Monday, November 23, 2015
The holidays are here and we wonder what the scale will look like come January. This is a time for family and friends to enjoy each other's company as well as partake in some delicious, traditional meals. With some planning, we can make it through these office parties, social gatherings and family meals without too much over indulging.
According to Teresa Brown RN, MPH, RD/LD, CDE, of the Health and Wellness Center and Diabetes Program at Norman Regional Health System, here are some tips for a healthier holiday season.
Monday, November 9, 2015
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month. Lung cancer is the 2nd most common diagnosed cancer for men and women, but it is the leading cause of cancer deaths. In 2015 alone, there were 221,200 new newly diagnosed cases of lung cancer in the United States. However, if lung cancer is caught early, treatment can help people live a more productive and healthier life. More than 430,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point.
Risk of having a diagnosis of lung cancer can be reduced. Use of tobacco products is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in our country and contributes greatly to the risk of developing lung cancer. 80% of the lung cancer deaths are believed to have been caused by smoking. Changing behaviors related to tobacco use can increase chances of avoiding lung cancer, or surviving longer with a diagnosis of lung cancer.
The Great American Smoke-out is an annual event held on the 3rd Thursday every November. This year it will be held on November 19th. We encourage people who smoke to say “no” to use of tobacco products (for at least one day) on that day. Millions of Americans continue to smoke cigarettes, but many would like to stop. The good news: it is possible to stop smoking! NRHS can help provide you with the tools to quit. The desire to be free of tobacco is the first step toward change. Get support for the next steps to quitting by enrolling in our QuitSmart program. For more information about Quit Smart , please call (405) 307-3175.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is another avenue to receive help. Primarily funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, this hotline is a toll-free support line with an enhanced selection of services. You can receive free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more. Please call 1-800-QUIT NOW or visit OKhelpline.com to register and receive nonjudgmental support from specially trained Quit Coaches who can help provide services tailored just for you.
The old saying that quitters never win is not always true. People who quit using tobacco products are winners. You can do it!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By 2035, it is estimated there will be 592 million people diagnosed with Diabetes – an increase over 50% from the amount of cases today. This number is astonishing. We need to act today to CHANGE TOMORROW!!! 70% of the type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes.
World Diabetes Day is November 14, 2015. The theme is Living Healthy and Diabetes with a goal to increase education so we can prevent, reduce or manage diabetes.
There are three types of Diabetes.
Diabetes is major cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the CDC, the risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. Diabetes is also the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
Diabetes is not something you can simply outgrow. However through education and making lifestyle changes, you can reduce and manage it better.
What can you do today to change tomorrow? It starts with a healthy overall lifestyle.
Norman Regional Health System is ready to help you. We have one of the Oklahoma’s only Diabetes Centers. Pre-diabetes education is so important. For people who have not developed type 2 diabetes but are showing the warning signs, we offer an evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through trained lifestyle coaches, the program will teach you how to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. For more information, please contact NRHS Health and Wellness Center at 405-307-5733.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Get Stroke Smart
Monday, October 19
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Norman Regional Hospital Education Center
901 N. Porter Ave.
Get smart about stroke at Norman Regional’s stroke awareness event. You can learn about this disease from physicians and be screened for your risk of experiencing a stroke. Seating is limited! Please call (405) 440-8802 to RSVP!
Registration begins at 8:30. The health fair will continue until 9:45. At that time, the panel of professionals will discuss all different aspects of Strokes. The panel will present information about the care and treatments a stroke patient receives from the time of calling 9-1-1, in the emergency room, during a hospital stay as well as rehabilitation therapy.
Norman Regional is offering everyone who signs up for the Get Stroke Smart event a free lipid profile blood test. The blood test must be completed by Wednesday, October 14th in order for the lab to send us your results in time for the event. Simply take this ad into any Norman Regional affiliated laboratory location during its normal business hours. You must fast for 12-14 hours prior to this test. Results will be provided at the Get Stroke Smart event.
Norman Regional Lab Locations:
Friday, October 2, 2015
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men in the United States with one in six being diagnosed. Your health is important and we encourage you to take seriously the significance of early detection and prevention. When used appropriately, prostate specific antigen (PSA) test results can diagnose, assess risk and monitor prostate disease. However, the test is not perfect. The Urology Care Foundation suggests men talk to their health care provider about the PSA tests. Based on guidelines and recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Taskforce and the American Urological Association, community wide PSA screening are no longer offered.
The American Urological Association issued the following guidelines on the early detection of prostate cancer:
These guidelines do not apply to men who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for prostate cancer.
Please contact your physician to discuss your individual health needs or if you have any questions.