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Stacy Covitz

Assistant Vice President of External Relations Methodist Health System

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Health Halo Effect – Don’t Fall for the Hype

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Apr 24, 2017 8:49:27 AM

Methodist Health System Manager of Employee Wellness, Caroline Susie, explains what you need to watch out for on food labels.

“Made with Agave”, “All Natural”, “Gluten Free.” We’ve all heard or read these phrases before.  They adorn food packages to make you feel better about eating or drinking what’s inside. The labels are designed to make you think the food is healthy when in reality, these foods may not be any healthier than its less-expensive rivals. In some cases, the food may not be healthy at all. This is spin, and you just fell for it. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Ready for vacation? Don’t forget your travel medicine

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Mar 29, 2017 2:14:34 PM

From vaccines to your traveling pharmacy, it’s best to be prepared

Exactly two years ago, I was hiking, zip lining, and repelling my way through parts of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.

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Topics: Wellness

Cholesterol 101

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Mar 8, 2017 9:50:27 AM

It’s one of those medical terms we know is important…but we’re not really sure why. What really is cholesterol? What’s the difference between LDLs and HDLs, and why do we add them together? It’s hard to turn on the TV without a seeing a commercial for cholesterol-lowering medication, but few of us really understand what it really is, and why we need to care.

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Topics: Wellness

Restoring Hope: Methodist program provides comfort and care in the wake of sexual assault

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jan 20, 2017 1:49:39 PM

Three years ago this month, the fight against sexual assault got another weapon. Methodist Dallas Medical Center launched the second SANE program in Dallas County. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) offers around-the-clock, rapid-response services for sexual assault survivors ages 14 and older. 

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Topics: News

Running vs. Walking: Which is Best for You?

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jan 10, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Statements I overheard at a New Year’s Eve party:

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Topics: Wellness, Fitness

Smooth skin in winter? It’s possible!

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jan 6, 2017 4:44:04 PM

How you can prevent winter skin problems; and when it’s time to see a doctor

Cold, windy days and nights inside with central heating can dry out your skin and cause mild skin ailments to flare up. North Texas has had a mild winter so far, but it’s time to prepare for some blustery weeks ahead.

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Topics: Wellness

Easy Exercises to Give Your Back and Neck Relief

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Dec 15, 2016 3:50:21 PM

It’s a typical Wednesday afternoon. You feel a sharp pain in your back, a dull ache in your wrist, or maybe a crick in your neck. You look up at the clock and realize you’ve been sitting at your desk for four hours — without a break.

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Topics: Fitness

From start to finish – insider tips to run your best full or half marathon

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Dec 7, 2016 10:34:30 AM

You’ve made the decision – you want to go from “runner” to “Runner” with a capital R. If you’re planning to participate in Methodist Mansfield’s Run with Heart Half Marathon, 5k or 1-mile fun run, you’re still picking up the pace, gearing up for the longest runs on your training schedule.

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Topics: Wellness, Fitness

Avoid the Emergency Room: Ways to Prevent Winter Sports Injuries

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Winter sports enthusiasts have likely been embracing the nation’s recent cold front. Many travel destinations popular among North Texas families are in great shape for activities and adventure sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and hockey.

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Topics: Fitness

Winter Farmer’s Markets Keep Your Fridge Stocked with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Nov 23, 2016 9:11:00 AM

The extended growing season in Texas means that many of the farmer’s markets in DFW are open year-round or at least part of the cooler months! Winter temperatures can put more stress on your immune system and possibly mean more sick days. To combat this wintertime malaise, load up on nutrient-rich produce to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong. Check out the list below to find a farmer’s market near you.

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Topics: Nutrition

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