Health Matters

It's Too Late to Get the Flu Shot (and Other Myths)

Posted by Gini Hoffman on Nov 19, 2018 7:32:00 AM

There are many misconceptions about the flu shot, but science and experience have proven that the influenza vaccine can reduce your risk of acquiring the flu; so you can rest assured that the flu shot is generally safe and effective. Let's tackle a few of the most common myths about this often polarizing vaccine.

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness

Breastfeeding Your Baby: From 24 Hours After Birth

Posted by Rhonda Jenkins on Nov 12, 2018 10:54:00 AM

When is it ok to Supplement?

While you are both learning to breastfeed, you may be tempted to supplement with formula (especially at night when patience runs thin and exhaustion creeps in). Proceed with caution. Studies show that just one
bottle can interfere with breastfeeding by raising the baby’s milk intake expectations. 

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Women's Health

Cabbage Treatment for Engorgement

Posted by Lisa Wainwright-Pinion on Oct 29, 2018 7:23:00 AM

You're Not Alone!

Severe engorgement can be avoided by feeding your baby frequently, using a deep latch and not restricting the time spent at the breast. Cabbage leaves may be used to help decrease persistent engorgement. Ice packs and cold compresses may also help. Some studies suggest cabbage may accomplish this quickly. If you are unable to get the baby latched on, start cabbage leaves, express your milk and give the expressed milk to the baby. Of course, get help quickly if the problem continues.

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Topics: Women's Health, Mom & Baby, Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Nutrition 101

Posted by Carol "C.K." Kristich on Oct 22, 2018 8:16:00 AM

Healthy Eating

Many new mothers wonder if they should be on a special diet while breastfeeding, but the answer is no. You can take in the same number of calories that you did before becoming pregnant, which helps with weight loss after birth. There are no foods you have to avoid. In fact, you can continue to enjoy the foods that are important to your family and those special meals you know and love. 

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Women's Health

Nutritional Requirements of the Breastfed Newborn

Posted by Carol "C.K." Kristich on Oct 15, 2018 10:42:00 AM

The First Few Days of Feeding

At birth, a baby’s stomach is the size of a pea or small marble and can hold around 1 (5ml) teaspoon. At 2 days of age, a baby’s stomach is about the size of a walnut. Gradually, the stomach increases in size and by the time the baby is 7-10 days old, it is approximately the size of a golf ball and holds anywhere from 1-2 (30-60ml) ounces. 

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Women's Health

Grilled Eggplant "Steaks" (Serves 6)

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Oct 10, 2018 7:33:00 AM

When you’re getting ready for your next cookout, think about making the flip. Sure, the classic beef burger is still on our BBQ list, but chefs are finding exciting new ways to make the flip to innovative veggie burgers. They’re packed with protein, filled with flavor and all-around better for you.

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Topics: Nutrition & Recipes

Tropical Energy Balls: Easy Back to School Breakfast

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Sep 26, 2018 7:44:00 AM

If your typical weekday morning includes rushing the kids to the bus having just managed to find a missing shoe,
backpack and hair tie, try making breakfast ahead of time with this recipe.

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Topics: Nutrition & Recipes

6 Things You Can do to Prevent Breast Cancer

Posted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz on Sep 24, 2018 10:11:00 AM

A More Healthful Lifestyle Can Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. It might seem simple, but the truth is that living a more healthful lifestyle has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as well as many other cancers, regardless of your family history.

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Topics: Breast Health, Women's Health

Tomato Pie

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Sep 17, 2018 6:24:00 AM

Put Your Tomatoes to Good Use

Tomatoes are in season right now. Whether you grab them from your garden or pick them up at a local produce stand, try this recipe for brunch or dinner this weekend!

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Topics: Nutrition & Recipes

Three Major Forms of Diabetes

Posted by Terry Lumber, RN, CNS, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE on Sep 10, 2018 6:36:00 AM

Virginia is in the Diabetes Belt

In the U.S., 644 counties in 15 states have the highest incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. Our area has been specifically identified as having a high incidence of diabetes. Right here is where diabetes care and prevention is most needed. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are two of the four major contributing factors to the increased incidence of diabetes.

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Topics: Diabetes Treatment, Lifestyle & Wellness