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Meet Steven Lin: BIFMC Student Intern Graduate!
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Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic (BIFMC) provides free, comprehensive medical care and preventive health services to adults who have no health insurance and cannot otherwise access those services. The Clinic…

How To Improve Health – Without Dieting

Want to improve your health without “dieting”? There are a few great habits you can incorporate into your daily nutritional intake that will reap huge benefits for your body! Number…

Top 10 Best Health & Wellness Podcasts: UPDATED

Sometimes it’s easier to slip in a little self motivation during your morning commute (and often critical to prepare during that long road trip to a family holiday gathering!). For…

Volunteer Spotlight: Kelli Parker
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Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, a free clinic in Charleston, SC, likes to shine a spotlight on our exceptional volunteers! From medical staff to voluntary administration, BIFMC is able to provide a warm, caring and expert primary medical home to hundreds of uninsured patients. The residents and workers of our Lowcountry community are cared for and kept healthy due to the commitment of our volunteers. This month, we celebrate Kelli Parker! Kelli helps the Clinic with many office responsibilities and the front reception desk.

Meet Emma: BIFMC’s AmeriCorps Student Intern!
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AmeriCorps student intern Emma Bryan recently joined the Clinic as part of Access Clinical Education Program (ACEP). This clinical training opportunity will allow for current medical students and aspiring nurse practitioners…

What does Dehydration Feel Like? Ask A Nutritionist.
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It’s So Hot!  Avoid dehydration and drink plenty of fluids! South Carolina is having record breaking hot weather this summer. There are a few things you can do to stay cool…

A Dynamic Warm Up for Dynamic Living!
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Hi! My name is Melissa Frank and I am the new Executive Director of Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing organization,…

Why Is Gut Health So Important? Ask A Nutritionist.

Do you know that your gut has a very important role in your overall health? Your gut contains millions of microbes or bacteria that are mostly good for you. The…

Can My Diet Help With Sleep Apnea? Ask a Nutritionist.

Diagnosed with sleep apnea? Changing your diet can help. Sleep apnea is a common cause of not getting a good night sleep. It happens when the muscles in the back…

Can Processed Foods Affect My Brain? Ask A Nutritionist.

Too much ultra-proceeded foods can lead to decline in cognitive health. A new study has shown that eating too many ultra-processed foods in middle-age people can be bad for your…

Community Spotlights: Lowcountry Period Project

Did You Know – 16.9 million people who menstruate in the US are living in poverty. Two-thirds of the 16.9 million low-income women in the US could not afford menstrual…

Are Food Expiration Dates Real? Ask a Nutritionist.

Confused about food expiration dates? Learn more about how you can save money – and stop wasting food. When you look at the expiration dates on food, what do they…