Read below for real expert advice covering preventative care tips from physicians, nutrition tips and recipes from registered dietitians, health care policies that work from clinical staff, job hunt advice from HR recruiters, regional health stories from hospital decision-makers, and more.
May 19, 2017
It's easy to change your eating habits to include local, seasonal produce at this time of year. You can find it at roadside stands for an even lower price than in the stores. When fruits and vegetables are stored and transported across the country, they lose some of the nutritional value, so choose the freshest available as often as possible.
May 12, 2017
Fresh fruits are a great way to include color and take in all those tasty vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help our bodies stay healthy and reduce the risk for chronic diseases. Fresh fruits provide fiber, potassium, folate and vitamins A and C – all in a 60-Calorie serving. And they’re low in fat and sodium!
May 6, 2017
Ever think that we are too busy to think about being healthy? That is something I frequently hear from my clients/patients. Clutter in our lives can be overwhelming and slow the process of working on healthier choices. By "decluttering" our lives, we can make the choices easier.
May 4, 2017
Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which high blood pressure is centralized in the heart-to-lung system. Untreated, it will eventually overtax the heart. A variation called pulmonary arterial hypertension generally affects young and otherwise healthy individuals and strikes women twice as frequently as men.
May 4, 2017
It is okay for patients and their families to ask every single person who visits their room to clean their hands for their own protection. If patients are not sure whether the visitor has cleaned his or her hands, they can feel comfortable and confident in asking their visitor to do so.
April 28, 2017
How does tea fit into a healthy lifestyle? There is some evidence that consuming black tea can decrease incidence of heart attack, while drinking green tea has been associated with lower cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides and high HDL levels. The polyphenol compounds found in tea, especially the catechins, may play a role in preventing cancer. Black, white, green or oolong tea are all made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. All four types of tea are high in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that can play a role in preventing and reducing diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The differences between them lie in how mature the leaves are and how they are prepared.
April 24, 2017
Providence Health continues to receive the highest scores in Columbia for Patient Experience. Here's how and why we do.
April 21, 2017
Honey should be used sparingly if you are worried about blood sugar control. It is the total amount of carbohydrate intake that influences your blood sugar levels, according to the American Diabetes Association. The quantity of carbohydrate is more important than the quality.
April 11, 2017
Did you know 40% of home eye injuries occur while working in the lawn or garden? Dr. Robert Kneece has some tips that may save your sight.
April 7, 2017
The “Mediterranean diet” is a broad concept based on the food habits of many cultures around the Mediterranean sea. Research has shown that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in high-risk people if they follow a Mediterranean-style eating pattern – that’s according to the National Lipid Association. You can start tonight with this recipe for Greek Chicken.
April 3, 2017
It’s always important to take care of our hearts. I take a three-pronged approach: Mind, Body and Spirit! As Nutrition Month closes, be sure to put your best fork forward by trying this healthier version of a granola bar, developed in the hospital by our Chef Brandon Carn, who is always willing to experiment and find a healthier way to prepare food.
March 24, 2017
What is the benefit of chia seeds? Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that adds fiber and omega-3 fatty acids as well as carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Recently we added them to a pudding parfait to give flavor, texture and color. And they’re great in this smoothie!
March 17, 2017
The one thing that might keep you from breaking the fast is catching a few more minutes of sleep in the morning, so here is a quick breakfast idea: A smoothie! You can use your favorite combination of berries and, better yet, add a handful of baby spinach to increase your intake of antioxidants.
March 10, 2017
Here’s some cool news about the carbohydrates that we love: When they are cooked and then refrigerated, the starch that causes our concern transforms into resistant starch. That’s a type of starch that resists digestion. Here are some foods to try eating cold, for the resistant starch.
March 8, 2017
Dr. Vasudeva brings a new evolution in medical treatment for Parkinson’s disease to Providence Health that is showing promising results for keeping patients stable and mobile.
March 3, 2017
National Nutrition Month has arrived! This year's campaign, "Put Your Best Fork Forward," reminds us that each bite counts. Making small changes in how we eat can make a big difference in our health.
February 27, 2017
Below are a few common, and often overlooked, signs that a heart attack may be approaching. To get a pulse on your heart health, make sure to see your family doctor and ask questions about your risk factors.
February 24, 2017
What’s “local?” There is frequently debate about how to define it, but fortunately in South Carolina we have the Certified SC Grown program, which helps consumers identify which products are grown or produced in our state. That’s good because fresh local, seasonally grown foods are picked at peak of ripeness and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
February 21, 2017
Things change the older you get. How you take care of yourself in your 20s is different from your 60s. That said, it’s important to understand what to keep in mind the older you get. Here are some pointers on what to remember as each decade comes and goes, as well as some things you can keep in mind at any age.
February 17, 2017
March is National Nutrition Month! I usually find myself super busy at this time trying to spread the word about healthy eating. That means there are times when I am eating away from home. Here are a few tips for dining out and still making healthy choices.
February 14, 2017
“It has been 250 days since my surgery, and I can honestly say it has been nothing like I expected from start to date,” says Shadeka McIntosh, speaking to us from her home in Jamaica. It is well known that Providence Health has a long history of giving back to the community here in Columbia. This compassion and generosity, though, stretches well beyond our city borders. Here’s one story of a patient flown overseas to repair her heart at Providence.
February 10, 2017
Studies show that adopting all four of these healthy habits can decrease the risk of a coronary event by 86%. Wanna know what the habits are? Click here to read more.
February 7, 2017
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately for an ambulance. If you call 911, an ambulance will come staffed and ready to perform the EKG, either there on the spot or on the way to a hospital. This way, if you are having a heart attack, you can go directly to a Catheterization Lab when you get to the hospital rather than wait for tests to be performed.
February 2, 2017
If you are dealing with elevated blood pressure and trying to follow a DASH eating plan, think about adding additional servings of vegetables at lunch or dinner. Tack fruit on to the end of the meal in place of desserts. Include beans with a salad or have them in place of meat. You might also think about vegetables as part of your breakfast, in omelets or a smoothie.
February 2, 2017
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. That’s why it’s important to play smart with your heart. And there are a couple of simple, practical things you can do to stay on top of your heart game.
January 27, 2017
You can do quick and easy without relying on the high fat, salt and sugar that so often go into making meal preparation quicker.
January 20, 2017
Stepping outside the box and trying something different to improve your health is not always easy. Whether it’s exercising or eating healthy, it requires a certain amount of experimentation and learning what you are willing to live with. Be adventurous: Try some new or different ingredients in an old favorite. Modify one or two ingredients at a time until you have a healthier option.
January 12, 2017
It takes a little time to get everything moving in the right direction when you start working on your health. Thinking ahead and making sure what you have everything you need to make “healthy” happen ensures that the process moves forward, even if it is slow. Shop with that in mind.
January 6, 2017
Seems that we all start out with great intentions, but as we progress through the year, we don’t eat as healthy or exercise as much. As I’ve learned through the years as a registered dietitian, much of this is due to a lack of accountability. There are several support tools that can help. Plus, we have a deliciously healthy Sole recipe to kick start your healthy year.
January 2, 2017
When writing a resume there are things you can do to guarantee it will land in the garbage. In this issue, our recruiter tells you what techniques will get you pitched vs. hitched.
December 23, 2016
MERRY CHRISTMAS! And a healthy one, too. If you’re hosting a holiday party, here are some tips on how to help your guests stay a little healthier. Plus, we offer a recipe for Healthy Pecan Tarts!
December 20, 2016
Joan's cardiologist Dr. Norma Khoury recommended she do cardiac rehab for a diagnosis of stable angina. Today she is a cardiac rehab graduate, who doesn’t get out of breath as much, and can walk further and do more. Best of all? "I had so much fun!" she says.
December 19, 2016
The laboratory staff at Providence has made it a tradition to go above and beyond in their giving. For more than ten years, the Providence downtown laboratory has adopted many therapeutic foster children from the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP) and sent an abundance of gifts and gift cards. In some ways, there really is a Santa Claus.
December 16, 2016
Eggnog? Hot Chocolate? Warm Apple Cider? Cocktails? All of these can pack a lot of fat, sugar and salt into one little glass. We've got tips to make each one a little less diet-damaging. Plus a great recipe for a healthier Dutch Apple Punch for your party.
December 13, 2016
There are a number of ways that a toy can be hazardous to a child. Read these tips to make sure the gifts you give bring smiles instead of risks.
December 12, 2016
During the month of December, we fill our houses with sparkly, colorful, festive flair. We also tend to leave out candy treats and sweets. Sometimes children have a problem telling the difference. Here is a list of commonly used holiday decoration items and the toxic risks they can pose if ingested.
December 9, 2016
Cooking food to the proper internal temperatures can ensure the safety of your holiday meal – and can also help the food taste better. Make sure you use a food thermometer to check for doneness. Check these charts for a guide when you are cooking.
December 7, 2016
Cold weather and joyous holiday season is upon us, and as you are aware, the probability of a disastrous “fire” in your facility increases during the cold weather months. Fire prevention can be achieved through continuing educational programs of all employees about potential fire hazards and how to eliminate them, and by requiring safe practices in the operation and maintenance of your facility.
December 5, 2016
The muscles beneath your facial skin contract hundreds of times a day without your knowing, and each contraction contributes to a slow but consistent indent in the skin, known as a wrinkle. “By chemically preventing these muscles from contracting, Botox softens and relaxes your wrinkles,” says Dr. W. McIver Leppard of Providence Surgical Associates.
December 2, 2016
Most casseroles are fully loaded with fat, salt and sugar. They often contain canned soups and lots of cheese. This breakfast dish is a better choice as far as nutrition is concerned, and it helps you on those really busy days when you don’t have time to spend in the kitchen.
November 30, 2016
As you decorate for the holidays, please beware that some of the plants traditionally used at this time of year can be poisonous. Below, we've provided a list of plants commonly used in Christmas decorating, though this is not a complete list of toxic plants. To help you identify the name of a plant, snip off a small portion of the plant and take it to your local nursery.
November 23, 2016
Studies show time and time again that being thankful is healthy for your mind and body. This article explains some of the benefits to be gained by being thankful as well as tips on how to incorporate more gratitude into your life.
November 21, 2016
Festive gatherings can be a challenge for those of us trying to maintain a healthy diet. For the 29 million Americans with diabetes, the season’s temptations are even more dangerous. Here are some helpful tips for diabetics during the holiday season.
November 18, 2016
Think about either eating your calories or drinking your calories. We consume lots of calories in beverages, whether it is sweet tea or a glass of wine. Try this healthy beverage – and remember, you can reduce the calories by leaving out the yogurt, and perhaps the nuts and chocolate, too.
November 15, 2016
Studies show that the average adult gains one to two pounds every year during Thanksgiving and Christmas. While this is a small increase, over the course of 10, 20 and 30 years, an individual’s weight gain could be as much as 60 pounds.
November 11, 2016
A dessert that GOOD for you? You bet! Pumpkins are a great source of beta-carotene, a plant carotenoid that converts to Vitamin A which may reduce some cancer risks and a good source of potassium which has been associated with a reduction in stroke.
November 4, 2016
There are strategies for avoiding the extra calories, while still enjoying the holidays. Make a few modifications at a time to your favorite recipes – if you change everything at once, you may not be happy with the end results. And if you have a favorite recipe you don't want to modify, have a smaller serving.
October 31, 2016
Cooking your painted pumpkins is beyond recycling, it’s double-purposing. So next time you’re transitioning from Halloween to Christmas, cook the pumpkins your children painted at fall festivals and events.
October 28, 2016
Apples are a great source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber found right under the apple's skin helps lower cholesterol levels. The insoluble fiber is responsible for moving food through the gut, thereby helping avoid cancer.
October 26, 2016
Take a moment to put your two hands together in fists. This is how big your stomach is. Why does it take so much food to fill it? Simple—it doesn’t.
October 21, 2016
A recent study tracking the food habits of 12,000 people over the course of two years found that happiness grew incrementally with each additional serving of fruits and vegetables, up to a total of eight servings a day.
October 18, 2016
No one wants to pull out a food scale at Granny’s dining room table to determine what 4 oz. of roasted turkey looks like. Yet, if I asked you to imagine a tennis ball or a deck of cards, odds are you could envision an item of that size sitting before you.
October 13, 2016
First, it is a starchy vegetable, which means it is a carbohydrate. It is a rich source of beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A helps with the immune function and offers anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits. It protects against inflammation and helps with vision and eyesight.
October 11, 2016
Age, gender and activity level can affect how many calories we need. A small amount of weight loss can have a large impact on blood sugar control. This week our very talented Providence Cooks! chefs served a Green Bean, Parsnip and Carrot Gremolata recipe, which I am sharing with you. It was pretty cool to watch them take two recipes and make one great-tasting, low-carbohydrate recipe.
October 3, 2016
The goal of preventive medicine is not to treat illness -- it's to never get sick in the first place. Here are some common recommendations for adult doctor visits that may help you to avoid illness.
September 30, 2016
When we look at people in other cultures who are healthier than we are, we often see that their diets consist of foods naturally found in their regions. So as often as you can, try to include foods that you can recognize as being grown in our part of the country. “Local” is often defined as within 150-200 miles of where you are located.
September 23, 2016
Avoid processed foods. They generally have more sugar, salt and fat, which can increase our risk of developing chronic illnesses. Make sure the foods you purchase and prepare will eventually spoil or rot. You might be surprised to learn that many of the foods we eat last for years – that’s right, years!
September 22, 2016
Providence Health is dedicated to making communities healthier, a big part of which includes helping educate people about prevention. There are several things you can do to protect yourself from the flu and other infections, prevent it from spreading and speed up recovery, should you contract the virus.
September 16, 2016
Edamame, a young soybean that has been harvested before the beans have had a chance to harden, is a good source of protein, iron and calcium. There is some evidence that soy may decrease the risks of age-related brain diseases, as well as cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, and inflammatory processes. Add some to your Brunswick Stew!
September 12, 2016
The US Department of Health & Human Services reports that cardiac rehab enhances quality of life, reduces hospitalization, and reduces the recurrence of cardiac events. Here is one amazing tale of cardiac rehab success.
September 9, 2016
Try this lower-calorie option, and remember: Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are the new kale!
September 7, 2016
There are several small steps families can take to ensure their children get the right start in life and set the stage for a lifelong commitment to healthy living.
September 2, 2016
The guidelines are that the saturated fat intake should be less than 10% of calories, and the trans fat should be zero as often as possible.
August 29, 2016
[This is the first of a 3-part series on portion control] Happily healthy people enjoy their bites, satisfyingly, in the right amount. Thanks to health-focused convenience foods, you can learn to do the same.
August 29, 2016
The nicest thing about this recipe is that all the ingredients are real foods. I can pronounce and identify all the ingredients, which is appealing to me.
August 22, 2016
Why go to the doctor if you're not sick? 1) to Make SURE your'e not sick.2) To keep you from GETTING sick.
August 19, 2016
The dietary restriction, or daily limit of dietary cholesterol, has recently been changed. There is no longer a limit placed on the amount you can consume each day.
August 15, 2016
South Carolinians know the importance of keeping themselves cool during the hot summer months, but it is often forgotten that our medications need to stay cool, too!
August 8, 2016
You may work wonders with a scalpel or IV, but how do you convey your strengths in words, face to face, with a career gatekeeper who has never performed clinical tasks themselves?
August 5, 2016
There is some evidence accumulating that consuming Turmeric regularly may prevent Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and cancer. To know for sure the role that the spice plays in disease management, we will need more studies. Meanwhile, we can include it in a variety of recipes.
August 2, 2016
One of the best defenses for Osteoporosis is simply knowing your risk.
July 29, 2016
You can cook everything on the grill with just a little planning. That’s the hard part – the planning.
July 21, 2016
Eating locally means eating seasonally. Including foods that are abundantly available into our eating habits is not only good for us nutritionally, it can also be helpful to our wallets. Seasonal foods are fresher, easier to get, more flavor and have a higher nutrition value.
July 15, 2016
I have become much less worried about measuring and being exact in my cooking. Unless I am baking, of course, which does require precise measurements. But in all my other kitchen undertakings, I have gotten much more adventurous.
July 8, 2016
There are several studies that show gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables. They are eating what they grow! Some studies show that people who grow their own produce are also more adventurous with trying new recipes.
July 1, 2016
Grilled desserts are a great way to end a cookout and can be pretty simple to prepare and serve.
Grilled desserts are a great way to end a cookout and can be pretty simple to prepare and serve.
June 24, 2016
The changes coming to the nutrition label are designed to align more closely with current science and make it easier for us to choose products that help promote a healthy lifestyle.
June 17, 2016
Eating healthy begins with buying healthy ingredients. Keeping your ingredients as close to natural and whole foods is a good option on the road to a healthy diet.
June 10, 2016
I love the local farmer’s markets — they make it easy to get my fresh fruit and veggies. A quick roadside stop, pick up the produce and put together a salad like this Cornbread Panzanella, add some grilled fish or chicken, and the meal is finished.
June 6, 2016
Have you noticed someone green in the hallway at Providence? Not green in a sick way… a true grass green with bright yellow hair. That’s our felt friend Succotash, part of the Pastoral Care team, bringing smiles to faces and families at Providence.
June 3, 2016
Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that experts believe may reduce incidence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and stomach issues. Here's a delicious way to get it.
May 27, 2016
I've been at this nutrition game a long time... here's what I've learned.
May 24, 2016
Water! You know it's the best thing for you in terms of healthy drinks, but sometimes we get tired of having the same old, flavorless beverage. That's when you try infused water.
May 19, 2016
Let’s face it. We’re all humans. We are the same machine of working systems that relies on the exchange of oxygen, a variety of foods, and 8 hours of sleep, right? Wrong.
May 19, 2016
We all know sleep is important. We’ve been told so by our mothers and fathers, and we’ve told our children the same. We’ve seen news reports of car accidents caused by people “asleep at the wheel” and witnessed far lighter misfortunes in “caught snoring” videos on YouTube. But beyond that, what is the danger in missing a few hours of shut-eye each night? Why is sleep so important?
April 25, 2016
Although some may feel that there is too much emphasis on the topic of patient falls, they are a crucial part of providing excellent patient-centered care. In fact, the topic is being researched, examined, and thoroughly discussed in organizations and institutions across the country.
April 22, 2016
More than 90% of children and 89% of adults in our country take in more sodium than recommended in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 19, 2016
No one likes talking about dying or what kind of care they would like to have if they become unable to make medical decisions. However, it is important to have the discussion about Advance Directives to help honor your wishes and to offer peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
April 15, 2016
The Mediterranean diet is modeled on that of our friends across the ocean who live around that sea and eat meals around a table filled with family and friends. (Kind of sounds like a Southern thing.)
April 12, 2016
By talking to the patients, listening to them, and really trying to meet their wants, Cheryl Kennedy gives her patients more than vitamins, minerals and sustenance. She serves up joy.
April 8, 2016
Now that spring has sprung… how about a one-pot meal that’s served cold?
April 5, 2016
"I'm 90 years old... I don't need a job!"
November 1, 2015
It was the worst of times here in early October of this year. No matter how much you prepared for record rainfall, you couldn’t prepare for the city-wide failing of dams and breaches in water filtration.