Healthier Summer Snacking
Summer means being on-the-go, enjoying the hot weather, and—likely—a less-than-predictable schedule. Planning ahead and incorporating healthy snacks are great ways to make sure you stay on track with maintaining your weight loss when life is busy. Here are some fast, easy, and delicious snack ideas for when you’re short on time:
Big Plans for a Heart-Healthy Valley
With the addition last year of a second full-time Rio Grande Valley pediatric cardiologist, the Driscoll Health System – Pediatric Cardiology clinic, located at Driscoll Children’s Medical Plaza-McAllen, has big plans to help improve the quality of life for the children and parents of the Rio Grande Valley.
Temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and now BMI? It may not be the standard fifth vital sign yet, but you owe it to yourself and your family to ask your doctor to do the simple calculation. Don’t underestimate the power of an obesity screening. We could think of 100 reasons why you should be screened for obesity, but here are the eight that stand out the most.
New Ways to Find the Oldest Disease
Is cancer caused by our modern lifestyle? Or have humans virtually always had cancer? Researchers continue to seek answers, and in fact, British scientists recently found a 3,000-year-old skeleton with soft tissue cancer tumors throughout the body. In any case, it’s clear that modern medicine and science have dramatically improved our ability to fight, and detect early this ancient disease.
Men suffer heart attacks (also called acute myocardial infarctions) an average of 10 years younger than women do, and they’re more likely to die of a heart attack than women of the same age. The death rate for African American men is even higher than it is for whites. Sadly, half of the men who die of heart disease weren’t even aware that they had a problem. In fact, the most common symptom of a heart attack is, unfortunately, sudden death.
Diet and Exercise are not Always Enough to lose Weight: Weight loss surgery may be an option
Many have tried countless diets, calorie counting, low-carb, juice cleanses, and ultimately the weight one loses comes back all too often. For most people, a healthy balanced diet and regular daily activity are just enough to maintain oneself at a current weight. The prevalence of obesity is greater than 30% in the Valley. For these individuals, maintaining their current weight or gaining weight may lead to a cascade of health problems.
How to Take Charge of Your Health
When it comes to your health and wellbeing, you need to think not only about your body but your mind and spirit too. Everything about you and your life matters, and deserves your time and attention. Use your 2016 calendar and reminder stickers to schedule time for fitness, shopping for and preparing healthy meals, “down time” to relax and have fun, and a checkup with your doctor. Doing so will help you to balance your own health and wellness needs with your everyday commitments.