Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 257-bed hospital located in Fort Walton Beach in the panhandle of Northwest Florida.


A Slice of This Sweet Treat is Good for Your Body!

It’s almost a required rite of passage in the south – eating ice cold watermelon on a hot summer day. Let’s face it, watermelon just tastes awesome. Think about it. Do you actually know anyone who doesn’t like it? Didn’t think so.

The good thing is that you can get the kids to eat it until the vines are growing out of their ears while you’re secretly thinking, ‘that is so good for them!’ We just don’t really care about the health benefits so much because it tastes so good. But watermelon is good for your kids and you too! Here’s what one cup of watermelon offers: 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of calcium needs for the day. It contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, magnesium, potassium, and lycopene – all really good for your body.

Watermelon, along with other fruit and vegetables, help reduce the risk of lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions. They give us a healthy complexion and hair, help lower our weight, and increase our energy. If you are filling up on fruit and vegetables during meals and snacks, there’s little room left for the cookies and cake. And, FYI, because watermelon is loaded with water and fiber, it helps keep your digestive tract healthy and things moving the way they should. That juicy, water-filled slice of melon is also a great hydrating food during these hot months when heat stroke, brought on by dehydration, is a risk.

Eating watermelon and all of the other colorful, delicious bounty Mother Earth offers is simply good for you. To learn more about planning and sustaining a healthier diet, call our free health information line at 850-864-0213 for details on nutrition classes and counseling at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Then, go have a slice!

Help Your Man Get on the Healthy Path!

June is the month to give that man in your life a little extra special attention! We celebrate Father’s Day on the 21 st and recognize the contributions he’s made in the lives of his “kids” (we include both human and the four-legged kind if that’s more appropriate for your household.) We also focus on his health through national Men’s Health Month and make sure he’s getting the kind of good preventive health care he needs to be around for a long time!

According to a CDC report, women are 33% more likely to visit their doctor than men. Not surprisingly, men die at a higher rate than women from the top causes of death. That’s why they need you to push, prod, and cajole them into getting regular check-ups and those special screenings like prostate exams or colonoscopies when they hit that ‘certain’ age.

One of the reasons cited by experts for men failing to get the basics checked (cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, etc.) is because they don’t have a ‘regular’ doctor. They tend to wait until there’s an emergency or crisis and see a physician in the ER or a specialist because some disease has reared its ugly head.

So, here’s an idea for a Men’s Health Month gift for that man of yours. Call our free health information and physician referral line at 850-864-0213 and let our staff help you find a doctor close to home that can help your guy establish regular check-ups and appropriate screenings. Make this June the beginning of a healthier path for the man in your life!

Help Save Moms, Donate Blood!

Volunteering to donate blood any time during the year is critical to saving lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated June 14 th as World Donor Day and their focus is on saving mothers through safe blood donations. This is particularly important in countries where infant mortality rates are high, but it also matters right here in our community.

Worldwide there are about 800 maternal deaths a day due to childbirth or pregnancy complications. Having a safe blood supply available is paramount in preventing maternal deaths. If blood supplies get too low, non-emergency surgeries and other procedures can be cancelled. And in the worst of shortages, even emergency care, like that for pregnant women experiencing complications, can be affected. Blood donors help prevent tragedies. Just one pint of blood can actually save three lives!

All kinds of things can affect the ability of both veteran and first time donors to give this time of year. Bad weather and even illnesses like the flu can really hamper the success of blood drives all over the country. That’s why blood banks in our community are constantly educating the community on the importance of donating blood.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center supports the effort to enhance blood donation efforts for patients right here in our community. To find out more about upcoming blood donor drives, call our free health information line at 850-864-0213.

Celebrate Survivors!

While June 7 th is the designated National Cancer Survivors Day, every day is cause for celebration with a loved one who is a cancer survivor! It doesn’t matter what type or for how long, anyone living with a history of cancer, from diagnosis to the end of their life, is a survivor. Today in the U.S., there are about 14.5 million survivors and thanks to medical advances, that number is growing. With about a 68% survival rate, we have a lot to celebrate!

The key to increasing the number of survivors has been the many advances in the field of cancer diagnosis and treatment. We’re a more educated society when it comes to prevention. So efforts like smoking cessation and encouraging healthy diets and exercise have made a difference. And without a doubt, early screening and detection have played a significant role in treating cancer in its earliest stages when it’s less lethal.

Here are some ways you can celebrate Survivors Day. First, let those survivors in your life know how blessed you are to have them here. Remember, even years later, and particularly during treatment, a cancer survivor is dealing with a both physical and emotional challenges and your support means the world.

You can talk to people you love who haven’t been diagnosed with cancer, but may be slacking on their own preventive health initiatives and let them know how important their health is to you. For your own loved, you can schedule those critical screenings for yourself.

Finally, you can call Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s free health information and physician referral line at 850-864-0213 to find out about screenings, seminars, and treatment services. Sign up yourself and your friends as a step towards cancer prevention and survivorship.

Start Laughing Again!

You’ve seen that commercial on television with the woman being drug around the bowling alley by a cartoonish blimp representing her bladder. Ha Ha! Not funny if it’s your bladder ruling your life. It’s not funny if when something IS funny you’re afraid to laugh and literally ‘pee in your pants.’

So what’s going on in there that’s got you running to the ladies room non-stop and terrified of getting tickled? Urinary incontinence (and there are four different types) is simply the loss of bladder control that causes urine to leak out. It may be temporary or it may be a permanent condition. It might be stress, urge, overflow, or functional incontinence – each caused by something different going on in the bladder – but each offering up the same uncomfortable result for the woman who has it.

But it takes a visit to the doctor to figure out what type you might be suffering from and what kind of treatment it will take to give you back control. You might need medication, or some type of pelvic therapy, or possibly even some surgery to provide your bladder with the support it needs to function correctly.

You might feel a little embarrassed to make that appointment with the doctor, but you need to do it when you first have those little leaks that you just couldn’t control. If you’re afraid to laugh due to urinary incontinence, call your doctor today. If you need a referral to a qualified doctor, call our free Consult-A-Nurse service at 850-864-0213.

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