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 »

Another year has arrived, and many people are a few days into their resolutions. Making these resolutions is the easy part; it’s the follow through that proves to be difficult for most. Creating healthy habits that you can practice every day can be challenging at first, but once they are a part of your daily routine, they won’t feel like an added step.

If maintaining a healthier lifestyle is one of your resolutions, below are a few tips to keep you motivated throughout the year.

Hold yourself accountableIf working out more is one of your goals, schedule your workouts or gym... Read More »

It’s here again…the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is in full swing, which means we’re trimming the trees, hanging the lights and filling our homes with the scents of the season.

With all of these festive activities, there’s always the possibility of an accident. While you want your home to look beautiful, it’s important to stay as safe as possible when you are decorating. In preparation, we’ve put together a list of things to be mindful of when you are putting up your decorations to ensure there are no mishaps.


- Before hanging lights,... Read More »

Recognizing that your elderly parent or loved one can no longer care for themselves is a difficult process. Working to meet the complex needs of elderly loved ones can take its toll on caregivers, especially for those tasked with the daily challenges of full time work and parenting duties. In many cases, caregivers are adult children and relatives of those suffering from various forms of dementia, which is a severe decline in mental functioning that interferes with daily life.  Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. The heart wrenching conflict of wanting to do what is... Read More »

For many people, eating every meal at home each day can be a bit of challenge. Busy schedules, convenience and the enjoyment of socializing with friends and family can lead to grabbing a bite at our favorite restaurants. However, while healthy eating starts at home, it doesn’t have to end there.

Most restaurants recognize the benefit of offering healthy meal options consisting of foods low in trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol. Often these alternatives will be highlighted on menus as healthy, yet still delicious.

The best way to stay healthy when dining out is to know... Read More »

Every interaction with every patient matters. It defines the patient experience and is the driving force behind Mary Fisher’s, RN, passion. “I want to be able to make that difference for patients and their loved ones,” she adds. Mary is so deeply rooted in this focus that she now serves dual roles as patient experience manager and Emergency Department manager. She understands the impact of the patient experience after suffering the loss of her mother. “It was a very difficult time for me. That was one of the changing moments in my life and changed the way I view how we are handling the... Read More »