Category: Wellness

How to Avoid the So-Called “Festive 15”

The holidays are upon us…again. Another chance to eat, drink and be merry. But don’t use this opportunity to overeat. Amanda Erickson, chief clinical dietician at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, offers a few reasons people gain weight this time of year and tips on how to stay on course during this holiday season finale. RELAX The myth that the average American gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day has been debunked by several researchers. On average, the holiday weight gain is closer to one pound, as opposed to 7 to 10 pounds this time of… Read more.

Battle of the Burn: Tips to Tame Holiday Heartburn

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the shopping and travel season for many Americans. And if we’re being completely honest, it’s the unofficial start to holiday eating, too. But pace yourself during the Thanksgiving feast. Overindulgence can cause a real pain in the gut, literally – and here’s why. An estimated 20 percent of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, a disorder that’s diagnosed when heartburn or reflux cause symptoms on a regular basis. Overeating can trigger the common condition, which is likely why the week of Thanksgiving is observed as national GERD Awareness Week. Dr. Michael Michel, a… Read more.

Physicians Practice What They Preach, Share Their Personal Health Tips

HCA-affiliated physicians touch the lives of more than 26 million patients each year. Their priority is you – to deliver the best possible care to every person, on every visit. But doctors need to stay healthy too. So, the patient in us wanted to know – how do they do it? Our physicians were eager to share their go-to health tips they can’t live without. Here’s the inside information on how they practice what they preach: How do you manage stress? “I manage stress by always making sure there is time scheduled to decompress. I like to plan weekend getaways,… Read more.

Making the Grade: Best Back-to-School Hacks to Ease the Transition

The dog days of summer are coming to an end.  Which means the final items on the back-to-school list are checked off and backpacks are filled with new school supplies. That’s right – the back to school hustle and bustle begins. And we all know that making the abrupt change from the summer months to a hectic school routine can be difficult to pull off. But it’s not an impossible feat. You can have a well-rested and energized family this new school year. Just follow these tips for an A+ start to another academic season! Rest is best: Evidence has… Read more.

Improving Employee Wellness – American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable

HCA and CEO Milton Johnson recently joined the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable, made up of more than 20 CEOs from companies around the country committed to improving employee wellness.  The Roundtable is focusing on overall health and prevention to combat a number of health problems, but its work also will go a long way toward the American Heart Association’s nationwide goal of dramatically improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans 20 percent by 2020.

Creating a Healthy Work Environment at HCA

We spend most of our waking hours at work.  For many, that involves coming into an office environment and working, seated, at a desk. This type of routine, without proper diet and exercise, can take a toll on a person’s health. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more companies are working to create a office environments that support health and wellness. Good health benefits both the employee and the company.

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