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Charleston Cares Blog

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Meet Steven Lin: BIFMC Student Intern Graduate!

By Carrie Moores | January 23, 2024

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 is pleased to have recently launched their new Access Clinical Education Program (ACEP) to serve as an educational training site for aspiring health care professionals who wish…

How To Improve Health – Without Dieting

By Carrie Moores | January 17, 2024

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 one? Eat less processed food! Too much processed or packaged foods can increase your chances of chronic diseases, like diabetes. It can also contribute to…

Top 10 Best Health & Wellness Podcasts: UPDATED

By Carrie Moores | November 16, 2023

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 any occasion, we bring you a compiled collection of the best and most recent health, wellness, and fitness podcasts that will put you into the…

Volunteer Spotlight: Kelli Parker

By Carrie Moores | November 2, 2023

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!

By Carrie Moores | October 12, 2023

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 to work one on one with Clinic volunteer physicians and nurses while serving a low-income population, gaining both technical skills and understanding of the existing…

What does Dehydration Feel Like? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | July 31, 2023

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 that can prevent dehydration, especially if you spend time outdoors. And a most important tip is to stay hydrated! Dehydration is when your body loses…

A Dynamic Warm Up for Dynamic Living!

By Carrie Moores | July 25, 2023

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, and am eager to help expand our services to provide uninsured, low income adults the health care that everyone deserves and needs. I received my…

Why Is Gut Health So Important? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | February 15, 2023

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 ones in your gut, found in your small and large intestine help to digest food, and can also help with your physical and mental health….

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

By Carrie Moores | January 17, 2023

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 of your throat relax. This action blocks your airway when you are sleeping and you stop breathing. It can last for over 10 seconds and…

Can Processed Foods Affect My Brain? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | December 12, 2022

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 cognitive health and lead to cognitive decline as you age. Cognitive decline means there is a decrease in your ability to learn, remember and make…

Community Spotlights: Lowcountry Period Project

By Carrie Moores | December 7, 2022

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 products in the past year, with a half of this population reporting a need to choose between menstrual products and food at some point in…

Are Food Expiration Dates Real? Ask a Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | September 13, 2022

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 really mean? Expiration dates on most food items have little to do with the safety of the product. Best-by dates let you know when the…

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