A Healthy You / Medical Reference

Avoid*Spot*Treat Frostbite & Hypothermia

posted Jan 5, 2018, 9:11 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Gradual Weight Loss is More Effective Than Trying to Rush it, According to the CDC

posted Dec 27, 2017, 8:30 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on December 27, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

Losing weight is ranked as one of the top New Year’s resolutions year after year. Though it’s quite common for individuals to want to lose extra weight as quickly as possible, evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily, about 1 to 2 pounds per week, are more successful at keeping the weight off.

The CDC Healthy Weight Division has a few tips to consider if you intend to tackle weight loss and healthy eating in the New Year. First, keep in mind that in order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in. Since one pound equals about 3,500 calories, you need to reduce your caloric intake by 500-1000 calories per day in order to lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week.

The CDC also advises people to set realistic goals and understand that even modest weight loss is likely to produce health benefits. Losing 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight can result in noticeable improvements to blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars and decrease risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity.

In order to improve eating habits the CDC encourages people to reflect, replace and reinforce. Reflect on all specific eating habits, both good and bad and establish common triggers for unhealthy eating. Once you know where the problems lie, replace all your unhealthy habits with healthier ones and then continue to reinforce the new, healthier habits.

Some examples of healthier habits to reinforce include eating more slowly, planning meals ahead of time to ensure a healthy, well-balance meal will be ready and eating only when you’re truly hungry. Many times people eat when they’re tired, anxious or feeling intense emotions besides hunger. If you find yourself experiencing this habit attempt to find a non-food related activity to replace this behavior.

Consistency is key; establish healthy eating patterns and physical activity plans early on and to stick to them, regardless of routine changes. Monitoring your meals, work-outs, accomplishments and potential improvements can also be a good way to stay on track with weight-loss resolutions.

For more information visit The Center for Disease Control Healthy Weight page.

Opioid Recovery Website

posted Oct 4, 2017, 8:21 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 9:50 AM ]

Hoosiers battling opioid addiction have a new online resource to help them find the help they need Level Recovery.

It’s designed to be a one-stop hub of information on the state’s opioid crisis. That includes facts and data, as well as information about what state lawmakers and others are doing to curb drug abuse. In addition to resources for those with substance abuse disorder and their families, the website also has information for health care professionals, emergency responders, and community leaders.

It’s Never to Early to Get a Flu Shot (8/3)

posted Aug 3, 2017, 8:45 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 8:47 AM ]

Posted on August 3, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI 

Local pharmacies and health departments are getting ready for the flu season. Flu shots will be available soon.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against influenza. The flu vaccine is said to reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school. Those who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications, including the elderly, infants, pregnant women and those who suffer from certain health conditions, should get a flu shot early.

The CDC says the composition of the U.S. flu vaccine is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses.

If children have fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, suffer from dehydration, can’t interact, or develop a fever with a rash, these are symptoms that require an emergency room visit.

If you suspect you have the flu, stay home from work or school, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue to prevent the spread of the virus, wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.

Vouchers Available for Free Mammograms

posted Jul 26, 2017, 8:26 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:08 AM ]

Posted on July 26, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI 

Women in Starke or La Porte Counties who do not have the resources to pay for screening and diagnostic mammograms may apply for a voucher for these services.

Vouchers are available for low-income, uninsured or underinsured women age 40 and older and women of any age who are at-risk for breast cancer. Women should contact their physician’s office to see if they meet the qualifications for a voucher.

Vouchers are made available thanks to grant funding through the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust. $18,000 in grant money was secured for this year to help in this effort.

Contact the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for more information at (219) 326-2471.

Is It Heat Exhaustion OR Heat Stroke?

posted May 18, 2017, 4:21 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:37 AM ]

From the Facebook page of the North Judson - Wayne Twp Volunteer Fire Department:  As the temps go up remember stay hydrated and try to keep cool.

Tornadoes: Plan Ahead for Safety

posted Mar 22, 2017, 11:52 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:38 AM ]

When the tornado WARNING is issued do you know what to do?

SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:37 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

The shorter days and colder weather of winter can make anyone feel down, especially if you live a long way from the equator. The reduced light, warmth, and color of winter can leave you feeling melancholy, irritable, or tired. But if these feelings recur each year, make it tough to function during the winter months, and then subside in spring or early summer, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal depression can affect your health, your relationships, and your everyday activities. But no matter how hopeless you feel, there are things you can do to keep your mood and life stable throughout the year.

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

posted Dec 30, 2016, 9:40 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

From Starke Hospital:  Think you're having heart trouble? DON'T WAIT. Get to the ER fast! Thanks to the American Heart Association for this great infographic.

Preparing for Paramedics

posted Jun 2, 2016, 11:31 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

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