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Dr. Nina Radcliff

Dr. Nina Radcliff

Dr. Nina Radcliff is dedicated to her profession, her patients and her community at large. She is passionate about sharing truths for healthy, balanced living as well as wise preventive health measures.

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During February's American Heart Month, many of us will "Go Red For Women" so we can raise awareness, encourage action, and save lives that are lost too early. (AP Photo)

American Heart Month: Take good care of your ticker

Keeping our heart healthy and strong at every age is indeed as the American Heart Association underscores, "what we all need to take to heart." February is designated American Heart Month, dedicated to cardiovascular health and raising awareness about heart disease.

Stock your pantry with these basics

As we continue to set aim to make healthy choices - our kitchens are central in helping to promote and support healthy eating. In fact, our refrigerator, freezer and pantry - if not properly stocked with staples - could be contributing to sabotaging our best efforts.

What's in your freezer?

Generally speaking, healthier eating is made a lot easier when we have good options readily available. Last week, we spotlighted what essentials should be in our refrigerator. This week, we will discuss our freezers and next week we'll take a look at the pantry.

Joel Ng, 5, joins her dad, Ulane Eng (second from left), for meditation Sunday on the Mall as Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters mark the 10th anniversary of a Chinese crackdown on the spiritual movement. It has gained millions of followers since its 1992. founding. (By Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times/File)

Health and the art of meditation

While you most likely made healthy resolutions for this New Year to watch what you consume and to be more physically active, my hope too is that you take aim to cultivate habits that will help reduce chronic stress and anxieties in your life with a goal to increase happiness and overall life satisfaction ... with greater joy and peace!!

This June 22, 2010 photo released by Sesame Workshop, "Sesame Street" characters Elmo, second from right, and Super Grover, right, pose with four new muppets representing healthy food groups; fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains as part of their "Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget" initiative in New York. Sesame Street continues to attract millions of viewers after 45 years on the air, appealing to both preschoolers and their parents with content that is educational and entertaining. The show has kept up with the times by making its segments faster-paced, by fine-tuning messages, and by keeping a steady flow of appearances by contemporary celebrity guests. The show first aired Nov. 10, 1969. (AP Photo/Sesame Workshop, Richard Termine, File)

Make 2017 your healthiest year

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Reese Orr, far left, has his hat secured by his father, Chad Orr, of Milwaukee, as they and Orr's sister, Macy Rea Orr, center, and friend Eleanore Lawton, walk into school at John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School, in Milwaukee, Wis., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Overnight Monday into Tuesday, a blast of arctic air blew into Wisconsin and is dropping temperatures to dangerous levels. The bitterly cold air will settle into southern Wisconsin Tuesday through Friday. (Mike De Sisti  /Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Your Arctic blast to-do list

Across our nation, temperatures are being replaced with below-average readings - as much as 20 to 30 degrees colder than average - and colder storm weather is forecast into the new year.

A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish during the annual Christmas event at Tokyo's Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

'Tis the season to stay healthy and safe

Along with the joys of the season, the holidays call us to shop at busier than usual stores; attend special parties and events; as well as travel for extended amounts of time with planes, trains and automobiles to visit family and friends.

Smiling group of young people enjoying cocktails at Christmas.

Cheers to Happy and Healthy Holidays!

It is that special time of year - where sugar plums not only dance in our heads but also join "Auntie's" favorite pie along with tables filled with tempting delights, at every turn. And if you have concerns about tipping the scales, it is for good reason.

In this Aug. 5, 2016, photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. listens to a question about his concussion while addressing the media at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Earnhardt will miss the rest of the NASCAR season as he continues to recover from a concussion. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Concussions, head injuries: What we all need to know

Head injuries and concussions continue to ignite a fire storm among the public -- and for good reason. High school athletes sustain an estimated 300,000 concussions per year and, recently, National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell announced an initiative intended to increase the safety of the game, specifically by preventing, diagnosing and treating concussions and head injuries

In this Sept. 17, 2015 photo, nurse B.K. Morris, left, prepares to give the flu vaccine to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, during an event about the flu vaccine, at the National Press Club in Washington. Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version of the vaccine isn't working as well as a jab. Needle-phobic adults still have some less painful options. But FluMist, with its squirt into each nostril, was the only ouch-free alternative for children, and has accounted for about a third of pediatric flu vaccinations in recent years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Flu season is knocking at your door

Our flu season is around the corner. And while the timing varies in different parts of the country, most flu activity -- influenza-like illness, hospitalizations, and sadly even deaths - will occur between October 2016 and run into May 2017.

Good fats promote heart health

Over time, fat has been ostracized, shamed and demonized. However, not all fat deserves this bad rap. Some fats are essential for our body, as they form the building blocks of cells and tissues.

Beat summer heat, mosquitoes, be safe

Happy Birthday to the United States of America! We are on countdown to 240 candles of our American Independence Day celebrations, and to honor our "land of the free and the home of the brave" we will join in festivities and light up our skies from sea to shining sea.

Jeff Mayhew, right, with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, gets his vitals checked by members of Rural/ Metro Fire Dept., north of Tucson, Ariz., Monday, June 20, 2016. Mayhew returned from the search for a missing hiker in the Ventana Canyon area. Several hikers have died over the weekend from heat-related problems. On Sunday three Germany men went hiking in the Ventana Canyon area of the Santa Catalina Mountains. One died, one is missing and the other is hospitalized, authorities said. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

It's getting hot out there

The warm months are a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. But as the temperatures rise, it is important to brush-up on understandings and tips to prevent heat-related illnesses.