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    Keeping Your Heart Healthy Through the Holidays

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The holiday season can be a dubious time for your health. The plethora of holiday dishes and desserts combined with a calendar of social obligations can leave you eating more and exercising less than normal. Both activities can put added stress on your heart. MountainView Hospital aims to help Las Vegas residents keep on task with their heart health objectives. 

    Prepare for Holiday Party Temptations
    Tables full of delectable appetizers and desserts are a common sight at holiday parties. If you arrive just in time for dinner, though, those platters of savory and sweet treats may prove too irresistible to ignore. To avoid binging on foods high in fat and cholesterol, never go to a holiday party without a dining plan. That may mean sampling only the veggie tray when you grab a plate. It might also mean keeping a healthy snack in your briefcase, purse, or car console that you can eat prior to your arrival.

    Don’t Put Your Exercise Plans on Holiday
    Deciding to stop your workout regimen for even a month or two can have serious consequences on your heart health. Consistent exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system and eliminates the presence of plaque in the arteries. In the absence of a physical fitness routine, those benefits can disappear. Given the greater likelihood of eating high-calorie and high-fat foods during the holidays, abstaining from exercise at this time of year can have even more substantial side effects on your heart’s wellbeing.

    Cook Your Own Holiday Meals
    A busy holiday schedule can make finding time to cook and bake your own dishes difficult. When you buy pre-made meals from restaurants, fast food chains, or even the grocery store, though, you have little information about what ingredients went into those foods. To please the palates of their customers, many of these outlets season their dishes with high amounts of butter, oil, salt, and sugar. To cut down on your consumption of these foods, make a commitment to make your own holiday dishes.

    MountainView Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services for the greater Las Vegas community. For more information about our services, call us at (702) 233-5474. We will be offering numerous Heart Nutrition Classes in 2014, so be sure to check our calendar for those details.  You can also subscribe to our H2U, or Health to You, program for more tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

    Join Us at Our Free H2U Event on December 12: "Beating the Holiday Blues"

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The holiday season is meant to be cheerful for all, but it doesn’t always turn out that way for everyone. For some individuals, the holidays can produce high levels of stress, as they attempt to juggle long work hours and multiple social engagements.  For others, it can be psychologically draining. 

    To learn more about these “holiday blues,” join Jennifer Riedel, Director of RISE Behavioral Health of Southern Hills Hospital, and Linda Freyenhagen R.N. of Southern Hills Hospital at the FREE H2U event "Beating the Holiday Blues” on December 12 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

    Our sister hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, recently opened RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health, a 14-bed, in-patient specialty unit serving ages 55 and older with behavioral health needs including, but, not limited to, depression, dementia, psychosis and anxiety disorders. 

    There will be discussions about the prevalence of depression in the elderly, explanations on how depression, and mental illnesses associated with depression, specifically impacts older adults, as well as recovery to depression associated with aging.  Reservations are required, so please call 702-233-5474 to reserve your spot.  For more information, please visit MountainView Hospital online, or call (702) 233-5474. 

    Creating Healthier Diabetes-Friendly Meals

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Learning to eat right when you have diabetes is not about following a diet plan; it is about living a healthier lifestyle so that you can adapt your healthy diet to any situation. With this short video from the American Diabetes Association, you can learn how to design your plate so that you get the right amount of nutrition with every meal.

    You should split your plate and half and dedicate one half of it to non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, or tomatoes. Then, divide the space of the remaining two halves between lean protein and starches. Visualizing your plate this way will provide you with optimal portion control at any meal.

    For diabetes care and tools to manage your blood sugar, explore the diabetes classes offered at MountainView Hospital. To reserve your seat in an upcoming class with us, visit our website or call (702) 233-5474 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    Diabetes Health Tips: Getting More Exercise This Holiday Season

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Holiday weight gain is a common problem for everyone, but it can put your health in danger if you have diabetes. Still, you may find yourself rather busy through the holidays, so you might need some creative techniques to squeeze in the exercise you need. Below are just a few of the ways you can add more exercise to your busy holiday routine and stay on the right track with your diabetes management.

    Exercise on vacation
    If your holiday plans involve travel, you should not forget to bring along your exercise routine. You might practice some 30-minute aerobic routines at home before you pack up for vacation so that you have a quick go-to work out to use anywhere. Jogging in place and jumping jacks are a great way to get your heart rate up before doing some push-ups, abdominal crunches, and leg lifts. These are all exercises that you can do with no equipment and minimal space, making them ideal for vacation and family visits.

    Get exercise in small increments
    When you can’t get a full workout in one session, it may be helpful to break up your exercise into 5-10 minute intervals. To add more exercise to activities you already do, you might walk a few extra laps around the mall while you do your holiday shopping or park further away from the entrance.

    Schedule a pre-dinner walk
    On Thanksgiving and other family gatherings, you might change up your family’s traditions by taking a walk before the meal starts. As the turkey is resting after roasting in the oven, take a walk around the neighborhood to work up an appetite and kick-start your metabolism before the big meal.

    For more information about staying healthy, contact MountainView Hospital today! You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. 

    The Great American Smokeout: November 21

    Last updated 11 months ago

    The Great American Smokeout debuted in 1976 as an opportunity for smokers to give up the habit for just one day with hope the decision would lead to a permanent change. This year, the American Cancer Society has designated Thursday, Nov. 21 as the Great American Smokeout. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages smokers in the community to participate and to commit to a long-term plan to quit for good. For information about tobacco products, secondhand smoke, or to access downloadable No Smoking signs, contact the health district’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, (702) 759-1270 or visit www.SNHD.info or www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org

    Smokers can contact the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT NOW for free assistance to help them quit smoking. They can speak with a professional, licensed counselor for confidential assistance. With the advent of electronic cigarettes, which also contain nicotine, the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline can also provide help to callers who seek assistance to quit using these products as well. Smokers can also visit the health district’s Get Healthy Clark County website, www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org to find tips to help them quit smoking a as well as additional resources. 

    Twenty minutes after squashing out a final cigarette, a former smoker reaps the benefits of quitting when the heart rate drops to a normal level. In three months, the risk of a heart attack drops; in one year, the added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s; in five to 15 years, the risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker; and 15 years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer or bladder cancer is reduced to half of smoker’s risk and the risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.

    In Clark County, nearly eight of 10 residents are non-smokers. Each year, approximately 2,500 Nevadans under age 18 become daily smokers. About 80 percent of adult smokers became regular smokers before the age of 18. Healthcare costs are about $565 million for smoking-related illnesses and 3,300 Nevadans die from smoking-related illnesses each year. The average smoker will spend approximately $1,000 annually on cigarettes.

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