• Healthcare Headlines - July 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    The Night Doctor is in: Why 'Nocturnalists' Are Replacing Some On-Call Physicians

    More hospitals are hiring experienced "nocturnalists" to improve patient safety and prevent calls to tired on-call physicians, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Read More  

    Healthcare Hiring Momentum Leads to another 38,500 Jobs in June

    Healthcare added 38,500 jobs in June and a total of 234,600 jobs in the first six months of 2016, according to initial seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More  

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  • Get Moving, Even with Arthritis

    By Kindred Healthcare
    This post is adapted from Insights to Healthy Aging, our Kindred at Home newsletter.

    Get Moving Even with ArthritisAs many as one in two Americans are expected to develop symptomatic osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, by age 85.

    Do you think exercise is out of the question for you or older family members who have osteoarthritis? Actually, exercise becomes more important than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is ample scientific evidence suggesting that exercise can reduce pain and improve function, mood and quality of life for people with arthritis. It may also positively impact the symptoms of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Read Full Post
  • Improve Your Heart Health with Fitness

    By Kindred Healthcare

    This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Increase Your Health Health With Fitness shoesWhile it may be common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to our health, many people assume it’s a timely or exhaustive commitment. In reality, 30 minutes of daily activity is all it really takes. And you can break it up into smaller time increments if you don’t have a solid half hour or more to dedicate to exercise. But think of it like this: there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so 30 minutes is 2% of your day. Bump it up to an hour and it’s still just 4% of your day.

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  • Nutrition and Diabetes Management

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC
    Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC, Nutrition Services Consultant, Hospital DivisionIf you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or 2 diabetes, or have a loved one with the disease, it is important for you to know the role nutrition plays in managing the disease. A balanced, healthy meal plan with emphasis on lean protein, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains is recommended. Many individuals with diabetes worry about the amount of carbohydrate they should take daily. The 2014 Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes state that there is not an ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrate. The amount should be based on individualized assessment of current eating patterns, personal preferences (e.g., tradition, culture, religion, health beliefs and economics), and blood glucose control goals. A dietitian can help you develop a meal plan to meet your needs. Monitoring carbohydrate intake, whether by carbohydrate counting or experience-based estimation, remains a key strategy in achieving glycemic control.

     

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  • National Eating Healthy Day

    By Kindred Healthcare

    National Eating Healthy Day

    National Eating Healthy Day takes place on the first Wednesday in November each year. The theme for this year is “Produce Results” with a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. According to the American Heart Association, Americans typically consume half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The AHA recommends eight or more servings – or about 4.5 cups – of fruits and vegetables daily.

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  • Control Cholesterol For a Healthy Heart

    By Kindred Healthcare

    As many as 71 million adults in America have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control.

    One of the main risk factors for two leading causes of death in the U.S. – heart disease and stroke – is high cholesterol. Detection and treatment as well as prevention of high cholesterol are ways to reduce your risk of these diseases and keep your heart healthy.

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  • Ten Tips For Healthy Aging

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Healthy Aging MonthSeptember is Healthy Aging Month, a time to focus on the positive aspects of aging. It’s also a time to focus on making choices that can improve physical, mental and social health as well. It’s not too late to try something new or take control of your health no matter your age. Here are 10 tips to do just that:

     

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  • Staying Well With High Blood Pressure

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Staying Well With High Blood PressureEvery time you visit the doctor, chances are someone will check your blood pressure. This simple test screens for low or high blood pressure and provides your doctor with important information about your general health.

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  • What to Expect After Stroke Diagnosis

    By Kindred Healthcare

    After Stroke DiagnosisHelping others recognize the signs of a stroke can shorten the time before a person gets treatment, and faster medical treatment can minimize long-term effects or prevent death.

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  • Men’s Health Matters…To Everyone

    By Kindred Healthcare
    86519283A car is a major investment and, for most of us, it’s something we take care of to make sure it stays in top condition and has a long life. Many men, however, don’t take that same approach with their own health – even if they’d never miss a regular oil change or vehicle tune-up.

     

    During National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, it’s a good time for men to take stock of their health and make a commitment to improving it.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death for men in the U.S. are heart disease and cancer. Even small steps toward a healthier lifestyle can help improve heart health and regular screenings can help detect cancer earlier.

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