Did you know that chia seeds, which grow as “fur” on the popular Chia Pet clay figurines, also can be a healthy addition to your diet?
In fact, chia seeds were a staple in the diets of ancient Aztecs. They are high in protein and minerals, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acid and fiber. Studies further suggest it may be helpful in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, and lower blood pressure.
An easy way to add chia to your diet is to sprinkle it on cereal or rice. Or, add it to yogurt for a tasty dip. You can find chia at many grocers and health food stores. Continue reading
Mark Potter seemed to have it all: a happy family life and a successful career as a college basketball coach at Newman University in Wichita.
And then, in a little over a month, his life felt like it was unraveling. Anxiety and depression gnawed at his being, slowly consuming him with despair.
“In a nutshell, I was mentally ill. I was sick,” recalls Mark, 50, the men’s basketball coach at Newman University for 15 years. “The normal worries that you have were magnified 100 times – you just couldn’t get them out of your head. I didn’t want to eat. I didn’t want to go out in public. I didn’t want to talk to anybody.” Continue reading
I recently had a chance to interview Kesha J. Buster, MD, a dermatologist with Via Christi Clinic, who stressed the importance of getting regular dermatological checkups and doing monthly self skin examinations.
“Most moles are harmless; however, skin cancer can develop in or near a mole,” says Dr. Buster. “It’s important to know what your moles look like so you’ll be able to spot any changes.”
A normal mole can be:
- One color — usually brown, but sometimes tan, pink, blue or skin toned
- Round or oval shaped
- Flat or raised
- Look the same month-to-month
The frequency at which children are admitted to the hospital with constipation is a growing concern. Certainly, constipation can occur as a result of illnesses, physical disabilities, and from chronic medications, all of which should be addressed and managed with a doctor’s supervision. But often constipation is due to lack of fiber in the diet such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables – which can be avoided by improving eating habits.
Working with children in the hospital setting for three decades, I’ve seen a variety of food fads come and go. Eating habits in the family unit may be contributing to poor digestion and elimination, or as our children refer to it — poop! Our lives are increasingly busy. Often we are away from home where fast foods and convenient meals are an easy solution. These quick meals typically contribute very little whole grain, fruits and vegetables. Parents who frequently eat on the run or feed their family with fast food options should ask themselves, “Am I setting a good example by what I eat?” Continue reading
Nearly 200 women attended the Feb. 21 My Heart. My Life. luncheon at the 2014 Women’s Fair, sponsored by Via Christi Women’s Connection, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, and the Wichita Business Journal.
Attendees enjoyed a heart-healthy lunch, and an energetic presentation from dietitian, TV host and author Zonya Foco who talked about “The power of one good habit.” Among the good habits she urged her audience to make were: eat only until no longer hungry; eat breakfast and stop eating two or three hours before bedtime; and exercise every day. Continue reading
While the threat of severe weather is year-round, March 3-7 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas, and a good opportunity to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness with your family.
In 2013, the National Weather Service reported about 56 tornadoes statewide. Kansas also experiences numerous other high impact weather events, including blizzards, severe thunderstorms, and floods.
“When severe weather strikes you often have only a few minutes to respond and seek shelter,” says Cherie Sage with Safe Kids Kansas. “It’s essential for you and your family to be prepared in an emergency.” Continue reading