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Angelina Jolie discusses her tough choicesJennifer Simmons, MD, Chief of Breast Surgery at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is quoted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the preventive surgery Angelina Jolie underwent to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Since finding out she has the BRCA1 gene which puts you at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, Angelina Jolie has had a preventive double mastectomy and now this surgery. Philly.com - March 25, 2015
2015 40 Under 40 AwardsCongratulations to Dr. Robert Czincila, Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (#12 out of 40) for being selected a 40 Under 40 Award winner by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The awardees are recognized as leaders and role models in their field.Philadelphia Business Journal - March 24, 2015
The Natural NurseHere's an announcement posted on the Nurse Together DAISY Foundation website that Colleen Dikon, BSN, RN, CCRN, a nurse in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia was selected as a DAISY Award honoree.NurseTogether.com - March 16, 2015
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Einstein Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Minn Saing is the Medical Director for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. He offers these tips to keep you in top form:
Pick a race. 5Ks are popular, both on their own and as part of community and charity events, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding one. You’ll find a list of races in your area at active.com by searching “5K.”
Another possibility: Contact your favorite charity or cause, or your local hospital, and ask them if they sponsor a 5K. This way, you can help yourself get in better shape while helping others.
Choose a race that’s two to three months away so you will have time to train.
Invest in the tools you need. Running is a simple and relatively inexpensive sport, but one thing is essential: a good pair of shoes. You may save money on inexpensive sneakers, but you’ll likely pay down the road (literally!) with injury and discomfort. A pedometer can take the guesswork out of training and motivate you by tracking your progress.
Check in with your healthcare professional. This is a must-do if you are shifting from a sedentary lifestyle to that of a 5K runner. Discuss your race goal and get the all-clear sign to pursue your ambitions.
Find a training program that works for you. If you’ve been inactive, start slowly. Alternate walking with short intervals of running, gradually increasing your jogging time as you build stamina and work toward 3.1 miles. And be sure to give yourself days off between runs to allow your muscles time to recover, according to livestrong.com.
The Internet is full of day-by-day training plans that range from six weeks to as many as 12 weeks (search “training for a 5K”), but don’t trust your health to an unknown site. Choose reliable sources such as Web MD or Runner’s World. Most important, show any plan you choose to your healthcare provider or a fitness professional for their opinion.
Walking works wonders too. Remember, road races are not just for runners anymore. Many exercise novices, as well as people with medical problems such as arthritis, may choose towalk 5Ks, and that’s just fine. The key is to move, at whatever speed suits you!
"Stress eating” is a battle many of us face daily. When under pressure at work or at home, many people are more likely to reach for a bag of potato chips or a glazed doughnut than they normally would be. This sudden craving of high-fat, high-calorie foods after stressful situations is due, in part, to the hormone cortisol, also known as the fight-or-flight hormone.
Strawberry shortcake just got better with a touch of chocolate. Creamy vanilla yogurt replaces high fat whipped cream in this delicious chocolate strawberry shortcake to make a heart-healthy dessert.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, it may take as little as five minutes a day of strenuous exercise to improve your heart health and overall longevity.
Ready to get started? Grab a pair of running shoes and hit the road. Running, or even just fast walking, may be the easiest way to give your heart a quick workout.
The study looked at data from 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to determine if running has an impact on life expectancy. Here’s what researchers found:
Runners versus Non-Runners:
The Fast Track to Heart Health
“If you aren’t a runner now, remember that fast walking is a precursor to jogging and running, and offers heart benefits as well,” says Andrew P. Overman, PT, DPT, MS, COMT, CSCS.
Overman suggests that non-runners start with fast-paced walking, interspersed with periods/intervals of light jogging (for 30 seconds, for example). “This will still help to strengthen your heart as you progress and elevate your heart rate, which will lead to heart benefits overall.”
Intensity Can Pave the Way to Longevity
More may not be better when it comes to the healthy heart benefits of running or strenuous activity in general. Timothy Church, MD, PhD, one of the study’s co-authors, noted that there is nothing “magical about running per se” and instead said that it is likely that exercise intensity is the key to improving longevity.
Church’s bottom line advice: If you are healthy enough, do at least five minutes of high-intensity exercise each day. “The benefits in terms of mortality are remarkable,” he said.
The truth is that it’s easier to fill your plate with fat-filled, high-calorie snacks and meals. Healthy foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, often require a little more preparation.
You can start your weight-loss meal planning at the grocery store by adding these foods to your cart.
1. Fresh produce
When it comes to healthy eating, virtually any fruit or vegetable will help you make your way toward your goal. Fruits high in water and fiber are good choices. Watermelon, grapefruit and berries are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals—powerful antioxidants that can help boost your immune system and help prevent disease.
Quinoa is a nutrition superstar and a great addition to your menu. It’s high in iron and fiber, and it has twice as much protein as white rice. Quinoa is also low on the glycemic index—meaning it won’t make your blood sugar levels spike and crash. However, it still contains a similar amount of calories as grains. When cooked, brown rice, white rice and quinoa all contain about 200 to 240 calories per cup, so you still need to pay attention to portion size.
3. Sweet potatoes or yams
A smart starch choice is the sweet potato or yam. These orange, yellow and even purple root vegetables are higher in fiber and beta-carotene than white potatoes and processed grains.
Beans are another excellent option for people who are trying to slim down. High in fiber and protein, they will help keep your blood sugar levels stable and extend the feeling of fullness longer. From black beans to chickpeas, there are plenty of options on the shelf.
When it comes to protein-rich foods, salmon is near the top of the list. The fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to boost both heart and brain health. Salmon is also relatively low in calories.
For many years, eggs got a bad rap for containing high cholesterol. Recent findings have shown that moderate consumption—up to one a day—can be part of a healthy diet. Also, eggs are relatively low in calories and high in protein.
If you need a sweet treat throughout the day, stock up on low-fat Greek yogurt. It contains twice as much protein as regular yogurt and nearly the same amount of calories. Buy the plain kind and sweeten it with fresh fruit.
Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day! It is low in sugar and high in fiber, which will keep you full all morning long. One serving of plain oatmeal (1/2 cup dry) contains only 150 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and zero sodium and sugar. Feel free to dress up your oatmeal with fresh fruit or unsalted nuts for extra taste and nutrition.
Today is Dress in Blue Day 2015. Across the country people are wearing blue to help promote colon cancer awareness. The whole month of March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. It's a great time to check in with your doctor about your digestive health.
Request a colonoscopy appointment today.
In the mean time, here are some eye-opening facts that everyone should know about colon cancer:
So many of us are sick and tired of the winter – the cold, the snow, the ice, the darkness, and may be feeling the winter blues or winter “blahs.” Well, hang in there, spring is almost here.
To help get us through this final stretch of winter, Sachin Mehta, MD, a psychiatrist with Belmont Behavioral Health who specializes in treating people with depression and other mood disorders, offers some advice about kicking the winter blues.
The clinical term for the winter blues is Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which is a form of depression that occurs during the fall and winter months when exposure to natural sunlight is reduced and SAD goes away in the spring when there’s increased sunlight.
Symptoms of the winter blues are many of the symptoms of depression: sadness, anxiety, loss of interest in usual activities, withdrawal from social activities, difficulty concentrating, and the need for increased sleep.
To help kick the winter blues, Dr. Mehta offers these tips: