Stuck on the Worry-Go-Round? Five Ways to Exit the Anxiety Ride

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 11-04-2014

depressed womanYou know better than to obsess, but occasionally life’s challenges overwhelm your ability to control worry levels. Increased anxiety takes a definite toll on physical and emotional health.

According to outpatient therapist Betsy Van Brocklin with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville, some common consequences of anxiety include increased blood pressure, migraines, decreased sleep and appetite and impaired ability to handle stress and frustration.

Fortunately there are coping strategies that can help slow or even stop the revolving cycle of obsessive worry. Van Bocklin shares five tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Top Three Things Not to Say at a Funeral…

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 01-04-2014

Man comforting friend“At least he’s not suffering anymore.”
“Everything happens for a reason.
“She’s in a better place now.”

We mean well, we really do, but it’s still difficult to know how best to offer care, compassion and practical support to a friend or family member who is grieving or depressed and ditch the well-intentioned clichés. Licensed clinical professional counselor Yoli Holmes with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville offers these tips for constructive ways to help: Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching an Old Nutrition Label New Tricks

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition | Posted on 28-03-2014

New Nutrition LabeThe Food and Drug Administration’s iconic nutrition labels could be changing for the first time in more than 20 years, and that’s a good thing according to Memorial Medical Center registered dietitians Gayle Jennings and Christina Rollins. The new label will list total calories more prominently, add long-ignored nutrients like potassium and vitamin D, reconfigure the serving size calculations and include added sugars to the tally. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The new label will be more user-friendly for those following dietary guidelines.
  • Serving sizes will be displayed more accurately, enabling consumers to avoid “super-sizing” their food items.
  • Potassium and vitamin D, both of which offer important health benefits, will be listed on the new label in order to draw attention.
  • Added sugars will now be listed so consumers will know how much sugar is naturally occurring and how much is commercially added. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Slimming Ideas to Get Family Support for Your Weight-Loss Journey

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 21-03-2014

African American Family Having DinnerYou’ve made it through your first full week on your weight-loss journey. You’ve controlled your portion sizes. You’ve started exercising. All in all, you’re feeling pretty good about yourself as you relax on the couch on a Friday night.

Then your husband walks in with a large bag of Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips and a generous bowl of French onion dip. You’re going to give him a piece of your mind for tempting you – after you’ve sampled some of those chips.

Losing weight is hard enough on your own, but it’s also important to have your family on board when you set sail on your weight-loss journey. How do you get them on your side? Read the rest of this entry »

Portion Size Does Matter

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 12-03-2014

Food Portion SizesEating right can be a dilemma. Even when we know what we should be eating, eating the appropriate amounts can be difficult. It’s hard to stop after just a few chips or a half-cup of frozen yogurt.

Recipes that serve up to six can lead to huge portions for three or four people. Making pasta for two might as well require a PhD. And dinner out at a restaurant? That hibachi meal for one could probably feed a family of five.

We asked Angie Sebree, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, for her tips on how to maintain healthy portion size—at home and out to eat. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Shrimp Jambalaya

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 04-03-2014

Kohls - Bobby Flay Packaging Shoot - 120101_PKBFS12_PhaseThreeChicken gumbo, crawfish etouffee, beignets, king cake … unmask those Mardi Gras-inspired foods destined to increase your waistline and make inspired choices instead. Click here for a delicious shrimp jambalaya recipe from the American Heart Association’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.

Becky Charlton Smith, a clinical dietitian with Memorial, offers these tips to help make “Fat Tuesday” – and every day – less of a plunge to the nutritional dark side. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Common Triggers of Bad Moods and How to Avoid Them

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 25-02-2014

Woman with a headachA bad mood can sweep in like a winter storm cloud – often expected but sometimes a surprise. Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker for Memorial Counseling Associates, shares three common triggers that can turn a good day into a bad one.

  • Negative thinking includes a jump to conclusions or snap judgments about people or situations, forecasts of the future with a catastrophic perspective, and all-or-nothing thoughts that encourage “black and white” thinking.
  • A negative environment can include complaining people, a lack of cleanliness and/or sunlight and excessive input from television, music, computers and games. 
  • Poor sleep habits include behaviors such as overstimulation, lack of routine and other habits that lead to insomnia, hypersomnia and sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids and Over-The-Counter Medicines: What’s Safe?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 20-02-2014

200248540-001When kids are sick, their parents and caregivers want to do whatever necessary to help them feel better as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember, however, that children are not tiny adults when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines, even those intended for children, can be dangerous if given improperly.

“We are really careful with OTC meds and kids,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill. “We usually strongly advise against using any adult meds with kids. The concentration of the medicines can vary greatly between adult and children forms, which increases the possibility of a child receiving too much medicine.” Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Pinkeye at Bay

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, ExpressCare | Posted on 19-02-2014

woman with pinkeyeLast week, amidst talk of glittering figure skater costumes, “#SochiProblems” and how exactly curling works, one topic took center stage: conjunctivitis, better known as pinkeye.

This dreaded affliction reared its ugly head–and eyes–at the Winter Olympics, when NBC anchor Bob Costas missed several days on the job because of a severe case of pinkeye.

According to Calvin Bell, MD, medical director for Memorial ExpressCare and physician with Mid-America Emergency Physicians, pinkeye is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue over the white part of the eyeball and lining of the eyelids. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible, which reddens–or “pink”ens–the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let the Snow Push You Around! Tips for Safe Shoveling

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Winter | Posted on 18-02-2014

Shoveling SnowAt this rate, we may be shoveling into next winter. Don’t let snow knock your back out of whack. Dr. Ferdinand Salvacion, with Memorial’s SpineWorks, which utilizes advanced non-surgical treatment options like nerve blocking techniques, cautions against trying to move heavy deep piles of snow too quickly. Instead, consider these tips for safer shoveling. Read the rest of this entry »