Spring is upon us! As families plan out their summer vacations, the urge to join a gym and lose a few pounds or tone up increases. Knowing what to do and what not to do you in the gym will be a very important part of your success. Below are a few common myths you need to avoid so you can reach your health goals faster! 

Myth: If you want to lose weight, avoid strength training because it will bulk you up.

Fact: The truth is is that strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat. By incorporating strength training into your workout, results will be... Read More »

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for this year is "Go Further with Food". Food storage is something that can help you go further with your food. You can take fresh food and preserve it so that it can be used later. There are several different ways that you can use to store food in your own home.

Some of the common ways to store food at home include:

1.  Canning - canning is a relatively cheap and easy process to store food. All you do is use heat to sterilize and seal the jars that your food is put in to. The time and temperate of your process depend on the... Read More »

Friday, June 9, 2017 was a typical day at work for Delilah (Chris) Bell.  However, when Chris suddenly began to feel unwell, the day took a drastic turn.

“I was at work, and all of a sudden I started feeling really hot. I didn’t feel well,” says Chris. “I have an assistant so I told her that I did not feel well. She said to go home, but I said ‘No, I’m really sick. Call 911.‘”

As a former registered nurse, Chris knew the sickness that came over her was much more serious than a trip home. Chris was suffering a stroke.

“My assistant called 911. As I was losing my ability... Read More »

Written by Bobby Benn, Hillcrest Safety Manager

Travel, family celebrations, decorative lights and Christmas trees are hallmarks of the holiday season. However, these things also present serious risks that can quickly turn this festive time of year into a devastating one.

As each of us plan for the holidays and celebrate in our own ways, there are a few things that we need to remember.

Always turn off Christmas lights before leaving the house or going to bed. Most people put their tree in the family living area and most home fire fatalities start in this area of the... Read More »

One thing to remember when it comes to our diets is that what we eat not only impacts our physical health, but our mental health as well. Just as our hearts, lungs and muscles need key nutrients to stay healthy and strong, our brains do too. It’s important for both children and adults to learn how to maintain and enhance brain function. One way is through the consumption of a healthy diet.

According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the foundation to any nutritious and balanced diet consists of:

1.         Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables... Read More »

Due to a rich family history in military service and health care, our very own Don Morris followed in the footsteps of those before him while creating his own path. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army and currently serves as vice president of human resources of Hillcrest HealthCare System. In honor of Veterans Day, we sat down with Don to learn more about his military experiences and how they have impacted the work he does today.

Service Branch: Army

Rank: E5, Sergeant (SGT)

How long did you serve? Five years

What was your job/assignment and... Read More »

As the amount of daily daylight we have grows shorter, driving in the dark becomes more common, creating safety concerns. The National Safety Council (NSC) states that depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can all be compromised in the dark. Also, the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver.

Limited visibility when driving in the dark creates less time to avoid and react to hazards on the road. This is especially dangerous when driving at higher speeds.

What can you do to combat low visibility when driving in the dark?... Read More »

Patients, family members, friends and co-workers – those who have experienced it never forget the date. What began as a typical Tuesday morning became the day that changed everything – July 29, 2014 – for Kayla Patchett, RN, her husband, Ben Grice, and their 3-year-old daughter.

“I was in the waiting room for three hours while they worked to get him in a stable condition,” Kayla recalls of the anxiety, fear and all-encompassing worry that took over while she could only wait helplessly. She walked into his ICU room at the Alexander Burn Center at Hillcrest Medical Center and met the... Read More »