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6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart’s Health

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 22, 2019 3:38:20 PM

It’s February, and if you already feel a little guilty about the New Year’s Resolutions you’ve let slip, you are not alone. Fortunately, a resolution to boost your heart’s health can be easier to keep than you think!

If you’re not ready to hit the gym three times a week (or even if you are), we want to share six easy actions any of us can take to improve the health of our hearts. 

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Topics: Cardiac Care

Myths and Truths About Wine and Chocolate

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 22, 2019 11:27:52 AM

Have you ever heard the saying, “A glass of wine and a piece of dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away?”

Probably not. Yet, every day, patients see articles about a new study proclaiming the health benefits of wine and chocolate. Can wine and chocolate actually be good for you?

We decided to find out by looking behind a few headlines.

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Topics: Cardiac Care

How to Avoid, Treat Frostbite

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 30, 2019 10:50:41 AM

When subzero temperatures arrive, it’s not time to enjoy the great outdoors.

A windchill that dips well below 0°F is dangerous and deadly. Unless you need to travel for work or have an emergency, you should stay indoors.

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Topics: Emergency

Planning a Heart Healthy Diet for Your Family

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 27, 2019 10:30:00 AM

March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

 

The food you eat is just as important as regular exercise. Eating a heart healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke and many other health problems. By understanding which foods are the healthiest for your heart, you can take steps toward a healthy lifestyle and greater quality of life.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss

How Does Hypertension Harm Your Health?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 20, 2019 2:37:00 PM

Hypertension, or enduring high blood pressure, is a condition that can quietly cause damage across the body. That’s why it’s crucial to have your blood pressure checked regularly: to catch high blood pressure before it does serious damage.

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Topics: Hypertension

7 Common Myths About Hypertension

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 13, 2019 2:38:00 PM

When your blood pressure stays high for too long, you have hypertension. It can be the result of excess salt, smoking, drinking, obesity, or a combination of factors. Or, as unfair as it is, you might have just inherited high blood pressure.

Hypertension is surrounded by myths and misunderstandings. You may hear all kinds of advice from well-meaning friends and family. Let’s sort through some common myths, so you can make health decisions based on the facts.

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Topics: Primary Care, Hypertension

The Three Trimesters of Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 29, 2018 8:58:27 PM

Whether you are expecting for the first time or you have already been down that road before, you might want a roadmap for the journey. It’s one of the most joyous times in your life, and pregnancy can also be one of the most confusing times in your life. Everyone you know will suddenly be talking about their own pregnancy stories, or their friend’s aunt who is two weeks overdue. Along with all the advice and stories, you'll probably hear some technical jargon. It’s enough to make your head spin.



It’s good to know as much as you can about your baby’s development. You will also want to have a good grasp on what is happening to your own body.

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Topics: Birth, Maternity Care, Johnson County Moms

How to Avoid That Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 11, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Turkey. Ham. Dressing. Green Bean Casserole. Cookies. Cakes. Fudge… and the list goes on.

As if the abundance of food at your family holiday gatherings isn’t enough, the festive snacks offered at the workplace and the goodies shared by neighbors make it the most indulging time of the year.

On average, we can gain a couple of pounds – and, yikes, as much as 10 - between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. The holidays account for much of a person’s annual weight gain over the course of a lifetime.

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Topics: Weight Loss

7 Healthy Habits to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 10, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This time of year most people reflect on the past year and make resolutions or goals to make he new year even better. A lot of times, those new resolutions only last a few days or weeks, and they are thrown by the wayside by the beginning of February. This year, let's set our goals and stick to them! Follow these tips to help you be the best you can be.

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Topics: Weight Loss, Wellness, Health Care

How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 8, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.

Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

One minute, you are fine and enjoying time with family. The next, a yuletide song on the radio leaves you heartbroken.

Grief during the holidays is especially profound the first year of your loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”

So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have an enjoyable Thanksgiving, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or wonderful New Year following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?

Here is some advice that might help:

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Topics: Mental Health