///Spotlight on Health – December
Spotlight on Health – December 2017-01-28T09:36:53-05:00

Spotlight on Health – December

Have you been decking the halls? The holiday season is upon us, and every store you enter is playing your favorite Christmas songs. The coming weeks will be full of decorating, holiday parties, gift exchanging and meal planning. It seems that everywhere we turn this month we are reminded that Santa is on his way.

While it can be the most wonderful time of the year, the month of December can also prove to be extremely stressful. Whether we are worried about buying gifts, hanging decorations or how we can manage to spend time with our relatives, the holiday season can be overwhelming. At UAMS, we want to help you this month by giving you plenty of healthy tips and suggestions so that you can stay safe, healthy and happy this holiday season. 

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It’s the time of year when you want to eat healthy and stay active, but you also don’t want to miss out on all the delicious holiday treats. It’s easy to think that you can overindulge since you only get to eat some of these foods once a year. We want to help you know how to avoid packing on the holiday pounds. 

We also know that the holiday season can be overwhelming with plenty of events. Your to-do list can double overnight, and it can seem like you never get to cross anything off. In our Living Healthy newsletters, we want to provide plenty of healthy tips and advice for whatever situation or condition you may be facing. 

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Holiday parties are approaching and you need the perfect simple and healthy dish to make everyone talk. Try some of our healthy recipes such as cheddar-vegetable surprise or black bean tortilla casserole. For a dessert that will be a holiday hit, try brownie kisses, apple coffee cake or gingered rice pudding

Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare many full meals that meet most dietary needs.  See our library.

Health Tips

Holiday Health and Safety

Your relatives are on their way to your home for a week-long family Christmas extravaganza. So naturally, you’re rushing to hang the last few lights and put clean sheets on the guest room beds. At UAMS, we understand that when you’re in a rush, safety and health can be the last thing on your mind. Here are a few health and safety tips to remember as you celebrate with friends and family.

  • Wash your hands often – Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick, especially in a house full of people during cold and flu season.
  • Make decorating safe – Unless you work on a ladder frequently, avoid it as much as possible. After a three-year study, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that almost 18,000 people went to the emergency room because of holiday decorating falls.
  • Eat healthy and be active – Balance and moderation are the keys to enjoying holiday food in a healthy way. Choose fruit over candy and eat smaller portions of your favorite desserts. Find fun ways to stay active as a family such as a playing fun games that get everyone involved.

Medical Myth

Can drinking water cure dry skin? When your body is thirsty, it needs water. However, this principle does not apply to dry, thirsty skin. We tend to think that drinking a lot of water can cure dry skin, but the truth is that it’s not effective.

“A normally hydrated person probably won’t see a difference in their skin after consuming an increased volume of water,” says Dr. Donna Pellowski, UAMS dermatologist. “Excessive water intake can lead to other health problems and is not recommended nor is effective for dry skin.”

Read the full article for more information on curing dry skin. Also find the answers to other medical myths. Our UAMS mythbusters have investigated the truth behind some of the more popular myths. Visit our collection and find out the real deal.

Podcast – Here’s to Your Health

With Thanksgiving already behind us in 2010, the holiday season is in full swing. From our Here’s to Your Health archives, Dr. T. Glenn Pait provides tips and advice for your health. Most people have their minds on dozens of things this time of year, and it’s easy to get so caught up in the events that you miss spending time just enjoying the holiday season with friends and family. For tips and information on having a successful holiday season, listen to this podcast.

Interested in hearing more Here’s to Your Health podcasts? Visit our Here’s to Your Health Archive today!

Patient Story

Lung cancer usually strikes without obvious symptoms, but Ray Harper’s increasingly labored breathing convinced his wife that he needed to see a doctor.

“I didn’t really notice it, said Ray, who quit smoking 10 years ago. But my wife did.”

After his wife Pamela Harper got him to see a doctor, an X-ray showed a suspicious mass on his lower right lung. A CT scan, which provided a better view of the 3.5-centimeter mass and suggested it was lung cancer.

Read Ray’s story

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