December 2011 Your Health Matters
The CDC says that chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Four health risk behaviors that you can change – lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption – are responsible for much of the illness, suffering and early death related to chronic diseases.
Did you know that one cup of eggnog can contain 340 calories and 20 grams of fat, and a one-inch slice of fruitcake has 302 calories and 10 grams of fat?
The family tradition of sharing a holiday meal is lost for people who have dysphagia, or difficulty with swallowing. Dysphagia often is a result of a stroke or other neurological disease, Parkinson’s disease, head and neck cancer post-radiation and/or surgery, or normal aging. An estimated 15 million adults in the U.S. currently suffer from the condition. Many dysphagia patients have to rely on a diet of pureed food and nectar-thick liquids or, in some cases, a feeding tube for nourishment.
Michael Cook, RN, of Forward Township, a Behavioral Health nurse, represented Jefferson Regional Medical Center at the 13th Annual Cameos of Caring® Awards Gala on November 5 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.
Health and wellness classes, general interest classes and services, support groups, and other events to help you lead a healthy life.