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6 Tips to Control Calories at Your Office’s Holiday Party

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Nutrition | Posted on 27-11-2012

How were you supposed to know that a cup of eggnog at last year’s office holiday party had about 350 calories? It makes you wish you hadn’t guzzled three glasses, which you only had to do to wash down all that food you ate.

Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to controlling your calories during the holidays, says Gayle Jennings, registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. She said these six tips from the American Heart Association can help you leave the office party not feeling guilty: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Tell if That Sore Throat is a Virus or Strep

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare, Flu, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 27-11-2012

As cold and flu seasons settles in for the long winter ahead, instances of sore throat begin to pop up more frequently — but how do you tell if that achy throat is caused by a virus or strep?

Many people automatically think that their painful sore throat is due to strep. But according to Calvin Bell, MD, FAAEM, director of Memorial’s ExpressCare clinics, most sore throats are caused by viruses and not the streptococcal (strep) bacteria.

“The symptoms of sore throat from viral causes are very similar to those of strep throat,” Dr. Bell said. “They consist of throat pain, difficulty swallowing and sometimes difficulty speaking.”

Viral infections may be distinguished from strep infections if Read the rest of this entry »

Hospice Patient’s Last Wish Has a Lasting Impact on All

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Home Services, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 21-11-2012

Wishes. They can be large in scale or elaborate in approach. But for Diane Huffines, a 72-year-old hospice patient with Memorial Home Services, her wish was simple: to relax – even if just for an hour.

A simple visit to the spa would fulfill this wish in many cases. But for Diane, finding transportation there, coupled with the energy necessary to make the short trip could prove difficult. Hospice staff knew that this one simple wish could provide additional comfort in her final days. So they contacted the Memorial Medical Center Foundation for assistance.

The Foundation had established a special fund in 2012 called the “Sharing Wishes Fund.” It provides the money necessary to make the small and simple wishes of hospice patients, like Diane, become a reality. Read the rest of this entry »

Ovarian Cancer Survivor: Pay Attention to Your Body’s Warning Signs

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 14-11-2012

Barbi Walter, her husband, their three children, and their two grandchildren

If it weren’t for a visit to Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair, Barbi Walter is convinced she wouldn’t be alive today. 

And it’s taught her to never ignore minor aches and pains because they could be warning signs of larger problems. “I had all the signs,” she said. “I just didn’t listen to them.” 

The owner of Barbi’s Styling Studio in Sherman, Barbi and her preteen daughter, Molly, visited the fair in October 2011 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. She decided to give blood at the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, which was stationed at the fair, to teach her daughter the importance of giving back to the community. 

A worker told her they couldn’t accept her blood. She was “severely anemic” and was urged to follow up with her doctor as soon as possible. The following Monday at her doctor’s office, her iron level was even lower.  Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Tricks to Slim Down Your Thanksgiving Feast

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition | Posted on 13-11-2012

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for our family, friends and blessings in our lives. But, of course, it’s also about the food! What’s a Thanksgiving without the feast?

If you are trying to watch your waistline this holiday season, be aware that a typical Thanksgiving feast could add up to more than 3,000-4,000 high fat calories according to Christina Rollins, MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian for Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association. Does this mean that you need to skip the stuffing or grandmas pumpkin pie? “Of course not,” states Rollins. “Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, but no need to combine two days’ worth of calories and fat into one meal! Moderation is key.”

Rollins gives these 10 tricks on how to whittle down those calories without skimping on taste this Thanksgiving season. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips for Living with Diabetes during the Holiday Season

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Nutrition | Posted on 13-11-2012

Written by Kathy Levin, RD, CDE Outpatient Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Instructor at Memorial Medical Center

The holiday season is swiftly approaching and keeping your glucose under control during this time of year can be an extra challenge when you have diabetes.

1. Keep your meal times consistent.

Keeping things consistent is the key. Try to eat about the same time each day. Have at least 4 hours between meals to give your glucose time to return to normal before consuming the next meal.

2. Eat a consistent amount of carbohydrates.

By keeping carbohydrate amounts consistent, you can keep your blood glucose levels consistent. As a general guideline, women should aim for 45-55 grams of carbohydrate per meal and men should aim for 60-70 grams per meal. A small snack between meals of about 100 calories and 10-20 carbohydrates may help prevent overeating at meals. Read the rest of this entry »

The Salty Six: Six Foods That Load Your Diet With Salt

Posted by | Posted in Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 07-11-2012

Salty 6 thumbnailEating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. What you may not know is that a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium.

“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” said Emily Bailey, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need, but there are ways to improve the sodium intake under their control.”

Here are six of the top sources for sodium in today’s diet, according to the American Heart Association. Read the rest of this entry »