Health

Wed
12
Jan

This New Year lose weight by eating real food, not by counting calories

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD

The New Year is here and most of us are interested in adding “lose a few pounds” to our list of New Year’s resolutions. Sounds simple enough, but where to begin?  The key to losing weight, almost effortlessly, is to eat real food most of the time and listen to your body.

A great goal is to eat real food 75-80% of the time.  The term “real food” may be defined differently according to other health professionals, but my definition is:

Wed
12
Jan

Flu shots available at VMH Community and Home Care

Flu Shots are still available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health.  Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine and will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care continues to offer flu shots every Friday by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660.

COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may be administered at the same visit, on the same day. For example, COVID-19 vaccines can safely and effectively be administered the same time as the flu vaccines.

Wed
12
Jan

COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Walk-In Clinics offered each Friday in January for all ages five and up

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health has announced they will be offering walk-in clinics for all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, each Friday afternoon in January from 1:30-3:45 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room located on the southeast side of the hospital.  Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.

Parking is available by the orange cones along the golf course for easy access to the vaccine location. Flu shots will also be available and can be safely administered at the same time as the COVID vaccine. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those participating must wear a mask and bring their insurance card and vaccination card if they are coming for their second or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Wed
12
Jan

Caring for someone sick at home with COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases on the rise following the holidays, many are caring for someone at home who has been diagnosed with the virus. The following is a list of ways to care for and support those sick at home with COVID-19 from the CDC:

Provide Support
• See if over-the-counter medicines for fever help the person feel better.
• Make sure the person who is sick drinks a lot of fluids and rests.

Watch for warning signs
• Call their doctor if the person keeps getting sicker.
• For medical emergencies, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that the person has or might have COVID-19.

Wed
12
Jan

Keeping it safe when exercising outdoors in cold weather

Exercising is important to do all year round. One should not feel that they need to stay indoors to exercise during cold weather. A good workout outdoors in the winter can be very exhilarating. Just follow the steps below for keeping it a safe outdoor winter workout:

• Warm up longer than usual before heading outdoors in cold weather.
• Keep skin dry. This in turn will keep the exerciser warmer.
• Dress accordingly using many layers. Be sure that the outer layer will break the wind. Add a fluffy layer, like fleece or wool, to trap heat in. And long underwear is good to keep the skin dry.
• Always wear a hat to prevent heat loss through the top of the head.
• Wear mittens instead of gloves to allow air to circulate better between the fingers, keeping the hands warmer.

Always be sure to exercise in a safe, well-lit area. Stay clear of any icy spots and proceed with care in snow. One never knows what may lie under those snow-covered spots.

Wed
12
Jan

Solving dry skin problems this winter

The dry air experienced during the winter months is an integral factor in creating dry skin problems. Heating systems to warm homes and offices, most commonly forced-air heat, wrings even more moisture out of the already dry air. This dry air can take moisture right out of the skin and causes the top layer, which is made up of dead skin cells, to flake.

What can a person do?
1. Use a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier to replace the moisture in the air. Fewer static electricity shocks will be given off of light switches, and clothes, especially sweaters, won’t crackle or stick to the body.

Wed
05
Jan

COVID-19 booster shots available for anyone at Allamakee Public Health

COVID-19 Test Iowa Kits available ...
COVID-19 Test Iowa Kits available ... COVID-19 Test Iowa Kits, like the one pictured above, are still available free of charge at the main reception desk at Veterans Memorial Hospital. These kits collect saliva, then the kit is sent in free of charge via UPS. All instructions are clearly included in the kit with a phone number to call if you have any questions. These Test Iowa Kits are available at the hospital from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends and holidays. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health continue to hold Friday vaccine clinics for COVID-19 booster immunizations. The COVID-19 booster dose is now available for anyone who wishes to receive it, ages five and up, as long as it has been at least six months since their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone will need to wear a mask and bring along any insurance cards. Also bring along your vaccination card for updating.

General immunizations and flu shots are available the first and third Wednesday of each month between the hours of 1:30-5:30 p.m. by appointment only. Make an appointment for these clinics by calling 563-568-5660. COVID-19 vaccine is also available at the Waukon Gundersen Clinic, Hartig Drug, Nightingale Pharmacy and the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic.

Wed
05
Jan

Breastfeeding versus bottle feeding

Maternity Services at VMH ...
Maternity Services at VMH ... Diane Allison, RN, retired Maternity Services Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital, continues to help as a Lactation Consultant on the hospital staff whenever needed. Diane has been a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for over 15 years and even though she is retired, she is available to come in and assist any new or returning mother who would like some assistance and education in breast feeding. Diane is pictured above at left with McKayla Rethamel, at right, and her newborn Charlie in the Maternity Services Suite at Veterans Memorial Hospital. In addition, all of the Maternity Services staff is very experienced and helpful with breastfeeding skills. Submitted photo.

by Diane Allison, R.N., Certified Lactation Consultant at Veterans Memorial Hospital   

Choosing whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is only one of the many decisions expectant parents will make. It takes time to make such an important decision because it will not only affect your baby’s life but also the lives of the entire household. Breastfeeding is a commitment that both parents are involved in as it takes support from the partner to be successful.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins other organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in recommending breastfeeding as the best for babies. Breastfeeding helps defend against infections, prevent allergies, and protects against a number of chronic conditions.

Wed
05
Jan

VMH Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health announces updated CDC recommendations on COVID-19 isolation and quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days (if asymptomatic) followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the one to two days prior to onset of symptoms and the two to three days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for five days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for five days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Wed
05
Jan

Make a New Year’s resolution to give blood in 2022: Next blood drive scheduled for Thursday, January 6

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 6, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous. Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

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