Author: Shady Grove Medical Center

Healthy Recipes for Eating Green

St. Patrick’s Day had us eating green this month with recipes that incorporated green ingredients for a delicious and healthy meal! March was also Colon Cancer Awareness Month and National Nutrition Month so our recent cooking class also focused on ingredients high in fiber like spinach, nuts pomegranates and whole grains, which help to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. For every 10 grams of fiber coming from foods daily, less than a cup of beans, the risk of colorectal cancer is reduced by 10 percent! According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, Americans can prevent nearly half...

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New Generation at Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer was once considered to be an “older person’s disease,” typically impacting men and women over the age of 55. Recent data has shown that this is no longer the case. A study published on Feb. 28 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that while the rate of colorectal cancer is declining overall, it is increasing amongst young adults. In fact, someone born in 1990 now has double the risk of early colon cancer and quadruple the risk of early rectal cancer as someone born in 1950. With a new generation at risk, it’s more...

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Cherish Your Baby’s Milestones

As a new parent, it seems we are always looking forward to discovering what our little one will do next. We watch anxiously for that first smile or giggle, the first cooing sounds or when she starts to crawl. That excitement however, can quickly turn to worry or concern when our baby doesn’t pick up a skill as quickly as a friend or family member’s baby. “I always tell parents there is a range for children,” said Veronica Linares MD, FAAP and internist/pediatrician with Adventist Medical Group. “Babies can hit a milestone anywhere between three or six months after...

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Cancer Center Cooks: Heart-Healthy Recipes

During our recent cooking class, we made recipes that are heart-healthy and contain ingredients to help fight cancer in honor of National Heart Month and Cancer Prevention Month. While no single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself, strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers. With that in mind, our recipes this month contained nutritious ingredients like quinoa, bell peppers, avocados, zucchini and bananas. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends filling at least...

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Cardiac Rehab: Going Beyond the Beat

Returning to the gym after a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack, can be intimidating or scary. A cardiac rehabilitation center, where patients exercise in a controlled environment alongside medically trained staff, can alleviate some of this fear. Katy Smith, lead exercise physiologist for the Center for Fitness and Health at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, knows first-hand the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and how exercise can restore heart health. But, she says, it’s much more important to be proactive and take steps—literally — to prevent a cardiac event in the first place. Smith suggests at least 45...

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