Snacks can be part of a healthy diet; they can provide an energy boost and supply essential vitamins and minerals. So if you tend to snack, here are some tips to help you make the best choices:
- Snack only when you are hungry. Skip the urge to nibble just because you are bored, frustrated or stressed.
- Keep portion control in mind. Have a single-serve container of yogurt or put a small serving of nuts in a bowl. Eating directly from a multiple-serving package can lead to overeating.
- Plan snacks ahead of time. Keep a variety of nutritious ready-to-eat supplies on hand, such as low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers.
Here are some suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »
About 800,000 children visit an emergency room each year because of an accidental poisoning. It’s the second cause of unintentional injury death in the country, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
An accidental poisoning can involve the unintentional ingestion of medications, household products or even items such as batteries or coins. Dennis Danner, who has 36 years of nursing experience, the majority of which has been spent in an emergency or urgent-care setting for Memorial, provides some insight into how these accidental ingestions may occur among children – and what you need to know if it happens. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer season is approaching which means warm weather, lots of physical activity, and paying more attention to keeping your body hydrated.
“Water is the body’s fluid of choice”, says Christina Rollins, Registered Dietitian for Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association, “But other beverages—and foods, too—also can help you meet your daily needs. All beverages supply fluid, some may also come loaded with calories or caffeine.”
How much fluid do you need? An average adult needs about 2 ½ quarts (10 cups) daily to keep the body running smoothly and to replace fluids lost throughout the day. If you lose more water, such as through heavy perspiration, you’ll need even more. You can meet your needs by drinking water and other beverages, and you can also get water from foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Rollins offers these tips for making smart beverage choices to get in the flow of good health: Read the rest of this entry »
All ready to get away for vacation? Let’s see what you’ve packed.
Beach towels? √
Medical records? … Wait, what?
Many people make sure to take along their prescriptions and other medications when they get away from the daily grind for a week or more. Some even take their medical insurance cards and a list of important phone numbers, such as their physician’s office.
But how can you take your medical records with you? Read the rest of this entry »
Roughly one in five Americans struggle with tinnitus – typically described as a constant or intermittent ringing sound that people hear in one or both ears. It’s a problem that strikes our nation’s veterans particularly hard, according to the American Tinnitus Association.
“Tinnitus is a growing problem for America’s military personnel,” the association says on its website.
“It threatens their futures with potential long-term sleep disruption, changes in cognitive ability, stress in relationships and employability challenges. These changes can be a blow to a vet’s self-worth.”
Exposure to high levels of noise is one of the leading triggers of tinnitus, which could explain why many veterans struggle with it. But they’re not alone. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage the tiny sensory hair cells in your ear that send sound to your brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. That puts factory and construction workers, firefighters and musicians among the other high-risk groups. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you been here before?
Your doctor’s explains a troubling test result while you sit on the exam room table, its wide swatch of paper crinkling beneath you. You listen intently to his words, but you have no clue what he’s saying.
It’s like trying to read your iTunes agreement, but you can’t make heads or tails of it so you sigh and click the “I accept” button.
Well, we consider you a partner in your medical care at Memorial. Our “It’s OK to Ask” campaign encourages you to talk to their physicians, nurses and other caregivers about the care you’re receiving. We know it’s intimidating for many people to ask a physician to explain some medical jargon that they don’t understand, but we want you to. Read the rest of this entry »
The week of June 10-16 is Illinois Men’s Health Week. It’s common to hear about men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. One health issue that isn’t talked about as much is depression.
More than six million men in the United States suffer from depression each year. Genes, hormones and stress are the major factors that cause depression in men.
“Men often don’t recognize or admit they’re depressed, and unfortunately they are less likely than women to seek help for depression,” said Dr. Ray Redick, a therapist at Memorial Counseling Associates. “The primary cause of depression in men I see in my practice is when they feel a sense of failure in their lives. They have failed in their relationships and/or at work. Men feel they are not measuring up to their own expectations and the expectations others may have of them.” Read the rest of this entry »
Some of the results of exercise aren’t always pretty – sweat dripping down your face, an increased heart rate, flushed skin, fatigue. But none of that matters because your mood has improved!
Thanks to endorphins released during physical activity, many people experience a positive boost in mood and reduced feelings of depression and anxiety after exercising.
Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
“Exercise can be a powerful tool for people dealing with stress,” said Kenny Dunn, a personal wellness coach at Memorial Counseling Associates. “Typically, people who are under stress or are suffering from depression will use food as a coping mechanism. This leads to weight gain and an increased risk of health issues, further increasing depression and stress. By using exercise as a coping skill, people can reduce feelings of stress and depression.”
Because exercise can improve a person’s appearance, their confidence and self-esteem often increase as well. Cognitive functioning, or thought process, also can get better. This is beneficial for people who are feeling down or struggling with depression. When someone is suffering mentally, they are less likely to engage in physical and social activities. Instead they might turn to unhealthy coping skills such as binge eating, substance abuse and isolation to alleviate their symptoms.
“These coping skills tend to decrease a sense of self worth and put the individual at a higher risk of health issues,” Dunn said. “However, by increasing physical activity the person can work to reverse this effect, creating a better self image, sense of worth and more social interaction.” Read the rest of this entry »
More than 1,000 people from Jacksonville and the surrounding communities turned out for the open house for the new medical office building on the campus of Passavant Area Hospital.
Scheduled for its first day of operation on June 3, the new building will be the home to Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville and the Jacksonville offices of Springfield Clinic, combining their respective medical practices – and more than 50 doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and affiliated ancillary services – into one convenient location. Read the rest of this entry »