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Stacy Covitz

Assistant Vice President of External Relations Methodist Health System

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How to Improve Your Mental Health

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Aug 14, 2017 9:00:24 AM

As the pressures of professional and personal life mount, stress becomes an increasingly prominent issue. Stress, the state of mental and emotion tension caused by adverse or demanding circumstances, is one of the leading causes of poor mental health. Unlike physical health, mental health refers to one’s overall physiological well-being; however, physical and mental health are positively correlated and affect our abilities to participate in healthy behaviors. Our partners at the Mayo Clinic have found that symptoms of stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.

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Topics: Wellness

No Oven Summer Recipes

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jul 31, 2017 3:12:24 PM

 

There’s no way around it – Texas summers are hot. In addition to the CDC’s recommended goal of 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. How can one maintain a healthy diet while staying cool in the kitchen? If you don’t want to feel like you’re baking in an oven, beat the heat with these light, oven-free recipes that will keep your body fueled, hydrated, and satisfied.

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Topics: Nutrition

The Value of Getting a Second Opinion

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jul 10, 2017 1:19:11 PM

Your doctor gives you a serious diagnosis or recommends a major procedure. You feel unsure about moving forward and wonder, “should I get a second opinion?”

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Topics: Wellness

Bone Health: How to Give Your Bones a Boost

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Jul 5, 2017 1:37:42 PM

When you think of osteoporosis, you may assume it’s a disease that only impacts older women. You may even put off worrying about bone health until after menopause. 

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Topics: Wellness

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

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Stay Safe While You Travel

With only a few weeks before school resumes, families are packing their bags, hitting the road and catching flights for fun-filled getaways while they still can. Many of us will make a packing...Read more

How to Improve Your Mental Health

As the pressures of professional and personal life mount, stress becomes an increasingly prominent issue. Stress, the state of mental and emotion tension caused by adverse or demanding circumstances,...Read more

Don’t get dehydrated!

Summers in North Texas can be brutal. It is important to drink lots of water so you don’t fall victim to dehydration, or something more serious. Brad Sellers, DO, emergency medicine physician on the...Read more

No Oven Summer Recipes

  There’s no way around it – Texas summers are hot. In addition to the CDC’s recommended goal of 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. How can one maintain a healthy diet while staying cool in...Read more

4 Reasons You Might Be Losing Your Hair

If there is one part of my body I wouldn’t change, it’s my hair. I love the thickness, the length, the color — you should have seen the look I gave a hairdresser once for suggesting dying sections of...Read more