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    Show Your Heart Some Love!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    As many of us know, February is designated as American Heart Month.  Heart disease is the number one killer in America, of both men and women.  Here are some heart smart tips to jump start your heart to a healthier you.

    • Choose foods that are baked, broiled, grilled or roasted.
    • Avoid fried foods and dishes with heavy sauces.
    • Choose ground sirloin and extra lean ground beef, instead of regular ground beef.
    • Cook with chicken or beef broth instead of butters and oils.
    • Choose whole grain breads and cereals, instead of biscuits and croissants.
    • Choose soups that are broth based instead of soups containing whole milk or cream.
    • For dessert, try a fruit cup with sorbet or nonfat yogurt.  Or if you just have to have the rich dessert, share it with a friend.
    • Eat fish at least twice a week. Some of the best choices are tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon.

    Proper nutrition is only a component to having a heart healthy lifestyle. Stress management, physical activity, weight control and smoking cessation all play key roles in heart health.  For more tips and to learn about “Life’s Simple Seven”, seven steps to improve overall health, visit the American Heart Association website at or contact us at Memorial Hospital.

    Erica Watson-Lawson is a registered dietitian with Memorial Hospital.

    The Truth About Cholesterol

    Last updated 7 years ago

    If the names and numbers that surround cholesterol are confusing you, you’re not alone. But don’t be overwhelmed. Understanding cholesterol is the first step in making sure yours is under control.

    What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a lipid, or fat. And your liver produces roughly 75 percent

    of the cholesterol in your body — only 25 percent is from diet. What’s more, there are different types of cholesterol: low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL). LDL is often called “bad” cholesterol and HDL “good.” Cholesterol gets around your body via the bloodstream. HDL is responsible for carrying cholesterol back to the liver, where it is excreted. When your blood contains more LDL than HDL cholesterol, LDL particles aren’t carried back out of the bloodstream. Excess LDL can then clog and harden arteries — a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke.

    A good rule of thumb is to remember the numbers 40, 100 and 150 when thinking about cholesterol.

    • HDL level should be above 40 mg/dL

    • LDL level should be less than 100 mg/dL

    • Triglyceride (another kind of blood fat) level should be less than 150 mg/dL

    What can I do to keep my cholesterol in check?

    The American Heart Association recommends that all women and men age 20 and older have a cholesterol test every five years. If you have a family history of high cholesterol, you and your health care provider should discuss how to manage your cholesterol. Often, this simply means dietary changes and exercising more.

    For more info about cholesterol, or to book an appointment, contact us at Memorial Hospital today.

    How to Choose the Hospital that’s Best for You

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Hospitals can be many things. To some, they can be overwhelming. To others, they are a comforting source of hope, where medical professionals have the tools necessary to heal.

    If you’re in need of a hospital, and you have the time to research them, then it is important you know how to distinguish a quality hospital from a mediocre one. Because, let’s face it, some hospitals can provide you with better care than others.

    Here’s our list of tips to help you find the best hospital possible when you’re in need.

    1. Know what kind of care you’re looking for: If you are in need of heart care, look for a hospital with emphasis in cardiology. If you are pregnant and looking for a good place to have your baby, make sure the hospital you’re looking at has quality OB/GYN doctors. If you’re in need of brain surgery, look for experienced neurologists. Many hospitals are especially proficient in one area, only to be lacking in another, so be sure to know what kind of care you need.
    2. Do your research: Once you’ve found a hospital that appears to specialize in the care you need, look at reviews of the hospital, both online and in national databases. Online reviews are given by those who have had personal experiences with hospital, which can be the best indication of its caliber. National databases also carry information, like malpractice suits and other tidbits the hospital may not want you to know about.
    3. Try and choose a nearby location: A hospital that is far away from where you live, or where you are staying during recovery, can be extremely problematic. In the event that you need emergency or follow-up care, you want your hospital to be close enough for you to get to in a short amount of time.

    If you want a safe, dependable hospital with friendly, experienced staff, come to Memorial Hospital. We offer a wide variety of services to all of our patients, and will provide you with the best care you could ask for. Check us out online today to learn more about what Memorial Hospital can do for you.

    Workout Wednesday: How to Use a Stability Ball to Work Out Your Arms

    Last updated 7 years ago

    It’s Workout Wednesday! Heather Carty, with our HEART Fitness Center, shows us how to use a stability ball to help us work out our arms.

    See you at the gym!

    Super Bowl Eating: How you can win the game!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    It’s Super Bowl time, and even if you’re not into football, I’m sure most of you will be attending a super bowl party this year. Hey, why not? It’s a free excuse to pig out on junk food and drink beer, right? While it’s OK to splurge every now and then, it can cause a dent in your diet plan. So, whether you’re attending a super bowl party or throwing one yourself, here are some tips and healthier foods choices that won’t let you fumble your healthy diet plan. 

    1. Eat something small before you go to the party. Having a slightly full stomach will help you cut back on the munching.
    2. Bring a healthy dish to the party. A veggie plate with low fat ranch, blue cheese, or a low fat dip such as hummus or salsa; turkey and cheese finger sandwiches; a fruit plate; or even some popcorn (light butter) are good options.
    3. Have a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a hotdog or hamburger. Save calories and lower saturated fat intake by eating lower fat meats.
    4. At the party, never eat anything that you didn’t put on your plate. Don’t linger around the food table. Get your plate, walk away and watch the game or mingle with friends. Avoid going back for seconds.
    5. Avoid a big penalty by paying attention to what you’re drinking. Some people forget to include beverages in the list of “junk food.” Choose diet soda, tea, a wine spritzer, light beer, or alcoholic drinks with low calorie mixers. But remember, even the calories in the “light” drinks add up, so don’t go overboard.

    Keep yourself and your diet in bounds by having a game plan for your Super Bowl Sunday party. On offense, play smart: don’t let that 5-layer cheese dip and fried chicken wings tackle you – go long and steer clear from the food table as much as possible during the party. Play good, strong defense: Plan ahead by finding out what foods will be served at the party so you are ready for the temptations that are coming. Bring a healthy dish, or if you’re throwing the party, have some healthy options for those who also want to score the winning diet touchdown!

    Shelly Edens is a registered dietitian with Memorial Hospital.

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