Author:

Zinta Aistars

Zinta Aistars is a bilingual writer in English and Latvian. She has three books published in the Latvian language and is currently at work on a fourth, this time in English. Zinta is a regularly contributing writer for many local and regional publications. She is the host and producer of the weekly radio show, Art Beat, at WMUK 102.1 FM, the NPR affiliate station in Southwest Michigan. Zinta is a former employee of Spectrum Health, working in marketing and communications as a writer and editor, and she is pleased to continue writing health care stories since becoming a full-time freelance writer.

Posts from Zinta Aistars

Hydrate for heart health

Drinking a proper amount of water each day can help keep your sodium levels in check—and your heart will thank you.

Tap into your inspiration

With a new year underway, take time to set realistic goals—and celebrate your successes.

Patient Story

‘The best sleep I could remember’

Linda Cole suffered from sleep apnea for years—until a tiny device changed her life.

Shape a healthier holiday table

Festive dishes and tasty meats take center stage at gatherings. Here's how to enjoy your favorites without wrecking your diet.

Patient Story

‘There was so much help available’

After her daughter's birth, Kendra Moffett partnered with the Maternal Infant Health Program to help her shape a new life for her family.

Are growing pains real?

Leg aches and muscle pains during preteen and adolescent years may be common, but it's rarely a cause for worry.

Patient Story

‘You can’t let this get you down’

Confronting an aggressive blood cancer, Colleen Ransome persevered with fast-acting treatment—and an enduring positivity.

Patient Story

‘Don’t quit quitting’

After many failed attempts to quit, Janet Hale found success when she connected with the Lifestyle Medicine smoking cessation program.

Patient Story

‘Keep a close eye on them’

Trampolines make for great childhood fun. But it's important to recognize the inherent risks, doctors say.

Tips to reduce breast cancer risk

While you can't control all the factors, you can improve your odds by building a healthy lifestyle.

Patient Story

‘We’re running it together’

In battling leukemia, pharmacist Jeffrey Conzelmann found a perfect bone marrow donor in his longtime running partner—his brother.

Patient Story

‘I’m just getting started’

After a years-long struggle to lose weight, Dave Duggan found success when a physician helped him shape a plan for diet, exercise and lifestyle.