Category: Wellness

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The holiday food minefield

Categories: News  /  Wellness

We start out with the best of intentions — trying to eat more sensibly and get a little exercise. Then comes the holidays. Everywhere you turn, people are offering you Christmas cookies, eggnog and tamales. Holiday parties bring buffets laden with too many tempting treats. “It’s still possible to have a healthier meal in a way that it’s going to keep you feeling well,” said Clarissa Rivera, a registered dietitian at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. Keeping an eye on food portion sizes can help. Experts recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with lean …Read More >

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Beating back the blues

Categories: News  /  Wellness

The holidays can be stressful. Shopping, social events, debt, and other pressures can lead to anxiety. Missing loved ones and stewing about past events can also contribute. This change from your everyday routine can cause you to neglect good nutrition. And you are more likely to skip exercise. Together, these factors can lead to holiday blues. During the holidays, you may feel lonely, sad, angry, and have poor sleep. Even if you’re not prone to depression, you may have other symptoms, such as headaches, tension, and fatigue. It’s also easy to eat and drink too much. It’s also common to …Read More >

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Getting the most out of your checkup

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Chances are, you and your doctor come together each year as part of an annual rite known as the checkup — or what some call the annual wellness visit. It’s a chance to have a non-urgent conversation about your health and any risk factors you need to address or watch for. Depending on your age and health status, your doctor may have some tests in mind. You can make the most out of your checkup with a little planning, to make sure you can squeeze in any questions or concerns within the time allotted to your visit. Here are a …Read More >

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Checking the phone at the bedroom door

Categories: Blog  /  Wellness

Are your kids getting enough sleep? Are you sure? Many kids aren’t. And parents are often surprised to learn how little sleep they’re getting when we actually put a device that measures their sleep patterns on their wrists and send them home. Electronic devices of all kinds — cell phones, TVs, video game devices, laptops, iPads — can be a major distraction at night when kids should be sleeping. Parents often are blissfully unaware because the bedroom door is closed and the room seems quiet. Cell phones especially can be a big distraction at bedtime for older kids and teens. …Read More >

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Air filters, dehumidifiers and humidifiers

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Technology can make the air in your home a lot healthier. But it can be a little confusing trying to decide which devices you and your family might need. Each one works differently to clear and change the air we breathe. Here’s a quick guide: Air filters — pull mold, pollen, dust mites and other particulates out of household air. The best systems use HEPA filters that trap the particles. Dehumidifiers — remove moisture from the air, curbing the growth of mold and dust mites. These work well in certain parts of the house where humidity collects. Humidifiers — work …Read More >

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Are the kids ready for school?

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Wellness

It’s almost time for the new school year to begin. For a lot of families, that means earlier bedtimes, a checklist of school supplies and the promise of a longer commute during rush hour. Don’t forget the immunizations. Most local schools and school districts have a firm policy about making sure kids are up-to-date on their vaccines before they can return to school. University Health System clinics are preparing for the back-to-school rush and are accepting appointments.   We’ll be holding Back to School Health Stop events from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on two Fridays, August 12 and 19 at the Texas Diabetes Institute, 701 …Read More >

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Help for high blood pressure

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Hypertension — commonly known as high blood pressure — is the leading cause of stroke and heart attack. And while the condition is controllable, it is also silent – and therefore deadly. It’s also easy to check while at the doctor’s office, or even at the grocery or drug store, said Dr. Carolyn Eaton, a family medicine physician with Community Medicine Associates, the nonprofit physician group for University Health System. “The (blood pressure devices) in the stores aren’t bad — maybe a little on the high side for seniors,” but can indicate if you should follow up with your doctor, she said. …Read More >

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Good things from a community garden

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Wellness

University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute celebrated the opening of its new community garden this week by hosting a health fair for National Diabetes Alert Day. The fair offered free glucose screenings, cooking demonstrations and other community resources centered around the garden, the result of a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. While TDI has achieved much in serving the community with diabetes treatment, research and prevention, said Theresa De La Haya, senior vice president of community health and service line programs at University Health System, it’s only the beginning. “We still have a big task ahead of us,” …Read More >

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A resolution to kick the habit

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This is a time of year that Rafael Velasco, a health educator with University Health System, gets a flurry of inquiries from people who want to quit smoking. “It’s resolutions,” Velasco said. It’s not unusual for a number of those resolvers to drop off pretty quickly. “With human behavior, it’s very difficult to curb a lot of the things we do.” But tobacco cessation doesn’t have to mean cold turkey. In fact, that doesn’t work so well for many smokers, such as those who have smoked a pack or two a day for 10 or 20 years. Quitting completely and …Read More >

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A surge in sweetness?

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

It’s been a bad year for sugary drinks. In February, a federal advisory group recommended that people cut back. Groups like the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization said they should cut back even more — citing a growing body of scientific evidence, and the expanding waistlines of the average American. On Tuesday, a broad-based community partnership called the Bexar Healthy Beverage Coalition launched a new campaign that aims to educate people and families on how much sugar they’re consuming through drinks such as sodas, sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages, and promote water and other healthy …Read More >

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