First it was West Nile, then Ebola, and now Zika. Third world viruses are infecting our first world life. Doctors and government health officials expect world travelers to bring more cases in the United States, especially with the Olympics this summer in Brazil. Even worse, they think Zika-carrying mosquitoes could fly north into the states this summer. That’s why we need to know about Zika and how to prevent it.
When it comes to activities that promote all-around wellness, there’s nothing quite like gardening.
Besides providing a regular opportunity for low-impact exercise in the form of gentle stretches and squats, gardening is also a highly effective stress-buster that’s eternally good for the soul.
Benefits of Exercising with Your Dog
My fastest 5k time is 27:30. My slowest 5k time is 50:45. That was just a few weeks ago. I wasn’t injured. I was “jogging” with my dog.
You may be thinking, “Why would your dog slow you down that much? Is she old?” Nope – Maddie is only three years old. But she’s not a golden retriever, black lab or a Border Collie. Maddie is a Shih Tzu. That’s right, even little lap dogs are great exercise buddies. Every time I see a race that’s dog friendly, I rush to sign us up.
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Run with Heart is right around the corner, on Saturday, Jan. 30, and you still have time to join the fun! Choose from a chip-timed half marathon or 5K or a 1-mile fun run/walk. Wondering how to prepare? Check out what these three do to get ready.
What are your favorite training tips for preparing for a 5K or half marathon?
A number of years ago I had a lunch in Dallas with the President of Methodist Health System, a member of the Board, and the head Chaplain. As the Pastor of First Methodist Mansfield they wanted to talk about the possibility of a new hospital in Mansfield. There was no doubt a hospital was wanted and needed. Not too many months went by until there was a ground breaking, and I was offered the privilege of being on the inaugural Advisory Board of Mansfield Methodist Medical Center.
Methodist Health System is on a mission to save and improve lives, and being physically active is a big part of staying healthy. Doing it in innovative, fun ways is even better! That’s why this fall we partnered with Fitness Interactive Experience to offer A Step Ahead: Alien Invasion.
Methodist Mansfield staff continuously strive for the highest quality care, and we as a hospital constantly look for ways to enhance our service. In the four years I have served as President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, we have been voted Best Medical Facility, Best Maternity Ward, and Best Emergency Department in our surrounding communities. This has been a wonderful Medical Center to manage, and an even more wonderful community to serve. We have already expanded on the medical services we offer and opened a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Now, in true Methodist Mansfield fashion, we are continuing this push for excellence in care and services. I am pleased to announce that the time has finally come to open our new Patient Tower Two.
As a five-year resident of the Best Southwest area, I have been blessed to work at Methodist Charlton and help improve the quality of care provided by our staff.
In March of this year, I was appointed President of Methodist Charlton, becoming the first registered nurse to be named president of a Methodist Health System hospital. I am humbled and honored to provide guidance to our staff while we work to better the health of our community. In the last 40 years, we have undergone many changes, adding to the services we provide the public. With our 40th anniversary fast approaching, I want to take a moment and reflect on the journey we have made together.
I’ve been asked many times throughout my life why I chose the medical specialty of urology. It’s because I was drawn to the variety it offers in terms of patient care. I’m proud to say my practice, Texas Urology Specialists, has an active office-based patient practice and varied and challenging surgical practice.
Many traditions revolve around old family recipes, most of which might be considered on the unhealthy end of the nutrition spectrum. I’m not telling you to change great grandma’s pie recipe! But, be smart! Watch your portion sizes, eat your fruit and veggies, and MOVE.