Alicia Gentle, BSN, RN-CEN

YouTurn Program Reaches Into the Community to Reduce Violent Crime

Community Benefit

When it comes to violence, there’s rarely just one victim. Research has shown violence’s adverse effects extend beyond the immediate victim to impact families, communities, neighborhoods and schools. In fact, exposure to violence alone has been linked to chronic disease, mental health issues and lower quality of life, plus increased risk of continuing the cycle of violence and disease. We as health care professionals see the destruction violence causes firsthand. That’s why we are passionate about reducing the number of violent crimes and injuries that present to the Trauma Center here at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy, as well as our Emergency Departments, and city wide. One way is through a partnership with the organization YouTurn. … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

Don’t forget your vegetables!

Weight Management

We hear it all the time.  Eat more vegetables.  Add more greens.  Make your plate colorful.  The fact that vegetables are good for us, is not a new message.  Yet we have such a hard time fitting them in our diet? Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, plus they are loaded with good-for-you nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber.  Vitamin C is imperative to keeping our immune systems healthy and potassium regulates blood pressure – very important things! Most adults need 2 ½ – 3 cups of vegetables per day. Let’s look beyond the side salad and bump up your intake today. Make snack sized portions: chop up bell peppers, broccoli or celery ahead … Continue reading

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Lauren Schreffler, APRN

Pap and Pelvic: the 2 Ps and When You Need Them

Women's Health

Many women assume the Pap test and pelvic exam go together, but that’s not always the case. Both are important tools your provider uses to diagnose conditions and detect cancer, but they are not one and the same. The Pelvic Exam What: This physical exam checks for medical problems with your pelvis, vagina, and pelvic floor. It’s helpful for detecting problems with bladder function, sexual function, or other issues with your pelvic anatomy. How: You’ll be asked to change into a gown and lie on the exam table. Your outer anatomy (vulva) will be examined for redness, swelling, sores, or other abnormalities. Your provider will insert a speculum (duck-bill-shaped instrument) into your vagina to separate the vaginal walls to visualize … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

Turn Your Goals into Habits

Weight Management

As the glamour of the “new year, new you” starts to fade, don’t give up on the goals you made for yourself. If you feel like you have started to slack on your goals, remember that lifestyle changes are not like fad diets with a start and end date. They take time, consistency, and even failure to be successful. Don’t focus on being perfect and doing everything right each day. Instead, focus on showing up and trying. It can take 1-2 months to build a habit, so don’t let those goals fall to the back of the line. Here are some ways to stay mindful of your goals:   Make a visible list for yourself Life gets busy and your … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

A Plan for Meal Prepping

Weight Management

Meal prepping can save time, money and energy.  Whether you’re a busy parent, single person or retired – all people can benefit from some form of meal prepping.  Want to spend more time together as a family – meal prepping is for you.  Hate cooking and want to spend less time in the kitchen – meal prepping is for you.  Have new health goals you are trying to achieve – meal prepping is for you.  See a pattern here? Don’t let the idea of meal prepping make you feel like you will spend all Sunday in the kitchen.  That’s not the intent.  It takes a different shape for each person or house hold.  Start small and see where it takes … Continue reading

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