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A conversation on health and wellness, Take Care draws upon the expertise of both regional guests and the country's leading authorities on medicine, technology, psychology and human behavior, health care, and public policy. Take Care explores a variety of topics that impact our lives and our choices in treating illness and enhancing wellness.

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To many, a health care sharing industry is a rather unfamiliar term, but as a New Hampshire reporter shows, they’ve been around for decades, and two in particular are drawing some attention in his state.

Todd Bookman is a reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio. He joined “Take Care” to talk about his work writing about health care ministries and what they mean for the patients that join them.

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Get your piggy banks out. Despite technology, historical knowledge, the internet and so much more, Americans are still strapped for cash. But how do finances affect our health?

Brett Whysel is a lecturer in the business management department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College and cofounder of DecisionFish.com. He joined us on “Take Care” to discuss finances and our health.


There have been plenty of studies surrounding the development of the human brain, but nowadays, scientists are increasingly looking at how modern technology impacts language development in children. As one researcher can attest, it’s not as simple as “screens are bad.”

Dr. Michael Rich is the director of the Center on Media and Child Health and the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders. He joined “Take Care” to talk about his and other’s research on language development and how modern technology plays into it.

Considering what went wrong to solve a mystery diagnosis

Dec 21, 2019
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Mysteries, by nature, are intriguing, and health mysteries are no exception. “Diagnosis” is a column in the New York Times Magazine, a book and an original series on Netflix -- all covering medical mysteries and delayed diagnosis.

Dr. Lisa Sanders is a clinician at Yale School of Medicine and author of the popular column and book. She shares some stories of mystery diagnoses with us on “Take Care” this week, including how these kind of diagnoses can make a difference.

The latest in health

Dec 18, 2019
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This week on "Take Care": new and noteworthy developments in health and wellness. We've been sharing the "latest in health" segment with you for a couple of years on the show, bringing listeners new studies and research, interesting developments and so much more. For this show, we're focusing on quite a few different stories in that vein.


For many Americans, an exercise routine looks like a lot of time indoors -- treadmills, ellipticals, weights and more -- but as one researcher can attest, the benefits of taking that workout outside, especially if it’s for a hike through nature, can be more beneficial than exercise confined to gyms and homes.

Dr. James Navalta, from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), is a fellow and associate professor in the department of kinesiology and nutrition science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He joined us on “Take Care” to talk about how hiking can improve overall health.

Military medical center uses nature for healing

Dec 15, 2019
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The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is home to The Green Road Project, a natural healing environment for injured service members and their families at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, where the center is located.

Dr. Fred Foote, a retired U.S. Navy physician, neurologist, professor and project administrator for The Green Road Project, joined “Take Care” to discuss the project and the major difference it’s made in treating soldiers with brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.


To many Americans, the idea of foraging for food may seem like an ancient concept, but as one expert on gardening can attest, foraging and gardening provides numerous benefits for mental and physical health, and it’s helping to start a new culinary movement.

John Forti is a lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and writer and the executive director of Bedrock Gardens in New Hampshire. He joined “Take Care” to talk about edible landscapes and how gardening can make a big difference for individuals and the society they live in.


Deficit is not often a word associated with nature, but it is what one author is calling the lack of nature in people’s lives in modern-day society. Without nature, society and the individuals within it face many disadvantages, which is why he’s advocating for a rediscovery of the natural world around us.

Journalist and author Richard Louv is the co-founder and chair emeritus of the non-profit Children and Nature Network, and his newest book is called “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives - and Save Theirs.” He joined “Take Care” to talk about his work and how we can cure our nature deficit.

Relationships between nature and our health

Dec 11, 2019
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Our relationship with nature has evolved over time, to say the least. Many of us buy our food from a grocery store, instead of working the land. We spent hours of our day inside, in office buildings void of natural light. And many of us are far from rising with the sun. But what does this change mean for our health? How does nature impact our physical and mental health? We ask those questions and more this week on "Take Care."

Author, activist advocates end to weight discrimination

Nov 25, 2019
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Discrimination is a word associated with a variety of populations, and as one author explains, mistreatment based on weight is common in our society, and she’s working to end the hate altogether.

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and expert on weight-based discrimination and body image. She joined “Take Care” to talk about her work and how to change the conversation around weight, body image and self-worth.

Latest in health: traffic light colors to guide nutrition

Nov 24, 2019
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Traffic light food labeling, a practice used in Army cafeterias and in food labeling in Britain, is making headlines in the U.S. as studies show its effectiveness in helping people eat a healthier diet. Its simple design makes it easy to understand, but it’s not the end-all solution, cautions a National Institutes of Health (NIH) representative.

With us today on “Take Care” to explore traffic light labeling and its effects is Dr. Charlotte Pratt, a registered dietitian and deputy chief branch and program director for the NIH.

Nutritionist weighs in on intermittent fasting

Nov 23, 2019
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There have been a lot of fads over the years that claim to help people lose weight. Right now, some of those fads include things like the Paleo Diet, Whole 30 and Keto, and a very popular one right now is intermittent fasting.

Keri Gans, a registered and certified dietician nutritionist, joined “Take Care” to talk about intermittent fasting and the effects of practicing it.

Why diets don't work

Nov 23, 2019

New diets come out every year, each claiming to be the end-all solution to lose weight, but as one expert argues, all are short-term solutions that have long-term negative effects on one’s body and mind.

Traci Mann, a professor of health and social psychology at the University of Minnesota, joined “Take Care” to talk about diets -- what they are and why they fail.

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There are connections between what we eat and how we feel, and the growing field of culinary medicine looks to capitalize on that link by joining the foundations of nutrition science with teaching people how to cook healthy, tasteful meals. 

One North Country doctor’s office is taking it to the next level by offering patients cooking tips and techniques from a teaching kitchen that’s part of their clinic.

Diet culture

Nov 20, 2019
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Do diets work? It's a question people have been asking for decades, and one "Take Care" is exploring this week with the help of nutritionists, authors and activists. Turns out, the answer to that question is both yes and no.

Fertility tech has promise, still long way to go

Nov 3, 2019

Current trends have led to an influx of startups and established businesses investing in fertility technology, and though this is an encouraging prospect, there are still a lot of unknowns.

Kate Clark, a journalist for TechCrunch who has written about technology in the infertility field, joined “Take Care” to discuss the tech and businesses she’s seen, why this new interest is happening and where we’re headed.

Author encourages laughter through infertility

Nov 3, 2019
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Infertility is not often thought of as a funny subject, but a comedian and author has made it her mission to find the laughable parts of the struggle to help others feel less alone.

With us today on “Take Care” is Karen Jeffries, a school teacher and part-time stand-up comedian. She is the author of the book, “Hilariously Infertile,” in which she reflects on her experience with infertility and provides advice for others like her.

Jeffries said that learning she was infertile was a rather heartbreaking and stressful situation for her.

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Infertility is something millions of Americans struggle with, but treatments are available and advancing. To help guide us through the basics, infertility treatments and where we’re headed, we brought in Dr. Maribelle Verdiales, a doctor with the CNY Fertility Center.

Verdiales, who is also a speaker and wellness coach, told “Take Care” that roughly 10 to 15% of couples will struggle with infertility.

Infertility: What you need to know

Nov 3, 2019
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Infertility affects about 10% of women ages 15-44 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's 6.1 million people. With infertiliy affecting so many, it’s important to understand what it is and how it’s treated.

Dr. Zaraq Khan is a gynecologist at the Mayo Clinic. He joined us on “Take Care” to discuss the basics of infertility and what that means for couples going through it.

Experiencing infertility

Oct 29, 2019
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Infertility is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12% of women between the ages of 14 and 44 have used infertility services. We're going to explore the topic of infertility -- a sensitive subject with some long held stigma.

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In 2018, Americans spent $3.65 trillion on health care. $365 billion of it went for end-of-life care.

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Political debate on practically every side of the aisle agrees that the health care system as it stands today is fundamentally broken. Fixing it, though, may require small, incremental changes different from what often makes headlines, argues a University of Washington educator.

Dr. Vin Gupta, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington, joined us on “Take Care” to discuss how the health care system is broken and how to fix it.

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What’s the state of health care today? And, more importantly to some, where is it headed? Presidential candidates aren’t the only ones on the hook as many Americans ask what’s next?

With us today on “Take Care” is Dan Goldberg. He’s a health care reporter for POLITICO Pro covering health care politics and policy in the U.S.

Struggling with the high cost of health care

Sep 28, 2019
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With Democratic presidential debates well under way, health care has been a frequent conversation on the table, especially the cost of it. As a health reporter at The Atlantic can attest, that cost is often large, unexpected and the source of so much debate.

Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic who primarily covers health, gender and science, joined “Take Care” to discuss her article, “Americans are going bankrupt from getting sick” and what it means for our current health care system.

The cost of health

Sep 26, 2019
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Many believe that health care is a basic human right, but there are many Americans who are not receiving the care that they need. This time on “Take Care,” we explore the cost of health – why health care is so expensive and how health care could change. We’ll also take a look at hospital visits and surprise bills, plus one doctor’s prescription for fixing (not perfecting) our health care system.

Latest in health: What doing nothing can do for you

Aug 25, 2019
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Everyday life can be draining, especially with plenty of tasks to do. Dealing with this busyness can be stressful, but the Dutch concept of “niksen” -- literally “doing nothing”-- may be just the way to take a much-needed break.

Olga Mecking, who lives in the Netherlands, is a writer and journalist who wrote a piece for The New York Times called “The Case for Doing Nothing.” She joined “Take Care” to talk about niksen and how best to practice it.

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Workplace wellness programs continue to thrive in this country, with companies looking to improve workers’ health and reduce overall medical spending. While larger corporations often take on the task themselves, there are opportunities for smaller businesses to help employees take control of their health.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, in 2018 82% of companies with more than 200 workers offered some sort of wellness program, ranging from exercise and nutrition support, to smoking cessation opportunities. 


One of the things that causes many of us to think we need to recharge is our jobs, but now, many employers offer workplace health and wellness programs. An expert in the field joined “Take Care” to shed some light on these programs and the controversy behind them.

Julie Appleby is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News who previously spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She said about 80% of large employers and more than half of small employers offer some sort of health program, which is indicative of a growing trend.

Mental resets require personalized solutions

Aug 24, 2019

In today’s information society, “mental fatigue” can be as common as physical fatigue. As such, just as the body needs rest, so too does the mind, according to an author and researcher.

Alice Boyes, a former clinical psychologist and researcher turned writer, joined “Take Care” to talk about her work and how to best recharge.