Summer Camp Preparation Checklist (Are You Actually Ready for the Good Times?)

Girls at summer camp in Branson Missouri read while laying on bunk beds.

“Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?” If you're a fan of Bill Murray and the 1979 comedy classic Meatballs, you'll associate this musical question with the hi-jinks of the 'North Star' summer camp crew. But being "ready" for summer camp isn't just about mentally preparing your children to be away from ... Read More...

Toughing Out Sports Injuries: When to See a Doctor

Phil West We Want The World Soccer Match

  Phil West is an author, father, and soccer fan living in Austin Texas. He just finished travelling the United States where he watched all 64 World Cup matches in a different city each day. He will be documenting his experiences in a book, and you can read more at his blog, We Want The World. It was my first soccer game out from a ... Read More...

The Strange and Wonderful Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LARD performs at the Livingston Manner Trout Parade 2014

We all know that fish is heart-healthy, but sometimes it's also good for a laugh. Recently, I was in upstate New York to attend the 11th annual Trout Parade, an obscure annual parade designed to tout the trout. My friends have a summer home there, and the unique event has become something of a yearly tradition for us. This flamboyantly fishy ... Read More...

What’s Your Medical IQ? Survey Says…

Archival photo of a doctor on a ship in 1941. From the Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection

  Americans have a pretty high perception of their medical IQ. When surveyed, 42% of respondents said their medical IQ was probably in the top 80th to 100th percentile. In practice, however, the hubris doesn't line up with the results. (Can you do better? Here's a modified version of our Medical IQ quiz.) Many Americans do not know ... Read More...

Betchya Don’t Know: Health Care Quiz

Woman being examined by a doctor in the 1970's

Two out of every five people failed this basic health care quiz. What about you?     See what else Americans don't know about their own health care system by viewing the full results from our "What's Your Medical IQ?" survey.  (If the quiz is taking a long time to load, click here.) ... Read More...

How To Manage Summer Sports Injuries

Men running through the woods. Summer Sports Safety. Injury Prevention.

Summer’s the season in which “weekend warrior” reaches a whole new level. Full-time athletes take to the outdoors to become part-time athletes, be it on the golf course, the tennis court, the pool or the beach. But far too often, summer sports enthusiasts take to the links, the court or the water without adequate preparation or equipment and ... Read More...

Summer Sport Safety for Kids (and Adults too!)

Kids playing stickball in the street

I count myself lucky that neither my kids nor I have sustained any major sports injuries so far. I still vividly remember calling a time-out during a soccer game I played in at age eight after getting stung by a bee, and I was hit by more than my fair share of pitches in my days of baseball ignominy. Aside from a few scrapes and sprains, I emerged ... Read More...

Your favorite apps and wearables revealed

Vitals Health Hack Fitbit Contest Winner

In preparation for our panel on digital health at Internet Week, we ran a contest to give away a free fitbit! Vitals followers submitted their favorite #HealthHacks on Facebook, and we published about 13 of our own (you can find them at the end of this article). From analog to digital, you told us your favorite health tricks and devices. Then we ... Read More...

What Health Apps Do Vitals Employees Use?

Vitals Fit Team Exercising in Lyndhurst New Jersey

  In 2012, we asked our employees what their favorite health-related apps were. With 2014 being dubbed The Year of the Wearable, more and more people are using health apps which pair with devices like the Fitbit and Jawbone. According to one study, 46 million people used fitness apps in January alone. It makes sense, then, that more of ... Read More...

What’s the right way to weigh yourself?

right way to weigh yourself

Oh, that anxiety-ridden moment when the nurse asks you to step up on the scale. Perhaps this upsets me so much because (unlike my home scale) I know the doctor’s office scale is going to be accurate. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get to take your shoes off. For some people, weighing themselves is a big motivating factor for losing ... Read More...