.

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.

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How to Choose a New Mower

Maybe your old mower is on its last legs, or maybe you're just ready for a new one. Here are some tips for choosing your next mower.

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Gardening For Your Life

Gardening also relates to many desirable health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity." And physical activity is a great way to ward off lots of common diseases, like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and more.

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Maintaining Your Current Sign Offers Many Benefits

Companies are always torn between two very popular provers: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "Prevention is better than cure" - and this is especially true when it comes to signage.

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Health Screenings Save Time for Busy Moms

But visiting your healthcare providers for regular screenings can save you time and money in the long run - not to mention keeping you in good health so you can continue to juggle all of those responsibilities without getting run down.

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Massachusetts Residents Can Participate in Woodstove Change-out Program Again

Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if their old wood stove is currently operational, non-EPA certified and located in a residential building, and the stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.

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Get Your Lawn Mower Ready For Spring

The first and most important step is simply fallowing a regular maintenance program. Now, this may not sound like a big deal, but there is a lot more that goes in regular maintenance than you think.

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SVMC Health Blog: Three Food-Related Decisions That Can Help Lower the Risk of Colon Cancer

Almost 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of the risk factors are unavoidable, such as age and family history. Others are within your power. When you make choices to improve your diet and increase your activity, you decrease your risk.

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Changing Your Old Business Sign to LEDs is Easier Than Ever

There's never been a better time to get "out with the old and in with the new" by replacing your existing lighting with state-of-the-art illumination technology.

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