Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
Thanksgiving is an ideal time to dine with friends and family. But it's also associated with holiday weight gain. Much of that holiday weight gain is due to overeating, consuming nutrient shallow foods and beverages with empty calories, and practicing poor diet habits. Instead of binging on Thanksgiving desserts, have a plan in place. Here are some tips to get you eating healthy this Thanksgiving:
The Common Cold
What you need to know!
Halloween Safety Tips
When you’re a kid, Halloween is a ton of fun. Candy, friends, dressing up, and more candy. But when you are a parent… different story altogether. While there is still fun to be had - you are also responsible for the little ones. Take a little stress off of the holiday and have a plan!
Here are some tips on how to safely navigate Halloween:
Autumn Safety Tips
5 Tips to Get You Through Flu Season
Flu season typically begins in October and spans the fall and winter months. Although every season is different and some flu strains are more severe than others, approximately 5 - 20 percent of Americans contract the flu every year, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Taking a few simple precautions can help to reduce your risk of getting sidelined with the flu this year.
Flu Season Precautions
Flu season is back! You’re going to be hearing those commercials about flu shots, and you’re going to be on guard around the office when one of your co-workers starts sneezing and coughing.
So what can you do to best prepare? Here’s a list:
Digestive System Health
America may run on Dunkin’, but our bodies run on ENERGY. (Although we personally prefer Krispy Kreme…)
Where does energy start? With your digestive system! If you don’t digest and break down nutrients, then you don’t supply your body with the energy it needs to function! So, it’s important we keep that digestive system healthy! Here’s how:
Childhood Obesity and What to Do
Let’s get started by defining what childhood obesity is. Generally, obesity is defined as having excess body fat, while overweight is defined by having excess body weight relative to that individual’s height. And then there’s BMI - Body Mass Index - which is a screening tool for measuring both overweight and obesity.
When it comes to risks, certain ethnic and genetic groups have been found to be more prone to the disease than others. In the US, prostate cancer is greater than 60% more common among black men, and it is 2-3 times more deadly. It’s in the genes as well. If an identical twin has it, then the counterpart is at extreme risk. For men whose brothers or father had prostate cancer, the risk is twice as high.
Sun and the Non-Summer
Summer may be winding to a close, but you don’t leave skin protection from the sun behind! The risk of skin cancer continues throughout your life, no matter the season.
Which Is It? A Headache or a Migraine?
Pressure! Pressure and pain… and just how much you are feeling in your head can make it difficult to determine whether or not you have a headache or a migraine. Knowing the difference can help you get relief more quickly. So, how can you tell the difference?
Young Children's Vision: What You Need to Know
Visual acuity for a child really sharpens and improves around the six-month range. If all is normal, parents will see a great improvement of hand-eye coordination right around the time this develops. To make sure things are normal, schedule an appointment with an optometrist or ophthalmologist at 6 months. This will put you on the right foot should any steps or precautions be taken.
Vaccines Are For Adults, Too
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and when we generally speak about vaccines and immunizations, most people think about children. And you should - as vaccines for children can help reduce the risk of all kinds of diseases that at one point of our history were major health issues.
But vaccines aren’t just for children. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious disease. Just like you hear about every year regarding flu shots - it’s important that you get it done.
Understanding Blood Pressure
Why do we measure blood pressure? It’s a tool doctors use to help identify if a person is at risk for heart disease or stroke. Keep in mind, it’s not the only tool, and it doesn’t necessarily indicate that a person will or won’t have heart disease, but it does help doctors in the management of their patients’ care. Doctors are primarily checking for hypertension, hypotension, or other heart conditions.
The Fear of Dry Drowning
One of the scarier headlines on social media for parents contains the phrase “dry drowning” - and it can be a scary thing. While extremely rare, these incidents can be prevented. So let’s discuss what dry drowning is, the signs of it, and how it can be prevented.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hard-to-heal wounds can be a problem for many people. One way that Medical West is offering treatment is through hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Advanced Wound Center.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the application of 100% oxygen that is applied to a patient under pressure. The therapy is used for decompression sickness, for infections, air pockets in blood vessels, and for diabetic wounds that won’t heal.
Before we say anything further, let’s say what swimmer’s ear is…
Swimmer’s ear is painful, and it is awful to get.
Fourth of July Safety
When it comes to the Fourth of July, let’s make sure that the truth of SAFETY is held to be self-evident!
So, with that in mind, here are a few quick tips to keep on your radar this Fourth of July:
Sleep! Are You Getting Enough?
Sleep is a major factor in an individual’s physical health, because a lot goes on while you are snoozing - you just don’t realize it!
As an example, your heart and blood vessels heal and repair themselves while you are sleeping… it’s true. Also, dreaming is an essential exercise for our minds to process and consolidate stress, memories, and emotions. There are many theories that suggest that it improves learning of new skills.
And with all this good stuff that it does… why aren’t we getting enough? And just what is the right amount of sleep? Let’s lay it out for you.
How Well Are You Hydrating?
Water is constantly escaping our bodies, through breath, urine, sweat, etc. And yes, if you live in a warmer climate, then you’re losing water even more rapidly. And what goes out, we need to replace.
That’s why doctors (and mothers) are always telling you to drink more water. So, how much is the right amount?
The team at Medical West loves a good barbecue! But we are also a fans of safety! Can the two co-exist? Of course! Just take the proper precautions…
Things you definitely DON’T need to do on the grill…
Check Those Moles! Skin Cancer Detection.
The most common form of cancer is…
Skin Cancer. Learn how to check yourself.
Geriatric Psychology - The Struggle of Addressing the Changes in Our Mental States as We Get Older
One of the many services we provide at Medical West is our Geriatric Psychiatric Program, which provides quality care for geriatric patients suffering from various psychiatric symptoms and disorders.
Geriatric psychiatry focuses on the biological and psychological changes as we age normally, and how these changes affect people psychiatrically. This area of psychology is becoming more applicable, as across the globe the average human life span has increased significantly in the past 100+ years.
Spring Allergy Remedies
36 million Americans have seasonal allergies! And YOU just might be one of them… this article is for you.
Some people (usually doctors and nurses) will call it ‘conjunctivitis’ - but you probably just call it pinkeye. And chances are… you’ve probably had it before. So you know what a pain and inconvenience it can be! Let’s talk a little about what pinkeye is, and how you can avoid it going forward.
Stress is a normal part of life for everyone. But too much stress can have serious consequences for your health. But if stress is constant over time, it can be detrimental to your health. Preventing stress is important!
Safety Tips for Spring Break
It’s time for Spring Break! Toss the winter coat and head to the beach to enjoy the sun. But REMEMBER these safety tips if you are headed to the beach for fun in the sun!
Stay Fit This Holiday Season!
Summer Fruit Salad
Special Diabetic Education Meeting This Month!
Medical West hosts diabetic education meeting with special guest speaker from Birmingham, "The Snowmageddon Good Samaritan"
6 Tips for a Healthy School Year
In those busy last weeks of summer before the first day of school, pediatricians say there’s more to getting your child healthy and ready for school than just filling out medical forms and scheduling booster shots. To give your children the best possible launch, take a look at their overall health to get them physically ready to meet all the challenges of a new school year.
Ten Healthy New Years Resolutions
Every year Americans will make New Years Resolutions to better themselves. Did you know that by June, only 46% are still going strong?
Can Coffee Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
The Truth About Turkey & Tryptophan
Does your Thanksgiving turkey REALLY make you sleepy?
Health Foods or Hype Foods?
Are these heath foods that good for you?
Back to School, Back to Healthy
5 Solutions to Common CPAP Problems
The Dangers of Dehydration
Drowsiness & Driving
Benefits of Eating Local
Eating local has never been easier or more affordable
Ban the "Base Tan"
May is Better Sleep Month
Warm Weather Means Time for Grillin'!
5 Ways to Have a Heart Healthy 2014
A New Year. A New You.
7 Substitutions for the Season
Five Strategies for Staying on Track During the Holidays
9 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving
10 Things You Didn't Know About Cinnamon
Keep the Candy from Haunting You!
5 Foods of Fall
Breast Cancer Awareness
Preventing Prostate Cancer
Fall, Football & Food
There's an App for that!
Let's Get Moving!
Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Fireworks: Be Safe Not Sorry
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Sun Safety and Skin Cancer
Stroke- Know Your Risk!
Runny Nose: Seasonal Allergies or Common Cold?
Know Your Stroke Risk!
It's Not Just the Sugar
Spring Clean Your Refrigerator
Lemon, Garlic & Asparagus Caprese Pasta Salad
5 Tips for Healthy Easter Eating
Healthier Fast Food Choices
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Have a Healthy St. Patricks Day by Going Green with your Smoothie!
Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples
Greek "Pasta" with Grilled Chicken
High Energy Trail Mix
Southwestern Cobb Salad
Infographic: Heart Disease and its Effects on African Americans
Zucchini & Squash Marinara Over Whole Wheat Pasta
Skip the Candy and Support Your City with these Valentine's Day Gifts!
Wrap it Up!
Try this lightened up version packed with fiber and protein!
Infographic: My Plate - Your Guide to Healthy Eating
Take the guesswork out of your meal planning with this easy to follow infographic!
Lighten up your lunch with this signature salad from Medical West!
Start Your Day the Healthy Way!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and stay fuller, longer with this quick and easy oatmeal recipe.
A New Year, A New YOU
Healthy (& Worthy) New Year's Resolutions
Eat Citrus! It's Good For You!
5 Simple Ways to Stay Fit this Holiday Season
It's Not Just One Thing | Controlling Your Blood Sugar
The Quinoa Craze: Health Benefits, Tips and Recipes
Boost Your Memory By Eating Right!
Halloween Candy- TRICK or TREAT?
Autumn Chopped Salad Recipe
California Sandwich To Go Recipe
Check out this unique and healthy sandwich!
Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe
Kids with More Sleep Cope Better
NYC Bans Drinks Over 16 oz.
Medical West Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Check out these simple steps in detecting breast cancer!
Recognizing the Early Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
"Fun Therapy" for Your Health
Learn how having fun can impact your health and diabetes.
The Key to Happiness: Fruits and Vegetables?
Check out this article by Melissa Valliant of HellaWella.com about the key to happiness!
Wellness Inspiration Story: Diane Mason
Skinny Taco Dip
A healthy Mexican treat!