Health & Wellness
Each April, Foot Health Awareness Month is observed by the American Podiatric Medical Association to bring awareness to the importance of foot and ankle health to overall health and well-being. Most Americans spend a large portion of their day on their feet but probably never pay much attention to those feet until pain or discomfort sets in.Read More
The modern imaging techniques provided at Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHFS) offer highly personalized, non-invasive care that can be tailored to each patient’s size, weight, age, and other unique factors. Overseeing the Imaging Services department at MHFS is Bobby Himel. With over 20 years of experience in the field of imaging, Himel brings a level of experience and professionalism to his work each day that ensures patients receive the highest level of care.
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is an organization pursuing the mission of improving the safety and care provided to health care patients. This not-for-profit group works to define and develop groundbreaking programs designed to further their patient safety mission. The NPSF defines patient safety as, “The prevention of health care errors, and the elimination or mitigation of patient injury caused by health care errors.”Read More
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook things – including your health. To ensure you are getting the best care possible, it is important to view yourself as a consumer of health services. As with any product you purchase, it is imperative to research your options and to arm yourself with the most reliable information in order to make wise choices. For this reason, the American Institute for Preventive Medicine sponsors National Wise Health Care Consumer Month, aimed at teaching people how to be more involved in their own health care.Read More
Since 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) has celebrated the Go Red for Women Campaign in February to bring more awareness to the issue of heart health in women. While cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 500,000 women a year, most women do not realize this or dismiss heart problems as an “older man’s disease.” This national campaign and the Feb. 3 Wear Red Day helps raise awareness of heart disease as the number-one killer of women.Read More
While the holiday season is undoubtedly an exciting time to get together with friends and family, it can also be very stressful for many people. The demands of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, throwing and attending parties every weekend in December, and hosting holiday guests or preparing for some holiday travel of your own is enough to turn even the most festive of revelers into an Ebenezer Scrooge.Read More
November is designated as National Healthy Skin Month by the American Academy of Dermatology. While most people may think this observation is more appropriate during the summer months to urge beach-goers to slather on the SPF, the reality is that wintertime can bring on more skin complications than most people realize. In the winter, a drop in humidity and temperature, coupled with a higher thermostat setting at home and in the office, results in drier air. For most people, dry air leads to dry, itchy skin.Read More
Each year the Arthritis Foundation hosts their nationwide Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit arthritis sufferers. This event is held in cities across America throughout the month of November as a way to kick off the holidays and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Individuals can race on their own or form teams with family, friends, or co-workers. Each walk/run is a 5K (approximately 3.1 miles), so it is manageable for most people to complete, no matter their fitness level.Read More
As cooler weather and shorter days creep in, your thoughts may naturally look ahead to the approaching winter months. One thing you might not realize about this time of year is that it also coincides with National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), held during Mental Health Awareness Week each October. The goal of NDSD is to call attention to the illness of depression on a national level, educate the public about its symptoms and effective treatments, and offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for depression.Read More
In the midst of the Halloween decorations that inevitably make their appearance at the beginning of October, it is the annual appearance of pink ribbons that truly marks the start of this fall month. The pink ribbon has become synonymous with fighting breast cancer and supporting research to cure this terrible disease. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Fifteen years ago Family Health & Fitness Day USA was established in response to the sedentary lifestyle many Americans – especially children – have adopted. This year Family Health & Fitness Day will be celebrated on Saturday, September 24. The event is celebrated nationwide at local community sites, such as health clubs, YMCAs, state and county health departments, park districts, houses of worship, and schools. This year’s programs will include exercise demonstrations, health fairs, family walks, and more.Read More