Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Holiday Eating Tips
Written by SMH Outpatient DietItian Lauren McNeil

Research shows that the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season. While that doesn’t sound like much, it adds up over time, and can end up being a 20-pound weight gain over the next 10 years!

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that those unwanted extra pounds don’t creep up on you this holiday season. (more…)

Cancer Rehab Boosts Quality of Life

Cancer Rehab
Written By SMH Lymphedema / Physical Therapist Sherry Ireland

Cancer rehabilitation is an important part of Sarasota Memorial’s integrated cancer-care approach. Cancer—and even cancer treatments—can affect a person’s normal physical abilities. For instance, chemotherapy leaves most people feeling drained of energy, and this chronic sense of fatigue can impair daily-living capabilities and diminish their quality of life. Cancer rehab is designed to help a patient build strength and endurance, experience less pain, and feel better overall, which leads to better physical function and boosts quality of life. (more…)

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

sleep recommendations
Written by Mother-Baby Discharge Facilitator Sheera Thomas

Today was one of those days when the whole family struggled to get out of bed. We had spent the weekend moving to a new house, and after two days of unpacking our lives—and very little sleep—I began wondering exactly how much shut-eye my kids need to be healthy. This is what I found out. (more…)

‘Life Changing’ Second Opinion—One Woman’s Story

Charlie Ann Spyrett
Written by SMH Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

Finding out you have a leaking heart valve or blocked coronary arteries can be frightening—especially if your only option to correct the problem is cardiac surgery.

But what if you’re uncomfortable with the diagnosis or have been told your condition is too fragile for a less-invasive surgical approach? (more…)

Tips for NICU Families — Parent to Parent

NICO Graber
Written By NICU-Graduate Mom Jamie Jalwan

It sounds intense: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU. And the experience can be intense. And scary. No parent signs up to be a NICU parent, and I’m guessing no baby spends their time in utero dreaming of being a “NICU baby.” But sometimes, the NICU is the very best first home for little ones requiring a little extra love—and highly specialized medical care—upon arrival. (more…)

Cancer & Caregiving: Tips to Thrive

Written by SMH Cancer Care Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

Last year, 15.5 million people in the U.S. were living with cancer. This year, another 1,688,780 people will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. Many of these cancer patients will, at some point, come to depend on the care and support of a trusted family member. (more…)