Providence Healthy Living

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.

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A little honey goes a long way: Honey Chicken Kabobs

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 showers bring… Eye Injury?

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.

Four Basic Guidelines to the Mediterranean Diet: Plus a recipe for Greek Chicken

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.

DIY heart-healthy snack: Providence Coconut Granola Bars

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.

Break Your Fast Smart and Quick With a 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.

Starch isn’t always bad: Tricolor Summer Penne Pasta Salad

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.

A New Option for People with Parkinson's Disease

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.

Often Overlooked Symptoms for a Heart Attack

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.

For your fresh, locally grown salads: Stone-Ground Mustard Vinaigrette

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.

Heart Health at Any Age

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.

Wait to have a healthy dessert at home: Make these crêpes

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.

From Jamaica to Columbia to Fix a Broken Heart

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.

STEMI: A Matter of Life and Death

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.

The DASH diet and hypertension: Quinoa Burrito Bowl

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.

When It Comes to Your Heart, Play Smart! Tips from a Cardiologist

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.

Think of it: You don’t have to use potatoes in Shepherd’s Pie

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.

Think ahead so you have options: Kale and Farro Soup

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.

Hit the reset button on healthy eating: Sole Meunière

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.

How to Write A Resume for the Keep Pile

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.

Cardiac Rehab Participant Joan Devito is First in Class

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.

Providence Helps: Donating Toys of Joy

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.

Toy Safety Tips for Holiday Shopping

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.

Colorful Candy? A List of Toxic Concerns Found in Holiday Decor

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.

Baking at the right temperature: Balsamic Chicken

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.

Hospital Biz: Fire Safety During the Holidays

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.

Look Your Best for the Holidays -- Why Botox is a Great Idea This Week

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.

Healthy Convenience: Oven-Baked Breakfast Casserole

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.

Poison or Pretty: Holiday Plants that Pose a Risk and the Symptoms They May Cause

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.

How to Be More Thankful + Why it's Good for your Health

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.

Holiday Tips for Diabetics

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.

Think before you eat during the holidays: Dried Fruit Compote with Yogurt

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.

Dessert that is GOOD for you: Pumpkin Mousse

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.

Keeping Calories Down During the Holidays: Tuscan Pork Loin

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.

Edible Art: How to Cook Your Painted Pumpkin

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.

An apple a day really might be the way to go: Chicken with Apples

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.

Something to lift your mood: Artichoke Mushroom Chicken

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.

Butternut Squash -- A Versatile Veggie

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.

Choose carbs carefully: Green Bean, Parsnip and Carrot Gremolata

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.

Pumpkin Apple Bread is a Great Way To Go Local and Seasonal in SC Now

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.

Let’s talk about real foods over a bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup

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!

Protecting Yourself and Our Community from the Flu

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.

Something filling for when the weather cools: Brunswick Stew

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!

It's Hot Outside: Are You Cooking Your Rx?

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!

An age-old, healthy spice in a colorful salad: Turmeric Mango Slaw

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.

Local and seasonal never tasted better: Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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.

Try a healthy option: Halibut En Papillote with Papaya Salsa

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.

Grilled Fruit and Angel Food Cake Dessert Skewers

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.

Enjoy Fresh Seasonal Vegetables in Cornbread Panzanella

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.

Hospital Biz: Pastoral Puppetry and Succotash for the Sufferin’

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.

Water Doesn't Have To Be Boring

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.

Why a Good Night’s Sleep is Important and How to Get it Tonight

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?

Hospital Biz: Prevent Falls and Keep Patients Safe

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.

Advance Directives: Thy Will Be Done

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.

A Colorful Way to Mediterranean Your Diet

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.)

Hospital Biz: Delivering Patient Food with Heart

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.

A Tale of Two Cities… Both Named Columbia

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.