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By making healthy food choices, you can lower your risk of developing heart disease and suffering a heart attack. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition, it’s even more important to work with your doctor to develop a healthy eating plan. Explore the resources available at your local hospital. Your hospital might offer patient support services such as wellness information and a health hotline.
Check the Serving Size
Practicing portion control is a key step in maintaining a healthy weight, which can lower your risk of heart disease. Check the nutrition label on food packages to determine what a serving size is. For measuring foods such as cooked pasta, chicken, and fish, many people like to use food scales and measuring cups to ensure they stick to the proper portion size.
Replace Saturated Fats with Monounsaturated Fats
While you’re checking food labels for portion sizes, remember to examine them for fat content. Choose foods that are higher in monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, and lower in saturated fats, cholesterol, and trans fats. For example, instead of butter, choose a margarine product that helps lower cholesterol. It’s also a good idea to schedule a checkup at your local hospital to assess your cholesterol levels.
Switch to Low-Sodium Products
Many Americans eat more sodium than they realize because processed foods typically have a high amount of added sodium. Examples of high-sodium foods include pizza, soup, and soy sauce. Choose reduced-salt versions of condiments, soups, and other foods, and make meals from scratch more often than choosing precooked meals.
Read Menus Carefully
When dining out, evaluate the menu carefully and ask your server how certain dishes are prepared. Avoid meals that are fried, crispy, pan-fried, creamed, or served au gratin. Instead, choose meals that are grilled, broiled, roasted, and steamed.
The entire team here at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our fellow community members in the Destin and Fort Walton Beach areas. Our hospital offers a Consult-A-Nurse referral line and the popular H2U program, which delivers timely and actionable information on living a healthier lifestyle. For more information about our hospital or ER services, call (888) 717-1080.
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Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital, and the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College
Niceville, FL—Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital, and the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College are excited to present the 3rd Annual Women on Wellness symposium April 11, 2014, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. This one day educational and energizing conference is aimed to help women achieve balance and success in life, work, and health. Attendees will hear dynamic presentations by local physicians and business experts. Join us to learn how to increase your resilience, eat better, lead a more balanced life and improve relationships, communications, and overall wellness. To register or obtain more information, visit www.WomenOnWellness.org or call 850-729-6880. Attendees to this year’s event will receive a free, one year membership to H2U: Health to You—a health and wellness program provided by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital.
“This is an excellent chance for women in our area to hear inspiring speakers on a variety of relevant and challenging topics,” said Julie Cotton, Director of the Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College. “Whether you have personal health questions, need tips in the kitchen, are raising a family or simply need a jumpstart to a ‘better you’ – there is truly something for every woman that attends.”
This year’s keynote speaker is Martha LaGuardia-Kotite, a journalist, author, and military veteran. During her career in both the U.S. Coast Guard and as a public relations director, she has appeared on national television and was interviewed by top tier newspapers around the country about Coast Guard rescues and missions. LaGuardia-Kotite enjoys writing about extraordinary adventures and challenging topics and hopes to make a difference through awareness and inspiration. One of her greatest joys is to talk about her leadership experiences and lean on her military service insights to make impressions on others striving for success in their personal and professional lives.
Additional Women on Wellness speakers include: Dr. Diana DeCotis-Smith, Tricia Brunson, Joe Cayer , Julie Cotton, Paige Floyd-Hart, Deanna Howard-Gonzalez, and more.
To view the event agenda and register today, visit www.WomenOnWellness.org or call 850-729-6880.
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed to help doctors diagnose abnormalities of the organs and other tissues. It uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create images of your internal structures. When you arrive at the imaging center, you’ll be asked to remove any metal objects. If you have clothing with zippers, for example, you’ll need to change into a hospital gown. Tell the technologist if you have any implanted metal devices.
Then, you’ll lie on a table, which slides into a large tube. The technologist will be in the next room to monitor you. You’ll be asked to remain as still as possible to improve the quality of the images. The exam may last about an hour. During that time, you’ll hear some loud noises. This is perfectly normal and is nothing to be concerned about. An MRI is completely painless.
Residents of the Destin and Fort Walton Beach areas are encouraged to schedule their MRI at the Diagnostic Imaging Services department of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. You can reach our hospital at (888) 717-1080 with any questions you may have.
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Welcoming a new baby into your family is a very special event. However, it also requires a significant adjustment in your normal routine. The team at your local hospital can help you learn how to care for your newborn and how to ease the transition into parenthood. Even if you’ve given birth before, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the resources available at the hospital.
One of the first steps in caring for your newborn is getting him or her home safely. Ahead of your due date, install a child safety seat in your car. Install a rear-facing, infant-only car seat in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. It’s also a good idea to ask a hospital representative about where you can have a car seat evaluation performed.
Adjusting to your newborn’s schedule can be tricky. Your bundle of joy will initially sleep for about 16 to 17 hours a day; however, he or she will wake up often and cry. During the first month, newborns nurse eight to 12 times daily. You can adjust yourself to your newborn’s schedule more easily by spending more time with him or her at the hospital. When you bring your baby home from the hospital, it’s best not to overschedule yourself. Recognize that you and your baby will both need a lot of care for a while and prioritize your other commitments accordingly.
New parents often look forward to introducing their newborns to other family members. If you already have children, you can promote sibling bonding by encouraging your other kids to help you care for the new arrival. Prevent feelings of sibling jealousy by spending time with each of your kids. Other family members and friends may want to visit you soon after you arrive home from the hospital. It’s perfectly acceptable to limit visitations; you’ll be tired and busy with your newborn, after all.
The Women’s Services department of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center looks forward to helping you welcome your new baby into your family. Our compassionate team of healthcare professionals offers exceptional patient education, a state-of-the-art infant security system, and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). To learn more about your birthing options in the Destin and Fort Walton Beach areas, call our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line at (888) 717-1080.
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Checkups and screenings are important components of preventative healthcare. Since each woman is different, with a unique family history, you should talk to your doctor about which screenings you should have. If you’re in your 20s, your doctor will recommend that you start having Pap smears. You should also be tested for the human papilloma virus (HPV). When you reach your 40s, you should start undergoing regular mammograms to check for signs of breast cancer.
For more information on women’s health screenings and current recommendations, watch this video. This news clip explains at which age you should have a colonoscopy and why digital mammograms are preferred over traditional mammograms.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of preventative healthcare services for women. To learn more about our hospital and ER in Fort Walton Beach, call our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line at (888) 717-1080.