Health

Wed
18
Nov

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

by Teresa Myers RN/Certified Diabetes Educator Veterans Memorial Hospital

Wed
11
Nov

Free Blood Sugar Screenings and Diabetes Prevention Program offered in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  In honor of this, Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Educator, Teresa Myers, RN, CDE, will be visiting the Waukon Wellness Center to offer free diabetes, or blood sugar screenings. These free blood sugar screenings will be available at the Waukon Wellness Center from 6 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 17.
Myers will also be offering a special Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program at the Waukon Senior Center located in the Waukon Wellness Center, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19.
Pre-Diabetes is a condition that comes before Type 2 diabetes when the blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but aren’t high enough to be called diabetes.  It is a silent disease, meaning someone can have it without even knowing it. Cutting back on calories and fat, being physically active and losing weight can reverse pre-diabetes and therefore delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Wed
11
Nov

Tips for healthy holiday eating

A typical holiday meal can pack a whopping number of calories, many from fat, causing the average American to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. But by making simple changes, holiday meals can be made healthier.
“Most holiday meals are not bad for you if they are prepared properly,” says Benjamin Nesseim, family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waukon. “The trouble arises when fat and sugar are added.”
For example, including large amounts of sugar, butter and cream in recipes negates many of the benefits of healthy foods like squash, potatoes, and meat. It also makes it more difficult to enjoy these foods’ natural flavors.
 Dr. Nesseim recommends the following tips for healthy holiday eating:

Wed
04
Nov

Entertainment announced for Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 2015 Christmas Fantasy November 13-16


Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event. The “Ring In the Holidays” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon next weekend, November 13-16 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 2015 Christmas Fantasy will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 13-16 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Ring In the Holidays.”  In addition to the nearly 70 decorated Christmas trees on display, this years’ event will again offer many, shopping opportunities.
Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the moon luncheons.  

Wed
28
Oct

Ocrtober is National Physical Therapy Month


Pictured is the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. This staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting patients within the hospital, patients in the hospital on a skilled level of care, as well as outpatients and in the patient homes. In the front row, left to right, are Alana Gavin, D.P.T.; Amy Ghelf, P.T.A.; Steven Breitenfield, S.L.P; Dana Wells, D.P.T.; and Tami Gebel, O.T. In the back row, left to right, are Laurel Hagensick, P.T.; Melissa Clarke, O.T.; Dacia Johnson, Office Manager and Rehab Technician; Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer; Sara White, P.T.A.; and Amy Robinson, P.T., Rehab Director. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and elliptical machines. The five private treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with the therapists.

Wed
28
Oct

Reservations being taken for Christmas Fantasy

Reservations are being taken now for the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 24th Annual Christmas Fantasy to be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. The theme will be “Ring In the Holidays.”
Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday and Monday Noon luncheons and the Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event. The luncheons are sponsored by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association, and will be held  Saturday, November 14 at 12 noon, and again Monday, November 16 at 12 noon.  A full meal will be served plus entertainment will be provided at both events. All guests will have ample time to view all of the displays. Reservations can be made by calling 563-568-6262.

Wed
21
Oct

Review of Medicare Part D coverage can save money

It can cost you money not to review your Medicare Part D coverage. In one hour, a SHIIP counselor can complete a review, let you know if you can save money and make sure you have access to the drugs you need in 2016.  SHIIP counselors in Iowa have been saving people money for 25 years. In fact, last year they helped Iowans on Medicare save close to $15 million on Part D drug costs.
Every year Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans announce their changes for the next year and Iowans on Medicare can decide if they want to change plans from October 15 to December 7. Kris Gross from the state of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), said, “We’re asking everyone to remind family, friends and neighbors about these important dates. We don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to make their choice of plans for 2016.”  Plans can change their coverage and costs from year to year, so comparing plans during the open enrollment is critical.

Wed
21
Oct

Flu shots available at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care will be offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during regular immunization clinics.  The next flu shot clinics will be held on Wednesday, October 21 from 1 to 6 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  
Immunization clinics are held from 1 to 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month and from 1 to 4 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine will all be available. Tetanus shots will be offered as well.
The cost for a flu shot is $25. Medicare does cover the costs. Billing for Medicare will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and their Medicare number with them.  Pneumonia shots are also available for $75 and Tdap shots for $48.
 

Wed
14
Oct

Watch mail for Medicare Part D information

October is the month to start your Medicare Part D check-up for 2016. Watch your mailbox for news about Medicare drug plans and changes coming next year.  Look for:
• 2016 Medicare & You Handbook - this booklet includes a list of drug plans, premiums and basic plan information for next year.
• Annual Notice of Change - if you’re in a Medicare drug plan now your plan will send you a notice outlining changes for 2016 including premium, benefits and formulary (drug list) changes.  If you get your drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan watch for that plan’s notice of changes for 2016.
• Creditable Coverage Notice from Employer Plan - if you have drug coverage from your employer/retiree plan you must receive a notice by October 15 telling you if their coverage for 2016 is as good as Medicare’s. Keep this notice with your important papers.

Wed
14
Oct

Four steps are key to detecting breast cancer early

from the American Institute of Cancer Research and
Veterans Memorial Hospital
 
Early detection can prove to be lifesaving when it comes to detecting and fighting breast cancer. There are four important ways to play a crucial part in finding breast cancer early on, which could significantly increase one’s chances of recovery should one be diagnosed with the disease.
1. Perform a monthly breast self-exam (BSE.) Because 65 to 70 percent of all breast cancers are found by women themselves, there’s no substitute for doing a BSE. Examine the breasts the week following a menstrual period for anyone age 20 and over. For women who are no longer menstruating, they should perform a BSE the first day of every month.

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