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Vicky Bourdaniotis, registered dietitian with Sutter Options for Success, a 12-week course to create a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, shares tips about how to get healthy and stay healthy in the New Year.
1. Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Day. Keep whole fruit on the table, counter or in the refrigerator – eat it as a snack. Include fruit at breakfast. Add a side salad to lunch and dinner meals. Add chopped fruit and vegetables to pasta, grain and meat dishes.
2. Make Half of Your Grains Whole Grains. Grains include any food made from wheat, rice, oat, barley, rye, cornmeal and many others. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel. Try whole wheat versions of pasta or brown rice. Use whole grains in mixed dishes such as barley in soup or make a quinoa salad.
3. Vary Your Protein Foods. Protein foods include eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, nuts & seeds and beans. Eat seafood twice weekly. Make poultry and meat lean or low-fat. Add an egg to salads one to two times per week. Add peanut butter to toast. Include unsalted nuts & seeds with salads or eat as a snack.
4. Add in Low or Non-fat Dairy. Top off your meals with a dairy item. Add low-fat milk to cereal or oatmeal. Top salads, fruit and baked potatoes with low-fat plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Have an 8-oz glass of 1% or 0% milk more often with meals. Enjoy almond or soy milk as a milk alternative.
5. Enjoy Your Food, but Eat Less. Monitor portion sizes of all foods, especially grains, fats, protein and dessert items. Take your time when eating to really enjoy your food – this will help you recognize your hunger and fullness cues and prevent you from overeating. Use a smaller plate to help with portion control.
6. Be a Healthy Role Model for Children. Everyone in the family should eat the same foods. Avoid giving children separate foods from the rest of the family – this is their time to learn healthy habits. Try new foods together and gets kids involved in the kitchen.
7. Make Celebrations Fun, Active and Healthy. Make foods look festive – decorate with fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds. Try out healthier recipes to serve. Plan to do something active at the event such as dancing or playing an active game.
8. Make Better Beverage Choices. Remember, calories can come from beverages too. Choose plain water more often. Add cucumber, lemon, orange or other fruit to add some flavor. Low or non-fat milk is a great alternative for a different taste. If you choose juice, be sure it is 100% fruit or vegetable juice. Be aware of sports drinks, alcohol, coffee drinks and sodas.
9. Choose Sensibly When Dining Out. Use nutrition information at restaurants to help guide you for a low-calorie option. Ask how large portions are and take half of the meal home. Choose items that are baked, broiled, boiled or grilled more often than fried, deep-fried, battered, or creamed. Ask for dressing and sauces on the side. Choose fruit or salad side dishes more often.
10. Keep Active all Day! Plan to walk, swim, run, bicycle or another type of aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Adding steps to your day can also have a big impact on health. Take the stairs, park farther from the store, take a stretch-break every 2 hours, walk to tell your coworker something vs email, and march in place while watching TV.
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification examination in August 2013. Urogynecologists Larry Bowen, M.D., and Wesley Hilger, M.D., are among the first in the nation to be board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS).
The recognition of FPMRS as a subspecialty Board represents many years of collaborative efforts from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology. Both urologists and gynecologists with training in this field can now become Board Certified in FPMRS. Board certified fellowships in FPMRS have been around for many years, but individuals were not granted the privilege of board certification until now.
As urogynecologists Dr. Bowen and Dr. Hilger specialize in the care of women with benign pelvic floor disorders that include urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, defecatory dysfunction, fecal incontinence and irritative lower urinary tract disorders such as interstitial cystitis. They also offer minimally invasive surgeries including laparoscopic robotic and vaginal reconstructive procedures.
Both Dr. Bowen and Dr. Hilger initially did residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed fellowship programs in FPMRS. Dr. Bowen completed his fellowship in 1985 when there was only one program in the country at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hilger graduated from his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, in 2006. Board recognition requires advanced surgical training, a practice dedicated to FPMRS and passing a rigorous certification exam.
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is participating in a unique challenge to raise funds with a Matching Grant to purchase a state-of-the-art 128-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. For every dollar the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation raises from outside sources, three dollars will be contributed to the project. One dollar will come from Sutter Health, One dollar from the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation and one dollar from the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, making this a three-to-one matching opportunity.
“This innovative CT scanner will be the first of its kind in the Auburn and Sacramento area,” said Mindy Danovaro, Executive Director, of the Foundation. “The new scanner will enhance our already existing CT scanning capability, providing faster and more detailed scans.”
The 128-slice CT scanner will not only offer superior image quality but will also offer scans to evaluate for the diagnosis and treatment of a stroke and also to noninvasively detect blockages in the coronary arteries. With the purchase of the new scanner Auburn residents will receive enhanced diagnostic care in their own community.
CT scans help physicians make life-saving diagnoses and create optimum treatment plans. Although the cost for the 128-slice CT scanner, including installation costs, is estimated to be $1.2 million, a $300,000 investment by the community will be matched, three-to-one. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation has already raised more than two-thirds of the $300,000 required to meet the Matching Grant Challenge. With only one-third of the funds remaining to be raised, getting this technology for our community is nearly a reality for the hospital.
“This is a perfect time for Auburn residents to significantly increase the value of their investment in the hospital,” said Danovaro. “We have a great opportunity right now to leverage the power of philanthropy to fund this fantastic piece of new technology to support and heal our community.”
For more information call Mindy Danovaro at 530-888-4559.
“Light up A Life”, a special evening of remembrance, will be held Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 pm, at The Ridge Golf Club and Event Center, 2020 Golf Course Rd., Auburn. This free event which is open to all members of the community especially welcomes families who have experienced a loss during this past year.
The program will include speakers from the community, music, a candle lighting ceremony and light refreshments. Families can obtain a free keepsake ornament prior to the event from the host locations to personalize with pictures, poems or any other mementos. Guests can also choose to arrive at 6:15 when the doors open to decorate an ornament with craft items provided. All personalized ornaments will be placed on the holiday trees in recognition of loved ones.
Hosts for Light Up A Life are Auburn Oaks Care Center, Chapel of the Hills, Lassila Funeral Chapels, Sierra Foothills Funeral Services and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice. For more information please call 530-886-6881.
After seconds or even thirds of turkey, stuffing mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, your stomach may begin to make some strange noises. But when are those noises something to worry about? Gastroenterologist Ronald Hsu, medical director of Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center, has some tips that may help explain the racket your belly is making.
“People may be surprised to learn that those gurgling noises coming from your abdomen don’t actually come from the stomach,” said Dr. Hsu. “They’re generated by the intestines when food particles, gas and other substances move from one end to the other.”
A gentle rumble is usually considered Read More about Is it too much Thanksgiving turkey or is it GERD?
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Health and Radiological Associates of Sacramento (RAS) have agreed to join forces in providing diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology services across the greater Sacramento region.
Effective Feb. 1, 2014, Sutter Medical Foundation (SMF) will own and operate RAS’s Radiation Oncology and Diagnostic Imaging services, and RAS shareholder physicians will join Sutter Medical Group (SMG). It is expected that Sutter Health will have a need for the services of the current RAS employees.
“This is an exciting time for health care in our region as two quality organizations with long histories embark on a new chapter together,” said James Conforti, regional president of Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “Both Sutter and RAS believe it is always our duty to provide the most integrated, timely, accurate and high-quality medical care and service for patients. Our collaboration only strengthens that tradition.”
“Joining our two organizations makes perfect sense from a clinical value and patient quality perspective,” said Jonathan Breslau, M.D., FACR, RAS Medical Group president and chairman of the board. “We have united because of our similarities as organizations, our vision and our thought to giving patients greater access to care. Simply said, we can do more together for our patients.”
Sutter Health and RAS will work collaboratively to ensure all patient care is seamlessly transitioned. The combined clinical workforce will be able to share best practices in caring for all patients from Auburn to Vacaville.
“Sutter Medical Group welcomes the addition of Radiological Associates of Sacramento’s long-standing, respected community physicians,” said Christine Griger, M.D., president and CEO of SMG. “This broadened team of clinicians will work collaboratively to provide patients with a comprehensive range of services on which we hope to expand in the future.”
These services include diagnostic imaging (adult and pediatric), comprehensive women’s imaging, PET and nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, interventional and neurointerventional radiology, and teleradiology services.
The thousands of cars that traveled the Capital City Freeway Saturday and Sunday nights saw a lot of purple. That’s because, in honor of World Prematurity Day on Sunday, Sutter General Hospital was bathed in the color purple to symbolize hope for a healthy start for more babies.Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been a longtime partner with the March of Dimes in the fight against preterm birth. Preterm babies are born at a higher rate in the United States than in 130 other countries of the world, including many poorer nations, according to a March of Dimes report, “Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.” More than 15 million babies are born premature worldwide and more than 1 million die as a result of their early birth. Babies who survive often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities. Read More about Sutter General Hospital Lit Purple for World Prematurity Day