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Fun Family Activities for the Winter

Winter break is rapidly approaching! The kids will be home from school and maybe mom and dad will even get a day off. Here are some inexpensive (or free!) ways that the family can spend time together this winter. Take a family ski or snowboarding lesson If you live near a mountain or somewhere that […] Read More

December Regulatory Update – This Month in Telehealth

Federal and Medicare Senate Unanimously Passes Telemedicine Legislation (mHealth Intelligence) The ECHO Act aims to make the University of New Mexico’s groundbreaking Project ECHO telemedicine program a national model for healthcare collaboration. Read more here Read SB 2873 here  United States: HHS Releases E-Health And Telemedicine Report To Congress (Mondaq) The Report offers background on […] Read More

Mental Health in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities, which are nursing homes that meet special criteria to be covered by Medicare, often times have many individuals with mental health issues that are not addressed.  Many of these facilities are staffed with under-skilled personnel, or just understaffed in general. Much emphasis historically has been placed on how the facility provides for the […] Read More

What’s the Deal with False Memories?

Have you ever gone on a summer vacation to an amusement park and had the misfortune of experiencing conditions such as overpriced tickets, long lines, sweltering heat and crabby party members? Months later, when pressed to recall the vacation experience, did you remember it that way? Or when the vacation popped into your mind, did […] Read More

Loneliness at the Holidays

The holiday season is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year, and most Americans do feel positive emotions during the holidays.  However, according to the Mayo Clinic, “the holiday season often brings unwelcome guests – stress and depression.” Holiday cheer can amplify loneliness and hopelessness in people who have high expectations for […] Read More

Keeping Calm While Holiday Shopping

They say it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it doesn’t always feel that way during this busy shopping season. When it comes to long lines and crowded malls, holiday shopping can quickly turn to holiday stress and anger. There’s no need to avoid stores entirely—going out gives you the chance to smile […] Read More

The Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday for many people.  While it is the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and count our blessings, for some that is easier said than done.  Any number of elements could affect or change one’s ability to feel gratitude, from estranged family members to geographic distance from those we love. […] Read More

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are a treasured time of togetherness, warm laughter, and delicious food…well, most of the time. Often they can morph into awkward conversations, stressful preparations, and way, way too much pie.  It’s a tale as old as time! So how can we stay healthy, both mentally and physically, during the holiday season? Let’s focus […] Read More

Eating Disorders: Biological, Social, Psychological and Interpersonal Factors

A common misconception about eating disorders is that they’re a disease of vanity.  This is a myth perpetuated by laypersons who haven’t taken the time to understand their complexity.  Eating disorders can be quite diverse in nature.  They are just as complicated as each individual they affect. Furthermore, diets and eating disorders are not interchangeable […] Read More

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