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    Fighting the Spread of Flu in Daycares and Schools

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Schools and daycares are areas where the flu can spread quickly over a large population, because kids are in close proximity to one another, and they may not take steps to prevent germs from spreading. As this video explains, the first line of defense against flu is the flu shot. Kids who are showing signs of the flu should stay home as soon as symptoms begin. Hand washing can prevent the spread of germs already in the classroom, so kids should learn how to wash their hands correctly or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

    The hospitals of the HCA Far West Division can provide your whole family with the medical care you need to get through flu season and stay healthy at home. Call (855) 422-9378 or visit our website to connect with a hospital in your neighborhood. 

    What Are the Benefits of Consuming Folic Acid?

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Folic acid, or folate, is a type of B vitamin that is found in foods ranging from beans to leafy green vegetables to breakfast cereal. Eating enough folic acid every day is important, because this nutrient promotes healthy cell growth, proper digestion, and brain health. It is particularly beneficial for developing babies, since it plays a role in the prevention of birth defects affecting the brain and spine. However, everyone should eat plenty of folic acid, because it has benefits for people in all stages of life. Plus, the foods that are rich in folate tend to be healthy options that offer a wealth of other nutrients for your diet.

    If you are an expecting mom in Southern California or Nevada, planning your delivery at an HCA Far West Division hospital can give you access to prenatal education along with the highest level of care in state-of-the-art facilities where your baby will get a great start. You can learn about the HCA hospital closest to your community on our website or by calling (855) 422-9378. 

    Why You Should Consider Giving Blood During Blood Donor Month

    Last updated 19 days ago

    If you want to give something back for the New Year, you might be inspired during Blood Donor Month this January. Giving blood can have a number of benefits for you and for the lives of people in need. A single blood donation can save up to three lives, but it may also contribute to research that advances the treatment of blood and vascular disease. Giving blood can also be healthy for donors, since a mini-physical is required before every donation. By giving back, you can feel positive about your contribution to the community that only takes about 30 minutes of your time.

    Another way to give back in 2015 might be by volunteering at a hospital in the HCA Far West Division. You can explore our volunteer opportunities in Nevada and Southern California by visiting our website or calling us at (855) 422-9378. 

    How to Really Lose Weight and Keep It off This Year

    Last updated 20 days ago

    If you make a resolution to lose weight year after year, but you are unable to keep weight off after February, you may need to change your approach this New Year. This article will explore the methods that can make a difference in your weight loss so that you see real results and maintain a healthier figure.

    Avoid the Diet Mentality

    When you think about eating healthy as a diet that you will only follow temporarily, you are reducing your chances of success. You should consider healthy eating a part of your lifestyle so that you think about all the foods you should enjoy rather than those you can’t have following a diet.

    Encourage Others to Support Your Lifestyle

    Even if your friends and family members do not need to lose weight, you can create a network of support by asking loved ones to join you in your exercise routine or eat healthier meals with you. When others are aware of your weight loss efforts and provide their support, you will have more accountability in your goals along with motivation when you need it.

    Let Yourself Make Mistakes

    Nobody is perfect, and even the healthiest individuals might overeat or skip a workout day. When you do have a slip up in your healthy routine, it’s important that you don’t beat yourself up, but simply get back on track the next day.

    Become Physically Fit

    Exercise is necessary for achieving and maintaining weight loss, but there is more to gain when you increase your physical activity. Physical fitness can empower you and boost your confidence with your focus shifted away from the numbers on the scale.

    HCA Far West Division hospitals can help you stay on track with your fitness goals with free classes and events in Southern California and Nevada. To explore our community resources, visit our website or call (855) 422-9378.  

    Healthy Aging Tips for America's Growing Population over 50

    Last updated 20 days ago

    As baby boomers get older, the over 50 population in the United States continues to grow, and life expectancy for this age group is high. In order to remain independent and healthy in these later years, there are some special considerations that older adults should make in their healthcare. Below is a look at a few of the key steps in ensuring good health after the age of 50.

    Communicate with Your Doctor

    Speaking openly and honestly with your doctor is critical to receiving care that will meet your changing needs later in adulthood. When new symptoms arise, you should not hesitate to speak with your physician to make sure that you can catch any new conditions early on when they are most treatable. Even some of the more embarrassing problems of aging like incontinence or a reduced sex drive can often be treated if you just bring them up with your doctor.

    Stay Committed to Physical Activity

    Exercise is critical for good health as an older adult. While physical activity is important at all stages of life, it may be most essential for aging adults who are at a higher risk for musculoskeletal injuries that could compromise an individual’s ability to live at home without special care. Exercise may also delay or prevent the onset of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s and other similar conditions.

    Break Your Misconceptions about Aging

    If your health is not perfect as you approach retirement age, you should ditch the mentality that it is too late to change your habits. By changing your thoughts on aging, you may accomplish new feats that you didn’t previously think possible for older adults.

    With the hospitals of the HCA Far West Division, you can receive the highest quality healthcare in Southern California and Nevada along with free classes and community events that can enhance your care. To find the HCA hospital closest to your neighborhood, visit us online or call (855) 422-9378. 

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