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Training for a Tough Mudder

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 28-03-2013

mud runThe first time Gabe Stinson learned about a Tough Mudder race from a friend, he was intrigued. And once he participated in his first – he was hooked.

 Whether it’s a Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder  or Spartan Race, they’re gaining in popularity,” said Stinson, MS, a certified performance enhancement specialist with Memorial SportsCare.

Though more people are participating, these competitive events —  which combine off-road running through fields or rough terrain and challenging obstacles — are not for everyone, Stinson cautioned. Training is very different from training for a traditional road race. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids in the Kitchen: 5 ways to Introduce Children to Cooking

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Parents, Pediatrics, Physician Services | Posted on 26-03-2013

mother and son cooking togetherEating out seems like the easiest choice for a family meal after a busy day at work, but getting your kids to help in the kitchen is a great way to make it seem like less work, said Virginia Dolan, MD, a pediatrician with Koke Mill Medical Associates, part of Memorial Physician Services.

But how do you get them involved?

Though popping a meal in the microwave might seem like the easiest option, it’s not always the best one, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Pre-prepared, microwavable or heat-and-serve entrees are often higher in sodium, fat and calories than freshly prepared meals.

Here are some tips from the academy: Read the rest of this entry »

Illinois Changes Requirements for Whooping Cough Booster

Posted by | Posted in Parents, Pediatrics, Physician Services | Posted on 19-03-2013

Teen Getting VaccinatedEffective for the 2013-14 school year, all Illinois students entering sixth through 12th grades must have proof of receiving the Tdap booster in an effort to better protect young people from whooping cough, also known as pertussis.

“Whooping cough is a particularly serious respiratory bacterial disease that spreads very, very easily between people and it’s especially dangerous in younger children,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician with Koke Mill Medical Associates. “We are seeing an increasing number of cases in the United States and especially in Illinois.” Read the rest of this entry »

Four Tips for Healthier Eating

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition | Posted on 14-03-2013

MyPlate Food GuidelinesThe theme for National Nutrition Month — “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” — encourages us to eat right, but just how do we do that on a daily basis? Gayle Jennings, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center, shares these four ideas to incorporate into your quest to eat right: Read the rest of this entry »

From our Memorial Dietitians: Sodium and Stroke Risk

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Stroke Center | Posted on 12-03-2013

salt and blood pressure cuffHow would you like to decrease your risk of stroke more than twofold?

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming only 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day, yet the average American consumes more than 4,000 mg of sodium per day. That is nearly 2 teaspoons of salt. 

Researchers who published a study in the journal Stroke in April followed more than 2,600 participants over a 10-year period reviewing their health, including any hospitalizations, medication changes or changes in stroke risk factors, such as smoking. Only 12 percent of the participants were meeting the AHA recommendation of less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. Read the rest of this entry »

Noninvasive Outpatient Radiation Procedure Helps Treat Brain Tumors

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience | Posted on 07-03-2013

Karla Dirks enjoying the company of her family

Karla Dirks enjoying the company of her family

Karla Dirks was looking forward to a great road trip to St. Louis with her sister, but it ended with an injury followed by more bad news.

While attending a Cardinals’ playoff game in 2011, Karla fell and hit the back of her head on a concrete step while returning to her seat following the seventh-inning stretch.

A follow-up CT scan revealed a brain tumor – news that left her scared and surprised since she hadn’t experienced any symptoms to hint that something was wrong. The tumor was a meningioma, which grows from the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Somewhat easing her concerns, she learned that these tumors were slow growing and often not malignant.

Her doctor referred her to Brian Russell, MD, a Springfield Clinic neurosurgeon, who explained that she had three options: brain surgery followed by two to three months off work to recuperate; do nothing and keep an eye on the tumor; or an outpatient procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery that would not require an incision. Read the rest of this entry »

How to ‘Digest’ Information on Food Labels

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition | Posted on 05-03-2013

Nutrition Facts LabelMarch is National Nutrition Month, and Memorial Medical Center’s registered dietitians are sharing tips and recipes throughout the month that focus on this year’s theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

One of the best ways to be sure you are eating nutritiously is to “shop smart” by reading food labels. The Nutrition Facts panel found on most food labels will help you:

  • Find out which foods are good sources of fiber, calcium, iron and vitamin C;
  • Compare similar foods to find out which is lower in fat and calories;
  • Search for low-sodium foods;
  • Look for foods that are low in saturated fat and trans fat. Read the rest of this entry »