Health

Wed
21
Jan

How to solve 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?
• 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 won’t crackle or stick to the body.

Wed
14
Jan

Participation in Live Healthy Iowa program encouraged

Veterans Memorial Hospital is encouraging individuals in the area communities to sign up to participate in Live Healthy Iowa this winter and spring. The length of the Live Healthy Iowa program is 10 weeks, allowing those involved a good duration to truly make these wellness changes a habit. Teams can be anywhere from two to 10 members per team allowing for greater flexibility for each team. The program is web-based with a personal tracking page that allows everyone to keep their own results right in front of them at all times.  And the professional support offered by Live Healthy Iowa offers weekly motivational emails and unlimited access to recipes, workouts and other health information, all easily accessible on the Live Healthy Iowa website.

Wed
07
Jan

Flu-related hospitalizations increasing statewide

Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health and testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory indicate flu activity is increasing. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. According to the State, anyone with flu symptoms should help out family, friends and co-workers by staying home to avoid spreading the virus and also remember to cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands frequently.

Thu
01
Jan

First baby born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2015 will receive many prizes

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff are awaiting the arrival of the first baby born at the hospital in 2015. This fortunate child and his or her family will receive a large number of gifts compliments of area merchants. The first baby of the year will receive the following in cash and prizes:
• $100 cash from Dr. Bruce Carlson, Lansing Dental Clinic
• A free night’s stay in a whirlpool suite at the Stoney Creek Inn
• $20 gift certificate from Cynda’s West Side Cafe
• Gift basket from Mayo Clinic Health System-Waukon
• Free pedicure from the Hair, Body and Mind Salon and Day Spa
• Free year of baby photos (five sessions) from Coté Color Photography, Katie Hennessy
• $10 gift certificate from Village Farm and Home, Waukon
• Two T-bone steak dinners from Jet’s Meat Processing prepared by Gus and Tony’s
• Tastefully Simple gift basket from consultant Jan Baumler

Wed
17
Dec

How to manage Crohn’s disease symptoms

by Michael Lessor, 

Veterans Memorial Hospital Dietetic Intern

 

Wed
10
Dec

Flu shots still available at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has received its flu vaccine and will be offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during its regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, December 10 from 1-4 p.m. and again Wednesday, December 17 from 1-6 p.m.
There will not be any immunization clinics on the holidays of December 24 and December 31, but they will begin again Wednesday, January 7 and continue each Wednesday afternoon thereafter. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-4 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.

Wed
03
Dec

Specialized wound care available at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is now offering specialized wound care for patients in all areas of the hospital. Pictured at right is Deb Eberling, RN, BSN, Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse, who recently joined the Community and Home Care department as a home health nurse. When she is not out traveling taking care of home care patients, her specialty in wound care is being utilized for a variety of patients. Eberling is pictured above with home care patient Alverta Ehrie of Decorah. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is happy to announce they can now offer specialized wound care for patients in all areas of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
03
Dec

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, January 5, and will continue for three consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

Wed
26
Nov

“Let It Be Christmas” at successful Christmas Fantasy

The 2014 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy was held last weekend, November 14-17 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon, and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement.

Wed
26
Nov

Living with diabetes? Diabetes educators can help with seven self-care behaviors

November is National Diabetes Month

 

by Teresa Myers, RN, 

Certified Diabetes Educator

 

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