MyHealthKC is committed to providing you the resources you need to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Fueled by a team of Shawnee Mission Health experts, our blog empowers you with tips and information to help you live well in Kansas City.
Is your child struggling with skin issues? Do you worry that it may be eczema? Shawnee Mission Health Pediatrician J. Alex Brainard breaks down the causes, symptoms and treatments for childhood eczema.
Working out alone can be tough, but it doesn’t mean that working out isn’t for you! Workout groups hold you accountable and make it easy to explore new activities. Find out which kind is right for you!
With opioid addiction at a crisis level in our country, it’s more important than ever to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Learn how to safely dispose medications in the Kansas City area with Shawnee Mission Health.
Most bee stings can be relieved with simple, at-home remedies. Others require medical attention. Learn how to assess and treat a bee sting from Sandra Archer, MD, of Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care.
Because minutes matter in the event of a heart attack or stroke, you may be tempted to drive yourself to the Emergency Department (ED). Don’t! Time is Muscle (heart muscle) in a heart attack, and Time is Brain Tissue in the event of a stroke. Call 911!
August 15, 2018 | Michael Greenfield, MD, FACP, FAAP
When is a baby different from all other babies? When it’s yours! Personality, looks and health challenges combine with other nuances to make your baby uniquely special. But the one thing parents have in common is that these little ones grow up fast and, for the most part, develop according to the same timeline.
June 6, 2018 | Jeremy Cravens, MDTracy Miles, DO, MS
People diagnosed with colon cancer have good reason to be optimistic. Advancements in the field provide a wider range of treatment options than ever before, resulting in increased survival rates and a better quality of life for the estimated 140,000 people diagnosed each year.
With so many varied trails throughout the Kansas City area, bicycling is a great way to explore the city and burn some calories. Find a comprehensive guide to the best bike trails in the Kansas City area.
Assessing cardiac risk at any age in life is important, but if you are among the thousands who have had a parent or sibling suffer from heart disease, a general assessment of your family’s health history is especially helpful.
The topic of caffeine use, and abuse, is a complex one of mixed messages and varied opinions. Is it good for you? Possibly. Is it bad for you? Potentially. Here’s the buzz about caffeine consumption – the good and the bad!
Feeling stressed over a busy schedule day after day can cause anxiety and lead to other health issues like headaches, heart disease, depression, and even gastrointestinal issues. Learning some simple time management techniques can help us feel more in control of our hectic schedules and keep our stress levels in check.
Tempted to drop some calories from your daily intake by skipping a meal or two? Lured by the idea of drinking all of your daily calories? Toying with the idea of crash dieting before that upcoming wedding or class reunion? Don’t do it!
If your schedule doesn’t allow for a stop at the gym on your way home, try making exercise part of your everyday work routine. It will keep you happier, healthier and more productive. We've gathered some simple and effective exercises that can be done while you work, without even leaving your office!
If your toddler is like most others, he/she has opinions about almost everything - including what they will and will not eat. The good news is your child likely isn't starving. However, there are some things you can do to encourage your toddler to try new foods and eat meals that will help sustain their growing bodies. Learn more from Dr. Schultz.
Seventy-five percent of Americans say they eat healthy, but that may not always be true. Dr. McGonigle explains the latest dietary guidelines, what portion sizes really look like and how to stay on track with healthy eating (even if you fall off the wagon).
No one wants to eat celery sticks on a road trip - your kids included. Let Pediatrician Sherri Martin, MD, give you some creative, yet healthy, snack ideas to keep your kids entertained and satisfied on your next vacation.
Understanding your medical benefits can be overwhelming. Today, many individuals have the option of signing up for a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), which can be used to pay for a variety of health-related costs. Learn the ins and outs of an FSA.
With agriculture being such an integral part of the region’s economy, many Kansas City restaurants have embraced the farm-to-table philosophy, choosing to source their menu from local, sustainable farms.
Even the biggest outdoor enthusiasts might not know about some of the hidden gems throughout the metro. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best trails for hiking and biking all over the Kansas City area.
The Midwest has some of the most fertile soil in the entire country, which means we get to enjoy a variety of locally grown foods to satisfy our inner foodie. Look for these local crops that thrive in Kansas and Missouri.
Migraines are a pain, literally. Having one can keep you from everyday activities such as going to work, driving, watching your children’s soccer games, and even relaxing in front of the television before bed.
When you choose to eat local, you open yourself up to a world of benefits. Eating local means picking a healthier option—you get a natural, more flavorful product and you help improve the local economy by putting dollars back into the community.
Chronic pain is more than constant physical discomfort—it also increases psychological stress and strain, which in turn may further aggravate your pain. Because of this mind-body connection, by treating the mental aspects of pain, we can also treat the physical pain.
Imagine going through a day when simple tasks, such as texting, turning a steering wheel, or even writing a note, are difficult. If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, you may experience one or all of these hardships on a daily basis.
Herbal medicine is one of the oldest methods for treating injury and disease and can help treat everything from acne to an upset stomach to achy joints. Herbal medicine uses parts of plants for healing purposes.
Balancing work and family life is tough, not to mention finding relaxing time just for yourself. However, it’s important to find time in your schedule to slow down and recover from stress, especially if your work-life balance has been off lately.
May 15, 2017 | Stacey Peterson, Clinical Coordinator
Skimping on shut-eye affects more than energy and willpower. Some studies suggest that sleep deprivation triggers the body to release more appetite-regulating hormones, including ghrelin. This hormone stimulates appetite and fat production, which leads people to eat more and gain weight.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but the good news is that you have opportunities to prevent heart disease and lessen your risk of a stroke or heart attack later in life.