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 25, 2018
There is a whole new era of nutrition research approaching as we learn more about our food, lifestyle and the changes they can influence as we age. The compounds found in tea, called polyphenols, may help protect against some types of cancer, heart disease and other chronic illness.
May 18, 2018
The WHO (World Health Organization) is trying to come up with a plan by 2023 to eliminate trans-fat from the world’s food supply. By eliminating trans fats from diets, globally, it could potentially prevent thousands of deaths from heart disease.
May 11, 2018
Regular walking for 30 minutes five days a week plays a role in decreasing blood sugar, blood pressure, stress and improving weight management.
April 27, 2018
By keeping our patients and their families at the center of care, and encouraging them to play a vital role in the treatment, we are creating a safe and comfortable environment for everyone who walks through our doors. You are why we do what we do, and I am so grateful that we have a team that is so relentlessly dedicated to enhancing your visit with us and creating the best possible patient experience for you and your family.
April 27, 2018
Trying to make eating healthy achievable with so many confusing messages can be overwhelming.Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” With that being said, try to follow a plate map.
April 26, 2018
Providence Health announced today that Scott Campbell has resigned as market chief executive officer (CEO) of the Providence Health system, effective May 22. Campbell, who has served as market CEO of Providence Health since 2015, has accepted a leadership position at a medical center outside the community. LifePoint Health has appointed Stephen Selzer to serve as interim market CEO, effective May 22. Selzer is an experienced healthcare administrator with more than 30 years of experience, including as interim CEO for several LifePoint facilities. Selzer most recently served as interim CEO of Providence Health’s Northeast campus.
April 20, 2018
Caesar salad is usually a favorite at my house, but not always the healthiest. Trying to find ways to make recipes and food choices healthier is always my thing.
April 13, 2018
Much of the time I am craving a treat after work or after supper. Which brings up an interesting question about snacks and how to fit them in. We tend to take in unneeded calories due to our over snacking habits. Snacks can fit into a healthy eating pattern if you are strategic about them.
April 6, 2018
The World Health Organization estimates that, by 2020, two-thirds of all diseases will be the result of lifestyle choices. Of course there are other factors involved with this: physical activity, obesity, substance abuse and tobacco abuse are factors that play a role in developing a chronic disease, but this can’t be ignored!
April 3, 2018
Testicular Cancer is 99% curable if detected in the early stage. By conducting a monthly self-exam, you will be at the forefront of your testicular health by looking out for any changes, lumps or pain in the area. “If you notice anything out of the ordinary, do not wait to see if it changes or goes away,” says Dr. Todd Vandenberg, Urologist in Columbia, SC. Here are the risks and symptoms.
April 1, 2018
Patient Access is an integral part of the Patient Experience. Every patient interview is a delicate situation, and errors during this process of data collection can lead to major downstream problems such as delays in patient care due to misidentification, or denied claims.
March 30, 2018
Special holidays require a special breakfast and pancakes are one of my favorites! The question is, how do I make them healthy? By adding a little sweet potato, you can change the nutrition profile to reap increased nutritional benefit.
March 23, 2018
Well one never knows where you will find a healthier recipe. Every now and then I love to sit and watch the cooking channels on Sunday mornings. It’s never for very long, but I just want to see who is cooking, if what they are cooking is healthy and if we have made it to the main stage yet? The answer is, we are getting there…
March 22, 2018
Providence Health has been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Hospitals that have earned this have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.
March 20, 2018
LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), of which Providence Health is a part, has been named the recipient of the 2017 John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety at the Local Level. Presented annually by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF), the prestigious Eisenberg Awards acknowledge major achievements in healthcare quality and patient safety.
March 16, 2018
What do you do when your doctor says your blood pressure is higher than it needs to be? Here are some tips for lowering your blood pressure through nutrition, plus a recipe for cauliflower mac and cheese.
March 8, 2018
LifePoint Health is now part of joint venture partnership with LHC Group. The partnership aligns Providence Health with South Carolina HomeHealth, now operating as Providence Home Health. “We are delighted to partner with South Carolina HomeCare, LHC Group, and LifePoint to explore ways to strengthen home health and post-acute care in Columbia and expand the support we offer patients and their families at home," said Scott Campbell, Market CEO of Providence Health
February 28, 2018
The Providence Structural Heart Clinic specializes in newly available minimally-invasive procedures to treat heart conditions, returning the patient to their home the next day, with full to near-to-full recovery within a week. "Patients who previously had no options can now return to a meaningful life,” says Dr. Garrison Morgan.
February 16, 2018
I have learned from watching my Cardiopulmonary Rehab patients that simplifying the message to add color seems to have the most impact when trying to navigate the corridor of healthy eating. Take a look at this list from the American Heart Association to see where you can add color, who knew pink was a color associated with eating healthy. Plus enjoy these delicious guacamole Deviled Eggs!
February 15, 2018
On February 15, Providence Health, part of LifePoint Health®, ceremoniously broke ground on a new emergency room in Winnsboro, South Carolina. A crowd of eighty people including community leaders, elected officials, healthcare providers and hospital supporters gathered to watch the first dig marking the beginning of construction for the facility, which will help ensure the continuation of access to high quality care in Fairfield County.
February 8, 2018
Heart disease was the 2nd leading cause of death in South Carolina in 2016. New messaging from the American Heart Association makes preventing and/or managing heart disease more doable and not so overwhelming. Even small changes we make can make a difference that will impact our health! Here's a heart healthy recipe for Roasted Pepper Hummus.
January 23, 2018
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Winter can be particularly hard on the blood supply, as cold weather and seasonal illnesses keep donors away.
January 22, 2018
Urology is the field of medicine that specializes in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases related to the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive system. Conditions related to these systems can be detrimental to a person’s health and quality of life. Providence Health is pleased to announce the addition of urology services through the new practice, Providence Urology Specialists, and board-certified urologist Dr. Todd Vandenberg.
January 17, 2018
Lindy P. White, MBA, FABC has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer for Providence Health Northeast. “I’m pleased to join the leadership team at Providence Health, and I look especially forward to participating in the exciting growth of services at the Providence Health Northeast campus,” said Lindy White. “This is a great opportunity to help turn an accomplished boutique facility into a flourishing full-service facility, providing a full range of services to the people in its community.”
January 16, 2018
Many seniors run into problems with their health. This often gets worse because they lose track of how to exercise and eat right. Thankfully, both can be corrected to encourage a long, healthy life. It starts by knowing the kind of health problems that often happen to seniors.
January 15, 2018
COUNT COLOR, NOT CALORIES: That rule will help you make the needed small steps to starting your healthy eating journey. Being mindful of what you are eating is one of the first steps to improving your eating habits. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be restrictive. Here are some steps to start your healthy eating journey and become more mindful about what you are put in your body.
January 2, 2018
Give your health a jump start in 2018 with a fresh approach to healthy eating. If you’re embarking on a path to healthier eating this year, here are some tips to make it a little easier to make healthy food choices all year long.
December 22, 2017
Studies show that we gain one to two pounds during this busy time of the year. The problem is that those 1 to 2 pounds (or 3,500 to 7,000 additional calories) tend to stick with us all year. If you put those same 1 to 2 pounds on annually, your weight can become an issue. So the game plan for the next 7 to 10 days is no weight gain or weight loss…maintain your current weight.
December 8, 2017
Using leftovers is a great way to save time on follow up meals. Here are some rules to follow regarding leftovers. Plus a recipe for delightful Hazelnut Meringues
November 30, 2017
The MIND diet combines the Mediterranean Diet and DASH Diet to help prevent dementia. Here are the dietary guidelines for the MIND Diet, along with a healthy Grilled Grouper dinner recipe that fits in with the plan.
November 28, 2017
It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling guilty when you live so far away from your beloved senior, but it’s important to transfer the energy of your guilt into a more proactive strategy that sees your loved one nurtured, well-supported, and financially stable. Marie Villeza, founder of ElderImpact.org, provides tips on how to ensure that your loved one is cared for from afar.
November 20, 2017
The Health Insurance Marketplace offers access to low-cost healthcare coverage for people without health insurance and those who are interested in more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage. The deadline to enroll for 2018 coverage in the Marketplace is December 15, 2017. Here are a few things to consider when getting ready to enroll.
November 17, 2017
Studies show most Americans will gain a few pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Year. With just a few minor changes to your recipes, you can enjoy traditional holiday meals without gaining weight. Start with this healthier recipe for Carrot Cake.
November 14, 2017
The convenience of technology brings with it the inconvenience of added risk for a cyber-attack on your personal identity and finances, or your workplace information systems. Here are three proactive things you can do to protect yourself from cyber-attack.
November 10, 2017
Using carbohydrate counting as a tool to help with blood sugar control can make a difference in how food choices affect you. It is not avoiding all carbs, but learning how to incorporate the best choices into your eating habits. Try skipping simple carbs by replacing crackers with a firm piece of endive. Here’s a recipe to learn that trick.
November 6, 2017
Providence Health receives MarCom Award’s top 2017 honor for the “Heart Healthy Eating Guide” as well as two gold awards and two honorable mentions for other communications initiatives.
November 3, 2017
When we're short on time we tend to eat foods that are higher in salt, fat and sugar. These kitchen-stocking tips will help you pull together a quick, healthier meal despite an insane schedule. And here's a recipe for One Pot Chicken and Potatoes you can easily squeeze in.
October 26, 2017
I’ve worked with not to be intimidated when making my standard recipes “healthier”! It will always be good enough. Here are some tips to make your meals healthier. Plus some information on why breakfast is a must have. If it needs to be sweet, try this Chocolate Banana Bread recipe.
October 25, 2017
Providence Health introduces the MitraClip to the Midlands to treat mitral regurgitation. Previously, in order to treat this "leaky" mitral valve condition, patients would need open heart surgery to repair or replace the damaged valve. Today, the MitraClip treats the condition with a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure.
October 24, 2017
Blood sugar levels are affected not just by what you eat, but also by stress, time of day, physical activity, medications, and more. Providence Health is offering a free educational luncheon series to help you understand each of these factors, as well as how they interact, featuring industry specialists presenting in an open Q&A setting.
October 23, 2017
A healthy lifestyle and early detection are a great first line of defense in the fight against breast cancer.
October 22, 2017
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Providence Health for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2016. This evaluation measures the quality of hospital surgery programs. The high scores received by Providence Health place it in the top 10% of 680 hospitals evaluated throughout the nation for Surgical Quality.
October 18, 2017
Tasha Hunter was in her late thirties when she learned she had an abnormal coronary artery on the deadliest pathway. She had served in the Army for nearly 21 years before retiring. She was deployed twice. She ran track in high school. And at any moment, her artery could have burst. “I was lucky to be alive.”
October 12, 2017
This is one of my favorite times of the year...there are apples everywhere! So many choices to choose from, Gala, Granny Smith or Honey crisp to name a few. Different tastes, sweet or tart, to please your palate, and textures, crunchy or crisp, to sink your teeth into! Best of all, I can toss one in my purse and know there is a healthy option to add to my breakfast, lunch or to have as just a snack!
October 11, 2017
This is a bonus section of key takeaways, based on the three-part personal account detailing the inspiring story of Nicole Mullins, exercise professional, advocate, and enthusiast, who met her greatest challenge within her own body.
October 10, 2017
This is the third of a four-part personal account detailing the inspiring story of Nicole Mullins, exercise professional, advocate, and enthusiast, who met her greatest challenge within her own body.
October 6, 2017
Making healthy eating a priority, and sticking with it, has a big impact on your health. And you can achieve that big impact with small manageable changes. Here are some ideas of gradual changes you can begin to help you reach your goals! Plus a roasted artichoke recipe to enjoy.
October 3, 2017
This is the second of a three-part personal account detailing the inspiring story of Nicole Mullins, exercise professional, advocate, and enthusiast, who met her greatest challenge within her own body.
October 2, 2017
George Simonson fell out of a tree and broke his ankle in three places. He thought he'd never walk normally again. When the orthopedic surgeon said "Let's not do surgery," George was surprised. He believes in Providence because Providence believed in him.
September 29, 2017
It should be second nature since I’ve been a dietitian for most of my life, but sometimes I have to stop and think about planning a healthy meal. So should you, and here are a few tips. Plus, enjoy a healthy dinner and vegetable dish. - Registered Dietitian "KayMac" Kay MacInnis
September 28, 2017
When her husband needed a valve replacement, Susie VanHuss did her homework to find a top-quality heart program that she could trust with her husband of 40 years. She was surprised to see that Providence Health ranked as good as or better than the nation’s top hospitals.
September 26, 2017
This is the first of a four-part personal account detailing the inspiring story of Nicole Mullins, exercise professional, advocate, and enthusiast, who met her greatest challenge within her own body.
September 25, 2017
Mesothelioma has a latency period ranging from 20-50 years, so individuals may go decades without knowing they have been exposed to asbestos. If you or a family member has worked in one of the higher risk occupations, it is essential that you know signs of the disease.
September 22, 2017
Choosing lean cuts of beef, pork and veal while avoiding the highly processed meats (sausage, bacon, hot dogs, ham, pepperoni, salami, luncheon meats) is the smart way to go. Try this healthy, hearty pork tenderloin meal instead.
September 21, 2017
Jill Anelli, who previously served as Director of Human Resources for Collier County Public Schools (an organization with close to 7,000 employees) has joined Providence Health as Vice President of Human Resources.
September 21, 2017
John Doyle, an accomplished healthcare executive with over twenty years of progressive financial leadership experience, has been named as the new Market Chief Financial Officer for Providence Health.
September 14, 2017
According to the Journal of American College of Cardiology, one of the key ways to have a heart-healthy diet is to avoid dietary patterns characteristic of the Southern United States. Small tweaks to our recipes, though, can change that. Try this healthy version of a classic Chicken Bog.
September 8, 2017
Looking for something easy and quick at the end of your busy day while getting back into the fall routine? This is a great recipe to enjoy those healthy, colorful veggies. Just watch-out for sodium! Read here for additional tips about sodium levels and to get the recipe.
September 7, 2017
The best way to avoid damage is to take proactive steps in advance to minimize weather’s effects. That doesn't necessarily mean purchasing special tools or equipment. Here are some creative ways to use what you have to prepare for severe weather. We've also included more traditional recommendations.
September 5, 2017
“Suicidal thoughts are a common part of many mental illnesses,” says Dr. Brad Clayton, Chief of Staff at Providence and Doctor of Psychiatry. “Because of this, we can be proactive and save lives by identifying friends or family members who may be at risk.” Here is a list of the more recognizable signs of suicide.
August 31, 2017
Salads were once just lettuce with chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Today, we have salad bars with cheese, bacon, meat and everything else – which means more fat and salt than we may realize. We’re eating salads because we were think they’re healthier, yet some have more calories and salt than a steak and baked potato. Here's how to do a salad right.
August 18, 2017
Drinking water is critically important to our health. Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and we need more of it to maintain balance in our precious bodily fluids and help our biological processes work as they should. Here are some ways to make it more enticing.
August 14, 2017
Providence Health earned high performer status in FIVE areas of care and was named one of South Carolina's Best Hospitals for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.
August 14, 2017
Dr. Donald M. Millus offers a few things to remember to keep yourself safe for The Great American Solar Eclipse.
August 11, 2017
Watermelon and tomatoes are both sources of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention. To get the most lycopene from a watermelon, let it ripen fully. Try this recipe for watermelon pizza to enjoy a sweet dose of lycopene.
August 8, 2017
While many kids may be required to get an annual physical for athletic programs or extracurricular activities, this is a habit parents should help form for every teen. Yearly check-ups are essential for identifying potential health problems before they start or become severe. They also allow parents the opportunity to ask questions or raise any concerns with a medical expert, and they serve as a great way to stay up-to-date on essential vaccinations.
August 4, 2017
Family favorites such as chicken salad or pimento cheese can be high in fat, but we can make them healthier by tweaking the ingredients. Try this recipe for a healthy, little-effort, Chicken Salad.
July 25, 2017
The WATCHMAN Implant is a groundbreaking device that works to prevent clots in patients with Atrial Fibrillation. This alternative to blood thinning medication can greatly improve the quality of life for people who struggle with the common side effects of Warfarin and similar medicines.
July 21, 2017
The flavanols absorbed when you consume dark chocolate penetrate and accumulate in the hippocampus, according to research. Long-term consumption of cocoa flavanols was noted to boost attention, working memory, processing speed and verbal fluency, particularly in elderly people with preexisting memory decline.
July 14, 2017
Have you ever thought about your kitchen in terms of where things are placed? Organize things so that the healthy options are the ones that you see easily, and arrange it so you have to look for the less-healthy items.
July 7, 2017
Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to lower risk of heart disease and may also play a role in fighting cancer, depression, ADHD and rheumatoid arthritis. Kay "KayMac" MacInnis explains this and other benefits along with a recipe to help you get Omega-3s here in her weekly blog.
June 26, 2017
Though not every person having a heart attack with show these (or any) symptoms, these are the more commons signs of a cardiac event in men. If you or someone you know exhibits these signs, act quickly. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number as soon as you suspect an issue. Every minute matters when it comes to heart disease.
June 23, 2017
According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who consumed a very low-Calorie diet for four weeks, and consumed 18% of those calories from protein, lost 5-10 percent of their weight. Moreover, those who managed to continue getting more than 15 percent of their Calories from protein regained less weight over the next six months.
June 19, 2017
The goal of keeping our staff, patients, and community safe, is no small task. By participating in additional training, working with local agencies, and educating staff on security policies and procedures, we can feel pride in our role and confident in our abilities in this vital segment of the healthcare industry.
June 16, 2017
Looking for a healthy dessert? Look into the fruit basket for the answer. Tack fruit onto the end of the meal in place of high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat, traditional dessert options.
June 9, 2017
Tomatoes are a “functional food,” one that goes beyond providing good nutrition. Tomatoes are a good source of phytochemicals, lycopene, alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, vitamin C and potassium. There is evidence that tomatoes may play a role in reducing our LDL (a.k.a., lousy cholesterol), lowering high blood pressure and even in reducing center types of cancer.
June 5, 2017
It’s probably no secret to anyone that, on average, women take a more proactive approach to their health than men do. Here are some simple things that men can do to achieve a higher quality of life and take their health to the next level.
June 1, 2017
When Jeanette Mack went to her primary care provider, she saw something she had never seen before: a library for children in Ghana. Here's what Jeanette really saw in the office of Providence Columbia Medical Associates and how she turned it into a tool to change lives.
June 1, 2017
Eating healthy is about cooking healthy. The process starts with our method of preparation, as my friend Chef Brandon reminds me. Sometimes it is the same recipe, just baked instead of fried. Think about your favorite recipes/foods and how you could modify them to make them a little healthier, but still enjoy them.
May 26, 2017
Keeping cut-up fruits and veggies available for putting a salad together quickly, and lean protein from the grill, can make meal preparation easy. The convenience helps you avoid meal-skipping or taking in more calories from snacking.
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 19, 2017
For more than 20 years, Dr. Cooler has been providing general & peripheral vascular surgery services in private practice serving the Pee Dee area of South Carolina, and will now bring that experience and expertise to Providence Surgical Associates and his patients in the greater Columbia area.
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 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.