Author: Washington Adventist Hospital

Teens, Technology and Health

Does it seem like your child is constantly on his or her phone? Well, that’s because they practically are. In fact, 24% of teens surveyed by Pew Research Center said they’re “almost constantly online” and 92% of teens report going online daily. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HelathCare Washington Adventist Hospital, and a mother of three, shares how technology can impact teens’ health.  Is technology and the internet affecting our kids’ health? Nurse Rose: For sure. While the internet has lots of positive benefits like supporting education and connecting us with faraway relatives,...

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Check Your Feet

Did you know that 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes? That’s 12.3 percent of American adults. If you have diabetes, in addition to checking your blood sugar, there’s something else you need to check regularly – your feet. It may sound strange, but diabetes can actually make you more likely to incur blisters, sores or wounds on the feet that go unnoticed. For Foot Health Awareness Month this April, we remind people with diabetes to check their feet daily for sores or other injures. Why Feet? People with diabetes are prone to foot injuries for two reasons....

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Spring Clean Your Health: Quit Smoking

Spring Clean Your Health: Kick Your Smoking Habit by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM Spring is often seen as a time for a fresh start – with many of us spring cleaning around our homes. Why not do some spring cleaning when it comes to your health? Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, offers her tips to quit a bad health habit that many struggle with — smoking. Why is it so hard to quit smoking? Nurse Rose: Quitting smoking is tough for a number of reasons. Nicotine in cigarettes is addictive. Quitting can cause physical withdrawal symptoms including...

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Know These Early Signs of Menopause

Now that spring is officially here, we’ve all noticed changes – warmer weather and blooming flowers. Many of us enjoy the change in season, but struggle with changes to our bodies or health. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, talks to us about a difficult life change for many women — menopause.  Melendez is the director of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and has more than 20 years of healthcare experience.  What is menopause? Nurse Rose: Menopause can cause women a lot of anxiety and discomfort, but it’s a completely natural change. This is the point...

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Heart Healthy Black Bean Breakfast Bowls

We’re all guilty of skipping breakfast once in a while, but studies show that eating breakfast not only jump-starts your metabolism but can actually help you maintain a healthy weight, focus better and have more energy for exercising. Patricia Guay-Berry, RD shares this heart-healthy black bean breakfast bowl recipe that’s sure to keep you feeling energized throughout the day. Maintaining low sodium intake is essential for keeping a healthy blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart disease. Black beans are naturally low in sodium and contain potassium, calcium and magnesium – all of which have been found to...

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