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Colonoscopy Preparation: Combatting Colonoscopy Fears

From the dreaded prep work to the fear of a cancer diagnosis, colonoscopies can stir up a lot of anxiety. If you have been putting yours off or are preparing to have one for the first time, keep reading. Colonoscopies aren’t as frightening as you may think – and they can save your life.

How to Approach New Year’s Resolutions

Registered dietitian Emily Schmelzer shares advice on setting goals in 2024 as well as creative alternatives to New Year’s resolutions.

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Did you know the average American will experience a half- to two-pound weight gain each holiday season? This additional weight tends to accumulate over several years, which can have a gradual – yet noticeable – impact on health. Here are some tips for a healthy and balanced holiday.

Healthy Habits: Improving Sleep Hygiene

Fairfield Medical Center’s specially trained sleep specialists provide comprehensive evaluations and treatments of sleep disorders, including in-center and at-home sleep apnea testing, diagnostics, therapeutic interventions and education.

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You Are What You Eat

If you suffer from acid reflux, you likely know what foods are safe to eat – and which ones can ruin your day. Learn more about managing your reflux symptoms through smart eating habits.

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Provider Podcast: Navigating GERD with Dr. Jeffrey Yenchar

Dr. Jeffrey Yenchar discusses GERD and acid reflux, including symptoms and lasting solutions through robotic surgery.

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, outside of skin cancer. The majority of prostate cancer cases show no symptoms when the disease is in its early stages, which is why prostate screening can be an important part of preventative care.

What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is very common – affecting one in eight men. Learn more about risk factors and symptoms of this disease.

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Provider Podcast: Preventive Cardiac Imaging with Dr. Jonathan Forquer

Dr. Jonathan Forquer discusses preventive cardiology: The practice of preventing heart attacks before they happen.

Healthy Habits: Diabetes-Friendly Snacks

Snacks are essential to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible and to help prevent low blood sugar – especially for those with diabetes. When it comes to snacking, people often think of foods that are high in sugar or fats, but you have plenty of other options. Read on for some fun, healthy ideas for snacks that are low in carbs and will give you the energy you need to get through your day.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

For many people, healthy eating is important, but they only have so much money set aside for food each week or month. With a little pre-planning, you can stick to your healthy eating goals without breaking the bank.

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Healthy Habits: Benefits of Breakfast

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is there any truth to the matter? Read on to learn more about the benefits of starting the day with a healthy, delicious meal.

Healthy Eating on the Run

Even if you make good choices at home, it can be very difficult to maintain healthy eating habits at restaurants, parties or on-the-go. Learn more about 12 tips to help you practice good nutrition in any situation.

Healthy Habits: Preventative Maintenance

Guest Columnist Dylan Ekstrand, DO, explains the importance of regular check-ups and screenings with a primary care provider in navigating the “check engine” lights of your body.

How to Spot Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer for both women and men. One important way to lower your risk of skin cancer is to perform regular skin checks and look out for new or changed moles or growths.

Protect Your Skin This Summer

With 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. There are easy ways for you to lower your risk of skin cancer this summer.

Skin Cancer Awareness

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and a great time to familiarize yourself with information about skin cancer. Check out the articles below to learn more about how to protect your skin, signs of skin cancer and more.

Types of Skin Cancer

Many people know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. But did you know that there are different types of skin cancer? It’s important to understand the differences because skin cancer type affects treatment options, progression and more.

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and a great time to reprioritize your mental wellness. Check out the articles below to learn more about self-care, mental health in children and more.

Handling the Holiday Hustle

For many, the holiday season is a time of special memories, fellowship and celebration. But with that excitement and joy also comes a feeling that isn’t so pleasant – stress.

Families On-the-Go: Healthy Eating Habits

Getting into the habit of cooking more at home is easier than you think! Try these tips to get your family on the way to a healthier eating schedule.

Protect Your Skin by Blocking the Sun’s Rays

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million skin cancers diagnosed every year. Safeguarding yourself from the sun can dramatically lower your chances of getting premature wrinkles, sunspots and, most importantly, cancer.

Allergies: How to Minimize the Misery

If you suffer from allergies, spring can be a miserable time of year. But allergens don’t just lurk outdoors.
Some of the biggest allergy triggers, such as dust, dander and mold, are hiding right inside your home.

Focus on Fitness: Get Back in the Spring of Things

10 tips to get you moving and motivated this Spring

Understanding Hunger

Mental health is important to overall health, and our psychology can also play a big role in how we manage our weight. In this article, learn more about identifying types of hunger.

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Know Where to Go

Illness and injury can be scary and uncomfortable, but knowing where to go in certain situations can help ease some of your stress and anxiety.

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Healthy Habits: 5 Tips to Battle Holiday Weight Gain

Guest Columnist Olivia Clevenger, RD, LD, CNSC, Nutrition Therapy, gives us five tips to battle weight gain while still indulging in some seasonal favorites.

Healthy Habits: Staying Active

We all know there are many benefits to being physically active, but even knowing all the perks, it can still be difficult to get motivated to move. Sometimes just knowing where to start can make all the difference. We’ve provided a variety of physical activities for every fitness level to help you stay active.

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Fitness at Every Age

No matter your age, physical activity is an important part of maintaining your physical and mental health. Read more about recommendations for activity level by age.

Healthy Habits: Self-Care

Our lives are full of challenges and obligations that can often become overwhelming. Learn about ways you can recharge every day by caring for yourself.

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Understanding Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are common and can be very painful. These deposits can be caused by a variety of factors, and there are lifestyle choices you can make that may help to prevent kidney stones.

Healthy Habits: Kidney Health

According to the National Kidney Foundation, one-third of adults in the United States are at risk of developing kidney disease. These are some ways you can help to keep your kidneys healthy and functioning properly.

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What to Expect at Your Mammogram

Mammograms are the best tool for catching breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Finding breast cancer early can lead to more successful treatments and better outcomes.

Healthy Habits: Looking After Your Lungs

While it’s probably not something we think about often, our lungs are a vital part of keeping your body alive – working overtime to take about 20,000 breaths a day! While your body has natural defense systems in place designed to protect your lungs, it is still important to take steps to keep your lungs healthy.

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Healthy Habits: Breast Health

As a woman, you know that taking care of yourself is important, but often your health gets lost in the business of every day life. We are here to remind you that regular breast exams are the best way to prevent and detect future problems – like breast cancer.

Healthy Habits: Breast Screening Matters

Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms, which is why regular breast screening is so important. The best way to catch breast cancer in the early stages when it’s most treatable is through routine mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer can lead to more effective treatment and better outcomes.

Healthy Habits: What You Need to Know About Bone Health

Here are a few tips to keep your bones strong and healthy.

Healthy Habits: Smart Shopping

Healthy decisions start at home, and planning ahead can improve your health while saving you time and money. Learn more about meal planning and smart grocery shopping here.

Healthy Habits: Safety First

Keeping an eye out for hazards can help you identify and avoid them before an injury occurs. Looking at the world through this safety lens can help you protect yourself and those around you. Read on to learn more about common dangers and pitfalls – and how to avoid them.

Healthy Habits: Beating the Heat

It’s no secret that the summer heat can be brutal. While infants, the elderly and those with health conditions are most at risk for negative effects, even the young and healthy can be impacted. Learn how to stay safe and healthy this season.

Healthy Habits: Put Your Best Fork Forward

It’s a great time to remember that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated— simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices.

Healthy Habits: Managing Screen Time

The “focus” of this article is on digital eyestrain and the importance of receiving regular, comprehensive eye exams. Learn more about protecting your eyes and managing digital screen usage while at home or work.

Healthy Habits: Rise and Shine

The key to waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested is understanding – and managing – your “internal alarm clock,” or circadian rhythm. Learn more about how you can become more of “morning person.”

Heart Health: Blood Pressure Facts

In today’s world, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, but it’s important to know which is which – especially when it comes to heart health. Learn more about common (and misleading) blood pressure myths.

Healthy Habits: Drinking Water

Improve your hydration and health by making smart choices – like avoiding sugary beverages – and incorporating these tips into your day.

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What Are Cataracts?

It’s no secret that our vision changes as we age. The formation of cataracts, however, can make vision particularly blurry, dull or cloudy. Learn more abouy symptoms, risk factos and treatment

What You Need to Know About Esophageal Cancer

As with many cancer types, esophageal cancer has a greater chance of being treated if the disease is caught early. The key to surviving esophageal cancer is early detection.

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Know the Signs of Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States – but the good news is that’s it’s also one of the most preventable. The best way to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine colonoscopies.

Healthy Habits: A Balanced Diet

At every life stage, our diet is vital to our overall health and well-being. A healthy diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and types of cancer such as breast and colorectal. It can also increase bone health and muscle strength, and help you lose weight. Having a healthy dietary pattern doesn’t just happen overnight – it takes dedication to achieve and maintain.

Know the Signs of Esophageal Cancer

Most esophageal cancer is not found until it begins to cause symptoms, which can lead to more difficulty with treatment due the advanced stage of the cancer. Getting to know the warning signs of esophageal cancer is an important part of early detection.

Get the Facts About Colorectal Cancer

The best way to catch colorectal cancer in the early stages – when it’s most treatable – is through routine colonoscopies, which monitors for the polyps that may eventually change into cancer.

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Don’t Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. It is often called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost unfortunately it is permanent. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination.

Managing COVID Fatigue

COVID fatigue, or caution fatigue, is different than the physical symptom associated with the virus. Instead, it’s an emotional state, and it can occur whether you’ve been infected with coronavirus or not.

Healthy Habits: Improving Sleep

We all know that exercise is important, but did you know that sleep is also crucial to living a healthy life?

Healthy Habits: Immune-Boosting Vitamins

Vitamins play a vital role in keeping our bodies, and our immune systems, functioning at their finest. Learn more about immune-boosting nutrients and where to find them.

Heart Health: Preventing Heart Disease

The thought of preventing heart disease might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Making simple, healthy choices in your day-to-day life can go a long way towards improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk factors.

FMC Honors Excellence in Heart Attack Care

As 2020 drew to a close, STEMI Coordinator Deserae “Des” Belcher, RN, recruited the help of leadership to honor and thank the departments essential to providing such outstanding cardiac care: the Cath Lab, Emergency Department and Open-Heart Teams.

Heart Health: Know Your Numbers

Your blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and blood sugar all play important roles in your cardiovascular health. If you don’t know your critical numbers, talk to your primary care provider: it might be time for a check-up.

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Cervical Health Awareness

While thousands of women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, the disease can be prevented through appropriate vaccination and regular screening.

Healthy Habits: Embracing Exercise

There is never a bad time to set a new goal or ease back into a fitness regimen for your physical and mental wellbeing.

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COVID-19 in Children and Teens

Navigating COVID-19 concerns can be challenging for adults, but is even more difficult when it comes to children and teens. While, in general, children are at a lower risk of contracting or becoming severely ill with COVID-19, it is still important to understand symptoms of the virus in young people and what to do if your child is sick.

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Benefits of Telemedicine

Telemedicine allows you to continue receiving the healthcare you need while minimizing your risk of infection during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about the numerous benefits offered by choosing a telemedicine appointment with your healthcare provider.

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Caring for Yourself When Sick

The majority of people with COVID-19 will recover at home. Knowing how to care for yourself – and when to seek medical attention – are important steps in regaining your health.

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Get a Grip on GERD

For some, it’s impossible to not be aware of GERD (or gastroesophageal reflux disease) – for 1 in 5 Americans, it is a daily struggle. This article explains what GERD is and explains common symptoms.

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Handling Holiday Heartburn

Although the holidays are a common time for indulgent eating, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your heartburn symptoms while still enjoying the festivities this year.

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Healthy Holidays: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

While it’s best to avoid gatherings altogether, it’s critical that you do all you can to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community this holiday season.

COVID-19 and Cancer: What You Need to Know

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment is a difficult challenge, and the COVID-19 pandemic makes the situation even harder. We’ve provided some information to help you navigate this trying time.

Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health

This article will help you understand the facts about pediatric mental health and provide information on how to help maintain your child’s well-being.

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Talking to Kids About COVID-19

As COVID-19 has continued to be part of our current daily lives, kids may be paying more attention to the news and becoming curious enough to ask questions. Learn about how to discuss this issue with your child.

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Understanding Breast Density

Breast density is a measure of the make up of the tissue in your breast. The makeup of breast tissue may change over time, with some women’s breasts becoming less dense over time.

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Understanding Breast Pain

Breast pain or mastalgia is any pain or discomfort in your breast or underarm region, and it may occur for a number of reasons. Generally, breast pain is not a sign of breast cancer.

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

The COVID-19 outbreak, and the social distancing measures in place to prevent its spread, have turned all our lives upside down and made mental health even more important.

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What You Need to Know About Tobacco Use and COVID-19

Did you know that smoking and vaping puts you at a greater risk for disease progression with coronavirus? Click here to learn about the risks.

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COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Find out what you need to know if you are pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what FMC is doing to keep you and your baby safe.


Keep yourself informed with the most accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Myth vs. Reality

Fairfield Medical Center addresses some of the most common COVID-19 myths.

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Maintaining Healthy Resolutions

If the resolutions and goals you committed to in January have faded and you find yourself slipping back into old habits, youare not alone.

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Darkness Before Dawn

FMC is working with the Ohio Department of Health to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths in Fairfield County.

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Tracy (Lape) Oppenheimer – Cancer Support Care

Seven years ago, Tracy started a yoga program at FMC for cancer patients, survivors and their support persons.

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Flu Season: Do Your Part

Flu season is here: do your part to stop the spread of infection.

Healthy Habits: Achieving Goals

Change is a process, and meeting our goals can take a lot of work. Learn more about how you can stay positive and on track to success through kindness and smart planning.

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Fairfield Medical Center Recognized for Commitment to Delivering Superior Stroke Care

Fairfield Medical Center is proud to receive, for the second year in a row, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

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FMC Recognizes Lifesaving Efforts at Matt Taylor Kia

Fairfield Medical Center and the Greenfield Township Fire Department recognized the lifesaving efforts of staff at Matt Taylor Kia.

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FMC Performs New Life Saving Heart Procedure

A new, minimally invasive treatment option for patients living with a common form of valvular heart disease is now being offered at Fairfield Medical Center.

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Over 100 Students at Bloom Carroll High School Received CPR Training

On Friday, Dec. 20, Fairfield Medical Center and the Greenfield Township Fire Department worked together to accomplish a common goal: to increase CPR awareness in the community.

A New (& Healthier) Normal – Kim’s Diabetes Story

With the help of Fairfield Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group, Kim Coakley isn’t letting her diagnosis define her.

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Cleared For Take Off – Scott’s Urgent Care Story

When pilot Scott Richardson found himself dealing with a medical issue over a holiday weekend, the First Medical Urgent Care was on call to give him the quick treatment he needed.

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Cheering On the Fight Against Breast Cancer.

Students at Fairfield Union have been wearing a lot more pink than red and black this year, and no one is more surprised than the person who inspired it all – middle school librarian Traci Mahler. When Traci was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the start of the school year, she decided to be upfront with her students about the battle she was about to face.