How Much Weight Does The Average American Gain During The Holidays?
The most popular range disseminated through the media is 7-10 pounds. Most Americans report gaining 5 pounds but, the most current research indicates that the average weight gain may actually be only 1 pound. However, that one pound is not usually lost, so if a person were to gain just 1 pound per year, that could end up being medically significant over the course of a couple of decades. What can we do to not become one of the average gainers this holiday season? First, I would not recommend setting a goal of weight loss, but rather one for weight maintenance over the next 2- 3 months.
Here are a few tips to help us maintain a healthy weight and keep us feeling good and energetic throughout the upcoming season.
- If you are going to a party (or having one here), bring a healthy, tasty dish yourself. You’ll know there is something there you can enjoy.
- Eat foods that are the healthiest for you first, such as a broth based soup, veggies, fruit, lean meat. This will leave little room for too many foods that are not good for you.
- Eat a healthy snack before going to a party. This will help curb your appetite and prevent you from overeating.
- Eat breakfast the day of the party and every day. Research indicates that eating breakfast will help prevent overeating.
- Consider keeping track of what you are eating, especially if you are having trouble with your weight. Keep a holiday food intake journal to help you stay on track with your goals.
- If overeating on holiday treats at work is a problem, try keeping some healthy snacks in your desk to snack on instead.
- Keep the communal treats out of sight by sequestering them to areas of low traffic such as a break room or kitchen. Place them in dark containers or covered dishes. (Out of sight, out of mind, out of mouth)
- Take sensible portions and use small plates and small serving utensils. Research shows that both will help decrease your intake by 30-57%.
- Keep up the exercise. If you cannot get in a full 30 minutes of activity at one time, break it up into two or three 10-15 minutes blocks of time.
- Choose your indulgences wisely: look over the spread before you dig in. Don’t waste your calories on items that you can get all the time. Save the high calorie consumption for special items that are unique to the season- such as those scrumptious homemade Christmas cookies.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season, Lynn Henderson, RD, LDN
2016 Employee of the Fourth Quarter - Britney Trone
CMH Foundation to Raise Funds for Lifesaving Defibrillators
It’s nearly time for the Foundation’s Annual Appeal. This year, the CMH Foundation plans to use the funds raised to purchase six new defibrillators (LIFEPAK® 15, manufactured by Physio-Control). The LIFEPACK 15 is an advanced emergency response monitor/defibrillator that offers advanced an emergency response monitor/defibrillator for any area of the hospital. With its sophisticated clinical technologies and operational effectiveness, the LIFEPAK 15 sets the standard in innovation, operation, and toughness. The cost of each unit will be $12,000-$15,000.
Please consider making a gift of any amount and make our new defibrillators a reality. Gifts can be made online or you can send a check to the CMH Foundation at CMH Foundation, ATTN: Annual Appeal, 238 S. Congress, Rushville, IL 62681.
For questions, contact the Foundation Director, Tim Ward, at 217-248-7511. In addition to tax-deductible donations, the CMH Foundation can accept a gift of securities, real estate or personal property, as well as planned gifts through a bequest, living trust or other means.
2016 Employee of the Third Quarter - Abby Knous
2016 Spirit of Nursing Recipient Mandy Stout
Springfield Clinic Adds General Surgery Outreach At Culbertson Memorial Hospital
Starting in June, Springfield Clinic is adding a team of general surgeons in Rushville at Culbertson Outpatient Specialty Clinic.
Michael N. Fenner, MD, Daniel M. Hallam, MD, PhD and Abigail White, MD, will combine to provide General Surgery services to Rushville area patients at the Outpatient Specialty Clinic. They will perform procedures at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. Springfield Clinic General Surgeons are joining orthopedic outreach specialists JianJun Ma, MD and William D. Payne, MD at this location.
To make an appointment with one of the members of our General Surgery team at Springfield Clinic in Rushville, patients or referring physicians can call the Springfield office at 217-528-7541.
Liz Wood Selected as Employee of the 2nd Quarter
Cardiac Rehabilitation Department Celebrates 20 Years of Service
On Wednesday, March 23th at 10:00 a.m., the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department of Culbertson Memorial Hospital celebrated 20 years of helping patients who are recovering from heart or lung disease. The mission of the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department has been the same since March 6, 1996 when Cardiac Rehab supervisor Vicki Reedy took care of her first patient. Their mission is to reduce the risk of death from heart and lung disease and help patients resume normal daily activities.
The most obvious benefit of Cardiac Rehabilitation is the physical activity; however, patients also receive emotional benefits from the program. “Patients always feel better walking out the door than when they walked in the door for their exercise program,” said Reedy. The rehabilitation regime improves heart and lung functions, helps control blood pressure and diabetes, and helps those with arthritis stay mobile. A majority of our patients find they have more endurance, breathe easier and even sleep easier as they progress through the program. Cardiac Rehabilitation has proven to be a successful way to help heart patients reach and maintain optimal health.
The difference between CMH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program and other exercise programs is all the monitoring is done by Reedy and our nursing staff. Each patients program is individually designed and consists of exercise and education. Cindy Smith, CNA works with Reedy to monitor the patient’s heart rates and other vital signs during workouts.
The program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 am until 2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in enrolling in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program, you will need to have a referral from your family physician. Once patients have their referral, Reedy takes the time with each potential patient to check their insurance coverage to come up with the program costs so clients can plan for the program financially.
Pre-Registration Service Now Being Offered
Beginning March 1, 2016 patients will be able to pre-register before coming to Culbertson Memorial Hospital for outpatient appointments, procedures or treatments. This new service will make the registration process more efficient, timely and accurate for our patients. A member of our patient registration team will contact each patient prior to their scheduled appointment to verify the time of their appointment, update their demographic information and verify insurance information.
If you have any questions about our new pre-registration process, please contact a member of our Patient Registration Team at 217-322-5271.
New Urology Clinic To Begin At Culbertson Memorial Hospital
On February 2nd Dr. Michael Ouwenga, FACS, from Quincy Medical Group will begin seeing patients at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ouwenga will see Urology patients at Culbertson on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month. To schedule an appointment patients need to call his Quincy office at 217-222-6550.
2016 Employee of the First Quarter - Kyndall Buss