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Celebrating Healthy Weight Week This January

Did you know that the third week in January is designated as Healthy Weight Week? This public awareness campaign is intended to educate families about the importance of lifestyle changes for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Healthy Weight Week is not about trying the latest fad diet; it’s about adopting health habits for a lifetime of wellness. Your new healthy habits can positively affect your wellness in many ways, including your heart and vascular health. If you’re thinking of making changes to your meal plan, consider speaking with a provider at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Say Goodbye to Fad Diets
In January, it’s common for people who are struggling with their weight to try yet another fad diet. But these diets typically do not bring about lasting change and they may even result in serious health consequences such as nutritional deficiencies. This year, say goodbye to fad diets permanently and instead embrace the mindset of Healthy Weight Week. This approach encourages individuals to commit to forming healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Make Wellness a Family Commitment
It can be difficult to make healthy choices when the cupboards are full of junk food or the kids would rather watch TV than go outdoors and play. Encourage your whole family to adopt healthier habits along with you. Weight loss is generally easier and more sustainable when the whole family makes the effort.

Focus on One Change at a Time
Fad diets often involve a drastic, short-term overhaul of one’s meal plan, but this isn’t healthy and it discourages long-term success. Instead, set realistic expectations for your family by making one change at a time. Ask your loved ones to brainstorm ideas for a healthier household, such as cutting back on soda, choosing fresh fruit for dessert, and signing up for local sports opportunities.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is your family’s partner in wellness. We offer a complete menu of preventive and therapeutic health services, including heart care, sports medicine, and pediatrics in Miami. You can reach a registered nurse by calling (305) 222-2200.

Reasons to Kick Off the New Year As a Blood Donor

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Get 2017 off to a great start by giving the gift of life in honor of National Blood Donor Month this January. Blood donors are everyday people who choose to step forward and take action to help others in their communities. Your gift could save the life of a trauma patient in the emergency care department at Kendall Regional Medical Center. Or, your gift might be used for oncology patients in breast cancer centers. There are countless reasons to give blood; why not start today?

Giving blood helps save lives.
Highly trained physicians and surgeons can use the latest medical technologies to facilitate better outcomes for patients, but modern medicine by itself can only do so much. There is a critical need for donated blood across many departments at hospitals around the country. Emergency care patients need blood transfusions after sustaining traumatic injuries in car accidents, natural disasters, and acts of violence. Women with pregnancy complications, patients with severe anemia, surgical patients, and cancer patients all rely on the selfless acts of blood donors. Since blood can only be stored for a certain period of time, there is a constant need for blood donors to step forward.

Giving blood honors your loved ones.
Perhaps you have a parent in the hospital or a friend who is undergoing cancer treatments. Maybe you have lost a loved one and you’re looking for ways to honor his or her memory. Giving blood is both a touching gesture and a practical act that can lift your spirits and serve as a loving tribute to others.

Donating blood isn’t possible for everyone.
It’s easy to dismiss the ongoing need for blood donations. You might assume that someone else will step forward to donate. But donating blood isn’t possible for many people, because of their medical conditions. Some people are excluded from donating simply because they lived in a certain region linked to various health issues. If you are eligible to donate blood, take advantage of this precious opportunity to save another person’s life.

Kendall Regional Medical Center would like to thank the blood donors and blood drive volunteers throughout our community and beyond. We are a leading provider of emergency care in Miami and many of our hospital services are dependent upon blood donations. For general information about our medical services, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 222-2200 and speak with a registered nurse.

The Science of Safer Surgery: Robotic Procedures [INFOGRAPHIC]

Robotic surgery may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in reality, it is one of the safest types of surgical procedures available. From heart care to abdominal procedures and women’s services, robotic procedures are revolutionizing the surgical experience for patients. During a robotic procedure, surgeons use a console to direct robotic arms to perform very specific actions. Because there is no human hand involved in the actual physical procedure, incisions can be smaller and more precise than ever before. Learn more about robotic surgery in this infographic from Kendall Regional Medical Center. We are pleased to offer cutting-edge robotic surgery in Miami as part of our comprehensive network of healthcare services, including orthopedics, pediatrics, and ER care. Talk to your surgeon about your upcoming procedure to find out if robotic surgery could be right for you, and help other patients boost their knowledge by sharing this information.

Tips for Helping Your Teen Stay Smoke Free

Although the health risks associated with smoking are well documented, many children and teens continue to take up the habit. One of the major keys to effective smoking prevention is talking with your teen openly about the dangers of using cigarettes and other tobacco products. This November, the Kendall Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society are celebrating Lung Cancer Awareness Month as part of an ongoing campaign to inform our community about smoking and provide the health resources needed to make a lasting plan to quit.

Discuss and Listen Patiently and Openly

Holding a discussion with your teen about smoking or tobacco use may feel uncomfortable for you, but it’s important to recognize that this conversation should focus on the comfort of your teen. When discussing smoking or tobacco, try to make it clear that your teen can speak openly without fear of judgement or punishment. Make sure to listen to his responses to your questions, and take steps to discuss his thoughts and opinions in a positive and informative way so he will feel that his point of view is respected.

Talk About All Tobacco Products

While smoking cigarettes remains one of the most recognizable ways to engage in tobacco use, it’s important to discuss other forms of tobacco and nicotine products as well. The recent development and use of e-cigarettes has led many teens to believe that these products are safer for use, when in reality e-cigarettes still contain harmful and addictive chemicals. Chewing tobacco can also pose a serious health risk, and should be included in your discussion.

On November 17th, Kendall Regional Medical Center invites you to participate in the Great American Smokeout event and encourage someone you love to quit smoking. You can find out more about this event and Lung Cancer Awareness Month when you click through our website, where you’ll also find our health resources, health library, and patient portal. We also invite you to call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (305) 223-3000 for more details about our hospital, our ER, and our children’s and women’s services.

How to Avoid Diabetic Emergencies

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to processes insulin, which regulates the way cells and organs use sugar for fuel. While diabetes is typically a manageable disease, health emergencies associated with this condition can arise when there is too much or too little insulin in the body. If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes, recognizing the signs of a diabetic emergency is vital to maintaining good health and wellness.

Carry Snacks

Many individuals can manage their blood sugar level through diet. Snacks can also help to offset or delay symptoms of a diabetic emergency until you can reach an ER for help. If you begin experiencing the symptoms of low blood glucose, eating a snack comprised of carbohydrates or simple sugars can help to increase glucose in the blood. Thus, it’s important to carry appropriate snacks with you when you leave home for the day, especially if you aren’t sure when or where you’ll have the opportunity to stop for food.

Check Your Blood Sugar Regularly

The only way to truly monitor the condition of your body and the effects of your diabetes is to test your blood sugar. Checking your blood sugar regularly will help you determine whether your blood glucose levels are too high or too low, allowing you to take steps with your diet, exercise, or medication to better regulate the amount of sugar in your blood. In many cases, careful monitoring allows you to reverse the effects of a building problem and avoid the need for emergency care.

This November, Kendall Regional Medical Center invites you to celebrate American Diabetes Month with us. The goal of this celebration is to inform our community about the symptoms, diagnosis, and management of diabetes to help those with this condition lead healthier lives. Please visit our hospital and ER online to find out more about our services and health resources, including emergency care and diabetic wound care in Miami. If you’d like to speak with a registered nurse for more information or a physician referral, please call (305) 223-3000.

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