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Mental Health Awareness Month: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

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by Dr. Kristen Ray

While there’s growing acceptance of common mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, overall, the stigma of mental illness still permeates our society. Depictions of the mentally ill in media are particularly troubling, as they’re too often hyperbolized and grossly altered to fit long-standing...


AZ Health: When a Picture Does Not Tell a Thousand Words

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Families are struggling more today than ever. Parents’ external need to fulfill their own self-esteem through the lives of their children has become a dangerous cycle to the physical and mental health of their children and destroys the stability in the family system. Working with families provides family clinicians like myself the opportunity to see behind the curtain of the perfect photograph that is often an illusion of what is actually an extremely abusive, dysfunctional family system.

Families that are hiding patterns of addiction and abuse often use the smoke and mirrors of visual perfectionism in many everyday things that...


AZ Health: Healthy Vision Month


In honor of Healthy Vision Month, AZ Foothills turned to Dr. Zahra Lalwani Lasee of Healthy Eye Care/Fit Optical to get the lowdown on everyday eye health, when it's time to get your kiddo's eyes checked and what the deal is with those blue light-blocking lenses.

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 Dr. Lasee

What inspired you to pursue optometry?

ZL: There are some things in life you just...


Celebrate "Sleep Better Month": Small Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep


Think back to the last time you had a night of quality sleep – last week, last month or maybe you can’t remember. If you happen to fall into any of those categories, you are not alone. One-third of U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended threshold of seven hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between work, kids and all of life’s demands, finding time for restful, restorative sleep can be difficult.

As more studies show the importance of healthy sleep and the impact it has on overall wellbeing, it is crucial to be purposeful about our habits. The absence of...


Tips for Meeting Your Summer Fitness Goals


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With bikini season upon us, dreams of lounging by the beach or tanning by the pool seem more tangible than ever before. But for those of us who have slacked off in maintaining our New Year fitness goals, how do we get on track and get our bodies in shape in time for summer?

We’ve gathered a some great tips - with a few courtesy of Erin Mahoney, who serves as the vice president of education for the International Sports Sciences Association - on how you change your fitness routine around and sculpt the...

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