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Childhood Obesity Leads to Weighty Health Issues

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

St. Rose Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center Offers Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Halloween can be a particularly scary time for parents who want to help children lose or maintain their weight. The St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Centers, National Healing Wound Healing Centers, offers these tips:

  • Be sure children eat dinner before trick or treating to minimize late night snacking.
  • Break up the candy they receive into smaller amounts to be enjoyed over a period of time.
  • Mix candy corn and M&M’s into a healthy trail mix that offers more nutrition and less candy per serving.
  • Search the Internet and family magazines for healthy treats. Deviled eggs can easily become monster eyes and Halloween cookie cutters turn sandwiches and cheese slices into frighteningly fun food.
  • Give out stickers, sugar free gum, pretzels or low calorie snack packs, party favors or other treats so you don’t risk having left over candy in the house.
  • Shift the focus away from food by carving a pumpkin, making costumes or taking in a local autumn fair.
  • Physical activity is an important part of weight loss. Take a walk with your children to find fall leaves, go horseback riding like the Headless Horseman or take a bike ride through the neighborhood to choose the house you would want to haunt if you were a ghost.
  • It is important not to use food as a reward or punishment so let children enjoy Halloween but help them make healthy choices that won’t haunt them for years to come.

In the past two decades, the number of our nation’s children who are overweight has doubled according to records kept by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That’s hardly surprising given that adolescents spend more time in front of computer monitors, television and video screens than ever before.

While overweight children often face teasing, the emotional toll can be accompanied by physical illness such as sleep apnea, which disrupts sleep, asthma, liver disease and orthopedic problems.

“In addition to health issues they experience as children, extra weight can also lead to conditions they will need to manage for the rest of their life,” said Katherine J. Rowland, chief clinical officer for National Healing Corporation, which partners with hospitals around the nation to treat chronic wounds often related to the affects of diabetes and vascular disease. “Many obese children have high cholesterol and blood pressure levels. There has even been an alarming increase of children with type 2 diabetes, which is usually classified as adult on-set diabetes.”

In a call to action to prevent childhood obesity, the Office of the Surgeon General noted that overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.

The report suggested parents concerned with their children’s weight should consult their doctors and other healthcare professionals who can help rule out rare medical problems which might cause unhealthy weight and assess if a child’s weight is unhealthy.

When helping children lose pounds, most experts agree that parents should concentrate on small changes that can gradually become lifetime habits.  As a leader in wound healing and disease management, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Centers are located at the Rose de Lima (702.616.4870) and San Martín (702.492.8281) Campuses.

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Unconditional Love

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

At St. Rose, we open each meeting with a reflection. It is a time to come together and reflect on an uplifting story, current events, or even a story to help us all relate to a situation, or each other, better.

While looking through some reflection books today (created by the hospitals) I ran across this story by an anoymous author, which immediately tugged at my heart. If only each of us, in our day-to-day lives could be this loving, this unforgiving and committed in our love of those around us.

A little girl named Liz was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, seeing that color was already returning to his sister’s cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her life, and he had been willing, even at his young age, to give up his life for hers.

Rose Regatta – A Success!

October 18, 2010 1 comment

Wow – what an amazing time we had this weekend at the Rose Regatta. The event started at 8 a.m., but for the many volunteers that made it happen the day began at 5 a.m.! Thank you to those great volunteers who made the day possible.

Thousands of people descended on Lake Las Vegas throughout the day to support the Rose Regatta and row in their Dragon Boat heat. It was a great time had by all. In total, there were 60 boats that participated this year.

We were especially impressed and touched by the breast cancer survivor teams that came throughout the United States and Canada to row in the event and help spread the message of detection and cure.

All the money raised from the event will go to benefit St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ breast health services, including medical care and psychosocial support for uninsured women and men facing breast cancer.

The festival included the Flowers on the Water Ceremony, honoring women currently living with breast cancer and those who lost their lives to the disease. The Painted Paddles Gallery had another successful year – as mini paddles painted by breast cancer survivors or those touched by the disease were sold off to raise funds.

Please check out our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/StRoseHospitals) for video from the event and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StRoseHospitals) to see photos, or post your own comments and thoughts about the event.

Thank you to everyone who made this year a success!

Tina Martini’s Ruby Red Salad w/ Pomegranate Vinaigrette

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

2010 WomensCare magazine

 

If you’ve been looking for Tina Martini’s Ruby Red salad mentioned in the last issue of WomensCare magazine, here it is!:

Salad

2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped

1 cup raddichio lettuce, chopped

2 ruby red grapefruits, supremed

2 avocados, sliced

½ cup pistachios, toasted or candied

½ cup raspberries for garnish

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

2 cups Pomegranate Juice

1 T Dijon mustard

2 T red wine vinegar

2 t Italian seasoning

1 C grapeseed oil

Place pomegranate juice in a sauce pan. Reduce over medium heat to ¾ cup. Juice should have a syrup-like consistency. Cool and pour into blender. Add remaining ingredients except oil. Blend on low speed just until mixed. Adjust blender speed to high and drizzle in the grapeseed oil. Let motor run for 30 seconds. Dressing should have a creamy appearance.

On an attractive platter, arrange lettuce and alternate grapefruit segments with avocado slices. Sprinkle nuts and berries over salad. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Serves 6-8.

Free Lecture: Diabetes Update

Please join us for this FREE event with leading diabetes specialist, Dr. Anne Peters, professor at USC for a free glucose and HbA1c screening, healthy breakfast and lecture. The event is Tuesday, October 26 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at our WomensCare Center – West. Please call 616-4900 to RSVP.

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