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    Special Beginnings at Memorial Hospital

    Last updated 2 days 18 hours ago

    Choosing your physician and your birthing center are two of the most important decisions you will make. Here’s what you need to know about us. Our staff values the entire family. We have programs for dads, moms, and children that are about to have a new brother or sister. Our birthing center is the place where families grow, and we know a happy family makes a happy mom!

    Memorial Hospital is a U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital. We designed our state-of-the-art birthing rooms with your home in mind. We want you to be comfortable, and our caring staff of doctors and nurses will provide you with unmatched care. 

    Here’s something else you should know about us. We were the first hospital in the area to have OB Hospitalists onsite 24/7. Why is that important? Well, we have an OB here every minute of the day. So, no matter what time you deliver, you won’t have to wait for a doctor. This is something that should make moms-to-be feel more secure.

    Visit our website to take a virtual tour!

    Tips For Eating Out

    Last updated 3 days ago

    You can eat out and eat healthy, too.  Most restaurants offer delicious dishes that are lower in calories and healthier than normal restaurant meals.  Here are some tips to help you eat out and make better choices:

    • Order water, flavored water, or unsweetened tea to avoid added sugars.
    • Start off with a salad.
    • Limit your intake of the bread that is offered while you wait for your meal. If you can’t resist, just ask your server not to bring any to the table.
    • Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of fried or sautéed meals.
    • Avoid ordering dishes with sauces or order the sauce on the side.
    • Order your baked potato with condiments on the side.
    • Choose a “small” or “medium” sized portion.
    • Ask for a to-go box with your meal. Don’t just sit there and continue to eat your food after you are full so you don’t “waste” any food. Ask for a box ahead of time and put half of your food in the box and take it home. If you do this you have two meals for the price of one and instant lunch for tomorrow.
    • Share a dessert. Desserts are twice as sweet and half the calories when you have someone to share them with. 

    How old is your heart?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    In just a few quick minutes, you can take our heart health assessment. After you complete it, you'll have a better understanding of your current risk for developing heart disease.

    You will be able to learn your heart age, calculate your risk for developing heart disease and prioritize your most harmful cardiovascular risk factors.

    At the end of the assessment, you will be provided with a report that you can take to your doctor's office.

    Go to www.jacksonvillehearts.com to take the test!

    Take a Virtual Tour of Memorial!

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Memorial Hospital is undergoing renovations right now. We are re-doing our ER waiting room, adding ER rooms and building a new Pediatric Express Care. We are also constructing the Memorial Emergency Center - Atlantic, which will be at the intersection of Atlantic and Kernan. 

    Over the last couple years we have been busy. If you haven't seen what we've been up to, please take a virtual tour!

    Tiny Tastes = Big Calories!

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Do you REALLY know how much you eat? We make more than 200 food-related decisions daily, and aren’t aware of 90 percent of them. Perhaps you think you just make three food decisions daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well, think again.

    You may plan well and choose wisely for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but what about that bite of donut at the office, the few “tasting” bites you take while making dinner, or the tablespoon of ice cream you steal from your husband’s dessert? Let’s look at how those “tiny tastes” can really add up.

    Taste 1: The kids didn’t finish their French toast sticks at breakfast, so you eat that last one left on the plate. Approximate calories: 95 calories

    Taste 2: Someone brought candy to work today! You know you shouldn’t eat it, so you choose instead to have 2 small pieces of sugar-free peanut butter cup miniatures from your desk drawer. Approximate calories: 70 calories

    Taste 3: It’s mid-afternoon and you still haven’t eaten lunch. You eat a couple packaged cheese crackers with peanut butter spread to tide you over. Approximate calories: 70 calories

    Taste 4: You go out to lunch with coworkers to a fast food restaurant. You order smart, but “taste” 5 french fries off someone else’s plate. Approximate calories: 50 calories

    Taste 5: There are still a couple hours to go at work and you are feeling sluggish. You grab a small 4 oz cup of coffee from the break room. They have artificial sweetener, but only regular creamer. One tablespoon of creamer can’t hurt, right? Approximate calories: 50 calories

    Taste 6: You stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things. The grocery store is offering food samples – You eat just one meatball. Approximate calories: 100 calories

    Taste 7: While making dinner you eat 3 chips with dip. You’re tired, stressed out, and can’t wait for dinner! Approximate calories: 75 calories

    Taste 8: There are just a couple of tablespoons of mashed potatoes left. Someone should enjoy them – it might as well be you! Approximate calories: 20 calories

    Taste 9: You just can’t possibly resist a tablespoon of your husband’s ice cream. It’s only ONE tablespoon, right? Approximate calories: 70 calories

    TOTAL TASTING CALORIES FOR THE DAY: 600 CALORIES

    On average, an additional 3,500 calories above your body’s needs can lead to a weight gain of one pound. That means that approximately 500 extra calories per day can lead to a one-pound weight gain each week. So you see, those tiny tastes aren’t so tiny after all!

    Think about your day and the areas that may include tiny tastes. Being aware will keep you on your journey to long term weight loss success.

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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