Author: Washington Adventist Hospital

How Food Affects Your Health

Many of us look forward to March Madness basketball games and the beginning of spring in March, but did you know it’s also National Nutrition Month? Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, shares her nutrition tips.  What does nutrition mean? Nurse Rose: Nutrition refers to getting the right food and nourishment to provide us with the vitamins, nutrients and energy we need for health and growth. Having good nutrition is important because getting the right nutrients and vitamins can help you: Maintain a healthy weight Reduce your risk...

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Four Healthy Food Swaps

It’s National Nutrition Month! To celebrate, Sheila Mulhern, RD, an outpatient dietitian at Adventist HealthCare shares four easy food swaps that can help you eat healthier. Portion sizes are a common nutrition pitfall when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and controlling blood sugar levels. And good nutrition is vital to keeping a healthy weight and reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. For some foods, the recommended portion is much smaller than what you would typically eat. Try these creative alternatives to shakeup your diet when portion control gets tough! They can help with overall health...

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Spring Into Heart Health

Just a few days ago, we turned our clocks ahead as it’s time to “spring forward” into daylight savings time. We love seeing more sunshine, but did you know that the time change might make you more likely to have a heart attack? Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, offers tips to prevent a heart-related event with the time change.  Why might more people have heart attacks with the time change? Nurse Rose: Some studies have shown that more people have heart attacks on the first work day...

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Get Your Heart Ready for the Snow

Many people along the East Coast are stocking up on shovels and extra food in preparation for the impending snow storm. As you prepare, don’t forget to consider whether your heart is ready for the snowy weather. Cold weather alone places extra strain on the heart because it constricts the arteries of the heart muscle. Combined with the strenuous activity of shoveling snow, you’ve got a recipe for putting your heart under great stress, said David Brill, MD, interventional cardiologist with Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist Medical Group. “Shoveling like any vigorous activity has a 50 times...

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Get the Kids Ready to Spring Into Sports

It may not feel like spring outside just yet, but many spring sports team are getting ready to start practice – if they haven’t already! Our health expert and mom of three, Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares here advice to prepare your children for a safe, healthy season. She’s the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.  What should parents do before spring sports season begins? Nurse Rose: It is important to think about taking these steps before your child’s  spring sports and activities begin. Get a sports physical at your pediatrician – many...

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