Living Well

SC Farmers and Roadside Markets App Makes Healthy Eating Easier

June 23, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kristina Rackley

For many families, finding healthy food easily can be a struggle, especially when there are fast food restaurants located conveniently on almost every corner. Today, DHEC made finding some of those healthy alternatives easier when it launched the new S.C. Farmers and...

Summer Heat Safety

June 13, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sydney Hankinson

That hot summer weather is coming a bit early this year! Starting in June, temperatures in South Carolina will hit nearly 100 degrees. It’s a perfect opportunity to go swimming, eat popsicles or hang out somewhere with air conditioning. However, there are also a number of...

Americans Are Sitting Down on Activities

April 26, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
Woman at desk

You are probably reading this at your desk, on your couch, in your bed, or in a form of transportation, and what you are doing right now is the issue. You are sitting still. The average American adult does not meet the minimum national exercise guidelines, according to the...

The Creative Art of Healing

January 19, 2016 - Posted in Original SC by Tabitha Safdi
Healing Icons

According to the Foundation for Art and Healing , "the arts have long provided emotional context for the human experience. Now, research is demonstrating that creative expression also contributes to better health and wellbeing. People from all walks of life and every corner...

Wear a Smile. One Size Fits All.

January 14, 2016 - Posted in Original SC by Tabitha Safdi
Caring Clown

"The most precious gift one person can give to another is attention." That's what Robert Mason, a.k.a. DOCTOR GEEZER, says about his work through the volunteer organization Bumper T Caring Clowns . The program uses therapeutic clowning as a tool to promote the healing...

No More New Year's Resolutions by P.A. Bennett

January 5, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
New Year

You heard me, NO MORE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! This year’s list is all about the fun things I’ll start doing or continue to indulge in. I have not yet composed that complete list, but I know what it won’t include; losing weight, saving money, or getting organized. I’ve been...

Research Shows Diet Beverage Drinkers Tend to Eat Unhealthy Food

November 16, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi

Do you prefer fries with your diet soda? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. And you may not be “saving” as many calories as you think, drinking those diet beverages. University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An found that diet beverage...

A Diet Rich in Olive Oil Could Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

September 14, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Katie Geer
bottle of olive oil with olives

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating fish, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables and olive oil, and it could be the newest diet to show signs of lowering women's risk of developing breast cancer, according to an article from NPR . The diet has been showing evidence of being...

It's Time to Wake Up and Pay Attention to Your Sleep

August 24, 2015 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Katie Geer
woman sleeping

Hitting the snooze button on understanding your possible sleep disorder is no longer a healthy option, scientists warn in a new study from the Institute of Medicine. According to an article on NPR, "more than 50 million adults in the U.S. have a disorder such as insomnia,...

Flip Flops May Be Bad For Your Health

September 3, 2013 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Flip Flops

Flip-flops are a year long staple in South Carolina. Unfortunately, there are dangers associated with wearing this popular footwear. Did you know that one pair of flip flops can carry more than 18,000 bacteria, which include Staphylococcus aureus and bacteria from fecal...