Karen Sutton, MD

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Five Spring Sports for Your Kids

Spring is in the air, so its time for your kids to get active. Winter will be coming to an end soon, and so will the months of being cooped up indoors with your kids. Now I know we all probably loved being run ragged by the energy of youth, constrained to the confines...

The Pros and Cons of Breast Self-Examinations

Are there cons to doing self-examinations on your breasts? Most women are taught upon reaching adulthood about the importance of self-examinations for their breasts, or BSEs. Since early detection is a vital part of beating cancer, you can really never be too...

Six Unwritten Rules of the Gym

If it’s been a while since you have hit the gym, keep these unwritten rules in mind. Winter is almost over, so it’s almost time for people to flock back to the gym in the hopes of regaining the body they lost during these cold winter months. It’s also a great time, if...

Five Things Every Woman Should Know about Menopause

It’s best to be well informed about menopause, so it doesn’t sneak up on you. When it comes to life, there are certain inescapable truths; death, taxes, and if you’re a woman, menopause. When we are young girls and first get our period, we often sit down with our...

Three Team Sports that are Great for Weight Loss

If you are bored of regular exercise for weight loss, give sports a try! I have always been a big proponent of team sports. I’m sure it comes from my days playing lacrosse at Duke, but I can’t stress enough the positive impact that team sports can have on your life....

Five Natural Ways to Protect Against the Flu

In case you didn’t know, its flu season. If you have kids, I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you that it’s flu season. In fact, I would venture to say that it’s less of a flu ‘season’ and more ‘flu panic’. According to The New York Times this flu season is the...

Five Ways to Motivate Yourself Before a Big Game

Make sure you don’t pysch yourself out before a big game. This may sound a little contrary, but an athlete’s most important asset is their state of mind. No matter how great you are at kicking, throwing, catching, or scoring, if your mind isn’t in the right place, you...

How to Wake up Feeling Energized and Refreshed

If getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle, read on. It may be the holy grail of questions, especially for mothers: How do we wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and energized? I know for most moms, waking up early in the morning is just a necessary fact...

How to Deal with Depression Naturally

There are many ways to deal with depression, natural or otherwise. Depression, unfortunately can strike at any time. This is especially true during the winter months, as the cold weather forces us inside, where there is nothing to focus on but our thoughts. Seasonal...

Best Sports for Senior Citizens

Engaging in sports can have many benefits for senior citizens. I cannot stress enough the importance of staying active, no matter what your age. Senior citizens, especially in this country, are often left out of the conversation when it comes to fitness, and...

Five Things to Know About Dating an Athlete

Dating an athlete can be a little mystifying, especially if you aren’t personally athletic. As a married woman I don’t come across this problem much anymore, but I remember back in college that sometimes athletes had issues dating non-athletic people. If you are...

Three Important Ways to Cool Down After a Workout

Recovery time is almost as important as the workout itself. Most people have a hard enough time getting to the gym, and never even really think twice about the recovery period afterwards. No matter how you work out, your muscles will have worked harder, and there will...

Five Ways to Convince Yourself to Work Out

Sometimes you just need a good reason to hit the gym. Every person who has ever worked out has had to fight the internal battle of whether to exercise, or stay home in bed. In fact, most of the times I think staying home in bed probably wins out, because taking the...

Tips for Beginner Triathletes

Completing a triathlon is a huge accomplishment, but comes with it’s own risks. When it comes to life goals, I am a huge proponent of setting goals for every different aspect of your life, from your professional life, to your fitness. For those of you who don’t know,...

How to Fight a Slowing Metabolism

Our metabolisms slow down as we age, but luckily there is something we can do about it. It starts to happen when you turn 30. Your metabolism begins to slow a little, so both maintaining and losing weight gets just a little harder. When you turn 40, the symptoms...

Six Signs You May Be a Bad Sports Parent

Sometimes being supportive of our children’s sports can go too far. If you have a TV or the Internet, chances are you have heard of the show Dance Moms. If you haven’t, you probably at least know what a stage mom is. On the off chance that you don’t, stage ‘moms’ are...

Snacks Before Bed: What is Safe to Eat?

If you’re going to eat before bed-time, be mindful of what you eat. First off, let me start by saying that eating just before bed is generally frowned upon in terms of weight-loss. Late-night eating can make your sleep more restless, and is generally lumped in with...