Health

Wed
02
Dec

Community blood drives

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it’s important to take a moment and remember that some of the best gifts that have the most profound impact on the community don’t cost anything.

LifeServe Blood Center relies on volunteer blood donors to give a small amount of their time to ensure lifesaving blood products are on the shelf for hospital patients in need. In less than one hour, a blood donor can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. Additionally, after giving blood, donors can gift their reward points back to be used on teddy bears and other gifts for children in local hospitals.

Wed
02
Dec

Follow ten simple strategies for healthy Holiday eating

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital Dietitian

Your holidays can easily be healthy when you follow a few simple strategies. Here are the 10 simple strategies to prevent holiday weight gain and help prevent excess stress. Follow as many of these steps as you are able to without feeling deprived.

Move in the morning. Take a morning walk to get your blood flowing. It is even better if you take a spouse, child or friend on that walk with you. You can even do it in your pajamas if you like. I always recommend taking a “turkey trot” around the block in the morning if you will be going to a holiday gathering, celebrating or dining out later that day.

Wed
25
Nov

VMH Healthcare Foundation Christmas Fantasy a success


The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 24th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 57 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event November 13-16. These trees were decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations, and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Local entertainers performed at each event during the course of the weekend.

The 2015 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy held last weekend, November 13-16 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion, was a huge success due to overwhelming community involvement.
“From the decorators, to the entertainers, to the treat makers, to the auction donors and buyers, I am once again overwhelmed by the community participation, and also the community support by the large numbers of people who attended the events,” said Mike Myers, Hospital administrator. “Our Foundation members should be proud of themselves for putting on such a spectacular community event.”
A near record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals. The 99 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night, November 16.

Wed
25
Nov

Facing the challenge of grocery shopping with diabetes

By Teresa Myers RN/CDE, with Jill Fleming MS/RD/LD

Grocery shopping is typically not at the top of most people’s list of fun activities. For people with diabetes it can seem overwhelming and challenging - making healthy choices, reading labels, knowing what carbohydrates, sugars and fats to watch out for, etc. With a little planning, grocery shopping can be an effective tool in meeting goals, such as managing blood sugar or losing weight.
Successful grocery shopping is about focusing on what’s healthy, nutritious and tasty, so that you actually enjoy eating. Diabetes Educators can help people with diabetes make informed choices. Here are some recommended tips.

Wed
18
Nov

Flu Shots Available at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during their regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinics will be held  Wednesday, November 18, from 1 to 6 p.m. and again  Wednesday, November 25, 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 and Tdap shots are also available.

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.

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