Does your mind start racing the minute your head hits your pillow? Whether you’re thinking about tomorrow’s to-do list, packing lunches or getting the kids to school, it’s easy to become anxious when you’re trying to fall asleep. Anxiety can have a major impact on the quality of your sleep. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, seven out of ten adults in the United States say that they experience stress or anxiety daily, with most nothing that it interferes moderately with their daily lives.

We’ve put together a few tips for you to incorporate into your... Read More »

How often do you consume processed foods?Do you take frozen meals to work or grab fast food as a quick option? Choosing these options frequently can increase your risk of high cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin levels, which can lead to life-threatening heart disease. Here are a few foods to limit or completely avoid:

·         Processed meats. Processed foods in general have high levels of salt and other preservatives. Meats such as hot dogs, bacon, sausage, salami and other deli meats are detrimental to the heart. Eating just a few slices of deli meat can contain... Read More »

Lisa Stokes, our Dietary & EVS Manager, is sharing her tips for having a safe but delicious game day food spread! Whether you’re making chicken wings or a whole buffet , be sure to keep Lisa’s tips in mind this weekend!

Make the right call for homemade chicken wings:

If you’re frying chicken wings, Lisa recommends making sure that your frying oil temperature is 375 °F before adding the chicken. She adds, “Before frying, pat dry the chicken wings to prevent oil splatter when submerged in hot oil. Make sure not to overcrowd the chicken wings in the frying basket. If the... Read More »

With thousands of skincare products on the market, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to take care of your skin. Skin care is beyond topical treatments; it’s a combination of what you put into your body and what you put on your body.

Different internal and external lifestyle factors can affect the appearance of your skin. For example, cold weather can trigger eczema, while warmer weather can trigger acne. Too much sun exposure can lead to pigmentation and accelerate aging skin.

There’s a world of tips, but here are some of the most effective ways you can care for... Read More »

One of the first things everyone thinks of when they hear the word Thanksgiving is…food! We spoke with Lisa Stokes, our Dietary & EVS Manager about some of her tips to safely store leftovers from your upcoming Thanksgiving meal.

After everyone’s bellies are full from enjoying turkey (and all of the tasty side dishes!), cut the turkey meat off the bone and refrigerate it within two hours of coming out of the oven. Leftovers will last for four days in the refrigerator, so if you know you won’t use them right away, pack them into freezer bags or airtight containers and freeze. For... Read More »

We all know it’s common courtesy to be kind, but did you know there are proven health benefits as well? From buying someone a cup of coffee, to volunteering at a local organization, a little kindness each day can go a long way. Below are a few proven health benefits of being kind to others.


·         Increased oxytocin- this hormone acts as a chemical messenger to create that “warm and fuzzy” feeling from the brain and spreads all throughout the body.

·         Increased serotonin- the neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of well-being and... Read More »

We’ve all heard how many salads that we think are “healthy” are just wearing disguises under all of the delicious cheese, processed dressing and fried toppings that get added! While we think that a salad bowl filled with greens and veggies is sure to be healthy, we know that what goes into the salad can determine otherwise. We’ve put together a few of our favorite tips and tricks to make a healthy, yet delicious salad below!

1. Add protein

When adding protein to a salad, the options are endless! Chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu and eggs are just some of... Read More »

March is National Nutrition Month. Eating healthy is one of the best things you can do for your body, but it can get expensive. Fresh produce and lean meats are almost always included in a healthy regimen, but tend to be some of the most expensive items in a grocery store. The good news? There are lots of great, healthy options available to keep you in line with your healthy lifestyle.

Lisa Stokes, Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta’s dietary manager, shared some valuable information with regard to eating healthy on a budget.

Frozen vs. Fresh

Most frozen fruits and... Read More »