Smart Health: Resolutions can start anytime; let go of old habits to get fit and healthy and lose weight

By Kristen Mees St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s that time of year again. January is coming, and you are ready to push the reset button and stop all of your bad habits. For the past few years, the No. 1 and No. 2 New Year’s resolutions have been to get fit and healthy and lose weight, but only 8 percent of people felt they kept those resolutions. Rachel Wagner, MS, LD, a registered dietitian at St....

UK College of Medicine’s Northern Kentucky campus gets $2.5 million scholarship from St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided a gift of $2.5 million to support a tuition scholarship program for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Northern Kentucky. Through this gift, scholarships will be awarded to medical students enrolled at the Northern Kentucky campus, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The affiliation between the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky...

McClure, Davis among Commonwealth Award recipients at annual KPI Summit on Philanthropy

Spaulding University president Tori Murden McClure and Field & Main CEO Scott Davis are among four recipients of the annual Commonwealth Awards presented by the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative. The awards will be presented Wednesday at the statewide KPI Summit on Philanthropy to be held for the first time in its nine years in Northern Kentucky, at the Newport Aquarium RiverRoom. McClure, of Louisville,...

Duvall Q&A highlights Diabetes Day at GABP; Reds outfielder diagnosed as Type 1 in 2012

During the 2016 baseball season, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall was on deck at Busch Stadium in St. Louis when a fan from the stands started yelling at him. “Why do you have your cell phone in your back pocket?” the man shouted. Duvall calmly turned around and responded: “It’s an insulin pump. I’m diabetic.” Adam Duvall The following day, before Cincinnati’s next game against the Cardinals,...

Reds’ Duvall grew up with Type 1 Diabetes and learned to deal with it to play in the Majors

Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds left fielder, visited with patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Total Joint Center in Northern Kentucky this week. As a professional athlete, Duvall understands what it takes to be world class. Together with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Duvall is committed to the health and wellness of his fellow Kentuckians.

SmartHealthToday: Pediatrician-approved tips for dressing your baby for hot weather and the sun

Although more babies are born during the summer months than any other time of year, the season can be a tricky one when it comes to knowing how to dress your baby. To celebrate the First Day of Summer, Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office, offers five tips on how to keep your baby comfortable in warm weather and protected from the summer sun: Use sunscreen,...

Smart HealthToday: E-cigarettes are now regulated by the FDA, but product remains controversial

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday The Food and Drug Administration issued its long-awaited first regulations on e-cigarettes in 2016. But controversy surrounding them hasn’t exactly vanished in a puff of smoke. The widely expected move, announced over a year ago in May 2016, requires manufacturers of so-called Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS – including e-cigarettes and also vaporizers,...

SmartHealthToday: It’s never too late to quit smoking and the benefits are immediate and significant

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHeathToday It’s not too late to quit smoking, and some benefits are nearly immediate, a range of experts say. The year after you quit, your risk of future heart disease drops 50 percent, reported the American Heart Association (AHA). “After 15 years, your risk is as low as someone who has never smoked.” More good news comes from the Northern Kentucky Independent...

SmartHealthToday: Don’t let a stroke stop you from doing what you love, but know how to lower risk

It’s time to step up the battle to prevent strokes, the number one cause of serious disability for adults, according to Dr. James P. Farrell, director of the Stroke Program for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Our job is to keep disease from interfering with your life. Disease can take your life or prevent you from doing what you would like to do in life,” Farrell said. “The challenge of our time...

SmartHealthToday: World Health Organization focuses on preventing and treating depression

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Because depression is ubiquitous, debilitating and – at its worst – deadly, the World Health Organization is engaging in a year-long campaign focused on educating people about depression and how to seek help for the condition. Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. The mental anguish it causes can profoundly impair a person’s ability to carry out...

SmartHealthToday: Her cornea transplant surgery restored her vision — things are more in focus

SmartHealthToday Team When Cathy Hudson sets out this spring with her husband to hit some of the country’s most savory barbecue competitions, she’ll see the world with new eyes – literally. That’s because she recently restored her vision through cornea transplant surgery. “It feels like everything is in high-def now,” Hudson marveled. “It was just tissue donation, but it changed my life.” Hudson’s...

SmartHealthToday: Youngsters not the only ones at risk of accidental home poisonings, so take precautions

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in the United States. “It’s not just little ones that are in danger it’s adults as well,” notes Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office. How severe is the problem? In 2015 Americans called a poison control center 2.2 million times about people exposed to dangerous...

SmartHealthToday: Sesame Street introduces new character to promote autism awareness

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Sesame Street, famous for inclusion, acceptance and “sunny days,” is introducing a new character in an effort to promote greater understanding of autism. Julia, a green-eyed girl with pumpkin-orange hair, will make her Sesame Street debut in April during National Autism Awareness Month. Julia is a key part of Sesame Street’s initiative to raise understanding about...

SmartHealthToday: Finding a cure for MS starts with awareness and education; research matters

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Why is education and awareness so important? It’s the first step toward research and finding a cure, says Randy Nickum, coordinator of logistics and volunteer engagement for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Ohio Valley chapter. Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people suffer from MS, a chronic disease of...

SmartHealthToday: With spring sports on the horizon, here’s how to stay healthy and active

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday St. Elizabeth Healthcare looks at spring high school sports and what athletes, coaches and parents should know to stay healthy and optimize performance. Today: baseball.   Key dates: Kentucky: Competition starts this week. District tournaments start week beginning May 21; region tournaments start week beginning May 28; and state tournament beginning the week of June...

Toyota’s Legacy: Erlanger laboratory to be The Ignite Institute, world-class STEAM education center

Creating an enduring gift to fuel the economic engine of the Tri-State, Toyota announced that it is donating its Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory on its campus in Erlanger to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. The vision, a collaborative endeavor involving state and local leaders, is world-class STEAM education that inspires...

SmartHealthToday: Talk to your college students about having a safe spring break before they leave

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday For many college students, spring break is a welcome respite from the academic pressure of school and a chance to enjoy a little fun in the sun. For too many students, however, it can be a time of excess and poor choices in an unfamiliar environment. What can parents do to help ensure their teens have a fun and safe spring break? “Good planning can go a long way,”...

UK College of Medicine partners with NKU, St. Elizabeth to develop regional medical school

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced plans Monday to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus...

SmartHealthToday: How much caffeine is too much? Some ideas to help you evaluate your habit

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Baby, it’s cold outside and that extra cup of hot tea or coffee sounds soooooo appealing. Can you indulge or should you take a pass? Americans love their caffeine in all its myriad forms – 80 percent of U.S. adults consume caffeine every day, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The typical adult consumes about 200 mg in a day, according to the FDA....

SmartHealthToday: Happy Valentine’s Day — here are some tips on showing how much you really care

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday This Valentine’s Day, show your partner you really care by looking out for his or her health.   Here are some ideas straight from Cupid himself: Ditch the candy and roses. Try sending a sumptuous fruit bouquet instead. It’s sweet and beautiful and – because your sweetie won’t feel guilty about indulging – much less likely to end up next to the coffeepot at...