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Looking to improve your health and wellness? Or maybe you’re supporting a loved one on their journey to better health? Whatever version of wellness you’re seeking — whether it’s improved physical or mental health — “Healthy YOU,” a Riverside Health System podcast, is your educational resource. Tune in to “Healthy YOU” to learn more about topics such as infant and pediatric health, chronic conditions, mental health, addiction recovery, caring for a loved one and much more.

If you have questions, feedback, or topic ideas for upcoming episodes, please e-mail us at: [email protected].

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Nutrition is a critical part of our overall health and wellness but how much does it affect our immune system? Find out in this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast. Lanita Williams, Registered Dietician at Riverside Regional Medical Center, talks to our host, Frankye Myers, about how our immune system works, how nutrition affects various processes within our body, and dietary recommendations that could improve your overall health and immune system.


Sports medicine is often associated with professional, collegiate, and even high school athletic programs. Although sports medicine is often thought of for these structured teams, it expands beyond that to support weekend warriors and those involved in recreational sports or activities who may be at risk of injury. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. John Barley, Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Physician with Riverside Orthopedics, who talks about common injuries seen in the weekend warrior, injury prevention tips, and the importance of setting goals for your fitness routine.


Mental health is something we all have. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Ryan McQueen, M.D., Chief of Behavioral Health and Medical Director for Adolescent Services at Riverside Behavioral Health Center (RBHC), joins our host Frankye Myers, to talk about what mental health looks like for the adolescent community, important signs and symptoms to monitor, and when and how to reach out for help when there is a concern.

Did you know that the number one cause of death in women is heart disease? Dr. Alexandra Ward, M.D., Cardiologist, Riverside Cardiology Specialists & Director of Riverside Women’s Heart, talks to our host, Frankye Myers, about the unique risk factors and symptoms of a heart attack in women along with ways to improve and prevent a heart attack.

Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. Michael Ney, Gastroenterologist with Riverside Gastroenterology Specialists, who talks about ways we can prevent colon cancer, risk factors including family history, and the importance of screening for early detection.

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can devastate relationships, families and communities. Unfortunately, substance abuse is a fairly common problem that affects individuals from all walks of life. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Omari Peterkin, Nurse Practitioner with Riverside Behavioral Health Center, who talks about substance abuse, the signs and behaviors that may signal addiction, and how to support someone living with addiction.

Are you thinking about having a baby or actively trying? There are things you can begin planning for pre-pregnancy that could improve your pregnancy health. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. Jeffrey Henke, OBGYN with Riverside Partners in Women’s Health, who talks about things to consider before pregnancy including healthy weight and diet, genetic testing, and advanced maternal age.

As we age, we often notice memory problems we didn’t have before. And everyone wants to reduce the risk for memory problems like mild cognitive impairment. However, it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s a normal part of aging and what might signal a more serious condition. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Denise Butler, Geriatric Care Specialist with the Martha W. Goodson Center, who talks about the signs and causes of memory problems, and what memory problems are a normal part of aging.

Unfortunately, strokes are very common. Every year in the United States, more than 800,000 people have a stroke, and it is the fifth leading cause of death. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Wolfgang Leesch, M.D., Neurointerventional Specialist with Riverside Neurovascular Specialists, who talks about the importance of stroke prevention, and how to identify signs and symptoms of a stroke.

The first trimester lasts until the end of the 13th week of pregnancy and is very important because most of the baby’s major organs and body systems are developing. During your first trimester of pregnancy you will be experiencing many physical and emotional changes and your mind may be racing with questions. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Cheryl Sharp, Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife with Riverside Partners in Women’s Health, who talks about what to expect during your first trimester including your first ultrasound, diet, exercise, the changes happening in your body and tips to help you through symptoms such as nausea.

Stereotactic radiosurgery uses many small gamma rays to deliver a precise dose of radiation to the intended target without damaging the surrounding cells. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by William McAllister, M.D., Neurosurgeon with Riverside Hampton Roads Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists, who discusses the benefits of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for the treatment of malignant brain and spinal tumors.

It is becoming more common to see athletes at a younger age focus on a specific sport for a large portion of the year with the hope of increasing their success in that sport. There are several things to consider in early sports specialization and in this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by John LaRue, Director of Sports Physical Therapy and Performance at Riverside, who talks about the potential benefits and concerns around early sport specialization and why sport diversification is so important for kids’ development.

In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. Mike Dacey, Riverside President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). We learn more about what inspired Dr. Dacey to become a physician, his journey to CEO, his priorities as a leader, and his words of advice for those looking to grow in their health care career.

In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host, Frankye Myers, is joined by Bethany Edge, Registered Dietitian with Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center (RWFC), who talks about emotional eating, how stress can drive your hunger, and how to combat stress eating.

In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host, Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. Diane Maddela, OB/GYN with Riverside Partners in Women’s Health who talks about what signs and symptoms to expect, the changes that will occur in your body, and the potential therapies to help manage symptoms of menopause.

Did you know an estimated one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime? September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and our host of the Healthy YOU podcast Frankye Myers, sits down with Robert Friel—a prostate cancer survivor from Smithfield, Virginia, who shares his incredible journey with prostate cancer. Listen to this episode and others on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

The second trimester is from week 14 to the end of week 27. During your second trimester of pregnancy you will be experiencing many physical and emotional changes and your mind may be racing with questions. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Kelli MacAdam, Nurse Midwife with Riverside Partners in Women’s Health, who talks about what to expect during your second trimester including the changes happening for mom and baby during these 13 weeks.  

Breast cancer can happen to anyone—even young woman. Carol Downey, two-time breast cancer survivor, knows this all too well as she was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 35. Our podcast host Frankye Myers sits down with Carol who shares her incredible journey with breast cancer. This episode is full of laughs, almost a few tears, and words of wisdom as Carol recounts what it was like 25 years ago to hear those words for the first time, “you have breast cancer.”

We are continuing our mini-series on pregnancy with this episode focused on the third trimester which begins at 27 weeks and carries through to the end of your pregnancy. In this episode of the Healthy YOU Podcast, our host Frankye Myers, is joined by Needa Kenner-Woodard, Nurse Midwife with Riverside Partners in Women’s Health, who talks about what to expect during your third trimester including the changes happening for mom and baby during these last few weeks of pregnancy.

It’s the holiday season and festive ‘spirits’ are not only in the air but for some, are also in the glass. Over the years, alcohol has become more and more a part of holiday celebrations leading to some Americans drinking more than double their usual amount during the holiday season. So, what are the lasting effects of alcohol on our health? And when should you become concerned?

In this episode of Riverside's Healthy YOU Podcast, our host, Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. Stephen Woodall, Primary Care Physician with Riverside Primary Care Midtown, to talk about the connections between alcohol and your well-being.

In this episode of the Healthy YOU podcast, we are diving into the trends and health implications associated with vaping. Listen in as our podcast host Frankye Myers talks with Dr. Alexander Schult, Pulmonologist with Riverside Eastern Shore Physicians and Surgeons, about the evolution of e-cigarettes, social dynamics, health concerns, and how to support those trying to quit. It’s the holiday season and festive ‘spirits’ are not only in the air but for some, are also in the glass. Over the years, alcohol has become more and more a part of holiday celebrations leading to some Americans drinking more than double their usual amount during the holiday season. So, what are the lasting effects of alcohol on our health? And when should you become concerned?

In this episode of Riverside's Healthy YOU Podcast, our host, Frankye Myers, is joined by Dr. Stephen Woodall, Primary Care Physician with Riverside Primary Care Midtown, to talk about the connections between alcohol and your well-being.

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