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Two of the most frequent causes of vehicle accidents and injuries (distracted driving and driving while drowsy) are also two of the most preventable causes.

Cell Phone Distractions

Each year over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries. Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. Even when talking hands-free, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what's around them because they are engaged in a cell phone conversation. This often... Read More »

June is National Safety Month and week two focuses on the benefits of wellness.

According to Hillcrest Medical Center’s Safety Manager, Bobby Benn, “Start by doing some small things like taking a 15-minute walk in the sunshine. It can make a huge difference in how you feel and act towards others.” Developing healthy behaviors is more easily accomplished by establishing better habits, in small steps. Below are seven tips to help you create better habits that can help make healthy actions automatic.

Set Small Goals

Starting with a huge goal can be incredibly overwhelming... Read More »

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 »