DIY Meditation: A Self-care Shortcut for Busy People

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By SMH Health Coach Robin Nakonetschny

Life often seems to move at a frenetic pace. Whether you have work deadlines looming, kids who are just getting back to school, an ill loved one to look after, or just an active lifestyle, life gets busy—often with no sign of slowing down soon. But it’s essential to your health—mental and physical—that you make time to slow down, even if it’s only for brief moments here and there. (more…)

Is Hiring a Personal Trainer Worth It?

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By HealthFit Manager Kayla Frimmel

Exercise can be great medicine, but for those who are new to it or have taken an extended break, working with a personal trainer might be just the thing you need to develop a safe, effective routine that not only optimizes strength and weight, but also boosts your daily functional abilities. (more…)

Ask an Expert: Mommy Tummy, aka Diastasis Recti

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Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s team of doctors, nurses, and other health experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health and wellness queries from a local source you can trust. Have a medical- or wellness-related question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com.

“Diastasis Recti,” a separation of abdominal muscles, has become something of a buzzword in mom circles—from the playground to online support groups. We’ve seen dozens of social posts, blogs, and ads centered around “DR”—many of them extolling DIY diagnosis methods or exercise solutions for this muscular “defect” that seems to plague postpartum women. In order to sort fact from fiction, we turned to SMH Physical Therapist Shayna Shefrin, who specializes in pelvic-floor dysfunction. (more…)

Ask an Expert: Breastfeeding Fact or Fiction

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Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s team of doctors, nurses, and other health experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health and wellness queries from a local source you can trust. Have a medical- or wellness-related question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com.

A Fact-or-Fiction Q&A with SMH Lactation Specialist Sheera Thomas

Breastfeeding a baby for the first time can be daunting. No matter how much research you do online or how many friends you talk to who’ve “been there,” you’re likely to come across dozens of breastfeeding myths that have been passed off as sacred mom truths. (more…)

A Journey through PreventT2 — Walk with Me

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By SMH Patient Portal Specialist Kris Johnson

Sarasota Memorial rolled out a new diabetes-prevention lifestyle program earlier this year, and news of the launch caught my attention. You see, although I haven’t been formally diagnosed with prediabetes, I know I have an increased risk of developing it because of age (over 45) and genetics (my father has Type 2 diabetes). And reading some startling statistics really brought it home that it was time I took preventative action. (more…)

Is Your Breast Milk Supply Really Low?

Low milk supply is a common concern of breastfeeding moms. If you’re worried whether baby is getting enough milk, ask yourself this question: Is baby gaining and growing on only breast milk? Then you have plenty of milk. If your baby is gaining, growing, and having plenty of wet and dirty diapers, then your supply isn’t a problem. Then why all the worry? ‘Cause worry is what moms do! (more…)

Ask an Expert: School Physicals vs. Wellness Exams

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Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s team of doctors, nurses, and other health experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health and wellness queries from a local source you can trust. Have medical- or wellness-related questions that you’d like to “Ask an Expert?” Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com.

A Q&A with SMH Urgent Care Manager Austin Sneed

The back-to-school transition is just around the corner for Sarasota and Manatee county students—and with it, comes the need for school physicals and school sports physicals. While students and student athletes must go through this annual ritual of getting physicals, these medical evaluations are not replacements for a child’s annual wellness visit or wellness exam. (more…)

Sun Safety: From Infant to Infinity

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By SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas, RN

Here we are, in the thick of summer, and as my oldest son recently returned home from fishing very sunburned, I was reminded of his first sunburn, 16 years ago.

We were in Hawaii, and I was diligently following all the sun safety rules for babies: keeping my baby boy in the shade, with his hat on, totally protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays—or so I thought. But later that night, I noticed his forearm was bright pink! I was devastated! I let my baby get burned! Oh, how the mommy guilt hit me hard! (more…)