Sharp News, July 2016
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- Tips for eating out at the baseball game — Going to a ball game doesn't mean you have to strike out on eating healthy. Most stadiums — including Petco Park — offer several healthier options, making it a little easier to watch your waistline. A Sharp-affiliated dietitian is available to give tips on making healthy choices when heading to the ball game.
- Former MLB player and hospital volunteer hits home run with visitors — It doesn't take a baseball game to bring All-Stars to San Diego. Former MLB player and San Diego native, Rocky Craig, volunteers as a driver for Sharp Grossmont Hospital's "Blue Angels" shuttle service. Every Wednesday he helps patients and visitors get to and around the hospital's campus, and his mission is to talk to and connect with each person who enters his shuttle. Rocky's kind heart and genuine compassion for others shines through his friendly face, and he has become a familiar, comforting presence for hospital visitors and employees alike. An interview and photo op can be arranged with Rocky, who can discuss his love of baseball and volunteering.
- Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital Intergenerational Therapy Group — Research has shown that intergenerational activity-based groups had innumerable mutual benefits for both seniors and adolescents. Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital staff has developed a hospital-based therapeutic program that meets biweekly and is designed at reducing negative mood symptoms and improving quality of life in both adolescents and older adults. Through conversation and activity, the senior and adolescent patient teach one another about coping skills and how to promote psychological growth. A clinical child psychologist is available to talk about this ground-breaking program.
National Trends Localized
- FDA issues guidelines to reduce sodium in foods — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidelines to cut the amount of salt added to foods by about a third. The average sodium intake in the United States is about 3,400 mg per day. The guidelines set targets for the food industry to help reduce sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day. A Sharp-affiliated dietitian is available to discuss ways to reduce your sodium intake from foods.
- Food safety — In recent months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have worked with public health officials across the country to determine the source of a recent listeria outbreak. The outbreak — linked to frozen vegetables, raw milk, bagged salads and other food products — has sickened people in more than a dozen U.S. states. The cause is Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium found in soil, water and some animals (poultry and cattle). A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss what you need to know about food safety.
Important Health Dates
- UV Safety Month — The skin is the body's largest organ protecting us against cold, heat, sunlight, injury and infection. This is why it is important to protect it against overexposure to sun that leads to skin cancer, eye problems, a weakened immune system, age spots and wrinkles. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss tips on picking the right sunscreen, protecting your eyes and other ways to protect your skin this summer.
- Shuffle your way into a safe summer — California is home to many beautiful beaches that become quickly occupied by tourists, summer camps and locals during the summer season. But these beaches are also home to many sea creatures — including stingrays. Not only are they abundant in the summertime because of mating season, but they are also here to stay. Practicing precautionary tactics, such as the "stingray shuffle" is recommended. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to talk about ways to protect yourself from stingray injuries and what to do if you get stung.
From Sharp Health News
- Wilderness first-aid basics — These tips from a wilderness expert can help keep you safe during an outdoor excursion.
- When to buy organic — The 12 fruits and veggies you should consider buying organic or growing yourself.
- Pool and water park safety — Eighty percent of pools inspected for health and safety had at least one violation, which can result in serious sickness and injury.
- Finding the art in medicine (Video) — A Sharp Rees-Stealy nurse uses an unexpected medium to create colorful works of art.
- Treating veterans like family (Video) — From weekly visits to special ceremonies, Sharp HospiceCare volunteers provide camaraderie to patients, like World War II veteran Eugene Whitney, during end-of-life care.